Save the date for Bath Festival 2020

THE dates of the 2020 Bath Festival have been announced –a ten-day celebration of music and books, opening with the traditional free Party in the City on Friday 15th May and culminating in the bank holiday weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May.

The festival will once again be a rich kaleidoscope of events, from classical concerts to debates on the big issues of our times, and featuring some of the biggest and best names in literature and music.

As always the festival will host events in the city’s most iconic and historic buildings, basing its main festival hub and green room at the Assembly Rooms, where audiences sit under priceless chandeliers in rooms where Georgian balls and gatherings were once held. The elegant St Swithin’s Church in Walcot, where Jane Austen’s parents were married, is the ideal setting for intimate classical concerts and, for rousing performances for many hundreds of people, there’s the Art Deco former cinema, The Forum.

Ian Stockley, Bath Festivals’ chief executive, said: “We wanted to share the dates for 2020 so we can involve more organisations and people with the festival. We’d love to hear from venues who would like to be part of The Bath Festival as we build on the success of the previous years. We’re really pleased to be able to take over the Rec for two days of music and family entertainment over the Bank Holiday weekend, which also neatly ties in with schools’ half term.”

Bath Festivals would like to hear from people who would like to support the festival, as volunteers, sponsors or to sign up as members, entitling them to early access to tickets. Join the mailing list and benefit from hearing about line-up announcements and ticket offers:

Pictured: Audience members queueing at the bookshop at the Assembly Rooms after one of many well-attended events.