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Bath Festivals is a charity that brings some of the finest international musicians, speakers and writers to entertain audiences, in the beautiful venues and spaces of our world heritage city. By creating innovative and diverse programmes, our festivals inspire and provide unique experiences for residents and visitors to Bath. We are responsible for The Bath Festival in the summer and Bath Children’s Literature Festival in the autumn, which bring the city alive with a celebration of the arts. Our year-round creative learning programme of hands-on music and literature projects gives children and young people opportunities to gain real-world experience, building their inner confidence and improving communication skills through the arts.

Covid-19: Rescheduled and cancelled events information

Beethoven Anniversary Celebrations: The Complete Beethoven String Quartets have been rescheduled to spring 2021.  

The Bath Festival: We have rescheduled many of our events into The Bath Festival November Weekend 2020 and The Bath Festival May 2021.

The Bath Festival Finale Weekend: Our festival finale weekend has been postponed to 29 -30 May 2021.

The full list of rescheduled and cancelled events can be seen here All ticket holders for rescheduled events will still be able to use their existing tickets. All ticket holders have been contacted.
Click here to read statement from 29 April. 

Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2020: It is with heavy hearts that we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Please click here to read statement from 9 June. 

Reading is Magic Festival 2020: We were saddened at Bath Festivals not only for the cancellation of our Bath Children’s Literature Festival, but for all the children’s book festivals who were having to cancel due to Covid-19. We love how each year Bath comes alive with children’s authors and illustrators from far and wide and were particularly disappointed for all the school children who come to the festival that would miss out! So, we decided if they could not come to us, we would create a festival that could come to them. Just like a story our ideas grew, and we thought that if we are going digital then anyone can join in the festival fun. We created a festival collaboration of amazing book festivals from the UK and internationally to bring you an amazing schools and family programme, all free and available for everyone, everywhere. We really hope you enjoy it. Inspiration for the name came from Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2019-2022 Cressida Cowell’s key message ‘reading is magic, and magic is for everyone’. We are excited that the award-winning children’s author and creator of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book will play a key role in the festival. Please click here to read the latest news.