Announcing New Dates and First Events for The Bath Festival 2018


Next year marks an exciting moment for Bath Festivals – our 70th anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, we have created an incredible programme of events that builds on our rich heritage and cements the festival as a highlight in the Bath calendar for residents and visitors alike. The Bath Festival will take place from 11 to 27 May 2018.

Building on the May 2017 launch of the new multi arts festival.

The festival has been extended from 10 to 17 days, with over 160 imaginative and innovative events.

A thrilling and diverse range of events in Bath’s iconic venues and spaces will engage the wider community and grow the festival experience in the city.

The festival will be highly visible with an increased number of staged, outdoor events. The festival will bring international artists and emerging talent on the global stage to the city, performing alongside those starting out on their professional career.

The middle weekend (19 and 20 May) will be one of community engagement with collaborative events with partners, schools, venues and organisations across the city.

Throughout the festival, there will be a series of ‘New Meetings’ in which high profile artists will be invited to perform together for the first time. The launch of Bath Songs in 2017 is developed. In the literature programme, a series of keynote addresses and lectures will reflect urgent debates in society, politics, history and science.

Bath’s biggest celebration of free entertainment, known as ‘Party in the City’, continues to grow and will take place on Friday 18 May.


Two events have just been announced: The brilliant Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the alumni Choir of Clare College Cambridge will perform at Wiltshire Music Centre in a sparkling evening of glorious music. This is the first of the festival’s two opening night events on 11 May. Major music influencer, pianist and songwriter Ben Folds, will perform on 24 May in the Forum.

Tickets go on-sale on the following dates:

Patrons: Friday 17 November 2017
Members: Tuesday 21 November 2017
General Booking: Thursday 23 November 2017

Membership can be purchased by visiting or calling Bath Box Office on 01225 463362. Different tiers of membership entitle you to priority booking, discounts (subject to membership level) and the opportunity to be invited to exclusive festival events like the Opening Night Party. It covers both The Bath Festival in May and Bath Children’s Literature Festival in autumn. More information can be found here.

More events from the programme will be released over the coming weeks and months, so sign up to the Bath Festivals social media pages and e-newsletter for news alerts and on-sale dates.

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