The Festival Hub

Date
Sunday 15 May 2022
Time
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Price
FREE
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Visit our new Festival Hub in historic Queen Square over the first weekend of the festival. Drop in and enjoy FREE live music, hands on activities for families, entertainment and surprise pop-up performances. Meet up with friends or workmates and make the most of the food and drink concessions to relax and soak up the festival atmosphere.

 

Creative Corner
Creative Activities & Family Fun from 11am – 3pm

Gardens Alive!
Explore the close connections between plants and insects and how they help our gardens thrive
Who lives in the nettles…what’s eating your daisies… and who is hovering over the strawberries?
Blooming Whiteway and Marian Hill will help you construct your own curious pairings with clay and wonderful wildflowers!

Festival Creations – Get ready to party!
Kit yourself out for the festival – drop by make yourselves a crown, headdress or flag to take away with you, from card, willow and recycled materials. Grown-ups and children of all ages welcome, no special skills required – except being playful! Deborah Aguirre Jones is a sculptor who enjoys making things with other people, especially if it’s outdoors.

Beyond Beastly – BRLSI
Join the BRLSI team to make a monster mask. Then carry on the monstrous fun at the Beyond Beastly exhibition across the road from the Festival Hub with an art station, quizzes and lots more.

 

Extra Fun

Beth Calverley – The Poetry Machine
The Poetry Machine: Heart-fizzing poetry inventions made especially for you!
Poet, Beth Calverley, will be joining us with her magical Poetry Machine. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.
Pop by on Sunday 15th May between 11am-3pm to co-create a poem with Beth, weaving your words into a poem to take home with you. Just follow the sound of her vintage typewriter and look out for the machine’s bright yellow umbrella, flagpole and bubble engine…
You’re welcome to take part on your own, come along with a loved one, or bring a group.

Test Tubes and Time Travel
Kilter Theatre / University of Bath
With a mysterious host beaming in from the year 2164, this location-based smartphone tour of the city starts at the Queens Square obelisk before introducing some of Bath’s scientific pioneers that unwittingly laid the foundations stones for the greatest invention of all time! Find all the films to break the code! Join the tour here: www.tinyurl.com/testtubestimetravel

House of Frankenstein – Body in the Suitcase puzzle game
Mary Shelley wrote the world’s first science fiction novel, Frankenstein, whilst resident in Bath.
Come and meet the award-wining team behind the city’s newest and most immersive visitor attraction and escape room, and try your hand at the Body in the Suitcase puzzle game (suitable for ages 12+)
Whilst you’re in Queen Square why not pop over the road to uncover the true story behind the world’s favourite monster… if you dare (admission charges apply)
www.houseoffrankenstein.com

 

Stage
Music and Storytelling 11 – 3.30pm

11:00 – 11:30
Music for Miniatures – Musical Zoo
Let your little one experience the magic of live classical music with music for oboe, clarinet and piano. We’ve got all your favourite musical animals – Elephants, Penguins, Monkeys, Swans, Bumblebees, and more. Music by Saint-Saens, Bach, Brahms and others. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the concert together – listen, dance, and jiggle!

12:00 – 12:30
Polly Tisdall – Storyteller
From fearsome giants to bold adventurers, magic turtles to thunder dragons, Polly Tisdall tells folk tales from around the world to delight and astound. Since 2011, Polly has been telling tales nationally and internationally as a storyteller and theatre maker. She has performed on bandstands, bar stools and beaches; for festivals, theatres, schools and cultural centres. She is delighted to be returning to Bath Festivals!
www.pollytisdall.com

13:00 – 13:30
Music for Miniatures – A Musical Zoo
Let your little one experience the magic of live classical music with music for oboe, clarinet and piano. We’ve got all your favourite musical animals – Elephants, Penguins, Monkeys, Swans, Bumblebees, and more. Music by Saint-Saens, Bach, Brahms and others. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the concert together – listen, dance, and jiggle!

14:00- 14:30
Polly Tisdall – Storyteller
From fearsome giants to bold adventurers, magic turtles to thunder dragons, Polly Tisdall tells folk tales from around the world to delight and astound. Since 2011, Polly has been telling tales nationally and internationally as a storyteller and theatre maker. She has performed on bandstands, bar stools and beaches; for festivals, theatres, schools and cultural centres. She is delighted to be returning to Bath Festivals!
www.pollytisdall.com

15:00 – 15:30
Bath Festival Orchestra
Nina and Coco, two of the Bath Festival Orchestra’s most talented musicians perform two short collections of light and enjoyable music for violin and cello. Perfect to listen to whilst enjoying a sunny summer’s afternoon in the park!

 

Food Stalls
Enjoy delicious food and drink from our selection of traders including:

Robin’s Airstream

Mochi Bros

Vito Pizza

Grate Somerset