Thursday, 14 July 2016

What To Do In Bath This Weekend

We’re certainly not stuck for choice when looking for things to do in Bath this weekend. As well as the sights that all visitors to Bath have to see; the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, and the Roman Baths to name only three, there are a fair few one-offs that you might like to have a look at this weekend as well.

On Saturday it’s time again for the Bath Carnival. Each year the city chooses a new theme for the carnival and for the parade. This year the theme is South America, and each area of Bath has a different sub-theme on which they’ve based their costumes. Over the past couple of weeks costumes have been sewn and plans made and, at last, on Saturday from 3 pm - 4:30 pm the colourful carnival parade will makes its way through the centre of Bath. Expect sights and smells of South America, as well as drumming bands, dance clubs and community groups.

Storytelling for adults at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art is also on on Saturday the 16th from 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm. The Red Threads will present two enchanting Asian love stories from China and Japan which will be performed by professional storyteller Martin Maudsley. Tickets are £6 and advance booking is required. This one has us intrigued…

Similarly cultural is an art class with a difference which is being held at the Holburne this Saturday. Artist Sally Muir, with the help of her dog Lily, will be teaching a workshop dedicated to helping artists capture the mood and movement of drawing live animals. It’s being held alongside the museum’s latest Stubbs and the Wild exhibition, and runs from 10:30am -4:30pm at a cost of £50. Pencils and charcoal provided, and sketchbooks may be brought or paper purchased on the day.

This is another arty one. Have a peek at the work of three very different local sculptors whose work, which is designed specifically to enhance the natural beauty of a garden, will be on display this weekend in the garden at 165 Newbridge Hill. Ornamental terracotta vases, engraved stonework and large worked metal sculptures will be on display. The entrance fee is £3 and homemade scones and cake will be available. The money raised from the refreshments goes to The Peggy Dodd Centre, which helps those suffering from memory loss.

A little further afield is Bowood Dog Show, which will demonstrate the brilliant talents and skills of Police, service and protection dogs. Other attractions on the day include birds of prey, along with children’s entertainment and plenty of craft stalls to explore. Also nearby, this time in Wells at the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, will be a creative textiles workshop, which will be taking place from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Trailing tendrils will be the theme and workshop participants will be designing a small embroidered panel using couched threads, silks, beads and metallic threads. (Some experience in basic embroidery skills is required for the workshop.) Tuition and guidance will be given for each process and tickets are £28.  

All in all, definitely not a weekend to stay at home!

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