No pennies? No problem…

It’s easy to feel spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do during your visit to Bath and if you’re on a budget it can seem an even more daunting task. But the great thing about summer in Bath is that there’s always something happening – and if you’re in the know, it’s easy to spend all the time you like, without spending all your money…

The Holburne Museum of Art is a beautiful Bath landmark, not to mention a great source for artistic enrichment and a full calendar of events and activities for the whole family, that won’t cost a fortune. Donations are always welcome but admission to the museum itself is free, and you’re sure to find something to hold your interest:

  • Books Galore is an annual second-hand book sale at the Holburne Museum, which raises money for the upkeep of the museum itself and its permanent collection. From 11am – 4pm on Sunday 28th June you will find a wealth of secondhand literature, childrens books, non-fiction, maps, postcards and more – a perfect chance to find a bargain or rediscover an old favourite, all while supporting a good cause.
  • Lunchtime Concerts at the Holburne are a great way to relax and soak up some sonic delights away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, for just £5 per person. Concerts take place every Tuesday from 1.10 – 1.50pm, beginning 30th June with Soho Soirée: Mrs. Cornelys and Canaletto’s Musical Counterparts – music by Vivaldi, Handel, Abel and JC Bach performed on original period instruments. See the Holburne website for the full calendar of concerts.
  • Outdoor Film Screenings with the Little Theatre Cinema and Picture House Pop-Up! For three nights, 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2015, the beautiful grounds of the Holburne Museum become the backdrop for three classics of cinema: Jaws, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Some Like It Hot. Can’t decide whether to catch a movie or make the most of the weather? Do both! Bring a picnic, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy the best of both worlds. Tickets are available from the Little Theatre Cinema or online at the Picture House website.
  • Workshops for Young People run every Monday from 4 – 5.30pm at the Holburne, beginning on 6th July with a Portfolio Group for 14-18 year olds wanting to develop their artistic skills. Each workshop costs £9 per person and the full calendar can be found on the Holburne Museum website.

And while you’re at the Holburne, be sure to take some time to explore Murmuration, the stunning sculpture by Laura Ellen Bacon that is set to transform the facade of the museum from 27th June to 4th October. Woven from Flanders Red Willow, which grows locally, the intricate sculpture uses traditional basketweaving techniques to evoke the murmuration patterns of flocks of starlings and swallows. At the end of the exhibition period the sculpture will be relocated to a permanent home in the musuem’s grounds.

11th July will see the centre of Bath awash in feathers and glitter thanks to the annual one-day Bath Carnival. This free event begins in the beautiful Parade Gardens with live music from local bands and lots of free workshops and activities for all ages. Later in the day, the grand Carnival Procession will congregate at the Bath Rugby Recreation Ground and dance its way to the sound of samba throughout the streets of Bath! This year’s Carnival theme is ‘Creatures, Colours and Communities’; visit the Bath Carnival website for more details and find out which community each creature and colour represents. Here’s a hint: this writer will be wearing red!

If you’re in town this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for the always stunningly turned-out attendees at Saturday 27th June’s Regency Costumed Summer Ball. This annual event is held at the Guildhall in association with the Jane Austen Centre, and while this year’s ball is now sold out, it’s not unusual to spot the elegant Georgian ladies and gents taking the air before the big event, so keep a look-out! And if you’re attending yourself, or just lucky enough to get your picture taken with one of Miss Austen’s compatriots, share your photos with us on Twitter or Facebook – we love to see those costumes!

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