Sun is shining…

…the weather is sweet; and the days are getting longer at last! We want to help you make the most of it, so we’ve picked out some great outdoor and evening events for all ages and tastes:

Bath Racecourse celebrates the start of the 2015 racing season with a Season Opening Racenight on Friday 17th April in support of WaterAid, an international organization working in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. The night includes seven races and a Battle of the Bands competition with live music acts for the City of Bath College competing for the chance to perform a 45 minute set at BathFest on 29-30th May!

Do you Glow In The Park? After dark on 18th April Bath’s Royal Victoria Park will be transformed for Glow In The Park: Bath. A 5km route (2 laps of 2.5km) will be marked out using LED strobe lights, big flashing arrows and themed Glow Zones, areas where lighting, special effects and music have been installed to break up the course and enhance the experience. Walk or run, you can take all the time you want; register online to enter a team and get glowing!

World Heritage Day at Prior Park Landscape Garden is a great way to celebrate Bath’s proud status as a World Heritage City, with this year’s theme celebrating the landscape setting of the City of Bath. And what better setting in which to appreciate the beauty of Bath than Ralph Allen’s 18th century landscape garden at Prior Park? On 19th April this all-day event offers a plethora of free activities for all ages exploring the archeaology and natural history of the gardens, with the chance to learn about landscape drawing, painting and photography, dress up in Georgian costume and learn a country dance, and even mingle with Ralph Allen, Mrs Allen, John Wood and Capability Brown, as personified by members of the Natural Theatre Company. Download the event leaflet to help you find your way around and make sure you don’t miss any of the fun.

It wouldn’t be a visit to Bath without a night out at the theatre! On Tuesday 21st April, for one night only, the egg theatre proudly presents Caroline Horton’s critically acclaimed one-woman show, Penelope RETOLD. Classical myth meets contemporary rage in this retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey from the perspective of war-hero Odysseus’ wife Penelope, waiting at home in Ithaca. Described as an “epic, heartbreaking and fiercely playful tale about love, loneliness and the need to be free”, Penelope RETOLD was developed with input from soldiers and military spouses and is recommended for audiences aged 13 and over. See the Theatre Royal website for booking information.

If perchance the sunshine does let us down, head to the American Museum and explore the life and culture of a hotter, drier clime. Spirit Hawk Eye is an ongoing exhibition of black and white photographic portraits by Heidi Laughton, celebrating contemporary Native American culture and exploring the present-day customs of the Native peoples of California, Arizona and New Mexico. Each portrait is accompanied by personal anecdotes from the subject, explaining the traditions and ways of life that are of particular importance to each individual. Spirit Hawk Eye is an arresting and memorable glimpse into a diverse and beautiful culture and if you enjoy them, mark your calendar to return in July. The museum will be hosting individuals featured in Laughton’s portraits during “a two-week residency that will showcase traditional cultural practices and key issues facing America’s Native Peoples today”. See the American Museum website for details of associated lectures, workshops and performances.

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