Entertainment & shopping in Bath
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Since Bath has traditionally been a summer destination for England's upper classes, the shopping and entertainment are both top class.
Shopping in Bath offers a memorable experience with a fabulous selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques alongside the familiar big name stores. The city centre is compact and easily walkable with grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore.
There are six major shopping areas in Bath:
- Central Area
- Milsom Quarter
- Upper Town
- Artisan Quarter
- Western Area
The choice of night-time entertainment in Bath is forever increasing with a mix of pubs, bars and clubs, an exciting theatre and film culture, as well as a vibrant live music and comedy scene. Throughout the year there is also an exciting programme of major festivals and events in Bath.
Theaters in Bath offer a wide selection of performances to cater for all tastes. The main theatre in Bath is the Theatre Royal offering a year round programme of top-quality drama, opera, comedy, dance and frequent Sunday concerts. The Ustinov Theatre offers a more cutting edge programme of performances in Bath. For children, young people and their families there is the Egg Theatre.
Spend a relaxing evening at one of the two cinemas in Bath. Our favourite, The Little Theatre Cinema is the only remaining independent cinema in Bath. Alternatively, watch the latest blockbuster movie at the Bath Odeon Cinema on James Street West.
If you are looking for something more unusual join Bizarre Bath, a nightly tour of Bath with a comic twist. Or laugh the night away at Komedia's Krater Comedy Club every Saturday night. Komedia is a new live entertainment venue in Bath offering a mixed programme of cabaret, music and comedy seven days a week. Alternatively, have a chuckle on a Sunday evening at The Porter's Comedy Cavern. And make a date in your diary for the Bath Comedy Festival starting on April fool’s day.
Bath's exciting live music scene includes regular sessions, day and night, at many of the pubs and bars featuring a range of music where you will be spoilt for choice from electronica to Irish folk. Moles Club plays host to numerous local, national and international bands. The Porter is an intimate venue with live music four nights a week. Komedia is a new live entertainment venue with one of the largest, most diverse entertainment programmes in the UK. For a more relaxed atmosphere the Green Park Brasserie and Bar provides four evenings of jazz entertainment every week. You can also listen to the sound of jazz while enjoying a cool beer and fresh food at Gascoyne Place where there's live jazz every Sunday evening.
Pubs and bars
From traditional pubs serving the best of British ale to contemporary gastro pubs, you are sure to find the perfect place to spend the evening in the city centre or in the surrounding areas of Bath.
Bath has a wide mix of contemporary, modern and buzzing bars. Splash out on cocktails in OPA or The Earl of Manvers. Or catch up with friends and have a relaxing drink in Gascoyne Place, Hudson Bar or Lambrettas Bar.
Party late into the night at one of the many nightclubs in Bath. Dance until the early morning at Moles Club. Hang out with the student population at Po-na-nas or Second Bridge. Alternatively, experience Bath's newest club Celsius - an ice bar and club.
Relax with a spa session at Thermae Bath Spa, open until 10pm every evening (last entry 7:30pm). Explore the Roman Baths by torchlight on a summer's evening, open until 10pm in July and August (last entry 9pm). If you fancy discovering Bath at night join a guided walking tour - choose from Bizarre Bath, a tour with a comic twist, or for a more mystical adventure take the Ghost Walk of Bath.
Bath Literature Festival, England
The Bath Literature Festival is an annual week-long event that attracts thousands each year to Bath's vibrant city center each year.