What’s On in February

Noughts and Crosses is at Theatre Royal Bath

Regular events in Bath

Widcombe Choir. Widcombe Social Club. 7.15-9pm. For details see the Widcombe Association website.

Central Library with Bath La Leche League. Meet the friendly breastfeeding support for mums. 10-11.30am. Details at Email: mara.rl.richards@gmail.com or call 01225 339023 (Mara) or 01225 317631 (Helen).
Old Theatre Royal Tours. Guided tours every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday of The Masonic Hall in Bath, also know as the Old Theatre Royal.

Widcombe Wayfarers Walks. Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 10am at the west end of Widcombe Parade. Walks last between 1-2 hours and are medium paced. Come dressed for the weather, with suitable footwear and be prepared for a few climbs. Walks are limited to 20 people and registration is now compulsory. The walks are free but if you would like to make a small donation to this event you can do so when you register. See the Widcombe Association website for details.
Widcombe. St Matt’s Widcombe. Coffee morning at 10.30am. Come down and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
Southdown Methodist Church. Warm Spaces. 1-4pm. Southdown Methodist Church Centre and Thursdays 10-4pm offering a warm space, refreshments and activities.

Story Time at Bath Library. 12noon to 12.30pm. Let’s share stories and books at the library! Perfect for families with children aged 0-5. No booking required.
Bath Good Afternoon Choir. They meet every Thursday at the Central United Reformed Church in Argyle Street Bath from 2pm to 4pm. The choir is led by Grenville Jones, where the accent is on social singing for people who have afternoons free.

Bath Mosque – Al-Muzaffar. Friday prayers. Check website for various times. https://bathmosque.org.uk/
We Get It. Walcot House. Bath based charity offering support to anyone who has been diagnosed with any cancer or who is supporting someone with cancer. The friendly & informal Get Together at Walcot House, 90B Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5G between 10AM-11:30AM. You are very welcome to join us for a coffee and a chat .For more information see our website – wegetit.org.uk – or email us at together@wegetit.org.uk

Bear Flat Community market and café. Third Saturday of every month, from 9:30am to 12:30 pm in the church hall on Bruton Avenue. To book a stall, email market@bearflat.org.uk
Walcot Antique and Flea Market. The market is every Saturday from 7.30am to 4pm.
Bath Farmers’ Market. Green Park Station. Every Saturday at 9am-1.30pm. You will find quality, fresh, seasonal produce at a fair price. The goods are sold directly by the people who produce them and everything usually comes from within a 40 mile radius of Bath.

Magdalene Chapel, Holloway. Holy Eucharist – 10am at the Chapel
Church of Our Lady & St Alphege Mass 11am, 6pm. Oldfield Lane.
St Luke’s, Wellsway. 10am. Service of worship, prayer and teaching.
St Matthew’s, Widcombe. 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month 10:30am Contemporary Family service.
Bath Abbey. Holy Communion 8am using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. This service includes a sermon, but no hymns, and lasts for 45 minutes.

Theatre Picks In Bath

Sat 7 Jan-Sun 5 Feb. Egg Theatre. Snow Mouse. An enchanting winter’s tale for the very young. Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world. Just when they are starting to feel a bit lonely, they find a sleeping mouse buried under the soft white flakes. Sliding, tumbling and laughing, they explore the winter wonderland together and keep each other safe and warm from the winter freeze. Come and join two new friends on their adventures in a magical forest full of play, puppetry and music. Performed by Egg favourite Emile Clarke.
Fri 13 Jan-Sat 11 Feb. Ustinov Studio. Bath. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee’s scintillating masterpiece takes place during the course of one brutal and hilarious night when George, a college professor, and his wife Martha invite a young couple back for late-night drinks after a faculty party.
Mon 30 Jan-Sat 4 Feb. Theatre Royal Bath. Pride and Prejudice* (sort of). Direct from its triumph in the West End where it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Pride and Prejudice (*sort of) is a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story.
Fri 3 Feb. Rondo Theatre. Impromptu Shakespeare. Sad that Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for over 400 years? Well, hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose. The Bard is back!
Fri 3-Sat 4 Feb. Mission Theatre. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart. Presented by Cardiff Opera. 7:30pm. After making their Bath debut in 2022 with Così fan tutte, Cardiff Opera return to The Mission Theatre with a new, exciting production of one of the most enduringly popular stage works ever created – Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).
Sun 5 Feb. Egg Theatre. Earnie’s Journey 11:30am & 3pm. Ernie’s Journey is a magical circus theatre adventure with seamless integration of circus, physical theatre, story-telling, stage magic, poetry and puppetry.
Fri 6-Wed 11 Feb. Theatre Royal Bath. The Lavendar Hill Mob. A fast-paced comedy tells the story of Henry Holland, who dreams of stealing the van full of gold bullion he drives across London each day. Many will recall the Ealing movie with Alec Guinness – expect bungling criminals and Eiffel Tower paperweights.
Thu-Fri 10-11 Feb. The Egg Theatre. Everything Has Changed. A joyful, kaleidoscopic new family show about change, why change happens – and how to deal with it.
Mon 13-Tue 14 Feb. Egg Theatre. Hermit. 11.30am & 3pm. An imaginative performance about a teeny tiny house. The owner isn’t home. But we can hear him… A show about being alone and coming home.
Tue 14-Sat 18 Feb. Theatre Royal Bath. Steel Magnolias. A heart-warming story of female friendship based on the uplifting and inspiring film starring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts.
Wed 15-Fri 17. Egg Theatre. Club Origami. 11:30am & 3pm. Dive into the magical world of Club Origami, an immersive and interactive dance show inviting family audiences to create, imagine and explore whole new ways of thinking, playing and moving. Dance, fashion and live music meet the magic of origami to sweep us up on a spirited and inspiring adventure in a land made purely of paper and play.
Thu 16 Feb-Sat 18 Mar. Ustinov Studio. Charlotte & Theodore. Meet Lotty and Teddy. Two dreamers – colleagues, lovers and then man and wife – determined to make a difference in their worlds, and to keep the spark In their relationship and their family alive. But can they do this as academics on a university campus where every well-intentioned thought, each well-meaning gesture and idealistic good deed can have unexpected and long-lasting consequences?
Fri 17-Sat 18 Feb. Rondo Theatre. Peacock. With a heart-warming core, and a soundtrack of pop anthems, Peacock is an uplifting, hilarious and authentic look at the taboo surrounding men wearing makeup.
Fri 17-Sat 18 Feb. Mission Theatre. Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake. Presented by Folksy Theatre. 2pm and 6pm. Mister Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some fat owls, who are learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur, who’s a magnificent brute, two sisters who play on the flute, and even a swimming pool with a chute! But he still only has one boot!
Sat 18-Sun 19 Feb. The Egg Theatre. The Snow Beast. 2.30pm. This show is a captivating collision of storytelling, original music, puppetry and interactive science experiments, inspiring budding scientists of all ages.
Sat 25 Feb. Rondo Theatre. Cycles. Inspired by the feature film written by Oscar Wenman-Hyde. Cycles is about identity, relationships and self-acceptance. Highlighting how generational trauma can not only cause lasting effects within us, but also can affect how we explore the world and how we form relationships as we grow through life, find our independence and build new family units. Cycles explores three pivotal relationships in Barney’s life, with his brother Jake, his long-term partner Sarah and himself. Examining cycles that exist within life, how they can dictate fate as a repeat of what’s come before or how we can break them to stride our own path.
Sat 25-Sun 26 Feb. The Egg Theatre. The Dark. From the book by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the basement. It doesn’t visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does . . . Join Lazlo on his journey to meet the dark, and find out why it will never bother him again. The Dark is accessible for blind and visually impaired children through integrated audio-description and touch tours.
Tue 28 Feb-Sat 4 Mar. Theatre Royal Bath. Noughts And Crosses. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger. This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. Adapted from the story which inspired the hit BBC TV drama series.
Thu 2–Sat 4 Mar. Mission Theatre. The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Presented by Bath University Student Theatre. One of the world’s richest people, Claire Zachanassian makes a visit to her former debt-ridden home town of Güllen. She makes an offer to save the town from its dilapidated state by offering a sum of money that one could only dream of. However, it comes with one condition. Expelled from her town in disgrace as a teenager, Zachanassian seeks revenge over her ex-lover, Alfred Ill, and asks the Güllenites to kill him in return for one billion…

Theatre Picks Outside Bath

Wed 8-Sat 11 Feb. Tobacco Factory, Bristol. Big Boys Don’t Cry. In a riot of colour, dance, clowning and puppetry, Dik and Adam take you on a hysterical journey that is full of heart, but close to the bone.
Thu 19 Jan-Sat 11 Feb. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead. In a small community on a remote mountainside near the Czech-Polish border, men from the local hunting club are dying in mysterious circumstances.
Tue 14 – Sat 18 Feb. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Mog The Forgetful Cat. Based on the bestselling Mog picture book series by Judith Kerr, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Tue 28 Feb – Wed 1 Mar. Alma Theatre, Bristol. The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness. A comedic and poignant one-woman play inspired by the true stories of Irish nurses during World War Two.

Pick of Diary Events in Bath

Thu 26 Jan & Sat 4 Feb Rondo Theatre. The Greatest Magician: an evening of wonders. 8pm. A dazzling new magic show, presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboards after he correctly predicted the lottery. This astonishing, enigmatic, five star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief. Directed by the late Paul Daniels, the enigmatic show comes to the stage for the first time… you’ll be transported to a jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery.
Thu 2 Feb. The Pavillion. U3A talk on Europe’s youngest county: Kosova. With Elizabeth Gower. Doors open 9.45am. Talk at 10am. £3 non members.
Sat 4 Feb. St Mark’s Community Centre. Charity Bop With live music from Junction 18 in support of the Bath Foodbank. 7:30-10:30pm. £10 at the door. Email paulfisher95@gmail.com and let them know you are coming. There will be a bar, snacks and a raffle so bring cash.
Mon 6 Feb. Laura Place Wellbeing Walk. During February, Bathscape will be running a Monday evening walk every week. Starting at 6pm for an hour, from Laura Place, BA2 4BL.
Tue 7 Feb. Bath Abbey. Spiritual meditation and movement. The Meaningful approach starts with where you are at. It then engages your body and mind giving you instant physical and therapeutic benefits whilst giving your soul the space to explore Christian spirituality enabling spiritual growth.
Fri 10 Feb. Komedia. Free music night. Komedia Bath, alongside Bath Spa University is proud to present a free night of the very best in live local music across two stages. 5:45pm – 10pm and is open to all ages (with under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult). Artists include: Year Of The Dog, Nookee, Drop In The Ocean and More! Pay-What-You want in aid of Bath Cancer Unit Support Group.
Sat 11 Feb. No.1 Royal Crescent. Half-term activities. Includes: Conservator Challenge. Follow their investigation trail round the house to find museum pests and hazards, and stop them in their tracks! Trail free with museum entry, 10am to 4.30pm, Sat 11 – Sun 19 February. Chalk Marbling. Experiment with the effects of water in the drop-in chalk marbling to make your own beautiful prints. 10.30am-4pm Tues 14 – Fri 17 February
Sat 11 Feb. Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath. Star Viewfinders. Come and make a star viewfinder and take part in the National Star Count. Find out how light pollution can affect our views of the constellations and see how many stars you can spot from your back garden! Drop in activity. Free with museum entry. Activity will run daily in the gallery from Saturday 11th.
Sat 11 Feb. The Forum. Sara Pascoe: Success Story. The comedian, writer, and actor entertains.
Sun 12 Feb. Komedia Electric Bar. Free music with Phil Cooper. Best known as one third of Folk / Americana band The Lost Trades, Phil is an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right.
Sun 12 Feb. Bath Brewhouse. Riffs and Roasts. An eclectic selection of local musical talent. 6pm.
Mon 13-Fri 17 Feb. BANES. Spring Half Term Holidays. Schools out for a week.
Tue 14 Feb. Holburne Museum. Valentine’s Day workshop. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Valentines Day Free Creative Drop-in Make your own Love Locket.Tue 14 Feb. The Forum. Valentine’s Night Concert. With Jeneba Kanneh-Mason and Bath Philarmonia. Featuring Verdi’s Overture to The Force of Destiny (Stella Artois advert), Masacagni’s beautiful Intermezzo and the Prelude and Leibstod from Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde (Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet). Plus the Serenade by Elfrida Andree, and the Lyric by George Walker. Rachmaninov’s iconic 2nd Piano Concerto.
Tue 14 -Sat 18 Feb. Victoria Art Gallery. Half-term activities. Brighten up a February day with some beautiful butterfly pictures. The activity takes place at 10.30am-12.30pm. Free entry.
Thu 16 Feb. Holburne Museum. Family creative workshop. Pop up Animal Scenes.
Thu 16 Feb. Victoria Art Gallery. Art Tours. Join a curator and explore the wonderful paintings, drawings and sculpture in the permanent collection housed in our art stores. Tours take place at 12.00 – 12.45pm. Free, but booking in advance is advised, call 01225 477233.​​ Tours take place on the following dates in 2023:
Mon 20 Feb. Victoria Art Gallery. Talk by Jessica Palmer on Wetland Spring. Free talk about the art on display for blind and visually impaired visitors. The talks take place on selected Mondays from 10am-11.30am. No need to book.
Sat 11 Mar. Burdall’s Yard. Viva Vocals. Female voices community choir from Corsham, directed by John Sandford and accompanied by Michelle Howarth on keyboards. Their strapline is ‘Sing Yourself Happy’ and that is what they strive to achieve at each practice and concert opportunity.
Thu 23 Mar. Holburne Museum. Gardeners Question Time. A panel of expert gardeners and landscape designers will field questions from the audience.
Thu 30 Mar. Holburne Museum. Galliarde Ensemble Concert. A programme of music by female composers from the 18th and 21st centuries.

Pick of Diary Events outside of Bath

Sat 4 Feb. Arnolfini Bristol. Elaine Radigue. 2-7pm. For this extended concert at Arnolfini, violinist Angharad Davies, harpist Rhodri Davies, and double bassist Dominic Lash will present works composed for them by Radigue, in various combinations. The concert will include the premier of Occam River XVIII for harp and double bass. Éliane Radigue (born 1932) is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential composers working today.
Tue 7 Feb. The Pig, Hunstrete House Pensford. Free Garden Tours. The tours will take place every Tuesday and Thursday of February at 11am, lasting around 30-45 minutes. These tours will be subject to availability and are on 7th, 14th, 21st, 9th, 16th, 23rd of Feb. To book, please email events@thepignearbath.com
Sun 19 Feb. Trowbridge. Civic Centre. CSF Pro Wrestling. An afternoon of high flying, gravity defying, body slamming, action packed family entertainment as twelve larger than life stars do battle in five Pro Bouts.

Exhibition Picks in Bath

American Museum, Bath. Claverton. The Museum features collections from the United States where you can visit room sets that recreate periods of American history giving the feeling that someone has just stepped out, as well as our world-renowned folk art, quilt and map collections. The Exhibition Gallery has a rotating programme of temporary exhibitions showcasing different links to American culture such as dinosaurs, photography, fashion, American music, history and travel.
Museum of Bath at Work. Julian Rd, Bath BA1 2RH. A Visual Record of a City at Work exhibition continues with photos and videos. Enter the world of working Bath through a series of authentically reconstructed workplaces, workshops and display galleries. Two thousand years of working life are on display from a Victorian ironmongers and engineering works, a soft drinks making factory and even a Bath Stone mine working, all on show in a former Real Tennis court, dating from 1777. Displays in two galleries: Landscapes and Livelihoods and Knowing Your Place.
Victoria Art Gallery. Capturing Life: A Century of the New English Art Club This exhibition will combine work by current New English Art Club members alongside a core of over 30 paintings by illustrious past members. You’ll have the chance to see major pieces by John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Gwen John, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer and Winifred Nicholson. Until 11 April.
Holburne Museum. Illustrating the World of Woodcuts in the Age of Durer. This is a rare opportunity to view the complete set of woodcuts known as The Great Passion, produced by the most famed artist of the German Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Until 23 April; Alberta Whittle: Dipping below a waxing moon, the dance claims us for release: newly commissioned sculptures. Until May 8 2023.
Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Commemorating 200 years since the death of William Herschel. Star Viewfinders. Come and make a star viewfinder and take part in the National Star Count. Find out how light pollution can affect our views of the constellations and see how many stars you can spot from your back garden. Drop in activity. Free with museum entry. Activity will run daily in the gallery from Saturday February 11th.
Museum of East Asian Art. Revolution, Propaganda, Art: Printmaking in Modern China. Continues to 3 June 2023. The exhibition showcases a series of prints selected from Muban Educational Trust’s collection of over 6,000 and tells the story of China’s twentieth-century wars, revolution and rejuvenation. The exhibition explores artistic trends, political movements and technical developments in modern Chinese printmaking. The works presented mark several significant anniversaries in China’s modern history, including the May Fourth Movement (1919), the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (1921), and Lu Xun’s seminal printmaking class, which symbolises the origin of the Modern Woodcut Movement (1931).

Exhibition Picks outside Bath

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road. The art of Japanese porcelain. The exhibition examines how Japan became the global leading makers of porcelain between 1640 and 1680. Until 30 July 2023. We Were Everywhere: World war experiences from pre-Partition India. This exhibition explores the experience of Indians and Pakistanis during the world wars and the partition of India. Until 5 March 2023. Sweet Patootee Arts: Turning Point. A series of four short films by Sweet Patootee Arts inspired by oral histories about the Black Caribbean experience after WWI. Until 5 March 2023.
Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan is a new exhibition celebrating the rich culture of prehistoric Japan. Through a number of exquisite objects, some seen for the first time outside of Japan, the exhibition tells the story of Japanese settlements and stone circles of the middle and late Jomon periods, roughly the same time when Stonehenge was built and used. Until 20 August 2023.

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