Bath Voice What’s On in April: Talks at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, a Comedy Festival and the Bath Jewish Burial Ground Open Day

Pick of Diary Events in Bath
Mon 1- Sun 23 Apr. Bath comedy Festival. Various venues and events. These include a wine arts trail, children’s shows, an exhibition of cartoons, Bizarre Bath tour, stand up comedians and a New Act Competition. Plus there is David Eagle the acclaimed blind comedian at the Ring O Bells on April 3rd; Tue 4th Flibbertigibbet Theatre for children at the Widcombe Social Club; Wed 5th Ray Bradshaw and his Deaf Com 1 show at the Rondo Theatre and a New Act Competition at The Hop Pole; Thur 6th Open Mic Playgroup at The Bell Inn; Fri 7th, Jo Burke at Walcot House; Sat 8th Apr, Unrehearsed Blackadder Strikes Back at The Bell Inn Courtyard; Sun 9th Edd Hedges – Work In Progress at Ring O Bells; Mon 10th Alan Francis – Fat Cyborg at Walcot House; Tue 11th Apr, Elf Lyons – Talks Dirty For An Hour at Walcot House; Wed 12th, The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen at Widcombe Social Club; Thu 13th, Forum Comedy Club at the Forum Coffee House and also the The Smoking Duck Club – Open Mic Night at The New Inn; Sat 15th, Natural Theatre Company – Street Theatre performance at the Natural Theatre Company Studio; Sun 23rd Nick Page – live at the Stock Exchange Cocktail Club. For full details of many more shows visit
Sun 2 Apr. St Matts, Widcombe. Palm Sunday Service 10.30am. Holy Communion and Baptism (CW)5pm – Evening Service.
Sun 2- Thu 6 April. Commercial Hub, 15 New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BA Exhibition of winning cartoons 24hr viewing (from street). Free. The best cartoons created by children aged 7 – 11 will be exhibited in the Commercial Hub over the Easter holidays. Come and see who has most successfully transformed a blank piece of paper into a riot of laughs, an explosion of adventure and a gobsmack of disbelief.
Wed 5 Apr. Bath Abbey. St. John Passion – J.S. Bach. The Abbey Girls and Lay Clerks perform alongside baroque specialists Rejouissance. As we move through Holy Week towards Good Friday come and hear one of the most moving Christian works ever written by one of the greatest composers who ever lived. The Abbey Girls and Lay Clerks perform alongside baroque specialists Rejouissance. Featuring Ruairi Bowen as Evangelist.
Wed 5 Apr. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Talk on Georgian Town Planning – Bath & the druid connection. 7pm. £4-£7. This talk is the third in a series of six talks about the UNESCO World Heritage status of the city of Bath. John Wood, the most successful town planner of English eighteenth-century architects, was ferociously eccentric. Professor Timothy Mowl FSA, Emeritus Professor of History of Architecture and Designed Landscapes, University of Bristol.
Thu 6 Apr. Komedia. The Science of Magic Mushrooms with Dr. Chris Timmermann. Magic Mushrooms are leading the current psychedelic renaissance as they may unlock key questions to understand the mind, treat depression and increase wellbeing. Join Dr. Chris Timmermann, from the Centre for Psychedelic Research, as we explore the avenues of the psychedelic revolution in mental health and the pharmacology of psilocybin.
Fri 7-10 Mon Apr. Prior Park. Easter activities. Pick up your activity pack on arrival at visitor reception and complete the 10 nature-inspired activities that are hiding around the garden.
Sat 8 Apr. Rondo Theatre. Alasdair Beckett-King. 7:30pm. Stand up comedian with his Interdimensional show. Regular on Mock the Week.
Tue 11 Apr. Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Make your own Planet Suncatcher. Family fun.
Wed 12 Apr. Rondo Theatre. Top Secret the Magic of Science. Family show form. 2:30pm. Presented by Amethyst Magic. Hold on to your seats as the Rondo Theatre is transformed into a real-life science laboratory.
Thu 13-Sat 15 Apr. Roper Theatre. Bath Light Operatic Group. Songs from the Shows. The Casting Vote. 730pm. The Roper Theatre, Hayesfield School, Upper Oldfiled Park. Tickets
Fri 14 Apr. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Talk on Supermassive black holes: how to feed them and what happens when you do. This talk will explain how gas is driven onto supermassive black holes to make them active and how an accreting black hole can impact its host galaxy. Dr Carolin Villforth is a senior lecturer in the Astrophysics group at University of Bath.
Fri 14 Apr. Rondo Theatre. Sophie Duker: Hag. 8pm. Stand-up comedy. As seen on Live At The Apollo the sexy baby from Taskmaster is all grown up.
Sat 15 Apr. Chapel Arts Centre. Folk Rock Experience Tour – Songs of Sandy Denny. A British Folk-Rock band, performing original music inspired by the folk, rock and blues movement of the 60s and 70s, including a dreamy mix of Fairport Convention, Strawbs and Sandy Denny’s greatest hits.
Sat 15 Apr. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Victorian Literature. Discussion Group: Vanity Fair. 11am. A popular mid-Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray is the focus of the discussion. Vanity Fair satirises nineteenth century society and Thackeray created the memorable character, Becky Sharp, whose behaviour is both lively and manipulative. With Veronica Trenchard.
Tue 18 Apr. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Democracy erodes from the top – the challenge of populism in Europe. 7:30 pm. Professor Larry M. Bartels will join us live online and virtually via the large screen at Queen Square from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee to discuss Democracy erodes from the Top – leaders, citizens & the challenge of populism in Europe.
Wed 20 Apr. Burdell’s Yard. Double Act: Patrick Roe and Resolute. Stylish music from the guys.
Wed 20-Fri 22 Apr. The Forum, Bath. Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show. Join Duggee and the Squirrels in this new vibrant interactive production bursting with music, puppets and barrels of laughs along the way.
Wed 20-Sun 23 Apr. Dinosaur World Live at Theatre Royal Bath, Saw Close. Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive show for all the family.
Sat 22 Apr. Rondo. My Secret Sister. Bel Barnett, Dora Darling and Su Hart perform Capella harmonies across genres and eras.
Sun 23 Apr. Komedia. Aquapella. Bath’s renowned a cappella group returns for a night of vocal music.
Wed 26 Apr. The Forum. Jennifer Pike & Bath Philharmonia. An orchestral concert that focusses on the power of the human spirit.
Thu 27 Apr. Mission Theatre. Concert by Dean Friedman. 7.30pm. You may recall his chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and McDonald’s Girl if you are of a certain age.
Sun 30 Apr. Bath Jewish Burial Ground Open Day. 11am-4pm. The burial ground is hidden away on Bradford Rd, Combe Down, at the entrance to the Mulberry Park estate. For directions see Parking close by, bus stop opposite. Find out about the lives of Bath’s Jewish community in the 19th and 20th centuries at this fascinating aspect of the city’s history.
Sat 6-Mon 8 May. Coronation Weekend. A number of events will take place on the weekend – some as last minute parties and picnics – whether your are a Royalist or a republican. The crowning of King Charles III means a bank holiday Monday. Events include picnickers on the Royal Crescent lawns for free family fun .
Sat 20 May. Museum of Bath at Work. 11am-1pm. Angus Buchanan Lecture 2023. Dr Cassie Newland – Industrial and Historical. In collaboration with Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society.
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May. Bear Flat Artists Art Trail and Open Studios. 11am – 5pm daily. Free. See various studios and galleries at Celebrating 20 years of Open Studios. Almost 40 artists welcome visitors to this year’s Arts Trail. Featuring painting, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking, photography, sculpture, glass, wood-turning, glass, illustration, and more.

Pick of Diary Events outside of Bath
Tue 11-Fri 14 Apr. Westonbirt Arboretum. Easter Activities.
Meet Lotty a Feathered Friend and learn all about the birds that call Westonbirt home and even have a go at making your own bird feeders!
Sat 15 Apr. Bedminster, Bristol. Food Festival. eat: Bedminster featuresover 60 food and drink stalls in East Street showcasing the best of local food.
Sat 22-Sun 23 Apr. The Big Bark at Bath & West Showground. Bring the whole family. Bring your dog, borrow a dog if you don’t have one. Whatever you do, don’t growl or bark if you miss it and are a fan of all things canine.
7-9 July. Priddy Folk Festival. Tickets/info at