The Bath Festival is proud and excited to be one of the first arts festivals in England to open its doors from Monday 17 May.

Tickets are selling fast for this month’s festival of music and books in our beautiful city.

The festival is adhering to government guidelines to keep audiences and artists safe and has been awarded the Good To Go status by Visit England.

We’ve picked a few highlights:


Stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas made his name on shows such as TV’s Mock The Week and The Last Leg, as well as his Radio4 series TEZ Talks and a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe. He brings his observational comedy and a subversive streak to his new book The Secret Diary of a British Muslim, Aged 13 ¾, which is both searingly funny and achingly sad as he tells what it was like growing up in a time of race riots and Islamophobia.

Thurs 20 May, 8pm, the Assembly Rooms. 

Laptop balanced on the arm of the sofa. Being shouted at by colleagues because you’re on mute again. Trying to look professional while breaking up a fight between the kids. If these scenes seem familiar, Working from Home with author Harriet Minter could be worth leaving home for. She’s written a handy guide, with tips on everything from how to get a pay rise to how to be an inspiring manager. Sat 22 May, 12.30pm, the Assembly Rooms


A timely discussion takes place with Dr Rachel Clarke, author of Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic. Hear first-hand from a doctor working on the frontline during the Covid crisis. Outspoken, honest and yet celebrating the best of human nature, this could be just the cathartic conversation we need right now. Sat 22 May, 11am, Bath Forum

Also at The Forum is the annual Concert for the People of Bath with Bath Philharmonia. Anyone who has witnessed conductor Jason Thornton leading this ensemble will feel a stirring of civic pride as they take to the stage. This year they will be joined by violinist Coco Tomita (you will want to tell people in years to come that you saw her here first) and pianist Alexandra Dariescu for a programme of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Thursday 20 May, 7.30pm.

The festival is adhering to government guidelines to keep audiences and artists safe and has been awarded the Good To Go status by Visit England.

Frank Gardner’s bestselling thrillers, with their twists and turns, ring true because he learned so much from his years in war-torn countries as the BBC’s security correspondent. In his latest novel, Outbreak a dark and deadly Russian-made bio-weapon is unleashed on the world. Hear more about the background to this and other Frank Gardner page-turners at the Assembly Rooms, Sat 22 May, 5pm.

Comedian, presenter and writer Mel Giedroyc is one of those people who immediately puts her audience at ease and draws them in. Enjoy an hour in her delightful company as she chats to Francesca Beauman about her debut novel The Best Things. A Waterstones review described it as: ‘smart, funny and heart-warming.’

Sun 23 May, 1.30pm, Assembly Rooms.

If you are unable to attend the festival in person, you’ll be able to watch highlights via The Bath Festival At Home digital festival, screened between Friday 28 May and Friday 11 June.


two tickets to see Richard Osman in conversation with comedian, actor and writer Miles Jupp on Wednesday 19 May at the Bath Forum. For a chance to win, simply click on the link below, fill out the form and best of luck!