Free Events

Anything you don’t have to pay for. They’re our favourite kind of event too.

Listings for Free Events

Wednesday 23rd May

The Bell

Murder Murder

Six-piece string band with suitcase percussion playing a unique blend of bluegrass and outlaw country with a sublime storytelling sense: every song is a Murder ballad or at least a NorthAmerican Noir worthy of a great movie. Very much a cut above the usual ranch stash. More info and booking...

Friday 25th May

Various venues

Bath Fringe Opening Night

Circomedia walkabouts

On Friday 25th May the Circomedia students burst out of their studios and onto the streets, in a chaotic and frolic filled evening of walkabout performance. Prepare to see the world differently as this talented group of thirty international circus performers roam the streets of Bath in search of an audience. This isn’t your normal Friday night out. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre - Main Auditorium

Tantalising Tasters at The Mission

The Mission kicks off an exciting fortnight of Fringe frenzy with a theatrical treat - a chance to glimpse ten minute tasters of many of the Mission’s Fringe shows. And then meet the actors, network and relax in the The Mission’s Fringe Hub Bar with a glass of Fringe Fest Fizz! More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Everywhere

Openings Night

featuring The Gin Bowlers

Our Openings Night features a little party in every FAB Art venue, and a bigger one in Green Park Station at 10pm with The Gin Bowlers playing their own angle on that much-abused lady, Swing (they played the Zen Hussies birthday party so they're the tops).
Plus: the milkfloat of music, various excursions from performanmce artistes, and a great selection of this year's top crop of Circomedia specialist performance students, on the streets and coming at you. More info and booking...

Saturday 26th May

Walcot Chapel

Live Live

The internationally renowned ceramics artist Sandy Brown invites people with many skills and none to work with Avon clay. The sculptor Martin Staniforth encourages visitors to make a new piece with found materials. The process artist Aine Kelly creates new work on site. Anais Comer tells a child-friendly story about a stranded whale. And the celebrated choir leader and singer-songwriter, Su Hart, conducts an impromptu workshop to make an improvised and spontaneous choral piece that lifts the spirits of singers and listeners alike. More info and booking...

Sunday 27th May

The Bell

Isembard's Wheel

Great new Brit-folk ensemble with quite another angle on the current resurgence of interest in all things home grown. Isembard is one of those with a very clear vision, the mission to go with it, and something new to bring to the table: a fearless attitude to the tradition and to their own creative place in it. More info and booking...

Monday 28th May

The Bell

The Silken Same

Galway duo Mossy Nolan and Colm McGowan, artfully combine the bygone and the new, drawing on Irish and Balkan influences; songs that on the face of it will seem instantly familiar, but that supplant the traditional with fresh melodic and conceptual ideas. More info and booking...

Tuesday 29th May

The Bell

Benjamin William Pike

An outstanding fingerstyle guitarist, with a voice that slots in beside the hallowed names of the '70s Folk & Beyond crowd, Ben is an artist of a kind you might have feared they didn't make any more. Depths of study and troughhs in life have brought him here, an experience we are all the richer for. More info and booking...

Wednesday 30th May

The Bell

The Lords of Thyme

A new frontier in the unfolding worlds of psych/folk, the LOT blend the intensity, elusiveness and boundary-skipping skills of a Pentangle with the blissed out stonerdom of the West Coast koolaid jug bands. Unafraid of Trad, unafraid to write - there is so much to like! More info and booking...

Thursday 31st May

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Friday 1st June
Saturday 2nd June
Sunday 3rd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Friday 1st June

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Thursday 31st May
Saturday 2nd June
Sunday 3rd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Saturday 2nd June

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

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Bedlam Saturday in Radstock

Bath's big outdoor performance day features Bash St. Theatre, DotComedy, and many many more - including our New Work Works performers and the main performance of this year's Outside! NOW!! project - all in Radstock for the day.
More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Curious Company presents:

The Dept of Complaints

Got something to moan about? Is something just not right? Tell it all to our very own Department of Complaints. It MAY get sorted. Then again, it may not. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Liberty Rocks present:

The Lost Luggage

3 space explorers and their mobile semi-sentient robotic dinosaur land in Bath, their mission - to discover our alien environment and interact with its inhabitants, delivering a vital message and collecting fuel to allow them to continue on their journey. Oooh errr..robotic dinosaurs...in Bath!! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Alex Hofgartner Presents:

Strong Women

Strength of mind? Strength of body? Strength of Purpose? Yes, all of these and more from 3 acro-balancing phenomena More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Sarah Slater Presents

Ralph La Wong

Ralph is a parody of traditional music hall entertainment, attempting world record breaking plate spinning….without plates…. More info and booking...

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June
Sunday 3rd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

The Milk Float Stage

‘The Milk Float Stage’ is a solar powered mobile music stage, run by singer-songwriter Paul Thompson. Paul gained a Guinness World record with his eco-float (named Bluebell!), after touring from Norfolk to the Edinburgh Fringe and back…at 10mph!!

Paul’s latest venture is the creation of ‘Milk Float TV’ with fellow Bath Spa University MA Songwriter, Andy Jones. MFTV features music sessions, live gigs and interviews with songwriters, all from the back of Bluebell.

The Milk Float Stage will be showcasing some of the fabulous students from Bath Spa’s Commercial Music and Songwriting MA courses, as well as filming some ‘Bedlam Specials’ for MFTV. Come and experience some great moo-sic, once floated, never forgotten!
More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Jessica Rost Company present:

Peddlers' Pack

So many things you never saw before'- five hucksters will be hawking the fringes and byways of town: conducting their commerce, making connections, interactions and unforgettable transactions; the like of which you could not ever have imagined possible. Find them before they find you! More info and booking...

Radstock town centre

Bedlam Saturday in Somer Valley

Somer Valley Arts Family Day

featuring Outside! NOW!! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Emma Louvelle Presents:

Red Shoes

Artist Emma Louvelle brings Hans Christian Anderson's 'Red Shoes' to life dancing her way around Bedlam propelled by her enchanted shoes. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Animystic Productions Presents:

The Hoary Halfling Tavern

Welcome to the Hoary Halfling, the oldest travelling pub this side of Great River! Come and have a drink with the cantankerous bar maid and be regaled with tall tales from our resident Adventurer! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair in Radstock

Also on:
Sunday 3rd June

Phil Young Presents

Philentertains

He fell in love with her in the deep sea, but can he fathom how to win her love or will she think him too shallow? An aquatic love story. More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Festival of Nature presents

Pop up Wildlife Party

Festival of Nature - After dark! This takeover of Green Park Station will find performers, artists and new technologies joining forces with conservation organisations to create an evening of wildlife surprises! More info and booking...

Walcot Chapel

Live at Walcot Chapel

TseTse Fly Middle-East

and Human Rights Watch

The London-based experimental arts platform, with global roots, Tse Tse Fly Middle East presents curated short films and sound performances. All artists are locally-based but from all over the world, performing in support of human rights and freedom of speech More info and booking...

Sunday 3rd June

FAB 1, 94 Walcot Street

Also on:
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June
Saturday 2nd June

Kilter Theatre & University of Bath present

The Cubicle

A theatrical space to ponder & play with cutting-edge research on body image.

Activities of every shape & size! Guest speakers celebrating the amazing body you already have! Workshops for singing, stretching, dancing, laughing... but not changing a thing! Developed in collaboration with University of Bath Psychology Researchers, The Cubicle will have you head over heels with your hiccups & hairy armpits.
Open 12 noon to 10pm More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Bath Street

Akro Kraks

Boy meets boy or girl? Clown and fool followed by Akro brilliance and a tantalizing striptease for all the family (yes, it is surprising!). Contortion and juggling follow in a bizarre combination of absurdity and audience participation. Everything is rounded off with a breath taking performance of Acrobatic skill leaving the public with their jaw on the floor and their hands clapping. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

The Milk Float Stage

‘The Milk Float Stage’ is a solar powered mobile music stage, run by singer-songwriter Paul Thompson. Paul gained a Guinness World record with his eco-float (named Bluebell!), after touring from Norfolk to the Edinburgh Fringe and back…at 10mph!!

Paul’s latest venture is the creation of ‘Milk Float TV’ with fellow Bath Spa University MA Songwriter, Andy Jones. MFTV features music sessions, live gigs and interviews with songwriters, all from the back of Bluebell.

The Milk Float Stage will be showcasing some of the fabulous students from Bath Spa’s Commercial Music and Songwriting MA courses, as well as filming some ‘Bedlam Specials’ for MFTV. Come and experience some great moo-sic, once floated, never forgotten!
More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Phil Young Presents

Philentertains

He fell in love with her in the deep sea, but can he fathom how to win her love or will she think him too shallow? An aquatic love story. More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Bedlam Sunday

Bath's big outdoor performance day features Bash St. Theatre, Whalley Range Allstars, Ramshacklicious, and many many more - including our New Work Works performers. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Animystic Productions Presents:

The Hoary Halfling Tavern

Welcome to the Hoary Halfling, the oldest travelling pub this side of Great River! Come and have a drink with the cantankerous bar maid and be regaled with tall tales from our resident Adventurer! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Sarah Slater Presents

Ralph La Wong

Ralph is a parody of traditional music hall entertainment, attempting world record breaking plate spinning….without plates…. More info and booking...

The Bell

Dusty Stray + Stuart Cullen

Folk Noir from Texas and Somerset via Amsterdam & Brighton, these two chaps (DS is, in the modern way, one feller by the name of Jonathan Brown) are great pals and one ca see the attraction. Jonathan is renowned for the beauty of his writing; Stuart has been better known for electronica but this step into the acoustic is an artistic rebirth. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Liberty Rocks present:

The Lost Luggage

3 space explorers and their mobile semi-sentient robotic dinosaur land in Bath, their mission - to discover our alien environment and interact with its inhabitants, delivering a vital message and collecting fuel to allow them to continue on their journey. Oooh errr..robotic dinosaurs...in Bath!! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Jessica Rost Company present:

Peddlers' Pack

So many things you never saw before'- five hucksters will be hawking the fringes and byways of town: conducting their commerce, making connections, interactions and unforgettable transactions; the like of which you could not ever have imagined possible. Find them before they find you! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Bath Street

Street to the Point

Once again young people from Eastleigh’s The Point Youth Theatre Eastleigh will be parading their fabulous and numerous walkabout comedy en masse. You sure won’t miss them! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Emma Louvelle Presents:

Red Shoes

Artist Emma Louvelle brings Hans Christian Anderson's 'Red Shoes' to life dancing her way around Bedlam propelled by her enchanted shoes. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Dominique Fester Physical Theatre presents:

An Ordinary Place - The Hospital

Dominique Fester Physical Theatre presents ‘The Hospital’, a playful Street Theatre piece which takes us inside the medical world, and the situations encountered there More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Alex Hofgartner Presents:

Strong Women

Strength of mind? Strength of body? Strength of Purpose? Yes, all of these and more from 3 acro-balancing phenomena More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Akro Kraks

Boy meets boy or girl? Clown and fool followed by Akro brilliance and a tantalizing striptease for all the family (yes, it is surprising!). Contortion and juggling follow in a bizarre combination of absurdity and audience participation. Everything is rounded off with a breath taking performance of Acrobatic skill leaving the public with their jaw on the floor and their hands clapping. More info and booking...

Walcot Chapel

Live at Walcot Chapel

Live Conversation

Artists involved with the exhibition and events informally gather together to talk about their featured work, and to put it in its wider context. Anyone who drops by is welcome to join in the conversation. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Animystic Productions Presents:

The Hoary Halfling Tavern

Welcome to the Hoary Halfling, the oldest travelling pub this side of Great River! Come and have a drink with the cantankerous bar maid and be regaled with tall tales from our resident Adventurer! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Curious Company presents:

The Dept of Complaints

Got something to moan about? Is something just not right? Tell it all to our very own Department of Complaints. It MAY get sorted. Then again, it may not. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Sarah Slater Presents

Ralph La Wong

Ralph is a parody of traditional music hall entertainment, attempting world record breaking plate spinning….without plates…. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Jessica Rost Company present:

Peddlers' Pack

So many things you never saw before'- five hucksters will be hawking the fringes and byways of town: conducting their commerce, making connections, interactions and unforgettable transactions; the like of which you could not ever have imagined possible. Find them before they find you! More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Emma Louvelle Presents:

Red Shoes

Artist Emma Louvelle brings Hans Christian Anderson's 'Red Shoes' to life dancing her way around Bedlam propelled by her enchanted shoes. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Bath Street

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Alex Hofgartner Presents:

Strong Women

Strength of mind? Strength of body? Strength of Purpose? Yes, all of these and more from 3 acro-balancing phenomena More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 2nd June

Phil Young Presents

Philentertains

He fell in love with her in the deep sea, but can he fathom how to win her love or will she think him too shallow? An aquatic love story. More info and booking...

Bedlam Fair: Saw Close

Street to the Point

Once again young people from Eastleigh’s The Point Youth Theatre Eastleigh will be parading their fabulous and numerous walkabout comedy en masse. You sure won’t miss them! More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Bedlam Cabaret

featuring The Hot Potato Syncopators

In for the evening in our favourite covered open air space, Bedlam Cabaret features faces from the afternoon on the street, plus some extra stunning up & coming artists from the region, all rounded off by a show from the West's most stylish street band.
Full bill to be confirmed on the Bedlam leaflet and website nearer the time. More info and booking...

Monday 4th June

The Bell

Eva Abraham

Born in Muswell Hill to Polish mother and Hungarian father, Eva grew up with music in her blood. Fronting touring soul/jazz bands and deep involvement with the original Big Chill, then to a physical and emotional turning-point, she has become a performer of transformative sensitivity & power. More info and booking...

Wednesday 6th June

The Bell

Da Fuchaman

with The Fire Blaze Band

A new voice, a new face, and a new energy in Roots Reggae: born and raised in St Ann, Jamaica; currently the most sought after vocal collaborator over in Bristol town; tonight with his young and hungry westcountry band, songs that could have come from the '70s golden age, and sounds of now. More info and booking...

Thursday 7th June

The Museum of Bath at Work

Totem Factotem: Sculpture of the Found and Made

Paul Juillerat

Renowned local sculptor Paul Juillerat will be talking about his latest exhibition of work displayed amongst the cluttered workshop settings of the Museum of Bath at Work. Inspired by and including historical artifacts found in the grounds around his home on Brassknocker Hill. Fascinating. More info and booking...

The Moorfields Inn

The Old Town Reclamation String Band present

Skiffle Singalong and other stuff

In association with Bath Songwriters Group

Come along with your voices and acoustic instruments and join in the skiffle, country, folk, rockabilly classics - or just come along. Songsheets with chords will be provided. There will also be original songs from local singer songwriters. More info and booking...

Sunday 10th June

The Museum of Bath at Work

BAW History Group invites you to

Bath Arts Workshop and Counterculture in the 1970s

Free drop in event with film 1200-1600 hours

Do you remember Bath in the 1970s, the Bath Arts Workshop, the Other Festivals, Comtek? Join us at the Museum of Bath at Work to hear and share stories and film of Bath's groundbreaking counterculture from 50 years ago, soon to be the subject of a book and exhibition (opens April 2019). More info and booking...

The Bell

Walcot Sunday at The Bell

Nuala Honan & Claire Northey / Strange Planet / Mustard Brass Band

Walcot Weekend at The Bell brings three new acts from familiar faces: Nuala Honan we know all about round here, Claire Northey plays great fiddle and electronic bits; SP focus around Van Der Graff co-founder Judge Smith, and MB are a New Orleans marching band style combo from the makers of The Jazz Cannibals. Bands at 1pm, 3.30pm and 6pm, till 8pm. For running order see website nearer the time. More info and booking...

Monday 11th June

St James Wine Vaults - Downstairs

The Medicine Show Radio Revue Presents

Carrington MacDuffie

plus Fraser Anderson

Austin Indie High Priestess includes Bath Fringe on her 50 date European Tour, described as Carol King meets Grace Jones
Fraser Anderson Hailed by Howard Thompson (Former Head of A&R, Elektra Records) as “the best singer-songwriter I’ve heard in a long time”, the BBC’s Bob Harris as a “truly beautiful voice” and by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one to keep an eye on”, Anderson is a “truly remarkable artist” (BBC Radio Wales). Likened to Damien Rice’s emotionality, Glen Hansard’s crafted storytelling, the intensity of Nick Drake and the lively humour of John Martyn, Anderson stands out in his own right.
If you haven’t heard Anderson’s music yet, you are in for a treat. Words fail to prepare you for the delicate warm and comforting tones of his voice More info and booking...

Thursday 14th June

Parade Gardens

Also on:
Friday 15th June
Saturday 16th June
Sunday 17th June

A celebration of heritage skills

Festival of Iron

Four days of Blacksmithing Action!

This four day festival offers a unique opportunity to witness Master blacksmiths at work as they forge a brand new balustrade for the Parade Gardens bandstand. This striking piece of public art - 'Hammer and Anvil' - is based on an original musical score; it will be donated to the city. 10am - 6pm daily. More info and booking...

Friday 15th June

Parade Gardens

Also on:
Thursday 14th June
Saturday 16th June
Sunday 17th June

A celebration of heritage skills

Festival of Iron

Four days of Blacksmithing Action!

This four day festival offers a unique opportunity to witness Master blacksmiths at work as they forge a brand new balustrade for the Parade Gardens bandstand. This striking piece of public art - 'Hammer and Anvil' - is based on an original musical score; it will be donated to the city. 10am - 6pm daily. More info and booking...

Saturday 16th June

Parade Gardens

Also on:
Thursday 14th June
Friday 15th June
Sunday 17th June

A celebration of heritage skills

Festival of Iron

Four days of Blacksmithing Action!

This four day festival offers a unique opportunity to witness Master blacksmiths at work as they forge a brand new balustrade for the Parade Gardens bandstand. This striking piece of public art - 'Hammer and Anvil' - is based on an original musical score; it will be donated to the city. 10am - 6pm daily. More info and booking...

Sunday 17th June

Parade Gardens

Also on:
Thursday 14th June
Friday 15th June
Saturday 16th June

A celebration of heritage skills

Festival of Iron

Four days of Blacksmithing Action!

This four day festival offers a unique opportunity to witness Master blacksmiths at work as they forge a brand new balustrade for the Parade Gardens bandstand. This striking piece of public art - 'Hammer and Anvil' - is based on an original musical score; it will be donated to the city. 10am - 6pm daily. More info and booking...