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Reside5 – Bath’s Festivals

Bath’s place in the arts dates back to the 18th century, when the old Orchard Street Theatre was built and local luminaries included Thomas Gainsborough and Jane Austen.

The city now boasts five theatres and a cultural calendar of events to be proud of.

We’ve put together a list of some of the finest festivals in our area – on right now and coming up in the next few months.

Our Reside 5 festival review covers sports, music and literature. Hopefully something for everyone. If you know of other Bath festivals coming up this year please share your suggestions with us via Facebook or Twitter.


1. The Iford Arts Music Festival
8th June – 10th August
Twitter: @ifordarts
(Photo courtesy of Iford Arts Festival)

A varied season of opera, jazz proms and classical cloister concerts are performed in the Grade 1 listed Harold Peto gardens of Iford Manor, six miles from Bath. Covered, seated cloister seats are available or you can listen while you picnic.

Coming up: Acis and Galatea by Handel, London Horns and Brazilian jazz from The Minas Project and the festival finale – Soothsayers and Brejeiro.

See www.ifordarts.org.uk for more info.


2. Bath Folk Festival
10th – 18th Aug
Twitter: @BathFolkFest

Bath’s third Folk Festival mixes internationally acclaimed acts and local talent with concerts throughout Bath. This grass roots festival, run by musicians and dancers, for musicians and dancers, is fast becoming a well respected fixture on the folk music scene.

Confirmed acts for this year include Lunasa, James Fagan and Nancy Kerr, Damien O’Kane Trio, and Karen Tweed with Kevin Dempsey and Carolyn Robson.

See http://bathfolkfestival.org/ for more info.


3.  The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games
28th Aug – 1st Sept
Twitter: @SOGreatBritain

Held every 4 years, this is the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. This year it comes to Bath where 1,700 athletes will compete in athletics, artistic gymnastics, football, badminton, golf, table tennis, tennis, swimming and more.

See http://www.bath2013.org.uk/ for more info.

Bath Festival of Chilrdren's Literature 2013

4. Festival of Children’s Literature
Sept 27th – 6th Oct
Twitter: @Bathfestivals

This year’s festival lights up the city once more with stories, readings and workshops. Well loved characters and stories rub shoulders with newer arrivals waiting to be discovered.

Michael Rosen brings his stories and poems about everything from a farting fish to chocolate cake, while local resident Mandy Sutcliffe introduces the world of Belle & Boo. Older children can learn to write about ghosts and vampires at a horror writing workshop with Alexander Gordon Smith. Axel Scheffler, Jeremy Strong are also in attendance along with a dramatic adaptation of Lord of the Flies and much, much more.

See http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/ to find out more.


5. Mozartfest
8th – 16th Nov
Twitter: @bathmozartfest
(Photo kindly supplied by Bath Mozartfest)

The 23rd Bath Mozartfest brings a programme of orchestral, chamber, quartet and choral works to fill some of our finest venues with glorious music.

The Assembly Rooms, Bath Abbey, the Guildhall, The Forum and St Mary’s Bathwick will feature performances by the Nash Ensemble, the Takács Quartet, The Halle Orchestra, Lawrence Power, Andras Schiff, Alfred Brendel, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and many more.

As well as music by Mozart, the programme includes the work of Dvořák, Janáček, Haydn, Ravel and Schubert and Beethoven.

See http://www.bathmozartfest.org.uk/ for more info.

With such a busy few months in prospect, we can’t possibly expect you to attend all of our top five festivals… But we would certainly like to see you give it a go! So whether you’ve been swooning to Schubert, spurring on the sports stars or studying Scheffler’s sketches, please do get in touch to tell us about it.


You spin me right round…

We’re always looking for new ways to show our landlords’ properties, and better ways to help our tenants decide which properties suit them. So when we came across BubblePix, producers of a brand new technology that creates 360° photographic images, we saw an exciting opportunity.

(photo credit: BubblePix)

The BubblePod creates 360° images that will give our prospective tenants an honest view of property interiors – before they decide to visit.

We’re proud to announce we’ve made a small investment in BubblePix and that inventor Tom Lawton has agreed that Reside will be pioneering this exciting technology.

There are two elements to the technology: the BubblePod and the BubblePix App.

The BubblePod is a clockwork turntable that grips your smartphone and smoothly, silently rotates it by 360º.

Meanwhile the BubblePix App on your phone captures the 360º image. Users can shoot and share images in less than a minute.

Reside has agreed to act as a test bed for the early production versions. This means we’ll be one of the first letting agencies to use these images to present our properties.

Once they go into production, this will create a fantastic tool for letting agents everywhere.

To find out more about the BubblePod, click here.


Reside5 – Public Sporting Facilities

Every year, the tense tiebreaks and luscious lawns of Wimbledon inspire many of us to turn off the telly, reach for a racquet and indulge in some very rusty but much-needed exercise.

Bath has a wealth of high quality public sports facilities just waiting to be raided by those of us in the grip of Murray-mania, which is why we have decided to share with you five of our favourite Public Sporting Facilities in the city.

There’s something for everyone in our latest Reside5, but be sure to share your own recommendations with us on Twitter or Facebook.

1. Tennis in the Park
Royal Victoria Park, BA1 2NR
Twitter: @ExcelTennis
(photo credit: twitter.com/ExcelTennis)

Anyone can turn up to Tennis in the Park, who offer a membership-free pay and play system. A total of seven courts are hidden away in a sheltered corner of The Royal Victoria Park, four of which are indoors and floodlit during the winter.

Set in such tranquil surroundings, however, grunters of the Sharapova variety may wish to tone down their performance.

2. Odd Down Cycle Circuit
Bloomfield Road, BA2 2NU
Twitter: @OddDownCircuit
(photo credit: nowbath.co.uk)

This brand new 1.5km (that’s 0.93 miles to you and me) cycle track was built by B&NES council with the help of a £600,000 grant from British Cycling and is one of only 17 such closed road cycling circuits in England. The track received a grand opening from the UK’s King of the Pedals, Sir Chris Hoy, and is designed to encourage more people in the area to take up the sport.

Open family sessions run several times a week from as little as £1 per participant, and inhabitants of penthouse apartments with no storage space can always borrow a bicycle from the track.

3. The Sports Training Village, University of Bath
Claverton Down, BA2 7AY
Twitter: @TeamBath
(photo credit: atcinternationallanguages.com)

This round-up would not be complete without mention of the University of Bath’s impressive sporting facilities, many of which can be booked for public use. The Training Village has played host to a variety of international sports stars and teams, and if you’ve ever idly wondered whether bobsleigh could be your calling then look no further.

A state of the art gym is available to members, and virtually every other sport is catered for – from badminton to volleyball. This is truly the place to discover your area of expertise in time for Rio 2016!

4. The Approach Golf Course
Weston Road, BA1 2DS
Twitter: @Aquaterral

Fans of a Reside5 (let’s call you Reside5ers) will recognise Bath Approach Golf Course from our Viewpoints of Bath blog a couple of months ago. Not only can anyone walk in off the street and enjoy a reasonably priced round of golf, but the panoramas over Bath are not to be missed.

Club hire is included in the admission price, so don’t worry if you’re a 5 iron short of a full set – there’s something here for everyone.

5. Bath’s Pétanque Pistes
Various Locations
(photo credit: flickr.com/bathintime)

If you find that golf is rather too much of an adrenaline rush, you may wish to consider the wonderfully social and gentile game of pétanque. Bath has several pétanque pistes, most notably in Queen Square and Alexandra and Alice Parks, all of which can be booked through the council or used for free if you happen upon an empty one.

The Bath pétanque scene is a busy one, with popular Tuesday and Thursday leagues always on the look-out for new teams and players, and several other competitions running throughout the summer. In fact, visitors to Queen Square on a Thursday evening will often be able to spot the low-flying Reside pétanque team in action.

We hope we’ve given you 5 good reasons turn off the telly and explore some of what Bath has to offer, but before you dig out your tennis whites why not tweet us to let us know what sport you’ll be playing today.