The Carousel returns!

The Carousel returns!

Not the best weather to be putting it together but – all being well – the Victorian-styled Carousel will be up and musically revolving from tomorrow outside the Roman Baths side- entrance in Stall Street.


It’s starting to take shape!

It’s here until December 30th and a lot of people have been waiting for it’s return to Bath.

After all the shopping – time to let the youngsters enjoy a touch of  festive magic astride its galloping horses.

S’now what to do with your rubbish!

S’now what to do with your rubbish!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – from Bath’s Theatre Royal – have joined Bath & North East Somerset Council’s campaign to encourage residents to make full use of the wide range of recycling collection services available and reduce what goes into rubbish bags over the Christmas break.


At Christmas, we use enough card packaging in the UK to cover Big Ben nearly 260,000 times – a staggering amount which, when laid out, would cover the return distance between London and Lapland – 103 times (*) – so it’s lucky that we can recycle!

Devon-Elise Johnson, who stars as Snow White, in the pantomime was joined by the Theatre Royal’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ – Jamie Legg as Sneezer, Simeon Dyer as Smiler, Glynn Jones as Kip, Sarah Knowles as Soppy, Mark Sealey as Grouchy, Steve Cox as Twitcher and Chris Chapman as Pop – who are helping Bath & North East Somerset Council publicise just how much of the waste we produce at Christmas can now be recycled.

The Theatre Royal’s Snow White, Devon-Elise Johnson, said: “In the pantomime, Snow White has to do a lot of chores for the Wicked Queen but one household job I love is recycling. We’re backing Bath and North East Somerset’s Christmas recycling campaign and I’m a huge fan, with so much extra waste at this time of year it’s more important than ever to get involved. If you follow the simple guidelines, you might be surprised to see just how much you actually can recycle now. It’s great to know that everything collected for recycling is made into useful new products, it helps to save energy and resources, so the more we can all recycle the better.”

Almost everyone is familiar with recycling certain basic items, but with such a wide range now included Snow White and the ‘Magnificent Seven’ are reminding everyone of the top 7 Christmas items we can recycle, including;

–     PAPER, remember to recycle your Christmas wrapping paper and greetings cards;

–     GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS from cranberry sauce, mincemeat and mulled wine bottles;

–     FOIL from mince pies and wrapping the turkey;

–     CANS AND AEROSOLS including squirty cream aerosols plus large tins like biscuit tins;

–     TEXTILES including worn out or unwanted Christmas jumpers;

–     CARDBOARD, you can recycle packaging from presents and deliveries, mince pie boxes and tubes from inside wrapping paper and the cardboard from around Christmas crackers (make sure you remove all other non-cardboard items);

–     ELECTRICAL ITEMS like broken fairy lights or electronic toys;


–     FOOD – Snow White may well have wished she’d recycled her infamous apple in her food waste! As well as fruit, you can also put left-over turkey skin and bones in your food bin, sprout and vegetable peelings, nut shells and any other left over food – remember you can put your food in plastic bags if you prefer not to use the compostable liners.

Bath & North East Somerset Council would like to thank the residents of Bath and North East Somerset for their help and patience with the new collection service. Now that rubbish is collected every other week, it’s important to recycle as much as possible and the Council is hoping that these tips will help residents to do just that over the Christmas period. When putting your recycling out, please remember to help the crews by separating your recycling.

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan) so residents are advised to check their revised collection day online at or contact Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41.

Residents can also take their waste to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Recycling Centres. These will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan).


Speak up for Bath

Speak up for Bath

Volunteers are being encouraged to take up two vacancies on Bath City Forum to speak up for area and its residents.

The forum, which was set up two years ago by Bath & North East Somerset Council, aims to improve engagement with residents, businesses and other organisations and to address specific city-wide issues and priorities.


The Bath Guildhall

There are currently  two vacancies for co-opted members to join the forum, which meets six times a year.

Chair of the Bath City Forum, Councillor Colin Blackburn (Westmoreland) said: “There are presently two vacancies for co-opted members to join the forum. Being a member of the forum is an opportunity to feed into council the views of the city of Bath. The forum acts as an advisory and consultative body to focus on specific issues affecting the city with the aim  of making the city a better place to live and work.”

As well as elected councillors from the Bath wards on Bath and North East Somerset Council, the forum co-opts up to 13 members and who have voting rights on the forum.

It meets every two months with extra events and working groups as agreed by the forum. And it works with relevant cabinet members and officers on all kinds of issues.

Further information about the Bath City Forum including the Terms of Reference is available at the Bath City Forum website.

Co-opted membership of the Bath City Forum is a voluntary role where members are expected to:

  • To attend and participate fully in six forum meetings a year.
  • To engage in other events and working groups that may be arranged to follow up on specific actions or themes.
  • Outside of meetings, to act as a conduit between the work of the forum to residents’, community and business networks.
  • To collaborate with other forum members in gaining a shared understanding of issues facing the city and potential solutions.
  • To take the lead on specific actions and themes determined by the forum.
  • To identify areas for innovation and improvement and to work with others to help deliver agreed projects.
  • To champion the city and the work of the forum.
  • To participate in the work around funding allocations that the forum have delegated responsibilities for.
  • To bring any specialist expertise, knowledge, experience and networks to the work of the forum.

Support will be provided to members, including induction and online resources. Co-opted membership will initially be for two years with the option to extend for an additional two years.

Co-opted members will be required to meet standards set out in relevant code of conduct, for example relating to declaration of interests.

To apply for this role, please complete and return the application form to:  by noon on 04 January 2017. Applications will be assessed by a panel from the Bath City Forum.


Tears for Fears to play Bath next May.

Tears for Fears to play Bath next May.

Bath Festival is marking its 70th anniversary next year with two days of pop concerts at the Recreation Ground featuring Tears for Fears and Alison Moyet – with more acts to be announced.

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On the Tears for Fears website, band members Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith have released a statement:

‘ (We’re) pleased to announce that we’ll be returning to Bath in May 2018.
Coming home to play in the city where it all started for us 37 years ago for the 70th anniversary of the @Bathfestivals is a perfect way to round off the tour. We can’t wait.’
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“We’re pleased to announce that one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK, Tears For Fears, who have sold an astronomical 30 million albums worldwide, performed to countless sold out audiences, won various awards, and are currently more popular than ever, will headline the first of two days of live music on the Bath Rec for the closing weekend of The Bath Festival which runs from 11 to 27 May. 2018 sees Tears for Fears embark on their ‘Rule The World Tour 2018’ which consists of 11 dates in the UK & Ireland, with their closing gig confirmed in their home town of Bath on Saturday 26th May.

The finale weekend of The Bath Festival will take place on the Rec on 26th – 27th May where we will have three outdoor stages and a number of hugely exciting acts across the two days.

The band’s Roland Orzabal said: “We have a massive six months ahead, and this just tops it off beautifully. Coming home to play in the city where it all started for us 37 years ago on the Rec for the finale weekend of the 70th anniversary of the Bath Festival is a perfect way to round off the tour. We can’t wait.”

Tears For Fears’ special guest will be the iconic voice of Alison Moyet, with more big names across the weekend to be announced soon.”

Ian Stockley, Chief Executive of Bath Festivals said: “We’re delighted to announce plans for our finale weekend on the Rec, 26th – 27th May. The mix of events during this weekend will allow us to deliver a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family, as a conclusion to the true festival experience that we are developing for the city across the 17 days. There could not be a more appropriate band to announce as our first headline act for this weekend of events than Tears For Fears.”

Tears For Fears boast a catalogue of huge hits, including classics such as ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, ‘Shout’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Head Over Heels’, and ‘Woman In Chains’, and have already sold out a number of dates across the UK in the spring.

Tears For Fears is Roland Orzabal on vocals, guitar, keyboards, and Curt Smith vocals, bass and keyboards. Their recently released Greatest Hits album, ‘Rule The World’ features all the aforementioned hits and more, plus it boasts the first original music from the duo since 2004, the single ‘I Love You But I’m Lost’ and acoustic track ‘Stay’.

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Three-times BRIT Award-winner and Grammy-nominee, Alison Moyet, has released 9 solo studio albums with 2017 seeing the release of the critically-acclaimed album ‘Other’, and her biggest world tour for thirty years.

Our festival weekend finale comes almost 50 years after Bath Blues Festival (1969), which featured a stellar line-up on the Rec including the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. In the crowd that day was Michael Eavis, who was inspired by the experience and started Glastonbury Festival the following year (1970).


How to book

In person at Bath Box Office from 10.30am to 5pm on the release date.
By telephone on 01225 463362.
Online here and via  Instagram: @TearsForFearsMusic

Royal outfits to go on show

Royal outfits to go on show

A new exhibition exploring the fashions worn by successive generations of women in the Royal Family will open at the Fashion Museum Bath on 3 February 2018 and run until 28 April 2019.

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Royal Women will be a ‘family tree’ exhibition looking at the clothes worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.

Wives and daughters, sisters and mothers; none of them were regnant yet they all played a key role in the British monarchy. The exhibition will examine their sartorial lives, looking at each woman’s unique style, the role they played within the monarchy and how that was reflected in their choice of dress.

The exhibition will feature exquisite items of dress from the Fashion Museum collection, as well as a major loan from the Royal Collection, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.


EVENING DRESS, lilac silk by Morin Blossier about 1893 Lilac watered silk with velvet, lace and pearl trimmings Worn by Queen Alexandra Credit: Fashion Museum Bath

The exhibition curator, Elly Summers, said: “The Fashion Museum is one of the world’s great museum collections of historical fashionable dress and we are immensely fortunate that amongst its treasures it includes dress belonging to members of the Royal Family; we are equally fortunate in the loan of key pieces from the Royal Collection.”

Each of the royal women featured in the exhibition had their own unique style:

Her Majesty Queen Alexandra

1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925

Queen Alexandra was a fashion icon, whose look was quite different from that of her mother-in-law, Queen Victoria. She set a trend for chokers and high necklines and was well known for her elegant, tailored daywear.  

Her Majesty Queen Mary

26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953

An imposing, statuesque figure, Mary was the embodiment of royalty. Her role was to be a steadying influence, reassuring the British public during difficult times, including the First World War, and her dress style reflected this. Mary’s style stayed constant through dramatic changes in fashions during the first half of the 20th century. Impeccably dressed, for eveningwear she wore heavily beaded gowns and for day she wore tailored suits and large toque hats.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002

Elizabeth and King George VI were seen as the saviours of the monarchy and had to weather many crises, including the Second World War and the abdication of Edward VIII. Elizabeth related well to the public, and brought sparkle to the image of royal women in the post-war world, when it was much needed. Elizabeth loved fashion and took a keen interest in designs, fabrics and colours. Norman Hartnell designed much of what she wore – which included dramatic eveningwear and soft pastel coloured daywear that flattered her diminutive height.


EVENING DRESS, red and white striped cotton by Norman Hartnell 1949 Red and white ͚candy-striped͛ cotton evening dress with full sleeves Worn by Princess Margaret Credit: Fashion Museum Bath

Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002

Princess Margaret was glamorous and beautiful and was often photographed wherever she went. Unlike the reigning monarch, Margaret had more freedom to explore fashion, something she took great pleasure in. Many of her earlier outfits were designed by Hartnell, and she became a great patron of Christian Dior after she was introduced to his New Look collection in 1947.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Tartan silk dress belonging to Alexandra, Princess of Wales (about 1870)

Made by Madame Elise, this stunning tartan dress was probably worn by Alexandra to a function at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.

This exquisite dress has a great story, for it was part of the dispersed royal wardrobe. Following Alexandra’s death in 1925, many of her dresses were dispersed and even today the whereabouts of many remain a mystery. This colourful dress, now a treasured part of the Fashion Museum collection, was discovered in the 1930s in a high end ‘vintage’ shop called Baroque in Margaret Street in London, and from there made its way into the Fashion Museum collection.

  • Purple silk chiffon dress belonging to Alexandra, Princess of Wales (1910)

Made by Madame Doeuillet, of very fine, heavily embroidered silk chiffon, this dress was most likely unworn, perhaps having been discarded for mourning clothes on Edward VII’s death.

  • Dress and cape of gold lamé and turquoise cut velvet belonging to Queen Mary (1947)

Made by Hartnell and worn by Queen Mary to the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten RN at Wesminster Abbey in 1947. This historic commission for Hartnell included not only designing the wedding dress for the Princess, but also the dresses for her eight bridesmaids and members of her family.


EVENING DRESS, grey silk satin with beads decoration by Norman Hartnell 1954 Grey silk satin evening dress decorated with beads, mother of pearl, sequins and diamantés Worn by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Credit: Fashion Museum Bath

  • Grey silk satin ball gown worn by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1954)

On long-term loan from the Royal Collection, the dress was made by Hartnell and worn to a dinner for educational charity the English Speaking Union in New York on 3 November 1954. Hartnell gowns were hugely labour intensive – at this time he employed 400 staff, from cutters and seamstresses to embroiderers.

  • Christian Dior ‘Rose Pompon’ strapless cream silk chiffon day dress worn by Princess Margaret (1952)

The Princess wore this dress from Dior’s ‘Rose Pompon’ collection to Royal Ascot.

  • Christian Dior strapless black lace evening dress worn by Princess Margaret (1953)

Worn to a performance of Guys and Dolls at the London Coliseum on 23 July 1953, which Princess Margaret attended along with her sister The Queen and Prince Philip.



B&NES back in the council house business.

B&NES back in the council house business.

Well, l never thought l would hear it coming out of the mouth of a Conservative Council leader but Cllr Tim Warren has told me B&NES is going back into the council house building business.

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Cllr Tim Warren, Leader, Bath and North East Somerset Council

In a frank – end of the year – chat with Bath Newseum, Cllr Warren looked back over a year of highs and lows and talked about the strains and stresses on his ever-decreasing budget.

There was news about plans to still go ahead with east of Bath extra parking provisions and ways in which the Council was exploring options for dealing with its road congestion and pollution issues.

But housing – and affordable homes  -came up in conversation too and that included news about B&NES starting to building council houses again.

I have not edited the following chat. It is as it happened.



That’s entertainment – Bath style.

That’s entertainment – Bath style.

Celebrities, musicians, actors and artists of Georgian Bath come under a new spotlight when an exhibition dedicated to their incredible stories opens at the Victoria Art Gallery.

From the sleazy to the sophisticated ‘Entertainment in Bath’ looks at performers and events in the city since its Georgian heyday through to its Victorian past and more recently Bath Festival and infamous pop concerts.

In the 18th century, Bath was second only to London for the remarkable quality and variety of music, art and theatre on offer. Performers would come to the city to entertain the wealthy spa visitors. Here they would develop their skills, and attract a following and a good reputation before moving on to further fame and fortune in London.


Pictured is one of the scenes featured in the Entertainment in Bath exhibition

Wonderful portraits by Gainsborough, Bath’s best painter at the time, and works by the Georgian comic artist Thomas Rowlandson will feature in the exhibition.

Highlights from the gallery’s own collection of paintings, drawings and prints will be on show alongside important loans from the Royal Collection, lent by Her Majesty The Queen, and the National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition, which runs from January 13 to March 14, will touch upon some of the less obvious ‘entertainments’ in the city, covering the full spectrum of morality, from gambling and prostitution to attendance at fashionable chapels.

The quirkier exhibits will include gambling paraphernalia and instruments similar to those played by musicians such as William Herschel, who lived and worked in Bath.

Councillor Paul Myers, (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield) Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “Entertainment in Bath will give a fascinating insight into the city’s social history, while showcasing highlights from the Victoria Art Gallery’s outstanding collection.

“Some of the creative stars depicted in the exhibition are still well-known today, while others have been largely forgotten. However they are all intrinsically linked to Bath’s history as a centre for entertainment and creativity, and all have interesting stories to tell.”

Entertainment in Bath will be brought to life by special performances by Bath Spa University drama students on Saturday 24 February and 3, 17, 24 March at 12pm-2pm.

The show will also be accompanied by a free audioguide.  Admission to the exhibition is free for local residents with a Discovery Card (