Back Bath Festivals

by Bath Festivals in Bath, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 23rd June 2020 we successfully raised £17,711 ( + est. £3412.75 Gift Aid ) with 430 supporters in 55 days

Help Bath Festivals survive and develop the positive impact that music, words, books and performance have on people’s lives.

by Bath Festivals in Bath, England, United Kingdom


Bath Festivals is a charity with a mission to enrich people’s lives and enhance their wellbeing through the positive power of music, words, books and performance. The current COVID-19 crisis means that both of our 2020 festivals can no longer take place as planned due to the COVID-19 crisis. The impact of reduced ticket sales, sponsorship and public funding means that we need your help now to ensure that Bath Festivals is here to share a love of books and music with future generations.

We have been working in our communities to celebrate and provide access to the best of music and books in the beautiful city of Bath for more than 70 years. Our goal is to increase and broaden community engagement to provide a vibrant arts culture for everyone…we cannot do this without your support.

We need to raise funds to support us through the next 6 months, enabling us to:

  • continue with our year-round outreach programme
  • bring together the community as we reschedule our spring programme and provide a platform for speakers, writers, musicians, and performance 
  • plan our next annual Children’s Literature Festival

Each year, Bath Festivals, an arts charity which is less than 5% publicly funded, generates income for the local economy and supports local, national, established and rising artists and authors. Our outreach work through our Creative Learning Programme engages with more than 7000 children and vulnerable people in our community each year, inspiring a love of books and music. 

If you’ve enjoyed, as so many of us have, events and experiences such as:

  • Taking your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family friends to be inspired by their favourite authors and illustrators of the magical world of children’s books
  • Hearing some of the world’s finest musicians here in Bath and listening to best-selling authors discuss some of the big issues of our time
  • Witnessing the faces of children and young people, facing life challenges, light up as they experience life-enhancing opportunities from one of the many music and literature projects provided in our year-round Creative Learning programme
  • Party in the City with all that fantastic free music across Bath’s brilliant venues, joining in the celebrations everyone out on the city streets and dancing in the parks 

Then help us keep these much-loved events in Bath’s diary an intrinsic part of our community.

Whatever you can spare, will make a big difference. And if you can’t afford to donate directly, sharing this plea further will assist us greatly.

Please donate and spread the word.

Bath Festivals team

P.S. if you wish to support us in other ways, please click here visit for details on becoming a member or patron.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

Thank you on our website

As recognition your name will appear on our festival website.

£40 or more

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Reading recommendations from our books programmers

Are you looking for your new favourite read? One of our literature festival programmers will talk to you about your favourite books and recommend 3 new reads to suit your tastes (available for adults and children). You’ll also get a 15% discount coupon if you decide you’d like to purchase any of those recommended books from Mr B’s Emporium.

£75 or more

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Kids TV Animation Script Virtual Workshop

Join a 1 hour workshop with Annika Bluhm, experienced children’s animation developer and producer who is currently a Creative Executive at Dreamworks. Share your ideas and scripts with Annika and receive hints and tips on creating an animation script for Children’s television. The workshop will take place on a video call with up to 5 participants and is aimed for adults.

£100 or more

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Behind the Scenes Festival Tour

Ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes of the festival? Have an exclusive tour of the festival hub at the Assembly Rooms with our literature programmer and discover backstage areas like the green room.

£200 or more

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Manuscript critique with Lucy Diamond

Writing your own novel? Top ten bestselling author Lucy Diamond will give you an editorial critique of the first 3 chapters (max 5000 words), plus a telephone/email follow-up discussion £200

£250 or more

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Introduce an event at The Bath Festival

You can get your chance in the spotlight with this opportunity to introduce an author or artist to the stage at The Bath Festival.

£250 or more

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Introduce a Children's Literature Festival event

You can get your chance in the spotlight with this opportunity to introduce an author or illustrator to the stage at the Bath Children's Literature Festival

£100 or more

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Signed Shifty McGifty book and illustration

Receive a Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam book signed by the fantastic illustrator Steven Lenton AND a character illustration of your choice! It makes the perfect gift for little ones.

£150 or more

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Choose the name of a book character - Joanna Nadin

Always wanted to see your name in print? BAFTA-winning author Joanna Nadin will name a character in her new novel after you, or a loved one (and promises not to make them the villain). Includes a signed copy of the first edition.

£150 or more

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Choose the name of a book character- Harriet Evans

Looking for a special present for a booklover or a treat for yourself? Top ten bestselling author Harriet Evans will name a character in her new novel after you. You will receive a signed copy of the first edition from Harriet in this ’novel' opportunity to be immortalised in print.

£150 or more

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Choose the name of a book character – Nicci French

Always wanted to see your name in print? International bestseller Nicci French, author of the Frieda Klein series and The Lying Room, will name a character in their new novel for you. Includes a signed copy of the first edition.

£150 or more

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Choose the name of a book character –Sarah Vaughan

Always wanted to see your name in print? Sunday Times bestseller Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal and Little Disasters, will name a character in her new novel for you. Includes a signed copy of the first edition.

£250 or more

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Real World Studio Tour

Go on your very own private tour of Real World Studios in Wiltshire. Founded by Peter Gabriel in 1986, Real World has an illustrious client roster, many who have appeared at The Bath Festival Finale Weekend including Van Morrison, Paloma Faith, Seth Lakeman, Freya Ridings, Robert Plant and Sophie Ellis Bextor! Experience an exclusive behind the scenes look at where the music magic happens!

£500 or more

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A guide to the Festival with Bath Festivals CEO

Spend the day with the festival CEO as you dip in and out of events, see behind the scenes and discover more about the festival

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