Bath Carnival 2023, festival in Bath
Bath Carnival returns on Saturday 8 July 2023 for its 10th anniversary. Take advantage of this special occasion to explore the sites of this Unesco World Heritage city up close. Discover the history of the city through museums, walks and historical monuments with our Bath Discovery bus tour.
What is the theme of the Bath Carnival 2023?
The Carnival returns to the streets of Bath with a free Carnival throughout the city centre. Local schools, community groups, charities and freelance artists collaborate to prepare their performances for the big day.
This year, the theme of the carnival still develops the idea of “Mother Earth” with “Elements of nature”. The organisers invite the community to explore environmental issues through artistic expression.
This year's brand image explores the four elements : air, earth, water and fire, but also space. The artists will use carnival art to embody the 4 elements while considering the important role we have to play in protecting the environment.
What events are planned for the Bath Carnival?
The Bath Carnival prepared several great events to make this day special: the party in the park, the carnival procession and the after party at Komedia.
Party in the Park
In addition to the street performances, the annual party returns to Sydney Gardens from 10am to 10pm. For the occasion, you can access a range of free, fun festival-themed activities for adults, children and families.
For the 10th anniversary, the festival will host the favourite artists from the previous editions, as well as new talents. The main stage will host an eclectic selection of live bands ranging from Afrobeat to hip-hop and dub-reggae to Samba, featuring: Sam Redmore & The Tropical Soundclash Allstars, Da Fuchaman And His Fireblaze Band, Matuki, Laimu, Eskimo Nebula, Biggles’ Sound and Beatles Dub Club. There will also be a special lineup for the acoustic stage!
Enjoy a selection of delicious foods and drinks with licensed bars and independent food and drink traders. Experience some fantastic interactive workshops and free pitches for local charities.
Children are not forgotten! The totally awesome Super Pirates are organising an action-packed play area with giant inflatables, messy games, strolling and group games.
How to get there ?
Green route: hop off at stop E - Great Pulteney Street/Holburne Museum or at stop F - Beckford Road
The Carnival procession will start at Bath Recreation Ground at 3pm and make its way through the City until 5.30pm.
Each year over 1200 people perform along the procession route with hundreds of professional carnival performers joining forces with local schools, clubs and community groups to create a huge collaborative performance that takes over the entire city centre.
Alongside hundreds of drummers and dancers, for this 10th anniversary, you will see giant puppets, eco-sound systems, wonderful school and community group performances, professional carnival costumes and pedal-powered structures.
The organisers are opening up their enormous collection of costumes to the public. So you can hire your own costume and get dressed up on Carnival day. The funds raised from the hire costs will help them maintain their stock, store them safely throughout the year and organise more community workshops so they can keep growing their collection.
How to get there ?
Green route: hop off at stop D - Laura Fountain
Official After Party at Komedia
The party moves to the live entertainment venue: Komedia. This place is the winner of the Best Venue in the South West of England & Wales - for comedy, music, cabaret, club nights and home to the Krater Comedy Club.
The party will start at 11 pm until late. The price is £7 when booked in advance.
You will be able to enjoy your night with the sound of live percussion and DJ sets.
How to get there ?
Green route: hop off at stop B - Terrace Walk
Red route: hop off at stop 7 - Westgate Buildings
There's so much to do in Bath, so why not make the most of your visit? Check out our selection of ideas for exploring the city. Explore Bath's neighbourhoods on foot with our self-guided walking tours available on the Tootbus app with the Tootwalk feature.