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News from around the city
Music of the forest
Forest Live, a major outdoor live music series held by Forestry Commission England, will be taking place this summer in Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire – one of seven beautiful woodland arenas being used across the country. The concerts are renowned for their informal and relaxed atmosphere within a spectacular forest backdrop. Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. This year’s headline acts at Westonbirt Arboretum are Stereophonics (13 June), Paul Weller (14 June), Jack Savoretti and The Wandering Hearts (15 June), and Hacienda Classical (16 June). forestryengland.uk/music.
The inspirations and aspirations of fashion designers and textile artists Charles and Patricia Lester are the subject of an illustrated talk on 14 May at The Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel. Discover how they carved their own path, creating original pieces that celebrate colour and individuality. Charles and Patricia will explain their creative journey within the fashion industry, from making and selling children’s clothes to seeing their clothes worn by icons of the worlds of film and opera. £30 including a two-course lunch in the 3AA Rosettes restaurant, Dan Moon at The Gainsborough. Book on 01225 358888.
Do you fancy playing a ‘casualty’ and experiencing an open-water rescue by a Newfoundland dog on 8 June? All while making a real difference to patients and families at the Royal United Hospitals Bath? You will be suited up, taken out into Portishead Quays Marina by boat and then asked to jump in… but it won’t be long before an incredible 14-stone, four-legged, hairy hero tows you safely back to the boat. There will also be a chance for photos with your rescuer. The day will be run by the incredible team at Newfound Friends UK and their welltrained and beautiful Newfoundland dogs on behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal. Registration £30, and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 for a campaign close to their heart at the RUH. foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk
The joy of colour
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy’s Wonder Women of Space budget exhibition has been rated one of the best in the country. by The Museums and Heritage Awards. The exhibition has been shortlisted in the category of projects with a limited budget achieving the biggest impact. Wonder Women of Space, a one-room exhibition, was funded by a small Bath and North East Somerset Council Heritage Grant. The exhibition focused on female space heroines, showing how these role models inspire young people today and change the way we see the world. bath-preservation-trust.org.uk
Bath’s hidden bath Archaeologists have begun re-excavating a hidden Roman bath at the Roman Baths. First discovered 130 years ago, the bath was excavated and then quickly backfilled with only very simple recording taking place, so no-one really knows what it looks like. Measuring 4 x 5 metres, it is one of eight baths known at the Roman Baths site, sited beneath York Street next to the main suite of baths. Stephen Clews, manager of the Roman Baths, said: “The excavation is part of the most significant archaeological investigations to have taken place here for more than 30 years. It is helping us to build a picture of what was happening on the south side of the site, where it has been very difficult to gain access to in the past.” The excavation is part of a wider programme taking place as part of the National Lottery funded Archway Project. romanbaths.co.uk/archway
Iford Arts, the renowned opera festival, which attracts visitors from around the world, has just announced the cast for their production of Donizetti’s timeless, muchloved Italian comedy L’elisir d’amore. Robert Lewis will play Nemorino, the infatuated village boy and Claire Lees will play Adina, the wealthy object of his affection. They are joined by Matthew Durkan as Nemorino’s love rival, the selfimportant Belcore and Iúnó Connolly as Giannetta. The production opens on 31 August at Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon and runs until 7 September. ifordarts.org.uk; Book via Bath Box Office
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