Welcome to the Bath Buskers Web Site

The name says it all:- it's a web site by buskers for buskers about busking and street entertainment in Bath, with contributions from many of Bath's local buskers. Please note that this is not the official website of Bath buskers - such a thing would be a contradiction in our view. It is a website by some buskers in Bath.

If you busk in Bath (or elsewhere) and would like to contribute to the site you are very welcome - you can email the site via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We try to be inclusive, although if you would prefer to remain enigmatic, as some people do, then that's fine. However, even if you're not a busker - perhaps a local resident or maybe a visitor to our city - we hope that you will find plenty in these pages to inform and entertain.

You'll find these pages packed full of useful info about busking, and the answers that you always wanted to know to the questions you never dared to ask, such as: how do I get a pitch? Is busking legal? Do I need a license to busk in Bath? Should I give money to buskers?


Feb 2015 - Buskers Consent to sell CDs


 This is a message from the senior licensing office at B&NES. From rumours heard on the street there was no consultation process with buskers.




Buskers Consent to Sell CDs




The process has now been approved to enable you to sell CDs of your own work


Payable Fees


The following fees or arrangements must be paid or in place prior to any sales taking place:-



£200 payable in advance by Cash, Cheque or card.

£240 payable by Monthly Direct Debit of £20.


1st March to 31st October

£150 payable in advance by Cash, Cheque or card.

£160 payable by Monthly Direct Debit of £20.

Quarterly as per Policy

1/1, 1/4, 1/7, 1/10

£100 per quarter (or part quarter) payable in advance.

Direct Debit option not available.




Although there is no charge for the initial badge issued to you, if it  is lost or stolen and you require a replacement badge then a fee of £10 will become payable.


The above fees are non-negotiable and will be required to be paid by all entertainers that wish to sell CDs of their own work.


If you wish to apply for a Consent to sell CDs of your own work:


·      the Street Trading Standard Conditions will apply; and


·      the Bath Buskers Guide must be adhered to; and


·      you must complete the form overleaf and return it to Licensing Services at  Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath  BA1 IJG or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Failure to obtain a Consent prior to exposing your CDs for sale on any of the Adopted Streets in the Bath and North East Somerset area will result in enforcement action being taken against

The Bath Buskers Guide

The Bath Buskers Guide is an initiative (like this website) by a handful of local buskers who felt there was a need to remind everybody of the established busking protocol. It is based on the original Buskers Code of Practice (almost word for word). A key message in the leaflet is to encourage buskers to co-operate with each other to keep sound levels down (not just amplifiers) to a reasonable level and maintain a sense of harmony on the streets.

There is a map on the leaflet with all the busking pitches and the established booking system. The only change is that the Council has agreed to 'tolerate' amplification which is a major step forward but we must not abuse this freedom. A lot of effort has gone into creating the leaflet and getting onboard official support without their interference to make it regulation top-heavy so that the buskers both local and visiting can find it easy to read. Thanks to Andrew Cooper,Bath City Centre manager who arranged a meeting between a handful of buskers and the local authorities and also tightened up the design of the leaflet and financed the printing of it.

You can download the guide here.

Jez Broun
Gary Millhouse
Steve Robinson

Busking in the Southgate Centre

Some recent discussion on Flickr suggested that the new Southgate Centre in Bath might not welcome buskers.

In fact we have been assured by the Southgate Centre Management that this is not the case, and that they are keen to welcome buskers, and in fact will be setting up their own booking system.

Read more...

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