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?


Important event updates from Bath BID

NOTIFICATION of change of dates to  PROMOTE THE CHARITY, Afghan Heroes - fundraising in Kingston Parade

Dear All

Please note that the company Inner Space plan to be in Kingston Parade on Thursday 29th July  - Friday 2nd August 2013 - 9-5 pm each day.

They will have a gazebo, banner stand and table in place.

Representatives of Julian House are looking to undertake a Bath Abbey Social Enterprise Event in Kingston Parade. They will have a mobile van in the square, with bicycle equipment to offer free bike servicing - between the hours of 11.30 - 4.30 pm.

Sunday 19 May 2013 Kingston Parade

Move GB are planning to hold a fitness event in Kingston Parade on Sunday 19th May 2013 between 9 am and 5 pm. They will have a 3 m x 3 m marquee and various items of fitness equipment. There will be a small PA system.

Kingston parade Friday 21 June 2013
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy would like to undertake a solar viewing event on Friday 21st June between 10.30 am and 2 pm.

Kingston Parade 3 - 4 August 2013
Clipper tea wish to be in Kingston Parade on the 3rd and 4th August 2013, between 9 am and 6 pm.  This is part of a UK tour through city centres.

They will have a team of 7 staff onsite overseeing the activity and distributing free product samples (a small box of assorted teabags).

A giant teapot will be in situ that comes to life every hour.  Steam will appear from the spout, bubbles will emerge and helium balloons will be tethered to the teapot and appear as the teapot lid opens.
The overall space required will be 5 m x 4m for the promotion.

The Dorothy House sale is in Kingston Parade
9th and 10th March 2013

 4 April 2013:

The Two Tunnels Greenway opens on Saturday 6 April with a big free public Festival. Part of the festivities is a Family Fresh Air Miles Ride - a 13-mile round trip through the two tunnels and back along the canal tow path. Hundreds have already registered for it online and many more will on the day.  This is an opportunity for buskers to play a log the canal path. Just turn up! 

Tribe Marketing will be using Kingston Parade on
Saturday 11th May 2013 for promotion. They plan to utilise 5m x 5 m of space including a stand.

New 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.

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