The Bath City (Jubilee) Waits

06 February 2020

‘It was common practice in the past for European towns and cities to have their own corporate bands, usually referred to as Waits or Waites. Bath was no exception, and the Bath City Waits flourished in the 18th century when Beau Nash decreed a formal role for them in greeting important visitors.

The Waits also supplemented this income by playing for visitors at their lodging houses. In 2012, then councillor Ian Gilchrist decided that this was a tradition worth reviving, and with the support of the Charter Trustees and the Mayor of Bath the Waits were re-incorporated.


Visitors welcome £5 • Members/Students £2

Image Credit: Yale Center for British Art

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Ian Gilchrist, Leader of the Bath City Jubilee Waits