Update:

During December we are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–3pm, with last entry to the Museum at 2pm. At 3.30pm, the Colorado Lodge opens and at 4pm the grounds re-open for The Enchanted Garden of Light trail.

AMERICANA FEST 2022 FAQs

NOTE RE PARKING – SATURDAY 2 JULY

All parking onsite is now allocated to parking ticket holders only. Additional parking can be found at University of Bath East Carpark Overflow, a short walk from our site. Here’s a map with details of how to find us: Footpath Map to AM&G

 

We hope the information below will help answer any questions you may have about the event. If you have a question or issue regarding your tickets, please contact the ticket provider you purchased from. You can contact either See Tickets or Bath Box Office.

If you have a question about the event itself and cannot find the answer in the information below, please contact the American Museum & Gardens via email to [email protected] or by phone on +44 (0)1225 460503.

What is AMERICANA FEST at the American Museum & Gardens?

AMERICANA FEST is a new 3-day festival of American culture hosted by the American Museum & Gardens on 1-3 July 2022. Taking place throughout the hill-top estate on the edge of Bath with spectacular views across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It will include performances from some of the biggest names in comedy and the UK’s Americana music scene.

Coinciding with celebrations for Independence Day in the US, the weekend programme includes an all-American comedy bill, with headliner Reginald D Hunter, and a top line-up of Americana music, encompassing folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, with headliners Ethan Johns’ Black Eyed Dogs and The Magic Numbers.

There will be four stages – main stage, amphitheatre stage, stone circle, and homegrown stage which will showcase local, emerging musicians. The festival will also offer a variety of entertaining family activities, including a scavenger hunt through the grounds, games, workshops, vintage cars, and American food trucks and bars.

Who is the AMERICANA FEST at the American Museum & Gardens for?

AMERICANA FEST is a new festival at the American Museum & Gardens celebrating all things American: food, music, comedy and culture. Friday night is reserved for adults only (18+) with a line-up of folk music, American comedians and a DJ to finish off the night. Saturday and Sunday the festival runs all day and evening and is suitable for the whole family.  On all days of the festival, there will be American music, food and activities such as games, film screenings and workshops including country line dancing.

In addition to the festival activities, visitors will enjoy the spectacular views from our stunning gardens and on Saturday and Sunday visitors who have pre-booked time slots can also visit the Museum, taking a journey back in time through American history, special exhibition Dress to Redress: Exploring Native American Material Culture featuring work by Anishanabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade and younger visitors can enjoy our children’s garden and play area.

What are the dates and times for AMERICANA FEST at the American Museum & Gardens?

Friday 1 July, 6pm-11pm* (18+ years only)

Saturday 2 July, midday-11pm**

Sunday 3 July, midday-11pm**

Festival tickets can be purchased for one or more of the festival dates. Each ticket will give visitors access to the whole site apart from the Museum and Special Exhibition Gallery, which will be closed on Friday evening and only open to festival ticket holders on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors who wish to visit the Museum and Special Exhibition Gallery on Saturday and Sunday during the opening hours of 12:00-5:00 pm need to sign up for a guided tour on arrival. Tours are free of charge and when ticket holders check in on arrival, they will be offered the chance to sign up for a guided tour of the museum at a specified time during the day. We will do our best to run as many tours as possible, but please note that spaces on guided tours are limited and will be on a first come first served basis only.

*Please note that on Friday 1 July the American Museum & Gardens will be open during our regular hours from 10 am – 5 pm but only the Museum, special exhibition, café and shop will be open. The gardens will be closed to the public during the day to allow for installation of the event to take place. All visitors will need to leave the site by 5 pm. For those wishing to attend the AMERICANA FEST, you must purchase a separate festival ticket and return to the site from 6 pm.

Car parking for the festival will be very limited so a separate car park ticket is required for those who attend the festival and wish to have a car park space.

**On Saturday and Sunday, all visitors are required to have a festival ticket. Our regular daytime tickets will not be available during this time and doors will be closed until noon. Limited time slots will be available for visitors who wish to visit the Museum and special exhibition. These are included in the festival ticket and will be available to book on a first come first serve basis and available to book when purchasing tickets.

What do I do if I arrive early or late?

You are welcome to arrive at any time for the festival from the time the doors open until closing. We ask that you do not arrive more than 15 minutes early before doors open. If you do arrive early, you will be asked to wait until we are ready to welcome visitors.

How do I get to the American Museum & Gardens?

The American Museum & Gardens is located 2 miles from the centre of Bath.

We can be found at:

American Museum & Gardens
Claverton Manor
Bath, BA2 7BD

Tel: 01225 460503

By train: The nearest train station is Bath Spa. From here, take the U1 (First Bus) bus to the University of Bath. From here it is a 15 min walk to the event (see below for more details).

By bus: From Bath city centre, take the U1(First Bus) bus, to Bath University (this service runs every 15-20 minutes until 11.30pm). Timetables, maps and ticket prices for the U1 bus route can be found here https://www.firstbus.co.uk/bristol-bath-and-west/routes-and-maps/universities/university-bath-bath-unibus

Alight at The Avenue just inside the University entrance (this is a request stop). There are some uneven surfaces and steps, and the paths can be dark. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, footwear and bring a torch.

By road: From Bath or Warminster direction, follow the A36 and then the brown signs to the American Museum.

Is there parking available?

Parking onsite is very limited and will be available at an additional charge of £5/space at the time of booking, spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please note we have two car parks onsite. One which includes a limited number of blue badge parking spaces and an additional car park, which is a 5-minute walk downhill to the main site on uneven surfaces with some steps. Except for the blue badge parking we cannot guarantee which car park location you will be allocated at the time of booking.

Car parking is located outside the Bath Clean Air Zone.

If none of our car parking spaces are available, pay & display parking is available at the University of Bath (postcode BA2 7AY). The University of Bath is a 15-minute walk to the AMERICANA FEST.  Prices for parking can be found here https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/visitor-car-parking-on-our-claverton-down-campus/

On arrival at the Museum you will be met by a Car Parking Steward, who will check your tickets and car park booking.

Do I need to book a parking ticket to park?

Yes, parking is very limited. Spaces must be booked in advance if using the Museum’s car parks and tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.

You do not need to pre-book parking at the University. These spaces are subject to the University’s pay and display and are available the day of on a first come first serve basis.

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets for AMERICANA FEST can be purchased through See Tickets here.

Ticket are also available through Bath Box Office here.

I am not able to buy tickets online. Can I purchase another way?

Please contact See Tickets or Bath Box Office.

Do I need to book in advance?

Tickets for the event are anticipated to sell out, so we advise people to purchase early.  If slots are not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase on the day using your personal mobile device.

Please note that the price of tickets will increase two weeks before the event.

How much do tickets cost?

Members and local residents will be given an opportunity to purchase tickets before sales are released to the general public. Infants (0-5) and carers visit for free, but tickets need to be added as part of your purchase.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult, Friday night (18 years+ recommended)          £25

Concession, Friday night (18-25 years with student ID)     £20

VIP Ticket, Friday night  £75

Adult day ticket, Sat or Sun             £39

Concession, Sat and Sun (5-17 years and 18-25 years with student ID)       £25

Family day ticket (2 adults + 2 children up to 18 years old) available on Sat or Sunday only    £90

Saturday or Sunday VIP day ticket £75

Infant (0-5 years)             £0

Carer     £0

Weekend tickets are also available:

3 day weekend ticket (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) £95

2 day weekend ticket (Sat and Sun) £75

2 day family ticket £160

VIP 3 day ticket £200

There is no additional charge for transaction fees.  The transaction charge is included in the ticket prices shown. On-site car parking spaces, if available, must be booked in advance as part of the ticket purchase process.

How much does membership of the American Museum & Gardens cost?

Membership prices are as follows:

Individual            £35

Joint      £50

Family (2 adults and up to 5 children)       £65

Family (1 adult and up to 5 children)        £48

Joint plus (2 adults + 2 guests)    £100

Young Person (18-25)     £18

Joint Plus Family (2 adults + 2 guests and up to 5 children)             £115

What benefits does membership of the American Museum & Gardens bring?

By becoming a member, you can help us care for our permanent collection, hosted in the Grade I listed Claverton Manor, and our extensive gardens. You can also enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free access to the Museum, our award-winning gardens and our special temporary exhibitions
  • Special members events and exclusive exhibition previews
  • Periodic discounts in the café
  • A program of free events throughout the year (charges may apply for some additional events)
  • A monthly e-newsletter, with details of upcoming events

How will I receive my tickets?

Tickets will be sent to you by email.

I have not yet received my tickets – what should I do?

Please check your spam/junk folder as email confirmations can end up here. If you have still not received an email, please contact See Tickets or Bath Box Office.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs on leads are welcome in the outdoor areas of the AMERICANA FEST.

Is my ticket valid for other dates/times?

Tickets are only valid for the date selected at the time of booking. Tickets are not transferable.

Is there an opportunity to visit the AMERICANA FEST as part of a group visit?

Definitely.  We welcome group visits.

What are the prices for group visits?

If you are a group of 15 or more paying visitors you can receive a 10% saving off the full price. If you are a Coach or Travel company wishing to make a group booking then please contact [email protected].

What are the arrangements for coach drop off/pick up?

It is not possible to drop off/pick up at the event as there will be a one-way system in place along the road leading to the event (The Avenue), and this road is not suitable for larger vehicles at the A36 end.

Coach drop off/pick up will be at the University of Bath in the East Carpark (postcode BA2 7AY). This is a 15 minute walk to the event. The car park is clearly marked with University of Bath signage.

For more information on coach parking in Bath, please visit https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/coach-parking-bath

From drop off, coach passengers will need to walk to the AMERICANA FEST. This will take 15 minutes. The route will be lit for some of the path, but there are some uneven surfaces and steps. Those using this route should be asked to wear appropriate outdoor clothing, footwear and to bring a torch.  This option will not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

Is the event suitable for those in wheelchairs?

We have made every effort to ensure that the majority of the event is suitable for those in wheelchairs.

The majority of the event will take place throughout our gardens. Short distances are on grass, with rubber matting.  Our gardens include some gradual slopes and paths are uneven in some places.  Stewards will assist wherever possible.

Are there accessible toilets available?

Yes, accessible toilets are available.

Do carers receive free admission?

Free admission is available for all carers. Tickets should be booked for carers.

Are mobility scooters available for use?

Our mobility scooter will not be available for use during the event. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own mobility scooter.

Can I bring more than one carer?

If you require more than one carer, please contact See Tickets or Bath Box Office.

Can I take a buggy or pram?

You are welcome to have your child in a buggy or pram.  Please note you may need to navigate uneven surfaces at times.

Will baby change be available?

Baby change facilities are available.

Can I buy food and drink on site?

Yes, we will be offering a range of delicious American food and drink options for purchase.

Can I bring my own food and drink to the event?

No, visitors are not allowed to bring any food or drink from outside.

Will the shop be open?

We will have two shops onsite both stocked with American inspired gifts and treats. Our main shop will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Our pop-up shop will be open from 6 pm on Friday until closing and from 12-10 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Will the event be cancelled if the weather is bad?

The event will go ahead in rain or shine, and tickets will not be reimbursed unless in the exceptional case of extreme weather. If the weather is a risk to safety, a decision to cancel the event will be taken by 3pm on the day before. If the event is cancelled, you will be advised by email and text message.

I would like to exchange my tickets for another date – is that possible?

Tickets are only valid for the date selected at the time of booking. However, if it is possible, we will exchange for another date. Please contact See Tickets or Bath Box Office.

If I am unable to attend, can I get a refund?

If AMERICANA FEST is cancelled and you are not able to attend another time offered, in line with the cancellation policy, a refund will be provided. We are not able to provide refunds unless the event itself is cancelled.

Covid-19

You can book with confidence for AMERICANA FEST

  • We have capped capacity on site so visitors will be able to make use of our vast outdoor spaces. The Museum and Special exhibition gallery are only available for entry with pre-booked time slots to ensure safe capacity levels.
  • Contactless payments are preferred
  • We encourage visitors to continue to wear masks when indoors where possible (unless they are exempt from doing so).
  • There is an enhanced cleaning regime in place across the site.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout.
  • Covid risk assessments carried out for the site as a whole and for our catering provisions.

Please don’t visit if you or anyone you are in contact with has shown symptoms of Covid in the last 14 days.

We do not anticipate that Government guidance will require us to cancel the event. However, should this happen, your ticket will be refunded (apart from the transaction fee).

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AMERICANA FEST is brought to you by the American Museum & Gardens, with festival producers Judgeday and music programmed by The 7 Hills.