BATH BUSKING UPDATE - 2017
Welcome to busking in Bath. (Please read the website founder's welcome comment above). Busking itself is not regulated by officials, but laws should be observed and other city users interests respected.
The busking protocol in Bath has been established over decades as being fair and considerate to all and issues such as where the pitches are, how they are used and amplification are set out clearly in the The Bath Buskers Guide (an initiative by myself and a few other buskers to try to address noise issues a few years ago (not just amplification). The Guide was endorsed by B&NES Council and other city centre stakeholders after consultations). There is now a CD selling license introduced by the council available at the Tourist Information Centre in Kingsmead Square.
As the prime busking area is around Bath Abbey a 'Traffic Light' system notifying buskers of church services etc exists so please check their notice board by the main door. Other city stakeholders interests should always be observed - eg sound amplifies greatly at the bottom of Union Street and echoes all the way up within earshot of retailers.
As Bath has become a popular busking destination a spirit of generosity is requested of local buskers to make busking accessible for all and not just a few of the same buskers 24/7. In this respect the established protocol is that the prime pitch outside the Pump Rooms is the only pitch that should be booked at the daily 10am meetings. All other pitches are 'turn up and play' after the musician at that pitch. The busker is traditionally a travelling minstrel and we in Bath are custodians rather than owners of the pavements.
This website strives to inform buskers when certain prime areas are being used by other city centre users. So please keep posted.