Saturday, 3 December 2016

Visit Bath: New Year’s Eve in Bath

When Christmas is over it can feel as if there is nothing to look forward to, but in Bath there definitely is…



One event that is now a tradition in Bath for New Year, is a New Year concert at Bath’s Forum. Usually the concert is on the first of January but this year it’s taking place on New Year’s Eve, which means that you don’t have to worry about getting up on New Year’s Day if you want to have a big night out and enjoy the concert as well!


Following their sold out event last year, the London Gala Orchestra say they have “a show to surpass all your expectations for 2017!” The theme of the show is Viennese Dreams, and will include a host of Viennese classics, with two award-winning singers and the 32 piece London Gala Orchestra; plus a Champagne lottery, pyrotechnics and Auld Lang Syne with a Scottish piper to finish. Booking is a must though, and can be done through their website at http://www.londongalaorchestra.co.uk/new-year-concerts/.


In the evening one of our suggestions for a great New Year in Bath is Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club and Motorcity Gold event. Komedia are hosting “three great stand-ups and the best comperes in the business”. After the Krater Comedy Club NYE Special (which includes an incredible meal prepared by their Soil Association Gold Standard award-winning restaurant) will be dancing until the small hours at Motorcity Gold. The Motorcity Resident DJs RockerRoller & Eddie Boy will be playing a full mix of the best motown, soul, funk, disco, and rock ‘n’ roll.  There will also be a free Prosecco reception for those first through Komedia’s doors, and a professional photo booth to have fun in. This is sure to be another sell-out event so it’s worth booking early. Tickets for both events can be bought via https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/christmas/krater-comedy-club-nye/.   


Our other pick for a Bath New Year’s night out is the NYE 2016 caleidh at the stunning Guild Hall. The theme is Dress To Impress (any era except the present day) and the night will consist of a Caleidh (pronouced Kay-Lee), with a live band and caller, and no excuse not to dance! (If you’ve not been to caleidh before you have to try one!) There will be a cash Bar in the Aix En Provence room and Farthingale, one of the organisers behind the night, can provide costumes if needed (to hire or buy). Tickets to this event also include a dance workshop in the afternoon, 2pm - 3pm, with the caller and caleidh band who will teach you some of the dances beforehand if you’d like (though it’s by no means essential), and can be purchased at: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Bath/The-Guildhall/NYE-2016-Guildhall-Bath/12866122/#eventticketsbox



After the mad rush of Christmas it can feel as if there’s nothing to look forward to, so our suggestion is to pre-empt the post-Christmas blues and book a weekend city break for New Year in Bath. We’d love to welcome you to the city to see in the New Year in style!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Visit Bath and Get In The Festive Spirit

Bath Christmas Market is here once more, but that’s not all Bath has to offer when it comes to festive spirit this December.


If you come to Bath at this time of year, a must-see has to be the Christmas Market, but once you’re finished exploring Bath Christmas Market the city still has plenty to offer its guests to help boost the Christmas spirit.

A popular attraction all-year-round in Bath is No.1 Royal Crescent, and for Christmas they’ve put up their traditional Georgian Christmas decorations. They’ll be on display until December the 11th, and from the 1st December – 3rd December, and again from 8th December – 10th December, there will be the opportunity to enjoy the decorations as part of Christmas in Twilight, which sees the house stay open until 8pm. Another top reason to visit for craft-lovers is that there will be a ticketed make your own Christmas wreath workshop on the 3rd of December from 2:30-4:30pm, during which florists from Crescent Flowers of Bath will share their skills, hot drinks and mince pies while they help you to create a wreath full of seasonal colours and foliage.

Another favourite is the Roman Baths, and this year they’re holding a number of black-tie Christmas parties. There will be a sparkling drinks reception beginning at 7:30 around the magical torch-lit Roman Baths, followed by a three course dinner with half a bottle of wine in the Pump Room, on the Terrace, in the Reception Hall or in the Kingston Room. After dinner there will be live music, a disco, and a bar will be open until 12:30. On the 2nd of December tickets cost £50, and on the 16th tickets cost £55.

In the Abbey, half-hour carol concerts will be taking place on Saturday the 3rd and Saturday the 10th of December at 1,2,3 and 4pm for anyone who wants to get into the Christmas mood with a spot of singing. On Friday the 2nd of December and Saturday the 3rd, Handel’s oratorio will be performed in the Abbey at 7:30pm, then on December the 17th from 7 - 8:30pm, there will be ‘A Christmas Celebration’ – a Christmas concert given by the Abbey Boys’ Girls’ and Men’s choirs, including the traditional candlelit performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’. Tickets cost between £8 and £18 and are available from Bath Box Office (01225 463 362).   


If you’re in Bath at short notice and have had no time to book anything then not to worry. Bath has plenty of late night shopping events, some pop-up ski bars, an outdoor ice rink, favourite festive films on at the beautiful Little Theatre Cinema (White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life to name only two), and mulled wine by the gallon to enjoy (just not all at once…).

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Visit Bath and Visit Bath Christmas Market 2016

At last it’s time. On Thursday the 24th at 10a.m. Bath’s famous Christmas market will open, and over 170 of its traditional wooden chalets will around the Bath Abbey area in the centre of Bath and will be filled with such wonderful things as steaming mulled wine and homemade fudge and cakes and unique artisan crafts.

As the Bath Christmas Market is on it’s a wonderful time to visit Bath, but there are a few top tips that might help you to get the most out of your visit to the market.

Timing is everything and when you visit the market will make a big difference to the atmosphere and experience you have. Naturally if you visit during the day the market will be quieter, although on a Saturday or Sunday the market is going to be busy whatever time you go, so ideally if you can a visit on a weekday. The market will be open between 10am and 7pm from Monday-Wednesday, between 10am and 8:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday. Having said that, visiting in the evening when the lights are illuminating the Abbey is incomparable for atmosphere. So if you have time to have a long daytime browse and then another visit in the evening then definitely do.   

Something else to consider is delaying your lunch/dinner until after you’ve been around the market. If you like free samples then the market is a great place to be so you don’t want to be too full before you go.  

Another good tip for Bath Christmas Market is to visit when a performance is scheduled. The Natural Theatre Company will be appearing on Thursday 24th, Tuesday 29th, Sunday 4th and Friday 9th, and on Thursday 1st and Thursday 8th there will be illuminated stilt walkers. As for music, choirs from the universities and local colleges, and other local choirs will be performing on various dates. For updates on exact times and locations a good tip is to follow @BathXmasMarket.   

If you’re a resident of Bath or the surrounding area (or know someone who is), then another good idea is to go shopping with your resident’s Discovery Card on hand. Many of the stalls are offering a 10% discount on items to anyone with a discovery card, and there are also many stalls which offer a free gift if you spend over a certain amount. The key is to remember to show your card whenever you buy, as most stallholders won’t ask if you have one. A full list of these can be found on the Bath Christmas Market homepage.

Other good things to bear in mind when touring the Bath Christmas Market are: 

-There’s free Wi-Fi available. 

-The Lodge (a pop-up snow lodge in Stall Street) is back and a great place to go for refreshments. 

-You might want to take tissues with you (in case the loos have run out). 

-Don’t forget to wrap up warm!