A Celebration for the 125th Anniversary of Bath’s Botanical Gardens

This year, Bath is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its Botanical Gardens in a series of events and exhibitions, with the first event taking place on Sunday May 13. The Botanical Gardens are located on Weston Road close to the centre of Bath.

Plant Swap, which is associated with the Bath in Bloom initiative, is aimed at bringing people together who enjoy gardening and are looking for a cost-free way of changing the look and feel of their garden.   

The Plant Swap event will be taking place between 12 and 4pm and will be held in the Interpretation Centre, Bath Botanic Gardens, near the Royal Victoria Park. There will be refreshments available and a selection of other stalls. 

Admission is completely free; for any further information about this event call: 01225 470106

So, if you are visiting the city during this period and are looking for fun things to do or planning to include one of the spa breaks in Bath currently on offer, be sure you book a Bath Bed and Breakfast with Bailbrook Lodge, which is only 3 miles from the Botanical Gardens and within easy reach of the city centre and its many local attractions.

The Sci-Fi, Comic & Fantasy Art Exhibition in Bath

Art can take many forms, from classic genres through to the latest contemporary pieces of work. It is widely prevalent in popular culture, as evidenced by its illustrative presence in many of the science fiction, fantasy and comic magazines.

To celebrate illustration, which adorns some the best books and magazines by artists located in the UK, there will be a special exhibition in Bath to showcase artwork from the science fiction, comic and fantasy world of fiction.

The exhibition is being held on 19 and 20 May, running from 10 am – 5 pm at the Bath Masonic Hall in the city centre and is completely free to visitors. This fantastic exhibition offers a chance for visitors to enjoy and experience some of best artwork from the UK’s finest artists. The guest of honour will be Jim Burns the internationally acclaimed Sci-fi artist and book illustrator, who will be exhibiting a generous selection of his beautiful work. Visitors will be able to purchase sci-fi books on sale and also view an exhibition of sci-fi steam punk sculpture.  

For more information about this exhibition, call: 01225 774974

If you are planning to visit this amazing exhibition or enjoy one of the fine spa breaks in Bath currently on offer, be sure you book a Bath Bed and Breakfast, so you can relax at Bailbrook Lodge and enjoy this beautiful city.

Concerts in Bath: The Endellion String Quartet

The spa city of Bath is an extremely attractive destination all year round for visitors, whether they want to indulge themselves in one of the therapeutic spa breaks in Bath currently on offer to enhance wellbeing; to visit any of the city’s famous landmarks or attractions; or simply to enjoy the many events related to the city’s arts and culture that are on offer annually.

One such event is a forthcoming concert at the stunning Guildhall in Bath’s city centre from the internationally-renowned Endellion String Quartet, on Sunday May 13 at 3pm. This will be the second of three concerts that the Endellion String Quartet will be performing in Bath this year, as their final concert will be in July.

This concert will see the highly esteemed quartet perform classical key works by the composer Haydn along with the popular Razumovsky quartets of Beethoven. This special concert will also include Mozart’s intense K.421 quartet dedicated to Haydn, plus Mendelssohn’s very last complete work and finally Schubert’s popular, highly emotionally charged ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet.

Ticket prices range from £18 – £24 (concessions are available). To book or for more information, call the Bath Box Office on: 01225 463362

For this and other musical events in this beautiful city, be sure to book a stay with Bailbrook Lodge for your luxury Bath bed and breakfast and enjoy a relaxing break whilst taking in the local culture and attractions.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and its journey through Bath

If you are planning a trip to Bath towards the end of May for a well earned relaxing holiday, which may well include one of the therapeutic spa breaks in Bath currently on offer, you could well be in for a very special treat. On 22nd May, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through this beautiful historical city.

As the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games are sure to be the biggest highlight of this year in the UK, what better way to celebrate this fantastic event and show your support than turning out to see and cheer on the Olympic Torch Relay runners as they pass through the city?

On the morning of May 22, the Olympic Torch will arrive in Bath, and the announced route will see the famous torch travelling past some of Bath’s iconic landmarks and through the following locations from 3.28pm: the University of Bath at Claverton Down, Bathwick Hill, Great Pulteney Street, across the famous Pulteney Bridge, around the city’s Guildhall, up the High Street, New Bond Street, Milsom Street, George Street, Lansdown Road, Bennett Street, Circus and Royal Crescent, before finally reaching Oldfield School at 4.43pm.  

Bath Council and the event’s organisers invite all visitors and residents to welcome the Olympic Flame as it travels through the streets of the city. For more information regarding this special event, contact BATHNES on: 01225 477827

Be sure to book your stay with Bailbrook Lodge for your luxury Bath Accommodation, so you can enjoy this unique Olympic event in the spa city in style.

Bath’s Sculpture and Sport Exhibition: A Celebration for 2012

Bath has a reputation as the number one spa destination in the UK, with many people indulging in one of the relaxing and therapeutic spa breaks in Bath which are frequently on offer in the city. This is just one aspect of Bath, as it also offers so much more for visitors to see and do in and around the historical city.

The spa city of Bath is very much at the forefront of arts and culture in the South West, as it offers a wide selection of art galleries, museums and cultural outlets. One exhibition well worth adding to your itinerary is Sculpture and Sport: A Celebration for 2012 at the Victoria Art Gallery in the city centre.

This exhibition is taking place from May 26 – July 7 and offers a look at various Olympic and Paralympic sports which have been portrayed in a plethora of sculpture artworks which have been cast in bronze. In addition to this there will also be around ten life-sized sculptures which will be on display at various public spaces around the city.

Admission to this exhibition is free; for more information call the Victoria Art Gallery on: 01225 477232

Don’t forget to book your stay with Bailbrook Lodge for your luxury Bath bed and breakfast, so you can really enjoy your visit to this wonderful city.

National Garden Scheme Day at Prior Park in Bath

For anyone visiting Bath soon to enjoy one of the relaxing spa breaks in Bath on offer, a visit to Bath’s Prior Park would be the perfect compliment, offering a great chance to relax in the peace & tranquilly of the beautiful area.

This coming May will see this magnificent 18th century landscape garden displaying lush green foliage and a wide range of botanicals. Prior Park, which was originally created by historical Bath entrepreneur Ralph Allen, is now going to be featured as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) on May 6th with all admission costs being donated to the NGS.

Alternatively visitors can also enjoy the one of the special monthly guided walks available; these guided walks will take you from the usual meeting location at Bath Abbey in the centre of the city, on a gentle short walk up to the Prior Park gardens. The guided walk is completely free, although the usual admission charge will apply into the Prior Park Landscape Garden.

For more information on this free guided walk or the Prior Park Landscape Garden call: 01225 833422 or visit the National Trust website at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park/

So be sure to book your luxury Bath bed and breakfast soon with Bailbrook Lodge, so you can relax knowing your accommodation is secured, whilst you look forward to enjoying your visit to this wonderful city.

The Bath International Music Festival

If you are planning a visit to the city of Bath during the end of May or early June to possibly enjoy one of the therapeutic and relaxing spa breaks in Bath currently on offer and also enjoy music, you will be in for a real treat as the Bath International Music Festival will be taking place during this period.

The Bath International Music Festival was originally inaugurated back in 1948, and since then has grown into an event of national significance with an international reputation. During the festival’s two week period, many of the city’s venues feature a wide and varied mix of musical talent, ranging from genres like classical, world and contemporary to international jazz, electronica and folk, with many being free-to-the-public events.

This year’s line-up includes The Escher String Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Benjamin Grosvenor, Adriano Adewale, Valeriy Sokolov & Evgeniy Isotov, Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, Bath Philharmonia, Courtney Pine, the Brighton Early Music Festival Renaissance Players, Ashok Klouda, Bart Lafollette, Reinis Zarinš, John Myerscough, Ruth Jenkin and many more.      

The Bath International Music Festival will take place on 30 May – 10 June; for more information, call the Bath Festival’s Box Office on: 01225 463362  

Be sure to book your Bath accommodation soon with Bailbrook Lodge for a luxury bed and breakfast, so you can not only enjoy one of the annual musical highlights in the city but also Bath’s rich cultural heritage.     

Barefoot in The Park at the Theatre Royal in Bath

Bath is all set to welcome one of the top 10 touring theatre highlights for spring 2012, as chosen by the Daily Telegraph, the romantic comedy Barefoot in The Park, which will be showing at the Theatre Royal Bath from May 16 – 21. 

The play has been adapted from the hit Hollywood comedy of the same name which starred Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. This hilarious story follows two newlyweds as they adjust to married life within a tiny New York apartment, with their love being well and truly tested by all manner of unfortunate and comical events which take place.     

This touring performance is a major revival of Neil Simon’s award-winning romantic comedy, which has a plethora of talented actors appearing in the scheduled performances, including the Olivier Award winner Maureen Lipman (who also co-directed this new production), Peter Cregeen, Faye Castelow, Oliver Cotton and Dominic Tighe. 

Tickets prices range from £18 – £34, with concessions available. To book or for more information, call the Box Office at Bath’s Theatre Royal on 01225 448844.

If you are planning to visit Bath for this fantastic show or possibly one of the spa breaks in Bath currently on offer, make sure you book a Bath Bed and Breakfast, so you can relax at Bailbrook Lodge in the knowledge you have an enjoyable evening of entertainment ahead.

The Royal Bath & West Show in Somerset

This month sees the annual Royal Bath & West Show take place at the Shepton Mallet showground in Somerset from May 30 – June 2. This is the biggest rural festival of its kind in the United Kingdom and attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the country.

If you are heading to the South West for one of the many spa breaks in Bath, you could always take a day out of your schedule for a day trip to the Royal Bath & West Show. The event is a fun day out for people of all ages; there is plenty to see and do and children will enjoy it immensely.

The show allows visitors to browse over 600 trade stands, have a chance to see the country’s finest livestock being exhibited, view farming demonstrations for families, enjoy a miniature railway, see the National Cheese Awards – with the finest local produce in the show’s food halls also on display – and enjoy the glamour of Ladies Day.

The Royal Bath & West Show is just 18 miles south of the spa city of Bath. For more information call: 01749 822200, or visit the website at www.bathandwest.com

If you plan to enjoy this special rural event, be sure to book your stay soon with Bailbrook Lodge for your luxury Bath accommodation in this beautiful and cultural city.

Badminton Horse Trials near Bath

The Badminton Horse Trials are synonymous with the equine world and is one of the most demanding and exciting equestrian events held in the United Kingdom. Situated only 13 miles from Bath, the Badminton Horse Trials offer spectators the opportunity to stay in the beautiful historic spa city for their Bath accommodation whilst attending the event. 

The Horse Trials at the Badminton estate sees horses and their riders compete in a different discipline or phase on each day. One of the events is a dressage test demonstrating discipline, accuracy, obedience and elegance, whilst the competing riders need to be fit to complete the gruelling 4 mile cross country course, which sees them jumping various solid man-made and natural obstacles, plus Badminton’s formidable water jump, all within a set time period. Lastly, the final discipline will see the competitors completing a show jumping course designed to test their agility and accuracy at speed and the last round will see the finalists competing against the clock.

The 2012 Badminton Horse Trials take place from May 3 – 7; the Badminton Box Office is open now for priority bookings. For more information on this great equine event contact the Box Office on: 01454 218375

So, if you have been planning to visit the Badminton Horse Trials this year, why not extend your weekend trip to include one of the many spa breaks in Bath to enhance your stay, while you enjoy this very special competitive horse event?