Astronomical Star Parties and Solar Observation: Summer Solstice

How about an evening’s entertainment which is both fun and educational with a difference? Once again, the Wiltshire Astronomical Society will be collaborating with the Griffon Educational Observatory, supported by the Bath and North East Somerset Council, in a public evening stargazing event.

If you are fortunate enough to be staying at one of the luxury hotels in Bath on June 21, why not head over to Kingston Parade adjacent to Bath Abbey for the Summer Solstice Observation evening? There you will be given the opportunity to have local astronomers show you how to use a solar telescope and view the sun safely whilst enjoying the summer solstice.

This is a completely free event, so for more details and information contact the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath on 01225 446865. As with all astronomical observations, it is dependent upon suitable weather conditions.

To make sure you are well placed to take part in this special event, book into one of the luxury Bath hotels like Bailbrook Lodge, which is situated within easy reach of the city centre and local attractions.

Bath Vintage & Antiques Market at Green Park Station in June

June 24 sees the hugely popular Vintage & Antiques Market making its return to the venue at Green Park Station. So if you are staying at one of the luxury hotels in Bath during your stay in the spa city, why not head over to the fantastic Victorian indoor venue for some bargain hunting.

Bath’s Green Park Station is the ideal venue for a vintage & antiques market, where you can enjoy an indoor atmosphere that features a whole host of traders offering an extensive selection of antiques and collectables. Popular items featured at this event include high quality furniture, upholstery, up-cycled furniture, books, ceramics, silverware, militaria, clocks, coins, vintage fashion, sculpture, paintings and other works of art from a range of local artists.

Admission is free for visitors from 9.30 until 16.00. On site you will find refreshments available from various local food vendors while you are on your bargain hunt.

For further information and details on the Bath VA Market at Green Park Station call: 01225 787910 or 07723 611249.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any bargains at this special antiques and collectables event, why not book into one of the luxury Bath hotels like the Bailbrook Lodge? Where you will be in easy reach and well placed for this event and all the local attractions in the city centre.

Secret Gardens at Bradford-on-Avon, near Bath

If you are planning a trip to Bath near the end of June and are looking for local outdoor events and a way to experience the surrounding countryside while you are staying at one of the luxury hotels in Bath, why not head over to the small neighbouring town of Bradford-on-Avon for the day and enjoy a unique event?

Sunday June 24 between 2pm – 6pm sees another of Bradford-on-Avon’s Secret Gardens days taking place. This event will feature a range of carefully tended private gardens in full bloom around the town, which otherwise would go unnoticed.

Regardless of the weather, the range of selected gardens throughout the town will be showing off their horticultural prowess to the public. Visitors will also be able to buy plants, take part in crafts and get a cup of tea as they enjoy this fantastic floral event.

A day ticket to visit all the open gardens at this event is £5. For more details, call the Bradford-on-Avon Tourist Information Centre on 01225 865797 or the Bath Visitor Information Centre on 0844 847 5257.

If you plan to attend this special day, be sure to book your stay with the Bailbrook Lodge for a luxury Bath bed and breakfast, which is well placed for you to enjoy this beautiful occasion.

Flavours of the West at Milsom Place in Bath

The ‘Flavours of the West’ festival event is taking place on June 30 from 10 – 6pm and July 1 from 11 – 5 in the courtyards and streets of Milsom Place, an occasion which is a must for all food lovers. If you are staying at one of the centrally placed local luxury hotels in Bath you will be well set to enjoy this event.

The Flavours of the West event promises a weekend of food heaven with some of the best artisan food in the West Country, along with tastings, tutorials and cooking demonstrations from TV and Michelin-starred chef’s.

This two day food and drink festival offers visitors a chance to sample and enjoy locally produced cheeses, jams, chillies, spices, meats, pies, ales, breads, cakes, fudge, chocolate, sweets, wines, cider and juices, many of which are organic and fair-trade. Chefs will be on stage with workshops and talks, whilst there will also be demonstrations from local producers. In between the culinary magic will be live music to soothe your ears while you treat your taste buds.

Entry to this fantastic food event is completely free. For more details and information about this event, call: 01225 789040

If you plan to enjoy this special food event, be sure to book one of the luxury Bath hotels like Bailbrook Lodge which is situated within easy reach of all the city’s local attractions.

Holburne Museum: Contemporaries Events

If you are planning a well earned break in the beautiful spa city of Bath this summer and you plan to stay in one of the well placed hotels in Bath while you immerse yourself in the city’s wide extensive arts and culture, then you will be in for an artistic treat.

A range of art themed events called the ‘Holburne Contemporaries’ are being held at the Holburne Museum in Great Pulteney Street in Bath’s city centre. A range of events will be taking place, which have been especially designed for people who are passionate about art looking to satisfy their artistic appetite.

There will be a summer programme of art, which will feature a series of unique artist-led events, which feature artist talks, special exhibitions, live music, film screenings and discussions centring on contemporary art and culture.

One such event coming soon is the film; Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait on June 6, at 7.30pm. Celebrating the start of the Euro 2012 season, it is a special screening of the greatest football film ever made, featuring an extraordinary video portrait of the footballer Zinedine Zidane, by Douglas Gordon and Phillipe Parrano.

Tickets start from £3 or are free to members. For more details and information contact the Holburne Museum on: 01225 388588.

To enjoy this special art event, be sure to book your stay soon with a luxury Bath Bed and Breakfast like the Bailbrook Lodge, which is ideally placed for you to enjoy all of Bath’s exhibitions and visitor attractions.

Iford Manor Arts Festival near Bath

Bath is well known and highly regarded for being a centre for the Arts in the south west and this May sees a very special, internationally renowned event taking place.

The Iford Arts Festival takes place at Ilford Manor near Bath from June 8 – August 11, within the exquisite Peto Garden area. Ilford Manor lies 6 miles south from Bath and is set in a beautiful rural location, surrounded by picturesque countryside. Iford Arts Festival offers visitors an amazing location to enjoy a mixture of picnic proms, cloister concerts and a varied season of opera throughout the summer months.

This award-winning location offers intimate and unique performance settings, offering a magical musical experience. The opera performances are in English and staged for a limited audience of 90 within the miniature Italianate cloister. This years Iford Arts Festival programme will feature Seraglio (Mozart), Falstaff (Verdi) and Susanna (Handel), plus popular and informal free flowing jazz promenades, with seated cloister concerts also featured during this year’s festival period.

Ticket prices start from £22 and the gardens open at 6pm. To book tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at the Bath Theatre Royal: 01225 448844

To be well placed for accommodation during this musical delight, book with one of the local luxury hotels in Bath soon, thus securing your accommodation for this special event. By choosing one of the Bath hotels located on the outskirts of the city you will still be within easy reach of the centre and all local attractions.

Illuminate Bath: The Queen’s Jubilee Weekend

June 1st sees the beginning of a very special event taking place in Bath’s city centre; it’s where art meets technology with the Illuminate Bath Jubilee Weekend celebrations. If you are visiting the city during this time and staying in one of the local Bath hotels, this will be a great opportunity to see a unique evening event at nightfall.

This special ‘festival of light’ brings together a range of fantastic and engaging projected artworks to the heart of the city. This will include a number of innovative light installations set up in public spaces at many of the city’s famous historical landmarks. These have a red, white and blue patriotic twist, in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Some of the historic architecture and famous places around Bath which will be featured in this colourful nocturnal event include Abbey Churchyard, Orange Grove, Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge, plus a range of other well known locations in the city.

All of these unique light shows and installations will be completely free for the public to experience, whilst you take a relaxing evening stroll around Bath. For more information about this event call: 01225 876536 or visit the Illuminate Bath website at: www.illuminatebath.org

Simply book a stay at one of the luxurious hotels in Bath like Bailbrook Lodge if you want to be well placed to enjoy this unique event.

Queen’s Jubilee in Bath: Special Hot Air Balloon Flights

Anyone who is travelling to the South West’s premier spa city and staying in one of the Bath hotels during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration period will have plenty to see and do at this special holiday time.

A local hot air balloon company, Bailey Balloons, is offering the chance for visitors to enjoy a morning hot air balloon flight over the city, giving passengers a perfect bird’s eye view of Bath and all of its famous landmarks, whilst enjoying traditional English scones and cakes, or even a glass of champagne! To mark the royal occasion, the balloons will be decorated in red, white and blue, accompanied with flags and bunting.

The special morning balloon flights will be launched from Victoria Park in the city on June 2nd, 3rd and 5th during the bank holiday period. For more information or to book in advance call Bailey Balloons on: 01225 738090.

To enjoy this fabulous experience, be sure to book one of the luxury hotels in Bath shortly for your stay, like the Bailbrook Lodge. This offers you luxurious Bath accommodation within easy each of Victoria Park and all of the city’s local attractions.

Queen’s Jubilee Picnic in the Park in Bath

Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style and attend the ‘Picnic in the Park’ event being staged in Bath’s beautiful Royal Victoria Park in the city centre on June 5.

A completely free event which offers a fantastic day of celebrations in the historical spa city of Bath,it offers visitors a varied programme and fantastic experience of performances from the likes of; the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra, with a plethora of local young pop artists, this culminates in a fantastic evening performance from the leading ABBA tribute act, Björn Again.

The events organisers are encouraging all visitors to join in the party atmosphere and dress up in retro style clothing from 1977, when the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee year. This fabulous event starts at 11am and will be beamed across two giant screens beside the stage at the bottom of the natural gradient in Royal Victoria Park.

To find out more about the Queen’s Jubilee Picnic in the Park free event, call the Bath Box Office on: 01225 463362

If you are visiting Bath in early June for the Bank Holiday period and you would like to enjoy this fantastic event, make sure to book one of the lovely hotels in Bath soon for your stay. Stay with us at the Bailbrook Lodge for your luxury accommodation, just one of many Bath hotels situated

Party in the City for the Bath International Music Festival

Bath’s annual International Music Festival commences this year on May 30 and is one of the major regular attractions in this beautiful and historic city. Many of the festival events which take place during this period are free to the public.

During the twelve-day festival you will be able to choose from over 2,000 performers in 30 different venues, who will bring with them a wide range of music from folk, pop, rock, classical and choral to electronic, brass, jazz, orchestral, and world.

The Party in the City event, which is part of the Bath International Music Festival, takes place on June 1st this year. The event gets underway in a carnival style, with processions through the city; there will also be a special musical event at Bath Abbey with Adriano Adewale, the Brazilian master percussionist and composer extraordinaire. Then see the fireworks display at 10pm and after that get along to the Pavilion to dance the night away with a number of headline acts.

Visitors can enjoy the Party in the City event for free. For more information call the Bath Box Office on: 01225 463362.

If you are visiting the city during June and want to enjoy the Bath International Music Festival, be sure to book with hotels in Bath soon. Why not book your accommodation with the Bailbrook Lodge for a luxury Bath bed and breakfast? Then you can relax knowing you are well placed to enjoy this special event.