Half Term Happenings!

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If you’re aiming to visit Bath over the upcoming Half Term holidays, and are looking for some fun things to do with your children, not just the usual museums, then we’ve got a few suggestions for you.

Go Medieval mad this February with the unique Ora Et Labora. Not only do they sell products exclusively made my monastic communities around the world, have sampling suppers and now Lunchtime platters for everyone to enjoy; but from Monday 16th to Friday 20th February your kids can step back in time and enjoy a range of craft activities from candle making and brass rubbing to quill and ink writing and learning apothecary skills. Cost: £2.50 per child. No booking required.

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If they haven’t had enough of medieval life then Bath Abbey is running a “Day in the Life of a Monk” on Tuesday 17th February, where from 10.45am to 2.30pm children will have a chance to enjoy a range of activities, dress up as a monk and even meet a real-life Benedictine Monk from Downside Abbey in Somerset! Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the surroundings of the Abbey. Booking is essential and costs £5 per child.

If you want your little ones to get green fingered and enjoy the fresh air then grab the wellies and head on over to some of the National Trust owned parks in and nearby Bath this holiday. At Dyrham Park you can join in with the Spring bulb planting, from 2-3pm from Monday 16th to Friday 20th February. What a wonderful sense of satisfaction for all to return later on in the year to see your hard work blooming. If you don’t want to get so “hands on” then on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th February you can join a guided discovery tour around the more wilder parts of the parkland, with pond dipping and bug hunting to enjoy. There is also the chance to feed the Deer until March too.

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The Bath Skyline walk is always a popular option when the weather is lovely, and a great way to tire the kids out with plenty of fresh air and hills! Prior Park has free activities for children (normal admission fee applies for entry to Park) based on traditional English customs, and working with local artists. Your children can enjoy Greenman workshops, tree dressing and magical trails through the Park.

Talking of traditional English customs, on Tuesday 17th February it’s Pancake Day! Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, in the Christian calendar it signifies the last day before the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter. Traditionally a time to use up all your excess food before the time of self-restraint; in England, Pancake Day now sees perfectly sane people run up and down streets, gardens and roads with a frying pan frantically flipping a batter mix! Bath is no exception and it’s that time again for Bath’s Flipping Pancake Race, organised by Fringe Arts Bath. Taking place in the Abbey Courtyard on Tuesday 17th, both children and adults can join in the fun or simply cheer on the competitors. All money raised is going to Food Cycle, a charity that aims to reduce food waste and food poverty in the U.K.

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During Half Term another important celebration takes place – that of the Chinese New Year. Thursday 19th February sees the Year of the Horse ride off into the sunset and the Year of the Sheep make its way to the forefront. The Museum of East Asian Art will be holding its Annual “Lunar New Year Extravaganza” on Sunday 22nd February, at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. This free event is a fantastic family attraction, and everyone can enjoy a day of entertainment, arts and crafts, and dance spectaculars. It’s certainly not an event to be missed!

For further ideas of what to do and where to take your kids this Half Term, take a look at Visit Bath. There’s plenty on at the Museums and Art Galleries, plus other great suggestions to keep everyone happy and having fun. If you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year, we wish you a very “Gong Hey Fat Choy/Gong Xi Fa Cai”, plus we hope that everyone enjoys Half Term!

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Enjoy art with a difference at Bath Abbey

Bath’s more classic highlights have been well documented, but we know that there are those days when you just want to see something a little bit different, and stories behind attractions don’t come much more inspiring than this one. Wander past the beautiful Bath Abbey during a stay in a Bath bed and breakfast and take a moment to look on the ground outside – there will probably be art work.
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Bath Abbey to hold mini Christmas carol sessions

Bath Abbey to hold mini Christmas carol sessions

Bath Abbey to hold mini Christmas carol sessions

When staying in a luxury b and b in Bath, there are plenty of interesting and beautiful sights to see in the heart of the city, including Bath Abbey. To welcome the start of the build up to Christmas and to get shoppers in the spirit of the season, Bath Abbey is holding a number of short carol services.

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Get into the festive spirit with the Bath Christmas Market

Get into the festive spirit with the Bath Christmas Market

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If you are the type of person who enjoys a visit to Somerset’s spa city for a relaxing city break whilst staying in a luxury b and b in Bath, you will be aware that the city has so much to offer in the way of historical attractions, vibrant culture and a fantastic range of niche and specialist shops.

As the festive season draws nearer, you might like to pay a visit to the Bath Christmas market situated in the city’s Abbey Church Yard during November 22 – December 9. During this period, this historic area of the city is transformed by more than 140 traditional wooden trader’s chalets, each offering unique and handmade gifts, Christmas decorations and local produce. Continue reading

Enjoy the ‘The Seasons’ by Hadyn with the Bath Choral Society

Enjoy the ‘The Seasons’ by Hadyn with the Bath Choral Society

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Anyone travelling to Bath soon who is looking to immerse themselves in this spa city’s culture, why not add the forthcoming performance of Hadyn’s ‘The Seasons’ by the by the Bath Choral Society into your itinerary and experience choirs in the South West?

The programme features Haydn’s late masterpiece, ‘The Seasons’, which provides a timely pictorial antidote to thoughts of winter. During the evening, the Bath Choral Society will be accompanied by:

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Bath Abbey to receive a Facelift

Bath Abbey to receive a FaceliftBath is a city renowned for its stunning architecture and Bath Abbey is one of these beautiful buildings frequently visited by people enjoying Bath bed and breakfast stays. The Abbey will soon receive even more attention as plans have recently been submitted to develop the Abbey to the needs of the 21st century.

Plans have been received by the council for an £18 million project to strengthen and improve the medieval features of the church, including the creation of 2,000 sq ft of extra floor space at vault level and a subtle upgrade to the Georgian terrace of Kingston Buildings.

The scheme has been designed by architects following people’s feedback, which called for choir school facilities, learning spaces and communal meeting areas. An eco-friendly heating system is also being installed that will utilise the natural hot spring’s of the city, which are world famous for being the reason behind popular spa breaks in Bath.

These improvements to Bath Abbey are set to bring the building up to date whilst retaining its medieval features, good news for the residents of Bath and for future visitors to the splendid city.

 

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Oxford Philomusica: Summer Baroque Series in Bath

July 19 sees the Oxford Philomusica performing J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in their summer baroque series at Bath Abbey. This is sure to be a real classical music treat for anyone staying in one of the local Bath hotels who are looking to experience some musical culture during their city break.

Oxford’s much celebrated and professional symphony orchestra will be making its Bath debut with this concert, which will offer wonderful classical baroque music performed with the choir of New College, Oxford. Continue reading

Guided City to Garden Walk at Bath’s Prior Park

For any of those visiting Bath to enjoy a relaxing city break whilst exploring all the city has to offer and seek out the many local historical attractions, a trip to Bath’s Prior Park is a must on your holiday itinerary.

On July 7 and July 24, a 10 am start sees some specially designed guided walks for visitors, offering a scenic stroll from the meeting point at Bath Abbey in the city centre and on up to Prior Park Landscape Garden. The Prior Park guided tour offers a great way to see Bath and enjoy the tranquilly of this beautiful area. Continue reading