Rugby Summer Holiday Raceday in Bath

Rugby Summer Holiday Raceday in BathThis August sees the return of Bath Rugby Summer Holiday Raceday, a highly anticipated event for those living in the local area and people staying in a bed and breakfast in Bath.

The sporting event will be held on Thursday 23rd August at Bath Racecourse, a stunning location for a horse race as spectators enjoy all the excitement of a race in the beautiful countryside whilst overlooking the picturesque city of Bath.

The day will feature 6 races; the first race will be held at 1.50pm and the last at 5.35pm, promising exhilarating fun that will leave spectators on the edges of their seats. There will also be several rugby events going on, including a skills session for under 16s.

Premier tickets are £20, and Grandstand and Paddock tickets are £15. These can be booked on the Bath Racecourse website and horse racing fans can receive discounts by booking their tickets in advance. Booking a B and b in Bath early along with your tickets is another good idea to guarantee a stress free day at the races.

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18th Century Tour and Tea at Prior Park

Century Tour and Tea at Prior ParkFor those staying in a bed and breakfast in Bath there are plenty of fantastic cultural experiences to get stuck into. Prior Park is one of the city’s most beautiful areas and, on 19th August, there is going to be an exclusive house and garden tour in honour of Ralph Allen, the man who created Prior Park.

The 18th century landscape gardens are home to the beautiful Palladian bridge and a majestic mansion, both of which will be explored on the tour which is on at 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm. Ralph Allen will also be making an ‘appearance’ along the tour to tell people about his life when he lived there 250 years ago.

After the tour visitors are invited to enjoy 18th century tea and biscuits in the picturesque gardens, a fitting end to a day that takes people back in time to the prosperity of the Victorian upper-class.

This event makes for a wonderful summer day out, so book your accommodation at a B and B in Bath soon to take advantage of this event and others like these in the Bath area.

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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

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.

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.

70th Anniversary Exhibitions of the Bath Blitz

The city of Bath was hugely affected during World War II, being subjected to the onslaught of attacks which became known as the Bath Blitz in 1942; an event which saw a large number of properties destroyed and lives lost..

With this year marking the 70th anniversary, many of the prominent museums and galleries around the city are holding as series of special exhibitions, remembering those who fell and to show how the city of Bath got back on its feet. If you would like to visit some of these exhibitions and learn more about wartime Bath, here are some of the participating places taking part.

The American Museum in Britain at Claverton Manor is showing their Claverton Manor during World War II exhibition. The exhibition is currently open to the public, scheduled to close on 28th October, for details call their information line on 01225 460503.

Building of Bath Collection is showing its Repairing War Torn Bath exhibition, exploring the work that had to be undertaken to save and repair the 19,000 buildings damaged during the event. This exhibition is also open and is available to view until 23 July. For details and information call 01225 333895 or visit the Bath Preservation Trust website.

So, if you looking to discover more about this spa city’s historical past when you visit the beautiful city, be sure to book with one of the local Bath hotels soon for a luxury Bath bed and breakfast, so you can the city’s rich cultural heritage and attractions.

Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade: Opening Night Gala Opera for the International Music Festival

What better way to enjoy the opening festive evening for the Bath International Music Festival in this Olympic year with the city staging the UK premiere of Vivaldi’s magical & often rarely performed opera, L’Olimpiade.

This spa city will see a plethora of international opera singers, who will be accompanied by the 19-strong Baroque ensemble and the award-winning company ‘La Serenissima’ who are the world’s foremost experts in Vivaldi, which is sure to make this an evening to remember.

This fun-filled, high energy opera brings an evening to tell the story of the Olympic champion Megacle & his love for Princess Aristea. This is a fast-moving production, which will be staged in the beautiful Bath Abbey and offers an epic opera full of wit, mistaken identity and show-stopping arias.

The evening will open with a free spectacle for onlookers of a traditional Baroque Carnival outside the Abbey at 6.30pm, followed by the Wells Cathedral School natural trumpet ensemble playing music by Girolano Fantini, Cesare Bendinelli and Claudio Monteverdi.

The Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade: Opening Night Gala Opera will take place on 30 May; for more information, call the Bath Box Office on: 01225 463362

Be sure to book with one of the hotels in Bath soon for a luxury Bath bed and breakfast, so you can enjoy one of the annual music festival highlights in the city but also much of Bath’s rich cultural heritage.

Beckford’s Tower & Museum in Bath

Bath has a whole host of different things to see and do all year round, with many of its historical attractions and buildings open to the public throughout a large duration of the year. If you are staying in one of the beautiful Georgian period Bath hotels for your accommodation, you will be able to appreciate this spa city’s heritage.

A special building which should feature on your itinerary and has recently opened after it was extensively and painstakingly restored to its former glory is the Beckford’s Tower and Museum located just off the north side of the city centre and offers visitors truly magnificent panoramic views across the city of Bath and the surrounding countryside.

Beckford’s Tower and Museum is a 120 foot unique neo-classical tower and was originally built by the wealthy historical Bath resident William Beckford in 1827. At the time William Beckford was one of England’s most accomplished and intriguing characters and he used the building as study retreat.

Today it is now open to the public and visitors can look around the tower and museum, which houses a collection of Beckford’s personal items and artefacts to illustrate his life and interests.

Beckford’s Tower Museum is open during weekends from 10.30 – 17.00, and admission ranges from £2.00 – £8.00, for more information, contact: 01225 422212 / 460705.

Make sure you book a well placed luxury Bath bed and breakfast within easy reach of the city’s attractions like Beckford’s Tower Museum and the city centre.

Bath VA: Vintage & Antiques Market at Green Park Station

Anyone who enjoys frequenting antique shops and fairs and is visiting the historical spa city of Bath around the end of May for a well earned city break is sure to relish the forthcoming Bath Vintage & Antiques Market on Sunday May 27.

The Bath Vintage & Antiques Market (or Bath VA) takes place at the city centre’s Green Park Station. The venue is a lovely former Victorian railway station which offers a weatherproof area for the many antique and collectables traders that will be displaying their wares for sale and for visitors to browse.

This market offers a great day out for vintage, antique and art lovers, as well as going some way to helping the revival of Bath’s reputation as a centre for antiques and collectables. On display will be a wide array of antiques, art, furniture, decorative accessories, upholstery, curiosities, ceramics, crafts, militaria, books and collectables, which are all set up on display under the 130-year-old vaulted iron and glass roof.

Admission to the Bath Vintage & Antiques Market is completely free for visitors and the opening hours are 9.30am – 4.30pm. For further details and information call: 07723 611249.

If you are currently looking for Bath Hotels for your accommodation in the spa city, why not stay at a luxury Bath bed and breakfast like Bailbrook Lodge? This is ideally situated for the Bath VA Market and offers easy access to all of Bath’s attractions.

Castle Combe Steam Rally in Bath

If you enjoy countryside events, festivals and an interest in historical vehicles, then you may well be interested in attending the Castle Combe Steam Rally, being held at the Castle Combe Circuit on 19 and 20 May.

The Castle Combe Steam Rally offers a great day out for all the family, which will give children a chance to see these fantastic historical vehicles up close. On arriving at the event’s car park, you will start your Castle Combe Steam rally experience by being transported to the event area by way of a tractor and trailer ride.

On arriving at the event area, you and your family will be able to enjoy a range of activities and witness a variety of displays and exhibitions which include a wide selection of magnificent steam engines, agricultural machinery, military vehicles, vintage cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and miniature steam models.

Admission is £6.00 for adults and free entry for under 14’s. For more information on this great countryside event call: 01249 782417 or visit the Castle Combe website – www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk

If you are looking to enjoy a weekend stay in Bath and you are planning to include this unique event in your itinerary how about staying in a luxury Bath bed and breakfast, only 15 miles from the racing at Castle Combe venue? It is an ideal choice for any of those attending the event looking specifically for hotels in Bath.