Beat the January Blues in Bath!

All the excitement of Christmas is over…the last of the turkey has been eaten…those New Year resolutions are tentatively being planned out; what a perfect time in what can be a dull, quiet and cold month to come to beautiful Bath and enjoy a lovely Spa Break and all the events that are on during January.

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There is plenty to do in Bath during the month of January. The Ice Skating Rink in Royal Victoria Park finishes on the 4th January so you could get some last minute practice in. From the 3rd to 10th, there will be the fantastic free, Festival of Light – Illuminate 2015, throughout the city. Now in its fourth year and organised by Bath Spa University, this collaboration of local and international artists bathe the city in wonderful light installations in unusual and unexpected public spaces, making a walk around the city an adventure to find these wonderful pieces of art.

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If you want to be in the warm and keep everyone entertained, then the Theatre Royal Bath’s annual pantomime runs until January 11th. It’s that classic tale of Cinderella, with CBBC’s Tracy Beaker (aka Dani Harmer) in the feature role, and Gavin & Stacey’s, Gwen (Melanie Waters) as the magical Fairy Godmother. Full of fun, laughs and magical moments, this pantomime is not just for the kids!

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There are plenty of exhibitions running in all the museums and galleries in Bath to delight and entertain during January too. One particular interesting exhibition that begins on 17th January and runs until 1st March, is Jeremy Gardiner’s installation at the Victoria Art Gallery entitled “Jurassic Coast”. Cleverly linking two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Bath and the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and Devon, Jeremy’s work involves him building up layers of paint into collage and sanding it down to create fascinating textures and effects. The exhibition includes fossils and a 3D model of the coastline, plus a film. Cost is £3.50 for the exhibition, the rest of Victoria Art Gallery is free.

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To tie in with the recent release of the biopic film about J.M.W. Turner, “Mr Turner”, starring Timothy Spall, get your fill of those swirling landscapes and big skies and head to the fantastic Holburne Museum. From the 10th January to 8th March 2015 there is an exhibition of eight of Turner’s work including those painted during his time in Bristol between 1791 and 1793. Entitled “Turner: Watercolours from the West – An Intimate Touring Show” this is a FREE exhibition and should not be missed.

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Of course, while you’re visiting Bath, why not enjoy not just a taste of the famous waters in the Pump Room near the Abbey, but immerse yourself in it’s warm waters and have a relaxing few hours, half or full day experience in Britain’s only naturally heated spring, the Thermae Bath Spa, in the centre of the city. After all that indulgence of Christmas and New Year a Spa Break would be the perfect treat, and our Spa Breaks offer all that luxury without breaking the bank.

Our package includes two nights accommodation in our comfortable en-suite bedrooms with complimentary teas, ground coffee, mineral water and biscuits, plus toiletries are provided. A free parking space per room. Awake to our award winning champagne English Breakfasts (or “healthy choice” breakfast also available). A 3 hour visit (Mon-Fri) or 2 hour visit (Sat or Sun) to the £40 million Thermae Bath Spa where you can experience the various pools including the stunning rooftop pool with vistas over the city (a complimentary towel, bath robe and slippers will be provided by the Spa). A delightful 3 course lunch or early evening dinner at the delightful Brasserie Brunel (must be scheduled before or after your spa session, before 7.30pm), is also included in our Spa Break package. Prices for this fabulous getaway start from just £125.00 per person (Sun – Thurs) or from £145.00 per person (Fri – Sat). All prices are based on two sharing a double or twin room. Upgrades to our Four Poster rooms are available and prices for single occupancy can be requested by contacting us directly on 01225 859090.

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Everyone deserves a little pampering in those cold winter days of January, and with plenty of things on during the month, and with such great value prices, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit the Nick Cudworth Summer Exhibition in Bath

Visit the Nick Cudworth Summer Exhibition in Bath

Visit the Nick Cudworth Summer Exhibition in Bath

If you are looking to get away for one of the therapeutic spa breaks in Bath soon, you might like to include some of the city’s cultural highlights while enjoying this wonderful location and all it has to offer.

Throughout August, the local artist Nick Cudworth will be showcasing an eclectic mix of his exclusive original oil paintings and prints of his work at his London Street gallery in Bath’s city centre. Continue reading

60 Years Behind the Camera with John Gray FRPS

If you enjoy art and photography, you might like to go along to the forthcoming 60 Years Behind the Camera exhibition with work from John Gray FRPS at the Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, in Bath from August 1 – 30. This is sure to be a treat for anyone staying at a local Bath bed and breakfast and looking to experience some art and culture during their spa city break. Continue reading

Victoria Art Gallery: Graham Dean Exhibition

Art and culture are two of the largest attractions for visitors to the spa city of Bath. With this in mind, if you are planning a stay at one of the local luxury hotels in Bath, why not add a trip to the Victoria Art Gallery to your itinerary and see Graham Dean’s latest exhibition?

Graham Dean’s works will be making a timely and colourful return to the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, with his new exhibition of huge watercolours on handmade Indian paper. Continue reading

Victoria Art Gallery: Sculpture and Sport: a Celebration for 2012

If you are planning a trip to Bath during July and are looking for some of the best events and attractions around the city to visit while staying at one of the luxury hotels in Bath, why not add a trip to the Victoria Art Gallery to your itinerary?

Between July 15 and September 9 the gallery will be hosting a special exhibition called Sculpture and Sport: a Celebration for 2012. This public art event has been created to celebrate both sport in general and Bath’s links to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Continue reading

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.