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!

Bath museum to put on stunning watercolour exhibition

Bath museum to put on stunning watercolour exhibition

Bath museum to put on stunning watercolour exhibition

A museum in Bath is to put on an exhibition of stunning watercolours – some of which will also be for sale – next month, it has been announced.

Taking place at the Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Victoria Art Gallery from 24 November – 20 January 2013, it will feature works from acclaimed local artist Bob Rudd. Continue reading

Enjoy the Bath Sky Diary Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery

Enjoy the Bath Sky Diary Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery

Enjoy the Bath Sky Diary Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery

If you are currently finalising your luxury b and b in Bath for your next city break to Somerset’s historic spa city, you might just like to add a superb forthcoming art exhibition to your list of things to do and see during your visit.

The Victoria Art Gallery will be showing works by the talented Phillip Bouchard with his exhibition entitled ‘Bath Sky Diary’. The exhibition will be on show during September 8 – November 18 and offers free admission for visitors.

Phillip Bouchard, who is now a local resident, came to the area to study as a student at Downside Abbey in Somerset. He was to become captivated by the beauty of the area, 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