It’s almost time for the good old Bath Half, and we’d like to wish those of you who’ll be running the best of luck for the race. Better yet, we have an idea that may be just what you need to keep you going throughout the 13 miles…why not reward yourself with one of the spa breaks in Bath that have made the city famous?
The Royal Bath & West Showground will play host to the Antiques and Collectors Fair on 15 – 17 March. The fair is always great fun and a must for anyone with an interest in antiques and collectable items. The showground includes more than 500 stands showcasing all kinds of items both undercover and in the outside areas. There’s something to tempt every visitor, no matter what their taste or budget, and everyone’s welcome.
Calling all Downton Abbey fans! The Bath Literature Festival presents Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey with the Countess of Carnarvon on 6th March. The truth can often be even more exciting than fiction, and the unique chance to hear the tale of how Lady Catherine took on the running of the real Downton Abbey at the age of just 18 is one fans of the show won’t want to miss.
It’s an exciting time of year here in Bath as the Bath Half Marathon (affectionately known as the ‘Bath Half’) takes place on 2nd March. Yes, the brave runners will be checking their trainers still fit and creating motivational playlists as they get ready to run their socks off in the name of charity. Whether you’re getting ready to join the runners or just to go and cheer them on it’s bound to be a fantastic atmosphere throughout the city.
The Bath Half is one of the UK’s most established charity events and it raises more than £1.5 million every year. Thanks to the flat, level nature of the marathon course it’s a popular one for first timers and is suitable for runners of all levels of ability – and that means a real mix of people and a great day for all. The course is completely free from traffic and includes stints on either side of the River Avon, and it begins and finishes in Great Pulteney Street.
The historic city makes a unique setting for the half marathon, and if you’re going to be running then why not combine the event with one of the available from the Bath spa breaks Royal Hotel?
Spring is the time of year when we start thinking about clearing everything out and buying new, and that means we need a shopping weekend to replace everything. A weekend break in Bath means one thing and one thing only for those of you who are thinking about giving the house (or yourselves) an overhaul – a visit to Bath Artisan Market.
Held on the second Sunday of each month, the market is completely undercover and offers the handiwork of more than 80 talented designers – all in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. There’s no pressure to buy, so if you prefer to take your time and browse you’ll be more than welcome, and within moments of arriving you’ll be noticing unique items that your home just can’t do without. The stalls also include local produce to keep you going, as well as a special area where children can try their hands at crafts too.
If all that shopping sounds a little bit tiring then why not book one of the Royal Hotel’s Bath spa breaks? The breaks are ideal for two people and include two nights at the stylish hotel, breakfast or dinner (depending on the package) and a trip to the Thermae spa nearby.
There are few places to celebrate Easter that are quite as fitting as Bath Abbey, and the imposing attraction welcomes all. The abbey is one of the city’s most impressive buildings, and it’s welcomed worshippers and visitors through its doors for centuries. Whether you want to take time out and enjoy the history of the landmark or to mark the Easter period with a special service, Bath Abbey attracts more than 420,000 visitors every year.
It may be hard to believe but Easter’s just around the corner (Good Friday is 18th April in case you’ve yet to pop it into your diary) so why not book up a break in Bath? The city’s Georgian buildings look more beautiful than ever in the spring as the sunshine bounces off the architecture, and you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy the streets and shops before the crowds of summer arrive.
Bath is home to many a festival, but none of them are quite as illustrious as the annual Bath International Music Festival. This year’s festival will run from 22nd May until 2nd June and it’s set to see the whole city come to life with performances.
With a worldwide reputation that draws the biggest names in music from all over the globe, the festival is a chance to enjoy new sounds and see new talent as well as embrace the traditional styles we all know and love. Performances include jazz and folk artists, orchestras, world musicians and collaborations that’ll have the critics penning rave reviews before they’ve even left the venue.
The festival has been running since 1948 and it’s well-known for its diverse selection of music and artists. If you’ve never visited Bath this is the perfect excuse to enjoy a break in the Georgian city, but remember to secure your accommodation in Bath with plenty of time to spare. The programme is carefully designed to stretch and engage its audiences every year, so no matter how many times you’ve attended the festival you’ll enjoy new artists from all kinds of genres. Better still, the festival showcases some of the city’s most stunning settings, so prepare to be wowed.
The city of Bath has always been associated with the world of fashion, and Bath in Fashion returns this May to celebrate the British fashion industry. The programme runs from 3 – 10 May, and it’s a must for anyone with a passion for all things to do with fashion.
It’s nearly time for the year’s most side-splitting event – the Bath Comedy Festival. The festival takes place from 28th March until 6th April, and this will be its sixth year. The festival has a great reputation as one of the country’s finest annual comedy festivals and it attracts new talent, much-loved faces from the scene and includes a programme directed at every type of sense of humour. If you love a good laugh you’ll love this event, and the city seems even more appealing during this cheery week of fun.