Built in 1767, The Octagon Chapel was designed by Timothy Lightholder to be a well-lit, airy and warm church. The building proved to be that and more and is today listed as a Grade II building with historical interest. Many famous people have spent time in The Octagon including Jane Austen, who is said to have reserved a pew whenever she was visiting the city of Bath. The chapel became a popular place for many of the city’s distinguished visitors and was the place to “Be seen” in the city of Bath.
In a city with as much history as Bath you would not expect to find as many open places, parkland and scenic delights as there are. The public parks of Bath are a haven for nature, a place to relax and a beauty to see. If you love spending time outdoors or are looking for that perfect location for a family picnic then go along to one of the wonderful public parks in Bath.
This 120 foot tall neo-classical tower is a much loved feature in Bath. Built for William Beckford and designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge, the tower was thought of something of a folly by locals at the time. Used as a retreat and library by Beckford himself until his death in 1844, the tower has many beautiful features such as oak panelled ceilings and a 154 step spiral staircase which leads to the opulent belvedere at the top.
If you have never visited the spa town of Bath before then you will be surprised at how much there is to see and do in this beautiful part of the English countryside. Visiting Bath is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Bath and how it became the place Romans flocked to. Take a good look at the gorgeous Georgian architecture all around you and find amazing exhibitions, fantastic local food plus much more.
During the warmer months Bath Racecourse is holding a special afternoon of races where you can enjoy the thrill of the sport, spend time with friends or family and experience the excitement of race day in beautiful settings. Improve your racing knowledge, place a few bets or simply enjoy the day for what it is as you watch the Thoroughbred horses’ race across the flat.
On the 27th July and 26th August there will be a new walking route from Dyrham Park near Bath through local farmland with the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens acting as guides. Places are limited and the walk is expected to take approximately 2.5 hours. Dyrham Park is home to a magnificent herd of Fallow Deer and other wildlife so this walk promises to be a great day out for anyone who decides to participate.
On the 28th July 2013 the Bath Running Festival takes place and offers a great opportunity to runners and those interested in running. Visitors to the area are encouraged to get involved, have fun and help support other runners during the day. Don’t worry if you are not quite up for a full marathon as the running festival has different races for different levels of fitness as well as ages so you don’t have to push yourself too hard if you don’t want to.
If you would like to improve on your culinary skills why not sign up at one of the great cookery schools in Bath? Learn to create exciting and flavour filled dishes, cook classic meals and expand your kitchen skills with top chefs and the freshest produce.
Join the Bath Centre and take advantage of days out, social events, friendly lectures and much more, with like-minded people who help to support The National Trust and the work that it carries out. You can make new friends, enjoy lively conversation and attend regular events, spend time in the beautiful countryside around Bath and learn about what The National Trust does and why it is so important to the city of Bath and other historically interesting sites across Great Britain.
Visitors to the spa city of Bath get that authentic English feel, taking home fond memories, especially after indulging in a tasty afternoon tea at one of the many cafes and restaurants. For that quintessential British experience try a homemade scone with jam and clotted cream, Sally Lunn’s famous buns and delicate but delicious sandwiches, all served with a pot of tea to wash it down. There is nothing quite like afternoon tea in Bath.