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.
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.
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.
The Bath Fringe Festival returns to the city on Friday 23rd May and it’s set to run until Sunday 8th June. The events are planned and things are starting to take shape behind the scenes, so expect a festival that’s bigger and better than ever and a programme that includes something for everyone.
It’s one of the many perks of winter that you can book cosy accommodation in Bath and grab a few days away while the crowds of summer are busy elsewhere, and there are plenty of things to do in the city for those umbrella days.
Christmas is well and truly behind us now and the next big event in our calendars is good old Valentine’s Day. Why not avoid the panic and book luxurious accommodation in Bath that won’t break your budget? It’s one of the UK’s most romantic destinations after all…
With cobbled streets, echoes of former resident Jane Austen at every famous landmark and beautiful architecture, the city of Bath has everything you could wish for to sweep that special person off their feet for a day or two, and The Royal Hotel makes the perfect place to stay.
Breaks start at just £99 per person, and the hotel has all the character you’d expect from a Grade II listed property. Better still, you won’t even need to step outside if you’re happy to enjoy the plush surroundings of the hotel thanks to its newly refurbished restaurant. The restaurant was designed by Brunel himself, and it remains one of Bath’s most elegant places to dine.
With the decor of a classic Parisian brasserie, the restaurant makes just the setting for a romantic meal for two and you’ll find French dishes throughout the menu for those who fancy trying something extra special. Make sure you book your room before the Valentine’s rush.
No matter how regularly you take time out and enjoy Bath spa breaks you’ll never run out of different ways to explore the city and one of the most exciting is to take a trip with Bath Narrowboats. Choose from trips that last just a few hours while you enjoy some time on the canal to whole days on the water and experience the city in a way you’ll never forget.
Bath spa breaks have long been a popular way to relax and unwind with friends, but why not also consider golf? Bath Golf Club is one of the city’s most appealing attractions for those who love nothing more than to relax by playing on a beautiful course.