Three Abbey Green Bed and Breakfast in the Centre of Bath Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:12:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 An elegant evening out… Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:12:56 +0000 For all that she didn’t live here long, Jane Austen is arguably Bath’s most famous resident in history. Bath society is vividly and humourously depicted in several of her novels, and now there are all sorts of ways to follow in Miss Austen’s footsteps and see Bath as she did.

Jane Austen’s Bath at the Victoria Art Gallery A collection of watercolours and prints of Bath as it was during Jane Austen’s brief residency, used to illuminate the settings and places where her beloved characters from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion met, danced, promenaded, flirted and fell in love. Attend on any Thursday evening in August and you can experience the added delight of the Bath Minuet Dancers or the Jane Austen Dancers performing in the gallery from 5-7pm. You can even learn a few steps and join in! There are also lunchtime tours of the exhibition every Thursday from 12.30-1.10pm, if you want to make the most of the exhibit in a limited time.

Other events in conjuction with the Jane Austen’s Bath exhibition include a series of Jane Austen themed lunchtime talks at the Guildhall, on Wednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd September from 1.10-1.45pm; these talks are free to attend and no booking is required. And if you want to literally walk in Miss Austen’s footsteps, don’t miss the Mayor’s Guides’ free Jane Austen themed walking tours. Each tour starts at 11am from the Abbey churchyard and ends at the Victoria Art Gallery, and tours will take place on Tuesday 4th, Friday 14th and Sunday 23rd of August, and Friday 11th, Thursday 27th and Sunday 30th September. Visit the Victoria Art Gallery website for more information.

Once you’ve taken a turn around the dancefloor and a genteel promenade, make your way home to No.1, The Royal Crescent, and take an Atmospheric Evening Tour of the historic rooms of this beautiful Georgian townhouse. See how Miss Austen and company slept, dined and entertained as the evening draws in, with two tours every Thursday in August, at 6pm and 6.30pm – and don’t forget to have a look around ‘below stairs’ and see where all the hard work happened, before you leave! Tickets are limited but can be purchased on the door.

If you’re more interested in what the elegant Geargain lady wore than where she wore it, you may prefer to spend your Thursday evening at the Fashion Museum, which will be open until 7pm (last entry 6pm) every Thursday in August. You can even book a Backstage Tour of the museum’s stored collection, starting at 5.45pm for up to four people on the same Thursdays in August – but be warned, there are a lot of stairs to climb!

And finally, for those who still wank to dance the night away but would rather stay in the present, the sixth annual Bath Folk Festival takes place on the 8th-16th August, with a rich and engaging programme including a ‘new shoots’ competition, five-day summer school and lots of the informal sessions which festival organisers believe are ‘the lifeblood of folk music’. With artists from around the world performing in various city venues, it’s sure to get your toes tapping!

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A hard days night? Not hardly! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:43:56 +0000 One of the things I love most about Bath is that there’s so much more to an evening out than fighting for bar space at your local – though we do have some pretty splendid pubs, if that’s what you’re into. Here are a few choice ways to while away a summer evening, including late nights at the Museum of East Asian Art and the Roman Baths, plus if you can’t drag your other half along without the promise of a pint, you can have the best of both worlds with Shakespeare in the Garden at The Boater.

Friday Late On the last Friday of every month, the Museum of East Asian Art opens its doors for an intimate evening lecture or workshop, granting a unique insight into the cultural and historical significance of the collection and a chance to turn your own hand to one of the traditional art forms on display.

  • 31st July, 6pm – Meet the Founder: Brian’s Favourite Ceramic Objects. MEAA founder Brian McElney gives a tour of his favourite ceramic objects in the museum’s collection, sharing the personal stories behind each object and its place in his six-decade collecting career. Ticket price £12.
  • 28th August, 6pm – Introduction to Kumihimo Jewellery. Kumihimo expert Anne Hurwitz leads a hands-on workshop where you will create your own unique piece of jewellery using this ancient Japanese braiding technique. Ticket price £15, materials and refreshments included.
  • 25th September, 6pm – Origami For Adults. Explore the ancient Japanese art of paper folding and create your own seasonal decorations for Autumn and Hallowe’en. Ticket price £6, materials included.

All tickets must be booked in advance – visit the MEAA website for details.

The Roman Baths By Torchlight Until 31st August the Roman Baths will stay open until 10pm (last entry 9pm), and in the evening you can see them in a completely new light, as Roman flame torches are lit all around the water. Be transported into the romance of Bath’s ancient Roman past – just don’t start asking your other half to feed you peeled grapes!

Shakespeare in the Garden at the Boater For two nights, on 3rd and 4th August from 7.30pm, the Boater once again invites you to relax in one of Bath’s best beer gardens, though you’ll be forgiven for ignoring the beautiful view of the Pulteney Weir as theatre troupe Permanently Bard captivates you with their performance of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked via the Boater website.

Of course, your break in Bath may not be all about you. If you’re planning a family holiday, it can be difficult to know which activities will be a hit – do you go indoor or outdoor, arts and crafts or out and about? Lucky for you, in Bath you can do both without having to go far. And the kids might even learn something while they’re at it!

Terrific Tuesdays at Prior Park Landscape Garden Every Tuesday throughout the school summer holidays, Prior Park plays host to an outdoor family adventure where all ages can learn about nature and get their hands dirty! Visit the Prior Park website for more information.

  • 21st July, 10.30am – Launch of the Rotten Trail. Be the first to find out what happens when things rot – and what would happen if they didn’t! Perfect for little terrors with a fascination for ‘creepy crawlies, funky fungus and buried bones’! But don’t worry if you miss this one – the trail will be open all through the school holidays.
  • 28th July, 10.30am – Green Man Clay Workshop. Learn about the folklore of the mysterious Green Man and make your own green man from clay, then hide him amongst the trees for later visitors to discover. £1 per child to cover cost of materials.
  • 4th August, 10.30am – Plant It, Grow It, Eat It! Make your own compostable plant pot, plant seeds in it and learn how to care for them. Then when you get home you can pop your pot straight in the ground and watch your little plant grow!

Family Fun at the Muesum of East Asian Art Crafty workshops open to all ages allow the whole family to flex their artistic muscles while learning about ancient cultural traditions and art forms.

  • Saturday 25th July, 2pm – Traditional Japanese Braiding. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a Wooltastic! Workshop, learning the ancient Japanese art of Kumihimo braiding. Ticket price £3.50 per child, all materials included. 2.5 hours.
    Monday 17th August, 2pm – Japanese Fantastic! Explore and experience fantastic Japanese by creating your own manga comic, making a Japanese doll, learning the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and even dressing up in one of the museum’s amazing collection of costumes! Ticket price £3.50 per child, all materials included. 2.5 hours.

All tickets must be booked in advance – visit the MEAA website for details.
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Soak it all up… Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:41:43 +0000 Whether it’s warm weather or wet (and we’ve had our share of both in recent days!), there’s no shortage of reasons to get out and soak it up for the next couple of weeks in Bath. If you’re craving culture: there’s music to delight your senses and lift your spirits. If you’re after adventure and imagination: there’s more to discover and explore than ever before. So join us and soak it all up while it lasts!

There’s nothing like the opera to remind you of the heights musical performance can take you to. So be sure to be there when The Garden Opera Company brings an outdoor performance of Verdi’s La Traviata to Prior Park College this Thursday, 9th July, in aid of local homeless charity, Julian House. The tragic romance of a Parisian courtesan and the sacrifices she makes in the name of true love, the opera will be performed in English and is sure to strike a chord with all who attend. The grounds will be open from 5.30pm for those who want to take a picnic, and the performance commences at 7pm.

Keeping to the outdoors, this weekend the Egg Theatre hosts the outdoor aerial theatre company Whispering Woods at Prior Park Landscape Garden, with four performances of their new show, Red Threads. Described as “a journey into the wild wood…an immersive experience which combines aerial acrobatics, live music and storytelling”, the show promises to enthrall and delight audiences of all ages. The first performance is at 7pm on Friday 10th July and it is advised that you bring warm clothing, a torch and something to sit on if you wish, as well as waterproofs in case of rain and mud, as performances will go ahead in the event of wet weather. It all adds to the adventure! Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children and must be booked in advance. See the Theatre Royal website for more details.

If you’d rather soak up the music but not the weather, keep a roof over your head at the Church of St. Michael Without on Sunday 12th July for a concert of spirituals, folk songs and classical choral music. Canadian visitors the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, AKA Shalloway, join forces with the Walcot State Choir to raise the roof in a free concert, with a collection in aid of Bath’s Three Ways School for pupils with special educational needs. Don’t miss it!

Thursday 16th July sees the IGF Bath Guitar Festival enter its third decade with a long weekend of concerts at The Chapel At The Min. Part of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (previously known as the Royal Mineral Water Hospital and known to locals as ‘the Min’ for short), the Chapel will host performances showcasing the works of renowned guitar composers from around the world. Dubbed “a musical exploration” by organisers the International Guitar Foundation, the festival features new music commissions, a young artist platform and international artist debuts. Visit the IGF website for artist and concert information and book tickets through the Bath Box Office.

How will you be making the most of what Bath has to offer this July? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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No pennies? No problem… Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:38:13 +0000 It’s easy to feel spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do during your visit to Bath and if you’re on a budget it can seem an even more daunting task. But the great thing about summer in Bath is that there’s always something happening – and if you’re in the know, it’s easy to spend all the time you like, without spending all your money…

The Holburne Museum of Art is a beautiful Bath landmark, not to mention a great source for artistic enrichment and a full calendar of events and activities for the whole family, that won’t cost a fortune. Donations are always welcome but admission to the museum itself is free, and you’re sure to find something to hold your interest:

  • Books Galore is an annual second-hand book sale at the Holburne Museum, which raises money for the upkeep of the museum itself and its permanent collection. From 11am – 4pm on Sunday 28th June you will find a wealth of secondhand literature, childrens books, non-fiction, maps, postcards and more – a perfect chance to find a bargain or rediscover an old favourite, all while supporting a good cause.
  • Lunchtime Concerts at the Holburne are a great way to relax and soak up some sonic delights away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, for just £5 per person. Concerts take place every Tuesday from 1.10 – 1.50pm, beginning 30th June with Soho Soirée: Mrs. Cornelys and Canaletto’s Musical Counterparts – music by Vivaldi, Handel, Abel and JC Bach performed on original period instruments. See the Holburne website for the full calendar of concerts.
  • Outdoor Film Screenings with the Little Theatre Cinema and Picture House Pop-Up! For three nights, 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2015, the beautiful grounds of the Holburne Museum become the backdrop for three classics of cinema: Jaws, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Some Like It Hot. Can’t decide whether to catch a movie or make the most of the weather? Do both! Bring a picnic, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy the best of both worlds. Tickets are available from the Little Theatre Cinema or online at the Picture House website.
  • Workshops for Young People run every Monday from 4 – 5.30pm at the Holburne, beginning on 6th July with a Portfolio Group for 14-18 year olds wanting to develop their artistic skills. Each workshop costs £9 per person and the full calendar can be found on the Holburne Museum website.

And while you’re at the Holburne, be sure to take some time to explore Murmuration, the stunning sculpture by Laura Ellen Bacon that is set to transform the facade of the museum from 27th June to 4th October. Woven from Flanders Red Willow, which grows locally, the intricate sculpture uses traditional basketweaving techniques to evoke the murmuration patterns of flocks of starlings and swallows. At the end of the exhibition period the sculpture will be relocated to a permanent home in the musuem’s grounds.

11th July will see the centre of Bath awash in feathers and glitter thanks to the annual one-day Bath Carnival. This free event begins in the beautiful Parade Gardens with live music from local bands and lots of free workshops and activities for all ages. Later in the day, the grand Carnival Procession will congregate at the Bath Rugby Recreation Ground and dance its way to the sound of samba throughout the streets of Bath! This year’s Carnival theme is ‘Creatures, Colours and Communities'; visit the Bath Carnival website for more details and find out which community each creature and colour represents. Here’s a hint: this writer will be wearing red!

If you’re in town this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for the always stunningly turned-out attendees at Saturday 27th June’s Regency Costumed Summer Ball. This annual event is held at the Guildhall in association with the Jane Austen Centre, and while this year’s ball is now sold out, it’s not unusual to spot the elegant Georgian ladies and gents taking the air before the big event, so keep a look-out! And if you’re attending yourself, or just lucky enough to get your picture taken with one of Miss Austen’s compatriots, share your photos with us on Twitter or Facebook – we love to see those costumes!

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So much to do and so little time… Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:32:34 +0000 The summer is well and truly underway, with a veritable feast of fun things to do. If you’re in Bath over the next couple of weeks, here are a few ways to make sure your time is well spent, including some great ways to celebrate Fathers Day on 21st June.

The Importance of Being Earnest From 15th-20th June the Theatre Royal plays host to the inimitable David Suchet in Oscar Wilde’s much loved satirical farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s ‘Trivial Comedy for Serious People’ is bound to raise as many laughs today as it did when first performed in 1895. Visit the Theatre Royal website for prices, availability and booking information.

Early risers can start the day in serenity with Tai Chi on the Terrace at the Roman Baths. Beginning on Tuesday 16th June, sessions are open daily from 8am-8.30am and cost £4 per person. Call 01225 477773 to book your place.

If you like your exercise to be a little more energetic, then join the free City to Garden Walk on 16th June. A guided walk from Bath city centre, through Widcombe to Prior Park Landscape Garden, “taking in beautiful views and local history along the way”. The walk begins at 10am at the Tourist Information Centre in Abbey Courtyard, and takes around two hours. Please note that as this is a free event, admission to the Garden is not included.

History and science buffs will love Waterloo and the March of Science, a new exhibition at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Opening on Thursday 18th June, the exhibition with run throughout the year to commemorate the bicentenniel of the Battle of Waterloo. The exhibition examines the impact of the Napoleonic Wars at a local level and questions how science and technology responded to the culmination of nearly two decades of war with France.

And for those dads whose dreams have four wheels, be sure not to miss the Bath Festival of Motoring on 20th and 21st June. Featuring an eclectic display of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, the event promises to be “a fun-filled weekend for all the family”. The event is run by Bath Rotary Club to raise money for the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering to produce and distribute of ‘Wizzybug’ electric wheelchairs for disabled children.

We all know Dads are the experts when it comes to barbecues, but if yours would rather eat than cook, take him back to Prior Park Landcape Garden for their Father’s Day Barbecue from 12pm-2pm on Sunday 21st June. The park is open as usual from 10am if you want to make a day of it; see the National Trust website for admission prices.

How else will you be showing Dad he’s the main man in your life this Father’s Day? Share some of your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter – we love hearing from you!

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Home away from home… Wed, 27 May 2015 12:32:22 +0000 It’s the first day of your holiday. You flew in last night, surrendered to blissful, contented slumber as soon as your head hit the pillow, and the last thing you want to think about this morning is getting up in time to go down to breakfast. So you sigh, turn over, and go back to sleep.

We’ve all been there. The lazy morning after the rush and hustle of travelling: sometimes the prospect of even the tastiest full English breakfast (and we reckon Three Abbey Green serves a good contender for the title,) isn’t enough to entice us out of bed in a timely fashion. If this sounds like your song, then we have the perfect accompaniment: Abbey View apartment.

Abbey View is a first floor self catering apartment just across the square from Three Abbey Green: same lovely location, same distinctive period features and modern comforts, and the added component of lots more space and autonomy. When you arrive to stay in Abbey View you will receive the same warm welcome you can expect at the guest house, including restaurant recommendations, help with your luggage and all the local insider tips you desire. But if you’re an independent spirit who likes to work to your own timetable, the freedom of our lovely apartment will suit you perfectly – you will have everything you need at your fingertips and we won’t bother you again until we hear from you!

The apartment has a fully fitted kitchen with oven, stove, dishwasher and washer-dryer, so you can cook as much (or as little) as you like and needn’t worry about washing up afterwards. If you want to freshen up your favourite outfit for a night on the town, your welcome pack includes instructions for using the washing machine – though you’ll be forgiven for leaving it untouched; you are on holiday after all.

High ceilings and tall sash windows fill the comfy living room with natural light and fresh air, ideal for a gentle start to the morning. There’s no better way to feel like you’re on holiday than getting up late and having breakfast in your pyjamas, is there? And if you’re anything like me, breakfast will likely be followed by a luxuriously long hot shower. The bathroom has an integrated radio so you can belt out a few tunes to wake yourself up a bit, and the wetroom-style shower enclosure gives you plenty of room to dance while you’re rinsing your hair.

When you’re ready to venture out, there are all sorts of ways to fill your days in Bath, and they’re all within a short walk of the apartment. But if you want to really spread your wings, you can hit the road and head out to see some of the fantastic sights beyond the city itself:

  • Take a Mad Max tour and spend the day visiting Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles, or the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds.
  • Take the number 1 bus to Prior Park Landscape Garden and in ten minutes you could be immersed in the genteel Georgian landscapes conceived by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
  • An hour away by car, the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a great place to while away a summers day, or watch the seasons turn. If you’re of a scientific turn of mind you can learn about the natural flora of the region; if like me, you’re more of a daydreamer, you can imagine yourself lost in some great magical forest of legend (but watch out for elves…).

And one of the best things about taking the self catering option and staying in Abbey View, is coming ‘home’ at the end of a long and tiring day out. If you can’t face sprucing yourself up for a restaurant dinner, Marks and Spencer is barely two minutes away, so you can grab whatever supplies you need (including a bottle of your favourite tipple to round off the night), before putting your feet up and relaxing on the sofa.

It’s the best of both worlds: the comfort, location and friendly service you would expect from an award-winning bed and breakfast like Three Abbey Green, with the space, freedom, peace and quiet of your own home away from home. Take a closer look at Abbey View for yourself, and don’t hesitate to call us if you want to know more – we’d love to hear from you!

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The sound of the city seems to disappear… Mon, 11 May 2015 15:00:42 +0000 Whether it’s because, like the Beach Boys, you too can hear music – or because you’re running with the pack and the city is fading into the distance – these upcoming events are sure to have you so immersed in sensation, no amount of traffic or crowds can get you down.

Bath International Music Festival runs from Friday 15th to Tuesday 26th May with a varied programme of Classical, Jazz, World and Folk music at venues all around the city. Bath Philharmonia and Bath Camerata performing Gershwins Porgy & Bess – Concert Suite with iconic Bass-baritone Willard White. Tuvan throat singing from the Alash Ensemble. Award-winning Welsh harp and West-African kora collaboration from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita. Tropical-Gypsy-Dance rhythms with Natalia Tena and Molotov Jukebox. Rennaissance choral bliss courtesy of Stile Antico performing at Bath Abbey. The twelve days of the festival are hands down assured to contain at least one gem to send tingles down the spine of each and every music lover. Details of all performances, including booking information, are available on the Bath Festivals website.

Even if you’re not the concert-going type, be sure to catch the Festival’s opening Party in the City, a citywide celebration of free music with over 150 performers at 43 different venues. Joining up with the national Museums at Night initiative, this year the party includes a unique opportunity to explore some of our most beautiful historical and cultural treasures, after dark. But don’t worry if you can’t make it on opening night – you’ll have another chance to dance the night away, with more free music on the Parade Gardens bandstand on Sunday 24th May.

On 15th-18th May you and your family can be transported to a faraway land without ever leaving the heart of the city, thanks to Bath School of Art and Design’s Forest of Imagination. Opening alongside Party in the City from 6-9pm on Friday 15th May and open all day for the next three days, Queen’s Square will be transformed by a team of local artists and creative partnerships, into a wonderland of art installations and creative activity workshops for all ages. The Forest invites you to ‘discover a creative ecosystem’ and unleash your artistic side – who knows where it may take you?

If you’d like to leave the city behind but take the party with you, then look no further – Run or Dye is coming to Bath on 16th of May and promises to be as chaotic and colourful as the name suggests. A 5km charity run beginning at Bath Racecourse, Run or Dye is a race for all ages and abilities. Walk it in costume or run in all white, you’ll be covered in colour by the end! Raising funds and awareness for official charity partner Help for Heroes and Bath local charity partner Concern Universal, each race entrant will receive assorted colourful Run or Dye goodies with their registration pack – including a dye packet of your own so you can add to the cloud of colour as you run! Visit the Run or Dye website to sign up, and have good fun for a good cause.

You’re sure to be smiling whatever you choose to do – share your pictures and tips with us on Twitter @3AbbeyGreen and we’ll retweet the best!

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April showers… Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:25:47 +0000 …are no excuse for hiding indoors! There are lots of great ways to see Bath that will enthrall you come rain or shine. So grab your brolly (and your sunglasses) and follow me!

The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides operate a comprehensive and fascinating guided walking tour of the city centre, which encompasses all of Bath’s iconic landmarks, as well as a wealth of smaller details of historical note that could be easily overlooked by all but the most keen-eyed visitors. I took the tour myself with a visiting relative a few years ago, and was amazed at how much I hadn’t known about the city I’d lived in for most of a decade. And best of all, it’s completely free – your guide will not even accept a tip. The fully trained and knowledgeable Guides are all volunteers, who see it as their civic duty to help visitors understand the history of our beautiful city. Tours depart from just outside the main entrance of the Roman Baths, twice daily at 10.30am and 2pm (except Saturdays, when there is just a single tour at 10.30am); and from 1st May to 30th September there will be an additional tour at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday. So don’t miss out!

Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk promises something hysterical rather than historical… an irreverent look at the city of Bath, and it doesn’t disappoint. Combining street theatre, magic tricks and stand-up comedy, the walk is described by the Evening Chronicle as “a gentle stroll interrupted by moments of lunacy” – sure to lift even the lowest rain-dampened spirits! Tours cost £8 for adults or £5 for concessions and run nightly at 8pm, beginning outside the Huntsman Inn (just around the corner from Three Abbey Green) and finishing about 90 minutes later, right on our doorstep!

Ghost Walks of Bath are a truly spooky treat for those with a passion for the paranormal – or who just want to prove how brave they are! A city as ancient as Bath, rich with dramatic and even violent history, is bound to have more than its share of resident spirits; this may be your chance to see one for yourself! Tours cost £8 for adults or £6 for concessions and begin outside the Garrick’s Head pub at 8pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, finishing at the same spot around 9.45pm. Do you dare..?

In the Footsteps of Jane Austen is a free-to-download mp3 audio tour of Bath, a must for every Jane Austen fan. The download package includes a map of the route and the tour itself is divided into fifteen chapters, so if you decide to take a break you can easily pick up where you left off – like dipping into your favourite Austen novel. As well as taking in the city’s most famous landmarks and highlights, the audio tour includes extracts from Jane Austen’s novels and letters, giving you firsthand insight into Bath as it was in its Georgian prime. To walk in Jane’s footsteps, download the tour here.

Bath Escape Detective Tours are perfect for those who prefer a more interactive and task-oriented approach to exploring the city. Ideal for groups of two to six people who love solving puzzles and riddles and collecting clues, each tour takes 2-3 hours and to complete it you must solve the crime or uncover the mystery! Unmask the murderer in ‘Case No. 219′ or discover ‘Victoria’s Secret’ (particularly suited for groups including younger players) – if Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple can do it, why can’t you? Visit the Bath Escape website to book your tour: but don’t give away whodunnit!

For those who can’t manage a long walk, or just want to see Bath in style, there’s no better way to go than by taking a ride with Courtyard Carriages. A team of elegant Dutch Carriage horses with groom in traditional livery take you on a 20-25 minute tour of the city centre, including Pulteney Bridge and Great Pulteney Street. Tours cost £11 for adults or £5 for children and depart from opposite Bill’s restaurant on Cheap Street. Full exclusive hire of the carriage is available for £90 which allows for a longer tour of one hour, taking in the iconic Royal Crescent, Circus, Queen’s Square and Royal Victoria Park. Book your tour here and step back in time to the glory days of Georgian Bath!

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Sun is shining… Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:11:33 +0000 …the weather is sweet; and the days are getting longer at last! We want to help you make the most of it, so we’ve picked out some great outdoor and evening events for all ages and tastes:

Bath Racecourse celebrates the start of the 2015 racing season with a Season Opening Racenight on Friday 17th April in support of WaterAid, an international organization working in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. The night includes seven races and a Battle of the Bands competition with live music acts for the City of Bath College competing for the chance to perform a 45 minute set at BathFest on 29-30th May!

Do you Glow In The Park? After dark on 18th April Bath’s Royal Victoria Park will be transformed for Glow In The Park: Bath. A 5km route (2 laps of 2.5km) will be marked out using LED strobe lights, big flashing arrows and themed Glow Zones, areas where lighting, special effects and music have been installed to break up the course and enhance the experience. Walk or run, you can take all the time you want; register online to enter a team and get glowing!

World Heritage Day at Prior Park Landscape Garden is a great way to celebrate Bath’s proud status as a World Heritage City, with this year’s theme celebrating the landscape setting of the City of Bath. And what better setting in which to appreciate the beauty of Bath than Ralph Allen’s 18th century landscape garden at Prior Park? On 19th April this all-day event offers a plethora of free activities for all ages exploring the archeaology and natural history of the gardens, with the chance to learn about landscape drawing, painting and photography, dress up in Georgian costume and learn a country dance, and even mingle with Ralph Allen, Mrs Allen, John Wood and Capability Brown, as personified by members of the Natural Theatre Company. Download the event leaflet to help you find your way around and make sure you don’t miss any of the fun.

It wouldn’t be a visit to Bath without a night out at the theatre! On Tuesday 21st April, for one night only, the egg theatre proudly presents Caroline Horton’s critically acclaimed one-woman show, Penelope RETOLD. Classical myth meets contemporary rage in this retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey from the perspective of war-hero Odysseus’ wife Penelope, waiting at home in Ithaca. Described as an “epic, heartbreaking and fiercely playful tale about love, loneliness and the need to be free”, Penelope RETOLD was developed with input from soldiers and military spouses and is recommended for audiences aged 13 and over. See the Theatre Royal website for booking information.

If perchance the sunshine does let us down, head to the American Museum and explore the life and culture of a hotter, drier clime. Spirit Hawk Eye is an ongoing exhibition of black and white photographic portraits by Heidi Laughton, celebrating contemporary Native American culture and exploring the present-day customs of the Native peoples of California, Arizona and New Mexico. Each portrait is accompanied by personal anecdotes from the subject, explaining the traditions and ways of life that are of particular importance to each individual. Spirit Hawk Eye is an arresting and memorable glimpse into a diverse and beautiful culture and if you enjoy them, mark your calendar to return in July. The museum will be hosting individuals featured in Laughton’s portraits during “a two-week residency that will showcase traditional cultural practices and key issues facing America’s Native Peoples today”. See the American Museum website for details of associated lectures, workshops and performances.

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Have an Eggs-cellent Easter! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:24:25 +0000 The Easter holidays have just begun, so that means two weeks of freedom from packed lunches, football practices and the school run – two weeks of opportunities to take your family away to experience something new. So bring them to Bath! Here are just a few of the Easter-themed activities on offer over the holidays:

Easter Fun Day at Bath City Farm
On Tuesday 31st March, 11am-2pm there will be craft activities, egg themed games, and of course, the all-important Easter Egg Hunt! Mums and Dads can browse the craft and plant stalls or relax in the café while the kids run off some of that holiday energy. No advance booking required. Bath City Farm is located just outside the city and can be easily reached by car or on the number 10 and 5 buses – see the website for details

Bath Abbey
The heart of the city, Bath’s ancient and beautiful Abbey Church is worth a visit for its stunning and intricate Victorian Gothic architecture, and the 212-step Tower Tour is a great way to work up an appetite for a hearty lunch – or tire out the kids to guarantee a peaceful evening! The tour takes in the ringing chamber and bell chamber, a chance to stand on top of the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling, and you can even sit behind the clock face! It runs every hour on the hour (last tour 4pm) and costs £6 for adults or £3 for children.

If you wish to worship at the Abbey over Easter there are a variety of services to suit all ages and tastes:

Maundy Thursday

  • 8.30am Morning Prayer
  • 11.00am Holy Communion
  • 7.30pm Sung Eucharist for Maundy Thursday Wherein Bath Abbey Men’s Choir will sing Byrd’s Mass in Three Parts and Shephard’s I give you a new commandment

Good Friday

  • 10.30am Cross Walk Service in the Abbey
  • 11.00am Joint Cross Walks Service in Abbey Churchyard
  • 12noon Three Hour Service with Music by J S Bach, played by Michael Mace (Cello). The service is divided into half hour segments to allow for people to join or leave as appropriate.
  • There is a special service of Meditation in Music for Good Friday at 7.30pm, where Bath Abbey’s Choirs of Girls and Men will perform Stainer’s Crucifixion, with hymns for congregational participation. No tickets or advance booking required.
At 5.15pm on Holy Saturday, there is an Organ Recital by Peter King, Bath Abbey Director of Music, who will perfomr works by Whitlock, Bossi and Grieg.

Easter Sunday

A full Calendar of Sunday services will be available on Easter Sunday, beginning with

  • Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 8am; this service includes a sermon but no hymns, and lasts around 40 minutes.
  • Parish Communion takes place at 9.30am, with a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere; a creche is also available. The service lasts one hour, including a mix of classic hymns and songs of worship, and Bath Abbey Girls’ Choir will sing Vaughan Williams’ Easter. There is coffee after the service, giving everyone an opportunity to mingle and chat.
  • There will be Sung Eucharist at 11.15am, led byThe Right Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, with Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Philips’ Ecce vicit Leo sung by Bath Abbey Choirs of Girls and Men.
  • Festal Evensong is at 3.30pm, where Bath Abbey Choirs of Boys and Men will sing
    O Sons and daughters – Davies
    Psalm 114
    Howells in G
    The Twelve – Walton
  • For those who prefer a more relaxed form of worship, the Abbey’s BTW: Informal Evening Service is at 6.30pm and lasts around one hour.

Ora Et Labora
Open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week and located right between Abbey Green and the Abbey Churchyard, Ora Et Labora offers a great school holiday program of craft activity workshops for kids of all ages, from window art to weaving, all linked to Bath’s Medieval heritage. Ora Et Labora (which is Latin for ‘pray and work’, the Monastic motto taken from the Rule of Saint Benedict) is famous for selling delicious honey mead and Bath Medieval Pudding, both of which can be sampled by mums and dads while the kids are busy crafting their masterpieces. Sessions cost £5 per child, sampling is free!

The Egg Hunt (#theegghunt)
As part of The Egg Theatre’s 10th birthday celebrations, all through the Easter Holidays you can take part in the grand adventure of tracking down 25 decorated eggs hidden across the city centre. Free egg hunt maps are available from the egg theatre’s café, Bath Library, Bath’s Visitor Centre and can be downloaded here. The only egg not marked on the map is the grand prize Golden Egg – it’s up to you wily hunters to figure out where that one can be found!

The map includes questions to answer while you search for the hidden eggs, and egg hunters are encouraged to post pictures on facebook and twitter using the hashtag #theegghunt. Completed maps with all questions answered will be entered into a prize draw to win the Golden Egg to keep, plus tickets for both the egg’s Christmas show and the Theatre Royal Bath’s pantomime. The first 100 maps handed in at the egg reception will also receive a handmade treat from the San Francisco Fudge Factory. So get cracking!

And for those who want a few less eggs and a few more giggles, check out the 7th annual Bath Comedy Festival. Running from Friday March 27th to Monday April 6th, this years festival is the biggest to date, with over 100 events and more acts than ever before in both the core curated programme and the free-entry open programme.

The Bath Comedy Festival is known for hosting an eclectic mix of both well-known and up-and-coming comedy performers, and this year includes the first ever Kids’ Comedy Festival. Visit the festival website for full details and booking information, and you’re laughing!

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