Easter Egg-citement in Bath 2023

Easter Egg-citement in Bath

Two weeks is  a long time to keep the little ones entertained… So why not plan a City Break to Bath! There’s a whole host of events and activities taking place over the Easter holidays that you won’t want to miss! From giant Easter egg hunts in the Cheddar Gorge Caves, to Basket weaving at No.1 Royal Crescent, to theatre Royal shows about the Tiger Who Came to Tea… There’s something for the whole family in Bath this Spring!

Take a look below at some of the goings on… pre-booking for activities is advised.

DAYS OUT / ACTIVITIES

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Theatre Royal

We’ve got the purrr-fect treat for the whole Family this Easter! On the 9th and 10th of April, you can enjoy magic, sing-along songs and teatime chaos as you join Sophie and her Mum on stage when a big, stripy Tiger comes to tea! Head to the prestigious Theatre Royal and enjoy this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr. 

Dates: 09/04/23 – 10/04/23

Time: 11:30am & 2:30pm

Where: Theatre Royal, Bath, BA1 1ET

 

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show at Komedia

Who said Science was boring? Designed for children and adults alike, this is Science like you’ve never seen before! Marvel at exploding elephant toothpaste and explore the strange and magical matter of vortex-generating dustbins in Mark Thompson’s spectacular, immersive and educational Science show! 

Date: Sat 15th April

Time: 12pm (Doors open 11:15am) 

Where: Komedia Comedy Club, BA1 1EP

 

Late Nights at The Roman Baths

Soak up the atmosphere and discover amazing artefacts and heritage as you venture through the torch-lit Roman Baths during Easter Lates! From the 7th – 10th April, The Roman Baths will be welcoming guests to stay until 8pm (last entry 7pm) to enjoy a pop-up bar serving prosecco, snacks and yummy hot chocolate! 

Dates: 07/04/23 – 10/04/23

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Where: The Roman Baths, BA1 1LZ

 

Alice in Wonderland Eggstravaganza at Longleat

Enjoy a world of wonder this Easter as you step into the topsy-turvy, upside down world of Alice in Wonderland. Join Alice, The White Rabbit and The Queen of Hearts in this immersive experience full of twists and turns. Sit down for tea with the Mad Hatter himself, and keep an eye out for Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee who are waiting to impress you with their fun and nonsense! Activities along the way include thought-provoking riddles and egg-cellent Easter Egg hunts… don’t be late for this very important date and book your tickets now! 

Dates: 01/04/23 – 16/04/23

Time: 10am – 6pm

Where: Longleat Safari Park, BA12 7NW

 

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

Basket Weaving at No.1 Royal Crescent

Enjoy a heritage arts & crafts activity in an authentic Georgian setting at No. 1 Royal Crescent this Easter. Learn how to weave with colourful ribbon and wool and take home a beautiful woven basket ready to store all of your Easter Eggs. 

Date: 01/04/23 – 16/04/23

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: No 1. Royal Crescent, BA1 2LR

 

Easter Wreath Workshop at Lucknam Park 

A wreath isn’t just for Christmas! Get ready to welcome Spring with an Easter Wreath making workshop at Lucknam Park.With guidance from an expert florist, you can create your own fresh and bright Easter Wreath to take home with you. 

The workshop is £95pp and includes: 

  • Tea & Coffee on arrival
  • Workshop and all necessary materials
  • 2-course lunch at the brasserie

Date: 03/04/2023

Time: 10am – 2pm (approx.)

Where: Lucknam Park, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ

 

Pottery Painting at Crockadoodledo

Make sure you pay a visit to this charming little pottery studio in Larkhall which has some lovely little keepsakes waiting to be personalised. Prices are £5 per person which covers materials and finishing. Prices of the items range from £4.50-£40. It’s a great day out for the kids and will allow them to showcase their creativity by creating something unique to bring home from your Easter trip to Bath. 

Please note that the pottery studio will be moving to Lambridge buildings on 8th May.

 

EASTER EGG HUNTS & TRAILS

Easter Egg-citement at The American Museum 

Head to the American Museum and Gardens this Easter to experience an outdoor trail of excitement! You can expect arts & crafts, storytelling, face painting and much more all-American fun! There’s also an egg-cellent Easter trail where you can hunt for colourful egg installations through the gardens and answer the quiz questions at each egg station to complete the trail and win a chocolate treat! It’s going to be a very hoppy Easter! 

Date: 01/04/23 – 16/04/23

Times: 10am – 5pm

Where: American Museum and Gardens, Bath, BA2 7BD

 

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Cheddar Gorge 

The Easter Bunny has made an egg-stra special visit to Cheddar Gorge and Caves this year and has left 50 giant, glow in the dark Easter eggs waiting to be found. Collect a trail map and head into Gough’s cave to find all of the eggs and win a prize… see if you can find the magic Golden Egg too! There will also be some egg-citing arts and crafts activities happening in the Education Room for you to make some Easter goodies to bring home with you. 

Date: 01/04/23 – 16/01/23 April

Time: 10am – 5pm

Where: Cheddar Gorge and Caves, BS27 3QF

 

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Valentine's Day 2023

Valentine’s Day 2023

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is well and truly in the air. We’ve compiled a list of our top recommendations to help you maximise the season of love in Bath this February. Whether it’s Valentine’s with that special someone, or Galentine’s/ Palentine’s with some of your closest friends, we’ve got the ultimate list for you to eat, drink and axe-throw your way through Valentine’s Day this year. 

Fine dining, expertly crafted cocktails and a side of axe-throwing… sounds like the ultimate Valentine’s guide! Bath is one of the most Romantic Cities in the UK and is a fantastic place to visit during the season of love, take a look below at some of the goings on in the City this month to earn some serious brownie points.

 

RESTAURANTS

Grab your fellow foodies and head to one of the restaurants below for a V-Day dining experience like no other…

 

Eight

A small, independent townhouse in the heart of Bath offering a unique dining experience. With an ever-changing menu of eight small plates, you’re guaranteed a night of fantastic food, drink and ambience in this 500-year old Georgian building.

 

The Elder Restaurant

An elegant and atmospheric dining experience, perfect for Valentine’s Day Celebrations. The Elder offers an A la Carte and tasting menu every evening apart from Sundays – a Valentine’s menu can be found on their website.

 

Sotto Sotto

Voted the ‘Best Italian Restaurant in Bath’ at the Bath Good Food Awards, Sotto Sotto is the perfect dining experience for this Valentine’s Day. It is a very small, cosy venue so booking is strongly recommended.

 

The Architect

Situated on Orange Grove and overlooking Pulteney Bridge, The Architect is a fantastic dining experience in a stylish venue. With a variety of delicious meals on the menu and a fully-stocked bar, it’s the perfect place to celebrate love with a side of great food!

 

Drink Spots

What’s your tipple? Below are some of our favourite date-night drink spots within Bath’s buzzing cocktail scene!

 

Circo Cellar Bar

Winner of the Bath Life Awards 2013, Circo Cellar Bar is a chic blend of the old and new. Soak up delicious cocktail creations in style on a comfy chesterfield sofa in this boutique bar. 

 

Opium 

If gorgeous cocktails in a unique setting is what you’re after, then Opium is a must-visit! Known as ‘Bath’s best known secret’ and tucked away in the vaults near Pulteney Bridge, this cocktail bar combines expertly-crafted drinks with a top class service. Decorated in bespoke fashion to reflect a Massachusetts style bar, Opium is an experience for the senses and a bar like no other.

 

Sub 13

Voted the best cocktail bar in Bath, Sub 13 is an all-in-one cocktail bar, gin bar and club. So whether it’s a chilled drink on the heated terrace or a boogie in the neon-lit basement you’re after, you’ll find it here. Why not enjoy your drink alfresco style under a twinkling sky of fairy lights on the heated terrace.

 

Raincheck 

Relatively new to Bath’s cocktail scene, Raincheck has managed to make its mark since opening in 2022. With expertly-crafted cocktails to be enjoyed in a unique and welcoming atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to get cosy this Valentine’s Day.

 

Spas

Why not treat the one you love to a rejuvenating spa break this Valentine’s Day…

 

Thermae Bath Spa

Want that ‘King of the World’ feeling? The Thermae Bath Spa is the ultimate ‘relaxation destination’ in Bath and is an unmissable restorative experience. Marvel at the spectacular views of the Bath skyline in the heated rooftop pool; unwind in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the Minerva pool; and experience the multi-sensory Wellness Suite as you release all tension and restore yourself to total zen this Valentine’s Day.

 

Royal Crescent Spa

Release tension in the Vitality Pool, sweat it out in the fully equipped, luxury fitness room, and absorb the healing and immune-boosting powers of the Himalayan salt-infused sauna room at the Iconic Royal Crescent Spa. With full access to all facilities and a handful of rejuvenating treatments on offer, the Royal Crescent is the ultimate R&R spot in the heart of Bath.

 

Homewood Spa

Plunge into serenity and pamper yourself from head to toe in a haven of happiness at Homewood Spa this Winter. With an array of facilities including an indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna & steam room, outdoor heated pool, and a hot tub with views of the surrounding valley, it’s time to release all your pent-up tension and relax… Why not go all-out and book yourself a  holistic treatment to help rejuvenate your mind and body so you’re guaranteed to spend Valentine’s Day in bliss.

 

Activities

Roses are red violets are blue, maybe an active Valentine’s Day is a little more for you…

 

Boom Battle Bar

American Pool, Shuffleboard, beer pong, axe-throwing, even-crazier crazy golf… the list goes on at the Boom Battle Bar in Bath! Grab your significant other or a group of friends and prepare yourselves for a night of competition as you battle it out with a mate or a date in a selection of wacky and wonderful games!

 

Karaoke at The Cork

Karaoke in vaulted cellars anyone? Get those vocal cords warmed up and head to The Cork for a night of singing, laughter and drinks! The karaoke rooms are decked out with all the equipment you’d need to serenade the one you love this Valentine’s Day… and they’re even sound-proofed so you can sing like no one’s listening. 

 

Victoria Falls Adventure Golf 

Whether you want to compete with your friends in a golf tournament, or you want to impress a date with your crazy golf skills, this 18-hole adventure golf course is the perfect venue this Valentine’s Day.

 

Romantic City Break

Bath is one of the UK’s most romantic cities and is the ultimate place for a romantic, weekend getaway. Follow the link below to book one of our fantastic Airbnb’s and earn yourself some serious brownie points!

 

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Wellness Weekend In Bath 2023

Wellness Weekend in Bath 2023

With the busy Festive Period now behind us, it’s time for some well-deserved R&R.

January is all about that ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude, so why not set 2023 off on the right foot with a wellness weekend spent in beautiful Bath?

Whether it’s an at-home spa evening or a trip to the UK’s only natural thermal hot spring, you’ll come out feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the New Year!

Welcome to the first blog post of 2023! As we enter a New Year it’s important to set off on the right foot and get yourself in the best position to achieve your goals… what better way than to spend a Wellness Weekend in Bath?  Below are just a handful of the ways you can relax and unwind this cold and rainy January. ☔️

 

Spas

 

No.1 Royal Crescent Spa

Release tension in the Vitality Pool, sweat it out in the fully equipped, luxury fitness room, and absorb the healing and immune-boosting powers of the Himalayan salt-infused sauna room at the Iconic Royal Crescent Spa. With full access to all facilities and a handful of rejuvenating treatments on offer, the Royal Crescent is the ultimate R&R spot in the heart of Bath.

 

Thermae Bath Spa

Want that ‘King of the World’ feeling? The Thermae Bath Spa is the ultimate ‘relaxation destination’ in Bath and is an unmissable restorative experience. Marvel at the spectacular views of the Bath skyline in the heated rooftop pool; unwind in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the Minerva pool; and experience the multi-sensory Wellness Suite as you release all tension and restore yourself to total zen. 

Please note the Thermae Bath Spa will be closed from  16th – 26th January 2023.

 

Bowood Spa & Golf Resort

‘Reset in Somerset’ during this  soul-cleansing and rejuvenating Spa Break where relaxation isn’t a promise, it’s a guarantee. With a host of  spa facilities and treatments, Bowood Spa & Golf resort is the best way to get 2023 off to the right start.

 

Homewood Spa

Plunge into serenity and pamper yourself from head to toe in a haven of happiness at Homewood Spa this Winter. With an array of facilities including an indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna & steam room, outdoor heated pool, and a hot tub with views of the surrounding valley, it’s time to release all your pent-up tension and relax… Why not go all-out and book yourself a  holistic treatment to help rejuvenate your mind and body so you’re guaranteed to return home feeling totally zen.

 

LUSH Bath Spa

Popular for its natural and organic approach to bath and skin cosmetics, LUSH is more than just a shop. Exclusively at LUSH Bath Spa, you can bring the outdoors in and ‘book a Bath’ experience called ‘The Lakes’. Experience the magic of bathing in nature and submerge yourself in this mind-cleansing bath inspired by the beauty and tranquillity of the Lake District. The LUSH spa also offers several rejuvenating spa treatments, ranging from restorative facials to Ayurvedic-inspired massages, to help bring you a sense of inner calm.

 

Out and About Wellness

 

Bath and Bristol Railway Path

The former Bristol and Bath Railway is now one of the most sought-after trails in the vicinity of Bath. This 15-mile multi-use path offers a space for you to unwind while moving your body, allowing yourself to ‘ be at one’ with nature. With plenty of stop-offs en route for picnics and toilet breaks, this trail offers the perfect opportunity for you to run, walk, cycle, roller skate and skip until your heart’s content! The opportunities are endless and the views of Bath, the river and some historic bridges and tunnels are spectacular!

 

Bath Skyline Walk

A moment of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, The Bath Skyline walk affords spectacular views of heritage Bath while you follow a trail taking you through valleys, woodlands, and castle ruins. The unique blend of city and countryside is what has earned the area its World Heritage Site status.

For the avid runners among you readers, this is also the location the Bath Park Run takes place every Saturday at 9 am.

 

Alexandra Park Viewpoint

Boasting impressive, panoramic views of The City of Bath, Alexandra park is a great way to see Bath from a different perspective while getting some much need wind-down time. The wooded, hilltop viewpoint is among a park of greenery, perfect for picnics, coffee dates, walks, and runs. There is also a Choux Bun cart that sells some of the most mouth-watering treats to enjoy while taking in the view.

 

The Botanical Gardens

There’s no better place to clear your head than with a walk through the winding walkways of the Botanical Gardens. Alive with the buzzing of wildlife and the beauty of nature, it’s a truly ‘zen’ place where you can unwind and let all of your tensions float away.

 

Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Just a 45-minute drive from Bath sits one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks, Cheddar Gorge & Caves. With awe-inspiring cliffs and subterranean stalactite show caves, it’s the ultimate place to practise mindfulness and movement, as well as absorb the impressive history of our prehistoric ancestors. Experience a perfect all-season day out in Somerset and just breathe …

For the thrill-seekers among us that perceive wellness as dare-devilling, it is also an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

 

Bring the Spa Home…

Hot tubs, walk-in showers, roll top Baths… We have a whole range of Airbnb’s that are perfect for an at-home spa experience for you to unwind and relax. Pop a bottle of bubbles, put on some relaxing music, and chill in your very own Bath Spa. 

Here’s a link to our direct bookings website: https://nookstays.co.uk/our-properties


Christmas in Bath 2022

Christmas in Bath 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Bath!

The carollers are singing outside Bath Abbey, the streets are illuminated with glittering Christmas lights, and 170 local stallholders are dotted around the cobbled streets, offering traditional and artisan crafts, food and drinks.

But we’ve only scratched the surface with all of the goings on in Bath this Festive season… Below you will find our Festive Favourites for this Christmas!

Santas Elves have been working hard this year to bring festive cheer to the streets of Bath… below, you’ll find our pick of unmissable festive favourites!

Bath Christmas Markets 2022 (24th Nov – 11th Dec)

For the first time since 2019, The Bath Christmas Markets are back and better than ever to celebrate their 20th anniversary!  From 24th November, 170 local stall holders will be dotted around the cobbled streets of Bath, offering artisan crafts, food and gifts! Head to the top of Milsom Street to get your festive fix of chalet shopping! 

Bath on Ice (12th Nov – 3rd Jan)

The Iconic ‘Bath on Ice’ will be returning for its tenth year to welcome skaters of all abilities to Victoria Park. Dust off those ice skates, grab a group of friends and head to this wintry wonderland!

Glow Golf (12th Nov – 3rd Jan)

Neighbouring the ice rink, Victoria Falls crazy golf will be undergoing its very own neon transformation. With glow-in-the-dark golf balls and an 18-hole, wacky outdoor course, you’ll be playing crazy golf like you never have before!

‘12 Tales of a Georgian Christmas’ at No.1 Royal Crescent (26th Nov – 30 Dec 10am-5pm)

This amazing period house will be decked out in festive style to simulate a true Georgian Christmas. As told through stories and poems, walk through festive life as a Georgian and explore the traditions and celebrations of a Georgian Christmas through this new immersive experience.

Meet Father Christmas at No. 1 Royal Crescent  (26th Nov – 24th Dec)

On his way to the North Pole this year, Father Christmas will be making a very special stop at No.1 Royal Crescent to read children a special Christmas story and give them a gift. Tickets are £15 and each session lasts around 35-40 minutes.

The Wondrous World of Roald Dahl at Longleat (5th Nov – 8th Jan) 

Step into the Wondrous World of Roald Dahl as you walk through an incredible exhibition of lanterns at this year’s ‘Festival of Lights’ show at Longleat. Take a trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory and visit Fantastic Mr Fox as you immerse yourself in the extraordinary mind of Roald Dahl.

‘The Enchanted Garden of Lights’ at American Museum & Gardens (1st Dec – 31st Dec) 

Make sure you head to the American Museum & Gardens for a magical after-dark experience. Children can collect a lantern to guide them through an hour-long trail of incredible light installations. The trail is step-free, dog friendly and is a fantastic festive experience. Afterwards, head to the brand new, all-American pop-up Colorado Lodge for some festive food and drink to warm those little hands.


Halloween in Bath 2022

Halloween in Bath 2022

Take a look at some of the Spooktacular events happening in Bath this Halloween!

With a host of events taking place all over the city, the whole family will have a scarily good time exploring Bath in all it’s spooky glory!

One thing’s for sure… there’ll be no resting Witch faces this Halloween in Bath.

Family-friendly Fun

 

FEAR-less (11-15yr olds) 

On 23rd October, there’s something spooky coming to Avon Valley… FEARless is a brand new scare experience for 2022, allowing younger thrill seekers to experience a tamer version of the award-winning scare attraction, FEAR.  Experience a family-friendly night of fire shows, carnival rides and thrills as you walk through four scare attractions which have been tamed down to suit a younger audience. 

Be prepared for some frights along the way!

 

When: 23rd October

Where: Avon Valley Adventure Park

How: Tickets must be purchased online ahead of the event

 

Newton Farm Pumpkin Picking Patch

Take your pick from a sea of orange, yellow, white and blue pumpkins this spooky season at Newton Farm’s Pumpkin Picking Patch! Tickets are free, just pay for what you pick! Afterwards, cosy up with a hot chocolate in the Farm Shop cafe and take a glorious Autumnal walk around the surrounding village and grounds of Newton St Loe. 

 

When: 8th & 9th October. 15th October. 21st – 30th October. 10am – 4pm

Where: Newton St Loe

How: Free tickets can be purchased online

 

Mary Shelley House of Frankenstein

Step into the immersive world of Mary Shelley’s infamous creation, Frankenstein. Winners of the Bath Life Awards 2022, this immersive guest experience blurs the line between museum and interaction to create an experience like no other. Spanning over three atmospheric floors, Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein is a unique day out for the whole family. The website advises that visitors make judgement on whether it will be suitable for young children. 

 

Where: Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

How: Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue 

 

Longleat Halloween Spooktacular Festival

With a host of thrills, spooky tales and a creepily close encounter with Dracula, the infamous Halloween Spooktacular Festival at Longleat is back and bigger than ever! 

Jump on the ghost train and tour the park in all its spooky glory… you might even see some fireworks if you’re lucky! 

 

Where: Longleat Safari Park

When: 19th October – 4th November

How: Tickets needed for entry. Tickets can be purchased online 

 

American Museum and Gardens

Get your favourite spooky costume on and head to the American Museum and Gardens. Follow a creepy trail of haunted rooms and the Autumnal gardens to collect magic potion ingredients. All children taking part in a trail will receive a special Halloween treat. 

 

Where: American Museum and Gardens 

When: October 22nd – October 31st. 10am-5pm

How: Tickets can be bought for an additional £2.50 on top of a standard ticket

 

Adults Only

 

FEAR (16+) at Avon Valley

Voted the UK’s best scare park for two years running, Avon Valley FEAR returns for another year of terror. Get ready for #aBloodyGoodNight and experience an award-winning lineup of scare attractions like no other. New this year, experience the suffering of Evelyn Grace and face the demon within as you participate in The Exorcism (tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.) 

With award-winning scare experiences, fire shows and carnival rides, FEAR doesn’t mess around when it comes to Halloween, make sure to book tickets and experience it for yourself.

 

When: 14th-31st October. 5:30pm – 11pm

Where: Avon Valley Adventure Park

How: Tickets must be bought online before the event

 

Bingo Lingo at KOMEDIA

On the 25th and 31st October, experience bingo like you never have before in this fast-paced game in a buzzing club environment to compete for a range of wacky and amazing prizes. Prepare yourself for a confetti-filled night of dance-offs, on-stage shenanigans and joke prizes at this truly unmissable night with a spooky twist! It’s a scarily good event you don’t want to miss. 

DISCLAIMER: Bingo Lingo is not for the fainthearted, if you’re not willing to twerk on stage to win a prize this event may not be for you…

 

When: 25th & 31st October

Where: Komedia

How: Tickets must be bought online before the event

 

House of Frankenstein After Dark & Escape Room

New for Halloween 2022, Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein is opening its doors after dark for a multi-sensory fright-filled night of horror. It is advised that this event is not suitable for anyone under 15 years old. 

The Escape Room is also open until late. Grab a group of friends and tackle the puzzle-based game to win your freedom and escape the clutches of Victor… Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Where: Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

When: 21st-31st October

How: Tickets can be purchased online


Bath Bucket List 2022

The Ultimate Bath Bucket List for 2022

As one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, Bath has an ever-growing list of sites, attractions and to-dos to entertain visitors. We know Bath like the back of our hand and have constructed the ultimate Bath Bucket List to help you maximise your time in Bath. Below is an insider’s guide to some of Bath’s most iconic landmarks, as well as some secret spots to help you experience Bath in all its glory!

Secret Spots

 

The Little Theatre

The Little Theatre in Bath is a unique blend of the old and new. It is a much-loved favourite for watching new releases, cult classics and cultural screenings. In spite of recent renovations to keep it up to date with the latest digital sound and projection technology, The Little Theatre maintains its vintage aesthetic by retaining some original features of a 1930s theatre. This endearing and unique little gem of a cinema is definitely a must-visit during your time in Bath. 

 

Secret Thermal Baths

We all know the Thermae Bath Spas are an absolute must-visit when in Bath… But just across the street is a more exclusive and secret Thermal Bath available for small groups to enjoy. The Cross Bath is on the site of a secluded Celtic Shrine, dedicated to the Goddess Sul, and is now recognised as a sacred site. The Cross Bath can be booked exclusively for small parties of up to 10 people and is one of Bath’s best kept secrets … we only found out about it this year! 

 

Bath Skyline Walk

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the buzzing city during your stay, then escape to the country and walk the Bath Skyline. Surround yourself with the chirping of birds, the rainbow of flowers and the buzzing of wildlife as you experience Bath from new perspectives on this elevated 6 mile trail through woodlands and castle ruins! 

 

Alexandra Park

Speaking of seeing Bath from new perspectives, you have to take a trip to Alexandra Park. This stunning viewpoint offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the beautiful honey-coloured buildings of Bath! It is quite a steep climb up the hill so it is up to you whether you drive, cycle, run or walk to the top. Once at the top, there is a play area, a choux pastry van and lots of greenery and benches to enjoy a picnic! 

 

And now for some more renowned bucket-list experiences in Bath. Although it’s fun seeking out the secret spots when in a new City, here are a few firm favourites that keep tourists coming back…. 

 

Thermae Bath Spa

The Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s only natural thermal spa and benefits from the same mineral-rich bubbling water that the Romans and Celts enjoyed over 2000 years ago. Containing over 42 different minerals, you will come out of the spas feeling fresh, rejuvenated and your skin smoother than ever! Make sure to take a dip in the rooftop pool overlooking the city skyline and rolling hills of Somerset to get that ‘King of the world’ feeling.

 

Roman Baths

Your trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the namesake Roman Baths – one of the best-preserved examples of Roman remains outside of Rome. With audio-guides for kids and fun activities along the way, it’s a fantastic day out for the whole family.

 

Bath Abbey

Upon entering Bath Abbey, you feel like you have been transported to another world. Encompassed by the sounds of choir singing, warmed by the glow of candles, and amazed at the wonder of the stunning architecture within, Bath Abbey is a moment of quietness in the heart of a bustling City.

 

If you’ve experienced any of the secret (or bucket-list) spots, we’d love you to tag us in your instagram posts and let us know what you think! – @Nookstays


What's on in Bath | Summer 2022

What's on in Bath | Summer 2022

Dance your way through the streets of Bath to live music, indulge in some delicious, award-winning food and drink, and walk like a Bridgerton in the fun-packed Summer of 2022.

There’s so much happening in the City this year for the whole family … even your four-legged friends!

It’s time to book your Summer staycation and soak up the lavish lifestyle that Bath has to offer!

Party in the City – 13th May

To kick off The Bath Festival, join in on a FREE night out listening to live music from a range of genres at various venues dotted around the City. From choirs in the churches, to rock in the pubs, to jazz in the streets, soak up the artistic talents of various artists in this breezy, Spring evening event. From 5pm-late, you can expect a vibrant atmosphere all through the bustling City of Bath as this creative display of the Arts takes over. 

 

The Bath Festival – 13th-21st May

Bath’s most popular Charity Festival is back to bring life to Bath through the Arts of music and writing. Sing, dance and laugh your way through an impressive lineup of international singers, writers and entertainers in some of Bath’s most beautiful heritage sites. 

Tickets for the various events are available online, don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience this cultural phenomenon in heritage Bath.

 

Bradford on Avon Food and Drink Festival – 11th-12th June

If you’re a fan of food, drink, dogs and all things fun then make sure you take a trip to the Bradford on Avon Food and Drink Festival this summer. Just a few miles outside of Bath, this festival is an opportunity to tuck into some delicious food and drink while watching a Fun Family Dog Show! Who needs crufts eh?

 

Pub in the Park – 17th-19th June

The UK’s leading celebration of food and music is back in Bath from 17th-19th June 2022! Tuck into delicious food from award-winning restaurants while listening to some incredible live music. While most weekend passes are sold out, some single day entry tickets still remain so head to the website and secure your spot. 

 

Michael Bublé – 15th July

Michael Bublé isn’t just for Christmas and this Summer he is performing live in Bath! Singing some of his greatest hits at the iconic venue of The Royal Crescent, you’ll want to get your tickets soon if you’re a Bublé fan! 

 

Bridgerton Walking Tour 

Are you one of the 251.74 million viewers of the Netflix hit show, Bridgerton? Want to visit the real-life homes of the Featheringtons and Lady Danbury and learn more about the societal rules of the Regency Period? Then make sure you book tickets for this Bridgerton inspired walking tour. Test your knowledge by trying to match up the real-life location with the on-screen scenes and finish with tea and cake in the Holburne Museum cafe and gardens.


Family Friendly Fun in Bath

Family Friendly Fun in Bath!

With half-term well and truly upon us, we have constructed a list of our favourite family-friendly days out and restaurants to help you maximise your time during your stay. Take a look below at all of the exciting opportunities that await you in Bath!

DAYS OUT

American Museum and Gardens

The American Museum takes you on a journey through the periods of American history. It has an extensive collection of decorative arts and cultural objects and showcases a complex nature of American traditions. It is the only museum of its kind to exist outside of America, making it a must-see during your visit to Bath.

The gardens are some of the most scenic around with a brilliant play area to let kids run off their energy.

 

Crockadoodledo

Make sure you pay a visit to this charming little pottery studio in Larkhall which has some lovely little keepsakes waiting to be personalised. Prices are £5 per person which covers materials and finishing. Prices of the items range from £4.50-£40. It’s a great day out for the kids and will allow them to showcase their creativity by creating something unique to bring home from your trip to Bath. 

 

The Roman Baths

Your trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the namesake Roman Baths – one of the best-preserved examples of Roman remains outside of Rome. With audio-guides for kids and fun activities along the way, it’s a fantastic day out for the whole family.

 

Longleat Safari Park

Located about a 30-minute drive from Bath is the UK’s No.1 Safari Park, Longleat! Discover a diverse range of species of animals from around the world such as lions, tigers, wolves, koalas, porcupines and sea lions. Get a closer look at the action in the immersive drive-through safari experience – hopefully the monkeys don’t steal your windscreen wipers! 

Pre-booking is essential to guarantee entry to the park.

 

House of Frankenstein

This attraction blurs the line between a museum and an immersive guest experience. Spanning over three atmospheric floors, it offers a unique day out that you won’t forget any time soon. The website advises visitors to make good judgement on whether it will be suitable for young children.

This venue also has an escape room which features a puzzle-based game suitable for families, groups and friends. Engage your brain and put yourselves to the test, can you escape?

 

RESTAURANTS

 

Newton Farm Shop & Cafe

Located just a short ten-minute drive from Bath City Centre is this charming, family-run farm shop and cafe. Offering delicious home-made cakes, breakfast, lunch and a great children’s menu to choose from, it’s a great day out. It is a working farm as well with the friendly farmers on hand to educate and answer any questions you may have. 

It also has a play area for the children and a map for a beautiful scenic walk through the surrounding fields.

 

Thai Khun

An incredible Thai restaurant near the train station with colourful and quirky decor. The kids menu is fantastic and offers a range of traditional Thai food to tickle their taste buds. The normal menu is also amazing for adult Thai lovers, offering an extensive range of Thai food, bursting with flavour. 

They also serve great cocktails, perfect for those adult only nights.

 

The Oven

Award-winning artisan pizzeria specialising in Neapolitan pizza. Incredibly popular and offering brilliant gluten-free options too. Can’t ever go wrong with a good pizza served with a cheesy smile 🙂 

 

Boston Tea Party

A favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. You can find one at the top of town on Alfred Street and another in Kingsmead Square. BTP offers an amazing all-day breakfast menu with a great kids menu alongside some delicious drinks and cakes.

 

Mrs Potts Chocolate House

Curve those sweet cravings and head to this mouth-watering chocolate shop! With a huge selection of different varieties of hot chocolate and home-made cakes, brownies and cookies, it is guaranteed to give the whole family a crazy sugar rush but it’s totally worth it.


Top 5 Cocktail Spots in Bath!

Top 5 Cocktail Spots in Bath!

Had a busy day exploring Bath and in need of a night-cap? Whether it’s a quiet drink for two, or a night out on the town with friends, Bath has it all! Explore Bath’s glamorous cocktail scene and get into the spirit with some expertly crafted drinks. Enjoy Bath to the fullest and check out our top 5 recommendations below for the go-to cocktail spots in town!

Circo Cellar Bar

Winner of the Bath Life Awards 2013, Circo Cellar Bar is a chic blend of the old and new. Perfect for sophisticated drinks or letting your hair down, soak up their delicious cocktail creations in style on a comfy chesterfield sofa in this boutique bar.

 

P.s. They offer 2-for-£12.50 Monday-Thursday all night and till 9pm on Fridays! 

 

Opium

If gorgeous cocktails in a unique setting is what you’re after, then Opium is a must-visit for you! Known as ‘Bath’s best known secret’ and tucked away in the vaults near Pulteney Bridge, this cocktail bar combines expertly-crafted drinks with a top class service. Decorated in bespoke fashion to reflect a Massachusetts style bar, Opium is an experience for the senses and a bar like no other. 

 

The Botanist

Venture into a secret garden of drink delights at The Botanist. With live music every night, you’ll find yourself in a bustling social setting with an array of floral and fruity drink creations at your fingertips. Dance the night away with some beautiful drinks crafted by mixology masters! 

 

Sub 13

Voted the best cocktail bar in Bath, Sub 13 is an all-in-one cocktail bar, gin bar and club. So whether it’s a chilled drink on the heated terrace or a boogie in the neon-lit basement you’re after, you’ll find it here. Why not enjoy your drink alfresco style under a twinkling sky of fairy lights on the heated terrace. 

 

The Dark Horse 

With an incredible sound system, delectable drinks, and eclectic antiques, The Dark Horse will transport you to a state of total bliss while enjoying some expertly crafted cocktails. Family-run and using locally-sourced products where possible, this bar is an absolute must for some weekend drinks!


Christmas in Bath 2021

Christmas in Bath 2021

Although the Bath Christmas Markets are not going ahead this year, there are still plenty of season’s festivities, attractions and events lying ahead to make Christmas 2021 one to remember! Santa’s elves have been working hard behind the scenes to bring some Christmas magic to the city, so take a look at what Bath has in store this Christmas… 

Events, Activities and Attractions

Virtual Bath Christmas Markets 2021 (1st Nov – 31st Jan)

Although the physical Bath Christmas Markets cannot go ahead this year like we all know and love, you’ll still have the opportunity to purchase your Christmas Market favourites online. From 1st November, over 160 local stallholders will be displaying their artisan crafts and items online so you can still shop independently and discover the talents of these independent and sustainable retailers.

Bath on Ice (12th Nov – 3rd Jan)

Get your skates on and head to Royal Victoria Park this Winter! With glowing Christmas lights, atmospheric music and a cosy bar area with seasonal drinks and snacks, Bath on Ice will encompass you in a magical winter’s dream.

Glow Golf (12th Nov – 3rd Jan)

Located right next door to the Ice Rink you can find Bath’s popular crazy golf course which will be decked out with atmospheric fairy lights. With glow-in-the-dark golf balls and a night-time setting, you’ll be playing crazy golf like you never have before!

Museum of the Moon (19th Nov – 26th Dec)

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is a travelling exhibition coming to Bath Abbey this Winter. Accompanied by surround sound composition by award-winning composer Dan Jones, the installation will feature a blend of lunar imagery and moonlight, creating a unique fusion of art and science.

Bath Christmas Light Switch-on (25th Nov) 

Head to Milsom Street from 5pm on 25th November to watch Bath’s honey-coloured buildings sparkle to life with magical illuminations for the official switch-on of the Christmas lights. Accompanied by the Bath Abbey Chamber Choir singing some festive favourites, watch the streets of Bath sparkle at the commencement of the Festive season.

The trail light switch-on will coincide with the launch of Thursday evening late-night Christmas shopping, where many retailers around Bath will stay open later to allow you to get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

Artisan Makers (26th Nov – 19th Dec)

Although the Bath Christmas Markets 2021 have been cancelled, we don’t have to go totally cold turkey on chalet shopping! A selection of local artisan makers will be on display in Bath’s beautiful Abbey quarter (near Bath Abbey) where you can find an array of festive food, stunning jewellery and unique Christmas gifts!

Love Actually Live in Concert (2nd Dec)

Experience this seasonal rom-com like never before this Winter with a full orchestra accompaniment performing its soundtrack live to picture. Tickets start from £49.50 at The Forum Bath.

Victorian Carousel (2nd – 31st Dec)

Head to Stall Street to take a whirl on the traditional Victorian Carousel, a favourite among adults and children alike!

Take some time away from the hustle and bustle of the festivities and enjoy a day of crafts and seasonal activities. Run by Orphic Living, this workshop will walk you through the basics of soy candle making where you can create your own to take home. You’ll also have a couple of hours to make a beautiful Christmas Wreath for your home – the perfect addition to your Christmas collection!

Meet Father Christmas (5th, 12th & 19th Dec)

From 10am-4pm on the dates outlined above, Father Christmas will be making a special visit to No.1 Royal Crescent this year to read a Christmas story to the children and give those on the ‘nice list’ a special gift! There will be a special post box should your child wish to leave a letter for Santa and each child will leave with a gift and a Georgian Christmas cookie recipe to try at home. Tickets are on sale now and are £10 per child.

Longleat (selected dates until 3rd Jan)

Santa’s elves are taking over Longleat and transforming it into a winter wonderland filled with music, magical light illuminations, and festive cheer! Featuring Britain’s largest singing Christmas Tree, a winter safari drive-through experience, an elegant display of the aerial grace of owls, and a Santa train to see the man himself, there’s snow better place to experience Christmas than at Longleat!

Christmas all-in-one day tickets start from £36.95 for adults (16yrs+) and £27.70 for children (3-15yrs) – make sure to book in advance to secure entry to park, pre-booking is mandatory.

 

Best Roast Dinner Spots

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a cracking selection of meats, thick gravy, veggies, and those all important crispy roasties! So find below our top recommendations for the tastiest and most seasonal Roast Dinners in Bath!

Hare and Hounds

This year, Hare and Hounds will be open everyday (excluding Christmas day) to bring you an exquisite festive menu, seasonal drinks, and stunning views of wintery Bath. Be sure to book ahead and secure one of the tables in the warm and cosy dining area.

The Bird

Be it a festive knees-up in the Alpine Lodge, or an atmospheric seasonal dining experience in a Christmassy globe, there’ll be no resting grinch faces this festive season at The Bird, Bath. With an array of seasonal drinks and a delectable Christmas menu available, you’ll find yourself in a mouth-watering Christmas dream.

Homewood

Want to dine like royalty this Christmas? Well now you can at Homewood in one of their festive dining domes! You’ll find yourself in your very own Christmassy snow globe as you and up to 8 guests experience a festive feasting extravaganza!  Or cosy up in the festive chalet dining area and transport yourself to a luxury ski resort in the Alps.

 

See Visit Bath’s website for even more events and attractions this festive season!