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Bringing the sunshine to this years Bath Comedy Festival


An Evening Of Eric & Ern

What's On | BAth Half 'Runners Stories' BAth cOmedy Festival | Eric and Ern Interview BAth Racecourse season PReview Afternoon TEA | Mother's Day Music | Collabro | Easter Days Out Property and Much, much More



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March April


Festival Bringing the sunshine to this years Bath Comedy


An Evening Of Eric & Ern

What's On | BAth Half 'Runners Stories' BAth cOmedy Festival | Eric and Ern Interview BAth Racecourse season PReview Afternoon TEA | Mother's Day Music | Collabro | Easter Days Out Property and Much, much More


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food and drink

This issue is jam-packed with the best events, exhibitions, festivals and shows the city has to offer.

In our 20 page food and drink section, we focus on Afternoon Teas and the best places to take it.

We speak to some of the runners at this years Bath Half, as well as the stars of An Evening with Eric and Ern as they come to this years Bath Comedy Festival. There's also chance to win tickets to see The Girl On The Train and Glengarry Glen Ross at the Theatre Royal.

We celebrate the origins of Mother's Day, along with some outstanding eateries that can help you spoil mum. We also focus on the Ideal Trading Company and the excellent venues that form part of their portfolio. There's something for everyone this spring.

Relax in the warm, mineral-rich waters of Bath’s natural thermal Spa. Bathe in the open-air rooftop pool and indoor Minerva Bath, refresh your senses in the new Wellness Suite and choose from over 40 spa treatments and packages.


easter days out


Having broken the news recently that Robert Plant was coming to the city with his new band 'Saving Grace', our music section will include local listing from many of the cities best live music venues.

The first chance for a few days off is here and it couldn't come soon enough.

Our property section will investigate the local market as well as get expert opinion on how it may perform in 2019.

Plus, we speak to the boys of Collabro, nearly 5 years after they appeared on Britain's Got Talent, the group are on their way to the Royal Albert Hall, stopping off at the Bath Forum.

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Easter offers up an opportunity to pack the car up and get out and about in some, slightly more, clement weather. Our 12 page days out guide will highlight some great Easter events, holiday clubs, activities as focus on the cities outstanding attractions, museums and galleries.

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The Hairy Bikers

Glengarry Glen Ross

what's on 2 Mar Ben Fogle - Tales From The Wilderness The Forum Join Ben Fogle, a modern day journeyman, for an unforgettable evening of storytelling and adventure.

In this uplifting and inspiring show Ben will be sharing his tales from swimming with crocodiles to conquering Mount Everest. From crossing Antarctica to rowing the Atlantic Ocean. Time: 7:30pm Prices: £ 25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) 4 – 9 Mar Rebus: Long Shadows Theatre Royal The brand new Rebus story written exclusively for the stage. Detective Inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him through the streets of Edinburgh. Whisky helped but now he’s denying himself that pleasure. When the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his fl at, he’s back on the case and off the wagon… Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the ensuing television series ensuring the detective’s legendary status. Now, alongside award-winning playwright Rona Munro, Ian Rankin is bringing his beloved creation to the stage for the very first time. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details. 8 – 10 Mar Bath Decorative and Antiques Fair Bath Pavilion After 29 years, the Fair is still the leading regional event to beat, with a vibrant mix of

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exhibitors from across the UK and Europe where rustic to refined ultra-relevant stylish English Country House style, Mid Century design, industrial chic, Swedish period painted furniture, period portraits and perennially fashionable crusty iron garden furniture will rub shoulders with decorative staples of the 80s and 90s now back in demand by a new and younger audience. Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm Prices: £ 5.00 11 – 16 Mar Stones In His Pockets Theatre Royal A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. The story is told through the eyes of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, employed as extras along with numerous other locals. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 14 Mar Mark Watson: The Infinite Show Komedia Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on ‘Taskmaster’, half-killed on ‘Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island’, Watson returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people: why can’t we understand them? Time: 8pm Prices: £ 19.00

Mark Watson 17 Mar Ardal O’Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On Komedia Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise ,Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place. Time: 8pm Prices: £ 22.00 18 – 23 Mar Glengarry Glen Ross Theatre Royal Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s business as usual. A ground-breaking modern classic, Glengarry Glen Ross has won every major dramatic award on Broadway and in the West End, including the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was later adapted by David Mamet for the 1992 film starring Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 19 Mar Simon Yates: My Mountain Life Komedia One of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time. Simon Yates is best known for his role in the harrowing expedition to the Andes documented in Joe Simpson’s bestseller ‘Touching The Void’. Time: 7.30pm Price: £ 17.00 20 Mar An Evening with The Hairy Bikers The Forum, Bath National Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 37 dates between February and April. With their irresistible enthusiasm, An Evening With The Hairy Bikers will be an epic night of cooking and conversation. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 19.50 plus booking fees

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Rachel Parris 22 Mar Rachel Parris Komedia Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch, and inevitably a sideways swipe at society. In this tour show she showcases some of her best bits, from her trademark comic anthems, to her all-too relatable, bittersweet stand-up, alongside brand new material looking at the insane events of this year. Time: 8.00pm Price: £ 14.00 24 Mar Ian McKellen On Stage Theatre Royal A message from Ian McKellen I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well and a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In between, there will be anecdotes and acting. I open at my local arts centre in January and end up by August in Orkney. Sold Out 25 – 30 Mar Caroline's Kitchen Theatre Royal Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favourite TV cook. In the glow of the studio lights, she has it all – a sparkling career, a big house, a (golf ) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy. But when the camera turns off the truth comes out and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration there is more to spill than the wine… Welcome to Caroline’s Kitchen. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 29 Mar Julian Clary: Born To Mince Komedia ‘Are you ready for some filth? I know I am. It’s

The Girl On The Train been a while since I sallied forth to pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!’ In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment. Sold Out 2 – 6 April Equus Theatre Royal An undoubted 20th century masterpiece, Peter Shaffer’s Equus exploded onto the scene in 1973 and went on to become a huge worldwide hit. Inspired by a true story, this dazzling thriller plumbs the darkest recesses of the human psyche as it explores the complex relationships between passion, sex, religion and sanity. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 2 April Tony Law: The Lost Show Komedia ‘The King of post-modern nonsense’ (Telegraph) – Tony Law is taking his funniest, most meaningful show to date on tour after selling out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe with ‘A Lost Show.’ Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 10 advance 4 April An Evening of Eric & Ern The Forum From the Olivier nominated duo behind the hugely celebrated & critically acclaimed west end hit Eric & Little Ern with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hits all the right notes! From Greig's Piano concerto to Mr Memory, "Arsenal!" It's a show full

of Morecambe and Wise's most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest. This wonderful show, evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £20.00 / £25.00 (plus booking fees) 8 – 13 April The Girl On The Train Theatre Royal Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 9 April An Audience with Simon Reeve The Forum Simon Reeve’s first-ever theatre tour will feature the world-famous BBC TV presenter and journalist recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and bombed by Columbian barons, Simon Reeve has travelled through over 120 countries and his BBC documentaries have sold to over 60 countries around the world! Sold Out 10 April Misha Glenny: McMafia Komedia Misha Glenny is an Award-winning journalist and author, his international bestselling book, McMafia, was recently turned into the hit BBC TV series of the same name. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 17.50

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Henning Wehn 11 April Henning Wehn - Get On With It The Forum You couldn't make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn't bosched out yet another new show? And what's he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practice makes perfect is what keeps him going. This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone! Time 8pm Prices: From £20.00 / £25.00 (+ booking fees) 16 – 20 April Home, I'm Darling Theatre Royal How happily married are the happily married? Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre and direct from a West End transfer, Katherine Parkinson reprises her acclaimed role as Judy in Laura Wade’s new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife. Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 23 – 27 April Fiddler On The Roof Theatre Royal Fiddler on the Roof is one of the best loved of all stage musicals. It is set in a poor Russian village in 1905, where Tevye, the local milkman, has always stuck to the traditional way of life. Now his headstrong daughters have decided that they want to marry for love rather than accept the choice of the Matchmaker. Will tradition win in the face of a changing world? Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details 28 April Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex Komedia You might have seen Kiri on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour or heard her on The Now Show. You might have no idea who she is, that’s fine too. What you should know is, she’s very quietly been going mad for a few years and, to borrow a phrase from Uma Thurman, she’s been ‘waiting… to feel less angry’. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £12.00/ £ 10.00 concessions

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Remembering The Movies 30 Apr – 4 May The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Theatre Royal Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy now enjoying its third year in the West End!

1 May Remembering The Movies with Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara The Forum Strictly’s very own Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara are back on tour with their brand new show Remembering the Movies. If you loved Remembering Fred then get ready for a remarkable, unique and star-studded rollercoaster ride through some of the most successful, Oscar winning and most memorable films of all time. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see webiste for details 5 May Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg Komedia They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth’s case it’s tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers dazzling wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious namedropping. Time: 5.00pm Prices: £ 20.00 6 – 11 May The Rocky Horror Picture Show Theatre Royal Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock’n’roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the show features timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite, Dammit, Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details

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Trouble Lounge presents

The Cuban Brothers

Friday 15th March 2019 Komedia Bath 22 Westgate Street, Bath BA1 1EP Box Office 01225 489070 Age restriction - 18+ Doors 7pm Tickets £20 each.

Bath based events duo Trouble Lounge are friends Sarah Baker and Katy Wyatt who are social media managers by day and eventers and promoters by night. In this their first foray in to promoting a music act they present firm festival favourites, The Cuban Brothers, on a Friday night at Komedia. Sarah and Katy who gave birth to Trouble Lounge a social media led events collective in 2017 and who have hosted Instagram influencers in the city for informative discussions, book launches and wild and wacky night’s out. The bright pair were also the promoters for two sell-out nights at Komedia in 2018 when they

hosted the comedy duo The Scummy Mummies. The girls have long dreamt of luring the celebrity party-starters to Bath after years of watching them at Camp Bestival. Katy told us ‘Bath deserves the best acts to tour here. We know that The Cuban Brothers already have some loyal fans and for anyone else who has not yet had the pleasure of seeing them, then they are in for a real treat! Bring your dancing shoes Bath, this will be fun!!’ What can you expect? The Cuban Brothers who now have 20 years of fun-loving entertaining behind them serve up a heady mix of the crazy, the funky, and dare we say it, the fruity. Hot and spicy is how some might describe these Latino soulful band of Brothers. Add outrageous fashion, all the dance moves and you’ve got a Friday night to remember. Not to be missed. Tickets are on sale via Komedia’s box office at £20 each. Doors open at 7pm. Sarah and Katy. chief trouble makers!

Trouble Lounge image courtesy of @emmahughesphotos

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is the latest fast and fabulous comedy caper by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre who brought you the Olivier Award winning Best New Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Times and prices vary, please see webiste for details

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Raceday at Bath Racecourse

Beginners luck You don’t need to know about racing to enjoy a trip to the races. In fact, it can be a bonus to be a novice … Each year, more than 60,000 people make the journey up to Lansdown Hill to visit Bath’s historic racecourse. Having stood proud overlooking the historic spa City since 1811, today, Bath Racecourse has a jam-packed calendar of events to entice crowds along to and, more often than not, the people visiting are new to racing. Jo Hall, Bath Racecourse’s Executive Director, explained, “For lots of people horseracing can seem a little daunting; there’s lots of jargon to get your head around, betting odds to understand and it’s hard to know if you’re looking at a winning horse or not, even if you’re an expert! But actually a day or evening at the races is more about the atmosphere, enjoying great food and drink and soaking up the experience, which is probably one of the reasons why it’s the second biggest spectator sport in the UK” She points out, “Unlike rugby or football, people don’t support a racecourse like they do a team, so we have to work hard to give people a really exceptional day out above the spectacle of the sport for them to enjoy.” With this in mind, the racecourse puts on a range of events, often with extra entertainment and themes, to appeal to lots of different people – not just those interested in the racing. “The large portion of people that visit us are new to watching live horseracing. They might have watched the Grand National but watching live racing is a whole different experience. When people say to me they ‘don’t like horseracing’, they nearly always have never been to watch racing at a racecourse! There’s so much more happening alongside the sport that if you enjoy the buzz of a crowd then you’re likely to enjoy a day out here.” The racecourse is certainly going above and beyond to give people a great day out. In September, 80s chart-toppers, The Human League, are performing live after racing on the

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open-air stage and will join the likes of UB40, James Blunt and Tom Grennan in the list of headline artists that have performed at the track. After staging family fundays for more than 15 years, the racecourse also won an award last year for its unique ‘Kids Takeover Racing’. As Jo makes clear, “we invest in our customers’ experience each year and look at how we can stage bigger and better events from live music nights to family days out. The unique combination of great racing, a thrilling atmosphere plus added entertainment means we’re attracting new people to attend the races and they are really enjoying themselves!”

Ladies Day

For many, having a flutter at the races is all part of the experience but Jo explains it doesn’t have to be complicated. “You don’t have to have a bet to enjoy the atmosphere at the races but if you did want to place a wager then there is lots of help explaining how to do it. The simplest options are either a bet ‘to win’ or a bet ‘each-way’, where the horse must finish in the first 2,3 or 4 depending on the number of horses in the race.” And any tips for picking a winner? “If I could help people do that, I would be on a yacht somewhere! The first place to start is the racecard – essentially the race programme – where you can the horse’s previous form. It can also be helpful to have a look at the horses parading before each race. But most people, and often those who’ve never been before, pick a horse with a name they like the sound of; that method seems to come out on top no matter how much I study the form!”

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Runners stories

The family come to Charlton Farm for respite, “The time we have at Charlton Farm is truly amazing; the warmth of the staff, the amazing facilities, the tranquillity of the place. We feel welcomed; it is like an extended family.

The award-winning Bath Half Marathon returns to the streets of Bath after last years snow cancelled the prestigious event. Sunday 17th March is the 38th edition of the best organised, longest established and most iconic city centre road races in the UK.

Inspirational stories behind some of this years runners

Virginie Mein Children's Hospice South West

Virginie Mein, age 47 from Bath, is in training to take part in the Bath Half Marathon for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as it provides care and support to her family. Originally from France, Virginie has been living in the UK for 20 years. She has two children; Emilie aged 6 and Sebastien who’s 8. Emilie attends a mainstream school, while Sebastien attends Three Ways School in the city. When he was just a few months old, Sebastien was diagnosed with Global Development Delay and Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. Virginie says, “To this date we do not know the reasons for his disability despite numerous genetic tests. Sebastien cannot sit unaided, walk or talk, has frequent seizures and takes medication daily.”

Virginie and her children

Virginie and her children were referred to CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice after the death of her husband, Richard, in January 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

As Sebastien is not able to fly, Virginie sometimes uses the time he is at the hospice to spend with her daughter. She said, “I have always been keen for my daughter to get to know her French relatives and have some quality time with me, so when Sebastien is at Charlton Farm I also use it as an opportunity to take my daughter on holiday. I leave Sebastien in total confidence that he will cared for and that he will have fun. It is so reassuring for me to know that he is such in good hands.” CHSW is the Local Charity of the Year for Bath Half 2019 and Virginie will be part of a 100-strong team running for the charity. She said, “I started running after my husband died but took it a bit more seriously in 2017 and started training with RunBath in October 2017 in preparation to run the 2018 Bath Half, which was unfortunately cancelled. Running has been a huge help in dealing with stress and anxiety since Richard passed away and a refuge, my ‘me’ time. We are so lucky that CHSW has embraced our family and running the Bath Half Marathon for them next March is such a little contribution compared to what they are doing for us. Sebastien is growing and no doubt the future holds many challenges and I can only thank CHSW and the team at Charlton Farm as I know they are there to share this journey with us.”

Stuart in all his finery

Stuart Cock The Lewis Moody Foundation Have you ever run a half marathon before? Are you regular runner or is this a first challenge for you? This is my first half marathon since 2006. I used to be a regular runner but Cancer treatment and its after effects have made it quite difficult in the last 2 years How is your training going? Now, very well. Because of the effects of my cancer, surgery and chemo my levels of fitness were very poor at the end of last year. During 2018 I tried to get back into running and back to fitness but, the chemo damaged some nerves in my legs which caused me to suffer terrible cramps in my calves and stopped me doing certain types of exercise. Added to the debilitating effects of the treatment this left me in a poor state of fitness. Since around October 2018 I have been building up my running and now it is really paying off and I am finally feeling some real improvements in speed and distance. I've run 3 half marathon distances now and although I find them brutally hard and cant run the whole way yet, I can at least get around the distance with a combination of run/walks. Why are you running? This is a bit of a long story. My good friend Steve George died of a Brain Tumour in November 2016 after being diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma in April 2015. Just prior to his death I decided to start to raise money for the Lewis

Lewis Moody and wife Annie Moody Foundation as they had helped Steve and his family throughout his illness and treatment. In October 2016 we knew that Steve didn't have long left and wanted to raise as much money as possible for the charity. One single challenge seemed insufficient so, I decided to take on 42 challenges for my 42nd year; skydiving, running, dancing in a tutu, milking a cow, among other crazy things.. The centre piece of those challenges was to be the Bath Half in March 2017 as this is the Lewis Moody Foundation's "home event" and I trained very hard towards that aim. A group of Steve's friends decided to run the 2017 Bath half at the same time in Steve's honour and also because Lewis Moody himself runs the Bath Half and we felt that this would be an amazing thing to do for Steve. During my training though, I felt that my fitness was getting worse not better despite the training I was doing, and my general health was declining. After seeing my doctor about this and various invasive investigations, they found the reason for the decline in my fitness and health. I had Bowel Cancer. For obvious reasons, I had to pull out of the 2017 event, which given the reason for me taking part was devastating for me. I had surgery to remove half of my large intestine followed by 6 months of aggressive intravenous Chemotheray finishing in Dec 2017. This obviously took a huge toll on my body but, come Feb 2018 I felt that I needed to try to run the Bath Half in March 2018. I physically wasn't ready, had no fitness and suffered some nerve damage from the chemo that caused my legs to cramp and spasm very badly when I ran. However, I decided that I needed to do it for Steve!!

Foundation managed to persuade the Bath Half organizers to give me a place given my background story. I was so happy that I would finally get to do the Bath Half in my friend Steve's memory but, sadly the 2018 event was snowed off. On the day of the race I took on a half marathon distance in the snowy streets around my home just to say that I had done it. Predictably, after around 5kms the chemo damage caused my calf muscles to cramp and spasm and so running became impossible, not to be defeated, I walked the rest of the way! I still really want/need to take part in the Bath Half and finish this event so I can finally get to run in memory of me friend Steve in 2019, proudly wearing the Lewis Moody foundation shirt. How much do you hope to raise for charity? This time around I can't promise to raise any money as I am raising money for Bowel Cancer UK this year. But, in 2017 and 2018 I personally raised £1746 towards the event. Some of my friends took on some of the 42 challenges I set myself but could not do due to illness and raised a further £5k.

Unfotunately, the event was sold out at that point but, the lovely people at the Lewis Moody

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Tiz and Kayley

Amardeep is running in memory of her brother Mandip

Tizane Pil and Kayley Curtis The British Heart Foundation

Amardeep Mann and her team Rainforest Concern

My name is Tizane Pill (24) and my running partner is Kayley Curtis (30) . We are both cardiac nurses working at the GWH in Swindon.

My brother Mandip Mann passed away at the age of 25 kayaking on the 20th of May 2018 in Alesund, Norway. I can't begin to explain how I feel but my family and I have lost the centre of our lives. Mandip loved nature, exploring, taking care of our planet ,being efficient and just full of love. A very simple guy who inspired many including myself.

Training is going well, a few injuries along the way but we knew it would be a challenge. We’re lucky that we work alongside a fab physio team! We are running for the British heart foundation. This is a charity we work very closely with and provide a lot of support and education for our patients. As cardiac nurses we have seen first hand how this horrible disease can effect anyone of any age. We work with the BHF on a daily basis and have seen how there research and support has helped people beat heartbreak from heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes. We have been fundraising through work, cake sales have gone down a treat with all the staff! And our extremely generous patients, friends and families have been donating their pennies to help us reach our target of £4,500 which we are currently half way towards. Here is our just giving page:

At such a young age he had achieved so much but yet staying humble. My brother was always motivated to pushed boundaries and also helped others see that there is so much more to life then what we think. Always looking for change, loved staying out in nature and even when he did this he thought about absolutely everything. To the point where his toiletries and washing up liquid were eco friendly. Mandip wanted to run this race last year, but due to weather conditions he was unable to do so. We were able to find one of his last runs on Strava and I think if he had run the Bath Half, he would have had an amazing time. His friends and I are running for him now, to support the environment and give back to our planet and helping people and places that are being ignored. Also hoping to raise awareness that little changes can help our planet. We are so lucky to be able to enjoy great landscapes but with the rate at which population is growing and how mankind is now, we don't know how long we will have these landscapes and amazing animals around us. Maybe we won't be able to influence many, however all of us running also want to put out there that we shouldn't be afraid to do what we really want to and that it's not a bad thing to step out of your comfort zone and follow your heart, in some strange way everything will always work out. You can see Mandip's love for photography and nature through his Instagram: mandipmann10

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All of us running also want to put out there that we shouldn't be afraid to do what we really want to and that it's not a bad thing to step out of your comfort zone and follow your heart.

We both ran the Swindon half marathon in 2018 and previous to that Kayley ran the oxford half. We’ve both only really got into running in the last year and a half, found it a great way to relax after a busy day at work. We love running and thought we would set ourselves a challenge after watching the London marathon on tv last year. The London marathon will be our biggest challenge to date and the bath half is perfect for a nice push in our training. We’re both local and often go to bath so going for a run will be a new way to see the beautiful city.

The charity we are running for is They are looking into giving back, biodiversity and helping ancestral indigenous territories. We thought that £1000 would be good mark to hit but we've actually managed to already do this. We are now looking to get as much as we can to help these guys out to make a change.

My brother spent just under 6 months in South America and he had the most incredible stories. I hope that one day I make it out there and still be able to experience the beauty that he had. You can find picture on his Instagram page also there are a few personal pictures on the charity fund raising page ( fundraising/mandipmann) It would be amazing just to reach even one person who would look into making a change to help give back.

Time is Precious

Nicky Halford On behalf Time is Precious Time Is Precious, has been participating in the Bath Half for 7 years now, we started off with a small team of just 10 places & have grown to 140 this year. Which we would like to thank our supporters & runners for. We pride ourselves in this amazingly well organised event “going that extra mile” to support our runners in anyway we can. Last year one of our qualified coaches came up with the magnificent idea, of perhaps working with the Bath Half Team to enable children who have benefitted from Time Is Precious, to be pushed around the fabulous course. Some of these are children “may” never get the chance to participate in a half marathon again for some reason or another. We are honoured to be working alongside Bath Half to help make this happen. We have 3 children being pushed around on the day, who have benefitted greatly from Time Is Precious: 7 year old Devon from Midsomer Norton, who is undergoing treated for Leukaemia, who is being pushed by his mum Nicola & one of our qualified coaches who’s idea this was Laura Hoddinott. 6 year old Ellie from Shepton Mallet, who has a heart defect. Who is being pushed by a family friend & one of our qualified coaches Jim Barron. 5 year old Harmonie from Bath, who lost all her limbs from Meningitis. Who is being pushed by her auntie Hannah Hall & her friend. They all have a small team with them, however as usual we will be out in force with our loud cheering voices. We have purchased special running chairs for specifically for this event & all have been out training for the 13.1 mile route. So all are prepared for the big day. We would like to thank Bath Half for this amazing opportunity, without them it would not happen.

Children’s Hospice South West named 2019 Bath Half Local Charity of the Year! Children’s Hospice South West, which has been in operation in the South West for 25 years, has been named the 2019 Bath Half Local Charity of the Year and it is aiming to raise £60,000 from the event. “We have been involved with the Bath Half Marathon since 2009 and each year we have seen the number of our charity place runners grow” said Emily Mitchard, Community Fundraiser at CHSW. “We are very excited to be chosen as the Local Charity of the Year and hope that 2019 will be the best event yet!” “Just to put our target in context; £50,000 could pay for heat, light and power for all three of our hospices for one year, but if we raise £75,000 that could pay for 24 hour Doctor care in one of our three hospices.” Kayley Waller, Charity Director at Bath Half said “CHSW is a wonderful cause that has a strong history with the race. Each year we choose a local charity to help support their fundraising and drive additional awareness for them. With so many families in the region cared for by CHSW we felt it was a perfect fit for our runners and race this year. We are looking forward to working with the team and help them achieve their fundraising target.” Emily continued “We are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The care offered at each of our three hospices is not just about medical and nursing support for sick children, but enriching the lives of the children and their whole family. Our services are free to families who need us, because we believe that nothing should get in the way of very sick children receiving the very best care.” If you would like to run in support of Children’s Hospice South West please visit

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starring Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth at the Theatre Royal Bath Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – this gripping new stage production of The Girl On The Train which tours to Bath’s Theatre Royal from Monday 8th to Saturday 13th April starring Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth will keep audiences guessing until the final moment.

On, and the hit films, The Kingsman series. Her recent stage credits include Morticia in The Addams Family, South Pacific and Guys and Dolls.

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

A former Associate Director of the National Theatre, Anthony Banks’ many recent credits include the thrillers Strangers on a Train, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, and Gaslight.

Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders and leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game

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As well as his extensive career on the stage, Oliver Farnworth has starred as Andy Carver in ITV’s Coronation Street and in Hollyoaks.

Tickets for The Girl On The Train are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office. To book call 01225 448844 or visit


2 tickets to see The Girl On The Train at the Theatre Royal, Bath on Monday 8th April at 7.30pm For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: Closing date: Tues 2nd April Subject: GOTT Usual T's and C's apply. Winners details will be passed onto the competition provider to arrange prize collection. By entering, you consent to our Privacy Policy. More details are online:

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at the Theatre Royal Bath THE SAVAGELY ENTERTAINING SMASH HIT COMEDY After its sell-out run in the West End, where it wowed critics and audiences alike, the first major revival of Glengarry Glen Ross in over a decade tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd March starring Mark Benton (Early Doors, Northern Lights, Barbara, Waterloo Road, Hairspray) and Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Downton Abbey, Hotel Babylon, Shrek The Musical) as salesmen Shelley ‘The Machine’ Levene and the ruthless Ricky Roma. Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s business as usual. An office of cut-throat Chicago salesmen are pitched in a high stakes competition against each other. Four increasingly desperate employees will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most real estate. As time and luck start to run

out, the mantra is simple: close the deal and you’ve won a Cadillac; blow the lead and you’re fired. A ground-breaking modern classic, Glengarry Glen Ross has won every major dramatic award on Broadway and in the West End, including the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was later adapted by David Mamet for the 1992 film starring Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino. Tickets for Glengarry Glen Ross are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office. To book call 01225 448844 or visit

win 2 tickets to see Glengarry Glen Ross at the Theatre Royal, Bath on Monday 18th March at 7.30pm

For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: Closing date: Wed 13th March Subject: GGR Usual T's and C's apply. Winners details will be passed onto the competition provider to arrange prize collection. By entering, you consent to our Privacy Policy. More details are online:

what's on Thing' Act have sold out theatres in London, New York and around the UK. Don't miss their brand new show! In addition to their own live shows and Radio 4 series, they have written for Tracey Breaks The News (BBC1), Numtums (CBeebies), and The Mash Report (BBC2). Fri 29th March

Tracey Collins & Friends

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show Price: £10 After a five star run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sell out performances at The Museum of Comedy in London, award winning character comedian Tracey Collins (Tina T'urner Tea lady) returns along with some new and old characters including Audrey Heartburn and Milk Jagger for a night of laughter, song and surreal cabaret. New Act of The Year Finalist 2019 (as Audrey Heartburn), Best Newcomer Winner at the London Cabaret Awards, Nominee for Best Comedy at the Wilma Awards and Musical Comedy Awards Finalist (as Tina T'urner Tea Lady). Fri 29th March

Swear along with Withnail & I

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show Price: £8 Back by popular demand! You've sung-along-a Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, even Frozen but now, for another glorious night, you can SWEAR-ALONG-A WITHNAIL & I.

Rory Bremner

Join fellow fans for a very special screening of the most quoted cult classic film, Withnail & I, and get to shout along with all the sweariest moments! Special guest introduction, and prize for the best dressed character from the film! Our reasonably priced bar will be open throughout the show..."two large gins, two pints of cider, ice in the cider" Sat 30th March

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Festival Director Nick Steel says "This year sees Bath Comedy Festival enter its 11th year, boasting a wide and varied programme over 20 days, including more larger scale events, with two Gala shows at the Apex Hotel, two headline events at Bath’s fabulous art deco Forum, plus an Opening Night show and party. There’s something for everyone with a fantastic core programme and expanded affordable festival too!” Tues 26th March

Opening Night Show & Party starring Rory Bremner Walcot House Doors: 7.45pm for 8.30pm show Price: £15 / £12 Join us to celebrate the Opening Night of the Festival with Britain's best-loved satirical impressionist, who tonight brings a one-off special show: "Last Brexit Before The Motorway"! A man who needs no introduction, Rory has enjoyed a prolific television career of over 30 years, winning numerous awards including 3 BAFTAs.

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With support and surprises (TBC). After the show, stay and dance the night away to tunes from the best DJs in town! Thurs 28th March

Croft & Pearce - Double Take

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show Price: £14 / £10 Stars of BBC Radio 4's 'The Croft & Pearce Show' and 'Sketchorama', winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe 'Total Sell-Out Show' laurel and WhatsOnLondon Comedy Award nominees 2017. This BBC 'Next Big

Festival Opening Weekend Gala Show - Stand-up and Musical Comedy Showcase Apex Hotel Conference Suite Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show Swear along with Withnail & I

Price: £22 / £18 A glittering array of fantastic comedic talent in celebration of the Festival, featuring a mixture of delightful musical comedy and stand-up. Starring: The Vogueabonds - From the sublime to the ridiculous, from the elegant to the downright smutty, The Vogueabonds return to Bath after several years of exile, to bring the wonderful songs of Dillie Keane and Fascinating Aida, along with some original material by Chris Dickins, in a joyous riot of larks and lasciviousness! Paul 'Silky' White - A "massively engaging guitar-playing stand-up whose instinctive rapport with audiences makes him welcome wherever he goes" - Guardian Guide (Pick Of The Week) Ronnie Golden - Virtuoso rock guitarist and comedian who's career has seen him work with Chuck Berry to David Bowie, and tour with Tom Jones to Barry Cryer. "Funny as hell" - Daily Express Daniel Cainer - "Tremendously entertaining. His voice is powerful and versatile, and his lyrics are like Robin Williams rants with delightful rhythms and rhymes" - Jewish Currents New York Mark Olver (MC) - Ever popular stand-up comedian, televison warm-up artist and comedy club headliner. Sun 31st March

Daniel Cainer - More Gefilte Fish & Chips Widcombe Social Club Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show Price: £10 Stories-in-Song From a Master Songwriter

Smart, warm, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent, multi-award-winning Daniel Cainer is here with his ever-evolving collection of storiesin-song. Most of the human condition is here, lovingly and intelligently depicted: brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting tunes you'll find hard to forget. For anyone who has ever wrestled with their home, their heritage and their heart. Sun 31st March

Paul 'Silky' White - ZIUQ! The Family-friendly-ish Backwards Comedy Quiz

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 8.15pm for 8.30pm show Price: £10 He doesn't know it all, but Silky can make up something plausible really quickly... Brand new show and concept from the best comedian you've never heard of. The Audience are the teams, questions are irrelevant, answers come from all sorts of surprising directions. Different every time! Mon 1st and Tues 2nd April

Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience

Abbey Hotel Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show Price: £57.50 incl 3 course meal & cocktail Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience - it's the show they were all asking for, and it's by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience opened in the UK in September last year and it's already winning fans.

Maisie Adam Transporting guests to The Nags Head for some wheeling, dealing and eating, this fully immersive, highly interactive theatre show makes for a t'riffic night out – you'd be a plonker to miss it! The Trotters want to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side in this funfilled knees up that has everyone stopping by – including fan- favourites like Cassandra, Trigger, Marlene, Uncle Albert and more. Mayhem rules from start to finish as deals are brokered, schemes are hatched and quizzes quizzed. Mon 1st April


Ring O Bells Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show Price: £10 Welcome to Criminal, where a lineup of wonderful comedy talents solve a murder in front of your eyes. Tonight the hideous crime that needs solving is the murder of Gareth Watkins. Strolling around the supermarket of deception, our detective must head straight to the aisle of resolution and cram the tins of truth into the trolley of justice.

Tues 2nd April

George Rigden: Spooning With Uri

Ring O Bells Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show Price: £5 or pay what you feel* For 2 years as a child, George Rigden (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year nominee 2017) was friends with Uri Geller. This is the bizarre but true story of that friendship. In the wake of Operation Yewtree and the #MeToo movement, this is a tale that is as relevant as it is profitable (TBC). A true story about friendship, autographs and cutlery. Wed 3rd April

Maisie Adam

Ring O Bells Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show Price: £8 Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic 2018 and So You Think You're Funny 2017, Maisie Adam presents an hour show including work in progress of her second Edinburgh show.

Tonight's improvisers are Phil Whelans ("Genuinely and utterly original" - Three Weeks), Frankie Evans (***** - Oxford Mail), Alexander Fox ("Excellent" - Jack Dee), and Richard Vranch ("Impressive display" - Chortle).

Her debut hour, 'Vague', earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and this work in progress promises more witty observations delivered with her signature charm, hilarious physicality and sharp wit.

Produced by Ralph Jones and Joel Gatehouse, Criminal is a comedy night and podcast ('Criminal Casebook') recorded in front of a live audience

As seen on ITV2's 'The Stand-Up Sketch Show', BBC Three and Sky Arts 'Urban Myths'.

Tues 2nd April

Sex.. with Pete Searles

Darren Walsh - Massive Punt Ring O Bells Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show Price: £8 Join Darren (ITV's 'Out There', UK's first Pun Champion, Winner of Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe, BBC Edinburgh Presents') on a Round-The-World flight, pun-packed with in-flight entertainment, video sketches, 1-liners, jingles and general nonsense. Find out if we can all land back in Bath in one piece.

Wed 3rd April

Ring O Bells Doors: 8.15pm for 8.30pm show Price: £8 After his much younger girlfriend leaves him for a better looking, richer, more successful friend of his, Searles dissolves into a gibbering, chainsmoking, suicidal-insomniac! In desperation he resorts to the latest new-age self-help healing therapy E.F.T. (emotional freedom technique) regressing him into a voyage of self re-discovery - where buried memories of past relationships, one-night stands and a very

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what's on Stand-up guest spots from Pauline Eyre & Jenny Laville, a special appearnce of Mutt n Jeff (Rare Species) and a headline set from Seymour Mace - one of Bath Comedy's favourite indescribable surreal comics! As seen in BBC's 'Ideal' with Johnny Vegas. Sun 7th April

The Wine Arts Trail 2019

Venue: To be revealed... Doors: 10.40am for 11.00am show Price: £30 The legendary magical mystery tour is back by popular demand. Why, there would be rioting in the streets if The Wine Arts Trail wasn't included in the festival programme!! Let the big red bus take you on a veritably vinous voyage of discovery to those secret bits of our beloved city that you never knew existed. At every stop a hilarious happening, an artistic intervention or a daft divertissement. And at every stop, a glass of fine wine. The fabulously bonkers outing is a perennial favourite amongst comedy aficionados. As usual, this year boasts a brand new top secret route, plonk aplenty and a laugh around every corner.

Jess Robinson confused childhood all come bubbling to the surface – with hilarious, painful and revelatory results! Thurs 4th April

An Evening of Eric & Ern

Bath Forum Doors: 6.30pm for 7.30pm show Price: £20 - £25 From the Olivier nominated duo behind the hugely celebrated & critically acclaimed west end hit Eric & Little Ern with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel. This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hits all the right notes! From Greig's Piano concerto to Mr Memory, "Arsenal!" It's a show full of Morecambe and Wise's most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest. This wonderful show, evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings. See our interview with Jonty and Ian on pages 22 -23 Fri 5th April

Marcel Lucont - No. Dix

Jess takes you on a dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, serving up a feast of styles and genres from classical to rock to hip hop showcasing the voices of all your favourite celebs. As seen on The Imitation Game (ITV) Murder in Successville (BBC3), Dead Ringers (BBC2), The Week That Wasn't (Sky1), The Now Show (BBC R4) and The Last Leg (C4). Sat 6th April

Bill Smarme's Social Club

Ring O Bells Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show Price: £10 A bonkers variety/cabaret show hosted by the inimitable Bill Smarme - ladies' man, bon viveur, international entertainer, building contractor - in his first solo appearance since the band got fed up with being paid in breeze blocks and sharp sand. There'll be songs, stand-up, a Smarmy quiz, kazoo-alongs, guest spots and a meat draw. All in the best Smarmetastic taste!

Hosted by Ralph Oswick, this year's celebrity guest clippie is none other than national treasure, erstwhile star of Porridge and Britain's favourite pantomime dame Christopher Biggins. Dress code: Your beautiful bonnets, hilarious hats and terrific titfers could garner you an unforgettable mystery prize. N.B.Anyone without a hat will be thrown off the bus forthwith! "Was that real?"..."Did that happen?"..."Are we nearly there Dad?" Now in its 12th incarnation, The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don't delay, book today. There are two trips - 11am and 3pm set-off times. Please get to the start for doors opening time - 20 minutes before set-off - for your welcome glass of bubbly. Mon 8th April

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off By God

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show Price: £8 / £5 Mister Tuesday, potatoes versus knives, 80s, music, future wizard, noise, monkeys, lords, frauds, the saddest pictures in the world, animal band, ways to live, ways to die. Sucked off by God.

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show Price: £12 / £10 The nation's favourite Frenchman returns to the UK with an exquisite new show and a live band to abuse. Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase. Fri 5th April

Jess Robinson - No Filter

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show Price: £15 / £12 Multi-award-winning Jess Robinson is back with a new show! With more spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics.

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Tues 9th April

Matt Price - Broken Hooters And Geezers With Shooters

Ring O Bells Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show Price: £8 Matt Price was asked to work on a writing project with a former criminal. From day one, he was out of his depth... This is a show about learning your limitations and embracing them. It's about facing fears. It's about realising that actually, not being a tough guy isn't such a bad thing after all. Sometimes it's sensible to run away. Some people travel to Nepal or India to try and find themselves. Matt spent hundreds of hours at a retired criminal's house, mixing with people that he never even knew existed. Tues 9th April

Nick Doody - PG

Ring O Bells Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show Price: £8 Can acclaimed comedian Nick Doody successfully write and perform a PG-rated show? You be the judge! Over-18s only. WARNING: Corrosive notions, risk of birdstrike, unrehearsed crossbow stunts, terrifying dolls, ironic 'distance', explicit whistling, suggestive sexual intercourse, potential permanent damage to acuity of mental thingy, constant creeping dread, artistically unjustified tits, low horse sense, possible alien abduction, existential threat, demonic possession, scenes of career suicide, radioactive core, unfinished examp. Audience members are advised to exhale fully before the performance and avoid inhaling until safely clear of the venue. Show may continue in your peripheral vision for several months. Wed 10th April

White Collar Comedy

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show Price: £10 Three middle-class, middle-aged, middle England vicars performing comedy. What could possibly go wrong? Wed 10th April

Arthur Smith accompanied by The Smithereens - Syd

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show Price: £15 / £12 Arthur's brand new show tells the enthralling story of his father Syd, P.O.W. and P.C. on night duty in 1950s London - an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times. Syd Smith fought at El Alamein, became a P.O.W. and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany. Arthur, accompanied by The Smithereens (Ali Day and Kirsty Newton), tells this enthralling 20th Century story with songs from Ray Davies and others. Thurs 11th April

Henning Wehn Get On With It

Bath Forum Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show Price: £20 - £25 You couldn't make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn't bosched out yet another new show? And what's he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going.

Henning Wehn This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone. Friday 12th April

Francis & Power Deep Dark Ciuts

Alan Francis - award winning comedian and writer (The Big Impression, Ronni Ancona & Co and many more) Emily Rose Simons - welcome return to the UK from the prolific musical theatre songwriter "Most creative music and clever lyrics I've experienced in live theatre" - 730 Review

Ring O Bells Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show Price: £8 Comic vignettes written and performed by two fine comic actors.

Pete Latham (last year's New Act Competition winner) and MC John Moloney - A consummate professional for over 20 years, John is a master craftsman of intelligent and original stand up.

Alan Francis, a regular on the UK comedy circuit, and Barnaby Power, one of the country's finest comic actors, come together to rip open the dark underbelly and release the bile.

"High quality stuff, sharply observant and carefully constructed. Not a word is unnecessary or out of place, every pause timed to the millisecond... A deeply enjoyable, hilarious evening relaxing in the sure hands of a total professional" ***** Theatre Bath

This show is sure to have edge... Frid 12th April

Garrett Millerick - Sunflower

Ring O Bells Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show Price: £10 This time last year, Garrett Millerick’s 'Sunflower' was intended to be a 100% pure comedy show with no agendas, no left, no right and no sad stories - a show named after his favourite Beach Boys album and written to contrast the horror of world events. Sat 13th April

Featuring a presentation of the Lovehoney Award for best (innuendo-laden?) joke of the Festival. Sun 14th April

New Act Competition Grand Final

Widcombe Social Club Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show Price: £10 The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-andcoming comics in the UK compete for the title and the Lovehoney Newcomer Award.

Festival Closing Weekend Gala Show - Starring Fred MacAulay & John Moloney

Apex Hotel Conference Centre Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show Price: £22 / £18 A glittering array of fantastic comedic talent in celebration of the Festival. Starring: Fred MacAulay - Fred's brand of humour mixes cheek, sarcasm and satire and has entertained people for three decades. Once described as "One of the best stand-up comedians Britain has ever produced" - Richard Osman, Pointless.

For full information and booking details for all the 150+ shows across the city at this year’s Bath Comedy Festival, visit:

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An Evening of

Eric & Ern

Bringing the sunshine to the Bath Comedy Festival

Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ian Ashpitel as Ernie capture the brilliance of Morecambe and Wise in their fantastic homage to Britains best loved comedy duo. Ahead of their Bath Forum show, as part of this years Bath Comedy Festival, the pair chat to us about the inspiration behind the show, how they met and how the show has impacted on their lives. What made you want to do a show that uses Morecambe and Wise as the inspiration? Jonty (Eric): To be honest it all came about through other people seeing what we had from a five minute sketch and saying ‘you should do something with this’. Ian (Ernie): It’s only when we sat down and talked about it that we decided that if we were going to do something, it had to be a play that looked at the relationship between Eric and Ern. Jonty: It was a real voyage of discovery for both of us. I was a massive Morecambe and Wise fan and had seen and read just about everything they’d ever done or had been written about them. Ian: Yes, it was Jonty’s brilliant impression of Eric and his knowledge of Morecambe and Wise that laid the foundation to everything that followed really, How did you both meet and how did the pairing for this show happen?

Ian: They had such broad appeal. Mums, Dads, Children and grandparents - three generations laughing at the same comedy. Written of course by the late great Eddie Braben. There is nothing like it on TV today - and I’m not sure there ever will be again. How does it feel for you to be able to give people a taste of such amazing comedy from such great legends? Jonty: It’s a huge honour to portray them and shine a light on their huge talent. We take it very seriously and feel a huge responsibility to represent M&W in the right way. Ian: You know, going to the theatre its a two way street. The performer gives out all they can and sometimes it doesn’t come back. In this show we literally bask in the love and affection coming back from the audience. It’s amazing. What do Eric and Ernie’s families think of your show and what impact has that had on you?

Jonty: And I was an immature student.

Jonty: We have been very lucky to have had amazing support from the Morecambe family and the estate of Ernie. We treasure our relationship with them. We always try and run everything buy them before we do anything as Eric and Ernie. It’s vitally important that the families are happy with what we are doing and how we are portraying the boys.

Ian: Despite Jonty being two years ahead of me and me being a lowly first year we became the best of friends and have remained so ever since.

Ian: Yes, to have there ‘approval’ is paramount and it’s a question we are often asked and to be able to say we have that nod makes us feel more secure in what we are trying to do.

Jonty: The pairing happened for that five minute sketch which we performed at the host club for the Stage Golfing Society, of which we are both members. Some fool asked me to do Eric for the show and I said “yes, but I’ll need a Little Ern, I looked across the bar and there was Ian with his hair and short fat hairy legs”

What type of audiences do you get for An Evening With Eric and Ern?

Ian: We first met at Drama school in 1983 - I was a mature student…..

Ian: Then six years later they asked us to do it again, but this time we wrote some material in the style of M and W and It went down so well we realised two things - People believed were good enough to portray them and that perhaps we could write something about them as well. What can you tell us about your show An Evening With Eric and Ern? Jonty: It’s a real celebration of the comedy of Morecambe and Wise. You’ll see some of their most loved sketches along with some you may not be so familiar with. Ian: Plus some new material by us in the style of Eric & Ern. We also have the brilliant singer Becky Neale with us. We gently rib her as Eric and Ernie would….. plus a few surprises. Jonty: It’s real family entertainment, with good old fashioned belly laughs at the silliness and brilliance of Eric and Ern - as it was with all the M and W shows. We love it when there are children in the audience laughing along with their Mums and Dads. Ian: Of course they’re seeing this comedy for the first time and love it as much as we did when we were kids. I’ve no idea why the parents are laughing ‘cos they have seen some of it before! What makes Morecambe and Wise so special? Jonty: I think the fact that they were so close, performing together from the age of 13. They honed their skills for over 20 years before they really made it big in their 40’s. That friendship and closeness gave them their unique talent. Ian: It was also their relationship off and on stage which gave them their huge success. They were so funny together, they trusted each other. There’s a chemistry between them that you can’t fake. It has to be real, otherwise the audience can see if it isn’t. What did their humour and comedy shows have that you think is missing in comedy these days? Jonty: They were just so funny, the years together. The runnings gags, Ernie’s wig, Eric’s glasses. Their roots in variety with song and dance. The innocence of their comedy.

Jonty: What’s been great is that we obviously get the die hard Morecambe and Wise fans who we love because they get everything and sometimes join in. Ian: But also we are also getting young people who maybe didn’t know Eric and Ernie initially and are brought along by parents and find they are loving the comedy just a much. Then they go home and look them up and start watching them online at home. What are you most looking forward to about taking this show on UK tour? Ian: Sharing the genius and wonderful comedy of Eric and Ern up and down the country. Taking them to a world of sunshine and laughter….. Jonty: Where there is no mention of Brexit and that other fella - Donald something or other. Ian: Trump!


Jonty: That’s the one

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Young people will get the opportunity to meet potential apprenticeship providers and employers at Bath College’s annual Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. The event is taking place at the Assembly Rooms on 27th March between 12pm and 5pm, giving local businesses the chance to showcase their vacancies to local people. This year’s lead sponsors are Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath and Curo. Other sponsors include Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), ABDynamics, Mayden Academy and West of England Combined Authority (WECA). All of our sponsors will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities. Last year’s event was attended by over 1,000 young people, with a number of these going on to secure positions at local companies after attending and making the most of networking opportunities. Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society said:

For me, an apprenticeship is better than going into a job from uni as I’m building my skillset now while I’m at College.

King continued “I’m in a business environment, answering phones, working in an office, learning the skills on the job.”

Katherine Banks at Bath Building Society explained the importance of apprentices: “We really like to help people to grow. As they’re younger, we can develop their skills and mould them into what’s required.” Wessex Water have four apprentices working for them, including Kuani Blow, who was studying Business at Bath College, he said that “I found hands on learning a beneficial approach for me, and I love doing the business apprenticeship at Wessex Water”. Event organiser Lucy Beattie said: “This is an excellent opportunity to come and find out what’s on offer locally and nationally. “Companies exhibiting are offering some really exciting apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level. “It’s a great chance to explore the different sectors and growth areas for our region, whether you’re interested in an engineering career, joining the forces, childcare or insurance management. “The fair keeps growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us. We’re looking forward to welcoming 16 to 18-yearolds at the start of their career paths. “Or if you’re already in a job and thinking of a career change, come along to find out about the different routes available to re-train.” The event is taking place on 27th March at the Assembly Rooms and is free to attend.


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Catherine de Braganza

How your morning 'cuppa' became a national obsession

A brief history in tea in England Often described as the most quintessential of English drinks, the custom of drinking tea was a relative late comer to British shores in the mid 17th century. Origins of our nations favourite drink date back to the third millennium BC, and it took until 1560 for tea to reach Europe, by way of Venice, from its Asian origins. Some 50 years later in 1610, Portuguese and Dutch traders became the first to import tea to Europe, with regular shipments. Despite this being a popular past time in these countries, it wasn't until the mid-18th century that the East India Company capitalise on tea's popularity bringing it to these shores.

It may pain a devoted tea drinker to know that we need to thank coffee houses, and one on particular, for introducing tea to England. Thomas Garraway was a coffee house owner and merchant in Exchange Alley, near the Royal Exchange, in London. He sold both liquid and dry tea to the public as early as 1657 stating that its virtues included "making the body active and lusty", and "preserving perfect health until extreme old age". Tea drinking became even more popular throughout England in the 1660's due to the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza's (wife of King Charles II) love of tea.

Thomas Garraway sold both liquid and dry tea to the public as early as 1657 stating that its virtues included "making the body active and lusty", and "preserving perfect health until extreme old age".

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Popularity grew quickly in the coffee houses, and by 1700 over 500 of them sold tea. Not everyone, however, was pleased to see this particular drink thrive. With tavern owners witnessing a drop in the sales of ale and gin, coupled with the government of the day seeing a drop in revenues from the taxes earned on liquor sales, it wasn't long before a taxation was placed on tea. Ironically, Charles II did his best to counter the growth of tea with several acts forbidding its sale, but these laws became so unpopular that they were impossible to enforce. Despite this early setback, governments continued to try and control, or at least profit from the popularity of tea in Britain. Tea had become so popular in the mid 18th century that duty had reached an absurd 119%, resulting in a new industry – tea smuggling. As large ships from Holland and Scandinavian countries reached the shores of Britain, smugglers (often local fishermen) would unload the tea into smaller vessels and sneak them inland through underground passages and hidden paths to special hiding places. One of the best hiding places was in the local parish church! Even smuggled tea was expensive, however, and therefore extremely profitable, so many smugglers began to adulterate the tea with other substances, such as willow, liquorice, and sloe leaves. Used tea leaves were also re-dried and added to fresh leaves. Finally, in 1784 William Pitt the Younger introduced the Commutation Act, which dropped the tax on tea from 119% to 12.5%, effectively ending smuggling. Adulteration remained a problem, though, until the Food and Drug Act of 1875 brought in stiff penalties for the practice.

Anna Maria Russell, 7th Duchess of Woburn

The Birth of Afternoon Tea How a Duchess turned a 'sinking feeling' into a fashionable pursuit

We have a lot to thank Catherine de Braganza for, for bringing tea to England as part of her dowry. But, there is another lady to thank when it comes to one of the nations tea 'obsessions'.

Thomas Garraways coffee house By the early 1830's the East India Company was given a monopoly on the tea trade. Previously, it would take ships almost a year to make the unrelenting journey from Asia back to our shores. One of the first things this forward thinking company did was to introduce the first "clippers", to cut down journey times. These streamlined, tall-masted vessels cut through the oceans at the speed of todays ocean liners. The most famous of the clipper ships was the Cutty Sark, built in 1868 in Dumbarton. It only made the tea run eight times, but for its era it was a remarkable ship. Today, there are 51 million tea drinkers in the UK with the tea industry worth some 530 million pounds. Black tea accounts for 450 million pounds worth of trade, followed by fruit and herbal teas coming in at 78.7 million pounds. With these new tea products gaining ground as consumers seek the health and wellness benefits, the nations love of tea drinking shows no sign of declining.

During the mid-nineteenth century it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Dinner was a more formal affair and would typically occur around 8 o'clock in the evening, thus leaving a long period of time between meals. In order to suppress 'that sinking feeling' during the late afternoon, Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Woburn asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during around 4 in the afternoon. Later Anna Maria would invite friends to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey during the summer and continued the practice when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for "tea and a walk in the fields". Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long, all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling cakes in the middle of the afternoon.

upperclass and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a 'low' or 'afternoon' tea around four o'clock. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial 'high' tea later in the day, at five or six o'clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table. A traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups. In recent years, the addition to the menu of a glass of Champagne or Prosecco has increased its popularity. To experience the best of the afternoon tea tradition, indulge yourself with a trip to one of our finest hotels and restaurants who will be more than happy to offer you a special 'afternoon tea' experience. We have selected a few of the cities best to whet your appitite as well as offer up some recipe ideas for you to try at home.

During the late nineteenth century, afternoon tea became extremely popular with the

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afternoon tea

Little bites of heaven – in a location to die for

Picture this: warm fluffy scones, delicate finger sandwiches and an array of sweet or savoury bites, all elegantly arranged on a classic tiered afternoon tea stand. All you need to complete the scene is a glass of bubbling Champagne - and of course a truly unforgettable location. All of the above can be found at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.

A setting like no other

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa effortlessly blends old world heritage with new world luxury, making every experience there an unforgettable one. You can enjoy your afternoon tea inside in the comfortable restaurant, or outside in the sunshine and birdsong. Our friendly resident squirrel might even make an appearance if he senses that crumbs might be forthcoming…

Reserve your afternoon tea today. Charming cakes, perfect pastries – and the very best buns! table Perfect for a special occasion - or simply a wellThe Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa’s pastry chef Catherine spends hours developing her marvellous sweet and savoury creations to ensure they’re as Instagrammable as they are devourable. Each mouthful delivers the perfect balance of flavour, texture and colour. They’re almost too pretty to eat! Catherine also bakes fresh scones and classic Bath Buns, which are served with Devon clotted cream, cinnamon butter, and strawberry preserve. There are three different menus on offer, so you’re sure to find something to suit your particular tastes. Beware: the finger sandwiches and cakes may be light and delicate, you’ll soon fill up! Not to worry though, you can ask the friendly restaurant team for an elegant carry-box to take away any of your leftovers.

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deserved treat!

Reserve your afternoon tea on 01225 823 333, or email


Four choices of Afternoon Tea, simply delicious with a flight or glass of Taittinger Champagne

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Dan Moon at The Gainsborough

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Beau Street, Bath BA1 1QY As you would expect from the city that invented the Bath Bun, Bath isn’t short of Afternoon Tea purveyors. The Canvas Room offers the perfect place to unwind in style and enjoy a sumptuous home-made traditional afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream, seasonal preserves, and a selection of delicious cakes and pastries.

Traditional Afternoon Tea £30 per person Sandwiches include: Local Ham, Salad, Mustard Mayonnaise, Coronation Confit Chicken, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Cucumber Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich, Mustard Cress

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Henry James

Dan Moon at The Gainsborough


Freshly Baked Raisin and Plain Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Homemade Fruit Preserves.


Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries and Cakes

Champagne Afternoon Tea

Incl a glass of Champagne £46 per person Incl a glass of Rose Champagne £49 per person Our Sommelier Selected Champagne – BillecartSalmon

Lucknam Park

Lucknam Park, Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ Where better to indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea than at Lucknam Park Hotel, an 18th century Palladian mansion set amidst 500 glorious acres of beautiful gardens and unspoilt

parkland. Afternoon Tea at Lucknam Park has always been a firm favourite, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a treat after a long day shopping in Bath which is only 6 miles away! From just £30.00 per person you will be able to enjoy a full English afternoon tea served in our Library or Drawing Room overlooking the gardens, or if it’s fine weather on the terrace. Available Monday to Friday 1.30pm - 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 3.00pm and 5.00pm. See webiste for more details.

Ston Easton

Nr. Bath, Somerset, BA3 4DF Afternoon tea is a beautifully British way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends and family. Sink into a comfortable armchair in one of our drawing rooms, or take a seat on the sunny terrace, and tuck into an array of sweet and savoury treats served on beautiful tiered cakes stands. Champagne afternoon teas and lighter cream teas are also available.

Traditional Full Afternoon Tea

A Selection of Finger Sandwiches, Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream and Homemade Cakes served with a Tea or Coffee £22.50

Gourmet Full Afternoon Tea

Traditional Full Afternoon Tea Served with a Glass of House Champagne £32.00

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change. Served in The Pantry, our lounges or on the terrace, Monday - Sunday 3.00pm 5.00pm Full Afternoon Tea £34.00 Champagne Afternoon Tea £46.00 Treat someone special to a sumptuous afternoon tea experience at The Bath Priory with our afternoon tea gift vouchers.

Pump Room

3 Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LZ Enjoy afternoon tea in Bath while listening to the Pump Room Trio at the elegant Pump Room Restaurant.

The Bath Priory Hotel

Pump Room Afternoon Tea Packages:

Traditional Pump Room Tea

Enjoy our sumptuous interpretation of the ritual that began in the 1800s, when the 7th Duchess of Bedford found a way to fill the ‘hungry’ gap between lunch and supper! £27.00.

Champagne Pump Room Tea

The traditional Pump Room tea served with a glass of Searcys Champagne, £36.50.

Beau Nash Cream Tea

A tasteful tribute to the celebrated dandy and promoter of polite manners, Richard ‘Beau’ Nash, who transformed Bath’s social scene and reputation, £27.50.

Somerset High Tea

From our county, renowned for its lush, green farmland and abundance of apple orchards, indulge in a selection of local specialities, £19.50. All tea packages include a pot of loose leaf tea or hand roasted coffee with complimentary refills. To see what's included in the afternoon tea packages download the afternoon tea menu here. Please note: Menus are subject to change. Bookings taken at all times Monday – Friday with limited availability at weekends. Walk in tables are available daily.

Ladies Tea

A Selection of Finger Sandwiches and Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream Served with Tea or Coffee £16.50

Ston Easton Cream Tea

Fruit Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream Served with Tea or Coffee £10.50 Served daily from 12pm to 5:00pm

The Bath Priory Hotel

Weston Road, Bath, BA1 2XT Treat yourself to a full afternoon tea including a selection of freshly cut sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and warm scones served with clotted-cream and a local preserve. A vast selection of teas and coffees are also available. For a little more indulgence, enjoy a fine glass of Champagne with your full afternoon tea. Selection of handmade finger sandwiches: Ham & mustard, Egg mayonnaise, Smoked salmon, Roast chicken and tarragon Homemade cakes: Lemon drizzle, Carrot cake, Chocolate cake Fresh raspberry tart Homemade fruit and plain scones: Served with Ivy House Farm clotted cream and strawberry jam. Ston Easton Park

Pump Room

food and drink As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday, the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

Modern day

Today, Mothers Day is celebrated all over the World and although the celebration itself can take on a variety of guises there is one constant, the celebration of the Mother and motherhood. So even if you sometimes feel that life doesn't offer you a moments rest, take time to consider treating that special person this Mothers Day. Here are just a few examples of how other countries celebrate.


The U.S celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. Julia Ward Howe first issued her Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870 as a call for women to join in support of disarmament. In the 1880s and 1890s there were several further attempts to establish an American Mother's Day, but these didn't catch on. The current holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 as a day to honour 'one's mother'. Mother's Day took off so well in the U.S that Jarvis became a discenter due to the increased commercialization of her day. In the United States, Mother's Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of owers and greeting cards.


Origins of Mother's Day and how other countries celebrate it. So where did it all begin?

The earliest accounts that relate to a 'Mothers Day' date back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Similar spring festivals were also prevalent in Ancient Roman, where the festival of Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess were celebrated some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

Connections to the church

As Christianity spread throughout Europe churchgoers would regularly use their nearest parish or 'daughter' church to worship albeit when the spring celebrations arrived, usually around the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter), worshipers were asked to return to their home or 'Mother' church for spiritual protection that would give life and keep family members from harm. Over time the church festival became an opportunity for people to celebrate both the church and the work of mothers in general.

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A day of celebration

Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday has since become a regular celebration of mothers and an opportunity for the family to show their appreciation. During Victorian times many of the poor worked as servants for the wealthy.

Mother's Day in Italy was celebrated for the first time on 12 May 1957, in the city of Assisi, thanks to the initiative of Rev. Otello Migliosi, parish priest of the Tordibetto church. This celebration was so successful that the following year it was adopted throughout Italy, where since then it is usually celebrated on the second Sunday in May.


Although the Germans celebrate Mother's Day in a similar fashion to us now, back in the 1920's 'Muttertag' was introduced as a way to increase the countries low birthrate. The 'Mutterkreuz' or Mother's Cross was awarded to Mothers of 4 or more with the Gold award going to mothers with at least 8 children

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Easter dining from ancient Rome to Georgian England

Treat yourself this Easter with a tour of the world-famous Roman Baths, starting with a glass of Champagne around the warm thermal waters of the historic Great Bath. Watch the steam rise from this ancient monument before sitting down to a delicious three-course dinner in the Georgian Pump Room, accompanied by classical music from our resident pianist. Served under glittering chandeliers and grand Corinthian columns, dinner will start with the choice between Wiltshire ham hock and smoked chicken terrine or potted Cornish crab on crisp rye bread. For mains, enjoy poached local Somerset chicken with herb gnocchi or pressed lamb shoulder with potato croquette and wild garlic puree. Finish your meal with our sumptuous Caramelised lemon tart with hedgerow berry sauce, or a bite of Bath bun bread and butter pudding with custard. Dinner bookings are taken from 18:00 to 20:30 and we would suggest that you allow a minimum or 1.30 hours before to enjoy the guided tour and Champagne by the thermal waters as access to the Roman Baths is not possible after Dinner. From Roman to Georgian: Easter dining in The Pump Room is £54 per person and can be booked by visiting

Booking Info

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Mother’s Day delights at the Roman Baths

Behind the cards and bouquets of flowers lies an historical tradition that goes back centuries. First celebrated around the 17th century, Mother’s Day was originally a Christian festival, which involved visiting your ‘mother’ church in your childhood home and eating Simnel cake. After the First World War, when many mothers lost their sons, the festival spread throughout Britain to celebrate family and now falls every year on the fourth day of Lent, the Christian period of fasting that leads up to Easter. Make your mother feel loved this year with a gift voucher for a traditional Pump Room tea for £27.00 or £36.50 with a glass of Champagne.

Mother’s Day was originally a Christian festival, which involved visiting your ‘mother’ church in your childhood home and eating Simnel cake.

The Roman Baths Kitchen If Brunch for Mum is order of the day, invite your mother to the Roman Baths Kitchen, an

original Georgian townhouse, lovingly transformed into a contemporary restaurant. Served from 9:30 to 12:00, this unique Mother’s Day brunch is £12.50 per person and starts with a glass of Bucks Fizz and sumptuous buttermilk pancakes served with maple syrup and streaky bacon, berry compote or Greek yoghurt and honey. Discuss your plans for the rest of you visit over a tea or fresh coffee. Our Mother’s Day Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 17:00 and has an array of heart-warming dishes to choose from, including caramelised onion and goats cheese bruschetta with a beetroot salad to start, slow roast Lackham farm beef and Yorkshire pudding with red wine gravy for mains and a treacle tart with clotted cream for dessert.

Booking Info

Lunch is £20 for two courses and £25 for three and you can book a table online at, by calling us on 01225 477877 or by emailing


Alternatively, treat your mum to the glitz and glamour of one of the most elegant tea rooms in Bath, reserve a Mother’s Day brunch at the Pump Room. Served from 10:00 to 11:30, start the day with a glass of Greyfriars English Sparkling wine topped with cranberry juice and enjoy homemade toasted rye bread with free-range poached eggs and hollandaise with your choice of hot smoked salmon with watercress or grilled field mushroom with wilted spinach. Choose a pot of tea from our house looseleaf tea collection or order some locally hand-roasted filter coffee. Served from 12:00 to 15:00, Mother’s Day Lunch at the Pump Room has an array of delicious options on the menu, including Abbey ale battered hake to start, Wiltshire pork loin with crackling and apple sauce for mains, and poached Yorkshire rhubarb with almond crumb and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Mother’s Day brunch at the Pump Room is £14.75 per person, while lunch is £16.00 for one course, £23.00 for two and £30.00 for three. During lunch our full range of set teas will also be available and you can add a glass of English sparkling wine or coffee and chocolates for £6.00 each.

Booking Info

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SEIZE THE NIGHT AT THE ROMAN BATHS From 19-22 April the Roman Baths will be open late until 8pm (last entry at 7pm). There will be live music and performances by our resident Romans each night and a pop-up prosecco bar.

Enjoy dining in the magnificent Pump Room restaurant with our Romans to Georgians package or for more informal dining our Evening Visit and Dinner package. Both include evening entry to the Roman Baths.

Pre-buy your prosecco and ticket together online and save £1 on prosecco and 10% off your ticket.

Book online at and

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Cross Guns Avoncliff

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city

At Three idyllic destination pubs

The Inn at Freshford, the Cross Guns in Avoncliff and The Old Crown Inn in Kelston are three sister pubs, each set in idyllic locations with stunning rural surroundings.

Set in the heart of villages on the outskirts of Bath, they are true destination pubs, with people visiting us from far & wide; seeking out an escape from the city and a rural idyll. Our pubs are popular with walkers and cyclists, dog walkers and families. Being located on the banks of the river, it is not unusual for people to arrive at the Cross Guns by boat, kayak or paddle board. All of them have easy access to the countryside, canal & river walks and boast impressive backdrops. The Cross Guns is located on the river bank with the historic Avoncliff Aqueduct standing proud close by & a short walk from The Old Crown you will find Kelston’s Round Hill with its breath-taking views. Each pub is linked by walks. The Cross Guns is a short walk across fields from The Inn at Freshford and from Avoncliff, the Old Crown Inn can be reached by walking/cycling along the tow path. Being able to enjoy the outdoors is part of what we are about and we are lucky that each of the pubs has a welcoming outdoor space. We want people to come and enjoy our large, award winning gardens - providing a place for relaxation & where people can meet and enjoy fine food & drink ‘al fresco’.

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Our menus change throughout the seasons, using the best ingredients which, where possible, we source from local suppliers - our vegetables are grown close by in Wiltshire and our cheese is from Bath Soft Cheese, our neighbour in Kelston!

There are outside bars at The Inn at Freshford and at The Old Crown. At the Cross Guns we have a Deli which is open daily from 9 to 5, serving barista coffees, teas, drinks, & fresh food - pies, salads, sandwiches, cakes and lots more to grab & go or eat in the garden.

We have a smoke house in the garden at The Inn at Freshford where we smoke meats, vegetables and cheese, to produce delicious smoked ingredients to be used throughout our menus.

We love our outside spaces and we plan a packed calendar of events throughout the year that take place in the gardens.

BBQ at The Old Crown

The Inn at Freshford

Incredible ingredients from local suppliers

The Inn at Freshford Sunny days and balmy evenings create a compelling desire to eat al fresco. Often on a bank holiday weekend, we will have an impromptu BBQ or cook an enormous paella. However, eating & cooking outside doesn’t have to be limited to the summer months. We’re passionate about eating al fresco and cooking outside, throughout the seasons. Our Al Fresco Dining Club evenings take place throughout the year, featuring bespoke seasonal menus cooked outside using a variety of open fire cooking methods – asado, braai and traditional British BBQ. The Cross Guns has a feast on the first Sunday of every month – sumptuous meats & seasonal vegetables, slow cooked over flames & embers. These events are hosted by Barabiku Outdoor, our sister company (

Barabiku Outdoor provide outstanding open-air dining experiences that can be tailored to any event & venue. Experienced at hosting gourmet BBQs, they deliver bespoke & innovative hospitality to events, weddings, festivals and functions of all sizes. Skilled in event planning, they host exceptional outdoor parties. All our gardens are available for private hire and are beautiful venues for events, parties and wedding receptions. Whether it’s at a table in one of our gardens; sat by the river with a picnic from our Deli or at one of our outdoor events – our pubs have all the ingredients for al fresco eating.

Cross Guns Interior The Old Crown Inn For more details on each of our pubs, visit the website, give us a call, or pop in:

The Inn at Freshford The Hill, Freshford, Bath Tel: 01225 722250

Cross Guns Avoncliff Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire Tel: 01225 862335

The Old Crown Inn Kelston Road, Bath Tel: 01225 423032

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Version 2 is a special beer brewed by them with 50p from every pint sold on the night going to The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In 2018 they raised £1000 for 26th March see’s the return of the Bath Comedy Festival, The Brew House will be putting on plenty of shows in their upstairs function space ‘The Tank Room’, tickets are great value with a lot of shows being the Edinburgh Fringe style ‘pay what you feel’. Full line up and ticket info available at Mothering Sunday is on 31st March, Mum’s eat for free (table must be booked in advance) and there will be live music from 6pm including lots of covers of songs that mum’s love, think Simply Red, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars etc. Saturday 6th April is the much anticipated Grand National which will be on live over their big screens, they will be running a sweepstake with a £50 bar tab first prize with all proceeds going to Friends of the RUH!

The Bath Brew House is the place to be this Easter The Bath Brew House are a well-established city centre pub that is known for tasty pub food and excellent on-site brewed ales. Their brand-new menu see’s tapas style portions using their own beer in the food wherever possible, this new menu is proving very popular! Easter is all about over indulgence so they will be celebrating by brewing a special Easter

The Bath Brew House have lots more interesting events, too many to mention here (Pancake Day, Party in the City). Keep up to date by following them on twitter and Instagram: @BathBrewHouse and check their website for the latest menus and info

Chocolate Stout. Easter weekend there will be a chick hunt with lots of ‘eggcellent’ prizes up for grabs, plus live music on Good Friday 7pm til 12am and Easter Sunday 6pm til 11pm. International Women’s Day was huge in 2018 and is set to be even bigger in 2019. Held on Fri 8th March there will be an all-female night of live music, talks, and poetry at the pub. Suffrajitsu Bath’s huge student population can take advantage of The Cork’s student offers, available all day, every day. Not reserved just for students, all our customers can receive the same discounted rates by downloading the free City Club app that also allows you to earn points every time you pay! We are the only venue in Bath with private karaoke rooms, which can also be used to screen sporting events! Also, with TVs on both floors, a projector on our upper floor and a large TV in our heated garden terrace, we are able to show a huge range of sport. Monday night is Retro Games Night so head down from 6pm to replay some of your childhood favourites! On Friday nights, we host The Cork Rewind, a free entry, ever changing evening of music from across the decades, with a different genre of music each week! Every Sunday at 8pm we hold The Cork pub quiz, hosted by Quiz Master Caleb, which is an event that promises to banish those ‘return to work/university blues’.

There's something for everyone this Easter at The Cork The Cork is situated in the heart of Bath, just around the corner from the famous Thermae Spa and within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions. Comprised of two bars, twovaulted party pods, a conservatory and what is arguably one of the best beer gardens in Bath, The Cork has something to offer for everyone.

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The Cork offers a fantastic range of Whiskies, Wines, Rums, Craft Beers, Real Ales, Ciders, Cocktails and much, much more! The food offering suits our style, created to emphasise laidback, relaxed dining. Inspired by street food from around the world, the menu is packed full of flavours to get stuck in to, such as bao buns, Louisiana chunky chilli and dirty fries.

Heading into the warmer months, we’ve got loads going on. From National Food days to sporting events, we’ve got you covered. Keep an eye on our social media for more information. Also, don’t miss out on our Easter Weekender, with live DJs and drinks specials throughout the weekend. It’s always free entry all night!

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The Bath Festival 2019 10 Days, over 120 events and a stellar line-up awaits

The Bath Festival launches its 2019 celebration of music and literature with a diverse programme of more than 120 events over ten days in May (Friday 17 - Sunday 26 May). Among the stellar line-up are Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell, Radio2’s drive time presenter Sara Cox, leading film critic Mark Kermode, Last Night of the Proms sensation Jess Gillam and the original people’s poet, Pam Ayres. Headlining the Festival Finale on Bath Recreation Ground over the weekend of 1 - 2 June, will be Grammy award winning British band Clean Bandit (Friday night) and legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison (Saturday night). See the full programme at Highlights include: • Historian Kate Williams will talk about her book Rival Queens which explores the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. • Chineke! stormed the Proms in 2017 and now its Bath’s turn to enjoy the first professional orchestra in Europe to feature mainly black and minority ethnic musicians. • Ted Hughes poetry award winner and spoken word artist Hollie McNish will deliver her unique brand of raw and entertaining chat and readings. • Lankum, a four-piece Irish folk band who have been described as ‘a younger, darker Pogues’ (The Guardian).

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• Sir Michael Parkinson, one of the nation’s best loved chat show hosts, in conversation with his son Michael. • Penguin Cafe is a unique collaborative group of musicians who blur the boundaries between pop and classical music.

• Jo Brand, feminist, comedian and broadcaster, on Born Lippy, will talk about life as a woman and what she wishes she knew when she was younger. • Mark Kermode and The Dodge Brothers. A double treat for festival-goers as the film critic talks about his memoir and then joins his band the Dodge Brothers for some foot-stomping songs about love, death and transport. • Austentatious is back by popular demand is this comic improv troupe who discover a ‘lost Jane Austen novel to the delight of their audiences. • The Concert for the People of Bath, featuring Bath’s own Philharmonia orchestra and with Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano, and Jess Gillam, saxophone.

Party in the City is back!

Bath’s biggest night of free music, Party in the City, opens the festival on Friday 17 May. The festival has teamed up with Twerton Park, the home of Bath City Football Club, to stage Pitch Invasion, this year’s Bath Festivals Creative Learning schools commission, inspired by the sounds and songs from the terraces. Hear their

chorus and cheer them along at 6pm in the city centre as part of Party in the City.

SparkFest, a partnership with Bath Spa University, return with an exciting programme of theatre, music and dance, created by the stars of tomorrow. Also on opening night the ears of the world will be on Bath as the BBC broadcasts its popular long-running Friday Night is Music Night from The Forum in Bath, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey and with the theme The Magic of Musicals. The Bath Festival: 17-26 May 2019 The Bath Festival Finale Weekend: 1-2 June 2019 Ticket prices: from £6 - £45 (excluding fees) For tickets and more information more information please visit the website

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Komedia After our recent sold out IDLES album release show, we are pleased to bring them back to Komedia Bath for a very special DJ set! Fresh from a (much deserved) top 5 album chart position and relentless worldwide touring, IDLES will be bringing all their favourite indie, punk and rock bangers to our fair city. Time: 9.00pm Prices vary, see website for details

The Forum, Bath Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording star Britain has ever produced and has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date. Having achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter, Billy has collected multiple Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide in the pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details

Idles DJ set plus Squidge and Medway

7 Mar

James Plus Special Guests

The Forum, Bath James are proud to announce their March 2019 “LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES” UK Tour. Starting on Wednesday 6th March at Margate Winter Gardens, the tour will visit some of the UK’s best known and iconic venues, from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, to favourites like Cambridge Corn Exchange. The band will be performing some of their well-loved classic hits alongside new material from their most recent Top 10 album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £36.00 / £45.00 (+ booking fees)

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys plus DJ Rockaphonic

Chapel Arts Big Sandy is a stone cold legend and has played with everyone from George Jones, Johnny Cash, Morrissey to The Monkees. The Fly-Rite Boys also features stalwart of the UK rocking scene (now resident in Long Beach, CA) and virtuoso guitarist extraordinaire Ashley Kingham. This show will sell to both the hardcore rocking crowd while crossing over into contemporary rockabilly, country, Americana and Western swing fans. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance £15.00. Door £20.00.

Miranda Sykes 12 Mar

Juan Martin - Solo

Chapel Arts ‘A giant of the flamenco tradition’ - The Times. This supreme guitarist/composer plays and introduces his compositions. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance £16.00. Door £18.00. 15 Mar

The Cuban Brothers

Komedia The Trouble Lounge presents the fun, the funky, the fruity and their favourite hot and spicy Latino Brothers. That’s right, the most excellent Cuban Brothers head west from Havana this March for a festival season warm-up. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 20.00 15 Mar

KT Tunstall

The Forum, Bath Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall's tour coincides with the upcoming release of her new album 'Wax', with the tour seeing her perform at Bath Forum on Friday 15th March 2019. 'Wax' is the follow up to 2016's 'Kin' which peaked at number 7 on the UK and Scottish album charts, and will feature the recently released single 'The River', with the LP set for a 5th October release. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details 20 Mar

Jack Lukeman

Komedia Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more

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Glenn Tilbrook besides. A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 15.00 21 Mar

Miranda Sykes: Behind the Wall 2019

Chapel Arts Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £12. Door £14. 24 Mar

It's Miss Hope Springs

Komedia Comedy cabaret chanteuse Miss Hope Springs plays the piano and sings, sharing magical musical memories from her vintage Vegas repertoire of toe-tapping show tunes, finger snapping pop and smouldering torch songs, interspersed with scandalous revelations from her ‘Ritz to the pits’ showbiz life in LA, Paris and…Dungeness. Time: 6.30pm Prices: £ 15.00 28 Mar

Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

Chapel Arts Two of the UK’s finest singer/songmiths and guitarists in their first joint songwriting venture. Album ‘The Janus Game’ out now. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advanced and Door £14.

Gabrielle 28 Mar

Glenn Tilbrook: The Voice and Face of Squeeze

Komedia Glenn Tilbrook is the voice and face of Squeeze. It is over 40 years since he first answered Chris Difford’s ad inviting like-minded people to form the what became that evergreen band. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 20.00 29 Mar

Anita Harris in Concert

Chapel Arts A wonderful cocktail of song, glitz, chat, nostalgia and humour. With musical accompaniment from her pianist and musical director, Peter Gill. Highly recommended!!! Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £16. Door £18. 31 Mar

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Chapel Arts BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo -2016 and 2013. A potent mix of trad ballads and their own compositions. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advanced and door £15. 1 Apr


Komedia Gabrielle has announced a UK & Ireland Headline tour for April & May 2019 including a date at Komedia Bath! Gabrielle will be performing both songs from her new album and

showcasing her signature hits. Time: 7.00pm Prices vary, see webiste for details 4 Apr

Keith James in Concert Songs of Leonard Cohen

Chapel Arts Cohen’s material performed in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance and Door £15. 5 Apr

Bootleg Blondie

Komedia Bootleg Blondie is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s in New York City before it’s demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentioned on Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator'. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 16.00 6 Apr


The Forum, Bath Birmingham's world-famous reggae stars UB40 have announced a massive tour next year in 2019 to celebrate their 40th anniversary! Featuring UB40's five founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, and long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Lawrence Parry and Tony Mullings, the band will embark on their 40 date tour across the UK! Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, see website for details

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Collabro 8 Apr


with special guest Kerry Ellis and support from Georgia and The Vintage Youth The Forum, Bath Collabro will be back on the roadfor their biggest ever tour and have announced some very special guests joining them across the UK. See our interview on pages 52 - 53. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details 11 Apr

The George Michael Story Komedia The only touring show to perform George Michael’s hits in chronological order. Time: 7.00pm Prices: from £ 8.00 12 Apr

Mad Dog Mcrea

Komedia Mad Dog Mcrea return to Bath for the first time in 2 years, bringing with them their unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 16.50 13 Apr

The Leylines

Chapel Arts You are invited to join The Leylines as they proudly release their brand new studio album, ‘Recover Reveal’, and head out on tour around the country. The Leylines are a West-country collective established in 2013, with a genredefying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing

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The Illegal Eagles to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance £12.00. Door £14.00 16 Apr

The Wall: Live Extravaganza

The Forum, Bath Following the resounding success of Space: The Best of the Pink Floyd Show in a packed Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal, the production team of Richard Petit and Michel Bruno, Time: 7.30pm.Prices vary, see website for details 26 Apr

Marshes (featuring Beth Porter) plus support, STANLAEY

Chapel Arts Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables, previously a Bath/Bristol based band. Beth has moved up to Wigtown in South West Scotland where the inspiration for the name came from. The songs are dark, quirky, charming and ethereal and depict themes such as fear, confusion, money, politics, the weather and the odd cheesy love song, all carried by Beth’s pure and unaffected voice. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance £10.00. Door £12.00 2 May

Hello Again Neil Diamond

The Forum, Bath Evocative imagery, video and narration enhance the magic, as the show takes you on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50 year career. Time: 7:30pm Prices: From £25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket)

3 May

The Bluejays – Rock and Roll Revolution

Chapel Arts The Bluejays are the UK’s leading 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll band playing the biggest hits of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran and many more. They have toured the world, with gigs as far afield as Canada, Australia and China. Time: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance £18.50. Door £20.00. 3 May

The Illegal Eagles

The Forum, Bath The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2019 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 25.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) 8 May

Marc Almond

The Forum, Bath Following on from a whirlwind year that saw him sell out The O2 in a historic last ever performance with his band Soft Cell, Marc Almond has announced his first solo tour in over a year. Marc Almond’s illustrious, diverse and maverick career has seen him sell over 35 million records worldwide, as well as collaborate with the likes of Gene Pitney, Tony Visconti and of course Jools Holland. Touring with his full live band, Marc Almond will perform songs from across his catalogue of hits. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details.

Now firmly established as Bath’s alternative arts venue and operating as an independently funded arts centre presenting an eclectic array of events for all the performing and visual arts in the heart of Bath. With a superb Oak sprung floor, state-of-the-art lighting system and truss,fantastic natural acoustic of the room (best in Bath!), the venue can accomodate 200 people standing, 150 seated theatre style and 105 seated at cabaret style tables. There is a well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines, and the new Sky Blue Vegan Cafe, which is an independent, family run business with a passion for veganism and plant based goodies. We serve freshly cooked organic food and amazing cakes, organic artizan coffee, speciality organic loose leaf teas and freshly made organic juices and smoothies from our juice bar.


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Collabro are the world’s most successful Musical Theatre group. In 2014 they met for their first rehearsal above a pub in London and just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of ‘Stars’ for the Britain’s Got Talent judges. Fast forward 5 years and The Royal Albert Hall sees the culmination of half a decade of touring with a very special concert on Saturday 20th April 2019. Preceeding the Royal Albert Hall, Collabro will embark on their biggest ever UK tour, visiting The BAth Forum on April 8th. HEre, Thomas, Michael, James and Matt talk about the tour and how life has changed four years on from BGT.

Exciting times, you’ve announced a new tour… Michael Auger: "52 dates all around the UK, ending at the Royal Albert Hall before we head off to Ireland for another few dates. It’s our biggest tour yet. What we wanted to do with this tour is go further to the nooks and crannies of the country, as Tom would say, and make sure we got to as many home towns as possible rather than just doing the major cities. To finish at the Royal Albert Hall is absolutely incredible. It’s one of our favourite venues and hence why the album and tour are called Road To The Albert Hall.” It means a lot to the fans when you go to more intimate venues. Is there anywhere you’ll visit for the first time you’re looking forward to particularly? Matt Pagan: "There’s quite a few isn’t there that we haven’t done before. Smaller venues really work for us. What we do - musical theatre - is tell a story through song. The fact that we can see the whole audience, and see their faces and reactions is really special. It’s amazing to do the big venues but just as special to do the smaller."

You get such the best atmosphere in smaller venues. Jamie Lambert: "We did our album launch last night and it was a 340 seater in London. The atmosphere was ridiculous. We have some similar sizes on this tour. We also do Birmingham Symphony Hall which is 2,000 and it’s incredible. That’s got a completely different feel to it but equally as good. It’s nice to be able to experience both on this tour.”

Tom: “That day seems like a lifetime ago.” Jamie: “I don’t feel like we’ve been in the band that long then I think back when we were sat in that room for nine hours and it feels like a total different life.” Tom: “We were totally different people.” Jamie: “Different people, different ways of thinking. This industry teaches you a lot very quickly. It’s amazing to look back on the things that we’ve done. We’ve been to Japan six times. That is crazy. We did a big Asian tour this year. We went to the Philippines. To think of all these things we’ve done and that we’ll be celebrating them by doing a date at the Royal Albert Hall is fantastic.” Is there anything else you’ll do to mark the occasion? A tattoo? Matt: “That’s never happening again. I was the only one who did it.” Michael: “We said if Stars got to No 1 we would get a tattoo of stars. Jamie: “It was never stars, just a tattoo.” Michael: “It was. You changed the rules. Matt got quotes.” Matt: “It’s on my bicep, all the way up my arm. No-one else did it.” Michael: "He got a quote, four stars and the date of our No 1. Tom said he was going to and didn’t. Jamie got a quote on his arm of something else. I got a fake tattoo of a star on wrist.” Matt: “He convinced us all it was real for days.” Michael: “When it was gone I said I’d put makeup on it to cover it.” Tom: “Then he said it was on the other wrist.”

We listened to our fans. We listened to feedback from our previous tours and lots of people said: ‘I love you guys but I couldn’t travel far enough to be able to see you’ or ‘You didn’t come quite close enough to me'.

take such good care of our voices. Beforehand as well we’re just about teetotal. We eat very well. We make sure we’re getting enough liquids and all that kinda stuff. Stamina is the one especially now we’re doing 20 more dates that we have before on a tour. We’ve really got to look after ourselves.” Doesn’t it get boring having to be good? Jamie: “No, because the thrill you get from the audience every night is amazing.” Michael: “Every audience is different so it’s a different show, even though we’re singing the same songs.” Jamie: “There’s something so exciting about walking into a venue, even if you’ve been there before, and thinking: ‘Everyone’s coming here tonight to see us’. That is really cool.” Do you still get excited when you see your name on the stage door? Jamie: “Oh yeah.” Michael: “Always have to take a picture. Or the sign on the dressing room - it might just be a bit of A4 paper with the word Collabro on it - we’re like: ‘Who’s going to keep this one?’.” The day that stops being exciting is perhaps the day you start thinking it’s time to do something else? Jamie: “I think if you stay grounded it’s hard for that to stop being exciting. The fact that we’ve created something and it’s been a success is wonderful. But even now, four and a bit years on, people still want to come and see us - and they’re there for us and nobody else - I can’t imagine how that would never be exciting.” Michael: “Even the fans today, people have driven five or more hours to come here. It’s amazing.” Will there be costumes again this time? Jamie: “I want some sparkles this time.” A whole sequin suit?

What made you decide to do the tour this way?

Did you actually have any intention of getting a tattoo for real?

Jamie: “Everything. I want us completely decked in sequins.”

Tom Redgrave: “We listened to our fans. We listened to feedback from our previous tours and lots of people said: ‘I love you guys but I couldn’t travel far enough to be able to see you’ or ‘You didn’t come quite close enough to me’. With this whole tour we wanted it to be a journey around. We wanted to go further afield so we could get to all our fans and get to meet new people that we hadn’t seen before.”

Michael: "I actually thought I would.” Jamie: “You didn’t. You had no intention of ever doing it, secretly. Look at his face.” Michael: “I’m not sure if a tattoo would suit me.”

What do you want people to take from the new album?

What are your memories of the Royal Albert Hall? Matt: “I saw Frankie Valli here and it was absolutely incredible.” Michael: “We were all just here for the Classic Brit Awards. We saw Katherine Jenkins...” Jamie: “Andrea Bocelli, Tokio Myers, Bryn Terfel, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who was incredible." Michael: "At the end they had all these rose petals falling from the ceiling. We looked at Peter and he said: ‘Do not expect that on tour’. We have done this venue a couple of times but it’ll be great to think we’ll be doing it five years after airing on TV.” Can you believe it’s nearly 5 years since debuting on Britain’s Got Talent soon? Jamie: “That is crazy.” Tom: “It seems like no time at all.” Jamie: “And sometimes it does.”

As it’s been nearly five years since BGT have you thought about doing other reality shows? Would you consider say Strictly? Jamie: “Maybe in the future at some point but we haven’t had time. Look at this tour next year and it’s nearly three months, a huge block of time. We also have other stuff lined up for next year and this album. The Stages cruise in October is going to be really fun. That’s a musical theatre cruise. Michael Ball is on that with us, Beverley Knight, Lee Mead, John Owen-Jones.” Tom: "It’s going to be good to see John OwenJones again. Last time we saw him we were doing karaoke in Tokyo with him at 4am. We have been on a cruise before - we use them to get between places on tour. We’ll jump on a cruise, do a gig then get off and do a gig on the other side."

Matt: “Our love of musical theatre. The first two albums we did our voices we sang a line and would sing it again so it kinda doubles up your voice. With Home and this album we’ve given it so much more of a live feel. What you hear on the album is what you hear when you come see us live. I think that’s really important especially in the genre that we do.” Which new songs are you excited about performing on tour?

What is the hardest part about touring for you?

Jamie: "Never Enough.” Tom: “We got a huge reaction last night to Never Enough. It’s so powerful.” Matt: “The one I didn’t expect to like so much was Why God Why? from Miss Saigon. There’s a bit in the middle which is really rocky. It sounded amazing.” Tom: “Performing them live is very different to singing and recording them. We’re finding out new bits about the songs after performing them, new bits we love and go: ‘I never appreciated that until I heard it in this context live’.”

Matt: “Living out of a suitcase.” Jamie: “Being away from home is tough.” Tom: “The stamina. Keeping your voice throughout the whole tour, which is why we do

Collabro will perform at The Forum, Bath on Monday 8th April 2019, 7.30pm. Tickets are avilable from or by calling the Box Office: 0844 888 9991

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Lifestyle brand, UBIETY, launches unique collection of luxury skincare and wellbeing products Lifestyle brand, Ubiety, launched its first collection of luxury skincare and wellbeing products this February 2019 Ubiety is founded on the collective passion for caring and giving, our profits supporting our charity Dorothy House Hospice Care, to provide more end of life care. We looked for manufacturers who are alchemists in indulgent moments, lovers of people, nature and planet. We looked for creatives who seek wonder from the everyday, making new moments of beauty and escape. We looked for partners who share our ethics and values and who gave us more moments of generosity than we can count! Individually we invested our passion into our mission, collectively we founded Ubiety.

Why Ubiety?

Uh-bitey? U-bee-tea? Ubbity? How do you say it? What does it mean? Well, we felt exactly the same when we first heard it too. Then, as we kept saying it: ‘Youbya-tea’, Ubuyaty, Ubiety, it really rolled off the tongue nicely. It’s a grounding but sensual word and it makes you stop to think. It sums up where we want to be and where we want you to be. Simply put, Ubiety is the condition of being in a definite place. Somewhere you feel relaxed, mindful and totally comfortable. Like a favourite spot in a patch of sun on the sofa, curled up with a book, a cup of tea in your hand. Content. Away from the hecticness of daily life, away from ubiquity and the humdrum. A moment unique to you. ‘Your happy place.’

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What sets Ubiety apart from the crowd in highend skincare is that it truly ‘gives back’ in every way. From making people feel better about themselves and more grounded by using it and gifting it to friends and family, to every one of our founders giving their time and development for free. This means it is also one of the only product ranges on the market where all profits go directly to the cause it supports - end of life care. Ubiety is also a fully sustainable product range using vegan and environmentally-friendly ingredients that puts people and the planet first.

from our range is an act of kindness, to yourself and to the community. We only work with sustainable organisations who share our values for individual, nurturing care and who put people and our environment at the centre of what they do. A stronger you, makes for a stronger community. Be part of our story. Find Ubiety and visit

Ubiety – Our founders

The Ubiety brand has grown out of benefitting charity, Dorothy House Hospice Care’s passion for holistic wellbeing and the inspiring work of its Complementary Therapies Team. Instrumental to the brand has been Arcania Apothecary Ltd, a cosmetic and perfume manufacturer based in Wells, Somerset. A manufacturer of luxury, natural skincare brands, Arcania gifted their expertise and resources to developing this first range for Ubiety. Limelight Bath ltd, a home fragrance manufacturer, from Bath, has produced Ubiety’s home fragrance candle, the scent of which is provided by Arcania and has similar therapeutic benefits to the skincare products. Supple Studio, also Bath based, designed the beautiful look and feel of Ubiety and love working with brands who have a similarly ethical approach to themselves.

#FindUbiety – become part of our community We believe that time spent looking after you is precious and moments of calm should be indulgent and luxurious. Every purchase made

Ubiety – Product Information

Using the power of natural ingredients, Ubiety aims to soothe, relax and re-energise body and soul. Our signature use of woody fragrances – frankincense, spikenard and benzoin – strengthens and keeps you grounded in a moment of calm. The first collection includes our luxuriously natural hand wash, hand lotion, body salve, lip balm, facial mist and naturally scented candle. All products are sustainable and veganfriendly – including our non-beeswax formulated candle and lip balm.

'Frankincense and Lavender Calming Body Salve'

'Clementine and Spearmint Uplifting Hand wash'

'Lemongrass and Cedarwood Soothing Hand lotion'

Formulated with nourishing shea butter, coconut, almond oil and soothing aloe and birch water, its silky texture is perfect for hand and foot massage too. With 100% natural fragrances, including sage, yarrow, spearmint and the powerful lavender and clary sage, this salve was created to calm and promote equilibrium.

Formulated with birch water and aloe to calm the skin, this bottle of bubbles brims with moisture. With 100% natural fragrances, invigorating clementine and spearmint are combined with grapefruit, geranium and angelica to create a hand wash that awakens the senses while gently cleansing.

Our hand lotion is rich in evening primrose oil with calming birch water and aloe, leaving your hands feeling supple and revived. With 100% natural fragrances, restorative lemongrass and cedarwood are combined with spearmint, eucalyptus and rose geranium to boost the spirit and support the mind.




'Birch water and Neroli Cooling Facial Mist'

'Red Mandarin and Lavender Moisturising Lip Balm'

'Cedarwood, Sage and Ylang Ylang Natural Scented Candle'

Our birch water moisturising mist is a marvel of which we are truly proud. Formulated to cool and calm the skin, the 100% natural fragrances have been carefully blended to evoke a moment of meditation. With neroli, eucalyptus, yarrow, ylang ylang, magnolia, uplifting lemongrass and angelica, this mist encourages relaxation and mindfulness.

Our unique daikon oil-rich formulation is packed with anti-oxidant properties that keep lips kiss-ably smooth and protects them against the harsher elements. With subtly sweet mandarin, lavender and samphire, our 100% natural fragrance makes for a moreishly moisturising lip balm.

Our signature candle fragrance has been carefully blended to transport you to serene woodlands, with soothing essentials oils chosen for their relaxing properties. With a burn time of up to 40 hours, the vegan friendly and sustainable wax is formulated for a gorgeous and lasting scent throw, bringing a sense of calm into the home.




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EASTER 2019 Good Friday 19th April

Bank Holiday Monday 22nd April

Easter family fun and activities guide

The first chance for a few days off is here and it couldn't come soon enough. Having braved the horrendously cold weather at the beginning of the year, Easter offers up an opportunity to pack the car up and get out and about in some, slightly more, clement weather. There is much for Bath to be proud of; a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, its independent, creative and unique style, the breathtaking views not to mention its rugby team. As the winter jumpers and scarfs are beginning to find there way to the back of the wardrobe, and with the last couple of years proving that some of the better weather comes this way at the start of spring, there is no better time for the family to get out for the day.


It's almost that time of the year when the National Trust sites across the region team up with Cadbury to offer you the ultimate day out. Join the likes of Lacock Abbey, Dyrham Park, Prior Park and others over the Easter holidays to run through muddy woodlands, around mystical lakes and along nature trails on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2019. What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury treat at the end of each completed hunt. And every time you head out on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, you’ll help us fund vital conservation work to protect special places for future generations to explore. Calling all explorers! At 400ft deep and 3 miles long, Cheddar is England’s largest gorge and with its spectacular pinnacles and beautiful caves, it’s just waiting to be discovered! Gough's Cave is getting some egg-celent and unusual additions this Easter! Can you help explore the mysterious chambers and find all the magical, glowing eggs that the Easter Bunny has left behind? Get along to the caves Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt (6th - 22nd April 2019). Easter fun at Wookey Hole, including games and competitions with the Easter Bunny! Each child receives an Easter treat. Why not extend your stay and book a room at the Wookey Hole Hotel? Attraction tickets and breakfasts included for a family of 4 when booking the Easter Package.

Bath's outstanding museums and galleries

Bath has more museums in just one square mile than most other much larger cities can boast altogether. If you have a penchant for science, fashion, breathtaking art, industry or architecture, there will be a location somewhere in the city and its surrounds that will cater for your every whim. Many of the cities museums and galleries are set in, and around, beautiful historic buildings where visitors can observe fascinating collections free of charge. Throughout the holiday period you will also find that many sites will hold workshops, talks and activities targeted at children and families. As there are so many fantastic events to get involved with over the Easter holidays, we have

highlighted the best museums and galleries and asked them what is on offer this Easter.

Get your sporting fix

The racing season gets off to an exciting start on Good Friday 19th April. The perfect excuse to let your hair down and kick start the long Easter weekend, the Good Friday Raceday will see seven thrilling horseraces with entries battling it out to win a share of the £175,000 total prize pot. A great day out for families, not only do under 18s get FREE entry but there'll be plenty of free entertainment to keep little ones happy throughout the day. More details of the event can be found by visiting: If you are looking for your children to participate in some sporting fun during the Easter school holidays, then get active and inspired in the world-class facilities at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Team Bath Tribe is once again providing sporting activities for youngsters aged between seven and 14. Athletics, badminton, football, hockey and trampolining are the activities on offer, as well a multi-sports afternoon. Tots trampolining will also be available for children aged between two and six.

and If the weather turns.....

Why not make the most of the brand new indoor soft play, bowling and trampolining areas at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre? A great place for your children to let off some steam and have fun, the fully enclosed five storey soft play structure allows your child to climb, crawl, hang and do all the other stuff they love, in complete safety. Better Bath Sports and Leisure Centre also has its very own boutique eight-lane bowling alley. The superbly-designed LED-lit lanes will provide you with all-new bowling games to keep the whole family entertained. Whether you want to strike it lucky in a standard game or branch out with the all-new Angry Birds game, you will definitely be bowled over. Have an extra special bowling birthday party, and customise your lane, from the game you play to the colour of your score screen. Finally, bounce, dodge and dive into a whole heap of fun at Better Extreme Trampoline Park. Battle it out with your friends in the wipeout area, dunk some hoops, have a go on the trapeze, and test your reaction skills on the dodgeball court - there really is something to keep children and adults of all ages active and entertained.

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holiday clubs and childcare

Cost: £24 per day (£12 half day – 8:00am -1:00pm / 1:00pm – 5:30pm) We ask that children bring a packed lunch with them, however we will provide a continental breakfast for early arrivals and we also provide light snacks in the morning and afternoon for all children. Activities are play focused and incorporate crafts, sports, games, cookery, visitors coming in to lead activities (such as yoga and circus skills) and trips out to local attractions, the cinema or taking a coach for a bigger trip out (such as Bowood or Longleat in Wiltshire, Avon Valley or @Bristol). Trips are normally on a Friday and charged very affordably at around £15 including transport and entry fees). We aim to make our holiday clubs as accessible as possible and offer parents / carers peace of mind and value for money. We never forget that this is your child’s school holiday and we always do our upmost to deliver a whole lot of fun. We also run out of school (breakfast and afterschool) clubs in Bath at St John’s Catholic Primary, Moorland’s School and Oldfield’s School every school day – so if you are looking for extended hours of childcare and can access these schools, we can help.

20 years of supporting working parents and carers at our YMCA holiday clubs Our YMCA Holiday clubs are based at St John’s Catholic Primary School in Oldfield Park. Our Ofsted registered club is open every school holiday except Christmas from 8.00am – 5.30pm Monday – Friday and our staff are highly experienced and have full DBS checks in place.

Becca, who leads on all of our out of school activities, has years of experience working with children and has a fantastic team of play workers who work tirelessly to come up with great ideas and programmes for the holiday clubs.

YMCA Nurseries: Providing high quality, affordable childcare for your child to grow and develop

The YMCA provides over 300 places of quality and affordable childcare across nine sites in Wiltshire and the City of Bath. These include Bath City Centre, Calne, Malmesbury, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Corsham, Bratton and Westbury. From large market towns in Wiltshire to quiet corners of countryside in quintessential villages, we offer high quality, affordable childcare where we work closely with parents to build firm relationships so that children have a wide variety of experiences and lots of opportunities to grow and develop. Our families can access a fully flexible offer of free government childcare for up to 30 hours a week for between 38 and 51 weeks per year. Many of our settings are open for full day and many take children from as young as 3 months. Our Ofsted reports regularly praise our partnership with parents and our commitment to staff training and development. We provide whole staff conferences with international speakers/ trainers and we run our own in-house training too. We are passionate about outdoor play and get outside as much as possible in our weather-appropriate clothes. We have a diverse group of children across all of our various communities. Parents frequently report how comfortable they feel in our settings. “I feel I can ask staff anything and that I can go to work feeling relaxed, safe in the knowledge that my child is happy and having fun” Our most local nursery is our cosy setting situated in the centre of Bath where up to 24 children can come from 8.30- 5.30 each day. We are highly complimented about how well the children are cared for and how quickly they progress with us. If you would like to come to meet our manager and see this unique setting, then please call 01225 325911 to arrange to come and see us. To look around any of our other nurseries or preschools please look on our web site and contact the one nearest or most convenient for you.

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For more details on either our Holiday Club or Out of School clubs: Email: Tel: 07799 713468 Visit:

HOLIDAY CLUBS The YMCA offer holiday club care supervised by trained professionals from 8.00am – 5.30pm weekdays. YMCA Bath has been running extended school programmes and holiday clubs for over 20 years in Bath. Our holiday club is run by trained professionals, all DBS checked and there to deliver a great experience for all the children aged 5 -11. These programmes give parents and carers the reassurance they need that their children are being cared for in a safe, stimulating and fun environment. The YMCA offer full or half day care at £24.00 for a full day and £12 for a half day. Come and find out more about us and what we do:

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There’s nothing better that a decent family splash session at any of our swimming pools in Bath. Kids and grown up kids can enjoy the fun features in the leisure pool as well as embracing the screams as you hurtle down the flume! Not only are you having fun together as a family, it’s great to know they’re keeping active at the same time! Book by visiting –

Trampoline Park


Dodge, dunk and dive into a heap of fun. The unique bounce arena has a mix of fun features including 59 trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops, toddler bounce area with foam pit, wipeout zone, trapeze and selfie wall! It’s fun for the whole family, so no matter what age you are, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Prices start from £8.50, so what are you waiting for, book now and get bouncing!

Come rain or shine, the 3G pitches and cycling track at Odd Down Sports Ground are a great way to get some fresh air and blow out those holiday cobwebs!

Book by visiting –

No need to book

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Drop in sessions for these activities are available for just £1, an affordable and fun option for your Easter Holiday break.

Soft Play Little ones will get lost in play when they head over to the fully enclosed five storey soft play facility in Bath. You can both sit back and watch your kids climb, crawl, hang and do all the other stuff they love in complete safety, or join in with the fun in our designated baby play area. Book by visiting –


The boutique, eight lane bowling alleys will keep the whole family entertained over the Easter break. Whether you simply want to strike it lucky in a standard game or branch out with our all new Angry Birds game, you’ll be definitely left bowled over! Prices start from £6.50 so there's no excuse not to give it a go. Book by visiting –


Did you know that Better also run Intensive Swim Courses over the holidays too? The perfect way to give your child that extra boost in swimming, or simply to find out whether Better swim lessons are for them. Find out more by visiting

easter attractions Taking place this Easter –

The Great Big egg Hunt 2019!

Grab a map, and hunt down all the individually decorated 12” high eggs located around the City, answer the questions and hand in your completed map for a chance to win some great prizes, including tickets to the Theatre Royal Bath’s Pantomime – Beauty and the Beast.

The Great Big egg Hunt will run from 13th April through to the 12th May and with up to 30 eggs being made available, there will be plenty of time to find every single egg. This great community event involves the Guildhall Market and Kingsmead Square, from Walcot to Widcombe and pretty much everywhere in between!

IMAGE: Spring flowers at Lacock Abbey © National Trust Images / Connor

Spring forward into a season of outstanding exhibitions, changing landscapes and the odd egg or two at Lacock Abbey The weather is fresh and the air is getting warmer. Here at Lacock Abbey, tulips are appearing in the Botanic garden, and snowdrops are giving way to swathes of daffodils. While the garden team are busy mowing, weeding, repairing the woodland paths and creating of a new herb bed in the Botanic garden, in the abbey, the winter’s conservation activity is winding down. Springing forward at the end of March, the clocks are all being wound and the new spring cookbook is launching in the tea-room and café. After a refurbishment of our Fox Talbot Museum gallery this month, a new exhibition from Hasselblad Masters Award winner John Paul Evans opens on 23 March. April brings with it the egg-citement of Easter and our annual Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt. Don’t miss the delicate snakeshead fritillaries in the grounds, or the smell of wild garlic in the woodland garden. Check the website for opening times. or contact Visitor Reception on 01249 730459.

What’s going on…

The Explorer’s Guide to Lacock Until Sunday 19 May

Whether searching for puddles or spotting starlings in the grounds at Lacock, we’ve got

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more than enough for little explorers this winter. Pick up an Explorer’s Guide to Lacock from Visitor Reception and see what you can find. This guide will last you all year, with different animals and plants to spot for each season, perfect for visiting us again and again.

Photographic exhibition by John Paul Evans

Saturday 23 March - Sunday 7 July

‘What is lost…What has been’ is a photographic exhibition from 2016 Hasselblad Masters Award winner John Paul Evans. This tragi-comic series of work comes to the Fox Talbot Museum gallery as it reopens following a month of refurbishment work in late March. John Paul Evans is a Welsh born photographic artist and academic who now lives in Devon. His metaphoric photo series examine various points of view regarding gay marriage — with the pictures of ‘otherness’ fluctuating between the poignant, the comic, and a potentially disturbing presence in the domestic space. This playfully melancholic exhibition featuring various bodies of work will be on show from 23 March until 7 July.

All monies raised from the egg hunt will go towards the egg theatre’s bursary fund and accessibility fund. It is a core belief here at the egg, that theatre and the arts should be accessible to every child – but we can only do this with your help. The city-wide event is free to enter, but we would be thrilled if everyone who dropped off a completed map also made a small donation. All monies raised from the egg hunt will go towards the egg theatre’s bursary fund and accessibility fund. It is a core belief here at the egg, that theatre and the arts should be accessible to every child – but we can only do this with your help. Children are also being encouraged to send in their egg pictures or post them on facebook or twitter using #greatbigegghunt It could be a drawing, painting or a photo of an egg that you have decorated! Helen from the Taste of Bath will be one of our picture competition judges, and you could win a fabulous Taste of Bath hamper! With special thanks to The Framing Workshop, The San Francisco Fudge Factory, The Guild Co-working Hub, Zenith Global, Nicholas Wylde, Southgate and all of our egg hunt sponsors. Maps will be available from the egg café and many of the egg locations. Completed maps can be handed in at the egg café or posted to: Anji Henderson, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose Bath BA1 1ET

Photographic exhibition by John Paul Evans at the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Saturday 23 March - Sunday 7 July Hasselblad Masters Award winner John Paul Evans brings his tragi-comic photographic series to the Fox Talbot Museum gallery. This playfully melancholic exhibition launches the reopening of the gallery after a period of refurbishment.

Call 01249 730459 for details #nationaltrust

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in the south west such as The Courts Garden, Westwood Manor and Great Chalfield for ever, for everyone.

Š National Trust 2019. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Photography Š National Trust Images\John Paul Evans.

find out why museums matter,this spring, at

The Holburne Museum

AFTERNOON RECITAL – RISING STAR Adam Heron Wednesday 20 March, 2.10-2.50pm £6

BBC young musician of the year finalist (2018), Adam Heron, performs his debut piano recital at the Holburne with a programme of works to include J. S. Bach. Heron has established himself as one of today’s leading musicians, having won the Irish Heritage Music Award in 2017, following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall.

In Conversation: Why do Museums Matter? Thursday 11 April, 7-8pm £12.50

Tristram Hunt (Director, V&A), Sonia Boyce (Artist and Professor of Black Art & Design at University of the Arts, London), Maria Balshaw (Director, Tate), and Chris Stephens (Director, Holburne) We ask the big question – Why do Museums matter? As museums redefine their place in society, and their financial positions become progressively more vulnerable, the question of why museums matter is all the more urgent and complex. This talk will explore the significant and profound ways in which cultural engagement can enhance, shape and alter people’s lives.

Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre Jacqueline Riding 7 to 8pm Thursday 18 April £10 (Exhibition and Garden Café open for drinks 6 to 7pm)

“Gripping …quite simply magnificent: splendidly researched, thoroughly well written, and very difficult to put down.” John Barrell, The Guardian Join Jacqueline Riding as she discusses her acclaimed book on the 1819 massacre of peaceful protesters for parliamentary reform, and in addition her role as historical consultant for Mike Leigh’s film on the same subject, Peterloo. Jacqueline Riding specialises in the history and art of the long eighteenth century. She is the author of Jacobites: A New History of the '45 Rebellion.

Ken Loach

George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field 8 February to 6 May 2019 £12.50 / £7 ***** The Guardian

The Holburne is the only European venue for Shaw’s major retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art. It covers his career from 1996 to the present, including some new works never shown in the UK. Shaw’s paintings, made with enamel model paint, focus on the Tile Hill estate, a post-war development on the outskirts of Coventry where he grew up, and the ancient woods surrounding it. Steeped in modern and historic fine art traditions, Shaw’s work alludes to twentieth-century painting and photography, and the legacy of such European masters as Titian. The exhibition also features his skills as a draughtsman.

In Conversation: Ken Loach and George Shaw Ken Loach image courtesy of James Crowther

Friday 8 March, 7-8pm £10 (Main exhibition and café open, 6-7pm)

Join acclaimed director and activist Ken Loach in conversation with Holburneexhibiting artist and Turner-prize nominee George Shaw as they talk about the links between their works. Best-known for his films Kes (1969), I, Daniel Blake (2016) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), and his treatment of social issues such as homelessness, poverty and labour rights, Loach’s work has inspired Shaw, whose retrospective at the Holburne focusses on the suburban Tile Hill council estate where he grew up. Following a discussion of these themes, the audience will be invited to join in the conversation.

I, Daniel Blake (cert 15)

14 March, 7pm £8 (Exhibition and Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm)

This harrowing tale from legendary director, Ken Loach, follows one man’s fight for compassion and dignity as he navigates the state welfare system. I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d’Or prize at Cannes Film Festival (2016), a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film (2017) and a Prix du Public at Locarno International Film Festival (2016).

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Adam Heron

8 February — 6 May 2019 Open daily The Holburne Museum Great Pulteney Street Bath BA2 4DB

George Shaw, Ash Wednesday: 8.30 am, 2004–5 © George Shaw / Image courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London / Photo: Peter White

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What's On

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May & June Bath Tango School with Eduardo Bozzo of Tango Alchemy Beginners 7.30 - 8.30pm dancing til 9pm  Improvers 9.00 - 10pm dancing til 10.30pm  £8.00 per class - 4 weeks £28.00 - 8 weeks £56.00  Come and experience the most exciting dance in the world !  at The Gateway Community Centre London Road Bath BA1 5BB  contact

16 May Davina & The Vagabonds Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm Price: £16

(Creative recycling by Val Hunt) 23 February – 7 May, Free With inspiration, ingenuity, humour and skill, artist Val Hunt has created a fascinating selection of large and small sculptural pieces which are both appealing and informative. Animals, exotic birds, fish, dinosaurs and species of flora, all on the edge or now extinct, have been made from a selection of throwaway material, especially Val’s favourite medium, drinks can metal. Most works are available for purchase.

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Free talks at the Guildhall BathFest 19 May 1.10-1.45 Wednesdays,

Komedia 6 March Our family of volunteers lie at the very heart the American Museum and play a huge role in3pm our success. Indeed, we are proud to be West Country Falconry considered one of the most welcoming heritage Prices: £ 8.50 venues in Bath, a strength due almost entirely to 13 March our team of over 150 dedicated and committed 18 May 20 May supported by the front of house team. volunteers, Camille O'Sullivan - Feel Enjoy Festival Hailing from all walks of life, and of all ages, Julie Doherty, Avon Wildlife Trust these dedicated and committed men and Komedia Green Park Station women inspire our visitors with their enthusiasm, Free Events for Adults knowledge, for American history Artist-in-Residence, 11.30am-4pm Camille O'Sullivan enjoys a formidable This event and is setpassion to be unique, uplifting andand fun the decorative arts. international reputation for her dramatic forFestival the whole family. 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What's On In Bath 22 – 24 May Punk Rock Theatre Royal Time: 7.30pm Prices: £7 / £5.50 Children & Students 23 May Alfie Moore: I Predicted a Riot Rondo Theatre 8pm Price: £12, £10 Concessions 23 May Michael Winslow - The Man of 10,000 Voices Komedia how Bath Discover played a vital role in 8pm establishing better

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Bath Fringe Festival Various Visitors canis see the festival of all the arts, Bath Fringe a 17-Day fascinating story The Great Bath Feast in the Beautiful Cityof of the from clay12mail See page & 13to foremail. details

25 – 26 May A Midsummer Nights Dream Theatre Royal Times vary Tickets: Prices: £7 / £5.50 Children & Students 25 May The Johnny Cash Roadshow Chapel Arts Centre The Johnny Cash Roadshow, a show not to be missed by avid fans or the casual listener. This year prepare for a musical adventure unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.

Handel, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Parry through to the arrangers of today, Rutter, Chilcott and Sir David Willcox. Add to that melodies from Lionel Bart, Elton John and the Beatles to guarantee something for everyone to enjoy. James Scott will play the Abbey Organ and also appearing will be the Bath Good Afternoon Choir conducted by Francis Faux. The concert compere is the 784th Mayor of Bath, Cllr Bryan Chalker, who will be marking the closing of his year of office. 7.30pm This exhibition showcases paintings Price: £10 Under 16'S £5


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ThisBotanical is a small selection paintings 26 May Garden's, RoyalofVictoria Park Take punt 60 Years - A Diamond Jubilee Celebration 7.30pm from theaHong Ling on Retrospective Bath Abbey Price: Adult £14.50, Child £8.50 Bath Boating Station exhibition touring Europe. Presented by Grenville Jones. A spectacular 27 May Jubilee evening of musicAand songsurviving is promised Hamilton's Hat onsite of Doom unique VictorianAndy Boating Station with restaurant, iin the magnificent surroundings of Bath Komedia The Bathwick Boatman. Abbey. See pages 14 & 15 details A living museum with traditional wooden skiffs, punts and canoes for hire Music man Grenville Jones is joining forces byathe hour or day, some over old. A pleasant way to spend an Learn 30 - 31about May the most with the Abbey to present very special 28 100 Mayyears – 2 June hour or day on the River Avon with its abundant wildlife, kingfishers, herons, famous Postal and Faulty Towers ThePioneers, Dining Experience Jubilee Celebration of music representing the Ladies In Lavender swans, geese, moorhens etc. Even the otter was seen Komedia last sixty years of the Queen's reign. Theatre Royal how they shaped worldwide several times last year! Manor, Bath The Abbey will resound Claverton to tunes that link with communications. 12 Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QJ 7.30pm the coronation as well asPunting songs01225 toisevoke fond and aLadies in Lavender tells the tale two a speciality quick lesson is given before youof set off,sisters to make tel: 460503 | 01225 464640 you of are heading in the Ursula right direction. The punts two paddles as Prices vary memories of the last six sure decades popular and Janet who livehave in a close-knit well as the British music. The evening will raisepole. money fishing village in picturesque Cornwall, in 30 May – 10 June 27a Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 1AJ for six of Bath's lesser-known community 1937. This is a very pretty stretch of river, meandering out into the countryside & Tel: 01225 - 460333 Bath International Music Festival 2012 groups. Times vary ending at the village of Bathampton where there is a lovely pub right See Pages 16 & 17 Masters of music will beby represented - from Prices: £17.50 - £33.50 the river.

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Bath Children's Literature Festival 30 September - 9 October

We all love a good story...

Staged in association with headline media partner, The Telegraph, and retail partner Waterstone’s Booksellers, the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature was established in 2007 by Bath-based children’s publishing professionals Gill and John McLay.

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This is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, and presents over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools.

Great Bath Feast 1 - 31 October

Volunteer with us and open a whole New up The film festival is a long awaited treat forWorld the city of Bath, with screenings

of previews, documentary features, F-Rated films (highlighting women in film, on and off screen), Q&As with directors, producers and stars, it's a great 11 days, and screenings can sell out fast, so do buy your tickets early.

Contact: 01225 823017

Bath Mozartfest Bath Postal Museum Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 1AJ - 19 November 27a Registered Charity Number: 277419 Email:

Tel: 0122546033 Over the past 25 years Bath Mozartfest has built an enviable reputation for artistic excellence in chamber and orchestral music. In its annual 9-day, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD 16-concert, festival each November it presents the finest classical music performed by world-renowned artists. Excellent ticket sales, capacity audiences, and glowing national broadsheet reviews confirm this.

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property Bath market still buoyant despite national uncertainty Carey Gilliland, Partner, Madison Oakley First-time buyers still play the 'waiting game' despite rise in home ownership. The governments annual 'English Housing Survey' (a continuous national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)) shows that 64% of the population owned their own home in 2017-18. This one percentage increase on last years figures is certainly a positive but is way below the peak of 71% in 2003.

Many experts believe those younger buyers are having to still rely on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' in order to get their foot on the property ladder.

At the time of writing, the Bath property market is having to cope not only with intermittent snow warnings but also with the looming spectre of Brexit deadlines. However, we have so far found activity from buyers to be at surprisingly high levels this early in the year. This may be the usual British phlegmatic approach coming to the fore but buyers are out in decent numbers and transactions arranged for our clients have been considerably higher than January norms.

We have so far found activity from buyers to be at surprisingly high levels this early in the year.

I have also been delving into the latest Land Registry data (November 2018) as one of the main reasons the Bath market has often been insulated from wider national trends is a shortage of local supply and this seems to have continued over the last year. Comparing the last six months of completions with the same period in 2017 shows a 5.8% decrease in overall transactions driving average sale prices to a peak of £426,000 in BA1 and £397,000 in BA2.

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In opposition to the above positive data, our continued monthly tracking of “on market” Bath statistics shows a significant slowdown over the last 90 days in average time on market/selling time per property. However, this pattern is often prevalent at this time of year (the Christmas effect) and we should see a rapid increase in speed if previous years early Spring figures are any judge. Lastly, a quick tip if you’re looking to sell this Spring. Ask the agents you have invited out for two facts – a) what is their “average percentage of original asking price achieved” and b) what is their “average time to sell”. Why should you find this out? Well, as an example, when accessing the latest data from 10 Bath agents we identified differences of a) nearly 3% and b) over 12 weeks between the top and bottom scores. 3% might not seem too much but even at the lowest average price detailed above, that could be £11,000 to you.

One of the main findings of the survey showed that there are far fewer young buyers than a decade earlier. Some 38% of 25 to 34-year-olds are homeowners, down from 55% a decade earlier, in part owing to rising house prices. In the same period, the average age of first-time buyers has risen from 31 to 33.

Despite incentives such as help to buy and the fact that house prices have remained fairly static over the calendar year (according to the Nationwide Building Society), more younger people are still renting and fewer expect to be able to buy. Many experts believe those younger buyers are having to still rely on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' in order to get their foot on the property ladder. It may not come as too much of a surprise that over 65s are more likely to be homeowners than they were a decade earlier, with 79% of this group owner-occupiers in 2017-18, most having paid off the mortgage.

Young adults living with parents reaches one million more than 20 years ago. Recent research from think tank, Civitas, has concluded that a million more 20 – 34 year olds in the UK are living with their parents than two decades ago, research suggests. The figures, released recently, shows that where housing is more expensive the increase is much greater than those where housing is cheaper (e.g 41% in London, 14% inYorkshire and Humberside 17%).

Mortgage rate reduction adds to a busy and active property market in the city Francine Watson, Associate, Knight Frank With January bringing the good news that many mortgage lenders kick started the new year by reducing their rates, we saw a busy and active property market in Bath. The opportunity to borrow cheaply has seldom been so good for those fortunate enough to have sufficient funds for their deposits. It also meant that homeowners could re-mortgage to reduce their monthly payments, borrow more to buy an investment property or free up money to help children get their feet firmly on to the property ladder.

We are seeing numerous people moving due to relocating for new jobs, to be close to particular schools or just a change in lifestyle altogether.

For many, the prospect of being a homeowner is still financially out of reach, but we must also remember that this isn’t everyone’s aspiration. The rental market across the nation is rapidly growing, and we expect that an additional 560,000 households will be living in the private rented sector by 2023. The days where workers remained loyal to the same company or stayed in the same village where they grew up are becoming a thing of the past. We are seeing numerous people moving due to relocating for new jobs, to be close to particular schools or just a change in lifestyle altogether.

We are also launching 12, two bedroom apartments at Charlecote, which is situated on the corner of Sion Road & Lansdown Road and another scheme at Lower Borough Walls; both by the prestigious developer Kersfield. The apartments at Charlecote all come with parking plus the option to purchase a garage, which is a luxury and something of a rarity for Bath. More centrally in the Lower Borough Walls development, with some properties already sold prior to this release, we will be marketing 3, two bedroom apartments, (of which one is a maisonette) and a three bedroom house. Uniquely, these properties will be sold as a shell so that the buyer can create their own bespoke finish.

This is all good news for people thinking again about buying an investment property, knowing that the rental market is still very much in demand. Coming soon, Knight Frank will be launching Milsom Apartments which consists of 14 studio, one and two bedroom apartments above the high-end retail on our famous Milsom Street. This new scheme comes to us by the highly acclaimed, local developer Longacre. Here, there are opportunities for first time buyers, second home owners and downsizers to find their next property but also we have some exciting rental prospects for those savvy investors.

One of the largest increases in percentage came in 23-year-olds across the UK, with the proportion living with parents rising from 37% in 1998 to 49% in 2017. As home ownership and social housing have each become more difficult to enter, and with the previous option of renting also proving too expensive, many have decided to stay with their parents a bit longer instead. One of the largest increases in percentage came in 23-year-olds across the UK, with the proportion living with parents rising from 37% in 1998 to 49% in 2017.

For further information please contact Knight Frank + 44 1225 325 999. For more mortgage information, please contact Knight Frank Finance on +44 203 857 1996. Despite the government building 220,000 new homes in 2017-18, the highest level in 31 years, and the promised to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020's; still more needs to be done to create affordable homes that young adults can afford.

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Curo, Swan and Homes England establish Strategic Partnership to deliver 1,000 affordable homes

What the tenant fee ban means for you

Marcus Arundell of HomeLets

The key idea of the Tenants Fees Bill, currently going through Parliament, is that new tenants should not be charged anything more than their rent and deposits at the start of their tenancy. Currently tenants can be charged admin fees for such services as checking references, credit checks, carrying out inventories, having the property cleaned and so on. From June, they can be charged none of those.

Currently tenants can be charged admin fees for such services as checking references, credit checks, carrying out inventories, having the property cleaned and so on.

From 1 June new tenants will no longer have to pay letting fees. Sounds like great news – but could there be a sting in the tail? Marcus Arundell from HomeLets looks at the implications.

At the same time there will a cap on security deposits – at a maximum of six weeks’ rent. It will also be illegal to charge a higher rent for the first part of the tenancy.

landlord’s tenants aren’t going to pay. Will the landlord simply bump up the rent? The evidence from Scotland, where tenant fees are already banned, suggests that rents won’t rise very much at all.

The only things that landlords and agents will be able to charge for will be rent, utilities and council tax, if included, deposits, plus admin charges if the tenant wants to change the tenancy or end it early, and fails to meet their agreement in various ways.

But in a sought after area such as Bath, landlords may well believe that the market can cope with extra rent rises. In the end tenants may pay more rent in exchange for no upfront fees. That’s arguably still a benefit – the costs are spread over time.

Why the ban was brought in

On the other hand, is this the kind of time when landlords will feel relaxed about raising rents? Perhaps not. It may even be that the tenant fee ban and increased charges from lettings agencies will be the last straw for some landlords, feeling beleaguered by government taxation changes and increased regulation – and that could lead to lower supply and therefore an increase in rents. Not so good for tenants.

Some tenants were facing real difficulties paying these fees, with some unscrupulous landlords or letting agents charging tenants very high fees for standard services. It was sometimes unclear what the fees would be. And given the general issues of housing affordability, this was an issue that needed tackling. Clearly tenants will be relieved not to pay these fees upfront, and that’s a good thing. But letting agencies and landlords? Not so happy. The fact is, references will still need to be checked, inventories carried out and properties prepared. And this work still needs to be paid for. So who will pay?

What changes will emerge

The truth is we’ll have to wait and see. Lettings agencies will, reasonably enough, want to charge the landlord something for these services, if the

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We don’t know. But we do know that new tenants will pay hundreds of pounds less at the start of their tenancies. Enjoy the bonus!

Curo and Swan Housing Association (“Swan”) have successfully secured a Strategic Partnership with Homes England and a grant allocation of £51.1m to build 1,067 new affordable homes by March 2024, in addition to their existing development plans. The programme will comprise a mix of homes available for social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership. The allocation was announced as part of Homes England’s second wave of Strategic Partnerships and is one of only 21 announced to date. Curo, based in Bath, and Swan, based in Essex, operate in regions where high property values mean that homes for private rent and market sale are often unaffordable. By working in partnership the two housing associations will share resources and expertise to maximise the number of new homes that can be delivered in areas with high affordability pressures. Victor da Cunha, Curo’s Chief Executive, says “Securing Strategic Partner status with Homes England is great news; we exist to provide affordable housing for local people and this additional funding will enable us to deliver hundreds of new homes over and above what’s already in our business plan. “Specifically, it accelerates our total building programme to 2,520 homes over the next five years. This will increase our housing stock by more than 20% and means that we’ll continue to play a full and active role in addressing the regional housing crisis across the West of England. “We’re proud to have been selected as one of only a small number of partners to work with Homes England. We’ve been asking government for some time to provide additional funding to speed up housing delivery, and they have listened.” John Synnuck, Swan’s Chief Executive says “As a Housing Association working in Essex and East London, becoming a Strategic Partner of Homes England ensures that we can continue to build much needed affordable homes in Essex. This year we celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an organisation and we continue to be as dedicated as ever to providing affordable homes for those who need them. We currently own and manage over 11,000 homes and this funding will enable us to deliver 505 much needed additional affordable homes over and above what’s already in our business plan representing a 5% increase in our housing stock - helping us towards our ambitious target of building an additional 10,000 homes by 2027. ”

The cost of university – to parents!

Kevin Gray

CEO, Bath Building Society At the time of writing this article, I have just returned from listening to the first in a series of financial education seminars that Bath Building Society is sponsoring. The seminars are aimed at 6th form pupils and are delivered in schools by an organisation called WizeUp. The lucky first school was Hayesfield School over at Oldfield Park.The seminars aim to give pupils a steer on how to budget and how they should manage shared accommodation when they either choose to leave home or are turfed out of University Halls of Residence after completion of their first year of academic studies. The Society aims to hold seminars in another three 6th forms in the current academic year and to possibly expand the programme in the following year to cover more of the state schools in the BA postcode area. As a father with a daughter already at University and with another due to go on to higher education in the autumn, I found the presentation to be most useful. Of particular note was the advice given on what needs to be done when getting a flat with friends. This included advice on getting guarantors, getting together a deposit,

the checks that should be done before signing an inventory, the best ways of organising the sharing of household bills etc. The presenter recommended that pupils prime their parents well in advance about the scale of likely financial support that they will require. From my own bitter experience, it came as a bit of a shock to me when I was asked to be a guarantor of my daughter’s rental payments for her student flat in London. Furthermore, I was also a bit surprised when, with little advance warning, I had to advance my daughter six week’s rent as a security deposit for her flat. I was also somewhat horrified when she didn’t get it all back at the end of her lease due to the landlord claiming for damages that were actually done by the previous tenants. Being a parent of a student can be very expensive and it can be full of surprises!

"From my own bitter experience, it came as a bit of a shock to me when I was asked to be a guarantor of my daughter’s rental payments for her student flat in London." When I was a student at the University of Edinburgh in the 1980s, my rent was a reasonable £80 per month. How the days have changed. With the increase in property values has come a big increase in rent. My eldest daughter’s rent is currently an eye watering £710 per month for what is nothing more than a box room. Her rental costs wouldn’t be so bad if she could borrow enough funds via the student finance scheme, but the maximum that she can obtain wouldn’t keep her in housing for more than six months, never mind keep her clothed

and fed and in study materials. The balance has to be made up by me and from any part time work that she can get. With my second child about to go to University, I‘m starting to feel the pain. Maybe there is another way of doing things. Why don’t I consider supporting them to buy a flat in their own names? Bath Building Society came up with its Buyfor-Uni mortgage about ten years ago and it continues to go from strength to strength. The basic idea is that a 100% loan would be given to my girls to buy a flat or house. There is no need for me to lay down a deposit, but the loan would be supported by a collateral charge over my own home if a deposit was not provided. The girls would then rent out any free rooms that they have, and that income stream would support the mortgage payments. I would also have to stand as guarantor over the mortgage payments. At the end of their studies they can stay in their own property or sell it, with any capital appreciation accruing to them. This does sound like a far more appetising proposition that the alternative of handing thousands of pounds of dead money over to a landlord. I am seriously going to consider it and perhaps you should do the same if your children are also about to embark on further education. I can’t promise anything about how well your children will keep within their financial means, but I hope the Society’s seminars will go a little way to help ensure they do.

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new homes

Don’t miss your chance to sample modern penthouse living in Bath Offering breath-taking views over Georgian Bath, The Pulteney Penthouse at Crest Nicholson Regeneration’s Bath Riverside development opened to the public for the first time on Saturday February 16. One of just three penthouses in the flagship Sovereign Point building, The Pulteney is on the market for £1.1million and is expected to appeal to people commuting to London, investors and downsizers from other districts of Bath.

Marcus Evans, sales and marketing director from Crest Nicholson said: “Each penthouse is named after one of Bath’s globally-renowned attractions and has an impressive rooftop terrace accessed via a spiral stairway. All three have been beautifully designed with high specification interiors and energy efficient features throughout.”

“The rooftop terraces offer inspiring views of the city’s iconic skyline. The uniquely secluded outdoor space is perfect for entertaining friends and family and will be the envy of all who visit. The terrace features atmospheric lighting and composite decking as well as an external electrical point and tap."

Situated on the eighth floor, The Pulteney provides a new focus for the Bath Riverside lifestyle.

The high specification kitchen comes complete with integrated appliances by Siemens while the bathroom is fitted with contemporary Hansgrohe shower and Porcelanosa tiled flooring.

Each penthouse is named after one of Bath’s globally-renowned attractions and has an impressive rooftop terrace accessed via a spiral stairway.

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With an open plan layout and a large kitchen and dining area, it’s the perfect space to socialise with family and friends. The master bedroom offers ample room to relax and unwind, with a private dressing area and an en suite bathroom. The en suite and main bathroom have been beautifully designed with luxurious fixtures and fittings. The second bedroom has also been carefully considered and

Young family returns to home village thanks to new Curo development A young couple and their two children will soon be able to live closer to family and friends as they prepare to move in to a new home at Curo’s Highbury Fields development in Clutton. Beth, who is 26 years old and from Clutton, and Danny, who’s 33 years old and was born and raised just a couple of miles down the road, in Paulton, have been looking to buy their first home together in the village but were struggling to find the right property. offers you an additional space, which you can transform to suit your lifestyle. “Visitors to the penthouse will appreciate that each one has been designed for modern living in a sustainable environment.” Creating vibrant sustainable communities is at the heart of Crest Nicholson’s vision, and Sovereign Point offers pedestrian and cycle routes to the city centre as well as cycle storage on-site. The scheme has incorporated an abundance of green space into the design making Sovereign Point a beautiful place to live as well as creating opportunities for biodiversity and wildlife. For further information please call 01225 463517 or visit The marketing suite on Victoria Bridge Road is open daily from 10 am to 5pm.

Danny says: “It’s very difficult for young families to move back to the village, there just aren’t enough homes coming up for sale. We’ve been looking for some time and we either couldn’t afford to buy, or couldn’t afford to renovate. Also, with a three-year-old son and a six-month-old baby, it would be hard for us to live in a house while undertaking major works.” The family were initially looking for a threebedroom home with a garage and a bigger garden. Beth says: “We wanted the kids to be able to play freely in the garden, so this was really important to us. We also knew that if we could push ourselves to buy a four-bed house, it could really be our forever home – and that’s what we got.”

Beth says: “Our lives are very much connected to the village - my mother and younger brother still live in the old family home, just down the road from the Warwick Arms pub. My aunties and uncles and many of our school friends also live here. “I went to the primary school in the village and it’s amazing that both our children will now be able to go there and have a similar upbringing to our own. We’re all so excited about the move. My mother loves the fact that her grandchildren will live only a couple of minutes down the road from her. “There are so many people who’ve grown up here and would love to come back to the village and I know that we were very lucky to be able to actually do it.” Highbury Fields is a new development of 36 homes with two, three and four bedrooms in the Somerset village of Clutton. The homes are being delivered by award-winning housing association and house-builder Curo – for more information contact or call 0345 140 5050.

The two-storey, four-bedroom Drayton house type at Highbury Fields features large openplan living spaces and a contemporary, stylish kitchen. It also comes with a single garage and two designated parking spaces and has a tenyear NHBC warranty. Danny and Beth now look forward to moving to their new home in March with son Roman and daughter Margo. Many of Beth’s extended family still live in Clutton, and Danny drives the school bus in the village as part of his work for the family transport business.

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property The development itself is green and luscious, featuring landscaped grounds, large areas of open space, avenues and greenery. The market town of Corsham itself is a splendid place to be. With a historic high street lined with characterful buildings, there is a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants to explore, and it is also home to the heritage of Corsham Court – an English country house in a park that’s notable for its spectacular gardens and fine art collection. There are countryside pursuits on the doorstep, with the town’s close proximity to the Cotswolds and the nearby Corsham lakes providing a number of striking country walks. Good schools, both primary and secondary, are in abundance, as well as plenty of sporting, social and cultural activities, making it the perfect place to settle with children. It’s also wonderfully accessible, with Bath 10 miles away by car and the M4 motorway network at Chippenham just five. Chippenham has direct rail connections to Reading and London, which, with the arrival of Crossrail, will make commuting even quicker and more enjoyable.

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Park Place, Corsham

Moving into a home at Park Place is stress-and hassle-free – the development has a variety of schemes in place to make things ever easier. Help to Buy, part-exchange and Easy Move schemes are all available, as well as incentives on specific plots.

Redcliffe Homes' new development, created with you in mind

Located a stone’s throw from the quintessential historic market town of Corsham is a highly desirable new development. Park Place is an individually designed scheme created by award-winning architects Thrive, and is proudly brought to market by Redcliffe Homes. The development features a selection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, all set within an attractive countryside setting. Situated on Park Lane, Park Place reflects Corsham’s historic character, whilst appealing to all types of buyers. The homes themselves are traditional in design, yet energy-efficient, and promise to meet the varied needs and priorities of a busy household. Externally, the homes are eye-catching and welldesigned, with the use of traditional stone brick in keeping with the area’s local architecture. Set back from the road, they feature wide driveways and good parking arrangements. There are manicured front gardens, and some benefit from pleasing aspects over the surrounding countryside.

The homes themselves are traditional in design, yet energyefficient, and promise to meet the varied needs and priorities of a busy household.

Inside, the homes are bright and beautiful. Spacious and practical, they offer flexible accommodation that’s well suited to every buyer’s needs – whether that’s a first home for a young professional couple, or the busy daily needs of a growing family. Open-plan living features in each of the homes, with modern and contemporary kitchen/diners and light and airy living rooms that provide perfect places to wind down and relax. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated, allowing buyers to truly make their own mark, and many are served by beautiful en suite bathrooms. Each of the homes have been finished to the highest possible standard, with carefully selected appliances and sanitaryware. No detail has been compromised, and individual purchasers will have the opportunity to complete their home to suit their own choice and desire*.

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Corsham Court

Individually designed homes Phase 2 of this development has now been released, so whether you’re looking for a change of pace, your very first property or simply for a truly striking, unique place to call home, Park Place has something to offer everyone. Register your interest with Redcliffe Homes today to avoid disappointment. To discuss the homes available and your buying options, including Help to Buy, visit the Sales & Marketing Suite. Open daily 10am to 5pm or call 01249 470605 for more information. *Subject to build stage

Created with you in mind. Our Managing Director uses one simple test. A test which has become the company’s mantra. ‘Would we enjoy living here?’ His theory is straightforward. If we would like to live here, you probably would too. Simple as it sounds, this guides our choices from the perfect location to the mood of the lighting.

Park Place, Corsham

The homes in Park Place are perfectly proportioned. They’re also just a short walk from the heart of this quintessentially English market town. The wide range of homes are all individually designed by acclaimed architects and set within rolling Cotswold countryside. Corsham has much to offer. The historic high street has plenty of everyday amenities – and an enviable vibrant atmosphere. Local schools are excellent and cultural pleasures are right on the doorstep. Park Place scores top marks in our test.

Prices from £272,000

Redcliffe Homes. Homes created with you in mind.

Call us today on 01249 470 605


Twelve contemporary apartments in highly soughtafter location in Lansdown Situated in a prime elevated position at the top of Sion Road in Lansdown, Charlecote is a contemporary residential development of twelve 2-bedroom apartments. Surrounded by mature trees and landscaping, all properties feature the finest interior design and high specification finishes, with terraces and balconies to a selection of apartments affording spectacular views towards Bath city and the countryside beyond. The purpose-built three storey apartment building has been comprehensively refurbished by Bath-based developer, Kersfield. The specification includes whitened oak flooring to hallways and living/dining areas, contemporary handleless kitchens with Quartz stone worktops, integrated kitchen appliances and en-suite shower rooms to all master bedroom suites. Optional off-street parking and lock up garages are available by separate negotiation.

This luxury development offers a unique opportunity to experience contemporary living in this classic and exclusive location. Lansdown is one of the most sought after residential locations in Bath, situated just under a mile from the city centre and with a wealth of recreational activities on its doorstep. This luxury development offers a unique opportunity to experience contemporary living in this classic and exclusive location. Charlecote launches on Saturday 9th March from 10-2pm and following the launch, the show apartment will be available to view by appointment through joint agents, Knight Frank 01225 325 999 and Stonier Hobbs 01225 463322. Disclaimer: Images are computer generated, for illustrative purposes only and created from plans prior to construction. Final design and finishes are subject to change.

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A collection of 4-bedroom townhouses and 5-bedroom villas set around a garden square with excellent views over the adjacent Somerset countryside.

Prices from £995,000† Townhouses ready for occupation now. * Houses in Phase 1 & 2 Sold or Under Offer. ** Subject to terms and conditions † Prices correct at time of print

Show house open for viewings by appointment

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Moving on up with a new home at Ensleigh

House hunters looking to get their hands on a fabulous new home in Bath should explore Bloor Homes’ development at Ensleigh.

Set in an elevated position north of Bath city centre, the exquisite collection of three- and fourbedroom homes enjoys enviable views across the surrounding countryside. Built by Bloor Homes, these impressive homes offer generous and flexible living spaces and are finished to exceptionally high standards.

All the homes have been sympathetically designed to seamlessly blend in with Bath’s distinctive architecture and embrace the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage City.

These high specification, energy-efficient homes benefit from easy maintenance and low running costs, making them the ideal purchase for those looking to combine the very best in spacious, luxurious living with stress-free home ownership.

Built by Bloor Homes, these impressive homes offer generous and flexible living spaces and are finished to exceptionally high standards.

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One of the properties being offered for sale is the Palladian, a four-bedroom, detached townhouse, priced at £744,950. It is a cleverly thought-out blend of luxury, comfort and functionality, with flexible living space spread over three floors. On the ground floor, a light and airy kitchen/ dining room with bi-folding doors out onto the private rear garden forms the heart of the home. A generous-sized separate dining room is the ideal space for formal entertaining. On the first floor, a bright and cosy lounge with doors out to a Juliet balcony provides the perfect space for relaxing and spending time with family and friends. Two bedrooms, including a spacious double, and contemporary family bathroom are also located on this floor. The second floor has two generous-sized double bedroom suites, which are the epitome of luxury, with fitted wardrobes and en suite facilities. The master suite includes doors out onto a private terrace. Rowena Adams, Regional Sales Director at Bloor Homes South West, said: “The Ensleigh development is ideally located near to the centre of Bath, close to a wide range of good local amenities, excellent schools and with good

Boutique Fitness Studio and Health Café Opens at Bath Riverside CLASS opened in February 2019 bringing together three of Bath’s leading independent business owners. Bath’s exclusive personal training specialist, HEALTH, expanded in January 2019, with the launch of CLASS, a brand-new boutique fitness studio located within the Bath Riverside development.

commuter links to Bath, Bristol and beyond. “Bath itself is a vibrant city, with a diverse mix of boutiques, high-street brands, restaurants and bars, as well as museums, art galleries, theatres and the Roman Baths. “There has been a high level of interest in homes at our Ensleigh development and we would encourage anyone interested in finding their dream home to act now to avoid disappointment.” A range of three, four and five-bedroom homes are currently available at Ensleigh, priced from £472,950. For more information, please call 01225 809545 or visit

CLASS has bought on Simona Hernandez from Bath’s leading yoga studio Yoga Bodhi, to create a full timetable of yoga for members which will run alongside a “Turn & Burn” high-intensity body workout. It will also be the first place in Bath offering a uniquely structured “Flow” programme, the latest trend in mobility and bodyweight training.

CLASS, is a brandnew boutique fitness studio located within the Bath Riverside development.

The boutique fitness studio has also teamed up with the founders of The Grocer and Rooted to run the in-house health food cafe. The Vital Café will offer freshly prepared healthy meals and snacks, Barista coffee and recovery smoothies which can be pre-ordered and served immediately after class. Evening events, including talks and workshops by experts in the health and wellness fields, will be hosted for CLASS members in the café every month. Membership costs £97 per month and provides unlimited access to all classes, seven days a week. Founding members will benefit from a 20% life-time discount and residents of Bath’s Riverside will also be eligible for discounted membership.

Rob Suchet, Director of HEALTH, says “We are really excited to be opening CLASS, which is designed to embody a culture of health and movement for all ages by bringing together high intensity exercise, restorative training methods and healthy food and drink under one roof.” Head of Yoga Bodhi, Simona Hernandez says, “This is a great opportunity to deliver yoga alongside traditional training methods in a boutique environment. I’ve seen what Rob has achieved at HEALTH and can’t wait to be part of the CLASS team to help create a unique offering.” Michelle Peace from The Grocer Cafe comments: “We are most excited to be involved with Class. We share the same values and commitment to healthy eating and lifestyle and can't wait to work alongside Rob to compile nutritious meals to help body recovery and build.” Bath Riverside residents get 5% monthly membership discount.

To sign up for more information about CLASS please visit

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Keynsham train station is a short walk from Hygge Park and offers easy access to the nearby cities of Bath and Bristol, placing the development in a dream location for commuters. Nearby Bath is rich in history with its famous ancient Roman baths and Georgian architecture, while Bristol is a vibrant, contemporary culture capital. Bristol Airport is a 30-minute drive away, offering flights to destinations as diverse as Paris, Cancun and Edinburgh.

Crest Nicholson launches new open living collection with Hygge Park development in Keynsham Crest Nicholson is launching the first of its new Aurora Open Living Collection with Hygge Park development in Keynsham. The site will offer an exciting new range of two bedroom apartments, and two, three and four bedroom homes. Located within close proximity to Bristol, Bristol Airport and Bath, it is ideally positioned for those with a modern and balanced lifestyle in mind. The development will be officially launched with show homes opening on Saturday 16th March, with a selection of homes and apartments available to reserve now priced from £290,000 to £810,000. Taking inspiration from the Danish ‘Hygge’ concept of comfort and wellbeing, each of the architecturally and innovatively designed homes harness the natural light and space within the property. The open living layouts provide flexible living spaces which homeowners can adapt to suit their needs. These newly designed homes with their large glazed windows and wide entrance lobbies give a feeling of space, freedom of movement and allow for a continuous natural flow of light. Positioned at the heart of the home, the multi-faceted Stoltz kitchen with Bosch integrated appliances blends seamlessly with its surroundings and provides an ideal place for family and friends to come together. Under-stair storage maximises the space in each home, and upstairs the bedrooms are well proportioned. The layout of the two bedroom apartments, also provide an open living area allowing for free flowing communication and enhanced social interaction. The Stoltz multi-faceted Kitchen with integrated Bosch appliances, gives a sleek and stylish finish.

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Hygge Park is located in Keynsham, a historic market town on the River Avon. The area is home to a 26-acre Memorial Park which has a café, bandstand and a multi-sports area. Memorial Park plays host to the annual Keynsham Music Festival, a week-long line-up of musical and theatrical events with local food and drinks on offer. Every November, the town hosts the Winter Festival, including a procession through the high street. As a market town, Keynsham holds a Farmers Market each month showcasing the best of the area’s crafts, food and drink.

The development will officially launch in spring, with a wide variety of properties available to suit every need, from first-time buyers to growing families to downsizers. There are a number of schemes and incentives available for purchasers of Crest Nicholson homes. One of these is Part Exchange, where Crest Nicholson will be the cash buyer of your old home and can even pay for removals and agents fees, speeding up the process of you moving into your dream home. The Government-backed Help to Buy scheme is also available on a selection of the homes at Hygge Park, which allows first-time buyers and second steppers to secure their dream home with just a 5% deposit. Alongside an interest-free equity loan of up to 20%, a mortgage covers the remaining 75% of the property value, making it easier for buyers to secure their dream home. For more information or to view one of the show homes, call one of our friendly sales advisors on 01172 660021 or visit www.crestnicholson. com/developments/hygge-park-at-keynsham/.


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The highly anticipated launch is almost here... Hygge Park in Keynsham is Crest Nicholson’s first opportunity to showcase their bold, new, open-living homes. Register your interest today to avoid missing out on this unique development. Bath Road | Keynsham | Somerset | BS31 1TA Photography is indicative only.

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