Vive la RĂŠvolution! Don't Miss This laugh-out-loud comedic romp, as The Scarlet Pimpernel Comes to The Egg This Christmas
What's On | SIR Michael Parkinson Tom Allen | Festive food and drink Music section | Hawkwind Christmas Shopping Guide | Indies Property | and Much More
Vive la Révolution! Don't Miss This laugh-out-loud comedic romp, as The Scarlet Pimpernel Comes to The Egg This Christmas
What's On | SIR Michael Parkinson Tom Allen | Festive food and drink Music section | Hawkwind Christmas Shopping Guide | Indies Property | and Much More
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With the festive season on the horizon, our local entertainment venues, arts centres and museums are jam-packed with everything from live music to comedy and workshops to festivals.
Our food and drink section will focus on the festive season, with a number of our cities best restaurants, bars and hotels tempting us with fantastic party nights, festive menus and offers.
We have three great competitions which include a chance to win a family ticket to Theatre Royal Bath's Panto, as well as the amazing Macbeth. We also speak to Sir Michael Parkinson about his 'An Evening with...' tour.
We also ask three of Bath's most respected chefs to conjure up a perfect Christmas dinner for you to wow your friends and relatives with this festive season.
Our music feature will include local listings of some of the great names coming to the city.
If you are at all worried about what to get that special someone this Christmas, then don't be. Bath has a wealth of Independent shops, national chains, stylish boutiques and a collection of shopping centres that can offer the perfect gift to even the most difﬁcult to buy for.
As the year comes to an end, we take a look at how the housing market has performed as well as how you can get ahead of the game, if you are looking to move in 2019.
After last issues interview with Rick Wakeman, we speak to another music icon. Dave Brock, original member of Hawkwind, helps celebrate 50 years in the music industry by bringing the band to The Forum as part of their UK tour.
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Our Shopping Guide has over 22 pages of ideas, locations and retailers who may just ﬁnd that perfect gift, for that special someone. You can obtain our competition rules and regulations by e-mailing us at the address above. The publisher shall not be held responsible for any loss occasioned by failure of an advertisement to appear, or any damages or inconvenience caused by errors, omissions and misprints. All information correct at the time of going to press.
Finally, we take look at some of the local areas new homes developments that may tempt us into changing scenery in the new year.
English Touring Opera: Radamisto
Johnny Marr: Call The Comet
what's on 31 Oct – 10 Nov The Nightingales Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk One of the UK’s best-loved stars Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey, Stella) makes a rare stage appearance in the intriguing new comedy The Nightingales.
When the local acapella group gathers in the village hall they have every reason to look forward to their weekly rehearsal. There’s Steven, 60, the Cambridge-educated choirmaster; Diane, his younger wife; Ben, who was once a professional tennis player married to Connie, who was once a model; and Bruno, a young history teacher, who cares for his mother. Times and Prices vary, please check website for details. 6 Nov Johnny Marr: Call The Comet The Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Johnny Marr is currently completing a tour of intimate venues with a handful of remaining dates in the USA and Canada. The Guardian’s review of his Islington Assembly Hall show concluded that it was “a night that finds Marr elevated to a symbol of alt-rock righteousness.” At the Brudenell in Leeds, Louder Than War witnessed “a sweatshod celebration of a decades long quest of guitar pop brilliance.” Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 26.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) 7 Nov Levison Wood The Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk In his second adventure-filled live show, Levison Wood will share tales from his most recent journeys across some of the most perilous danger zones on earth. With behind-the-scenes
moments from his travels over the Caucasus mountains and his circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula, Levison will challenge the myths and stereotypes that plague these ancient lands. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) 8 Nov Whole Lotta Led Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Now in their 22nd year, Whole Lotta Led are widely regarded as the closest to the original that you will ever hear with their five piece line-up reproducing the songs as near to the album versions as possible. Time: 7:30pm Price:Advanced £16.00 9 Nov Animal Families and Me: Gordon Buchanan Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk BBC television wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan has travelled the planet – from South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea to Russia and Alaska. Time: 2pm Prices: £ 23.00 9 – 17 Nov Mozartfest Various www.bathmozartfest.org.uk A glittering line-up of ensembles this year includes the Jerusalem Quartet, playing Mozart, Debussy and (with cellist Gary Hoffman) the wonderful Schubert Quintet, the Nash Ensemble in Mozart, Weber and Beethoven, the Takács Quartet in Mozart, Shostakovich and Brahms, London Winds with a delightful evening of Mozart’s music for wind instruments, and the Belcea Quartet in a pair of concerts.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously 9 Nov – 6 Jan Festival of Light 2018 Longleat www.longleat.co.uk This year Longleat are inviting guests to join a thrilling expedition around the world, journeying through time and space with three new characters. 11 Nov CSF Pro Wrestling Komedia www.komedia.co.uk CSF Pro Wrestling returns to Komedia: Bath on Sunday 11th November with another high flying, bone crunching, action packed afternoon of family entertainment! Time: 3pm Please see wesbite for prices. 12 Nov English Touring Opera: Radamisto Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Handel’s most appreciated opera Radamisto tells a dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal confl ict. Thematically, it champions faithfulness and married love, but it also has a fi ne gallery of moral depravity and intolerance. Time: 7.30pm Please see website for prices 13 Nov English Touring Opera - Triple Bill: Dido & Aeneas, Jonas, I Will Not Speak Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk A rare combination of 17th century music and opera. Time: 7.30pm Please see website for prices 14 Nov Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously The Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary this Christmas? Forgo the awkward office disco and beige buffet, and head to Komedia for an unbeatably funny and fantastically festive Krater Christmas Special! SATURDAY 1ST THURSDAY 6TH FRIDAY 7TH SATURDAY 8TH FRIDAY 14TH David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh! most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 15 Nov David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh! Komedia www.komedia.co.uk David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Time: 8pm Please see website for prices 15 – 17 Nov Rambert Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Rambert, Britain’s national dance company brings Bath audiences the chance to see the final ever performances of an all-time classic, the best-loved piece in the company’s history and the first performances of its newest ensemble. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.
SATURDAY 15TH THURSDAY 20TH PLUS: FESTIVE FRISKINESS AT MINISTRY OF BURLESQUE: CHRISTMAS CABARET ON FRIDAY 21ST DEC!
BOX OFFICE: 01225 489070 WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BATH/CHRISTMAS
Bath Philharmonia Saturday 22 December 2018, 3.30pm, The Forum, Bath
The Snowman The Bear
16 Nov Stewart Francis: Into The Punset Komedia www.komedia.co.uk The star of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Crackerjack embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER! Time: 8pm Prices: £ 18.50 SOLD OUT! 18 Nov Simon Evans: Genius Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. Time: 8pm Please see website for prices 19 Nov Uproar! Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Komedia Bath and Bath Mencap are proud to present Uproar! Bath’s first club night for adults with learning disabilities. The night offers a safe, relaxed and fun environment for adult with learning disabilities and their families and friends to cut loose and dance like nobody’s watching! Time: 7pm Please see website for prices
A DOUBLE BILL OF CHRISTMAS FILM CLASSICS ON THE BIG SCREEN WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA! Tickets: £22 adults, £14 children (reserved seating) available at the Bath Box Office, 01225 463362 www.bathboxoffice.org.uk & Ticketline 0844 888 9991 www.bathforum.co.uk Image. © Snowman Enterprises Ltd. “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin. www.thesnowman.com
Clare Teal's Festive Fiesta 20 – 24 Nov 42nd Street Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk The ultimate showbiz musical, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young dancer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. It’s 1933 and Peggy arrives in New York City fresh off the bus from smalltown America armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 20 – 24 Nov The Pirates of Penzance Mission Theatre www.missiontheatre.co.uk Winner of the NODA award for best G&S in the South West for its ground breaking production of The Yeomen of the Guard in 2017, the society returns to The Mission with one of the most successful and popular shows ever written. Times and Prices vary, please check website for details. 22 Nov – 9 Dec Bath Christmas Market www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk There were plenty of opportunities to soak up the sights, smells and festive ambience of Bath at Christmas. A packed calendar of family friendly events, top restaurants, beautiful architecture and the UK’s only natural thermal day spa, Thermae Bath Spa, ensured that you could enjoy more than a market. Find out more on pages 10 - 11. 23 Nov The Smyths: Unite and Take Over Komedia www.komedia.co.uk With a nod to the 30th anniversary of his first solo single and album, The Smyths present a show that celebrates the best of both The Smiths and Morrissey’s solo work. Time: 7pm Please see website for prices
23 – 24 Nov Boudica The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk The sound of the drums and war-cries are getting closer. She will have revenge. She will make Rome quake in fear. 61 CE, Britannia. On the furthest outreaches of the Roman Empire – at the very edge of the known world – rebellion is brewing. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 24 Nov KES Christmas Fair King Edwards School www.kesbath.com There will be lots of festive goodies on offer and a range of stalls run by local businesses, offering local foods, beautiful jewellery, home furnishings, ceramics and glass, candles, art and many more. There will also be school stalls with activities for children, such as, a Secret Santa stall, a Chocolate Tombola, Adopt a Teddy, a Human Fruit Machine and a variety of Christmas crafts. Time: 10am - 2pm 27 Nov – 8 Dec MacBeth Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Following its sold-out London run, the National Theatre tours Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, visiting Bath for two weeks. Sleep no more … The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust toward the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 28 Nov Sir Chris Bonington: Life and Times Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Sir Chris Bonington is Britain’s best known mountaineer and one of the most successful expedition leaders in history. He began climbing at the age of 16 and has
undertaken 19 Himalayan expeditions, including 4 to Everest. He is renowned for having made many first ascents in the Alps and all the greater ranges of the world. Time: 8pm Prices: £ 20.00 1 Dec Love Actually In Concert - Film with Live Orchestra The Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Following on from a triumphant sold out 2017 premiere tour, Love Actually will once again be screened live across the UK with a full orchestra performing its enchanting score – just in time for Christmas! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 2 Dec Vocal Works Gospel Choir Komedia www.komedia.co.uk VWGC present a brand new soulful show celebrating the best music of the 90s! Time: 7pm Prices: Advance Price: £16.00, Concession : £10.00 6 Dec – 13 Jan The Scarlet Pimpernel The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk The revolution is in full swing and Madame Guillotine’s blade chops night and day. But on the perilous streets of Paris, whispers abound that a mysterious band of Englishmen are helping French aristos to escape, led by a flamboyant masked hero. See more on page 8. 11 Dec Clare Teal's Festive Fiesta Komedia www.komedia.co.uk The Festive Fiesta returns with her Trio and special guests Jason Rebello, Pee Wee Ellis, Kate Dimbleby, Ben Cipolla and ROB.GREEN. Now in its 10th year, award winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal serves up her
Harry and Chris Save The World much loved and ever evolving Festive Fiesta. Time: 8pm Prices vary, see website for details 12 Dec Luisa Omeilan: Politics for Bitches Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Fresh from filming her BBC3 series of the same name, comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan (‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’ and ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’) is back with her third stand up instalment. Time: 8pm Prices: £15/£26 Meal Deal 13 Dec – 13 Jan Peter Pan Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk One of the UK’s best-loved actors, PAUL NICHOLAS (EastEnders, The Real Marigold Hotel, Just Good Friends) will take centre stage as Captain Hook alongside Bath favourite JON MONIE, in this year’s family pantomime.You can win a family ticket by turning to 17. 13 Dec The Wurzels West Country Christmas Party Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Drink up thy zider! Them Wurzels are back in Bath, just in time for Christmas! Expect to hear all the songs, stories and laughs from their 50 year career! 14+ (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult). Time: 7:30pm Prices: Advance Auditorium: £15.00 13 Dec – 20 Jan Snow Mouse The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk An enchanting Winter’s tale for the very young – back by huge popular demand for an incredible 4th year! Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.
Peter Pan 14 Dec Carols by Candlelight St Michael's Without Church, Broad St, Bath Our ever popular festive event returns by public demand! Buck’s Fizz at 7.30pm is followed by a sit down meal with wine. Carols are sung with the choir from 9pm with a raffle, mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Dress: Black tie or formal suit. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £39.50 per person includes all food and drink. Please state menu choice when booking 16 Dec Scummy Mummies Christmas Show Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Ho, Ho, Ho… it’s the Scummy Mummies Christmas Show. Back by popular demand, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing a special Christmas themed comedy show to Komedia Bath. Time: 8:00pm Price: £ 20.00 Auditorium/Balcony 16 – 19 Jack and the Beanstalk Mission Theatre www.missiontheatre.co.uk OOOH ARRR Productions return to The Mission Theatre for the second year with their magical Pantomime! Jack exchanges his cow for some magic beans. The beans grow overnight into a beanstalk which Jack climbs, arriving at a magical land ruled over by a cruel giant. Jack battles the giant and decides to rescue a young princess held captive in the giant’s castle. Times and Prices vary, please check website for details. 18 Dec Harry and Chris Save The World Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Harry and Chris are the hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there. They might also be the only one. After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris
Read have been featured three times on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ (Sky). Time: 8pm, Price: £ 12.00 Auditorium 21 Dec The Ministry Of Burlesque’s Christmas Cabaret Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Celebrate in style with The Ministry Of Burlesque’s Christmas Cabaret. Time: 8.30pm Please see website for prices. 21 Dec An Evening With - Sir Michael Parkinson The Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk See more details of this event on pages 12 - 13 Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 22 Dec The Snowman & The Bear The Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Set course for our annual trip to the North Pole just in time to see the Northern Lights, meet Father Christmas and have a dance with a snowman or two. The Snowman has become an unparalleled Christmas tradition, and The Bear is a perfect counterpart telling the story of Tilly’s attempts to help an escaped polar bear return home. Time: 3.30pm Prices: Under 18's £14.00 / Standard £22.00 (+ booking fee's) 31 Dec Motorcity Gold: New Year's Eve with Soul Komedia www.komedia.co.uk The team behind Bath’s BEST Saturday night out will be throwing the ultimate New Year’s Eve Party to see 2018 out in style! Forget overpriced disappointment and join the Motorcity soul train as it steams straight ahead for non-stop fun, dancing and music all the way into 2019! Time: 10.30pm Please see website for prices.
Theatre is for life, not just for Christmas
It used to be the case that the only time a child was taken to the theatre was for a visit to the pantomime at Christmas. But the magical experience of seeing a show live can be enjoyed throughout the year at Bath’s egg theatre where a spectacular range of top class entertainment for all ages is both available and accessible. Over the coming months, shows at the egg will feature extraordinary puppets, live animation, especially written music and exceptional performances. The Scarlet Pimpernel, a dazzling comic romp, promises a festive treat for the whole family and very young children will be enchanted by the return of Snow Mouse. In our age of screen and digital overload, going to the theatre remains an experience like no other. Bond with fellow audience members as you all laugh together or feel moved and excited, thrilled and intrigued. Theatre will fire your children’s imaginations, stimulate their creativity, develop ideas and emotions, and nurture a unique interest which will remain with them always. See what’s on at the egg by visiting www.theatreroyal.org.uk/whats-on or visiting the eggs Facebook page @theeggtheatre, Twitter account @theeggbath or Instagram theeggtheatrebath.
with spectacular views over the city. The use of towel, robe and slippers is also included. One of our favourites is the Twilight Package (£49 for one or £92 for two people) which lets you relax in the early evening in the open air rooftop pool before enjoying a delicious meal & glass of wine in the Springs Restaurant. A range of Treatment Packages are also available as gift vouchers and offer great value for money. Valid Mondays – Fridays, they have the option of a choice of spa treatments and a delicious meal in the Springs Restaurant. For example, a Thermae Harmony at £99 includes a 4-hour spa session, a 2-course meal along with a choice of a Hot Stones Vichy treatment, a Candle Massage or a Reviver Massage & Body Scrub. Other packages include a Thermae Together (£199) which is ideal for a couple or two friends who want to spend time together and enjoy a Couples Massage or Tailor-Made Facial. .
Give the gift of time and relaxation Most people are terrible at making quality time for themselves. That’s why, this Christmas, the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is the gift of time and relaxation. Thermae Bath Spa has a range of gift vouchers available for purchase online and from its two shops – ideal for anyone in need of a little escape from their everyday pressures and responsibilities.
ABOUT THERMAE BATH SPA
Located in the heart of Bath, Thermae is a remarkable combination of ‘old and new’ where historic spa buildings blend with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath.
Here you can bathe in the UK’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters just as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. In addition to bathing in the Minerva Bath and the Rooftop Pool, you can also make use of the state-ofthe-art Wellness Suite and the onsite Springs Restaurant. There is also a range of beneficial treatments on offer.
A RANGE OF GIFT VOUCHERS TO SUIT ALL BUDGETS
Starting at £36, a Thermae Welcome is a great introduction and includes access to the indoor Minerva Bath, the new Wellness Suite, the Springs Restaurant and the open-air rooftop pool
If you really want to spoil someone, why not buy them a year’s worth of spa visits? The Thermae Ten, £250, provides ten Monday-Friday Thermae Welcomes over a twelve month period.
GIVE SOMEONE THE GIFT OF TRUE RELAXATION THIS CHRISTMAS Gift vouchers can be purchased in person, by telephone or online. For further details, please call 01225 33 1234 or visit www.ThermaeBathSpa.com
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Our Spa Vouchers make the perfect gift for friends, family and colleagues. From the full use of Thermae Bath Spa to a range of specially selected spa packages. Give the gift of Spa this Christmas.
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The award-winning Bath Christmas Market
Discover the Magic of Bath this Christmas It doesn’t get more magical than Bath at Christmas. As the city sparkles with twinkling lights, delicious aromas of sweet roasted chestnuts ﬁll the air and cheerful choirs sing carols by candlelight, there’s no better place to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas than Bath.
Bath's stunning Georgian scenery makes the perfect backdrop for a festive day out. Fill your itinerary with delicious food, warming pubs and the all-important Christmas shopping; where better to ﬁnd unusual gifts than a city of artisans? With unique homewares, locally-made crafts, handmade jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to ﬁnd something special.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to festive activities in Bath. You can tick off everything on your Christmas shopping list in one go at the famous Bath Christmas Market, be swept up in the excitement of a traditional pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bath, get your skates on at Bath on Ice and much more.
Bath Christmas Market
The award-winning Bath Christmas Market is back for 18 days of festive cheer from Thursday 22nd November–Sunday 9th December. With over 180 chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping.
As the city sparkles with twinkling lights, delicious aromas of sweet roasted chestnuts fill the air and cheerful choirs sing carols by candlelight, there’s no better place to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas than Bath. 10 inbath
From unique homeware to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to ﬁnd something special for your loved ones or even a little treat for yourself. With so many local makers and designers showcasing their artisan gifts, you can get all your Christmas shopping done in one place and feel reassured that you’re supporting Bath’s independent businesses. On a crisp winter’s day, warm up with a comforting hot drink or hearty street food and grab a delicious burger, hog roast or caramelised nuts to keep you toasty while you browse the Market. Throughout Bath Christmas Market there will be a jam-packed programme of entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit. A host of talented performers including brass bands, school and community choirs and a capella groups will serenade you as you shop. This year, the Piano Shop of Bath have asked local school children to decorate a piano, so you can host your own singalong! Tired shoppers can drop into The Lodge on Stall Street for a bite to eat and locally-brewed quality beers and tipples from Bath Ales and Framptons Café Bar and Kitchen. The relaxing rustic décor makes The Lodge the perfect place to take a well-earned rest, day or night. A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there’s always something new to discover at Bath Christmas Market.
A City that Sparkles
While Bath Christmas Market is certainly the city’s glittering centrepiece, there is so much to discover in Bath this Christmas. Explore the city and you’ll ﬁnd festive activities taking place at heritage attractions, exclusive shopping experiences and restaurants offering gastronomical delights. Head to Royal Victoria Park for ice-skating at Bath on Ice and Glow in the Dark Mini Golf. After a spin on the outdoor ice rink (which is a massive 39% larger than last year) or a turn around the illuminated 18-hole golf course, retreat to the warm, comforting glow of Moguls Alpine Bar, where you can refuel with a wood-ﬁred pizza or gourmet chips and an indulgent hot chocolate. Festive shoppers can step through the magical wardrobe at SouthGate Bath and enter an enchanted Nordic forest, complete with cosy cabins, forest glade and winter woodland animals. Shop ‘til you drop after-hours with latenight shopping every Thursday. Get into the Christmas spirit at a shoppers’ carol service at Bath Abbey. These informal 20-minute services offer traditional carols in stunning surrounds and are an ideal way to break up a busy day of shopping. Once you’ve purchased all your Christmas gifts, pop along to the Gift-Wrapping Station in Milsom Place where they will turn your purchases into presents ready to put under the tree, before resting your weary legs at the snow-topped Après Ski Bar outside Abbey Hotel, Bath. With mugs of aromatic mulled wine, authentic Alpine appetisers and blankets to snuggle up under in a cosy cabin, you’ll feel like you’re in a ski resort rather than the heart of Bath. Step into a Winter Wonderland at The Bird, Bath, where the snowy woodland sprigs strewn with fairy lights, ﬂickering candelabra and draped Bavarian rugs are guaranteed to put you in a festive frame of mind. Their mulled drinks, moreish mince pies and luxurious Turkish delight are hard to resist! If you’re feeling crafty, there are workshops running for all ages throughout the festive period. Learn how to make a winter wreath with V V Rouleaux or create your own advent calendar and Christmas decorations at The Makery.
The enchanting Victorian carousel
Festive Family Fun
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year and even more so for children. See the magic of Christmas through their eyes and get involved in the fantastic line-up of family-friendly events in Bath. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at Santa’s Grotto in Milsom Place, take a whirl on the enchanting Victorian carousel on Stall Street and follow the Christmas Tree Carol Trail to see if they can spot all ten uniquely-decorated trees and identify the musical theme at each one. Head to the theatre for a festive family outing. Gather the little ones for a magical performance of Snow Mouse at The Egg Theatre, or revel in a lively performance of this year’s pantomime at Theatre Royal Bath. Packed with singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation, Peter Pan will delight audiences of all ages. Acclaimed children’s writer Michael Morpurgo will be coming to the city to celebrate his re-telling of the much-loved story by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman, as part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival. There will be plenty of seasonal fun for the whole family, and The Snowman himself might even make an appearance!
Unique and unusual gifts for that special someone
On each Saturday of Bath Christmas Market, Queen Square will host a Festive Family Artisan Market, sponsored by Mogers Drewett. Bring the whole family along to take part in the exciting activities. From the Kids’ Café and festive storytelling to Christmas arts and crafts workshops and face painting, there is plenty to keep children entertained. And with glass-blowing demonstrations from Bath Aqua Glass, tasty street food and local makers from the monthly Bath Artisan Market, there’s lots for adults too.
Bath is going green this Christmas. The cheerful decorations adorning Abbeygate Street and Abbey Street during Bath Christmas Market are all made using recycled plastic bags and bottles. This year, Bath Christmas Market have teamed up with Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Claire Runway Magazine, to transform discarded single use plastics into creative Christmas decorations. Local pupils of Widcombe Junior School in Bath have made a wonderful contribution by making Christmas pompoms made from plastic shopping bags that are no longer usable and snowﬂakes from old plastic bottles to create beautiful chandeliers. Christmas can be wasteful time of year so what better way to ﬁnd another use for rubbish than by turning it into art! For more sustainable Christmas decorations, head to Old Bond Street where you can use pedal-power to light up a shining interactive display. Bath Christmas Market will be open from Thursday 22nd November – Sunday 9th December 2018 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10am–7pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10am–8:30pm Sundays: 10am–6pm For more information and to plan your visit, head to visitbath.co.uk/christmas
Sir Michael Parkinson Sir Michael Parkinson is one of the best known faces on television. Having interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, the 83 year-old Barnsley native is taking to the road for his 'An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson' tour.
This unique show offers an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs, whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night. Here, Sir Micheal tells us abouth the forthcoming tour, what he thinks of TV today and his proudest moment. You are hosting 'An Audience With Sir Michael Parkinson' at The Forum, Bath on 21st December. Can you let us know what the audience can expect? Well actually I’m co -hosting. The show is myself in conversation with son and long term Producer Mike who takes me though my life and career with the help of some classic clips from the Parkinson archive. It’s the story of how I made it out of a pit village to the top of those famous stairs with all the highs and low along the way in the company of Connolly, Ali, Lauren Bacall, Sir David Attenborough, Joan Rivers, Sir Michael Caine. Madonna, Dane Edna Everage to name but a few. It’s a great show which I love doing and If I wasn’t on stage I'd buy a ticket!
In your mind what is the role of the media in society? I’ve never found a better description then the original mission statement of the BBC - to inform, educate and entertain.
Music has given me such joy in my life and my respect for anyone with musical talent knows no bounds.
Best interview? Not one you would expect me to say. It was with the eminent scientist Professor Jacob Bronowski. He was the writer and presenter of that landmark book and television series The Ascent of Man. It was the one time that the shape and progression of the interview went exactly the way I had prepared. But that was more to do with Professor Bronowski’s perfect command of the English language and his forensic mind then my interviewing skills Worst interview? Once, when they were still with us, I sat down with Alan Whicker and David Frost, both of whom I liked and deeply admired, and we agreed to write down on a piece of the paper the worst interviewee we had all interviewed. We then showed each other at the same time. Each of us had written down Thor Heyerdahl, the Norweigan anthropologist most famous for the Kon-Tiki expedition in the Pacific. We all agreed he would not be our first choice as a crewmate on a deep sea cruise Top 3 songs ever written? Too many. Here’s 3 that are near the top of my list. I’ve Got you Under my Skin by Cole Porter, sung by Frank Sinatra with the arrangement by Nelson Riddle. Summertime by George and Ira Gershwin, sung peerlessly by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Love for Sale, again by Cole Porter , played as an instrumental by the Buddy Rich Big Band Proudest moment from your career? Being awarded Honorary membership of the Musicians Union. Music has given me such joy in my life and my respect for anyone with musical talent knows no bounds. To be accepted into their inner circle without an ounce of musical talent is a real honour What do you make of current British television? Slick, brilliantly produced and full of talent yet sadly often soulless and derivative. I was lucky to come into television when I did. Any advice for up and coming broadcasters / interviewers today? It’s difficult to do so because the media environment they are coming into is not one I recognize nor to be honest understand. The only piece of advice I can give any aspiring interviewer is do your homework and listen. Tickets for 'An Evening With - Sir Michael Parkinson' on Friday 21st December, at The Forum, Bath, are available from www.bathforum.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991. Doors: 7PM / Show: 7:30PM Tickets from £27.50 + Booking fees.
How has your rugby background shaped your business? Professional rugby has moulded my performance and values as an entrepreneur to this day. I know how winning teams need individuals with unique skill-sets; this has helped me assemble a worldclass team at HUB XV which I trust will translate into a highly effective business community throughout our Hubs. Environment can play a major role in the success of a business. How are the venues you are selecting helping to inspire businesses and what other venues are planned? The sports stadia we occupy mean our venues are, by nature, exciting and motivational places to be. The service we provide, our ethos, membership beneﬁts and our business community are inspired by the prestige of these surroundings. We have new venues in the pipeline and we’ll be making some exciting announcements in the very near future.
Leader of the pack
As an International rugby player, capped 33 times for his country, Alix Popham knows what it takes to create a winning team. With a distinguished career spanning 13 years, the tough tackling forward has used his vast experience in elite sport, along with his business acumen, to create Hub XV. InBath's Craig Maplesden caught up with Alix to chat about his new venutre, how his rugby background has shaped his business future.
HUB XV is based on values of teamwork, honesty and excellence. Our sporting heritage means we know how success depends on talented people coming together and collaborating to achieve amazing results. How did the idea come about and who else is involved in developing the brand? I’ve always been about connecting people. As an entrepreneur, I wanted to pair this with co-working and values of elite sport to create a unique business community that pushes industry standards. Our board includes industry specialists whose skills and experience are perfectly suited to building the brand throughout the UK and beyond. The fantastic team at Bath Racecourse share our vision and have helped us to create the perfect ﬁrst venue for HUB XV. How popular is co-working becoming and how does HUB XV stand out from the crowd? Flexible workspaces are now a crucial part of the British economy, with take-up in the UK’s largest regional cities now at record levels. Far more than your average co-working space, HUB XV is situated in leading sports stadia to create very positive, inspirational working environments. At Bath Racecourse, we are away from congested city centres, and within reach of both Bristol and Bath, and the M4.
I’ve always been about connecting people. As an entrepreneur, I wanted to pair this with co-working and values of elite sport to create a unique business community that pushes industry standards.
Many congratulations on your new venture. For those who are unaware, what is the ethos behind HUB XV?
I understand you are holding regular events for members. Can you give us an idea of what these will entail? Our members can access two business seminars each month, taken by leading ﬁgures from the worlds of sport and business. There are other networking days, plus events with our charity partner, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which works to raise funds to combat motor neurone disease. How can businesses and individuals get involved? People can ﬁnd out more by dropping us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org or by checking out our events page on the HUB XV website. As a former Wales international, I have to ask about next year’s 6 Nations. Who do you think will come out on top and will Wales be able to reverse the result against England at the Principality? It’s always a tough against England, and Wales were unlucky to lose in Cardiff two years ago. Eddie Jones’ men have had to do some soul searching over the last 12 months, whereas Wales have had a good year and have developed strength in depth. I’m conﬁdent we can make it count on the ﬁeld in Cardiff come February; I think Wales will ﬁnish in the top two. www.hubxv.com facebook.com/hubxv.members @hub_xv
HUB XV now launched at Bath Racecourse Hub XV provides premium co-working space in elite sporting venues along with access to a vast network to support you with growing your business.
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Upcoming Member’s Fixtures ‘KICK OFF’ BREAKFAST Tuesday 6th November 8-10am A ‘True Start’ to Business – Enjoy a seminar with our brand partner True Start Coffee, networking and a delicious breakfast.
‘FULL TIME’ EVENING NETWORKING DRINKS Thursday 22nd November 6-9pm Who will win the Rugby World Cup 2019? Enjoy an interactive Q&A with sporting heroes including Rhys Priestland, Duncan Bell, Kevin Maggs and John Hall as well as informal networking, nibbles and drinks.
Win 2 tickets to see
Macbeth the National Theatre’s production of
at the Theatre Royal Bath
The National Theatre, creators of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, bring their epic and visually daring production of William Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy MACBETH to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 27th November to Saturday 8th December following a sold out run in London. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Violence and chaos ravage the landscape as survivors struggle to build new lives and protect the ones they love. Ruthlessly ﬁghting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Emerging victorious from a bloody-ﬁght, the battle-hardened Macbeth encounters three haunting ﬁgures on a heath who hail him as the future King of Scotland. Hearing this prophecy, Macbeth’s ambition consumes him and, spurred on by his wife, he sets himself and his country on a dark and murderous path. Shakespeare’s infamous exploration of betrayal, corruption and abuse of power is brought to bold life in this modern retelling directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) with design by Tony and Olivier Award-winning designer Rae Smith (War Horse, This House). This exhilarating new production combines thrilling staging and striking set design in a theatrical event that propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty. To book tickets for Macbeth call the Theatre Royal Bath Box Ofﬁce on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Win 2 tickets to watch Macbeth at the Theatre Royal Bath on Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details, to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Macbeth Closing date: 20th November Usual Ts and Cs apply Winners details will be passed onto the competition provider to arrange prize collection.
Michael Nardone as Macbeth. Photo by BrinkhoffMogenburg
Awash with Swash Buccle! jon paul rebecca tim wheatley nicholas monie edwards MARTIN DODD for UK PRODUCTIONS in association with THEATRE ROYAL BATH by arrangement with GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY and SAMUEL FRENCH LIMITED proudly presents
as MRS DARLING
as CAPTAIN HOOK
as PETER PAN
Adapted from the book by J.M. BARRIE
THE NITWITS asPiratethe Crew RACHEL GRUNDY asTinker Bell JENNY HUXLEY-GOLDEN asWendy with THE DOROTHY COLEBORN SCHOOL OF DANCE
13 December ’18 to 13 January ’19 01225 448844 | theatreroyal.org.uk
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at the Theatre Royal Bath This Christmas at Bath’s Theatre Royal, one of the best-loved stories in children’s literature, J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN appears on stage from Thursday 13th December to Sunday 13th January starring one of the UK’s most popular actors, PAUL NICHOLAS, Bath favourite JON MONIE and Casualty’s REBECCA WHEATLEY. When Peter Pan flies into the Darling children’s nursery and takes them off to Neverland, a thrilling adventure begins in the magical world of Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys, where they encounter the dastardly Captain Hook and his hapless pirate crew. Packed with comedy, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation, PETER PAN promises to be a swashbuckling and unmissable Christmas show that’s got everything - including flying, CGI special effects and all the traditional ingredients that make Bath pantomimes so special. Starring as Captain Hook, PAUL NICHOLAS is known to millions of TV viewers for his roles in many favourite series including Just Good Friends, EastEnders and The Real Marigold Hotel. His leading roles in legendary West End musicals range from Hair to Grease, Barnum to Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats to Doctor Doolittle. He is joined by much-loved pantomime star JON MONIE who returns by huge popular demand to play Hook’s right-hand-man Smee and REBECCA WHEATLEY from Casualty who appears as Mrs. Darling. TIM EDWARDS plays Peter Pan, RACHEL GRUNDY plays Tinkerbell, JENNY HUXLEY-GOLDEN appears as Wendy and comedy acrobats THE NITWITS play Hook’s pirate crew, with the ENSEMBLE and dancers from Bath’s DOROTHY COLEBORN SCHOOL OF DANCE completing the cast. For a truly spectacular festive family treat join in the fun this Christmas at the Theatre Royal Bath. Tickets for PETER PAN are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office. To book call 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
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SUNDAY 9 DEC
Choose either 2.5km or 5km Join our festive fun run for all the family!
Venue: Bath Spa University Newton St Loe, BA2 9BN Starts: 11.00am Ages and Prices: 0-4 yrs – Free 5-11 yrs – £7.50 [free elf hat] 12+ yrs – £15 [free Santa suit]
Sign up at: www.santaandelfrun.org.uk
Santa and Elf Run 2018 The Dorothy House Santa and Elf Run is back on Sunday 9 December at the new fantastic venue of Bath Spa University! Last year the event raised over £11,000 for vital patient care and this year the charity are aiming to raise even more.
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This much loved annual Christmas-tastic family fun run is open to all ages and takes place along a 2.5km course through the beautiful grounds of Bath Spa University; via scenic footpaths, a “castle”, a lake and even a garden temple! Participants can choose to do the 2.5km route once or twice to make it a 5km run.
The entry fee is £7.50 for children aged 5-11 (who’ll receive a free elf hat to add to their own elftastic outfit) and £15 for participants aged 12+ (who’ll receive an amazing ho, ho, ho Santa hat, beard, jacket and trousers). There is no entry charge for Santa’s little helpers aged 0-4. Friends and family are very welcome to come and cheer on the Santa and Elf Run either along the route or at the Snow Station as the runners pass through the grounds of Bath Spa University. Cheerers can sprinkle the dashing Santas and Elves in biodegradable snow as they run past! Refreshments will be available for supporters to buy from the jolly Refectory. To enter please sign up at www.santaandelfrun.org.uk
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Bath On Ice just got bigger! One of the most iconic venues in the city just got even bigger.
Whether you prefer Bath in the spring, summer, autumn or winter few would deny that the city takes on a special charm at Christmas. With Georgian architecture illuminated by festive lights and visitors coming from all over the world, the atmosphere in Bath is hard to beat. Five minutes walk from the city-centre Bath on Ice, Bath’s huge winter ice rink, has also become a firm favourite on the Christmas calendar and this year it returns bigger than ever! With a massive rink measuring 1000 square metres, a 39% increase on last year, Christmas 2018 promises to be a special one for Bath on Ice. Situated within Royal Victoria Park in front of the iconic Royal Crescent, the rink is frequented by residents and visitors alike celebrating the party season and twirling on the ice. You may even spot the odd celebrity venturing onto the ice or sipping mulled wine beside a log burner. Wood-fired pizzas are also on offer (the rink was one of the first places in Bath to start selling them) and a whole range of festive drinks including deluxe hot chocolates, mulled wine and cider, prosecco and more are available in the rink-side Moguls Alpine Bar. So, after burning off all that energy in the cold, who doesn’t feel they deserve a treat? Also making a big return this year is the ever-popular Glow Mini-Golf. Every Christmas the botanical 18-hole course, situated next to the rink, is given a magical makeover with fairy lights and glow-in-the-dark balls. Players challenge each other in the frosty night air under illuminated trees with the losers buying the drinks in the bar.
So whether you fancy something a little different this year, or whether listening to classic Christmas carols as you whirl around the ice are more your cup of tea (or mulled wine), Bath on Ice offers the lot. Booking is advised, especially at weekends and in the evenings, and Christmas party packages are available for schools and large groups. Prices are £11 for adults, £10 for kids (for a 1-hour session on the ice) and kids tickets are available with a Deluxe Hot Chocolate for £13.50 if you’re thinking of ideas for an early Christmas present. Booking is online at www.bathonice.com or over the phone 01225 436888. Enquiries about parties should contact email@example.com.
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JAN 6th 2019
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FilmBath Festival 1 - 11 November
Film lovers rejoice - the 28th FilmBath Festival returns to the city from November 1-11. The event, formerly the Bath Film Festival, boasts a 44-strong line-up of feature ﬁlms, including 22 previews, 10 documentaries, eight LGBTQ ﬁlms and 36 shorts. The widely anticipated ﬁlms including The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, and Robert Redford’s swansong, The Old Man & The Gun. The Favourite
Bath Pavilion: SO MUCH TO ENJOY AND DO WITH YOUR ICONIC VENUE IN BATH MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Bath Pavilion is an iconic building which has a rich history in hosting entertainment events having been used as an entertainment venue for over 100 years.
better relationships with stakeholders with an Industry seminar, bring companies together with a tradeshow, create an innovative product launch to impress the media, provide powerful training sessions, motivate employees with outstanding teambuilding day, hold a more intimate strategic planning meeting or even reward your hardworking employees with a party, Bath Pavilion is a fantastic venue to achieve all of this and more.
Taking our historic venue zooming into the 21st Century, you can get your skates on at the weekly Roller Skating sessions. Bath Pavilion turn up the volume and turn down the lights so everyone can come and enjoy the thrill of getting ﬁt and have fun on wheels.
The festival pioneered the F-Rating celebrating both women on screen and behind the camera, with 55 per cent of its schedule directed by women. FilmBath's executive director Holly Tarquini said: "We are delighted to be in partnership with Bath Odeon who will be showing the vast majority of the festival’s ﬁlms. “Since our schedule was announced ticket sales have been unprecedented and we expect many ﬁlms to sell out so we advise people to book now. “The Old Man & The Gun, starring Robert Redford, and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – the ﬁlm Terry Gilliam has spent decades trying to make, are just two of the ﬁlms with high demand. “The festival is crammed with exciting ﬁlms from the UK, America, Africa, Europe, Asia and South America and emphasises how we have more in common than the things which divide us.” The festival has an admirable reputation for showing ﬁlms before they go on general release, including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Birdman and The King's Speech, ﬁlm fans may well again be seeing future awardwinners ﬁrst. The majority of ﬁlms will be shown at the Odeon in James Street West and the festival runs from November 1-11. In addition the u25s pay half price. For more: www.ﬁlmbath.org.uk
Oasis Over the last few decades, this historic venue has hosted some of the best British names in music including legends such as; The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Adam Faith and more recently hot talent which includes The Vaccines, The Shires, Paloma Faith, Lily Allen, Oasis, Blur, Supergrass, The Darkness, Beautiful South and The Proclaimers. Bath Pavilion is central to the community of Bath and offers the ability to put on an array of varied entertainment from Music to Comedy and Sports events to Parties and Celebrations.
Whether you wish to deliver an annual conference and win hearts and minds, build
Separate sessions run for families, adults only as well as for teens costing just £6 per person or £5 per person if you do not require skate hire, plus there is no need to book just turn up and pay on the evening! Find out what the Bath Pavilion team can do for you at www.bettervenues.org.uk or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE PERFECT SETTING FOR ANY EVENT BATH PAVILION, NORTH PARADE ROAD Whether you wish to deliver the annual conference and win hearts and minds, motivate employees with outstanding teambuilding activity days or reward your hardworking employees with a party, Bath Pavilion is a fantastic venue in which to achieve all of this and more.
Find out what our team can do for you by visiting bettervenues.org.uk
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Tom Allen: The smartest comedian on the circuit? Absolutely! Tom Allen’s unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling has seen him sell out shows all over the country. Due to phenomenal demand his 'Absolutely' tour has now been extended with a performance at the Wiltshire Music Centre on December 7th. Here, Tom talks to Craig Maplesden about his career, supporting the likes of Michael McIntyre and Sarah Millican as well as his choice in attire Hi Tom, many thanks for taking the time ou to chat to us. You’ve just started your new 34 date ‘Absolutely' Tour which comes to the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon on Dec 7, tell us about what audiences can expect from the show?
Well actually I’ve been on this tour since last year so it’s actually a 150 date tour but I am over the moon that it keeps getting extended and this has meant I get to come to Bath! It’s a show about me trying to be fabulous but still having to live with my parents. It’s about the pressures of modern living but it also covers getting invited to a hen party, experiencing road rage and a mis adventure on a water slide.
You are the best dressed comic on the circuit. How many suits do you own and was the look created or do you prefer more formal attire? Well that’s a very kind thing to say. I’ve always really liked wearing suits since I was a kid. Which I think my parents always found kind of strange. Wearing a dinner jacket to the supermarket isn’t always welcomed in Bromley when you’re 9. I think in a way it’s a form of drag. I always want to seem like I’m a grown up. So I wear grown up clothes. I own about 15 suits. I’ve always been inspired by clothes from the 1920s and 30s I think because I watched a lot of black and white films growing up. I was an unusual child.
I’ve always really liked wearing suits since I was a kid. Which I think my parents always found kind of strange. Wearing a dinner jacket to the supermarket isn’t always welcomed in Bromley when you’re 9. I used to think I wanted to be an actor but I didn’t like having to wait around for someone to ask you to be in something. I guess I’ve always really loved telling stories and I love it when someone has a good anecdote. But when I was growing up it felt like stand up was full of straight men in smokey bars and I thought I wouldn’t fit in with that. But thanks to role models like Victoria Wood and Jo Brand and Alan Carr it felt like that started to change. You made your breakthrough winning ‘So You Think Your Funny’ in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards. Did you need any convincing to put yourself forward for these competitions? Yes absolutely. I didn’t think I was a stand up I just talked a lot and told stories and said what I thought was funny. I wasn’t telling one liner jokes or whatever. But I’ve learnt that if you can connect with people and make them laugh that’s all that matters really. You’ve supported the likes of Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican and Romesh Ranganathan to name a few. This has taken you all over the world. How do audiences differ in different countries and do you have to tailor your shows at all? My tailor is the same for all of my shows. Is that what you meant? Oh I see - sorry - no I think it’s important to talk sincerely about how you see the world from your shoes. If you tailor it to different audiences then I’d say there’s a risk that you don’t offer anything from yourself.
I understand that you started your stand-up career at the age of 22. Was this always the dream or did you have alternative aspirations when you were younger?
As a teenager, you were the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society. Have you modelled yourself a little on him? Well I think as a creative person he managed to step outside of the norm and sum up a version of the world at the time. I guess that’s what a lot of creative people want to do. I admire that he had such a distinct style and worked hard all the time. A life lived to the full - wouldn’t that be something? How are you taking to touring, have you found out anything interesting about yourself? Oh certainly! I’ve found out that some motorway service stations are better than others. That one in Gloucester, Oh my goodness it’s like some sort of paradise. I still think about their chocolate and oat cookies. If you could ‘style' a fellow comedian, who would it be an why? I wouldn’t dream of changing anyone. They are who they are - that’s what style is. You’ve had a busy 2018, culminating in the tour. What does 2019 have in store? A short holiday and then back to writing a new show!
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At Bath College it’s never too late to learn a new skill If you have always wanted to learn a new skill but haven’t had the chance, a Love2Learn parttime leisure course at Bath College could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. All courses are timetabled to fit around your existing commitments, so you can learn in the evenings, at the weekend or even for a week in the school holidays.
“What can I say it was a fantastic week we carved a window and fixed it all in a few days.
The College offers a wide range of Art & Design courses in traditional disciplines such as painting, printmaking, photography, glass, jewellery making, sculpture and ceramics as well as courses in design for the home such as flower arranging, interior design, upholstery and picture framing.
Back at the City Centre campus you can brush up on your language skills, or learn a new language from scratch. We offer courses in differing levels in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. You can also brush up on your baking skills whether it be ‘Edible Fruits’ with top patisserie chef Damien Wager or learning how to decorate children’s celebration cakes.
Printmaking student, Catherine Roberts, was selected to have her work displayed at the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London. Catherine’s piece ‘After Käthe’ was inspired by Käthe Kollwitz, a German Expressionist artist best known for her print, the Weavers.
We have students on Love2Learn courses ages 18-80, at Bath College it’s never too late to learn a new skill.
“The tutor is top class and a highly skilled stonemason very friendly he gave us lots of tips and great advice there’s always something new to learn in life and this is one I will remember for many years.”
Catherine has taken the Love2Learn printmaking course for the last three years following her Fine Art degree. She said: “I wouldn’t have been able to create this work without the Printmaking course at Bath College. “The teaching staff are knowledgeable and really helpful and there is a great atmosphere. “Despite not living locally, I keep coming back for the course from Swindon as the facilities at the college are high quality.” At our Somer Valley campus based in Radstock, we have a number of purpose built workshops where you can learn a variety of skills such as Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Stonemasonry, Woodworking or even a whole Property Maintenance course including basic plumbing, bricklaying, wall tiling and patch plastering. Gary Balman works for a Building Services company took the introduction to Stonemasonry course.
Don’t forget we do Saturday courses Next one starting 1st December 2018 From 1 December to 21 December we are offering new students 5% off all Love 2 Learn courses using the code MINCEPIE5
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museums and galleries
Festive offerings at the Museum of East Asian Art Exhibition: The Art of China - A Brief History
4 Dec 2018 - 12 May 2019
The Museum of East Asian Art, with a particularly strong collection of Chinese objects, opened to the public in April 1993. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary, this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary human inventiveness and creativity involved in the development of Chinese art, from Neolithic to modern times. China is a vast country with a long history. Its modern-day territory is almost as big as the entire continent of Europe. With many different climates and landscapes, lifestyles and regional cultures vary from one place to another. In its 7,000 years of history, dynasties rose and fell along with waves of invasion and trade. The art in China developed in response to these diverse elements.
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Ringing in Christmas with old and new
A Georgian Christmas is celebrated at No. 1 Royal Crescent. Decorations of greenery, flowers, herbs and spices, ribbons, candied fruit, painted pastries and a display of Cook’s ingredients for the festive season. Special late nights in December include costumed tours and a Murder Mystery, Scavenger Hunt, Puppet Show and Decoration-Making (see website for details). Make a visit part of your annual family entertainment!
Peter Gabriel Reflections Museum of Bath Architecture 1 December – 3 February 2019
Celebrated international photographer Clive Arrowsmith is famous for his work with Vogue and his images of Sir Paul McCartney, Daniel Barenboim, Prince Charles, Michael Caine and Kate Bush amongst others. In 1978 he photographed Peter Gabriel in a number of key locations around Bath including the Roman Baths. Many of these have never been shown before. As Clive’s trademark style is close-up portraiture they are presented alongside new photos taken
in the same Bath location in order to add context and depth. All feature beautiful elements of Bath’s famous architecture, too. Check the website for associated events including photography workshops, talks and film. Clive will also be running a very special live photo-booth session when museum visitors can have their portrait taken – by quite simply one of the most influential portrait photographers of today!
Generously sponsored by No. 15 Great Pulteney www.museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is extending its season and is open every day (except Christmas and Boxing Days) until 1 January 2019. Visit the original home of the Herschel brother and sister, famous for their astronomical discoveries which changed our understanding of the heavens, and catch the wonderful exhibition The Wonder Women of Space. www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk
Christmas Origami Course for Adults By Akiko Wakefield
• Folding Cards: Friday 30 Nov 18:15 – 19:30 • The Art of Gift Wrapping: Friday 7 Dec 18:15 – 19:30 • Tree Decorations: Friday 14 Dec 18:15 – 19:30 Booking required, Max 10 people per workshop Public: £10 for single workshops or £25 for three Friends/Students: £8 for single workshops or £20 for three Get crafty in this series of workshops lead by origami instructor Akiko. Learn practical skills in Japanese gift wrapping and folding paper art, including origami Christmas cards and tree decorations. Join the whole course – all three workshops for a discount, or just one or two for standard price. Wine and mince pies will be served.
Family Fun: Christmas Origami
8 December 2018, 14:30 - 16:00
£2.50 per person, age 3 years and above. Booking required. Max 16 people incl. adults. Join us on this fun family workshop for all ages, making origami tree decorations with recycled paper. Booking: www.meaa.org.uk | 01225 464640
Buff pottery figure of Avalokitesvara Northern Qi dynasty, dated by inscription to 563 AD
Festive offerings for everyone at
Museum of East Asian Art offers free entry admission to Discovery Card holders.
ADD SOME EAST ASIAN STYLE TO YOUR HOME THIS SEASON
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museums and galleries
Rodin: rethinking the fragment
2 November 2018 to 27 January 2019
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a collector and lover of the antique, and his sculpture was inﬂuenced by his admiration for classical art. Alongside works from the British Museum and Holburne’s own collection, this display will focus on The Thinker, on loan from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, and one of the world’s most renowned sculptures, to reveal the importance of the fragment in creating Rodin’s art. A British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan.
2 November 2018 to 27 January 2019
David Hockney (b. 1937) Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-71) One of the nation’s most-loved paintings, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is also one of the great portraits of British art. The image speaks powerfully to the eighteenth-century conversation pieces in the Holburne‘s own collection as well as to the portraits of singers, dancers and actors in Gainsborough & the Theatre. Saturday 1 December, 1.30-4pm
Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811), 'True but every goose can…', c.1781, pencil, black chalk and coloured washes on laid paper ©The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Gainsborough and the theatre
The Holburne Museum
Festive Felt: Handmade Christmas Decorations
£15 (limited spaces, early booking is advised) Handcraft a festive felt decoration for your tree or as a special Christmas gift. Learn how to needle-felt a sweet fox or robin using a selection of coloured felts and decorative ribbons.
World renowned artists, outstanding exhibitions FAMILY FUN and festive fun for all the family Pantomime Season – Oh yes it is! Gainsborough & the Theatre This display will focus on Saturday 1 December, 12 noon – 4pm Until 20 January 2019 The Thinker, on loan from the FREE Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) enjoyed friendships with the most famous stars of the an afternoon of pantomime-themed Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Enjoy Georgian stage, James Quin, David Garrick and Christmas creativity. Make a fairy godmother Sarah Siddons as well as musicians, theatre your tree, a Peter Pan snow globe and a and one of the world’s most for managers and dramatists. Cinderella’s carriage table decoration. Come… renowned sculptures, to reveal and all your wishes will come true! This exhibition brings together some of Gainsborough’s most intimate and immediate Holburne Museum the importance of the fragment The portraits of his many creative friends and Admission by ticket £12.50 | Concessions celebrity colleagues, as well as taking us behind Kids go FREE in creating Rodin’s art. the scenes to explore the growth of the theatre, www.holburne.org dance and the portrait business in Bath and London.
A Very Georgian Soirée
Saturday 24 November 7.30-10pm £35* (includes gin cocktail on arrival and entry to Gainsborough & the Theatre) *Limited number of Early Bird tickets £25 Pay Bar and light bites in the Garden Cafe Experience a night of Georgian revelry, gossip and scandal… For one night only, immerse yourself in the colourful world of the Sydney Hotel – and the Pleasure Gardens - where Bath ladies and gentlemen promenaded, danced and enjoyed breakfasts, ﬁreworks and evening galas. Experience an eclectic mix of live music, dance and card games in our galleries, or pose for a portrait by our satirical illustrator. Optional dress code: Georgian-inspired glamour. Think: beauty spots, pastels and powdered wigs; Lady Georgiana, Beau Brummell and Marie Antoinette…
Handmade Christmas decorations
Great Pulteney Street, Bath
Rodin rethinking the fragment
A British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan
Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, (detail) The Burrell Collection ÂŠ CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
2 November 2018 to 27 January 2019
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ON PAPER FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL Hirst, Lichtenstein, Riley, Paolozzi... 1 December – 17 February 2019
Outstanding exhibitions, events and talks at the Victoria Art Gallery
Victoria Art Gallery By Pulteney Bridge, Bath BA2 4AT 01225 477233 www.victoriagal.org.uk Daily 10.30-5.00
On Paper: from the Arts Council Collection 1 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Ron, Brian Griffiths, 1995
Nick Cudworth Bath Night Paintings 2003-18
All the artworks in this fascinating exhibition are made from paper, used as a material in its own right rather than merely a surface to be painted or drawn upon. Among the leading artists featured are Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres and Eduardo Paolozzi. Included are large three-dimensional objects constructed from paper such as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures and Brian Griffiths’ giant cardboard computer. Other artists, such as Roger Ackling and Cornelia Parker, have made art from burnt, torn and cut paper. Collage is well represented with examples by Roland Penrose and Eduardo Paolozzi, among others. For some artists the choice of a particular paper was important, from graph paper and an old envelope to an ordnance survey map and corrugated card. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.
Lunchtime Exhibition Tours
Every Thursday, 6 December to 31 January incl, 12.30-13.00. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.
Nick Cudworth: Bath Night Paintings 2003-18 1 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Nick is well known for his portraits of celebrities and for his paintings of Bath street scenes, meticulously executed in a style similar to that of old master painters such as Vermeer. For this exhibition he presents over twenty of his stunning Bath night paintings in the form of giclée prints on stretched canvas, all of which will be for sale. The artist’s brilliant eye for the effect of light on colour ensures visitors will want to explore the city’s beautiful buildings after dark. This exhibition of night paintings of Bath is Nick’s first show in the setting of the Victoria Art Gallery. He will also have four books and greeting cards available during the show. Events for Children and Adults
Gallery Trail: Special Shapes and Silhouettes Follow our trail and seek out special silhouettes around the Gallery.
Thursday 1 November, 10.30am-12.30pm
Use wax crayons and watercolours to create a clever effect.
1 December – 17 February 2019
Victoria Art Gallery By Pulteney Bridge, Bath BA2 4AT 01225 477233 www.victoriagal.org.uk Daily 10.30-5.00 Giclée prints for sale
Friday 2 November, 10.30am-12.30pm
Make marvellous character masks from our special exhibition.
Collection Highlight Tours
Wednesdays 7 November, 5 December 1pm-1.45pm Walcot Parade (detail)
Discover the stories behind our principal treasures with Dr Chris Davies. Free, no booking required. Just turn up!
Image: Gatehouse, Nick Cudworth, 2018
Until Friday 2 November
Create new traditions this December Lacock Abbey, Chippenham, SN15 2LG Gather around the enormous Christmas tree in the festive abbey courtyard on Thursdays and Fridays, join in with Victorian carol singing and explore our annual community Christmas tree festival in the abbey cloister. Call 01249 730459 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock #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 and Great Chalfield. for ever, for everyone.
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‘What’s on’ at Lacock Abbey this Christmas?
Plan ahead this Christmas, with our handy guide to our events in December. More details can be found at nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock
Community Christmas Tree Festival 1 Dec - 4 Jan 2019, 11am – 4pm
Experience one of Lacock Abbey's more recent Christmas traditions with over 20 beautifully decorated trees in set of the atmospheric medieval cloister.
An Audience with Father Christmas
Lacock Image: Christmas at Lacock ©National Trust Images/Connor Sheppard
Weekends 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 Dec, 11am -3.30pm
Meet Father and Mother Christmas in their festive kitchen at Lacock Abbey. A unique experience in a cosy setting that is sure to please our young visitors. Booking essential.
Lacock's Christmas list family trail 1 – 31 Dec, 11am – 4pm
This festive trail is all about Christmas lists. From Father Christmas', to the dinner shopping list, to even your own wish list, it all comes down to preparation.
Great hall decorated for Christmas 1 – 30 December (Thursdays to Sundays only) 11.30am - 3.30pm
At Lacock, our traditions of a roaring fire and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Great Hall have been going for a long time.
Carols in the courtyard
6 – 21 Dec (Thursdays and Fridays only) 11am – 3pm
Christmas carols are one of the most beautiful traditions of the season. Join Victorian carol singing duo 'Same Difference Arts' by the big Christmas tree in the festive abbey courtyard.
Have You Booked your Christmas Party?
Unrivalled atmosphere, delicious food and a memorable night awaits with Bath's Historic Venues If you’re looking for a fun-ﬁlled Christmas party, Bath’s Historic Venues offer an unrivalled atmosphere, delicious food and an exciting, memorable night. Whether you’re searching for a bespoke ofﬁce party space or somewhere to get together with friends, we will have a venue or party to suit you. Situated at the heart of the World Heritage site, all of our venues are steeped in history, and are truly magical settings that will delight and fascinate your guests. They are, after all, the venues for which this beautiful city is so famous. With the option to hire our venues exclusively or to join one of our sell-out shared party nights, Christmas at Bath’s Historic Venues should deﬁnitely feature on your festive calendar. From intimate, cosy spaces to large Georgian ballrooms, we can cater to a variety of budgets and guest numbers. We can accommodate 40-400 guests for a private dinner, a drinks reception or an evening party. Not many experiences beat mingling by the torch-lit, steaming waters of the Roman Baths with a drink in hand, dining and dancing in the Georgian Pump Room or celebrating under sparkling chandeliers at the award-winning Assembly Rooms. Shared party nights at the Roman Baths take place during December and January and are always a colourful and fun-ﬁlled affair with a sparkling drinks reception around the Great Bath followed by dinner, dancing and the option to have a tipple at the bar. You can enjoy the DJ or live band and even have a ﬂutter at the fun casino. If live music and dancing are more your thing, Christmas Rocks at the Assembly Rooms is a must! With a festive drink on arrival, street food feasting, live band and DJ, this is an exhilarating evening to get you set for Christmas.
Our dedicated event teams at Bath’s Historic Venues and Searcys really know the recipe for a great party, which is why they always sell out! A combination of breath-taking venues, delicious food and the best in live music and entertainment make for an unforgettable evening. Prices for Christmas parties start at £39.50 per head. For private parties, give us a call to discuss your vision for the evening and we can put together a bespoke package for you.
Find out more about shared Christmas parties, our New Year’s Eve party and private hire at: www.bathvenues.co.uk/christmas email@example.com 01225 477786
Main Image courtesy of Paolo Ferla insert image courtesy Albert Palmer
From Talbot’s prolific letter writing, to lighting yule logs and candlelit wild turkey dinners, winter is a time when we celebrate old traditions and create new ones. It's the ideal moment to engage in warmer activities, making the connections with the stories of the past in Lacock’s changing 800 year history. The magic of the cloisters and of breathing in the crisp cold air make that hot bowl of soup all the more rich in flavour and the perfect way to round up a visit to Lacock this winter. Don’t miss the exhibition in the Fox Talbot Museum, or the art installation in the cloister this winter.
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In Fresco ‘Sharing’ at The Montagu Bar
served Sunday to Thursday between 5pm and 8pm We love Christmas at The RCH ,so have put together a small in fresco Christmas themed menu to enjoy with family & friends or work colleagues, for we wanted to do something with a social theme. Christmas is after all a time to get together, so what better way to do this than in the comfort of The Montagu Bar with a glass or two of something festive, some delicious nibbles and candles to warm the spirit. With selected dishes from £2.50 pp to £12.50 sharing, The Montagu Bar is the place in Bath to enjoy an early evening in good company.
Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Dower House served daily between 1.30pm and 6pm (last sitting 4.30pm)
What can be more decadent than afternoon tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, becoming as much a tradition as Tea at The Ritz. Offering a choice of afternoon teas and the option of a Taiitinger Champagne Flight, the perfect accompaniment or select from either a Sipsmith Gin, Grey Goose Vodka or Plantation Rum Flight.
Enjoy iconic luxury this Christmas at
The Royal Crescent Hotel
The Kitchen at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, under the expert and passionate guidance of Executive Head Chef, David Campbell, has for a long time now been regarded as producing award winning dining options, which consistently deliver great taste, the single most memorable aspect of any outstanding dining experience.
Our Food philosophy at The RCH is simple; primarily seasonal and local, whereby we assure our diners of our food always being balanced in both ﬂavour and texture, not too sweet, not too salty, has crunch, layers of ﬂavour and texture, is visually appealing and of course, tastes great. Provenance is important to us in terms of sustainability, championing as we do small and independent growers, thereby helping to support and keep the local food industry in a healthy place, with the majority of our food coming from within a ﬁfty mile radius of the Kitchen. Our Dining options at The RCH are therefore many, from tasting menus and daily a la carte with AA 3 Rosette dining at The Dower House, to a choice of four delicious afternoon teas to be enjoyed in the comfort of the hotel , outside on the Terrace or in our one acre of secluded gardens (weather permitting that is; Taittinger blankets provided), to both All Day dining and In Fresco ‘Sharing’ menu at The Montagu Bar. Our Festive Dining Options this season at The RCH available from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday 30th December (excluding December 24-26), include:
Executive Head Chef, David Campbell, has for a long time now been regarded as producing award winning dining options, which consistently deliver great taste, the single most memorable aspect of any outstanding dining experience.
An experience not to be missed, for our Head Pastry Chef has created a range of delights to satisfy both the sweet and savoury pallet, to be enjoyed together with your choice of a wide selection of Ronnefeldt Leaf Teas, one of the world’s premium tea brands, established since 1823.
Festive Dinner at The Dower House Restaurant served daily between 7pm and 9.30pm
Overlooking the one acre of secluded gardens, The Dower House restaurant offers ﬁne cuisine, where dimmed lights and candles create a soft, elegant and relaxed ambience in which to enjoy an array of ﬂavours and textures that will linger on in the memory. Whatever your taste, Dining at The RCH is a delightfully relaxed experienced to be enjoyed by everyone. Call now on 01225 823333 to reserve your table or email us at email@example.com or choose to book on line at royalcrescent.co.uk
Say “Thank You” with a Christmas Celebration at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Host your Christmas Celebration at Baths’ most iconic luxury hotel,
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa this Christmas for 6-30 people and enjoy • Complimentary winter cocktail on arrival • Festive set 3 course menu including tea, coffee and mince pies • Christmas crackers • Personalised table plan, place cards and menus
• Festive private dining room • Dedicated Event Planner • Christmas cocktail masterclass with our resident Mixologist* or wine tasting with the Head Sommelier (other group activities available)
From £95 per person To book your Christmas celebration or to find out more information on holding your event at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, please contact our events team on 01225 823333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *Christmas masterclasses (supplements apply)
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS 01225 823333 email@example.com royalcrescent.co.uk I #RCHBath
food and drink So what better place to spend it than in the Georgian luxury of the Pump Room? Located in the very heart of Bath, you can’t get a more festive atmosphere. Escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas market, or warm up after enjoying the ambience around the illuminated Christmas tree outside Bath Abbey with some real festive treats to tickle every tastebud. Gather your friends and family together and celebrate under the chandelier for a festive feast not to be missed. Using the best local produce, Searcys head chef Mark Pearson has created a menu to drool over and enough honey glazed pigs in blankets for everybody. Available between 23rd November and 24th December from midday to 2pm, you can enjoy a one course lunch for just £15.50, 2 courses for £22.50 or a full three course lunch for £29.50! With dishes like beef brisket, smoked bacon, baby onions and chestnut mushroom sauce, they’ve got you covered this Christmas. Tip: Try the egg nog custard tart and port poached pear for something truly special! If you’re celebrating something, or just really feel like getting into the Christmas spirit, raise a glass of English Sparkling Wine with any meal for just £7.
It’s the most wonderful time of year… The ambience, live music and mouth-watering menu makes the Pump Room the perfect place to visit over the festive season.
Perhaps you are looking for something a little different, but more quintessentially English. That’s where a festive Pump Room Afternoon Tea comes in! It is said that Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford and friend of Queen Victoria, invented the ritual in 1840 to keep at bay that ‘sinking feeling’ between lunch and a late evening meal when she would have a pot of Darjeeling tea, bread, butter and biscuits brought to her quarters. The Duchess soon began inviting friends to what became a fashionable social pastime among the upper classes, so what better excuse to now get your friends together? The Traditional Pump Room Tea at £26 per person is taking a seasonal twist, with different ﬁllings for those ﬁnger sandwiches you would expect to see and a selection of cakes and pastries to get you in to the Christmas spirit, along with of course homemade fruit and buttermilk scones and a pot of house loose leaf tea. Back by popular demand this year, the Pump Room restaurant is branching out to the enchanting Terrace for 6 exclusive nights only. For £60 per person, you and your friends, family or colleagues can get together for a Christmas cocktail on arrival, a delicious ﬁve course tasting menu and a view to rival no other, overlooking the steaming torch-lit waters of the Roman Baths. With very limited spaces, pre-booking is essential, making this a magical experience not to be missed. The ambience, live music and mouth-watering menu may make the Pump Room the perfect place to visit over the festive season, but what’s there to say you don’t want to visit at another time of year too? Why not give the gift of an experience in the Georgian splendour this Christmas, and treat somebody special to a gift voucher. Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, you can choose from options like Traditional Pump Room Tea, the new for 2018 Beau Nash Cream Tea, a £25 or £50 dining experience or maybe a Searcys bottle of Champagne to enjoy either on it’s own or to accompany a meal, and give your loved ones a real experience to remember. Find more information on the Pump Room, menus, gift vouchers and to book a table online at www.thepumproombath.co.uk or contact the team on 01225 444477 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DINING EXPERIENCE TORCH-LIT TERRACE DINING WITH SEARCYS AT THE ROMAN BATHS. 17 December - 22 December 2018
CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL ON ARRIVAL FIVE COURSE TASTING MENU Â£60.00 PER PERSON
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An Embarrassment of Culinary Riches… Head Chef Dan Moon at Dan Moon at The Gainsborough’s dishes have been described as paintings on canvas, with their dramatic sweeps and dots of colours and textures; perfectly assembled elements all combining to create exquisite mouthfuls that linger in the memory long after your visit. So why not come and visit this jewel of a restaurant and enjoy the culinary treasures on offer? Here’s what you can expect… This restaurant is a foodies’ Aladdin’s Cave. You walk through the doors into the warm and welcoming ambience of the beautiful historic building – conveniently based in the heart of Bath. A friendly member of the waiting team takes your coats and – if you’re in the mood for a pre-dining bespoke cocktail or aperitif - ushers you into the sleek Gainsborough Bar. Then you take your seats in the elegant yet informal dining area, where you’ll be offered a choice of menus. What follows next can only be described as culinary bliss: mouth-watering combinations of perfectly cooked seasonal ingredients and the very best cuts of meat. Each creation is delicate, beautifully presented and wonderfully flavoured. Head Chef Dan Moon is continually developing his menus, meaning you’ll always find something different to try each time you visit.
The Finest Festive Fare
From Thursday 22nd November until Monday 24th December you can escape the cold to enjoy a warming festive lunch or afternoon tea. If you opt for lunch (think roasted partridge and dark chocolate fondant) then you can enjoy two-for-one on our Festive Lunch Menu Monday to Friday - 4 courses for £40 for two people including a glass of mulled wine each.
Decadent Dinners and Tasting Menus
To celebrate something special, why not visit in the evening and sample the à la carte dining menu – served 18:00 to 22:00? Or if you have plans in the evening but still want to dine you can enjoy the pre-theatre menu: three courses for £35, 18:00 to 19:00. For an extra special occasion try our six course tasting menu.
A friendly member of the waiting team takes your Sunday Roasts coats and – if you’re in Sunday Roasts are available 12:30 to 15:00 Sunday - three courses for £30, with a the mood for a pre-dining every complimentary glass of Prosecco. The perfect to spend quality time with family or friends. bespoke cocktail or aperitif way It’s time to experience Dan Moon at The - ushers you into the sleek Gainsborough. Book your table today - call 01225 358 888 Gainsborough Bar. or visit thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk
2-FOR-1 ON OUR FESTIVE LUNCH MENU
Enjoy a delicious Festive Lunch Menu in our stylish, yet informal restaurant. Designed by Head Chef Dan Moon, the menu combines the very best seasonal produce with classic festive flavours.
Only at The Gainsborough... 12.00 – 2.30pm every Monday – Friday (from 22nd Nov – 21st Dec) £40 for two people for 4 courses and a complimentary glass of mulled wine
www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk 01225 35 88 88
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A great party always starts in the kitchen…
Look out across the unmissable views of Abbey Churchyard’s Christmas lights with some of Bath’s most iconic architecture and try not to be sucked in by the cosy, neighborhood ambience at The Roman Baths Kitchen.
With a homely feel at the core of its concept, this unique venue provides the perfect setting for special Christmas parties and get togethers.
Enjoy traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients and packed full of flavour, all created by Searcys expert chefs and led by head chef Ross Shaw. Try the pan fried salmon with potato gnocchi, spinach, roast tomato and Champagne cream for something a little different but a real treat to the taste buds followed by a traditional Christmas pudding or Vanilla crème brulee with cinnamon shortbread.
The grade II townhouse bar and restaurant located in the heart of Bath, complete with characterful private dining rooms, offers a range of exciting packages for every type of celebration, especially this festive season. The grade II townhouse bar and restaurant located in the heart of Bath, complete with characterful private dining rooms, offers a range of exciting packages for every type of celebration. Start the day right with a Bucks Fizz Breakfast for just £12 before a busy day of exploring the Christmas market. Choose either Buttermilk pancakes with Greek yoghurt and winter berries, or bubble and squeak with poached egg, spinach, dill crème fraiche and smoked salmon, both washed down with a glass of Bucks Fizz. How can you resist?
new RBK Cocktail Party to start the holidays the right way? Sip on three festive cocktails whilst indulging in some delicious finger food, and party the evening away in your own private room, all for £36 per person! For a more indulgent experience, opt for the Masterclass and Dinner package for £55 per person, and shake up a storm this Christmas! Not only will you enjoy a full three course festive dinner in your own private dining room, you will also learn to become a true master of mixology to really get into the ‘spirit’ of things! Is your December jam-packed with work parties, meals out and social gatherings? Can’t find a gap in the calendar? Not to worry, RBK have got you covered! With all Christmas packages running through the month of January, plus an impressive 10%* off of your total bill, those winter blues will be a distant memory. Pre-bookings are recommended - For further information, menus and to book a table, visit romanbathkitchen.co.uk or call 01225 477877
Available from midday to close, every day between 23rd November and 24th December - and for £22 for two courses or £28 for three, there really is no better place to get your family or friends together for a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Fancy a tipple? Add a glass of Prosecco to your Christmas meal for just £5, or Champagne for £8! There’s no better time of year to get your friends together and mingle, celebrate and have a few drinks! So why not do it in style and go for the
For further information, menus and to book a table, visit romanbathkitchen.co.uk or call 01225 477877 * ts&cs apply
Christmas IN THE KITCHEN 2018 Full of festive fun and flavour
ONLINE: romanbathkitchen.co.uk OR CALL: 01225 477877
Managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council
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Bath born, Mary Berry
David Campbell, The Royal Crescent Hotel
Three wise Chefs give us their perfect Christmas Dinner
Searcy's Executive Head Chef, Mark Pearson
If you are looking to add a little sparkle into this years festive fayre, we have asked three of Bath's most respected Head Chefs to come up with some perfect recipes to impress family and friends alike. peeled and roughly chopped 1 celery stick, trimmed and roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1.4 litres (21⁄2 pints) vegetable stock or chicken stock. ﬁnely chopped ﬂat-leaf parsley, to garnish Method: Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C/400°F/ Gas 6). Deseed the butternut squash as shown below, then peel using a small, sharp knife to remove the skin. Cut the squash into wedges and put into a roasting tin. Put the coriander and cumin into a bowl with the oil and pour it over the squash. Scatter the chillies over the squash, toss together to coat, then spread in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 35–40 minutes, or until tender. Meanwhile, melt the butter with the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large pan. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and fry for 5–8 minutes, or until the onion is beginning to soften. Pour in 1 litre (13⁄ ⁄4 pints) stock, bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 20–25 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Mary Berry's Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, about 1.1kg (21⁄2lb) 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp olive oil, plus 2 tsp extra for frying 1⁄4 tsp dried crushed chillies salt and freshly ground black pepper 25g (scant 1oz) butter 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped 2 carrots, about 350g (12oz) in total,
Break up the roasted squash into smaller pieces to make it easier for puréeing, then scrape and stir the contents of the roasting tin into the pan with the other vegetables. Purée the soup until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and pour in enough of the remaining stock to give the consistency you like. Taste for seasoning, then warm through and serve scattered with a little parsley. Recipe taken from Mary Berry's Cookery Course, publihed by Dorling Kindersley Limited
two together, transfer in to a piping bag and cut the bag to have a 1 inch in diameter hole at the bottom, pipe the haggis onto lined trays evenly approx. 6 inches long, chill, and then cut each into 3 to give you croquettes, these should then be paned in panko bread crumbs and porridge oats combined, once paned they can be stored in freezer in a sealed container. Venison Buy a saddle from a Good butcher, they should help with ﬁlleting if you ask, once ﬁlleted then roll tightly in cling ﬁlm and tie both ends to form an even sized sausage shape, place this in the fridge to set for a day before cooking. Ask the butcher for 500 grms of venison trimming, this will be used to make a Sauce on the day. Parsnip puree Take ½ the parsnips, peel, de wood and chop evenly into chunks, place these in a sauce pan, season, and cover with half milk/cream and a little mace, bring to the boil and then simmer till the parsnips are cooked through, drain over a sieve and a bowl to capture the cooking liquid, Transfer the parsnips to a food blander, blend on high till nice and smooth incorporating some of the cooking liquor to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a squeezy bottle and keep in fridge for up to there days.
David Campbell's Everleigh farm Venison, Haggis Croquette, Poached Pear, Parsnip, Smoked Potato Venison is great through the autumn and winter months, particularly at Christmas where it’s at its best. The rich lean meat of the saddle has a distinct punchy deep ﬂavour which need’s careful pairing or it can easily overpower other ingredients on the plate. So as it’s Christmas we have gone full seasonal with this dish, Christmas on a plate with Venison, Pear in Red wine, parsnip in two guises, smoked potato and a Haggis Croquette, the garnishes all work well with the Venison, compliment each other and have the right balance of Rich, sweet, tart, smoky and spicy that feel’s just right in the dark winter months. For 6 Covers The dish is fairly labour intensive, so best to start one or two days out, the Pear, Haggis croquette and Venison can all be prepared a day or so in advance, this makes assembly and ﬁnal cooking so much easier on the night. Ingredients: 1 x venison saddle 3 semi ripe William pears 1kg parsnips 1kg ratte potatoes 500 mls double cream 1kg Haggis 200 g choux pastry 2 x eggs 100grm unsalted butter 1 bottle cooking red wine 1 x orange/star anise x 2/ cloves x 6/1 x cinnamon stick/sprig of thyme/ Demerara sugar
x 50 gram (mulled wine) Panko breadcrumbs/ Porridge oats Wood chippings To cook with: Maldon sea salt/ Fresh pepper/ thyme/garlic/ cooking oil/ bay leaf/mace/ milk/ butter/lemon/shallot/celery/ carrot/ peppercorns/ anise. In advance Pears Buy ripe, but still with a touch of ﬁrmness, peel carefully using a speed peeler, cut in half, then into Quarters and place in a pan with half the red wine, the star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick, thyme and Demerara sugar, bring to just below the boil and simmer for approx. 15 mins till the pears are softening, be careful to not overcook or they will fall apart. Remove from heat and leave to cool, once cooled they can be stored in the cooking liquor for up to ﬁve days. Haggis croquettes Cook the haggis in boiling water, whilst it’s cooking make a small batch of choux pastry by boiling 200 mils water with 75 grams unsalted butter, a pinch of Maldon and a pinch of sugar, when the butter has melted into the water remove from heat and beat in 100grams plain ﬂour till the mixture forms a smooth ball, beat up the eggs and then beat these into the mixture until it has a glossy texture and resembles a nice dough. Peel and ﬁnely chop the shallots, sweat off in a sauce pan and then add into the haggis, mix well together and correct seasoning, add the choux pastry mix and incorporate the
Method: Start early by making a Venison jus to go with the Venison ﬁllet. Heat up a heavy based sauce pan, when hot, add a little oil and put the Venison trim in, keeping the pan hot, stir for a few minutes to caramelise all over, when brown and nicely caramelised place over a colander to remove excess fat, put pan back on heat and add a knob of Butter, now add in some nicely chopped Carrot, Shallot and Celery, cook for a few minutes till its softening and starting to colour and then add the Caramelized Venison to this, cook for a further few minutes and then deglaze with red wine, add thyme, bay, peppercorns and anise to this and reduce wine to a syrup, then add approx. 1 pt of good chicken stock to this, bring to the boil and skim off any scum from top, turn down to a simmer and cook for about 45 mins, you should now have a sauce. Pass through a ﬁne sieve and keep for later. Smoked Potato Boil potatoes in the skin in salted water till cooked, drain from water, peel, and push through a ricer or something similar. Smoke the cream by heating it up and then transferring to a plastic tub, cling ﬁlm this tub well and place a smoking gun nozzle through the cling ﬁlm, smoke the cream by lighting the smoking gun, use hay or wood chippings for this, leave for 5 mins. Now place potato in a sauce pan and with a spatula incorporate the cream until the potato has a rich velvety texture, season and reserve Venison Remove from cling ﬁlm, season and seal off in a nice hot pan with a little oil, butter, thyme and garlic, caramelize on all sides and then transfer to a hot oven for 8 t ten minutes, remove and allow to rest for 10 mins Haggis croquette Remove from freezer 1 hr before you need. Then place in a hot oil until golden brown all round, transfer to a tray and cook in oven for 3 to 4 mins. Parsnip Heat the puree back up in microwave. To serve Feel free to assemble as you wish, the picture shown is just a guide, the main thing is to ensure the venison has enough rest, and that the other items are hot.
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Mark Pearce's Eggnog custard tart and port poached pear
Ingredients: For the eggnog 9 x Egg yolks ¾ pint of Double cream 12oz castor sugar 2 x ﬂ oz dark rum 2 ﬂoz brandy Large pinch of ground nutmeg Pinch of salt 4 x 9cm sweet pastry cases (pre baked) Method: Lightly whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. Boil the cream and then add this to the egg yolks. Whisk in the rum and brandy and then pass through a sieve. Pour the mixture into to the pre- baked pastry cases, dust with the nutmeg and bake for approximately 25 – 30 minutes on 100 degrees Celsius (210 Farenheit) For the pears 2 x large cored and peeled pears 100 ml red wine 100 ml port 25ml lemon juice 100 g sugar 3 star anise 6 cloves 1 cinnamon stick Method: Place the red wine, port, lemon juice, sugar star anise, cloves and cinnamon stick into a large pan and bring to the boil. Add the peeled and cored pears. Poach gently together until tender. Remove from the heat and cool all ingredients together. Presentation: Slightly glaze the tart with a blowtorch, serve with clotted cream, a little fruit sauce and the pears sliced in to wedges.
Get together this Christmas at Bistrot Pierre Looking for somewhere to celebrate the festive season? Whether you’re dining in a large party or having a small gathering with family or friends, their bistrots are the perfect place to gather this December. They'll take care of every detail; from festive decorations and Christmas crackers to great quality seasonal dishes, they've got it covered. Their special Christmas menus combine the provincial French cooking that they are renowned for with their own Christmas sparkle. Located in the impressive surroundings of George Street, the beautifully decorated bistrot is the perfect place to relax and let the team at Bistrot Pierre take care of everything. So take a look at their menus at bistrotpierre.co.uk
Christmas Party Lunch
29th November - 31st December 3 courses £ 18.95
Christmas Party Dinner
29th November - 30th December 3 courses £ 27.95
Christmas Day: 5 course lunch £ 69.95 Boxing Day: 3 course lunch £ 18.95 New Year's Eve: 3 course dinner with and a glass of
Veuve Devienne £ 39.95
New Year’s Day: 3 course lunch £ 19.95 Offers
Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz when you dine from the Christmas party menu between 1st and 13th December. Please quote 'Fizzy' when booking. Excludes Friday and Saturday bookings. Hold your party for a minimum of eight people and the party organiser will be rewarded with a £20 gift voucher to spend with at Bistrot Pierre in January or February 2019. Offer applies to tables of eight or more dining from the Christmas party menus (excludes Friday and Saturday bookings). For full menus and terms and conditions visit bistrotpierre.co.uk/Christmas Bistrot Pierre | 4 Princes Buildings | George Street | Bath | BA1 2ED Tel: 01225 321840
Book now 4 Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2ED 01225 321 840
3 course lunch £18.95 3 course dinner £27.95 †
Celebrate Chrimas at Birot Pierre and enjoy great value, provincial French dishes.
*Terms and conditions apply, please see our website for details. Christmas Party Menus not available on 25th December and Party Dinner Menu not available on 25th, 26th and 31st December.
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Roasted Cauliﬂower Soup with Toasted Croutons and Walnut Oil Smoked Salmon and Beetroot Salad with Horseradish, Vodka and Dill Dressing (GF) Deep Fried Camembert Wedges with Onion Marmalade Polish Pierogi - Pork and Sage Dumplings, panfried Bacon and Onions and Sour Cream 29 NOV Mulled Wine Poached Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnut Salad, Blue Cheese Dressing (GF)
******** Turkey Escalope, Cranberry, Pork and Herb Stufﬁng, wrapped in Bacon with a Mushroom and Sage Cream Sauce Pheasant, Venison, Pancetta Casserole with Chive Mash Panfried Sirloin Steak with Melting Stilton and Port Sauce Herb Crusted Panfried Salmon Fillet with a Lemon and Parsley Sauce Parsnip, Chestnut, Cranberry and Thyme Loaf with Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds and Onion Gravy (V)
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3 course lunch £18.95 Fresh Ground Coffee or Tea with Mini Mince Pie † 3 course dinner £27.95 Available to book from 1st to 24th December.
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for 2 courses Celebrate Chrimas£20 at Birot £25+value, for 3 courses Pierre and enjoy great *Terms and conditions apply, please see our website for details. optional 10% service charge Christmas Party Menus not available on 25th December and Party provincial French dishes. Dinner Menu not available on 25th, 26th and 31st December. www.hopeandanchormidford.co.uk
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Home-made winter vegetable soup with croutons. Prawn and salmon crispy salad with a guacamole dip. Chicken liver pate with onion marmalade and home-made croutons. Home-made vegetable parcels with pesto and rocket salad.
Mains Hand carved turkey crown served with pigs in blanket, roast potatoes, onion, sage amd sultana stuffing and our delicious home-made red wine gravy. Roast beef served with horseradish mash and a home-made Yorkshire pudding, and our delicious home-made red wine gravy. Pan fried rainbow trout served with gnocchi, bacon and fennel in a white wine sauce Puff pastry vegetable Wellington with mushrooms, onions and chestnut, served with new potates in a red wine sauce. All served with caramelised chantenay carrots, Brussel sprouts, seasonal greens and parsnips
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Sauvignon Blanc food and drink the alternative style of Greywacke by stephen Barrett
Over the past thirty years (yes!) Sauvignon Blanc has been with us in the UK in one form or another. Tasting it with a recognisable label has been a comparatively new phenomenon as most wines consumed in the UK market were void of this info. Then around the 1980’s the Australian wine revolution kicked in and offered us labels that were clear and precise. The name of the grape was emblazoned on the front of the bottle. Chardonnay suddenly appeared and changed the drinking habits of our wine sipping nation. But Sauvignon Blanc seemed to be lacking around this time as big and bold Aussie reds and whites dominated our palates. The simple reason we did not see Sauvignon Blanc as much was Australia made very little. Sauvignon Blanc is simply a cool climate grape and apart from obvious isolated micro-regions not much was being produced. But wait wasn’t France making Sauvignon Blanc around this time? You wouldn’t have known it as the current white wines of the time often just had the name of the town, hamlet or district on the bottle not allowing recognition of the grape. Sancerre, Touraine and Pouilly Fume were certainly on wine lists and being quietly and stylishly consumed without most wine drinkers knowing that Sauvignon Blanc was the only grape allowed when making these white wines. Around 1979 the first commercial Sauvignon Blanc started to come out of New Zealand. This was also around the time David Hohnen of Western Australia’s Cape Mentelle Vineyards hired winemaker Kevin Judd to make Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough and started to produce the now fabled Cloudy Bay wines. Fast forward to 1985 when Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc started to win medals for what best could be described as a “fruit-forward textured” style as opposed to the more acid-mineral based style of Sancerre. A star was born and the rest as they say is history! We now consume zillions of bottles of the stuff purchased from Supermarkets, Wines Shops, and Wine Merchants and on-line. New Zealand had found a real winner and for many this Gooseberry/Passion fruit dry style of wine was their wine of choice. Most of the New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc is now shipped in bulk and bottled in the UK. This has enabled volumes to be transported easily and has for the most, kept the price in check. All in all a good thing for the ever-thirsty markets! But have you ever wondered about different styles of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Might you be aware there might be another grape added to the wine or the use of oak might add a textured curve to the finished taste? Does this matter? It seems not as our thirst for a simpler fruiter taste seems unabated. Marlborough is in New Zealand’s South Island and is by far the largest area planted with Sauvignon Blanc. The majority of the grapes are machine-harvested three years afer planting. There are also sub-districts in the Marlborough, the soils and aspect affects the taste of the grape and eventually the wine. Coupled with other wine making techniques in the winery different styles have emerged to create “house styles” that some of you would be familiar with.
A warm welcome awaits this Christmas at The Bath Brew House The more adventurous winemakers are also “out there” and are creating different
wines are becoming after especially the UK Located perfectly in Bath citythat centre, the Bath soughtFriday 8th Dec ison a date formarket. the calendar as Brew House has become a firm favourite as they host their Beer and Carols evening where These wines are obtainable from quality importers, wine merchants andjumpers, a well-loved pub where Bathonian’s can head you can expect outrageous Christmas restaurants and arefor often in small quantities it a tad difficult to keep up to celebrate Christmas. If you’re looking festive beersmaking on tap and all your favourite volumes as so little is available. somewhere cosy, theirwith warm reclaimed wood Christmas carols, with free entry the whole night. interior accompanied by their well known mulled We know that Christmas is upon us, but New So Independent merchantsYears are the placejust to experiment with different styles cider is the perfect escape from a chillywine Winters is also around the corner, and the of Sauvignon Blanc and for some of you it willalso be ahave revelation. evening. Brew House this covered. This year sees the return of their ultra violet (UV) fancy mentioned thebe celebrated winemaker Kevincomplete Judd from Cloudy Bay. After 2590’s dress party with UV face painting, If it’s beer you’re after Ithen you won’t vintages lefton this eponymous dance winerymusic in 2009 andtheir set guest up Greywacke to create disappointed as they have theirhe own site from DJ and free entry own wines. I recently met him and8pm tasted his entire range of seven vintages micro-brewery with anhis exceptional range of from till late. of Sauvignon Blanc accompanied with some outstanding tapas styled dishes craft beers on both cask and keg, including their at theoffers excellent Bellitaand restaurant in Bristol. Kevin showed such a gentle hand in Santa Claudius beer which the spicy his wine making process allowing wild yeast and subtle use of oak as his tools fruity aromas of Christmas! With their many when inside wishing natural expression of the terrior to be dominant. different areas and settings the pub they
If it’s beer you’re after then you won’t be disappointed really can cater to your needs, whether you’re Do search for these terrific Greywacke wines have in the UK their to taste a completely as they own on wanting an intimate dining experience, a sit down different approach tofor elaborating Sauvignon Blanc. For stockists go to meal for 100 people, or drinks and nibbles up site micro-brewery with www.libertywines.co.uk to 200, they’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a unique experience, then why not try one of an exceptional range of their popular brewery tours that run daily at 12pm Stephen Barrett is a Wine, Food and Travel Writer on both cask craft beers and 6pm. based in Plymouth. and keg. Stephen welcomes correspondence via his website For just £7.50 per person you’ll get a fun behind www.stephenbarrett.com the scenes tour of how they brew their beer, and Now in their fourth year and after winning Bath Facebook, Instagram, +, of the Year 2015 and the of course no beer tour is complete without a pint! LinkedIn, CAMRAGoogle City Pub or something Twitter @BistroWineMan From buffets to set course menus and Great British Pub Awards ‘Best free house in the to suit all taste buds, their Christmas menu has Southwest 2015 they are a must see for anyone something for everyone. who hasn’t visited them already.
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Winter serves up even more at The Cork Winter is coming but that doesn’t mean The Cork has any less to offer! To accompany their new winter menu, their Christmas menus will be live from 24th of November and have got set menu and buffet options to suit any type of festive celebration at a competitive price. And what is a Christmas party without a little sing-a-long? Boasting Bath’s only private karaoke pods, we’ve got the facilities to round off a fantastic evening whether you’re dining or just coming in for drinks. The Cork’s garden doesn’t lose any of its appeal in the winter either, with a number of heaters to fight off the chills while you enjoy a glass of in-house mulled wine and cider. Their rotating collection of guest ales becomes increasingly festive as they source seasonal beers from a number of breweries local to Bath to accompany their already extensive collection of whiskies, rums and liqueurs. As one of Bath’s best venues to watch sport, the Cork will be showing every Autumn Rugby International across both floors and on the heated terrace. One of the highlights of the festive season, The Bath Christmas Market, is always a huge event at The Cork. Situated between the entrance to the market and many of the transportation links into Bath, The Cork is well placed to provide hot beverages, fantastic food and a cosy atmosphere a stones throw away from the hustle and bustle of the market. With their secret VW camper van that will be open every Saturday of the market, providing hot takeaway beverages and snacks for those keen to keep on shopping! So whether you’re local to Bath or just visiting, looking for an intimate festive meal or wanting to organise a Christmas work do, The Cork has something for everyone this winter.
For more details about Christmas at The Cork, or any other information about everything we have to offer, please visit our website: www.thecork.co.uk.
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Bath Chef, Richard Buckley wins national award
Richard Buckley of Acorn vegan restaurant in Bath, has won the Veggie Pioneer award in olive magazine's inaugural Chef Awards, in association with Dark Horse Wine, recognising the unheralded chefs who have been quietly excelling in the background.
He impressed our judges with his approach to plant-based cookery....displaying the true versatility and ingenuity
The winners, across seven categories, are revealed in the latest edition of olive, which praises Richard for cooking "good food that just so happens to be vegan, rather than be defined by it. Its vibrant food keeps diners interested to the last bite, with a balanced combination of flavours and textures." Nominees for the olive Chef Awards were voted for by the public, with the winners being chosen by panel of experts, including, olive magazine editor Laura Rowe, Bristol-based journalist and restaurant inspector Mark Taylor, award-winning food author and Guardian food columnist Felicity Cloake, and social media foodie influencer Clerkenwell Boy. Head judge Laura Rowe adds: "Richard's food has continued to improve and improve over the years and it's little surprise to us at olive that he's won this award. He impressed our judges with his approach to plant-based cookery, shunning easy wins from carbs or cheese, and instead displaying the true versatility and ingenuity that can be achieved with vegetables alone."
A warm welcome awaits this Christmas at
The Bath Brew House
The Bath Brew House has become a ﬁrm favourite as a well-loved pub where Bathonian’s can celebrate Christmas. They are perfectly located in Bath city centre and offer a unique experience with their micro-brewery and exceptional range of craft beers on both cask and keg. They have become well known for their delicious mulled cider served from 1st November and their seasonal Santa Claudius beer which offers the spicy and fruity ﬂavours we all associate with Christmas time. The warm reclaimed wood interior offers the perfect atmosphere for a cosy drink on a chilly winters evening.
There are lots of different areas inside the pub available for bookings and they can cater for up to 100 people for a sit down meal and up to 200 people for drinks and nibbles. They run popular brewery tours at 12pm and 6pm daily for just £7.50 per person (includes a pint of their beer) which adds a unique element to any booking or event. Their Christmas menu has been designed to offer something for everyone and has always gone down a treat. On Fri 7th Dec they will be hosting a Beer and Carols evening, it’s free entry and you can expect to see lots of outrageous Christmas jumpers, festive beers on tap plus all your favourite carols sang out loud for all to hear. There won’t be anything quite like it anywhere else in Bath!
It might seem too early to mention but New Year’s Eve swiftly follows Christmas and the Brew House know how to see in the New Year with a bang. This year sees the return of their ultra violet (UV) fancy dress party complete with UV canon lighting EVERYWHERE, DJ playing cheesy 90’s dance music and free entry! The evening kicks off from 8pm till late. Now in their ﬁfth year and after winning Bath CAMRA City Pub of the Year 2015/16 and the Great British Pub Awards ‘Best free house in the Southwest 2015/16’ they are clearly one of the best pubs that Bath has to offer and a must see for anyone who hasn’t already visited them.
Mary Poppins Returns
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21st December Musical, Fantasy, Family £50,000,000 Rob Marshall Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep, 12A Walt Disney Studios
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
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14th December 20 Action, Adventure £20,000,000 James Wan Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren TBC Warner Brothers
Synopsis: The ﬁlm reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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16th November Fantasy, Adventure, Family £50,000,000 David Yates Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz Katherine Waterston
TBC Warner Brothers
Synopsis: In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.
Wreck-It Ralph 2
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30th November Comedy, Animation, £20,000,000 Rich Moore ohn C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Phil Johnston
TBC Walt Disney Studios
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Video game bad Ralph and fellow misﬁt Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet - the netizens - to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making website.
26th December Action £15,000,000 Michael Bay John Cena, Hailee Steinfeld Gracie Dzienny, Peter Cullen TBC Paramount
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to ﬁnd her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen.
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
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2nd November Fantasy, Adventure, £7,000,000 Lasse Hallstrom Keira Knightley, TBC Walt Disney Studios
A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
The Grinch (2018) Released: Genre: Est box ofﬁce: Director: Film cast: Certiﬁcate: Distributor:
9th November Animation £17,000,000 Peter Candeland Benedict Cumberbatch TBC Universal Pictures
Synopsis: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of his neighboring village of Whoville.
music Saxon plus special guests
The Queen Extravaganza 9 Nov The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk With the country currently in the grips of Queen fever once again - fans of their music will no doubt be thrilled to learn that there will be another chance to hear Queen’s greatest hits performed live when the Queen Extravaganza, the ‘official’ tribute band hand-picked by Roger Taylor and Brian May, returns to the UK for a further series of shows in 2018. Tickets: £28.50/£46.50 (+booking fee per ticket) Time: 8pm
9 Nov Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org Authentic nine-piece Ska band performing a catalogue of hits from the golden ages of Trojan Ska and 2 Tone. Standing gig. Tickets: £14 advanced. Door £15. Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
9 Nov Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Icons of the 90s and noughties world fusion music scene are reunited for a special tour with original member Tuup leading the vocals for the authentic throwback experience. Bassist/ guitarist/producer Dubulah, best known for his work with Dub Colossus, and percussionst/ rapper Goldfinger, a mainstay of the Winachi Tribe, will join forces with drummer Hamid Mantu and machinist Tim Whelan. Tickets:£17 / £8.50 U18s + students Time: 7.30pm
Otis Redding Tribute
10 Nov Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org Two of the UK’s most exciting raw soul acts, Mudibu & The Jezebel Sextet, join forces to mark 50 years since his untimely death in 1967. Tickets: £20 advanced. Door £22.50. Time: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
13 Nov Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Tickets: £ 14.00 Times: 7:30pm
Live on Mars - A tribute to David Bowie 13 Nov Komedia www.komedia.co.uk The Very Best of David Bowie!
Following its hugely successful tour in 2017, LIVE ON MARS, returns to continue its amazing journey celebrating the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship…A Very Classy Tribute To The Man Who Changed The World – LA TIMES Tickets: £ 24.00 Times: 7:30pm
The Royal Ballet: La Bayadere
8 Nov The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk After more than 35 years and 13 million albums sold worldwide, Saxon are still relentless and passionate as they were back in the days of 'Wheels of Steel' and 'Denim and Leather'. The influential heavy metal outfit has been an inspiration for the likes of Metallica and Megadeth and a front-runner for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sweeping the nation in the late 70s-early 80s. Tickets: £28.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 7pm
Live on Mars
16 Nov Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Natalia Makarova’s production of this fantastical 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. A haunting tale of a Prince’s true love, lost when he marries another Tickets: £15 / £7.50 U18s + students Time: 7.15pm
16 Nov The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The original sole men, Cornwall’s tightest band of brothers and its best-known musical export, the Fisherman’s Friends will be heading back on the road for a run of UK tour dates in November 2018. Tickets: £25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 8pm
17 Nov Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Multi-award winning Scottish folk-rock band return to the Wiltshire Music Centre (kilted).
Camille O'Sullivan Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, traditional, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the eight band members who each hail from different regions of Scotland. 2018 brings the release of their sixth studio album and will be accompanied by a tour that will take them to all four corners of the globe. Tickets:£17 / £8.50 U18s + students Time: 7.30pm
17 Nov Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org A thrilling force, heavily rooted in traditional Irish music with influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Tickets: £10 advanced. Door £12. Time: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm
The Wandering Hearts 21 Nov Komedia www.komedia.co.uk London country-folk-pop quartet the Wandering Hearts followed in the footsteps of Ward Thomas, the Staves, and the Shires as part of the vanguard in the new British Americana scene of the mid-2010s. Tickets: £ 12.50 Times: 7:00pm
Camille O’Sullivan: Where are we now
23 Nov Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Camille O’Sullivan is back on tour with a new show asking “Where Are We Now?” in our suddenly crazily-changing world. Framing this question through the arresting, final songs of Bowie and Leonard Cohen, and those of other crucial writers such as PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, bringing her rare gift for storytelling, Tickets: £ 21.00 Times: 6.30pm
23 Nov Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org Fiddle, guitars, bass, percussion, vocals and synth combine, producing powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. Tickets: £14 advanced. Door £15. Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
Fast Forward Festival
23 - 25 Nov Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Launched by Bristol Music Trust in 2015, Fast Forward Festival has been developed to challenge expectations around disability and music by celebrating and supporting talented artists who are disabled. The Festival has showcased trailblazing initiatives such as the National Open Youth Orchestra, the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra, the British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies. With Bristol’s Colston Hall closed for a £48.8 million redevelopment until 2020, Fast Forward finds a new home this year in 300-seat live music venue, Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. The Festival will include performances by three Wiltshire special schools and BSO Resound, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new disabled-led ensemble; musical savant and pianist Derek Paravicini; a Keynote Lecture on Music and Autism from Derek’s mentor, composer and veteran music teacher, Adam Ockelford; and an Interactive Creative Day led by Zone Club, Wiltshire Music Centre’s award-winning monthly music group for young learning-disabled adults, together with special guest artists from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. See website for more details of acts and times.
Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra
24 Nov Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org Rob Heron play their own unique brand of
Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or ‘North Eastern Swing’. Tickets: £12 advanced. Door £14. Time: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
24 Nov The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Due to overwhelming public demand, Hawkwind have announced further UK dates with their brand new concept show ‘In Search of Utopia - Infinity and Beyond’.For the very first time in their legendary career, the band will be joined by a live orchestra in what promises to be amongst their most epic, exciting and ambitious live concerts to date! Tickets prices vary, see website for details Time: TBC
25 Nov Komedia www.komedia.co.uk The young British musician introduced himself with the self-titled debut album back in the early Summer. Isaac enjoyed a busy Summer, interspersing a string of UK and European festival appearances with a furtive period of writing and studio time. The fruits of those new sessions will reveal themselves imminently. Tickets: £ 14.00 Times: 7.00pm
Australian Pink Floyd
26 Nov The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Selling 4 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. Tickets prices vary, see website for details Time:7.30pm
28 Nov Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org ‘One of Britains outstanding folk bands’ 4 stars, The Guardian. Tickets: £14 advanced. Door £15. Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
28 Nov The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet...ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. Tickets: £25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 7pm
30 Nov Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song Tickets: £ 18.00 Times: 7:30pm
Nicola Benedetti Plays Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Bath Philharmonia
30 Nov The Forum www.bathphil.co.uk Head north for the misty glens, islands and highlands of Scotland with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti at a true St Andrews Day celebration including bagpipes! Bath Philharmonia perform an evening of Scottish inspired music and Nicola Benedetti, one of the world’s finest violinists joins us for our tartan tour in a performance of Prokofiev’s
Nicola Benedetti elegant 2nd Violin Concerto. Tickets: £35.00 / £30.00 / £25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 7.30pm
Courtney Pine CBE with Omar Epps
30 Nov Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British born musical giant who has remained at the forefront of UK jazz for decades, with a contemporary style that integrates soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean. For his latest project he returns to the tenor saxophone and features UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This established his unique signature sound that has since earned him such widespread critical acclaim. Prices: £26 / £13 U18s + students Time: 7.30pm
Bath Symphony Orchestra
2 Dec Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Drawing from fairy tale operas, ballet and film music, the programme portrays, amongst others, a witch with a gingerbread house, a fictitious military officer with a three-horse sled and the most evocative musical Christmas character of them all – the Sugar Plum Fairy! Prices: £15 / £8 U18s + students Time: 3.00pm
5 Dec Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org A supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Tickets: Advanced and Door £15. Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
The Bootleg Beatles
5 Dec The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The world’s Premier Beatles tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty “Scouse” banter to their “inflection perfect” vocals. Tickets: £32.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: TBC
The King is Back
6 Dec The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Tickets: £28.50/ £31.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 7.30pm
with the Gori Women’s Choir
6 Dec The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Multi award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive European tour for winter 2018, including 13 UK dates. Katie will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of Gori Women’s Choir who featured on the silver-certified 2016 album ‘In Winter’. Ticket prices vary, please see website for more details. Time: TBC
8 Dec Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm Untamed Burlesque presented by Miss
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, solid and smooth oak 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 now a permanent and well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines, and the ever-popular Chapel Arts Cafe area downstairs serves tasty and wholesome vegetarian/vegan designer ﬂatbreads, a range of platters, plus excellent & mouth-watering home-made cakes and desserts, many of which are gluten free!
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music Violent May is back for its second ever Christmas show at Chapel Arts Centre! As always we have some badass bootyshakin’ beautiful performers and who are simply Untamed. Tickets: £15 advanced Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! 14 Dec Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org Yes it's back in its 9th year! HO HO HO, It’s The Christmas Show! Bath's cult cabaret crooners swing their sleigh ride into town to kick-start the festive season as only they can! Tickets: £15 advanced Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
15 Dec The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk With a career spanning over 25 years in music, Kate Rusby is one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Tickets: Adults £26.00 /Under 16’s £18.00 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 7.30pm
Shake a Tail Feather
20 Dec The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Shake a Tail Feather – featuring The Joliet Blues Band, is the country’s premier tribute show to the music of The Blues Brothers. It stars the sensationally talented, energetic and authentic Dave Ratty and Iain Barton with backed by the mighty voices of The BeeVees with their full live horn sections of the fabulous 7 piece blues and soul band. Tickets: £19.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) Time: 7.30pm
Clyve's Funky Christmas Party
21 Dec Chapel Arts www.chapelarts.org Clyve, is back at Chapel Arts for his 4th Special Christmas Show for an evening of soul, funk and seasonal favourites. Over the past 5 years he has performed to thousands all over the UK, as well as in the USA, and with his band, create a brand of neo soul, whilst keeping the soul sound of the past, and is guaranteed to make you dance with tracks from the likes of Chic, Chaka Khan, Motown Legends and even Beyonce. Tickets: £12.50 advanced. Door £15. Times: 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra
30 Nov Wiltshire Music Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Duncan Galloway orchestra leader and vocalist Stylishly recreating the sounds of early swing and hot jazz from the 1920’s/30’s, the acclaimed twelve-piece show band returns with a fun-filled festive programme featuring Christmas family favourites. Enjoy swinging seasonal tunes such as White Christmas and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, as well as timeless classics from the dance band era. Tickets: £22 / £11 U18s + students Time: 7.30pm
Hawkwind's Dave Brock
Dave Brock of Hawkwind has had a career spanning almost 50 years. You would have thought by this time in his career that he would have ticked off most points on his bucket list but it seems this is not the case. 2018 has seen the band explore new territory as Brock continues to keep proceedings fresh, which includes embarking on a tour with an orchestra for the first time. “That’s the whole point of being an artist, isn’t it? You’ve got to constantly keep chasing otherwise it becomes very boring” Brock proclaims.
come out to play a show or two with us. Who knows? We’ll see, there’s always that possibility”
This summer also saw Hawkwind perform at London’s Citadel Festival, on a line-up headlined by Australia’s Tame Impala and littered with indie guitar bands, Hawkwind stuck out like a sore thumb. “It’s a good thing to do all of these festivals. I hope we gained some new fans. Nowadays festivals cater to lots of different people, there’s lots of different genres sitting together. In the 90’s we used to do a lot of dance and trance festivals!” Brock laughs.
The tour is bringing its own set of new challenges for the band. “We’re used to ad-libbing at shows, sometimes we’d do long numbers that last fifteen minutes but when we’re playing with an orchestra- you can’t do that! It’s got to be spot on because everybody has got their music in front of them.” Brock laughs. “We’re doing about fifteen numbers and the orchestra are doing about nine with us so don’t worry we’ll still be going off on tangents when we do our bits without the orchestra…” Brock promises.
Hawkwind release their 31st studio album “Road to Utopia” on 14th September and will tour the album this autumn on the “In Search of Utopia Infinity And Beyond Tour”. The album has seen them team up with the legendary Mike Batt, best known for creating The Wombles but also working with artists such as Katie Melua and Status Quo and also conducting some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony. Batt has lended his expertise to Hawkwind to arrange their music for an orchestra. Working with Batt was an interesting experience for the band. “He’s a bit of an eccentric character really, I would say” Brock laughs, “It’s been like a meeting of eccentrics- Mike was always forgetting things during recording, he’d put his phone down and lose it, he’d put down his music and couldn’t remember where he put it...but he’s a clever guy, he challenged us”
“Road to Utopia” features reworked versions of classic Hawkwind tracks such as ‘We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago’. “We’ve added violins” Brock says “It’s really nice, it’s pretty much my favourite track on the album”. Hawkwind are a band known for their humour and fans can expect more of that on this record. “We’ve got our tracks like Psychic Power and Flying Doctor, we like to add a bit of humour amongst it all”
Presenting further challenges of playing with an orchestra, the new tour will be visually different to what fans might normally expect. “We always try to bring something new to the table when it comes to our shows. This time we need to do something different. We normally have huge, great projections on a screen across the back of the stage but can’t do that because it will dazzle the musicians in the orchestra. We’ve got a few ideas of what we want to do instead…” 2018 seems to be a big year for Hawkwind, but with 2019 marking the band’s 50 year anniversary, it has the potential to be even bigger. Brock, however, is coy about their plans. “We’re doing some big festivals and going to some nice places next year. We’re very lucky that we can now pick and choose what we’d like to do. We’ll probably do something special…”
“We’ve played there before, we like Bath” Dave said. “It’s great to play these old venues that have been revamped; it’s a lovely thing to do, to keep these historic venues going” Mike Batt wasn’t the only big name to contribute to the album, Eric Clapton features on The Watcher where his trademark guitar licks compliment Dave’s harmonica and Mike’s piano seamlessly. Dave is old friends with Eric. “I knew him when we were very young, its been great fun working with him and we’re hoping he might
Hawkwind will play Bath Forum on 24th November as part of their ‘In Search Of Utopia – Infinity And Beyond’ tour, accompanied by a live orchestra and featuring Arthur Brown. Support comes from Black Heart Orchestra. Book Online or Call 0844 888 9991
Bath: Top of the tree for Christmas shopping If you are at all worried about what to get that special someone this Christmas, and more importantly where to buy it, then don't be. Bath has a wealth of Independent shops, national chains, stylish boutiques and a collection of shopping centres that can offer the perfect gift to even the most difficult to buy for. Ideally located across the road from the Bath Spa train and bus stations, SouthGate is Bath’s first choice shopping, dining and socialising destination.
With over 800 car parking spaces and great public transport links, including the Park and Ride, which stops right outside, they're easy to get to too.
With a varied mix of retailers from Boots and Debenhams to H&M and All Saints, plus a calendar of customer events. There's something here for everyone from families to students!
You’ll find a sophisticated collection of shops and restaurants at Milsom Place. Set between Milsom Street and Broad Street and within a series of beautiful Georgian buildings, terraces and open courtyards, Milsom Place is Bath’s smartest shopping and dining destination. With a fantastic mix of famous names and breakthrough brands, hot spots to eat in and cool places to
SouthGate is a modern shopping destination, with classic Georgian-style open streets and public spaces, allowing you to shop in style.
You’ll find a sophisticated collection of shops and restaurants at Milsom Place. Set between Milsom Street and Broad Street and within a series of beautiful Georgian buildings, terraces and open courtyards, Milsom Place is Bath’s smartest shopping and dining destination. 64 inbath
enjoy a cocktail. Milsom Place have stores full of new ideas and design classics alongside restaurants packed with traditional dishes and platters with a modern twist. Find out more of what Milsom Place has to offer this Christmas by truning to pages 70 - 73. Jollys, a House of Fraser store that has been open since 1831 is located just across the road from Milsom Place, and is now one of the world’s oldest department stores. Having undertaken a multi-million pound facelift, 'the old lady of Milsom Street' is a must-see retail destination for any shopping trip – let alone Christmas. Having once been nominated "Britain's Best Fashion Street", Milsom Street has a plethora of famous names, chich boutiques and fashion houses. No wonder Jane Austen quoted the fashionable Georgian thoroughfare in several of her works. Leading off Milsom Street is Green Street; one of the city's prettiest thoroughfares in the City and lined with independent traders. Walking through the many central streets of Bath, you'll find an eclectic mix of high street favourites to distinctive independents. Stall Street and Union Street provide the arterial shopping route through the city and are home to a wide range of retail outlets including confectioners, jewellers, fashion houses, accessories, homeware and more. Taking a walk down one of the many picturesque passages and alleyways that branch off from the main route will uncover an eclectic mix of smaller retailers offering items that simply can’t be found anywhere else. The Corridor, opened in 1825, and is one of Britain’s finest examples of an indoor, covered shopping arcade and is also undergoing a transformation witch will see a host of new retailers come to the city. Read more about what
Milsom Place The Corridor has to offer this festive period by turning to pages 66 - 69. Directly opposite The Corridor entrance on the High Street is the historic covered Guildhall Market .The Market is one of the longest running shopping venues in Bath, serving the community for around 800 years and operating from its current venue in one form or another from at least the 16th century. With over 20 stalls, the Guildhall is the jewel in Bath's crown and holds an annual 18 day Christmas Market. It would be remiss of us not to mention the 'Artisan Quarter' of Walcot Street and London Road. It's popular Saturday flea market is well known for its mix of stalls which include clothes, antiques, books, crockery, collectables and more. The areas of Walcot Street and London Road have been know as the 'Artisan Quarter' of the city for 50 years. Its wink towards an 'alternative life in the city' delivers a vibrant, colourful collection of independent shops, house and home emporiums, galleries, clothing retailers and eateries. Finally, to the West of the city you will find a host of great covered markets. Green Park Station is a thriving platform for local life and culture, providing space for local, ethical businesses and organisations to grow. Every Saturday you will fi nd a mix of local traders selling local arts and crafts; second hand goods; art; plants and local food, as well as the Bath Farmer's Market. Wherever you go in Bath, you will always find something for that special someone, making the whole Christmas shopping experience hassle free and if you can include a bite to eat and a glass or two of festive cheer then maybe next year you'll look forward to it. Find our more about Bath's thriving Independent retailers and Markets on Pages 74 - 85.
Just a 30 minute drive from Bath, Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet is the perfect one-stop-shop for all your shopping needs this Christmas. There’s over 50 designer brands showcasing the best in fashion, interiors, lifestyle and plants, as well as quirky gifts, amazing decorations and party outfi ts you won’t find anywhere else.
Every year, the Great House celebrates the festive season by combining shopping and entertainment to create a entirely unique shopping experience.
With so much to explore at Kilver Court throughout the festive period, they will be opening until 8pm on Friday 30 November, giving you more time to shop our designer brands and get going on your Christmas shopping! Kilver Court boasts a variety of top designer brands including Hackett, Whistles and our new arrival, Henri Lloyd to name a few! There’s their festive favourite, the Christmas Room, where you’ll discover unique gifts, decorations and tempting treats! Every year, the Great House celebrates the festive season by combining shopping and entertainment to create a entirely unique shopping experience. It's the perfect thing to get you in the festive spirit - a magical environment where you'll find gifts galore for your loved ones as well as plenty to self indulge with!
Kilver Court This years Great House Christmas Party is on Thursday 15 November between 5:30pm - 8pm. www.kilvercourt.com Whether you’re looking for a high-fashion outfit for the party season, a new roasting tin and cooking utensils for the Christmas turkey, some beautiful new decorations for the tree, or you just want to finish your Christmas shopping – you’ll be able to find everything, and much more, at Clarks Village, with over 90 designer & high street brands always offering up to 60% off RRP. There is a wide selectionof designer brands with exclusive festive offers, including Hobbs, Phase Eight, Calvin Klein Underwear, Ben Sherman, Molton Brown, Joules, Superdry, Pro Cook, Wonderbra, Lindt and the world famous Hamleys toy store! There’s more than just shopping available at Clarks Village too – you’ll find a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with award-winning landscaped gardens, a stylish restaurant terrace with a large variety of tasty dining options, from Prezzo and Pizza Express to Frankie & Benny’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (all open ‘till late every day!) And for those all-important shopping spree breaks, Pret, Costa and Caffé Nero offer a host of festive fancies. Easily accessible at less than 20 minutes from the M5, get along and enjoy the Christmas season. For more information, please visit: www.clarksvillage.co.uk Over the course of the next 22 pages, we will highlight some of Bath's best shopping destinations, Christmas markets and independent retailers; that makes the city one of the best retail destinations in the UK! >>>>>>>>
The Corridor at Christmas The Corridor has been a prime destination for shoppers in the South West of England ever since the arcade was opened on 12 October 1825. Now, in its 193rd year of trading, we take a look at the history behind one of Bath's hidden gems and highlight some of todays retailers that can help make The Corridor your one stop destination this Christmas.
which was designed and built by local architect Henry Edmund Goodridge. Goodridge was the son of a successful Bath builder, James Goodridge. Henry developed his own style of architecture from his early Greek revival work to his later eclectic mix of Greek, Italian and Romanesque features which were inspired by his travels abroad.
Over ten thousand people and local dignitaries attended the opening of the arcade which was designed and built by local architect Henry Edmund On its completion in 1825, the residents of Goodridge. Bath could see how The Corridor showcased Following in the steps of the fashionable shopping arcades of Paris, London’s Burlington Arcade (built in 1819) and The Corridor became Britain’s ﬁrst examples of indoor, covered arcades. Over 10,000 people and local dignitaries attended the opening of the arcade
Goodridge’s neo-classical inﬂuences. The Grade II listed arcade featured at the High Street end, a Doric colonnade and arch with marble columns. A musician’s gallery with a wrought iron balustrade and gilt lions’ heads and garlands is in the centre of the arcade
making it one of the most attractive of its kind in the world. Steeped in history, The Corridor has had its fair share of famous traders. Back in 1849, J Breeze Esq, a Hire Cutter and Perfumer at No 4 The corridor placed an advert in the Bath Directory informing the “Gentry, notability and public in general” of his “many years of study and experience into the invention of Hair Dye which effectually changes red or grey hair in a few minutes to a beautiful black or brown and is warranted to stand in any climate”. In 1875, you would have found at No 7 The Corridor, the photographic studio of William Friese-Greene. A Bristolian by birth, Friese-Greene began work with John Arthur Roebuck Rudge to develop the “Chronophotographic camera which was able to take up to ten photographs per second using perforate celluloid ﬁlm. Over the years, The Corridor has been home to a wide variety of stores, a mix which continues to the present day with visitors enjoying a wide range of high quality outlets. If you are ever wandering through the arcade, think of the history, think of Henry Goodridge and most importantly stop and have a look at whats on offer to keep The Corridor thriving for another 193 years. Overleaf, we take a look at each current incumbent and ﬁnd out how they can help ﬁnd the perfect gift this Christmas. www.thecorridorbath.co.uk
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Tel: 01225 443 686 www.doughpizzarestaurant.co.uk
Bath's new speciality pizzeria has an expert team of Italian chefs who do things a little different. Pizza is our passion. As a proudly independent, family-run business, we bring together years of expertise and the best Italian ingredients to bring you first-rate pizza, every time. Made on site by specialist artisans from Puglia, our bases are rustic, simple and made in the authentic Italian style, reflecting pizzaâ€™s humble origins as Neapolitan street food. Once we perfected the classic sourdough base, we started experimenting with alternative flours to create healthier bases that taste genuinely great. Once you try a Dough pizza, we think youâ€™ll love it as much as we do.
Tel: 01225 442 227 www.kaniki.co.uk
Flock is the place to find products unique and differentiate us from the high-street chain stores. In-house clothing brands include Yumi, Uttam Boutique, Miss Jolie, Purplish and Made In Italy. You'll also find cutting-edge accessory brands including Dogo footwear, ruby Shoo and Disaster Designs; from bags to shoes, jewellery to printed tights.
Ganesha Handicrafts Tel: 01225 571425 www.ganeshahandicrafts.co.uk
Where the past meets the present As one of the the first examples of an indoor shopping arcade, The Corridor, Bath, is a retail destination steeped in history. Featuring high street favourites as well as independent and specialist stores, The Corridor is the perfect venue for your Christmas shopping needs as well as taking a break from the festive retail therapy.
C The World
C The World is an established Independent Travel Agent with two other brances in Bristol and South Gloucester. The Bath office is headed up by Bathonions Steve Giles and Julie Pymm who between them have over 60 years experience in the travel industry. They have travelled extensively and love nothing more than to chat travel while browsing a map with a cup of coffee.
The Cornish Bakehouse is the place to find award winning pasties in Bath. They believe in using only the finest natural produce and the expert team in St Ives are well versed in what makes a truly authentic Cornish pasty.
Tel: 01225 418100 www.ctheworld.co.uk
C The World is nothing like a typical highstreet travel agent - you only need to pop into our branch to see this! We are totally independent which means we offer free, unbiased advice on any destination. C The World works hard to build relationships because the better we know our clients, the better positioned we are to create their perfect holidays.
Tel: 01225 426635 www.cornishkitchen.com
The pasties are hand-made in Cornwall, everyday and freshly baked in our kitchens, so you can enjoy a real taste of Cornwall wherever you are. From Beef & Stilton, Cheese & Bacon, Spicy Chicken Curry, Pork & Apple to delicious vegetarian options like Spicy Veg, Cheese & Mushroom and Wholemeal Veg - there's a tasty option for everyone! And if that doesn't tempt you there's a wide selection of fresh sandwiches, cakes, pizzas, pastries and paninis.
Established in 2007, Ganesha Handicrafts brings a wide selection of ethically sourced handicrafts and silver jewellery directly from India and Nepal. They do everything they can to make sure their products are 100% ethical. Skilled works craft soft furnishings for the home, decorative items, clothing, shawls and hats, colourful bags, and beautiful silver jewellery all of which you'll find in store.
Hai Na Oriental Supermaket
Tel: 01225 920060 facebook.com/Hai-Na-OrientalSupermaket
Chinese supermarket committed to providing quality oriental goods to both wholesale and retail customers. A great selection of snack, drinks and general cooking ingredients.
Tel: 01225 287326 www.modabarber.co.uk
Traditional Turkish Barbers specialising in pattern haircuts and hot towel shaves. We offer best haircuts and Turkish Shave of all sorts in Bath. But our specialty is the proper Hot Towel Shave. You are in very good hands. We provide the best barber services in town. We will be happy to answer your inquiries. call us 01225287326. If you have any questions about our services, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your wishes.
Tel: 01225 427270 www.miragecigarettes.co.uk
Mirage Electronic Cigarettes provide the best smoking alternatives and have been producing
children there is a creative space designed to get ideas going (giving Mum and Dad a chance to collapse into a sofa and relax!
Tel: 0333 006 3262 www.sofa.com
Sofa.com have all sorts of styles available, from mid-century marvels and charming traditional designs to more contemporary creations. Relax on a lovely corner sofa or take the weight off your feet with a super comfy chaise. Whatever you’re looking for, we're sure you will find your perfect match. If you really want to push the boat out, there are also custom fabrics by everyone from Ralph Lauren to Designers Guild.
Tel: 01225 334012 www.timpson.co.uk some of the best products for nearly 5 years. From the GoldStar to the epic EROS, Mirage have a product to suit everyone.
Four floors of vintage fashion, retro sportsware, inconic brands, games and all things pop culture. There is no other shop like it in Bath.
Tel: 01225 317149 www.routeone.co.uk
Route One is a multi-channel, multi-brand fashion retailer based in the West of England. Established in 1989, the company came from humble beginnings. It was formed by two entrepreneurs, who had become disillusioned with London city life and decided to get out, before they burnt out. They headed West and set up a warehouse in a terraced house in Southville Bristol, distributing action sports equipment. They branched out into retail and after several false starts, the first Route One was opened in Bath. It combined an eclectic mix of action sports, gadgets, footwear and apparel. The name 'Route One' came from their commitment to sourcing products direct from the USA, Europe and the Far East. Searching out the best products from around the world and getting it into Route One stores, before other retailers, using the fastest ’route’ possible. They made over 100 trips abroad, bringing back the latest labels and trends from around the world. This remains their philosophy and commitment still to this day.
Tel: 01225 462555 www.runningbath.co.uk
A specialist running store launched in July 2004, Running Bath have quickly become established as one of the UK's leading running retailers. Anyone who enjoys running, whether as a novice or a professional, will appreciate how important it is to wear the correct running shoes. Using the footscan gait analysis system and with a background in sports therapy and personal training, the friendly professional staff will assist you in choosing your next pair of running shoes. In addition to a wide range of footwear, they also offer technical running apparel, accessories and nutritional products.
Tel: 01225 461271 www.scribbler.com/Card-Shop-Bath
Scribbler has been selling greeting cards for over 30 years and are now loved all over the UK for their beautiful designs and laugh-out-loud jokes from the best independent card designers in the country. Personalised greeting cards have never been so pretty, witty or gritty, and if you like your cards served up with a dose of great graphic design, a dollop of the funny stuff, and a sprinkling of rude words, then you will love Scribbler personalised cards. Featuring awardwinning designs from some great publishers.
Tel: 01225 442 433 www.society-cafe.com
Society Cafe is designed with all of us in mind. Come and park your bike, buggy or dog. Come with your friends, to maybe make some new ones or come alone for some solitude and people-watching. While away the hours and drink some perfectly prepared coffee, enjoy an exquisite tea or a luxury hot chocolate made from chunks of the real thing. They also have a variety of delicious cakes, pastries, freshly prepared sandwiches and healthy treats for children. If you feel like it, you could also feed your mind - art house books and magazines, exhibitions, from time to time they welcome artists in residence and for
Timpson is the country's leading one stop for shoe-mending as well as an extensive range of shoe-care products, trophies and the latest in key-cutting and engraving.
Tel: 01225 446216 www.hairdressersbath.com
Tucked away in one of Bath’s popular tourist attractions The Corridor, Vizion Hair Salon is an independent hairdressers in Bath that offers professional hair colouring, cutting and styling, alongside hair extensions and the very latest Brazilian blowdry hair smoothing treatment. Vizion Hair will provide honest advice on a hairstyle that not only suits you but your life style . Vizion is now one of the only salons in Bath to be offering Olaplex – this is an amazing new product. The magic works from the inside out to strengthen , condition and literally reconnect the hair strand structure where it is broken .
Xcellent Nails and Beauty
Tel: 01225 483705 Facebook /xcellentbeautybath
Voted one of the best top 3 nail salons in Bath X-Cellent Nails is the place to go for the perfect manicure. The salon also provides beauty treatments ranging from waxing, threading, lash & brow tinting, spray tans, facials and skin treatments.
markets Bath Guildhall Christmas Market November 22 - December bathguildhallmarket.co.uk
Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping venue in the city and today a colourful group of twenty or so stallholders trade in this jewel of a building in the heart of the city, just 80 yards from Bath Abbey and opposite the famous Pulteney Bridge. Whilst Bath Guildhall Market offers everything you need all under one roof throughout the year, at Christmas things really step-up and the excitement and buzz of its annual Christmas Market is not to be missed.
Bath Christmas Market 23 November - December 10 bathchristmasmarket.co.uk
Looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience? The award-winning Bath Christmas Market is back for 18 days of magical merriment! With over 180 twinkling chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping. From unique homeware to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to ﬁnd something special for your loved ones. With so many local makers and designers showcasing
their artisan gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place and feel reassured that you’re supporting Bath’s small businesses. Warm up with a comforting hot drink or hearty street food and revel in the festive atmosphere. Throughout the Market, you’ll ﬁnd tasty food to satisfy any appetite; grab a delicious burger or hog roast, caramelised nuts and aromatic mulled wine to keep you toasty while you browse the market. A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there’s always something new to discover at Bath Christmas Market. This year’s 2018 Market will take place from Thursday 22nd November—Sunday 9th December — see you there!
Extending out of the building next to the Market Café, large interlinked centrally heated marquees are erected in the car park at the rear housing an amazing array of fabulous seasonal gifts for everyone. There’s also a licenced bar serving locally brewed Abbey Ales beers and hot mulled wine, hot pies and mash with ‘live’ entertainment throughout the day. This year’s Christmas Market runs for 18 days from Thursday 23rd November until Sunday 10th December – entrances on Orange Grove (next to Browns and opposite Bath Abbey), Pulteney Bridge (side of The Empire) and High Street (next to The Guildhall). The marquees are open from 10am each day until 7pm, Mon – Wed and until 8.30pm, Thu – Sat and Sun until 6pm.
Bath Artisan Market
Saturdays November 24th, Dec 1st and 8th Free entry 10-5pm bathartisanmarket.com In association with Bath Christmas Market and sponsored by Mogers Drewett. Come join us in the twinkly lit Queen Square in Bath this November and December to get yourself ﬁrmly in the Christmas spirit. Bath Artisan Market, which is usually held there on the ﬁrst Saturday every month is collaborating with Bath Christmas Market this on an exciting new seasonal event, sponsored by solicitors on the square, Mogers Drewett. For three Saturdays in a row in late November/early December, Queen Square will be jam-packed with Bath Artisan’s much-loved regular stalls of over 95 local makers, independent traders and food producers, selling unusual and unique gifts such as: Jewellery, art, textiles, cheeses, preserves, pet accessories and ceramics along with refreshments like hot chocolate and mulled wine and street food like Bratwurst. Even better, families can enjoy a children’s area complete with free magical storytelling and Christmas crafts along with a Children’s Café serving lunch bags for the little ones and coffee and cake for the big ones. The Festive Family Artisan Markets are perfect everyone of any age, locals and tourists alike, as its tucked just behind the main throng of the Bath Christmas Market on Milsom Street and offers a whole different kind of shopping experience in a tranquil and magical space. As always, dogs are welcome too and there will be music and merriment – festive fun for all the family.
Love your Indies
Much Much has has changed changed over over the the past past 20 20 years years on on our our typical typical British British 'high 'high street'. street'. Technological Technological innovations, innovations, economic economic pressures, pressures, ever ever evolving evolving products, products, tastes tastes and and strategies strategies have have influenced influenced the landscape as well as our shopping the landscape as well as our shopping trends. trends.
The The growth growth of of out-of-town out-of-town shopping, shopping, compounded compounded by by the the impact impact of of on-line on-line retailing retailing has created enormous challenges has created enormous challenges for for the the traditional high high street street and and especially especially for for local, local, traditional independent independent traders traders as as they they battle battle with with adapting adapting to change but also maintaining their uniqueness to change but also maintaining their uniqueness and and independence. independence.
With With tougher tougher economic economic conditions conditions gripping gripping the the UK UK since since 2008, 2008, the the entering entering into into the the unknown with Brexit and many national unknown with Brexit and many national chains chains severing their links, the traditional high severing their links, the traditional high street street is is now showing signs of reverting back to an now showing signs of reverting back to an older older model -- when when Britain Britain was was considered considered a a 'nation 'nation of of model shopkeepers'. shopkeepers'. If If you you ever ever wondered wondered what what the the benefits benefits of of using using Independent Independent shops shops may may be be to to you, you, your your town town and the the local local economy, economy, then then read read on: on: and
Traceability: Most Most local local retailers retailers will will know know exactly exactly where where they they
or or their their provider provider gets gets their their products products from. from. This This enables enables your your independent independent retailer retailer to to let let you you know know
where where the the product product was was made/grown made/grown giving giving peace peace of of mind mind as as the the purchaser. purchaser. With With recent recent scandals scandals involving supermarkets and 'meat' providers involving supermarkets and 'meat' providers this this extremely sensitive sensitive situation situation can can be be avoided. avoided. extremely
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Independent Independent shops shops are are the the perfect perfect place place for for a a unique unique gift gift or or item. item. Typically, Typically, a a local local trader trader will will focus on local producers whether they be a local focus on local producers whether they be a local artist, designer, designer, author author or or farmer farmer -- items items that that you you artist, will not not see see on on the the shelves shelves of of a a national national chain. chain. will
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Increase in Increase in house house prices: prices: The impact of a thriving independent high street
The impact of a thriving independent high street has has a a knock-on knock-on effect effect to to the the cost cost of of local local house house prices. prices. On On average, average, house house prices prices in in a a prosperous prosperous area area such such as as these these have have risen risen by by £40,000. £40,000.
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towns towns promote promote and and support support local local retailers, retailers, in in turn turn local local retailers retailers will will support support the the local local community community by holding holding events, events, fayres fayres and and markets markets to to entice entice by more people people into into the the local local community community as as well well as as more add area. add a a 'social' 'social' aspect aspect to to the area.
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you you immediately immediately notice notice the the difference. difference. Not Not only only will will you you generally generally find find the the owner owner of of the the business business on hand to give you their advice, background on hand to give you their advice, background to to the product and expert opinion also the product and expert opinion butbut also youyou will will inevitably (depending on the item) inevitably find find thatthat (depending on the item) you you can 'try before you buy' – giving you peace can 'try before you buy' – giving you piece of of mind and a sense 'customer service' that mind and a sense of of 'customer service' thathas has a distant memory for many larger longlong beenbeen a distant memory for many larger businesses. businesses. You You may may also also find find that that you you get get more more for for your your money. money. How How many many times times has has there there been been an an extra roll thrown in for a familiar face to the extra roll thrown in for a familiar face to the local local bakery or or a a little little discount discount when when purchasing purchasing a a bakery couple of of items. items. Again, Again, something something that that is is alien alien couple to the big chain and certainly something the to the big chain and certainly something the member member of of staff staff will will not not be be sanctioned sanctioned to to give. give.
Choice: Choice: Having Independent retailers within any
Having Independent retailers within any shopping area gives us as buyers choice. Many shopping area gives us as buyers choice. Many town centres and high streets have recently town centres and high streets have recently been criticised for being 'cloned' - offering the been criticised for being 'cloned' - offering the same uniformed goods, products and services. same uniformed goods, products and services. As we all have different tastes and styles, As we all have different tastes and styles, independent retailers can offer this choice which independent retailers can offer this choice which adds something different to what would be a very adds something different to what would be a very boring high street. boring high street. With the years busiest shopping period on the With the years busiest shopping period on the horizon, we take a look at some of the best horizon, we take a look at some of the best independent retailers the city has to offer, as well independent retailers the city has to offer, as well as showcase some fantastic gift ideas. as showcase some fantastic gift ideas.
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complimentary mulled wine while browsing his new winter collections. For more information on everything mentioned in this article, visit the Nicholas Wylde website at www.nicholaswylde.com
Waller & Wood showcase their work at their shop in the heart of Bath and also sell a fascinating selection of contemporary jewellery by British artists and made in unusual materials such as resin, aluminium and perspex.
Waller and Wood
Always keen to embrace new ideas, the work you’ll ﬁnd here has a freshness and vitality of form, colour and texture. Carole and Gary are to be found in the shop in person - and look forward to welcoming you to Waller&Wood.
Unique handmade Christmas gifts by Waller&Wood for the festive season include silk scarves, ties and clothes, ceramics, contemporary jewellery, cushions, distinctive leather bags, painted canvas purses, and hand bound notebooks. Find buttons and soaps, handmade cards and tealight holders in a collection of handmade pieces from only £10!
Multi-award winning designer goldsmith, Nicholas Wylde, has created some fabulous new jewellery for premier Christmas gift giving this season, featuring some incredibly rare stones he has personally sourced from all over the world. Exhibiting his signature ﬂowing and organic designs these stunning pieces will be making their debut appearance at separate shopping events located at his Bath and Bristol stores in November. He also announces that his prestigious Dazzle Collection will be contributing 10% of it’s sales to Bath’s independently run Age UK charity this winter – helping to ensure that lonely seniors get a visit during the Christmas Holidays. Nicholas has made a reputation for himself over the years for supporting local charities as well as independent businesses, like his own, and this year is clearly no different. As the Bath Christmas Market gets busier year after year, locals have been discouraged from entering the centre of town or even visiting the market at all during the Christmas season - So Nicholas and his team came up with an idea. “Wylde’s Secret Stars’ was designed to not only add more fun to the market experience but to encourage locals to the explore the market as a whole”, commented Nicholas. “It’s a secret trail that market visitors have to solve to be in with a chance of winning one of 6 diamond rings”, one of which is set with Bath’s Station’s advertised and infamous Wylde Flower Diamond®. The competition requires a visit to the Christmas market, which opens on the 22nd of November, and we have the liberty of printing a clue to get you started!: “The Start of our tale begins by an enchanted tree in the garden of a palace of crystal. Find a star, starting here, and learn the phrase we know in Bath & Bristol” Here are Nicholas’ top times for locals to beat Market’s crowds – (1.) Visit early, before 10am when the coaches arrive. (2.) Visit late from 4pm when the coaches have left. (3.) Remember it stays open late - enjoy peak quiet times between 6.30-8.30pm. Pop into the Nicholas Wylde store for a break from the market too, and enjoy some
4 Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NW Tel: 07803 033629 www.wallerandwood.co.uk
Carole Waller is a painter who makes unique wearable art: hand painted clothing, scarves and glass works. Her scarves in silks and ﬁne wool make lovely original gifts and start at £45. “Scarves that tell stories” capture Carole’s passion for the history architecture and visual texture of Bath, Venice and the countryside around her studio 3 miles from the city centre. Her work is to be found in the V&A Textile collection and her previous outlets include Liberty and Harvey Nichols. Gary’s expertise is painted stoneware and porcelain ceramics; pots for use, wall pieces and sculpture. This year Gary’s ceramics come ﬁlled with cyclamen, succulent plants and with organic plant wax scented candles. He also has a collection of beautiful wall pieces which start at £100. Waller and Wood
5 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 1HE Tel: 01225 331834 www.spottyherberts.com
ItDiscover a shopping experience showcasing an adventure in childhood, where children are welcome, where innocence and magic are alive and playfulness goes hand-in-hand with rainbow ribbons, magical glowing marbles and giant sweetie necklaces. This is Spotty Herberts, Bath’s double award-winning, independent shop for children. The shop is brimming with colourful brands of unisex clothes for children 0 - 10 years. Collections are chosen for their thoughtful design, singularity and ethical production, often sourced locally or British-made. Owner, Kate explains the thinking behind Spotty Herberts: “We want to offer traditional, simple clever toys you can pick up and play with again and again – a warm, nostalgic experience for children, and adults, with clothing that children love to wear, grow up in, grow out of and hand on and on.”
Spotty Herberts photo credit: Chloe Moore Photography
12 Northumberland Pl, Bath, BA1 5AR Tel: 01225 462826 www.nicholaswylde.com
4 Abbey Green Bath painted clothing scarves ceramics jewellery
Spotty Herberts donates 1% of all takings to sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Charity registration number in England and Wales (299679) and in Scotland (SC042789)
Increase in house prices: The impact of a thriving independent high street has a knock-on effect to the cost of local house prices. On average, house prices in a prosperous area such as these have risen by £40,000.
Community: Continuing the community theme – as more towns promote and support local retailers, in turn local retailers will support the local community by holding events, fayres and markets to entice more people into the local community as well as add a 'social' aspect to area.
Personal touch: As soon as you walk into an independent shop you immediately notice the difference. Not only will you generally ﬁnd the owner of the business on hand to give you their advice, background to the product and expert opinion but also you will inevitably ﬁnd that (depending on the item) you can 'try before you buy' – giving you piece of mind and a sense of 'customer service' thathas long been a distant memory for many larger businesses. You may also ﬁnd that you get more for your money. How many times has there been an extra roll thrown in for a familiar face to the local bakery or a little discount when purchasing a couple of items. Again, something that is alien to the big chain and certainly something the member of staff will not be sanctioned to give.
Choice: Having Independent retailers within any shopping area gives us as buyers choice. Many town centres and high streets have recently been criticised for being 'cloned' - offering the same uniformed goods, products and services. As we all have different tastes and styles, independent retailers can offer this choice which adds something different to what would be a very boring high street. With the years busiest shopping period on the horizon, we take a look at some of the best areas of the city to ﬁnd Independent retailers and even highlight some that desrve a special mention.
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5 queen street Bath BA1 1HE spottyherberts.com
Art Supplies Bath's Premier Art Centre For all Artist and Student materials, Watercolours, Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Papers, Easels, Mountboards, Canvases and much more..... In addition, we offer many seasonal discounts and promotions throughout the year!
10% Student Discount Inc Course Lists & Students In Year 10 Onwards
13 Green Street, Bath, BA1 2JZ 01225 462116 email@example.com
As well as creating jewellery, Jody Cory also offers lots of different services. These include repairs, remodelling, new commissions, valuations, stringing, engraving, gemstone replacement and CAD design. Jody is an established, independent designer Goldsmith and also a member of the prestigious National Association of Jewellers. When visiting the beautiful Georgian City of Bath make sure you browse their inspired selection of British jewellery, crafted by a collection of renowned local and national designers.Jody has opened a new store in Northumberland Place showcasing handmade UK designers. Jody Cory Goldsmiths is very much worth a visit.
Moss of Bath
45 St James Parade, Bath BA1 1UQ Tel: 01225 331 441 www.mossofbath.co.uk
Moss of Bath is an independent television and hi-ﬁ retailer. Founded in 1962, by Frank Moss, the company originally focused on retailing small electrical appliances and black and white televisions.
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Minerva Art Supplies 13 Green Street, Bath, BA1 2JZ Tel: 01225 462116 www.minervaartsupplies.co.uk
Minerva is a well established business providing nearly 200 years of service. Formally 2 art shops (F. J. Harris & Son and Minerva Art Supplies) they merged in 2015 combining experience as well as materials. Their stock has kept expanding and they offer a wide range of materials from paint, brushes, papers, and moulding materials to graphic markers, technical pens, folio's and sprays. The list is endless! Minerva also offer discounts to professionals, students and art clubs. Their friendly staff are able to help and advise. This is the perfect place for the artist in the family. You can ﬁnd out more about Minerva Art Supplies by visiting our new website.
Grace and Ted
10 Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB Tel: 01225 461518 www.graceandted.co.uk
Have a designer Christmas and treat your loved ones to luxury gifts that don’t cost the Earth. Grace & Ted specialise in the resale of preowned designer clothing, shoes and accessories so expect to ﬁnd Chanel, Gucci, and Mulberry at around 70% less than the original retail price. Owned by mother and daughter Sharon and Emma Savage (and dogs Charlie and Fred!) Grace & Ted is a family run business that prides itself on personal service. If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift or simply want to treat yourself, you’re sure to ﬁnd the perfect thing at Grace & Ted. Explore two ﬂoors of affordable luxury and rediscover the excitement of shopping when you ﬁnd the perfect Max Mara coat, Prada dress, Burberry shirt, Louis Vuitton bag and much more.… On Thursday 8th November between 10am-7pm head to the Atrium at The Apex Hotel where Grace & Ted will be having their Christmas (shopping) Party! Enjoy a glass of ﬁzz, exclusive discounts and ﬁnd sparkling party pieces that will have heads turning.…
If you can’t make it to the shop itself, shop online 24/7 at www.graceandted.co.uk and enjoy worldwide shipping - so you can have the things you love, wherever you are.”
Jody Cory Goldsmiths Ltd 9 Church Street, Bath, BA1 1LY Tel: 01225 460072 www.jodycory.co.uk
Jody Cory is based in the heart of Bath, in front of the Abbey and adjacent to the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms. Jody has been working in the jewellery trade for over 30 years. In that time she has enjoyed adorning the lucky ﬁnger of many a bride and groom. She has also mended people’s memories in the form of a much loved piece of jewellery that need some TLC. With her bespoke commission service she has delighted people with something unique and very special. Within the in house workshop, she has marked many an occasion in lots of people’s lives. The store is home to an extensive range of jewellery. Both made in house and supplied by other designers using traditional and modern techniques, there really is something to suit all. Popular ranges include Alex Monroe, Collette Waudby and of course Jody’s own collections. There are many one-off pieces that have been created with rare and precious gemstones including highly covetable coloured Diamonds, impressive colour changing Sapphires and Alexandrites.
From its modest beginnings the business now specialises in the sale, installation and servicing of consumer electronic products, including television, home cinema, hi-ﬁ and portable audio products. Moss of Bath has been awarded many national and regional business awards and has been recognised as the UK Consumer Electronics Retailer of the year on three occasions. Several members of the Moss of Bath team have won awards for excellence in product knowledge and customer service.
19 Union Passage, Bath, BA1 1RD Tel: 01225 581888 www.themakery.co.uk
Come along to The Makery - a craft shop where workshops and parties are held, so why not learn a new skill, and go home with something handmade by you! The Makery runs a range of workshops, from sewing to jewellery-making, Crochet to upholstery and more. You could spend the morning making a beautiful fabric lampshade, making your own clothes or accessories to adorn your home. Each workshop is designed to be lots of fun, and lasts between 2 and 6 hours depending on the course. You’ll need to book in advance, so check our website or give us a call; we love to chat!
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9 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY 15 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR 01225 460072 01225 448823 www.jodycory.co.uk | firstname.lastname@example.org
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9 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY 15 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR 01225 460072 01225 448823 www.jodycory.co.uk | email@example.com
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Stunning festive gifts inspired by the Roman and Georgian history of our beautiful city. Stall Street, Bath Open seven days a week Beautiful Stall Street, Street,Bath Bath Open Openseven sevendays days a week BeautifulChristmas Christmasgifts giftsfor foradults adults and and children children Stall a week
It's very easy to ﬁnd that you have spent the entire day shopping in Bath, with its winding passageways and boutique style shops. As big name high street chains fall over themselves to be part of the cities growing retail credentials, it is satisfying to ﬁnd that Bath has a thriving independent sector. We have asked some of the cities best 'Indies' for some 'festive' gift ideas that won't dissapoint!
Louis Vuitton Montsouris Backpack Timeless designer style £ 760.00 www.graceandted.co.uk
Carole Waller Painted scarf Painted wool gauze shawl by Carole Waller from £ 45.00 – £ 195.00 www.wallerandwood.co.uk
Peach Sapphire & Natural Green Diamond 18ct yellow gold natural pear shaped Green Diamond and Peach Sapphire £ 1,300.00 www.jodycory.co.uk
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Artisan Gemstone Jewellery
Winsor & Newton compact sized ﬁeld box £ 49.99 www.minervaartsupplies.co.uk
Every piece in this collection is handmade from 21 carat gold-plated brass. £ 35.00 www.romanbaths.co.uk
Aquamarine Pendant An 18ct white gold aquamarine pendant necklace featuring a 5.47ct aquamarine and 0.23ct diamond in Nicholas Wylde’s signature beautifully ﬂowing design style. £ 2,995.00 www.nicholaswylde.com
Star Headdress This sparkly star headdress is crafted with padded fabric coated in silver glitter. Available from Mid-Novemnber £ 16.50 www.spottyherberts.com
Winsor & Newton Promarker Set
A versatile 24 colour spectrum in a black wallet, this Winsor & Newton Promarker is a professional addition to any marker collection. £ 59.99 www.minervaartsupplies.co.uk
Diamond Snowﬂake Earrings
Chloe Susanna Boots
Decorate yourself in a little festive frost this Christmas with these 18ct white gold diamond snowﬂake studs. £ 450.00 www.nicholaswylde.com
The hottest boot of the season £ 550.00 www.graceandted.co.uk
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Tailor made to your requirements; a range of baskets ready to be ﬁlled to the brim with the goodies of your choice. From £ 15.00 www.allingtonfarmshop.co.uk
Carved and painted teabowl from a selection of stoneware and porcelain ceramics by Gary Wood at Waller&Wood from £ 55.00 www.wallerandwood.co.uk
Cashmere/Wool blend knit jumper with an embroidered leopard on the chest. 2 - 10 years. £ 48.00 www.spottyherberts.com
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LEGAL ADVICE COLUMN
I’M GETTING DIVORCED, WHERE DO I START? What am I entitled to? One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce is dividing up the financial assets. Several factors are taken into consideration such as each party’s needs and those of any children, the length of the marriage, the resources available to each party and the assets each of them had prior to the marriage. A specialist solicitor will ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.
What about my children? It can be difficult to agree on arrangements for children when you are going through a divorce. There are various options for settling agreement and court action should be the last resort. If you cannot agree, a specialist solicitor will be able to guide you on the best course of action.
Do I need a solicitor? You can represent yourself however divorce and particularly financial aspects are rarely a straight forward process. Without the right legal help you may end up with an unfair
settlement, or lacking the necessary legal paperwork to ensure that your agreement is final and that there is no comeback in the future which there can be if matters are not dealt with properly.
How can we help you? We know that every case is different. Our lawyers are experts in divorce, but each have their own specialist knowledge and experience. From dividing the family home, understanding pension rights, protecting the interests of a family business and settling disputes over children, we can help.
Can I get a “quickie” divorce? You cannot divorce within the first year of marriage. After that, the procedure for most divorces is much the same. The media report celebrity quickie divorces but typically from the time of issuing at court an uncontested divorce will usually take about 6 months. That does not include dealing with financial matters.
I’M FACING A DRIVING BAN Can a solicitor help save my licence? Yes. Taking legal advice from a specialist solicitor who knows the ins and outs of motoring law can help you save your licence. A skilled litigator is best placed to defend you if your case goes to court and could help you avoid penalty points or a ban, a criminal record and future increases in insurance costs.
What is ‘totting up’? If you accumulate 12 or more relevant penalty points the court must ban you for a minimum of 6 months and in some circumstances for a minimum of 2 years. It’s important to carefully scrutinise the most minor allegations in order to prevent penalty points ‘totting up’.
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Can I argue ‘exceptional hardship’? In some circumstances it could be argued that the hardship likely to be caused as a result of the disqualification would be so exceptional that a court could consider a lesser period of disqualification, or not at all. Getting accurate legal advice and representation will help you to prepare your argument in the most persuasive way. It is important to understand that this type of submission must be clearly made and presented to the court. Turning up to court without detailed preparation is not advised.
If you are worried about losing your licence, we can help. Our specialist team of motoring lawyers provide expert legal representation at the police station and in court, for all motoring offences.
THE LEGAL EXPERTS IN BATH
How can our children better afford a roof over their heads?
Kevin Gray, CEO Bath Building Society Two worrying statistics have recently caught my attention. The ﬁrst is a national ﬁgure that only 40% of young people can afford a mortgage that would allow them to buy the cheapest property in their area. The second is that the average monthly rent in the BA1 postcode for a onebedroom ﬂat is £826, or 50% of the average take home pay for a 22-29 year old. We are rapidly becoming a nation where property assets are increasingly being held by the old and where the young face the alternative of being forced to stay longer with mum and dad or getting ﬂeeced by high market rents that ultimately prohibit them from ever saving enough to get a deposit together to buy their own homes. The two problems arise from a supply side issue in the property market i.e. there is simply not enough property available to meet demand and hence prices (and subsequently rents) are being pushed ever higher. The ultimate long-term answer has got to be the building of more affordable homes to buy, and possibly even more importantly, the building of more homes that can deliver affordable rents. As someone who was brought up in a council house in Scotland, I appreciate that property ownership is not a necessity for making secure
and happy family homes. As such, I welcome the government’s recent announcement that will allow local authorities to borrow more in order to ﬁnance the building of more homes to rent. This will eventually help to deliver an increase in the affordable housing stock, but even with the cash in place, new houses will not be created overnight. Suitable building land will need to be found and the slow and lumbering planning process will have to be gone through. It will all take time to deliver results. A more curious initiative that is being talked about is the prospect of the government offering tax incentives to landlords to encourage them to sell their properties to their tenants who have been renting them for three or more years. Bearing in mind that a series of tax changes has been put in place in recent years to make Buy-To-Let less attractive as an investment proposition to property investors, offering a new tax incentive to landlords would seem slightly strange. In these stressed ﬁscal times, the logic in giving a tax incentive that does not result in any net increase in the housing stock could be debated.
The government’s Help-To-Buy scheme does offer cheap equity loans to make mortgage borrowing initially more affordable to ﬁrst-timebuyers. It has now been taken up by over one hundred thousand borrowers. The scheme is available on new build housing, but it is questionable as to whether it has actually led to more construction taking place. The Treasury has allocated a total of £10bn to support its Help-To-Buy initiative and we are nearing that position. It is not known whether the scheme will
again be extended or whether one of the very few mechanisms for getting young people into their own homes will soon fall away.
With current rents being so high, in some circumstances it can be cheaper monthly to pay mortgage payments than to rent. What our children really need are the means today to afford mortgages today. Bath Building Society has two such schemes in place. Firstly, for those children lucky enough to have parents who are able and willing to support them ﬁnancially on an ongoing basis, the Society will accept their parents as guarantors of their children’s mortgage payments. This has the effect of boosting children’s incomes and by doing so, increasing the amount that can be borrowed. Secondly, the Society offers its innovative Rent-A-Room mortgage. This product makes mortgage loans more affordable as income from renting out a room to friends is taken into consideration when calculating how much a borrower can safely support. Bath Building Society cannot cure the ills of the property market by itself, but we are determined to do our bit to help our young people own properties where they can make their homes.
With the end of the year fast approaching, and with the country still uncertain of its future, we speak to some of Bath's leading Estate Agents who give us there thoughts on the local market and tips for 2019.
market review 2018
BANES sees positive sales growth despite uncertainty Uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations has certainly impacted the housing market with prospective buyers taking their time to deliberate, but things out of our direct control aside; the housing market in Bath is moving. We live in a great city, with some of the best schools in the country, well respected universities, fabulous architecture and glorious countryside, which is a real draw for people to either remain or move to the area. Halifax recently reported a very respectful 3% growth over a 12 month period in Bath and north east Somerset, a slow but positive increase. However the number of actual transactions are down nationwide, in spite of still being able to access reasonably low cost mortgage lending. These two factors demonstrate that buyers are out there, but those with the luxury of not being in a hurry to move are holding out for a little more ‘Brexit certainty’. Our thoughts are that if property is appraised sensibly, and listed at a fair market price, it will attract interest and those aforementioned buyers.
Francine Watson of Knight Frank
We live in a great city, with some of the best schools in the country, well respected universities, fabulous architecture and glorious countryside, which is a real draw for people to either remain or move to the area. luxurious 4 bedroom townhouses by Kersfield at Lansdown Fields with prices from £995,000 or spacious detached 5 bedroom family homes by Charlcombe Homes, starting from £1,450,000, set in large gardens, within the glorious countryside of Bathampton; the choice is yours. If you are looking for something a little more central, One Beau Street apartments may be more to your liking. Prices for a one bedroom apartment start at £325,000.
For those of you who are hoping to be having your Christmas dinner in your new home, now is the time to buy. One way to do this and perhaps shorten the length of any sales chain is to look at new build properties. From grand,
Three digital tips for property sellers looking forward to 2019 Watch your tracks - Before the Internet, properties were primarily marketed via newspaper advertisements, signs and in agents’ windows. These mediums had a remarkable and often overlooked advantage over modern forms of advertising – they left no easily traceable marketing or sales history (a digital footprint). In the newspaper age, an owner could dip their toe in to test the waters. If they didn’t like the result, they would take the property off the market or reduce the price. Without a digital footprint, there was very little long-term harm to the value of the property. The marketplace quickly forgot. Conversely, the Internet remembers everything and forgets nothing. A digital footprint intensifies the danger posed by an extended marketing period as it creates a wealth of knowledge provided at the click of a mouse and, in negotiation, knowledge is power. Christmas advertising – Brace yourself for various versions of the same Rightmove statistics being wheeled out in the run up to Christmas to justify clients instructing agents to sell their house during the festivities. The usual script is that there is a “seasonal surge in activity” that clients “really need to make the most of“. The real truth is the Christmas holidays are the absolute lowest autumn/winter point for
activity on Rightmove. Yes, millions of people are on Rightmove over Christmas but its a fraction of their usual traffic. Any “seasonal surge” is really just the public getting back to normal patterns and it happens after New Year not Christmas. Whilst I admire the creativity of thinking and the sheer chutzpah of some agents marketing departments to spin a narrow selection of statistics to their own advantage, the truth is you’re better off waiting until mid January to launch your property to the market. Digital eavesdroppers on viewings – If you’ve got a smart speaker (Alexa/Google Home or the like) in your property, you might want to advise your agent before viewings. It can be a little disconcerting to all involved if the speaker picks up and reacts to conversations between agent and viewer, as happened twice to my colleagues this week! If you’d like advice on your next move in 2019, pop in to our Moorland Road office for a chat or give us a call on 01225 466525
Carey Gilliland of Madison Oakley
Riverside, Holburne Park (Warminster Road), Mulberry Park (Fox Hill) and Hope House (Lansdown Road) becoming available, we expect this will do little to reduce the current supply. London to Bath price gap is reducing but still strong and interest from abroad, especially expats from the middle and Far East is continuing to draw with the attraction to the enviable quality of life, excellent schooling and amenities on your door step, with the boost of brilliant communication links.
Over the next 15 years to 2032, the population in the centre of Bath is forecast to increase by 9.2% to 173, 588.
David Mackenzie of Carter Jonas
Reduced supply and a desirable location sees Bath prices 65% above the national average No matter how the property market fares in the UK, Bath has always had a strong demand from local, national and international buyers. London, in particular, has always been a strong source of buyers where the price differential allow the city to be an attractive place to reside. Over the next 15 years to 2032, the population in the centre of Bath is forecast to increase by 9.2% to 173, 588.
Bath World Heritage status is part and parcel of its appeal as a relocation destination, and a key driver within its residential market. The high demand for property in Bath has resulted in a lack of available homes in the city. This has acted as a catalyst, increasing property values across the city, and specifically property that is “best in class” or future proof, with good accessibility in the city centre. Even with the increased supply of new homes from schemes such as Bath
Bath house prices are presently 65% above the national average showing a 6% annual price growth (all types of residential property) with gross lettings yields of 3.8% - 4.6%. Compared to Oxford, which has seen reductions in pricing of around -1% and Cambridge -2.9%, Bath has held its own, even though some parts of London have reduced as much as -10%. We have seen a more cautious attitude to pricing for marketing purposes, and this is notable with reductions in asking prices being more apparent, however, the figures being achieved are still exceeding past prices in the main and the lack of property coming to the market is keeping demand high.
Hot and getting hotter
Bath is a small city tightly crammed into a geological bowl, penned in by hills and surrounded by beautiful and protected countryside. And people want to live here. In particular they’re flooding in from London and bringing money with them. Forty per cent of property sales so far this year have been to buyers from London.
This year we’ve been busier than ever here at Homelets, with high demand from renters and interesting new properties to let out. It’s clear Bath is a hotspot. A tightly bounded, high pressure location with not a lot of room to build new property. What’s more, since the late 1990s student numbers have shot up, leading to growth in student lettings – and less opportunity for other kinds of lets. There are national factors at play too. In terms of decades-long trends, more people than ever are renting, and this is a trend that’s set to continue. More demand equals higher prices – especially where supply can’t grow fast.
average rents are over £1,200 compared with a national average nearer £900.
Some trends are moving in the opposite direction, however – for example a phenomenon known as build to rent (BTR), where large businesses invest in building rental housing that is only for rent, and not for sale, which we’re seeing at Spring Wharf at Rosberry Place, on a brownfield plot in the Riverside Enterprise Area. We’re also witnessing the arrival of a number of major developments, from continued development at Bath Riverside to Holburne Park and Mulberry Park. So while it’s true that it’s expensive to rent in Bath, there’s a whole new range of exciting living options coming on line. And it’s worth remembering why Bath is expensive – precisely because it’s such an attractive place to live. What this does mean is that if you’re renting, you’re competing for your next home.
Then there are regulatory changes making it more expensive and more demanding to be a landlord, while the tax breaks disappear. So naturally some landlords are selling up and dropping out – and that means fewer rental properties on the market and even less supply. For those landlords remaining, many will pass on their increased costs to their tenants, via the rent.
Our advice is to make sure you present your best case. Too often people don’t take the time to think about the impression they’ll make when applying for a property – for example having all the correct documents to hand, what their income statement might look like and being able to explain any inconsistencies, how they behaved in previous properties and in particular their record of rental payments.
All this makes Bath expensive, both to buy and to rent. Rents have increased by around 10% in just 18 months – well above inflation – and
Above all, aim to come across as a good tenant. There are plenty of others keen to live in Bath, and that’s not going to change any time soon.
Marcus Arundell of HomeLets
Bath Riverside ahead of curve if ‘Walking City’ concept ever becomes reality Bath Riverside would be a perfect fit if the ‘Walking City’ concept popularised in similar sized cities on the Continent catches on here.
That’s according to developers regenerating the former Stothert & Pitt Engineers and Founders site close to the city centre, who believe Bath Riverside is ‘ahead of the curve’ in terms of carfree connectivity. Leigh Pitts, marketing manager at Crest Nicholson said the concept offered some intriguing possibilities in destination cities such as Bath. She said: “The advantages of living within walking distance of the city centre have been a cornerstone of the Bath Riverside concept since construction began in 2011.
“It’s one of the very few residential developments in the city – and the wider West Country for that matter – where car ownership has always been an option rather than a necessity.” Crest Nicholson believe Bath Riverside could function just as effectively within a fully pedestrianised or ‘Walking’ City. Leigh Pitts went on: “There has been considerable publicity about the concept – where the town centre is completely pedestrianised and parking is restricted to the periphery. “ Pontevedra in Spain has taken the concept to a whole new level with more than 300,000 square metres of public space the historic heart of the city declared a ‘car free zone’.
“The city’s CO2 emissions are down by 70 per cent, there are no traffic queues and cyclists and pedestrians can get around in safety. “The quality of life has been improved for everybody living, working or visiting the city centre.” Leigh Pitts said Bath was virtually the same size as Pontevedra – and had already made significant strides towards pedestrianisation. “Large areas of the Southgate development were pedestrianised from day one - and there have been continual calls to make the main shopping areas and Milsom Street car-free zones. “In addition, key elements of the Bath Quays project presently under discussion envisage extensive pedestrianised zones as well as a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.” Leigh went on: “The latest phases at Bath Riverside – Royal View and Sovereign Point, blend well in the waterside setting and are just a ten minute flat and level stroll from the city centre. “While we have parking areas and good road connectivity to the major routes in and out of town, we have never been a ‘car first’ development. “As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath enjoys a nationwide reputation as a fantastic place to live and work and awareness of the environment is paramount for every business in the city. “But it’s clear the ‘Walking City’ has to function for all its residents – alternative infrastructure and parking for residents and visitors would clearly be required before the concept could become a reality.” For further information please call 01225 463 517 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/bathriverside The marketing suite on Victoria Bridge Road is open daily from 10 am to 5pm.
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FIND YOUR HERITAGE IN BATH Discover a stunning collection of 1 & 2 bedroom waterside apartments located on the banks of the River Avon. Not only does each home benefit from high specification interiors, you’re perfectly connected to all that Bath has to offer, from boutique shops to world-class education. 75-76 Palladian | Victoria Bridge Road Bath | Somerset | BA2 3FL
You’ll find it all at Bath Riverside, plus, we will pay your stamp duty * in full, leaving you to enjoy riverside living at its very finest. Prices from £519,000
Terms and conditions apply. Stamp duty paid does not include the 3% SDLT surcharge payable for additional homes from 1st April 2016 and is not available in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Applicable to selected plots only. For further details, please speak to a sales advisor. View photography. Pricing correct on 15.10.18.
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Have your stamp duty and legal fees paid plus free flooring when you purchase a 2-bedroom Camden property. These stylish homes are located within Mulberry Park, Combe Down and also benefit from a spacious garden and parking.
Prices from ÂŁ350,000
Don’t let stamp duty stop you from moving in to a beautiful home at Mulberry Park Curo have made it even easier for first time buyers to move in to a brand new home at Mulberry Park with an exclusive offer designed specifically for them.
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If you’re ready to buy your first ever home but you’re holding back due to the additional costs associated with moving, then speak to the Curo team about this time-limited offer on our beautiful Camden homes at Mulberry Park. These stylish two-bedroom homes have been designed for modern living and are packed with practical features including energy efficient heating and lighting, generous storage cupboards and off-street parking.
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Priced from £350,000 the Camden features a light, airy living area opening on to a generous rear garden. Upstairs, a spacious master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a second double bedroom and bathroom offer plenty of room for family or guests.
Stamp duty and legal fees paid* Purchase a Camden property before 30 November 2018 and, if you’re a first time buyer, Curo will pay your stamp duty. First time buyers are required to pay 5% tax on the value that exceeds £300,000 (up to £500,000) when buying their first home – this means that with our offer, you could be saving a minimum of £2,500. To give you the best possible start on your journey to homeownership, we’re also offering to pay your legal fees when using our recommended solicitor, helping you make further savings. High quality flooring included We know that moving can be stressful – that’s why we’re including free high quality flooring in our exclusive offer – that’s one less thing for you to worry about.
A great place to live Mulberry Park is a vibrant, growing community. A new purpose-built children’s nursery and primary school opened in September and a state-of-the-art community Hub will also open its doors to local residents later this year. With a café, fitness classes and events spaces, the Hub will be a great place to meet and make friends in the heart of the neighbourhood. Mulberry Park is within easy reach of local shops and facilities in Combe Down village and the bars and restaurants of Bath city centre – a perfect base to explore city and country.
Step on to the housing ladder With Help to Buy, the Camden could be the perfect home to get you started on the property ladder. You could own your dream home with just a 5% deposit. You’ll need to be able to take out a mortgage for 75% of the value of the property and the government will fund the remaining 20%. Our friendly sales negotiators can help make your home ownership dream a reality. Pop in to our marketing suite on Bradford Road or call 0345 140 5050 to speak to our team about our Camden homes at Mulberry Park.
To find out more: Pop in to Curo’s marketing suite on Bradford Road, where there is free dedicated parking. Our sales negotiators are on hand seven days a week, from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. You can also Call: 0345 140 5050 Email: email@example.com Visit: www.curo-sales.co.uk
Character Homes in Idyllic Surroundings Award-winning developer, Whitecroft Developments Ltd, are creating a stunning and bespoke development converting six barns and the original manor house into two distinctive homes in the unique and idyllic location of Staunton Manor, Whitchurch Village. Captivatingly presented, these eight individual homes are an important part of the villageâ€™s heritage, courting with the history of Staunton Manor as a mix of bakeries, brew houses and agricultural buildings. The courtyard is on a private, â€˜no-throughâ€™ road creating its very own hamlet in the heart of this picturesque village.
These high quality, uniquely designed homes all retain original features: with original stonework on the barn conversions, in keeping with the traditional feel of the village. Valentino kitchens have been fitted to create an ease for family living, providing a luxurious, contemporary and practical statement kitchen. Integrated
The barns offer the opportunity for spacious one storey open plan living spaces, the architectural designs have enabled original features to sit alongside new light filled extensions. 94 inbath
Valentino kitchens have been fitted to create an ease for family living, providing a luxurious, contemporary and practical statement kitchen. appliances (Bosh oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer) achieve a clean finish to the kitchen, resulting in more open space.
The barns offer the opportunity for spacious one storey open plan living spaces, the architectural designs have enabled original features to sit alongside new light filled extensions. The bathrooms, en-suites and cloakrooms in the properties have been fashioned with neutral tones in a simple and stylish approach. Created with Villeroy & Boch fittings in soft grey and white and beautiful Roubaix bone tiles, they are perfect for you to personalise with your own finishing touches upon moving in.
properties are being released for sale ahead of this date and reservations are available to be made off plan.
Whitchurch Village is a village in Bath & North East Somerset, the barns and manor house were previously owned by the Friends of Bristol Horses Society, set up in 1952 by just 12 people helping to save hundreds of horses; 50 of them being in the first 15 years! Publicly opening in 2000 they changed their name to HorseWorld, becoming the charity we now know today with a nationwide reach. In selling off some of the land to further support the charity these stunning homes have been built sympathetically with their history in mind.
Floor finishes are included as standard, flooring is dependent on room type, generally first floor bedrooms are carpeted, and ground floors are finished with engineered wood and tiles. All new homes have underfloor heating as standard.
Contact us now to book your appointment for our open day on 24th November 2018 between 10am and 2pm.
These new homes will benefit from a 10 year New Homes Warranty. Expected completion will see all homes finished by spring 2019. The
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Wells is a popular tourist attraction thanks to its historical character. The bustling city centre is home to a wide range of shops, restaurants and other amenities. Wells also boasts a rich cultural heritage and natural charm, which has resulted in a strong sense of community. With a magnificent Cathedral, a medieval palace and traditional narrow cobbled streets, there is an abundance of attractions to keep the family entertained in this picturesque area of the South West. Residents can benefit from having the countryside on their doorstep while also being conveniently situated within an easy ten-minute walk from Wells’ historic city centre. There are also a variety of footpaths and cycling routes surrounding Vicarage Fields giving residents the chance to make the most of the outdoors and explore the neighbourhood. Situated just off the A39 Glastonbury Road, Vicarage Fields also offers excellent road links to nearby cities such as Bristol and Bath, making it an ideal location for commuters. From Castle Cary Station, Bristol Temple Meads is approximately one hour away and there is a direct train to London Paddington station which takes one hour and forty minutes. With a variety of properties available, there is something for everyone at Vicarage Fields, whether you’re a first-time buyer, a growing family, or simply looking to downsize.
Open the door to town and country living at Vicarage Fields this Christmas Situated in England’s smallest city, Wells, lies Crest Nicholson’s Vicarage Fields. The traditional collection of three and four-bedroom homes are the perfect choice for house hunters looking for the best of both city and country living. Homes at Vicarage Fields have been designed to complement the local area and mirror the architecture of their rural surroundings. Spacious, open-plan kitchens make for the perfect place to cook for family and friends over the festive season, and contemporary bathrooms are ideally set up for growing families or to wind down with an indulgent pamper session after a busy year. Each room has been designed with the highest attention to detail, providing residents with a sense of luxury living. The interior décor is impeccable with sleek and sophisticated features ideal for a modern, low maintenance lifestyle. Not only does each home include brand-new fixtures and fittings, but the fully integrated appliances throughout homes are easier to use, and ultimately mean lower energy bills for residents. Outside of the home, buyers can also look forward to joining a flourishing community where there will be plenty of opportunities to meet new people. Vicarage Fields boasts a play area for families and an expanse of open space perfect for a weekend picnic overlooking the rolling countryside. The design of the wider development is also in keeping with the stunning South West countryside that envelops Vicarage Fields. Keward Brook runs through the centre of the development, attracting wildlife including otters and kingfisher birds. With such easy access to an abundance of greenery, Vicarage Fields is a development perfect for those who enjoy an easy-going, outdoor lifestyle.
Vicarage Fields boasts a play area for families and an expanse of open space perfect for a weekend picnic overlooking the rolling countryside.
A selection of homes at Vicarage Fields are available using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, 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. What’s more, if you have a property to sell, Crest Nicholson could become your cash buyer thanks to its Part Exchange scheme and will even pay for your removals and agent fees. Moving home has never been easier. Homes at Vicarage Fields are available from £315,000 for a three-bedroom home with study. To find out more about life at Vicarage Fields, please visit: www.crestnicholson.com/ developments/vicarage-fields or call 01749 600 864. Alternatively, you can visit the Sales & Marketing Suite, which is open Friday - Wednesday 10am to 5pm and Thursday 12pm to 7pm.
Moving home can feel hectic. Thereâ€™s so much to organise and if someone else is buying your property, you might feel under pressure to move fast. But what if you could move at your own pace? With our Part Exchange* scheme there is no rush - you have a guaranteed cash buyer, and we also give you an entire week to move out of your existing home, leaving you more time to plan your new dream life ahead! Beautiful homes from ÂŁ315,000. Visit our sales and marketing suite today to find out more. Marketing suite open: Friday to Wednesday - 10am to 5pm Thursday - 12pm to 7pm
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