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Bath Christmas Market
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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 citys 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 a chat to the hilarious Gary Delaney about touring, one-liners and his very Bath on Ice own Mind Palace. 15th November–5th January
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 Father Christmas’s Workshop this festive season.
30th November–24th December
Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
Luxury Gift Wrapping Station
Late-Night Shopping, Street Food and Artisan Markets
15th November–5th January
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12th December–12th January
Our Christmas music section features the fantastic variety of live music events the city has to offer this festive period, including the breathtaking Bath Philharmonia's The Snowman and The Frog Chorus.
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.
Our Shopping Guide has over 28 pages of ideas, locations and retailers who may just find that perfect gift, for that special someone.
Finally, we take look at some of the local areas new homes developments that may tempt us into changing scenery in the new year.
Plan your visit at visitbath.co.uk/christmas
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My Cousin Rachel
Calendar Girls: The Musical
Lost Voice Guy
what's on 4 Nov Dancing Down The Wicket Graeme Swann and Henry Blofeld Komedia www.komedia.co.uk After two sell out tours with ‘The Great British Spin Off’ great mates Graeme Swann and Henry Blofeld are back on the road in 2019. With Graeme hot off the dance floor and Henry’s quick wit, storytelling and sparkling personality in equally good shape, the show is set to be a rip-roaring, belly laughing evening of entertainment that is not to be missed. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 25.00 5 – 9 Nov Calendar Girls: The Musical Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Calendar Girls – The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the Calendar Girls. This marvellous musical comedy, which received fantastic five-star reviews in London’s West End, now comes to Bath starring Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hills, Judy Holt, Ruth Madoc, Lisa Maxwell and Rebecca Storm. The Times described Calendar Girls – The Musical as ‘pure gold’. Don’t miss your chance to see this glorious production straight from London’s West End. Times and prices vary, please see website for details
7 – 10 Nov I Believe in Unicorns The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Stories are just for “Little Snotties”! He is happier clambering in the mountains like a goat or tobogganing with his Dad. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 6 - 10 Nov Mozartfest www.bathmozartfest.org.uk The 29th Bath Mozartfest takes place this year in the gorgeous Roman and Georgian City of Bath.
acclaimed show, Sandhog. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 17.50/ £ 16.00 Concessions 13 – 23 Nov My Cousin Rachel Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Murderess, seducer, thief, enchantress – or merely a woman intent on survival? Alluring, exotic and unconventional, Countess Rachel Sangalletti travels from Florence to the Ashley Estate in Cornwall, home of her recently deceased husband. Her presence in the house arouses dark suspicions and uncontrollable desires, not least in young Philip, cousin and heir to the Ashley home. Feverish passion battles reason in this classic Gothic romance set in the wild landscape of the rock-ribbed Cornish coast. Times and prices vary, please see website for details
Film fans can come together for 11 indulgent days of previews, Bath debuts, special events, Q&As, documentary features, silent films with new live scores, shorts and of course the IMDb Awards.
16 – 17 Nov The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mump The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk A gothic tale to make you shudder and laugh out loud! When 7-year-old Crispin de Quincy de Faversham Clumps inherits his ancestral home – Raddlesham Mumps, he finds himself with only an ancient butler for company. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.
10 Nov Sindhu Vee: Sandhog Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee extends her UK tour due to popular demand with her critically
18 Nov Lost Voice Guy: I’m Only In It For The Parking Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Due to popular demand following a sell-out tour in spring 2019, Lee Ridley – the first
7 - 17 Nov FilmBath www.filmbath.org.uk If you like great films, then welcome home: this is the place for you.
John Robins: Hot Shame
Sir Lenny Henry
comedian ever to win Britain’s Got Talent – is back on the road and coming to a disabled parking space near you this autumn. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, see website for details 21 – 23 Nov Collected Grimm Tales The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk Following on from the critically acclaimed The Girl of Ink and Stars Bath Spa Productions brings to the egg, a contemporary take on the much loved fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, revealing the dark and mischievous side of the original stories. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 21 Nov John Robins: Hot Shame Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Perrier Award-Winner, Digital DJ, VibeMagnet, yells into a well. Join John Robins for his new stand-up show following the critically lauded, sell-out smash, ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. As well as receiving widespread acclaim for his radio show with Elis James, John Robins has gained a reputation as a stand-up for finding humour in our bleakest moments. Expect soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping-hot shame! Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, please see website for more details 22 Nov An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Comedy legends Jasper Carrott and Alistair
McGowan are joining forces to split the bill and your sides with a night of comedy stand up and impressions. Drawing on their wealth of experience the two masters of comedy present a show of pure laughter and entertainment that is not to be missed. Time: 7.30pm Prices: from £ 25.00 24 Nov Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk The original ukulele orchestra, invites you to join them in a little festive frivolity, playing and singing along to the odd Christmas classic. Watch the tutorials online, learn the parts and join in live. From the North Pole to Sydney Opera House the Ukes tour planet Earth with their legendary live shows that plunder all genres of music from Wagner to Nirvana with wit and sheer plucking brilliance – but now with added holiday cheer! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for more details 26 Nov – 1 Dec Peter Pan Goes Wrong Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk The members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M. Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland? Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 28 – 30 Nov Hamlet The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School presents Shakespeare’s universal study of loss, rebellion, revenge, and madness in a brand
new, site sympathetic production. In such uncertain times, who can be trusted? What truth is to be believed? Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 28 Nov An Evening with Lenny Henry: Who am I again? The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The legendary Sir Lenny Henry will embark on a brand new UK tour this autumn. Following the October publication of his memoir, Lenny will travel the length, breadth and width of the country with An Evening with Lenny Henry - Who Am I, Again?, Time: 7.30pm Prices from £ 29.50 28 Nov - 15 Dec Bath Christmas Market www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk The award-winning Bath Christmas Market is back for 18 days of magical merriment! With around 150 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. 30 Nov Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019 The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk If no news is good news then good news
Gary Delaney is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power - and the journalists apparently holding them to account. Time: 7.30pm Prices: from £ 17.50 1 Dec Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain’s leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019 and 2020, returning to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details 2 – 7 Dec Ten Times Table Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk What could be a more entertaining start to the festive season than one of comedy master Alan Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays? Set in the once grand ballroom of The Swan Hotel, Ten Times Table follows the increasingly raucous attempts of a village committee to organise the first Pendon Folk Festival. The opening of the festival, as envisaged by chairman Ray, will be a supposedly uplifting pageant based on an incongruous piece of local history, The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 4 Dec Ben Elton: Live 2019 The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The Godfather of modern stand-up returns! Ben Elton is back on the road with an all new stand-up show. His new show promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 29.50 plus booking fee 6 Dec – 12 Jan Rapunzel The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk Let your hair down at the egg this Christmas and join us for a shining musical version of the classic fairy-tale, Rapunzel! This is the story of an orphaned baby rescued by an eccentric herbalist who raises her as her own. However, this act of love comes with a price. When Rapunzel blossoms into an independent young woman, her mother confines her to a tower to protect her from the prying eyes of the world.Times and prices vary, please see website for details.
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Located in the heart of Bath, Thermae Bath Spa is a remarkable combination of ‘old and new’ where historic spa buildings blend with the contemporary design. 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-of-the-art Wellness Suite and the onsite Springs Restaurant, with dishes for both the health conscious and those who want a little indulgence. There is also a range of spa treatments and packages on offer that can be bought as a gift using our vouchers.
A gift for all budgets and occasions With prices from £37, a Thermae Welcome is a great introduction to the facilities and gives access to the indoor Minerva Bath, The Wellness Suite, the Springs Restaurant and the open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views across the rooftops of Bath. The use of towel, robes and slippers is also included. As dusk begins, our Twilight Package provides the opportunity to make use of the spa facilities and experience the gradual change in the light and atmosphere. This package includes a spa session and delicious meal & drink in our Springs Restaurant, perfect for those wanting to experience Thermae at its most magical. A variety of treatment packages are also available as gift vouchers for those in need of some extra pampering. A Thermae Treat at £82 includes a Reviver Back Massage and the choice of either a Facial or Head & Foot Massage. For those looking to treat a couple that deserve some relaxation, a Thermae Together package offers the chance to experience either a Traditional Massage or a Tailor-Made Facial in our bespoke couple’s room.
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12 Dec Scummy Mummies Christmas Show Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn are back in Bath this December to celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. Expect stand-up, sketches, songs, and some very scummy stories. Guaranteed to make parents laugh and non-parents happy about their life choices. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details 12 Dec – 12 Jan Beauty & The Beast Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk One of the most popular fairy tales of all, Beauty & The Beast is the story of Belle who finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast by an evil sorceress.
Costumes at the ready!
It's the 2019 Dorothy House Santa and Elf Run The Dorothy House Santa and Elf Run is back on Sunday 8 December at Bath Spa University! Last year the event raised over £10,000 for vital patient care and this year the charity is aiming to raise even more. 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.
Can Belle see beyond the beast’s appearance and fall in love with her captor? Will the beast return to the world he once knew and win the hand of the girl who has melted his heart? Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 17 Dec Miss Hope Springs Christmas Agogo! Komedia www.koemdia.co.uk Miss Hope Springs 1971 Granada TV special Christmas Agogo! is to this day considered an unaired classic. Once the toast of Las Vegas (now down on her luck and highly medicated) live at the piano ‘recovering showgirl’ Miss Hope Springs rummages under her Christmas tree to unpack a glittering array of all original self-penned festive songs from her acclaimed repertoire. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 15.00 31 Dec Motorcity Gold: NYE 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 2019 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 2020! Time: 10.30pm Tickets: £ 15.00 in advance
The entry fee is £7.50 for children aged 2-11 (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 under 2. 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
Win a Family Ticket to watch the pantomime
Starring WENDI PETERS, JON MONIE and NICK WILTON
at the Theatre Royal Bath
Star of stage and television Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Hetty Feather) plays Fairy Bon-Bon alongside Bath favourite Jon Monie and Dame extraordinaire Nick Wilton (EastEnders) in this yearâ€™s magical and award-winning pantomime, Beauty & The Beast appearing at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 12th December to Sunday 12th January. One of the most popular fairy tales of all, Beauty & The Beast is the story of Belle who finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast by an evil sorceress. Can Belle see beyond the beastâ€™s appearance and fall in love with her captor? Will the beast return to the world he once knew and win the hand of the girl who has melted his heart? With a cast of larger than life characters, side-splitting comedy, sumptuous costumes, fabulous scenery and a thrilling transformation scene, this traditional family pantomime written by Jon Monie won Best Script at the Great British Pantomime Awards 2019 after receiving its world premiere at Blackpool Grand Theatre last Christmas. To book tickets for the pantomime Beauty & The Beast at the Theatre Royal Bath, call the Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
A Family Ticket for 4 people to watch Beauty & The Beast at the Theatre Royal Bath on Saturday 21st December at 7pm. For a chance to win, simply send your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Beauty Closing Date: Monday 16th December Usual Ts and Cs apply Go to inbath.net for more details
Gary Delaney Master of the one-liner, Mock the Week regular and husband to fellow stand-up comic Sarah Milican, Gary Delaney is bringing his Gagsterâ€™s Paradise show to Komedia on December 1st. Craig Maplesden had a quick chat with the Solihull-born funnyman to find out what's in store, Memory Palaces and how Martin Lewis (yes, him!) got him into comedy.
Many thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat to me. You are coming to Komedia with your ‘Gagster’s Paradise’ tour. What is the show about and what can we expect? It’s just loads of jokes. No stories, no sad bits, no themes, it's not about anything and you definitely won't learn anything, but if you want a show with 250+ jokes in it, then this is for you. How did you first get into comedy? I was always keen to do stand-up but never had the confidence. I didn't know at that time that funny people are very rarely loud and confident. I used to organise conferences for a living and go to a lot of comedy on my own to watch. An old LSE buddy of mine (Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert guy off the telly) dabbled in stand up mid 90's. I helped him write jokes. I wrote him one about nurses (too rude to print here) and said 'Do this, it's great'. He did. It didn't work. I said 'You're doing it wrong”, he said 'Do it yourself then!'.
"An old LSE buddy of mine (Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert guy off the telly) dabbled in stand up mid 90's. I helped him write jokes. I wrote him one about nurses (too rude to print here) and said 'Do this, it's great'. He did. It didn't work. I said 'You're doing it wrong”, he said 'Do it yourself then!'." I don’t naturally have a good memory so I use what’s called a Memory Palace to help me remember a show. All memory systems work on turning hard to remember things like names and numbers into easy to remembers vivid pictures. Our brains are still caveman’s brain, you’re hard wired to learn your surroundings quickly as that’s an essential skill to survive. So take every joke you want to remember, turn it into an exaggerated, grotesque picture and then spread them around somewhere you know well. Your house, garden, walk to work etc. Of all the skills involved in writing and performing a show the one people comment on the most is the memory aspect, but I think I could teach anyone how to do that in a couple of hours. That’s the easiest part, learning how to write jokes is the hard part. You seem to be constantly on the road with your tour. How is touring for you?
Then one night in the pub he bet me twenty quid that I wouldn't have the balls to do a gig myself. So I did. I never got the money though as we'd agreed a deadline of 6 weeks, and it took me seven weeks to get a gig. Money Saving even then you see! The gig went well and my life changed. I discussed this with Martin recently and it’s only fair of me to say that he remembers this differently. He doesn’t recall any bet, just him encouraging me to start when has was planning to stop. Maybe that’s the mists of time, maybe the fact we were half drunk in a pub late at night, or maybe it’s the fact that if a comic tells a story enough times they genuinely forget what was real and what they embellished. You have been called the ‘Picasso of Puns’. Was it always your intention to be a master of the ‘one-liner’? I’m a big believer that you don’t choose a style in comedy, your style chooses you. As a new act you don’t really know who you are. You try different things, you copy the people you admire and wear your influences on your sleeve. I tried linking jokes together, I tried stories, I tried being a bit weird. They weren’t me. I soon found out that I was rubbish at that stuff but really good at writing short jokes, especially rude ones. If you listen to your audience and whether they’re laughing or not they’ll soon tell you who you are as a comedian. Do you have any amazing memory for gags or do you need brain training in order to remember them all?
I love touring. The travel is tiring but the shows are amazing. As a club comic you’re often playing to people who aren’t necessarily fans of what you do, so it can be hard sometimes. As a touring act people know you already, they’ve seen you on TV, or more likely nowadays in clips on line. People who come to my shows love oneliners. They like silly jokes. They like rude jokes. They like dark jokes. They’re not easily offended or taking the things I say literally. They’re not expecting stories, politics or opinions. They just want to laugh a lot, and that’s what I try to deliver. When someone says after a show that their face hurts from laughing I think ‘But that’s what supposed to happen!’. People often tell me their cheeks hurt after a show, but I’ve never enquired which. Do you have specific days where you sit down to write jokes or do you need to have ‘voice memos’ at the ready to record them? Mix of both. Ideas come when they come, when I was a young comic I always had my notepad and pen to hand, or by the bed. Now it’s notes and voice memos on your phone. But ideas aren’t jokes yet. You need to sit down with them and open up the bonnet and tinker until you have a working joke. Joke writing is a trial and error process. I usually book in new material nights at places like the Comedy Store. Then I spend that day turning my rag tag ideas into 30 to 40 actual jokes. Them I try them out. I grade them A to Ds. I keep the As and some of the Bs. I try to make all the Bs better. I take that third and try them out again at less hospitable gigs, once again I keep the best third of the third. Then those that remain go into my set, if they survive more than a week or two they make
the grade. I reckon I use about 5% of what I write in the finished shows. Do you ever get writers block? No, when I’ve got no new ideas I go back and try to fix the thousands of ideas I’ve had that aren’t working yet. That well never runs out. Do you test out your jokes on your wife first, and if so, is she your harshest critic? No. No one can reliably second guess what an audience will find funny, no matter how good their comic brain is. First hurdle for a joke is just ‘am I willing to say this out loud on a stage?’ Often I’m not. That’s a good filter. We help each other tinker with jokes we’ve tried out to get them working. We’ll often do new material nights together then triage the jokes afterwards. These are good, these are bad, these could be good. Then we try to swap tips on what could change a joke in that last category into a good joke. The rest don’t need it or won’t benefit from it. Have you ever written a joke and thought No, I better not go there? Many times. I usually try them out anyway and see what happens. You can’t second guess audiences. Sometimes the thing you think is too gross and could never work becomes your next banker. Sometimes the joke you think innocuous offends people. Just do it and see what happens. If it’s not funny enough to justify the offense it gets binned, but if it is then it’s golden. Other than the tour, what else do you have planned for the rest of 2019? I’ve just started writing gags for the next tour. I also recorded my first two tour shows which are now being edited (and checked by lawyers) and will be realised for free to people on my mailing list and who follow me on social media. This tour runs til March 2020. This last leg is doing second and third dates in all the places that sold out too quickly. After March I’ll have a little holiday then start seriously working up the next tour. Six months or so at home writing and tinkering. Then rinse and repeat.
Gary Delaney’s Gagster’s Paradise is at The Komedia in Bath on 1st December. For tickets go to www.garydelaney.com
Discover the Magic
of Bath this Christmas…
mbrace the spirit of Christmas in Bath and plan a festive break or day out to the city - shop, eat out, and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Spa City streets twinkling with lights. Whether you live locally or are coming from further afield - there are many activities and experiences to enjoy from early November right through until the new year.
be opening their doors for Shoppers’ Carols on Saturdays during Bath Christmas Market.
Go for a skate at Bath on Ice in Royal Victoria Park or play a few rounds of Glow in the Dark Mini Golf from 15th November–5th January. Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious wood-fired pizza or a mug of indulgent hot chocolate at Moguls Alpine Bar.
Be in awe of Bath’s tallest indoor Christmas tree bedecked with over 1,000 lights and handmade ornaments at The American Museum. Step back in time at No.1 Royal Crescent to discover how Christmas was celebrated through the ages as the museum stay open late on selected dates in December.
Bath Christmas Market, starts on 28th November and runs until 15th December and brings the city-centre alive with its festive magic. The award-winning Market will be brimming with beautifully crafted, locally made gifts and produce, and Bath Abbey will
Once you’ve done all your Christmas shopping, pop along to the Bath BID GiftWrapping Station where expert wrappers will turn your purchases into presents ready to put under the tree. The service is free of charge with a suggested donation to support the work of local charity Julian House.
Let your hair down at The Egg Theatre as you watch their shining musical version of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel, or be swept up in the excitement of Beauty and the
Beast, this year’s panto at Theatre Royal Bath. The Little Theatre Cinema will be showing festive film favourites in the lead up to Christmas, including The Grinch and The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Rest weary feet at the snow topped Apres Ski Bar outside Abbey Hotel Bath, where they will be serving aromatic mulled wine and authentic Alpine appetisers or step into a cosy Tavern at The Bird, Bath where the vast fireplace laden with baubles, flickering fairy lights and spiced mulled drinks will instantly put you in a festive frame of mind.
Having worked up an appetite, indulge in a delicious champagne set lunch at The Ivy Bath Brasserie. When you’re shopped off your feet, rejuvenate at Thermae Bath Spa and admire the city’s Christmas decorations from the steaming rooftop pool.
Father Christmas’s Workshop is an immersive experience for all the family, taking place in a secret location in the city centre. Tickets are £12 per person and can be purchased from Bath Box Office. Little ones can take a whirl on the enchanting Victorian carousel in Stall Street from 19th December – 29th December. Get crafty with a Christmas paper cutting workshop at Julia Davey on 7th December or make your own wreath at The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel on 29th November.
Venture just outside the city and you’ll find seasonal celebrations at National Trust houses; head on a Christmas light trail at Stourhead, discover over 20 beautifully decorated Christmas trees at Lacock Abbey, or experience a very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield.
The package is available Monday–Friday and cost £112 per person.
A Christmas Break in Bath
Bath at Christmas is the perfect excuse for a city break. Whether it’s to visit friends and family, spend some quality time with your partner, finish your Christmas shopping or just relax and get away from it all. From boutique B&Bs and grand guesthouses, to stylish self-catering apartments and affordable hotels, you certainly won’t be disappointed with Bath’s excellent selection of accommodation. Christmas can be a busy time of year so it’s the ideal opportunity to take some time out to de-stress. Check in at one of the many luxury spa hotels in Bath and the surrounding area to unwind in the indulgent facilities and enjoy some pampering treatments. Bowood Hotel will be serving festive afternoon teas and you can tuck into traditional Christmas fare at Bailbrook House throughout December. With so much to see and do across the city at Christmas, book a stay at one of Bath’s hotels and make a trip of it. Plan your visit at visitbath.co.uk/christmas
Bath Christmas Market Experience - Make your trip to Bath Christmas Market even more special with a Christmas experience. Try your hand at Christmas crafts and make a wreath with local florist Hannah Southfield in partnership with Julia Davey Events.
The Fabulous Poodles
Magician, Billy Kidd
Bath Comedy's autumn season offers up festive fun and fantastic live acts
Bonbon "Switchedon" Cabaret Thursday 28th November, 2019 Widcombe Social Club Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals Price: £15 / £12 concs
The Fabulous Poodles
Bonbon Cabaret is back for another Christmas Special, following the Grand Switch-on of Widcombe's Christmas tree lights.
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show Duration: 2hrs incl interval Price: £15
Between 1977 and 1979 the group recorded three albums. The first, eponymously titled, was produced by John Entwistle (the only band apart from The Who he produced). It was followed by "Unsuitable" and "Think Pink" both produced by Muff Windwood.
A splendiferous line-up of top notch acts:
The Fabulous Poodles still embrace two of their most colourful mainstays, Tony De Meur and Bobby Valentino.
Music and stand-up sets from Bath Comedy New Act winner and member of three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band The Young'uns David Eagle. "constantly hilarious, gag on gag, leaving an audience gasping in admiration, and applause that goes on for minutes" - John Christopher Wood, Bath Echo
Friday 8th November, 2019 Widcombe Social Club
Four decades ago the Fabulous Poodles were one of the hottest live acts on both sides of the Atlantic. They toured almost constantly in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. After 40 years, they are set to return with a special pre-London warm-up show for us here in Bath! In North America they opened for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the "Damn The Torpedoes" tour; Sha-na-na; Aerosmith; Ted Nugent (not an ideal pairing) and the Ramones, as well as headlining their own shows in big clubs and small theatres. To say they were hard working is an understatement - at one point they played 78 shows in 73 days. Their live shows were renowned for being mega-fun and they were often compared to The Who and the Kinks. (The latter probably because of Tony De Meur's and John Parsons' astutely observed songs.) Along with general onstage mayhem and generally pithy lyrics, exploding ukuleles became a bit of a trademark for the Fab Poos…no wonder they were John Peel's favourite band.
Following the success of a 2018 box set, 'Mirror Star', and never ones to let a sleeping dog lie, although admittedly it has been quite a kip, the band have now decided to revisit the live arena. "This highly recommended box set is a godsend" - Somethingelse Reviews "This new compilation was sorely needed" Louder Than War "What would the late 70s Kinks have sounded like had they prominently featured mandolin and violin? The simple answer: The Fabulous Poodles." - Musoscribe "Musically tight and lyrically clever to the point where comparisons to the Kinks were more than a coincidence." - Pop Matters
Starring the incredible Billy Kidd - truly world class magic, comedy and charm! "combination of the best magic you've ever seen" - Penn & Teller
Special Guests TBC (watch ths space) And of course, the ineffable Widcombe Radio Players! Comfortable cabaret seating, reasonably priced bar, free Christmas nibbles and the ever-popular pickled egg raffle! Dress code: Santa Baby. Prize for the best creation... Look out for the Widcombe Christmas lights switch-on shenanigans before the show.
Maclaine Colston and Saul Rose
Faulty Towers The Christmas Dining Experience Monday 2nd December, 2019 The Bird, Bath Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show Duration: 2hrs Price: £57.50 incl 3 course meal
Officially the world's most sought after tribute to the BBC sitcom, this one-of-akind original has made its international mark as an 'outrageously funny' night out (BroadwayBaby, Edinburgh Fringe). Selling out at shows all over the world – from Sydney Opera House to London's West End – it's now coming to The Bird's special Christmas Tavern venue in December 2019. But be warned: tickets will sell out here too, so early booking is essential! Basil, Sybil and Manuel are gearing up to bring a healthy dose of mayhem to your door, serving up a 3-course meal and nothing short of two full hours of laughter. Anything can happen and it usually does in the show that's 70% improvised. It's a guaranteed original experience every time! Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight, 5-star show that is suited to anyone ready for a brilliant night out! Ticket price includes cocktail on arrival and three course meal on shared tables. "Hilarious!" ***** What's on London "Fantastic!" ***** What's on Stage "A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation" ***** The Daily Telegraph "Immensely popular… well worth seeing!" **** Broadway Baby "Laughs galore!" ***** The Holiday and Travel Magazine, Sydney Opera House "The Best Completely Indestructible Show Award" ***** The Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe Now performed in up to 20 countries a year by 12 teams of actors, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience was born in Australia in 1997. The schedule for 2019 includes a wealth of highlights such as Fringe Festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh; tours across entire continents like Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia; and an ongoing residency in London's West End. With over 22 years of continuous critical and audience acclaim and close to a million seats sold around the world, it's clear that this is the most successful interactive comedy show of its kind.
Winter Wonderband Tuesday 17th December, 2019 Venue: Ring O Bells Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show Duration: 2hrs incl interval Price: £12 / £10 concs
Maclaine Colston, Saul Rose, Jennifer Crook and Beth Porter team up once more to celebrate the music born out of our great British winter with their mastery of the Dulcimer, Melodeon, Harp and Cello. Expect great sing-a-longs, real foot stompers, beautiful ballads and lots of laughs as these great friends pull together all sorts of musical treats from their collective repertoires. It's not all about Christmas, but it is all about the time of year and how it brings us together.
Colston "The current most outstanding player of the Hammered Dulcimer" (Living Tradition). Saul and Maclaine subsequently formed a duo and recorded "Sand and Soil". The album included guest vocals from Jennifer Crook who Maclaine was touring with (in her band "The Hawthorns") at the time. Back in the old days Maclaine and Jenny were BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award finalists (as was Saul!), and as the duo Cythara they performed on BBC TV and recorded the music for the David Attenborough series 'The Private Life of Plants'.
ABOUT THE BAND: Saul Rose - Melodeons, singing Maclaine Colston - Dulcimer, singing Jennifer Crook - Harp, singing Beth Porter - Cello, singing
More recently, Maclaine performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 'Lord of the Rings' at the Royal Albert Hall. Jennifer also played at the Royal Albert Hall during her tour of the UK and Ireland as harpist with Snow Patrol.
Saul Rose is "probably the best Melodeon player in the country" (Navigator Records). Saul played for many years with Eliza Carthy and Waterson:Carthy, as has Maclaine
Beth has worked with everyone from Peter Gabriel to Bellowhead, toured with Eliza Carthy, and recently performed a solo at the Albert Hall during the Proms!
For full details ad online booking visit www.bathcomedy.com Look out for much more from Bath Comedy in the New Year, not least the 2020 Festival which runs over Easter.
Bath on Ice
Returns for Its 8th Magical Year Wood-fired pizzas, festive drinks, glow mini-golf and a giant ice rink. Bath’s popular winter attraction prepares for another year on ice.
Add some sparkle, and a little bit of magic, this Christmas with The Egg's classic story of Rapunzel As has become a Christmas tradition, this year the egg once again welcomes in a classic story, injects a pinch of a sparkle, and reinvents it into something new, something modern and something magical. This year, they’re letting their hair down to bring Bath a shining musical version of Rapunzel!
With winter approaching and those long cosy nights drawing in, few would deny that Bath 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. A short walk from the city-centre, Bath on Ice has also become a firm favourite on the Christmas calendar and this year it returns for its 8th magical year looking better than ever.
This is the story of an orphaned baby rescued by an eccentric herbalist who raises her as her own. However, this act of love comes with a price. When Rapunzel blossoms into an independent young woman, her mother confines her to a tower to protect her from the prying eyes of the world. Rapunzel will need to call on all her strength, wit and determination to escape and find her one true love. Adapted by London-based powerhouse, Annie Siddons, for her young daughters in 2005, Rapunzel was picked up by Kneehigh in 2006 and did two London runs before touring the UK and US. It has since been remounted eight times and now comes to the egg for a month-long run. Her other credits include Raymondo and How (Not) to Live in Suburbia, which played Summerhall 2016 before two sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre in 2017. Taking the helm is director Nik Partridge who is no stranger to the egg, having previously directed the beloved early years’ Christmas show, Snow Mouse (which also returns this winter). Outside of the egg, Nik is currently a JMK Director Practitioner for the South-West region, and has previously been Staff Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Director-in-Residence at Tobacco Factory. Packed full of hilarious comedy, songs, a magic pig and plenty of princes, this is one hair-raising experience not to be missed this Christmas. Rapunzel is sponsored by King Edward’s School Bath, a school full of creative possibilities, committed to nurturing young talent across music, dance and drama. King Edward’s is delighted once again to sponsor this year’s Christmas production. The show will run from Fri 6 Dec – Sun 12 Jan in the egg theatre. Tickets start from just £15 for children and is for audiences aged 7 and up.
With a massive rink measuring 1000 square metres, there’s plenty of space to learn to skate or to show off those dazzling skating moves in front of your friends. Wood-fired pizzas are also on offer and a whole range of festive drinks including deluxe hot chocolates, mulled wine and prosecco are available in the rink-side Moguls Alpine Bar. After burning off all that energy in the cold, you’ll 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 right next to the rink, is given a magical makeover with fairy lights and glow-in-thedark 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’re looking for a venue for a festive party or whether you just want to go for a twirl on the ice, Bath on Ice has something for everyone. Booking is advised, especially at weekends and in the evenings, and Christmas party packages are available for schools and large groups. Prices are £11.50 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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My Cousin Rachel starring HELEN GEORGE and SIMON SHEPHERD at the Theatre Royal Bath
Murderess, seducer, thief, enchantress – or merely a woman intent on survival? Alluring, exotic and unconventional, Countess Rachel Sangalletti travels from Florence to the Ashley Estate in Cornwall, home of her recently deceased husband. Her presence in the house arouses dark suspicions and uncontrollable desires, not least in young Philip, cousin and heir to the Ashley home. Feverish passion battles reason in this classic Gothic romance set in the wild landscape of the rock-ribbed Cornish coast. Helen George plays the deliciously enigmatic Rachel. Known for her role as Trixie Franklin in eight series of Call the Midwife, her recent stage credits include After Miss Julie and Love In Idleness. Simon Shepherd’s many credits include ITV’s Peak Practice and the West End productions of Posh, The Duck
House, Rapture and Art. Jack Holden plays Philip, Rachel’s cousin. His recent theatre credits include the National Theatre’s War Horse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ink. Anthony Banks was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2004 – 2014. His many directing credits include The Girl on the Train, Strangers On A Train, Twilight Song, Gaslight and After Miss Julie. This menacing psychological thriller by the author of Rebecca and Don’t Look Now, enthralled readers when it was first published in 1951 and went on to become an international best seller. This acclaimed adaptation is by Joseph O’Connor whose novels include the international number one best-seller, Star of the Sea. My Cousin Rachel appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 23rd November.
To book tickets for My Cousin Rachel call the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Two tickets to watch My Cousin Rachel at the Theatre Royal Bath on Friday 22nd November at 7.30pm. For a chance to win, simply send your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: email@example.com Subject: Rachel Closing Date: Monday 18th November Usual Ts and Cs apply Go to inbath.net for more details
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Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet perform
The Nutcracker at the Theatre Royal Bath
Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to the Theatre Royal Bath at the start of 2020, from Sunday 26th to Wednesday 29th January, to perform a spectacular production of Tchaikovskyâ€™s perennial favourite, The Nutcracker. Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, this acclaimed company combines classical training and technique with outstanding soloists to entertain audiences in breathtaking style.
A full orchestra complements the purity of the dancing and traditional staging, to bring a taste of imperial Russia to the UK. This spectacular new version of The Nutcracker, with stunning baroque designs, is a delightfully festive tale and the perfect treat for the whole family. The timeless story of Clara, who is whisked away on an enchanting adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, is the perfect introduction to Russian classical ballet. Full of magical effects, the ballet is set to Tchaikovskyâ€™s captivating and instantly recognisable score. To book tickets to see Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet perform The Nutcracker, call the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Two tickets to watch The Nutcracker at the Theatre Royal Bath on Monday 27th January at 7.30pm. For a chance to win, simply send your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Nutcracker Closing Date: Monday 20th January Usual Ts and Cs apply Go to inbath.net for more details
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Simply having a wonderful Christmas time at the Forum As the nights draw in and Winter arrives, here at the Forum, we've got plenty to entertain and delight over the festive season. In November, we're kicking things off with the return of Jack Savoretti at the Forum. He's on tour with his number-one album Singing to Strangers and will be with us on Tuesday 5 November. With two #1 albums, five Top 10 singles, a BRIT Award and 7 million sales, James Morrison is one of the biggest success stories of his era. Join us to see him with his latest album You're Stronger Than You Know on Wednesday 6 November.
Weâ€™re delighted to welcome back Jools Holland with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion around the UK.
Weâ€™re delighted to welcome back Jools Holland with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion around the UK, including special guests Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Gilson Lavis on Thursday 7 November. Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes on Friday 8 November. Marillion are back on tour and will be playing songs spanning their 14 album-career with Steve Hogarth, as 2019 celebrates 30 years of him joining the band. You can see Marillion on Saturday 9 November. Following a famous fall out in 1993, Shakespears Sister bandmembers Siobhan and Marcella were reunited in 2018 and decided to write some music together for the first time in over 25 years. They're joining us on their tour on Thursday 14 November.
The Bowie Collective are musicians, actors, artists, techies, hackers and ardent Bowie fans. The beating heart of this multimedia show is a Rock ’n Roll band performing arguably the most sonically accurate versions of David Bowie’s greatest records you will ever hear, visually enhanced by a spectacular light and video backdrop on Friday 15 November.
Kate Rusby in power - and the journalists apparently holding them to account. He joins us on Saturday 30 November. The Godfather of modern stand-up returns after 15 years: Ben Elton is back on the road with an all-new stand-up show. He promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. See his take on things on Wednesday 4 December.
Ben Elton is back on the road with an all-new stand-up show. He promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. The irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No. 3 in the UK charts. Other favourite classic Genesis tracks will also feature in the show on Wednesday 20 November.
At the age of 15, Lauren Zhang won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 with virtuosic ability and musical understanding way beyond her years. Expect youthful prodigious technical ability but also musical insight for and from a new generation on Thursday 5 December.
Selling 5 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 and join us on Thursday 21 November. Comedy legends Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan are joining forces to split the bill and your sides with a night of comedy stand up and impressions on Friday 22 November.
With over 340 million video views, 19 million singles sold including 3 number one UK singles and over 6 million albums, Emeli Sande has dominated the music industry and captured the heart of the Nation. She is performing at the Forum on Saturday 23 November.
The legendary Sir Lenny Henry will be joining us for an evening: in part one of his show, Lenny will take you through a jam session of stories both funny and sad. In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career on Thursday 28 November. Back by popular demand, Love Actually, the seasonal rom-com that has become a revelation and synonymous for so many with the festive period, returns with a full orchestra performing its soundtrack live to picture. Get into the festive spirit on Friday 29 November. If no news is good news, then the good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people
Kate Rusby has released three albums of songs and carols from this marvellous Yorkshire-inspired tradition and this year’s Christmas show will feature tracks from all four festive collections on Wednesday 11 December. Join us for a high energy concert celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band with The Rolling Stones Story on Friday 13 December. We’ve got a night of laughter with Rob Delaney headlining as well as fellow comedians Phil Wang, Rose Matafeo and Ed Gamble. Live at Christmas is on Saturday 14 December. The enduring appeal of ABBA is reflected in the ongoing success of the BJORN AGAIN show having amassed 5,000 performances in 72 countries in 31 years. They join us at the Forum on Wednesday 18 December.
The world’s Premier Beatles show continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their immaculate note-perfect portrayal of the fab four’s journey through the swinging 60s. It’s all there - the costumes, the mannerisms, the witty banter and the period gear. The Bootleg Beatles are on Friday 20 December. It’s the perfect way for the whole family to start the festive season: Bath Philharmonia brings to life Rupert the Bear’s magical adventures into the forest to discover the mysterious ‘Frog Chorus’. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without The Snowman and the orchestra perform Howard Blake’s score live to Raymond Briggs’ animated masterpiece. Make sure you book your tickets for Saturday 21 December.
Rhiannon Giddens’ 19th-century American minstrel banjo tunes and Francesco Turrisi’s traditional Sicilian Tamburello (tambourine) rhythms fit very naturally together and you’re in for a real treat on Tuesday 26 November.
Sir Lenny Henry The incomparable London African Gospel Choir join us to perform the classic Paul Simon album ‘Graceland’ in full live on stage on Friday 6 December.
Lupita Nyong’o stars in Little Monsters
FilmBath Festival 2019: Thursday 7 to Sunday 17 November
This year there are 37 feature and 46 short films, as well as industry events and awards taking place in 7 venues around the city. Highlights include Little Monsters, in which Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o tries to keep her young charges safe from flesh-eating zombies (November 9), the yet-to-be-released comedy JoJo Rabbit starring Scarlett Johansen (November 17), powerful observational documentary Shooting the Mafia, and The Souvenir – a tender tale of a relationship built on deceit (both November 11). Also included in the festival are a host of exciting foreign language films, including the multi- award-winning The Chambermaid, as well as brilliantly insightful documentaries such as Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly showing the socially engaged art he made whilst under house arrest. Children and parents alike will love A Miniscule Adventure, the enchanting foreign-language tale of a ladybird who accidentally ends up in the Caribbean (November 11).
Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, November 12: is followed by a Skype Q&A with director Cheryl Haines Filmfarsi, November 10: is followed by a Skype Q&A with director Ehsan Khoshbakht Children of the Snow Land, November 10: is followed by a Q&A with the director Zara Balfour Arab Blues, November 17, is followed by a Skype Q&A with the director Manele Labidi Labbe
Filmmakers’ Networking Evening on November 10 IMDb Awards on November 14
The Odeon, the Little Theatre, Chapel Arts, the Rondo, the egg, Christ Church and Komedia The festival is the longest-running film festival in the south-west and screens the films everyone will be talking about in 2020.
To stay up to date with FilmBath news, visit filmbath.org.uk; find FilmBathUK on Facebook or follow @FilmBathUK on Twitter.
8th - 22nd December 2019 10am - 4pm
This year, The Bishop’s Palace in Wells will once again be celebrating the magic of the Christmas season over two weeks of festive fun! From 8th until 22nd December, the rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be adorned with decorations on a different theme, from medieval through Victorian to Nordic. The Entrance Hall will be warmed by a roaring fire, and seasonal greenery and foliage from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments to complement the historic interiors.
'The rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be adorned with decorations on a different theme, from medieval through Victorian to Nordic.'
For younger visitors, a ticket can be bought to visit Father and Mother Christmas who will be meeting children in the Palace on 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd Dec. Each child will get individual time with Father Christmas, and of course, a gift! Tickets for Father Christmas can be purchased online from 1st October 2019, and always sell out in advance.
There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail which will take visitors through the Palace & Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene at the end. Family Christmas craft sessions will be taking place daily upstairs at the Palace, giving children the chance to create handmade decorations, perfect as a gift to granny or to adorn their own tree. Check the website for further details about timings. In addition, on Saturday 14th and 21st December Wells Theatre Company will be performing a costumed reading of Dickens atmospheric tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Entrance Hall of the Palace at 11am and 2pm. The shows will last around an hour and will involve costumed actors, musicians and carol singers bringing this timeless tale to life in a wholly unique way around the medieval fireplace of the stunning Entrance Hall. Each weekend there will be a selection of musical performances in the Chapel, based on Christmas themes and the cafe will be selling mulled wine and mince pies to get you in the Christmas spirit. '
FilmBath’s executive director Holly Tarquini says: “Our greatest strength is our programming team of 8 who spend 6 months watching over 700 films so that we can screen the most through provoking, entertaining and stimulating programme.”
Christmas at the Palace
Entrance to Christmas at the Palace is included in standard admission, Father Christmas tickets are £10 per child and include admission for the child, and must be accompanied by a paying adult/member.
what's on If you are on a tight schedule to hunt down unique presents for Christmas, the museum shop is definitely the place to visit. From handmade Tibetan soft toys to locally made deconstructed willow pattern mugs, this little shop is truly a treasure trove for unusual gifts. Vintage kimono fabric products made by local Japanese resident, Michiyo Ueno are the most special of all. She personally handpicks all her materials from Japan. Michiyo comes from a highly respected Kimono maker family in Beppu in southern Japan, which has been a sister city of Bath since 1994.
Festival at the
Museum of East Asian Art The Museum of East Asian Art is always buzzing with festivities from Christmas to Lunar New Year. There are many fun-packed and creative activities for all ages, the museum shop is dressed up with origami crafts lovingly made by the volunteers during this time and stocked with unique gifts inspired by Asian arts and cultures. Added on to the excitement of the festival season, on 23 November the Museum opens its major exhibition China on a Plate. The exhibition explores the culture of food and drink in China through a wide range of vessels made of different materials and used by various social classes over centuries.
Looking for something more hands-on? Why not sign up to the origami workshops with Christmas and Lunar New Year themes? Learn some new skills and make Asian inspired decorations for your home. The adult origami workshops are the most popular event at the Museum. There is also a Christmas workshop particularly designed for families. All the workshops require booking in advance and places are limited.
Origami: Christmas tea light or card-making Friday 29 Nov 18:15 - 19:30
Origami: tree decorations or card-making Friday 6 Dec 18:15 - 19:30
Many beautiful artefacts that are classified as Chinese ‘art’ were originally made for daily purposes; the exhibition uncovers the original functions of these exquisite objects.
Family Christmas Origami Workshop
This exhibition is the result of a joint research project between the Museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. A complementary exhibition will be shown at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS from 10 January to 21 March 2020.
Friday 12 Dec 18:15 - 19:30
Saturday 7 December 2019
Origami: Christmas magic stars or card-making Lunar New Year origami workshop schedule will be announced soon. Check the Museum’s website for event details www.meaa.org.uk.
Bath Postal Museum delivers a ﬁrst class history of communication
Come and experience a Christmas of colour at the American Museum
Did you know that the postal system as we know it today has its origins in 18th century Bath. Firstly a national delivery service using horse riders (known as Post Boys) was organised by Ralph Allen (pictured) which he ran from his office in Bath. He was also a major participator in the building of Georgian Bath. Later John Palmer introduced a network of mail coaches connecting every city and town in Great Britain which later became the Royal Mail. Did you know that before the introduction of postage stamps the cost of sending post was borne by the receiver and the cost varied dependent on the distance travelled and the number of sheets sent .
Inspired by its love of colour, pattern, texture and the magical poem by US writer Clement Clarke Moore, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, the American Museum & Gardens have created the South West’s most colourful and family friendly Christmas.
At the Bath Postal Museum you can find out much more about the history of the postal system and view part of our extensive philatelic collection. Current exhibits include a fascinating collection of letters lost on land due to wrecks and crashes and later recovered - compiled by the late former Mayor of Bath - Adrian Hopkins. Visit our website bathpostalmuseum.org.uk for details of opening times. We hope to see you there soon !
In collaboration with illustrator Joe Watson, the young and young at heart will have the chance to relive that unexpected encounter as they wander through that magical night. The colour continues in the Museums main collection in Claverton Manor too, where visitors will discover life from historical winters past. When visitors need a break from the glorious glow, they can relax with scrummy festive treats, including Ginger Bread, in the Orangery Café, and a spot of retail therapy in one of the Museum’s unique shops which are open everyday. The Museum will also be hosting annual Christmas craft fair on Saturday 30 November, at which local artisans and crafters have a range of traditional and handcrafted stock fillers for sale. The festive programme includes events for the little ones, including meeting the man of the season St Nick, and for the not so little ones, wreath-maker extraordinaire Sarah Pepper will be running a wreathmaking workshop using foliage from the Museum estate. It’s time to escape the city and explore our shared history. Visit the website for more details: www.americanmuseum.org
Discover the spirit of Christmas past at No 1 Royal Crescent Discover the true spirit of Christmas Past this festive season at No. 1 Royal Crescent as we reveal how Christmas was celebrated through the Ages. Discover how Christmas traditions have come to be, from the elegant simplicity of the Georgians to the festive trees and cards of the Victorians; through the grim but hopeful wartime Christmases to the bright and colourful ones of today. Enter into the Christmas Spirit with our festively dressed house and celebrate, for after all ‘Tis the Season…’ Admission prices: Adult £12, Child £6, Family £30, Concession £10.80 We will remain open until 7pm (last entry 6.30pm) on Friday 6th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December. There will be a pop-up bar for refreshments and the Georgian Shop will remain open. no1royalcrescent.org.uk
Night-time stargazing at The Herschel Museum of Astronomy November 29 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn at 21:04 GMT The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°55 dgrees to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 3 days old.At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse. See website for more details: www.herschelmuseum.org.uk
Peter Brown Bath is It
30 November – 2 February 2020
Discover how Bath played a vital role in establishing better communications throughout the empire
Visitors can see the fascinating story of the post from clay mail to email.
30 November – 9 February 2020
Learn about the most famous Postal Pioneers, and how they shaped worldwide communications.
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The Holburne Museum
This festive season sees displays from past masters, Rembrandt and Matisse, along with educational talks, recitals and Christmas inspired graft workshops. Rembrandt in Print Until 5 January 2020
Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606-1669) death, this display of 50 of the finest works from the Ashmolean Museum’s world-class collection of prints by the Dutch master includes self-portraits, landscapes, nude studies and religious scenes.
Henri Matisse: Master of Line Until 5 January 2020
One of the undisputed masters of 20th century art, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is renowned for the exquisite delicacy of his drawn line. His etchings are remarkable for the fact that they preserve the vivacity and clarity of his drawing, giving them an immediacy that is especially striking in dialogue with the etchings of Rembrandt.
Candace Bahouth’s Box of Delights Until 5 January 2020
The Ballroom Gallery has been transformed by Candace Bahouth into a creative hot house. A riot of colour, pattern and mosaic, Candace takes the ordinary and reimagines it to create bizarre, surreal and fanciful objects.
A History of Georgian Pleasure: Lucy Inglis,
historian and novelist Thursday 14 November, 7-8pm £5 / £3 concessions (Garden Cafe open for drinks, 6-7pm) The Georgians were the first British people to have a concept of personal freedom. This talk explores the notions of leisure and pleasure in the eighteenth century.
Rembrandt the Printmaker An Van Camp
Thursday 21 November, 7-8pm £10 (Exhibition open 6-7pm, and Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm) The greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was one of the most experimental printmakers of the seventeenth century. This talk explores Rembrandt’s working methods and innovative techniques, in addition to his talents as a storyteller and an observer of life.
A Very Georgian Soiree
Saturday 23 November, 7-10pm £35 (includes a free cocktail on arrival) Back by popular demand! For one night only, immerse yourself in the colourful world of the 18th-century Sydney Hotel. Experience a night of Georgian scandal and revelry as we transport you back in time. Enjoy an eclectic programme of: Live music | Historic dancing | Theatrical performances | Gin cocktails | Pies | Georgian makeovers | Georgian picture booth. AFTERNOON RECITAL
WMC @ The Holburne: The Five Musketeers
Wednesday 27 November, 2-3pm £10 Join us for a refined afternoon programme of 19th-century splendour and grace. The Five Musketeers comprise outstanding international musicians on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Peter and Ann Law Experience Scheme. This recital they presents a varied repertoire of 19th-century chamber music for winds on original historical instruments. FREE FAMILY FUN
Ho Ho Holburne
Sunday 8 December, 12 noon – 4pm Enjoy an afternoon creating unique decorations and gifts inspired by Sir William Holburne’s Grand Tour. Make Italian-inspired clay angel tea-light holders and painted baubles, French gift-boxes, Dutch silver & gold garlands – and more. Admission by Ticket holburne.org Great Pulteney Street Bath BA2 4DB
Peter Brown: Bath Is It
IMAGES: Christmas at Lacock ©National Trust Images/Connor Sheppard; Christmas tree festival ©National Trust Images/Emma Weston
at the Victoria Art Gallery
‘What’s on’at Lacock Abbey this Christmas?
Running from 30 November 2019 to 2 February 2020, Peter Brown: Bath Is It will celebrate the streets and green places of Bath, along with views of Glastonbury Festival, and more far-flung places painted by the artist on his travels, including New York, Havana and Hôi An.
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 December. 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 30 Nov - 5 Jan 2020, 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 Fridays and weekends, 30 Nov-1 Dec, 6-8, 13-15 Dec, between 11.15am -3.45pm
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 reindeer games family trail
30 Nov-5 Jan 2020, 11am – 4pm Father Christmas' reindeer are having fun in the abbey grounds, join them for some fun puzzles and activities then take a festive
An exhibition of more than 100 new oil paintings and drawings by the popular Bathbased artist Peter Brown – also known as ‘Pete the Street’ – will go on display at the Victoria Art Gallery later this year.
Humorous diary entries will provide a fascinating insight into the working processes of an artist who is widely acclaimed as one of Britain’s best plein air painters. Peter insists on using the street as his studio and often incorporates passers-by into his work.
photo in the abbey courtyard. In the village, see if you can crack the code to find out which games the villagers are getting as Christmas presents this year.
Great hall decorated for Christmas
30 Nov-5 Jan 2020 (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. Capture a Christmas memory in the birthplace of photography by striking a pose in front of our Great Hall Christmas tree.
Carols in the courtyard
5 – 20 Dec (Thursdays and Fridays only) performances between 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.
The show will include scenes of wellloved Bath locations such as Widcombe, Hedgemead Park, Lansdown and Milsom Street, alongside lesser-known but equally beautiful corners of the city. These atmospheric views are captured in different states: quiet and bustling, and in all weathers, even rain and snow. Despite being in demand globally, Peter continues to paint his home city. He came to Bath in 1986 to study for a foundation course in art, and then trained in Manchester and Greenwich before returning to Bath in 1993. Peter is President of the New English Art Club and is represented in the following collections: The Victoria Art Gallery, The RAC Club, The Holburne Museum, The National Library of Wales, Howard de Walden Estate, House of Fraser, Hottinger Group, The Bowerman Collection, The Savoy Art Collection, The Target Corporation and The Drapers’ Company. The talk is free to Discovery Card and exhibition ticket holders and booking is not required. www.victoriagal.org.uk
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New Christmas traditions made at Lacock Join in with Victorian carol singing around the tree in the festive Abbey courtyard and explore our annual community Christmas tree festival in the Abbey cloister. These are the places that make us. nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock
Enter a world of festive family fun at
Prior Park Landscape Garden This December a landscape-wide advent calendar is coming to Prior Park Landscape Garden. Exploring the garden you will come across a whole host of decorative little wooden doors, which open to reveal some festive finds and challenges for the whole family. Winter in the garden is still surprisingly green, thanks to the glossy laurel hedge lines, plus evergreen trees – many also showcasing some colourful berries for the birds at this time of year. Prior Park, looked after by the National Trust, is currently undergoing a large restoration project to restore the Georgian dams. The work is in the early stages, and while the garden is a hive of activity for the project during the week, at the weekends when the gates open to the public over the winter, the diggers will fall quiet, and allow for peaceful winter wanders. The Tea Shed, now relocated to the Cabinet at the top of the garden, is on hand every weekend with a selection of hot drinks to warm up chilly fingers, plus cakes, scones, snacks, cold drinks, and if you’re visiting over lunchtime then there are paninis and soup to choose from. While winter opening is limited to weekends only (November to January), Boxing Day provides another opportunity to explore the winter garden and to stretch the legs after the indulgences of Christmas Day. Pop by the Tea Shed for just one more mince pie, if you haven’t had your fill for the season.
New name for Bath City Church reflects love and longing for our beautiful city When a young couple gathered a handful of students to pray together in a flat near the Royal Crescent in late 1968, they never envisaged becoming Bath City Church.
the city and beyond, leader Dan Reynolds says, “As a church community we want to remain focused on being radical and relevant to all generations in a fast changing world”.
At first the group became known as Bath Christian Fellowship and grew, building around a sense of family and community in daily life, meeting throughout the week, in homes and meeting halls, not only on Sundays.
As part of that focus the name of the church will change in line with the Life that the gospel of Jesus Christ inspires.
The group bought its first building in Henry Street in 1978 and in the early 1980’s changed its name from Bath Christian Fellowship to Bath City Church, embracing the reality of its identity as a church in the city. In 1988, after a remarkable story of unique opportunities and financial provision, the church purchased the former city cinema, the Forum with its large auditorium and listed art deco features. After five decades, with an increasingly diverse and more dispersed congregation in
From the beginning of November, the group of people known as Bath City Church, who meet in the Forum in the centre of the city, will be changing their name to Life Church Bath. “We still retain a heart and a love for our renowned and beautiful city,” explained Dan. “It’s a city characterised for leisure, refreshment and a provision of healing. But we also want to reach to our wider region, to the nation, and nations beyond.” Dan is very clear, “Our heart and new name reflect a longing for our city to Come to Life!”
LIFE CHURCH BATH
New Year issue: Exentisive focus on Health and Wellbeing
The start of a new year offers up an opportunity to reflect on the year just passed and focus on the year ahead. Our January/February issue will be our most extensive guide to health and wellbeing. We will speak to heath and wellbeing professionals, focus on a variety of health, fitness and mindfulness pursuits, as well as speak to some celebrities about their own individual journeys. As always, we will bring you the most up-to-date what's on news, interviews and competitions. Our food and drink section will cover Valentines and Burns Night, as well as healthy eating. To continue the improvement and development theme, we will also look at finances, education and property. Wihtin the property section we will also focus on the best new developments to look out for in 2020.
Frosty fingers made at Prior Park Visit Prior Park this winter for peaceful wanders, steaming hot chocolate and to see the latest on the dams restoration project. These are the places that make us. nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park Social icon
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Christmas At The Crescent
Wreath-making, Nutcracker-hunting, Festive Films and more! This December the Royal Crescent Hotel is the perfect place to base yourself for an afternoon, evening or a longer visit, to enjoy all that Bath has to offer at Christmas time. The RCH is a pleasant 10-minute stroll from the famous Bath Christmas Markets, where you can sup mulled wine, browse the stalls and finish your Christmas shopping.
When you're ready to rest your feet, wander back to the hotel, take a seat in the gardens, and the attentive waiting staff will bring you hot chocolate and blankets to snuggle under. (If the weather isn't great, you can sink into a cosy chair in the bar instead!)
Fairy lights and lanterns will light the way as you hunt the regiment of elegant Nutcracker soldiers that are hidden throughout the hotel's gardens; solve the puzzle and you'll be rewarded with a festive treat! The restaurant will be serving festive afternoon teas throughout the season, so head along and bite into a yummy Santa's tummy and other Christmassy treats. The hotel will also be screening some of your favourite Christmas films in their cosy library on certain dates, so keep an eye on their website for screening times! If you want to get your creative juices flowing, book a place at the hotelâ€™s workshop to make your very own festive wreath on December 6th. Or, if you're feeling energetic, ask the concierge team about nearby ice-skating and glow in the dark mini-golf - a stone's throwaway from the hotel! Why not make the most of your time in Bath with an overnight stay â€“ check out their amazing packages online! To find out more, call 01225 823 333 or email email@example.com
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Experience the festive season with
Koffmann and Mr White's Festive food is undoubtedly a favourite for most during the season of goodwill and with a variety of dining options available, you’re sure to find the perfect way to celebrate at Koffmann and Mr White’s Brasserie. The festive season is just around the corner, and we think it’s about time we brought you an exciting preview of our festive dining experiences! At Koffmann and Mr White’s, we love all things Christmas – this December we will be serving up a delicious festive feast for our guests to enjoy from Thursday 21st November, right through until the big day itself.
For those looking to enjoy a festive feast with a difference, our Bolt Holes offer the ideal setting for groups to gather and enjoy a festive celebration in the comfort of their own private dining space. If you’re party is a little larger then the Escape is the ideal city centre venue to gather up friends, family or colleagues for a show-stopping celebration to include a festive buffet or sit down dinner. The Escape will also play host to party nights each Friday and Saturday throughout December where small groups can come together with other small groups of people and enjoy a combined celebration. Festive menu from £28 per person, Party Nights from £49 per person. Children’s Menu also available from £6.95 - £9.95 per child. Visit www.abbeyhotelbath.co.uk to find out more
raising the culinary bar this Christmas * Three Rosettes * Award-Winning Head Chef * AA Hotel of the Year * For an extra special dining experience, you won’t find any better in this corner of Somerset than Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant. Come and see what our warm and welcoming five star restaurant has to offer…
Festive ‘Two-for-One’ Lunches 4-courses for £40 for two people
Enjoy our delicious festive lunch menu at The Gainsborough. Designed by Head Chef Dan Moon, the menu combines the very best seasonal produce with classic festive flavours. A complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival is followed by Smoked Duck Terrine to start, Salmon Cannelloni, Roast Red Leg Partridge with a Chestnut Puree, finishing with a Dark Chocolate Fondant with Orange Sorbet.
Whether you choose to dine with us for lunch or dinner, our dedicated team will ensure that you enjoy a truly festive atmosphere to get you in the mood for Christmas. Our fabulous Festive Menu includes sumptuous traditional dishes such as, ‘celeriac & hazelnut soup, turkey with all the trimmings and treacle tart served with clotted cream ice-cream. Koffmann and Mr Whites Brasserie is open 12pm to 9.30pm daily, so there’s plenty of opportunity to join us, whether you’re in search of an express lunch in the midst’s of gathering Christmas presents for the kids, for a Saturday evening date night or for the office Christmas party. To make the most of your experience and truly let your hair down, we highly recommend sampling a festive cocktail (or two) in the Art Bar before taking your seat to dine.
Dan Moon at The Gainsborough:
Our semi-private dining area behind the wine wall in the restaurant is a perfect location to enjoy lunch with a group of friends, family or colleagues (up to 14 guests).
Served Thursday, 28th November Tuesday 24th December 2019 (Monday – Friday only) 12 noon – 2.30pm Festive fare has never been so fine…
To book your five-star festive lunch, please call 01225 358 888 or visit our website www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk for more details.
DAN MOON at the
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 28th Nov – 24th Dec) £40 for two people for 4 courses and a complimentary glass of mulled wine
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Three Wise Chefs
If you are looking to add a little sparkle into this years festive fayre, we have asked three of the city's most respected Head Chefs to come up with some recipes that will wow your dinner party guests...
starter marco pierre white's classic 1970's style prawn cocktail Ingredients: Prawns, shell on Iceberg lettuce Lemon wrap Marie rose sauce Bread brown Butter - unsalted Paprika Free range egg Micro parsley Salt Maldon Pepper And the Marie Rose sauce Mayonnaise MPW Thick Tomato Ketchup Lea & Perrins
Tabasco Sauce Lemon Juice Brandy Method: Defrost prawns. Place washed and sliced iceberg lettuce in bottom of glass. Season the prawns with salt and pepper. Slice egg into 4 quarters, place 3/4 of the egg on top of the iceberg then add the prawns, top prawns with Marie rose sauce. Finish with micro parsley, grate the last quarter of the hard boiled egg and sprinkle of paprika, garnish with lemon wrap and brown bread and butter, serve as per image.
david campbell's hay smoked salmon, cauliflower, radish, lemon Looks simple, but deceptively so, quite a lot of components to pull together so need to be well organised and precise.
1 x side loch Duarte salmon, skinned, trimmed and pin boned 250 g Maldon sea salt 250 g castor sugar 1 x lemon Skin the salmon, remove any brown fat from skin side, trim neatly and ensure all pin bones are removed Mix Sea salt and sugar together well, using a micro plane zest the lemon into the sugar and salt and mix. Pack onto the salmon evenly in a tray on both sides and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 mins, this firms up the salmon, cures it and seasons it at the same time. Wash off sugar and salt mix under cold water, pat dry on a cloth and transfer to sous vide bag. Cook in sous vide bath at 40c for 24 mins. Chill in the bag in an ice bath.
To smoke the salmon, remove from the bag, and place on a steamer tray, wrap trap tightly on top in cling film, three layers should be enough. In a separate tray place some hay and some rock salt, blow torch this to flame it and then quickly drop the tray with the salmon on top, this extinguishes any flames and causes smoke to form, leave tray with salmon on top for 10 mins to take on smoke flavour.
Blanch for 1 hr on a very low heat in stock syrup with the juice of another lemon. Reserve
½ cauliflower trimmed to florets 300 mils milk 100 mils double cream ½ bay leaf Salt and pepper Knob of butter Sweat florets off in a sauté pan with butter, add bay leaf and season with salt and pepper, when its just starting t cook add the milk and double cream, cook quickly for 15 mins or until florets are soft. Drain cauliflower but keep the cooking liquid, transfer to food Blitzer and blitz on high, add liquid slowly back in till mixture is smooth and shiny, consistency should be similar thickness to custard. Chill and reserve in a squeezy bottle.
Pick off some small florets, only one or two, and break them down in to mini florets the size of your small finger nail. Blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain and refresh.
Cut two florets and then slice these down thinly with mandolin. Reserve
3 x lemons Peel 1 lemon carefully using a speed peeler, just remove the yellow outer skin, don’t get the pith!
The first lemon you can now completely peel to just leave the flesh, segment this neatly, remove any pips, and place in a little stock syrup with lemon juice to balance. Reserve
You need three breakfast radishes
Cut a piece of salmon approx. 1.5 inches width, place four to five dots of the cauliflower puree carefully on top, then add some mini florets, then some of the lemon segments, then raw cauliflower slices. Garnish with a few strands of the lemon zest that’s been cooked in the stock syrup and a few slivers of radish. Drizzle a tiny bit of smoked oil and rock salt on top. Place next to the salmon a nice blob of the cauliflower puree and serve
mary berry's white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake
For this recipe you will need a deep 20cm/8in spring form tin, an electric hand whisk and a blender.
Ingredients For the base
150g/5Â˝oz digestive biscuits 75g/2Âžoz butter, plus extra for greasing
For the filling
250g/9oz mascarpone cheese 300ml/10fl oz double cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 200g/7oz white chocolate, broken into chunks
For the coulis
400g/14oz fresh raspberries
Grease the base of a 20cm/8in springform cake tin with butter, then line with a circle of baking parchment.
To make the cheesecake base, put the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until it resembles fine crumbs but still has texture. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Add the biscuits and stir. Spoon into the base of the tin and press using the back of a spoon until level, then cover and chill in the refrigerator. To make the filling, put the mascarpone and double cream into a bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk until it is smooth and has very soft peaks. Stir in the vanilla. Put the chocolate into a small heatproof bowl, and place on top of a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted but not hot. Set aside for 5â€“10 minutes, until cool but still liquid. Pour into the mascarpone and stir, but be careful not to over mix. To make the coulis, put half the raspberries in a small blender. Blitz until runny, then pour through a sieve into a bowl to remove the seeds. Spoon half of the white chocolate mixture over the base. Use the handle of a teaspoon to make a few narrow holes in the mixture right down to the base. Pour or pipe the coulis into the holes, reserve some for
decorating. Spoon the remaining white chocolate mixture on top, then smooth and level it. Cover with cling film and chill for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Run a palette knife around the edges of the tin. Remove the sides and base and sit on a plate. It may be easier to serve on the base or carefully run a knife under the biscuit base to release. Arrange the remaining raspberries on top of the cheesecake and drizzle over the remaining coulis.
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Bath born, Mary Berry's no-bake cheesecake recipe can be prepared in advance, making it perfect for a dinner party.
Spain’s undiscovered wine region.
eye at every new view. The great Spanish Sparkling wine Cava is king here with ancient and traditional bodegas producing with countless styles and prices. The idea of a Spanish sparkling wine (Cava) initially came from Champagne as pioneer wine families sought to create wealth and stylistic wines around 1870. Once the styles and grapes used were in place Cava became the staple ‘go to wine’ for all families, restaurants, street cafes and (later) exporting to a greater new wine thirsty world. By using the widely – planted Parellada, Xarel lo and Macabeu local farming families contributed to the grape-growing ‘revolution’ bringing much-needed stability and expansion. Other more ‘International’ grapes are now also permitted allowing a greater range of styles for a more International market. With the influence of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean just nearby this is a great dry climate able to produce the volume and quality of healthy, fruit-laden vines, many grown organically or biodynamically.
Wine Review by @BistroWineMan, Stephen Barrett
Our visit to the welcoming Llopart bodega that has been at the forefront of quality Cava since 1887 when they decided to dedicate their entire wine estate to elaborating this eponymous fizz.
Part 1 of 2 When I have the opportunity to travel to some of the worlds great Wine Regions it not only opens my eyes to the current wines and cuisines, but the history and culture often hidden from view from the traveller or wine hunter. Catalunya is situated in Northern Spain but with its feet firmly set in the Mediterranean Sea! It famous capital is the amazing city of Barcelona known throughout the world for its ancient culture, architecture its food and of course football! Whist the latter is not something I am too versed on it leaves the rest offering great interest as my travel itinerary points to a mixture of provinces (or perhaps sub-regions) all offering something very different. After landing in Barcelona my colleagues and I headed straight for Pla de Bages a tiny (wine) region covering just 600 hectares and 90 km due north of Barcelona. It a tantalising place overshadowed by the omni-presence of the mythical mountain Monserrat ensconced in ancient rugged terrain. We ventured to Saint Liorenc del Munc I l’Obac, Natural Park, cameras at the ready, walking a few kilometres in search of and finding ancient stone wineries, presses and vats recently having been uncovered and now being restored as important monuments in the regions historic winemaking tradition.
A wine tasting at one of these important wineries introduced us to the grape Picapoul used for white wine making (plus an equally rare red)offering a fresh stone-fruit style much-loved by the locals in Pla de Bages. With around a dozen bodegas in Pla de Bages elaborating wines in many styles; the wine hunter can also discover ancient remains and wine buildings many under reconstructive management preserving an ancient way of life for future generations. Visiting the excellent Celler Adabal – www.abadal.net - showed just that as within their 12th Century buildings are housed a combination of fine 200 year old Chestnut barrels plus modern winemaking facilities producing an excellent range of modern wines, slick in their presentation - available from a terrific wine shop. The nearby Mon Sant Benet was beckoning with its restored buildings and cloisters dating back over 1000 years proved a feast for the eyes – a whole day could easily be spent here – culminating in a visit to the family home of the famous Catalonian painter Ramon Casas secretly housed above the cloisters. An unashamed modernist his work is exalted and vivid, fun-loving and passionate. On to the Hotel Mon Sant Benet for an overnight – top facilities with a modern restaurant overlooking the bell tower of the ancient monastery. The restaurant’s facilities were flexible and modern. Top menus for small or larger parties include great Tapas on demand. www.monstbenet.com A short hop to the famous region of Penedes with over 250 cellars is perhaps the best known appellation with soils and terrains, monasteries and bodegas pleasing the
A tour of the vineyards and cellar showed passion and joy in all aspects of production and cellaring. It is of course the aging of the juvenile Sparkling Wine in quiet cellars that allow complexity to develop, and here at this bodega it is abundance. www.llopart.com After a fascinating day and lots of Cava we headed for the seaside resort of Sitges and the modern hillside hotel complex of Dolce, overlooking the azure-blue Mediterranean. Every detail is considered in this ultramodern hotel facility enabling the visitor a great base to explore this spectacular region. www.dolcesitges.com To find out more read Part Two of this Catalonian odyssey in our next edition. Stephen Barrett is a Wine, Food and Travel writer based in Plymouth. Stephen welcomes correspondence via his website www.stephenbarrett.com Facebook and LinkedIn and @bistrowineman on Twitter and Instagram
Celebrate the festive season surrounded by acres of woodland and Somerset countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This Christmas spend your holidays cultivating peace for the New Year, surrounded by woodland & incredible winter views.
Having a Party
Relax and recharge, or have a party! Our Grade II listed Manor House is the perfect, peaceful venue for the festive season, whether it’s a cosy candlelit Christmas party, a relaxing stay after the Bath Christmas Market, or a restorative festive break. If your guests book all 9 Manor rooms from just £95 per room, we can offer the private use of the house. If you would like to have a dance at the end of the evening, we can create a dedicated dance floor area for you.
WELLBEING Combe Grove’s Wellbeing Clinic is a journey inspired by the elemental wisdom of the land. Drawing on the inter-connective relationship of the individual and nature, we choose a holistic approach to wellbeing, integrating ancient healing wisdom with the best of modern science. Please view our treatment menu online or call 01225 834644 to make a booking.
Enjoy your Christmas Dinner at Combe Grove. We celebrate and champion good food production, and the kitchen works hard to use all raw ingredients. Two courses £25.00 Three courses £29.50 Please call 01225 834644 to make a booking.
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Family run and providing quality food and service since 1985
Now taking Christmas bookings
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Makers and Purveyors of Artisan Foods Freshford FoodCo is a small-batch food and drink producer, offering an online delivery box and wholesale service. We only offer products that have been made on site, which are then delivered directly to your door. Using traditional methods whilst being innovative and pushing boundaries with flavours as we adapt to every season. Our products range from homemade Darcy Pies, to charcuterie, artisan baked goods and drinks; all made using locally sourced & quality ingredients.
We’ve thought of everything you need and included all the right ingredients for you to enjoy a meal, whether it’s a family dinner at home or an alfresco BBQ with friends.
If it fits, we’ve boxed it! Our boxes are packed full of flavoursome food that we’ve created in Freshford. We’ve thought of everything you need and included all the right ingredients for you to enjoy a meal, whether it’s a family dinner at home or an alfresco BBQ with friends. Favourites include the Seasonal Autumn Box and Meat Box, but traditionalists may prefer our Pie Box or Burger Box. To browse our boxes, all you need to do is visit FreshfordFoodCo.com! We are proud to supply our artisan products to a wide range of wholesale customers and have an extensive product list. One of our most talked about products is our Darcy Pies – we have elevated the traditional pie to new heights (literally!). Standing proud and significantly higher and heavier than your average pie, Darcy Pies were born from a dedication to taste and innovative flavours together with a desire to make meal sized pies. One of our chefs’ specialities is our homemade Charcuterie. We have a wide range of cured meats on offer, from beautifully seasoned Salami to Coppa Ham. Other products which feature on our evergrowing product list are: Sausage Rolls, Scotch Eggs, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Condiments, Drinks, Artisan Bread and Cakes – and it is all completely homemade! Have we made you hungry? Whether you are interested in our boxes or want further information about our wholesale service, we would love to hear from you!
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The Inn at Freshford
Escape the city and enjoy the festivities at four idyllic pubs
he Inn at Freshford, the Cross Guns in Avoncliff and The Old Crown Inn in Kelston are all set in idyllic locations with stunning rural surroundings. As well as our newest inn, The Griffin Inn, located only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Bath’s city centre. Our Our pubs pubs are are popular popular with with walkers walkers and and cyclists, cyclists, dog dog walkers walkers and and families. families. The The Inn Inn at at Freshford Freshford and and the the Cross Cross Guns Guns are are connected connected by The Two Two Valleys Valleys walk, walk, perfect perfect for for those those by The who who are are seeking seeking an an escape escape from from the the city. city. Being Being located located on on the the banks banks of of the the river, river, itit is is not not unusual unusual for for people people to to arrive arrive at at the the Cross Cross Guns Guns by by boat, boat, kayak kayak or or paddleboard paddleboard – – even even during during the the colder colder months! months! Kelston’s Kelston’s Roundhill Roundhill and and its its breath-taking breath-taking views views are are only only a a short short walk walk from from the the Old Old Crown Crown Inn. Inn. Our Our ever-evolving ever-evolving menu menu changes changes seasonally seasonally and and we we are are very very passionate passionate about about sustainability so we always make sure sustainability so we always make sure to to source source our our ingredients ingredients locally locally where where possible possible – our cheese is from our neighbours Bath – our cheese is from our neighbours Bath Soft Pies to buddha Soft Cheese. Cheese. From From Darcy burgers to buddha bowls, bowls, ourismenu is designed to include our menu designed to include something something for whether everyone, whether it be the for everyone, it be the hungry hungry adventurer or for a meal for a special adventurer or a meal a special occasion. occasion. love to experiment and Our chefs Our lovechefs to experiment and to tempt to tempt customers trying something customers into tryinginto something new. new. The Inn at Freshford is a traditional yet modern country pub; a rural retreat where The Inn find at Freshford a traditional you will a friendlyiswelcome and yet great modern country pub; ruralour retreat whereare food. Throughout the ayear, calendars you will find a friendly welcome and great
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Cross Guns Avoncliff
The log Oldburners Crown Inn home to our incredible lodge, parties and andiswill be available to book garden for Christmas complete withIfan outdoor and log burners and will be also available in December. that wasn’tbar enough to look forward to, we have bookYear’s for Christmas in December. thatbe wasn’t enough atoNew Eve partyparties lined up where thereIf will complimentary to look from forward to, –we also to have a Newthe Year’s bubbly 11:30 12:30 welcome new Eve year.party lined up where there will be complimentary bubbly from 11:30 – 12:30 to welcome theGuns, new year. At the Cross we have a deli that’s open daily from 9 to 5, serving barista coffees, salads, quiches, freshly baked cakes, and The Cross Guns is a – spectacular placeand to be other delicious treats perfect to grab goall or year eat alround, fresco in but award-winning when Christmas approaches it transforms into a winter our garden. wonderland. On the 20th December we invite you to join us for Christmas carolsisand tuck into handmade mince piesround, and a The Cross Guns a spectacular place to be all year selection of mulled drinks. but when Christmas approaches it transforms into a winter wonderland. On the 20th December we invite you to join us for Whether your dining ourinto restaurant; sat mince in frontpies of the Christmas carols andintuck handmade andfire a or at one of of ourmulled eventsdrinks. – our pubs have all the ingredients for an selection unforgettable experience. Whether your dining in our restaurant; sat by the river with a If you from are interested events, picnic our deli orinatany oneofofour ourupcoming events – festive our pubs have visit all the our website,for give a call, or pop in: ingredients an us unforgettable experience. Cocktails at The Griffin Inn If you are interested in any of our upcoming festive events, visit our website, give us a call, or pop in:
The Inn at Freshford
The Hill, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7WG Tel: 01225 The Inn722250 at Freshford www.theinnatfreshford.com The Hill, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7WG Tel: 01225 722250 www.theinnatfreshford.com
The Griffin Inn
Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2AP
The Griffin Tel: 01225 420919Inn
Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2AP www.thegriffinbath.co.uk Tel: 01225 420919 www.thegriffinbath.co.uk
The Old Crown Inn
The Old Crown Kelston Road, Bath, BA1Inn 9AQ Kelston Road, Bath, BA1 9AQ Tel: 01225 423032 Tel: 01225 423032 www.oldcrownkelston.com www.oldcrownkelston.com
CrossGuns Guns Avoncliff Cross Avoncliff
BradfordRoad, Road,Bradford-on-Avon, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 2HB Bradford BA15 2HB Tel:01225 01225862335 862335 Tel: www.crossgunsavoncliff.com www.crossgunsavoncliff.com
Toasting marshmallows at The Old Crown
swift pint or holidaying in the sumptuously appointed bed and breakfast rooms. butcombe.com/the-quarrymans-arms
The Pelica, Chew Magna The Pelican, or Peli as it is fondly called by locals, is set in the heart of Chew Magna on the edge of the Mendips surrounded by beautiful Somerset countryside.
Come rain or shine, The Pelican is the perfect choice. With a cosy bar and dining area complete with log fire for the colder months. The Barn: If you are looking for somewhere to host a meeting, coffee morning, birthday party, gig, intimate wedding reception, and more, the beautifully restored Barn is the venue for you. Give us a call or drop us an email to find out more. butcombe.com/the-pelican
The Smoking Dog, Malmesbury
Let a Butcombe pub take care of Christmas Does the prospect of peeling spuds and boiling veg fill you with dred? Not to mention the washing up! Then make the most of Butcombe's outstanding pubs and inns this Christmas.
The Pig and Fiddle, Bath
Alongside Bath’s newest hotel The Broad Street Townhouse, The Pig and Fiddle is one of the most iconic pubs in the centre of Bath. Don’t fancy another turkey and trimmings style Christmas party? Book your office Christmas party or a gathering with family and friends with us this year and enjoy one of our Christmas Brunches or Festive Buffets. Christmas is all about enjoying time with family and friends, so we try to make the booking process as easy as possible. The Festive menu will be available 25th November – 5th January, excluding 25th/26th December and 1st January. The Christmas Day menu is available only on 25th December. A non-refundable deposit of £10pp is required to confirm a Christmas booking. Your booking is confirmed on receipt of deposit. butcombe.com/pigandfiddle
The Methuen Arm, Corsham
Maddy and Leigh welcome you to The Methuen Arms, an award winning Great British inn where hospitality meets fabulous food & drink at a relaxed pace. Set immediately beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court, and just eight miles from the enchanting city of Bath, Corsham is a hidden gem of charming
Georgian buildings, cobbled streets, Almshouses, parkland and more, making this historic market town a must-see place to visit and stay. themethuenarms.com
The Quarryman's Arms, Box
The Quarrymans Arms is a friendly family run local Country Pub, located in the village Box on the outskirts of the City of Bath. Renowned for high quality food and convivial surroundings, the team offer the best of welcomes, whether you're joining for a
With plenty to explore around Malmesbury, The Smoking Dog is a perfect pit stop for Bath and the surrounding areas; Westonbirt Arboretum, Malmesbury Abbey and Lacock Abbey nearby are all close. The Smoking Dog provides a welcome lunch, afternoon pick me up or a relaxing evening, so if you're after a good, honest pint, a bite to eat or a catch up with friends, we'll be here to welcome you through the door. We are unable to accommodate dogs in the restaurant so please call us directly if you wish to dine with your four-legged friend. butcombe.com/the-smoking-dog
Broad Street Townhouse, Bath Sat on the historic Broad Street, the townhouse offers sumptuously appointed bedrooms in a traditional Bath limestone building that retains many of its original architectural features to ensure a truly authentic Bath City stay. broadstreettownhouse.co.uk
The 'C' word food and drink book releases
Pinch of Nom: Everyday Light
Authors: Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone Publishers: Bluebird RRP: £ 10.00 (Hardcover) 100 brand new delicious recipes - all under 400 calories - from Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, the creators of Pinch of Nom.
food and drink book releases
BOSH! Healthy Vegan:
Authors: Ian Theasby and Henry Firth Publishers: HQ RRP: £ 11.99 (Paperback)
Christmas at the Art Bar '
The Abbey Hotel is renowned for it’s festive offering including the firm favourite Apres Ski Bar which sits prominently on the Terrace of the hotel from 21st November through to 22nd December, it’s a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike who opt to enjoy the authentic apres ski experience of mulled wine and cider, bratwursts, goulash and hot chocolate, it gives that feeling of being in the slopes right in the heart of the city. Get an idea of how many will be attending. The Art Bar is a wonderful Take into consideration that there may be some drop-outs, suring a date first may placesoto goupto take be an idea so that it gives everyone plenty re-charge and of solace, time to look at diaries and make a firm recommitment. fuel when out and about
Henry and Ian are on a mission to help you eat and feel better, using only the power of plants!
s the long-awaited British summer packs its bag for another year and makes way for the cooler days and shorter nights of Autumn, it seems unthinkable to entertain the thought of Christmas! Yet, as businesses plan their festive offerings and supermarkets start to stack their shelves with the latest items you can't live without; there are a few reasons why it's a brillant idea to get cracking on the festive planning..... Let’s be honest, it’s always great to have something to look forward to, and what's better than a party pencilled in for the festive season. Whether you have the honour of organising a family gathering or your works do, getting the date and location cemented into the diary will reduce the stress later in the year, when most venues tell you they are Two booked Chubby already out. Cubs Authors: James and Paul Anderson Yellow Kite IfPublishers: you are organising your works shin dig, RRP: £ 14.00 (Hardcover) then remember this is a celebration of all
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With 80 delicious, plant-based recipes and nourishing meal plans to help you stay on track whatever your goal, this book is your ticket to a healthier, happier life.
Featuring proper breakfasts, light takes on family favourites, cheeky fakeaways and speedy midweek meals, Pinch of Nom: Everyday Light, the second cookbook from Pinch of Nom is full of hearty, everyday recipes - nearly half of which are vegetarian.
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So much to enjoy and do with your iconic venue in Bath Did you know who much your local venue can offer you?
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. 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 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 on wheels. Sessions run for families, adults only as well as for teens and sessions only cost ÂŁ6 per person or ÂŁ5 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/ venues/bath-pavilion or via email email@example.com
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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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Choose a better membership With every stretch, stroke and sprint at Better, you’re giving back to your local community too. Because unlike other leisure centres, every penny we make is reinvested into better facilities and services for everyone. We aim to get more people, more active, more often. We promote healthy and active lifestyles, giving communities access to facilities that help improve their health and happiness through participation in activities. And, as a charitable social enterprise, we invest in our communities as we are a not for profit organisation - but it’s not just about money: we also invest time and effort in encouraging everyone to take advantage of our services. are unable to commit to a timetable and offer hundreds of on demand classes at the touch of a button! So, there are plenty of ways to have fun, socialise and change your health for the better. If that wasn’t reason enough to join, the profit we make goes back into the business, unlike other leisure centres. It’s thanks to your support that we’re able to improve our facilities and services for the whole neighbourhood. So, when you join Better, you’re not just looking after yourself, you’re looking after the health and well-being of everyone in the community.
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music Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
5 Nov Jack Savoretti + Special Guests The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk A bohemian troubadour in a long and sometimes glorious tradition. Maybe you've seen him busking on a street corner, and stopped for a moment, caught by a delicate web of soulful music spun for any passing ear.
Jack Savoretti is something special. Just one man and his guitar. This is pure music from the source. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £27.50 / £30.00 (+ Booking Fees) 6 Nov Wayne Hussey Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Songs of Preys presents Wayne Hussey performing live at the Komedia in Bath as part of his Salad Daze Tour 2019. Support will be provided by Evi Vine. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 22.00 Advance 6 Nov James Morrison The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk With two #1 albums, five Top 10 singles, a BRIT Award and 7 million sales, James Morrison is one of the biggest success
stories of his era. He’s now set for an exciting new chapter in his career with the release of his new album ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ on March 8th via Stanley Park Records. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £22.50 / £29.50 / £39.50 (+ booking fees*) 7 Nov Whole Lotta Led perform Led Zeppelin II Komedia www.komedia.co.uk 2019 sees the 50th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest albums of all time – Led Zeppelin II. Time: 7.00pm Prices: From £ 12.00 7 Nov Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion around the UK will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, with her breath-taking gospel, soul and rhythm & blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £30.00 / £42.00 (+ booking fee per ticket)
Marillion 8 Nov Mariana's Trench Komedia www.komedia.co.uk “Europe! The Suspending Gravity Tour is coming to you! We’re unbelievably excited to be back this November. Grab your best masquerade mask, a box of croissants for Matt, and come scream your facehole off with us. We can’t wait to see you!” Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 15.00 advance 8 Nov Show Of Hands The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour for 2019. Bass and vocal queen Sykes was much-missed during her recent sabbatical, and excitement is building around her return to the fold. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £13.00 (U21 with ID) / £26.00 (+ booking fees*) 9 Nov Marillion with Friends from the Orchestra - Live in 2019 + Harry Pane The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Marillion have announced that they will return to the road in the UK and Europe in 2019 with an extended line up of musicians joining the band. The shows will feature the In Praise of Folly String Quartet plus Sam Morris on French Horn and Emma Halnan on Flute, featured on select numbers throughout the show as on previous occasions. Time: 7:30pm Prices: £ £37.50 / £42.50 (+ booking fees)
14 Nov Shakespears Sister + Special Guests The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Shakespears Sister are Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit. In 1989 and 1992 respectively they achieved two Top 10 albums, ‘Sacred Heart’ and ‘Hormonally Yours’. They sold over 1 million albums in the UK and ‘Hormonally Yours’ was a hit around the world In 1992 their single ‘Stay’ was Number One in the UK for eight weeks and Top 5 in the US Their other Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details 15 Nov Katy Hurt - 'The Revved Up' Tour Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Katy Hurt has rapidly become a leading light on the UK Country/Americana scene and all without having released a full length studio album. 2018 has seen her nominated for “Best Country/Folk Act” at the Unsigned Music Awards as well as performing festival slots at Country 2 Country, BlackDeer, Rhythmtree, Cornbury and many more. Doors: 7.30pm Starts: 8.00pm Ends: 10.30pm Prices: Advance: £10.00 Doors: £12.00 15 Nov The Bowie Collective The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk An unmissable multimedia rock n roll event spanning 4 decades in the most authentic Bowie show on the planet. The Bowie Collective are musicians, actors, artists, techies, hackers and ardent Bowie fans. Time: 7:30pm Prices: From £ 25.00 (+ Booking Fees)
16 Nov The Bob Dylan Story Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org The stunning and definitive live concert celebration of rock music’s greatest icon. Join Bob and The Band on a nostalgic trip through and beyond 1960s America as hits including Like A Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man, Blowin’ In The Wind, Knocking On Heaven’s Door and All Along The Watchtower. Doors: 7.30pm Starts: 8.00pm Ends: 10.30pm Prices: Advance: £16.50 Doors: £18.00 20 Nov Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited Tour The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces his 2019 European Tour. Setting off on 2nd November 2019, Steve and his band will perform 20 shows around the UK. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £34.50 / £39.50 (+ booking fees) 21 Nov The Australian Pink Floyd The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Selling 5 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. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £29.50 / £39.50 / VIP £79.00 (+ booking fees) 22 Nov Roving Crows Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org
Powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms from International Artist of the Year, Australian Music Awards 2017. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £12.00 Doors: £14.00 23 Nov Emeli Sande + Special Guests The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk With over 340 million video views, 19 million singles sold including 3 number one UK singles and over 6 million albums, Emeli Sande has dominated the music industry and captured the heart of the Nation. Her debut album Our Version of Events, released in 2012, was the biggest selling album of that year and the second biggest of 2013. The album also broke the chart record for the most consecutive weeks inside the Top 10, breaking the 50-year record previously held by The Beatles. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details 24 Nov Abba Tribute Live In Concert! Komedia www.komedia.co.uk They have toured all over the world with their fantastic live show to millions of attendees worldwide & they are bringing their incredible show LIVE to Komedia Bath. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 8.00 - £ 20.00 24 Nov Sheelanagig plus support FFTP Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Gypsy, Balkan, Klezmer, Arabian, incorporating aspects of street theatre, storytelling and even acrobatics. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £12.50. Door s:£14.00
Kate Rusby at Christmas 26 Nov Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Rhiannon Giddens is an American artist of folk and traditional music, played on fiddle and banjo; Francesco Turrisi is an Italian pianist and percussionist well versed in jazz, early music and Mediterranean music; at first blush, their worlds don’t overlap. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £25.00 (+ booking fees*) 27 Nov The Comet is Coming Komedia www.komedia.co.uk The Comet is Coming to destroy illusions. It will manifest new realities, perceptions, levels of awareness and abilities to coexist. It is a musical expression forged in the deep mystery. It is the overcoming of fear, the embracing of chaos, the peripheral sight that we might summon the fire. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 15.00 28 Nov Lady Maisery Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org ‘Some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene’ - The Guardian. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £14.00 Doors: £16.00 29 Nov Love Actually Live Concert with Full Orchestra The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score at these shows, with the film being projected onto a huge screen. Armstrong is one of the UK’s most recognised film composers, with his work being awarded a BAFTA for his Achievement in Film Music. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details
5 Dec Lauren Zhang and Bath Philharmonia The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Bath Philharmonia embarks on an epic orchestral expedition through mountain ranges and across vast seas in a concert for the whole family. Mussorgsky provides a bare-knuckle musical ride over precipitous peaks through vast thunderstorms and torrential rain. Anna Clyne plunges us into mountainous seas, ferocious squalls and howling gales. She is becoming one of Britain’s most sought after and recognised composers of her generation and her work is both bold but very approachable. At the age of 15, Lauren Zhang won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 with virtuosic ability and musical understanding way beyond her years. For a pianist, performing Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto is akin to climbing Mount Everest without any oxygen. To be able to scale such heights when you are only 17 makes this performance even more extraordinary! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details 5 Dec The Smyths present “The Smiths 35” Komedia www.komedia.co.uk In 1984, The Smiths released their debut album to critical acclaim. In 2019, the world’s foremost tribute to the band, The Smyths presents the debut album in full – live on stage. Time: 7.00pm Prices: From £14.00 5 Dec Maz O’Connor Solo Tour Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Critically acclaimed English singer and songwriter known for her captivating stage presence and her stunning voice. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £14.00 Doors: £14.00
6 Dec London African Gospel Choir performing Paul Simon's Graceland The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The London African Gospel Choir was co-founded by Crystal Kassi to help London’s African community to promote the gospel, create a platform of excellence for African gospel singers and musicians, and popularise the African interpretations of gospel music. The Choir will embark on a full UK tour performing the classic Paul Simon album ‘Graceland’ in full live on stage. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £25.00 (+ booking fees*) 6 Dec The Return of the King: Elvis 68 Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Featuring the sensational and award winning Steve Halliday, this is the Elvis show that fans have been crying out for. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £18.00 Doors: £20.00 11 Dec Kate Rusby at Christmas The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Forever proud to call herself folk singer, Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere. And it is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 13 Dec Impersonating The Police Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org The UK’s finest tribute to The Police who
Now firmly established as Bathâ€™s alternative arts venue and operating as an independently funded arts centre presenting an eclectic array of events for all the performing and visual arts in the heart of Bath. With a superb Oak sprung floor, state-of-the-art lighting system and truss, fantastic natural acoustic of the room (best in Bath!), the venue can accomodate 200 people standing, 150 seated theatre style and 105 seated at cabaret style tables.There is a well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines. Situated under the auditorium, our Cafe serves a plant-based menu. Organic coffee and single estate Sri Lankan teas are available all day with morning pastries, home-made cakes and ice creams to accompany. Our lunch counter is open from 11.30 to 3.30 serving a weekly changing selection of hot main courses and mouthwatering salads. We are also fully licensed in the cafe so you can escape the city centre madness and enjoy an organic wine, beer or perhaps a kombucha in our pretty courtyard.
. Tickets www.chapelarts.org .01225 463362
St James's Memorial Hall Lower Borough Walls Bath BA1 1QR
Untamed Burlesque capture the music and energy of a live performance of The Police in their prime. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £15.00 Doors: £17.00 13 Dec The Rolling Stones Story The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The Rolling Stones have dominated Rock ’n’ Roll music since the 1960s and were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that conquered the US in 1964. They ran neck and neck with The Beatles in the popularity stakes with the late sixties and early seventies considered by many as their Golden Age. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £21.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) 14 Dec Untamed Burlesque Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Back for it’s third Christmas show! As always expect some badass bootyshakin’ beautiful performers and who are simply Untamed. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £16.00 Doors: £18.00 18 Dec Bjorn Again Performing The Greatest Hits of Abba The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Following their sold out 30th anniversary tour last year and ahead of their Glastonbury set, BJORN AGAIN have announced a tour throughout the UK this November/December 2019 performing the greatest hits of Abba. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 18 Dec Peter Gill’s Christmas Comedy Songbook Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Renowned entertainer presents his ever popular Comedy Songbook with a special Christmas theme. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £13.00 Doors: £15.00
Festive celebrations at
Wiltshire Music Centre Why not give the gift of live music this Christmas? There are a range of exciting concerts at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon this December and January as their Autumn Winter Season draws to a close. With everything from jazz, classical, folk and world music on offer, there is something to please every taste. One highlight is the final curtain call for much-loved violinist Tasmin Little as she visits the area for the final time as a performer, on her farewell tour on Saturday 7 December. For more than 30 years she has delighted audiences the world over with her intimate performances and critically acclaimed interpretations. Another will be a night of hot jazz Harlem-style when Swinging at the Cotton Club brings the flavour of 1920s and ‘30s music and dance to the stage on Friday 20 December.
With everything from jazz, classical, folk and world music on offer, there is something to please every taste. For a different Christmas concert experience, the Carducci String Quartet will present a festive family concert on Saturday 14 December. Do you think string quartets are not for you? Think again! This exciting interactive Christmas concert for families is the perfect introduction to chamber music by one of the country’s leading professional quartets, with fun, games and a seasonal trust. Start the new year in style with a night at the opera, a concert by the West of England Youth Orchestra. Featuring special guest soloists as the orchestra will present favourites from Verdi, Wagner and Bernstein on Wednesday 1 January at 7.30pm, and in a matinee performance on Thursday 2 January at 3pm. Returning shortly after is the annual Bradford Roots Music Festival, from Friday 17 January to Sunday 19 January 2020. With a range of indoor stages this iconic community event will put a smile on your face, even in the depths of winter. Find out more and book online: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on
Celebrate the Pathway to Christmas
with The Silver Ring Choir The Silver Ring Choir of Bath is a mixed voice choir with over 60 years of history. We pride ourselves on having an enthusiastic and friendly cultural mix amongst our members. Our eclectic repertoire and busy schedule has given us a highly regarded reputation with our audiences in the Bath and Bristol area. We also have several partnerships with charities. We perform all over Bath and surrounding areas. Our singing has also taken us around the UK and all over the world. We continue to have strong exchange links with visiting choirs over Europe and America. For more details on The Silver Ring Choir's events, or to become a member, you can visit the wesbite: www.silverringchoir.org.uk or follow us on Facebook/SRCBath
Tickets: £10.00 Available from Bath Box Office Tel: 01225-463362 www.bathboxoffice.org.uk
Supporting CLIC SARGENT Registered Charity: 258539
DECEMBER AT WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE Fri 6 Dec 7.30pm CHRIS WOOD Award-winning folk hero in solo performance Sat 7 Dec 7.30pm TASMIN LITTLE Last chance to see celebrated violinist visits on her final tour Sat 14 Dec 3pm CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET FAMILY SHOW A festive treat from the world of chamber music Wed 18 Dec 7.15pm / Sat 21 Dec 2pm (Relaxed Screening) THE ROYAL BALLET THE NUTCRACKER (AS LIVE) Quintessential Christmas story takes you on a magical journey! Fri 20 Dec 7.30pm SWINGING AT THE COTTON CLUB Step back into ‘20s Harlem with lindy hop and hot jazz
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new music releases
You’re In My Heart: Rod Stewart
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Release date: 22nd November RRP CD: £12.99 Label: Rhino This double CD is the perfect Christmas gift for any fan of 'Rod the Mod'. Tracks inlcude; Maggie May, Sailing and many more.
Rupert and the Frog Song
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20 Dec The Bootleg Beatles The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The world’s Premier Beatles show continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their immaculate note-perfect portrayal of the fab four’s journey through the swinging 60s. It’s all there - the costumes, the mannerisms, the witty banter and the period gear. With a little help from their Pepperland Sinfonia and featuring a special set to mark the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, this multi-media concert surely has to be the year’s not-to-be-missed event for Beatlemaniacs of all ages. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 20 Dec It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Dress up and join Bath’s cult cabaret crooners swing their sleigh ride into town to kick-start the festive season as only they can! Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm. Prices: Advance: £17.50 Doors: £19.00 21 Dec Rupert and the Frog Song & The Snowman The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk www.bathphil.co.uk This Christmas, Bath Philharmonia - Bath’s only professional orchestra - present a double bill of film classics on the big screen at The Forum, a beautifully restored art deco cinema. A perfect festive treat for the whole family! Bath Philharmonia are incredibly excited to be giving the first ever live performance
of ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’ featuring Sir Paul McCartney’s massive hit ‘We All Stand Together’. The song was released in November 1984 and reached number 3 in the UK charts. The video was released simultaneously and became the biggest selling video of 1985 as well as being nominated for the ‘Best Music Video – Short Forum’ at the Grammy Awards in 1986. A forty-strong orchestra – accompanied by guest singers and choir – will skilfully play along to the animation on screen. It wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘The Snowman’ and the full symphony orchestra perform Howard Blake’s score live to Raymond Briggs’ charming animation. Listen as our percussion team try to keep up with The Snowman’s racing motorbike and smile as our celeste player puts the magical sprinkles on top of the Christmas cake!
Back Together: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Release date: 8th November RRP CD: £10.99 Label: Decca
The world’s ultimate musical duo, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, have missed each other so much they are back together with a new album.
Bath Philharmonia – Bath’s only professional orchestra – is one of the leading orchestras in the South West and performs concerts of outstanding artistic quality with world class soloists promoting the live orchestral experience to all members of our community. Time: 3.30pm Prices: Children: £14.00 / Adult: £22:00 (+ Booking Fees) 22 Dec The Wurzels West Country Christmas Party Komedia www.komedia.co.uk OOO ARR! Them Wurzels are back on the road! Performing a career spanning set consisting of all the hits, stories and jokes from a career lasting more than 50 years. Drink up thy Zider! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, see website for details.
The Best of Me: Rick Astley Release date: 25th October RRP CD: £9.99 Label: BMG
This celebration of all things Rick Astley also includes a new song 'Every One of Us'.
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C The World
Tel: 01225 418100 www.ctheworld.co.uk
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. 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.
Cornish Bakehouse Tel: 01225 426635 www.cornishkitchen.com
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.
The Corridor Where the past meets the present
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 194th 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. 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 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. On its completion in 1825, the residents of Bath could see how The Corridor showcased 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 194 years. Here, we take a look at each current incumbent and find out how they can help find the perfect gift this Christmas.
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.
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. Choose between 10 types of dough, ranging from the traditional kind to hemp, gluten-free and Kamut. Made on site by specialist artisans from Puglia, our bases are rustic, simple and made in the authentic Italian style, reflecting pizza’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 you’ll love it as much as we do.
Flock Bath 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tel: 01225 427270 www.miragecigarettes.co.uk
Mirage Electronic Cigarettes provide the best smoking alternatives and have been producingsome of the best products for nearly 5 years. From the GoldStar to the epic EROS, Mirage have a product to suit everyone.
Fox and Kit Cafe Tel: 01225 282424 www.foxandkitcafe.com
Whether you're only a few weeks into this parenting lark or you've been handling phonics homework for years, your arms likely need a bit of a rest and you probably need a coffee! And all of this in a space designed with a cosy Scandi vibe inviting to grown ups and little ones alike. Our goal at Fox & Kit is to create a well designed practical space for people who happen to be parents and caregivers to come and hang out, connect with each other...and indulge in some really great cake(!) Think lovely age appropriate toys & books, all of the practicalities like feeding and changing taken care of easily with top notch facilities, and a nutritious and delicious menu for all ages, weaning stages & fusspot levels (!).
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
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-outloud 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 award-winning 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 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
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. www.thecorridorbath.co.uk
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A season of surprises at Clarks Village The festive season launches in style as Clarks Village will be surprising its guests to a spectacular Christmas lights switch on extravaganza on Saturday 9 November 2019. In addition to the entertainment all stores will be open until 8pm and restaurants even later. A host of talented local musicians are set to take to the stage. From 5pm guests can enjoy a variety of musical performances, including the Glastonbury Male Voice choir, Wells Brass Band, Yeovilton Military Wives and the Crispin School Choir.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow at SouthGate From 14th November, SouthGate will be transformed into a cosy Christmas Village with falling snow. Enjoy a mulled wine at our Gingerbread Bar or be transported to a winter wonderland in our lifesize magical snow globe. If that wasn’t enough, shoppers will have the chance to send a festive postcard to a loved one with our roaming Christmas postal service on Saturday 16th November (11am – 3pm) and little ones will be able to meet Santa and his toy soldiers on Saturday 23rd November and Saturday 21st December. There will also be traditional market carts for you to browse a range of artisan gifts from 2nd – 15th December. We know it’s hard to fit everything in during the festive period – so many people to see, and things to do! That’s why we’re hosting late night shopping every Thursday from 21st Nov – 19th December.
Enjoy a mulled wine at our Gingerbread Bar or be transported to a winter wonderland in our life-size magical snow globe. Filled with delights
The extravaganza will conclude at 8pm with an amazing LED stage show with dazzling performances performed to music that will build up to a mystery performer turning on the lights to illuminate the centre and signal the countdown to Christmas. Chris Davis, Centre Manager, said, “The annual lights switch on is one of the biggest events in our calendar which we know our guests eagerly anticipate and enjoy. Our mystery performer who will help us turn on the lights will make this year even more special and we are really looking forward to celebrating the season in style with our guests.” The event marks the start of the festive season at Clarks Village, with stores open until 8pm every Thursday and the opportunity to dine out and relax with friends and family until late every night. Follow our social media and see our website for more details on exclusive offers that our stores will be running during this lights switch on event.. Additional events and surprises are planned for the Christmas season so sign up to receive our regular e-newsletter which will keep you updated on events, new store openings, sales etc.
Come and stroll through the snowflakes while you discover all the fabulous gift ideas and party fashion in over 30 stores and one of SouthGate’s 15 bars and restaurants. While you’re out and about, you can take a relaxing break at the Gingerbread Bar. There you’ll be able to enjoy a warming cocktail, mulled wine or creamy hot chocolate with a delicious mince pie and other seasonal treats. Just pull up a chair, snuggle under a cosy blanket and savour the atmosphere.
Put your feet up
So, after ticking off your Christmas list, why not reward yourselves with a delicious meal together at one of SouthGate’s fantastic restaurants? All of the restaurants offer a warm welcome and a delicious range of festive menus. Perfect for a bite to eat with your shopping partner or celebrate Christmas early with friends. SouthGate Bath has everything you need this year to make your Christmas extra special and magical. For more information visit southgatebath.com or call 01225 469061.
markets Unique and original gifts available at this years Bath Artisan Christmas Market Bath's biggest independent market takes place in Queen Square Bath on the first Saturday of every month plus some Sundays. We are now heading into Autumn/Winter and have a packed schedule of events, with two markets in November (2nd and 30th) and three in December (7th and 8th and 14th).
The award-winning Bath Christmas Market is back for 18 days of magical merriment! With around 150 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. 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.
A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there’s always something new to discover at Bath Christmas Market. This year, for the first time, you can make your trip to Bath Christmas Market even more special with a Bath Christmas Market Experience. Try your hand at Christmas crafts and make a festive wreath with leading florist Hannah Southfield, before indulging in a delicious two-course Champagne lunch at The Ivy Bath Brasserie. Once you’ve shopped ‘till you drop at Bath Christmas Market, rejuvenate at Thermae Bath Spa and admire the city’s Christmas decorations from the steaming rooftop pool. www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk
We start at 10am and finish at 4pm or whenever our customers are heading home! Special gifts are those that have some thought behind them; which is why a present bought from one of The Bath Artisan Market's Christmas events will be one to treasure. All of our local makers take a lot of care in creating products by hand or from their own original designs, using ethically sourced materials and/or processes where possible. This means their work is from limited runs or even unique one-offs and all created with care, plus your money goes to a small business and stays local and nothing is highly packaged, so you are being good to the environment too. Plus if you order early enough, many of them will be open to taking commissions to create something personal for you to give - so do ask them. www.bathartisanmarket.com
Don't miss 18 days of festive shopping at Bath's famous Guildhall Christmas Market Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping venue in the city and today a colourful group of 20 or so stallholders trade in this jewel of a building in the heart of the city, just 80 yards from Bath Abbey and next to Pulteney Bridge. Offering virtually everything one needs under one roof plus the service with a smile and personal attention one gets when shopping at a family run business, prior to the internet taking over our lives! At Christmas things really step-up and the excitement and buzz of its annual Christmas Market is not to be missed. Extending out of the building into the car park behind The Guildhall, large interlinked centrally heated marquees and Christmas chalets are erected housing an amazing array of fabulous seasonal gifts for everyone. There’s also a licensed seated bar serving hot food, locally brewed beers, cider, prosecco & mulled wine with ‘live music' throughout the day. At the other entrance in Orange Grove opposite Bath Abbey clock and right next to our six chalets you'll find Santa ringing his bell – stop and have a selfie with him!
Much has changed over the past 20 years on our typical British 'high street'. Technological innovations, economic pressures, ever evolving products, tastes and strategies have influenced the landscape as well as our shopping trends.
The growth of out-of-town shopping, compounded by the impact of on-line retailing has created enormous challenges for the traditional high street and especially for local, independent traders as they battle with adapting to change but also maintaining their uniqueness and independence. With tougher economic conditions gripping the UK since 2008, the entering into the unknown with Brexit and many national chains severing their links, the traditional high street is now showing signs of reverting back to an older model - when Britain was considered a 'nation of shopkeepers'. If you ever wondered what the benefits of using Independent shops may be to you, your town and the local economy, then read on:
Most local retailers will know exactly where they or their provider gets their products from. This enables your independent retailer to let you know where the product was made/grown giving peace of mind as the purchaser. With recent scandals involving supermarkets and 'meat' providers this extremely sensitive situation can be avoided.
Independent shops are the perfect place for a unique gift or item. Typically, a local trader will focus on local producers whether they be a local artist, designer, author or farmer - items that you will not see on the shelves of a national chain.
Boost to the local economy:
Recent research suggest that 63 pence in the pound spent at a local, independent retailer would find its way back into the local economy, compared to just 40p with a larger business.
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 ÂŁ40,000.
The community theme â€“ 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.
As Personal soon as you walk into an independent shop touch:
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' â€“ 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.
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 independent retailers the city has to offer, as well as showcase some fantastic gift ideas.
5 queen street Bath BA1 1HE spottyherberts.com 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)
12 Northumberland Pl, Bath 01225 462826 www.nicholaswylde.com This year, multi-award winning designer goldsmith, Nicholas Wylde, will be opening his very first chalet at the Bath Christmas Market. It will be stocked with the latest masterful creations by the Wylde workshop, as well as some of the most affordable stocking fillers you’ve seen from him yet. From unique, handmade rings, to versatile earrings and bracelets (for fool-proof gift giving), both Wylde’s chalet, and his stores in Bath and Bristol, will be full to the brim and on display for shoppers who are hoping for a bit of that extra special sparkle under their trees this winter. Wylde Jewellers are known by locals to be particularly inviting places during the festive season, even more so than usual with their champagne accompanied service! Visitors to the stores can now expect a complementary glass of mulled wine and mince pie on entry, while in mid-November, clients can attend an annual gemstone event. This year Nicholas will be presenting the largest collection of diamonds this side of the country, all available to buy for three days only! [email: clare.power@nicholaswylde. com to register your interest]. Unique occasions like this are why so many people flock to the Wylde brand, where budget has no baring on any sort of special treatment. Every person who goes through those blue doors get’s the five star experience that Wylde is known for, with every purchase and commission receiving equal and tremendous care and attention. Fancy sampling Nicholas Wylde’s spectacular bespoke service? The design service is complementary with zero obligation, so calling up for an appointment is a no brainer. Note that for Christmas gifts personalised to you, November is ideal the time to start the process, although it is available throughout the season. You can find inspiration for your own bespoke piece, or see the latest creations
from the workshop by following Bath’s famed local jeweller, on Instagram: @nicholaswyldegoldsmith. Be sure to visit Wylde’s first chalet on Union Street starting on the 28th of November! Here are our top times for locals to beat The Bath Christmas Market crowds: Option 1. Before 10am when the coaches arrive. Option 2. From 4pm when the coaches have left. Option 3. Enjoy peak quiet times between 6.30pm – 8.30pm!
Upstairs at Cascara Bath 07456 960625 www.terrachic.co.uk I have always loved the look of plants under glass whether under a cloche, in a greenhouse or planted in a terrarium. One day I met a friend at a garden center and it was there that I spotted some large jar terrariums planted with Fittonia. I hadn’t seen a terrarium in years and really wanted to buy one but after looking at the price tag decided that maybe I would have a go at making my own. I gathered lots of second hand glass vases and jars to do this and I soon found that I loved making them, as the only limit really is your own imagination! I try to make my terrariums look as natural as possible as if a little slice of land has been taken and transplanted whether it be desert or sandy shore. I often used different colour’s and sizes of gravel to add depth and texture to my designs as well as features such as pebbles and driftwood to add interest. Up-cycling glass vases, jars and bowls means that you can give a new lease of life to something that might otherwise be discarded and as I grow many of the succulents right here in Bath they make eco-friendly gifts! If you would like to try your hand at making your own terrarium I run workshops locally and also sell kits.
5 Queen St, Bath 01225 331834 www.spottyherberts.com Spotty Herberts is a shop for children selling unisex clothes by small brands who release two main collections per year. Alongside the rails for clothes you’ll find a mish-mash of containers brimming with small and simple pocket toys, positioned down low, child friendly, for rummaging. The shop won two awards within the first year of trading on one of Bath’s oldest cobbled streets. Just months after opening, Spotty Herberts scooped its first national retail award from CWB for Best New Children’s Store and a few months later picked up the Muddy Stilettos award for Best Children’s Business in Somerset. They are also the 2019 winners of the Muddy Stilettos Best Children’s Business in Somerset. It’s easy to see why Spotty Herberts is an award-winning brand; owner Kate Austin has carefully curated a shop full of fun, where children are welcome and can lose themselves discovering treats for their pockets. The shop is brimming with colourful, unisex clothes and eclectic treasures, products chosen for their thoughtful design, singularity and ethical production, often British made. The perfect place to fill a stocking! Kate, who has lived all over the world and studied Graphic Design at Bath Spa University College, is today a mother of two and explains the thinking behind the creation of Spotty Herberts: “I wanted to offer traditional, simple toys you can pick up and play with again and again – a warm and nostalgic experience for children, and adults, with clothing for boys and girls to grow up in, grow out of and hand on and on. Kate firmly believes that childhood should be filled with an innocent, magical sense of fun, silliness and wildness and this conviction shines through in their choice of toys, games and clothing.
“lovely little chalet, life changing moments”
Visit Nicholas Wylde’s first ever chalet on Union Street at The Bath Christmas Market 2019 #WYLDEMOMENTS
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Carole Waller is a painter who makes unique wearable art: hand painted clothing, scarves and glass works. Her scarves in silks and fi ne 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, Italy, and the countryside around her studio 3 miles from the city centre.
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Grace & Ted
10 Kingsmead Square 01225 461518 www.graceandted.co.uk Grace & Ted is a designer resale shop run by mother and daughter Sharon and Emma (and two scruffy dogs, Charlie and Fred.) At Grace & Ted you’ll find a curated collection of quality pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories, all at a fraction of their original prices. This is the kind of shopping that’s good for the planet and for your purse! Discover prestigious brands such as Chanel, Max Mara and Louis Vuitton alongside luxury high street favourites like The Kooples, Rag & Bone and All Saints. Emma and Sharon love nice things – whether it’s a Gucci handbag, a Max Mara coat, a vintage watch, an amazing cake or a new bubble bath; they truly believe in the magic of life’s luxuries (both big and small…) It’s this belief that makes them so excited about Grace & Ted. They understand how good it feels to wear an outfit that fits you perfectly and is exceptional quality. How carrying that designer bag you’ve not stopped thinking about since you saw it in Vogue can make you walk taller…and they love being the people that can bring luxuries both little and large, to the wardrobes of women who love fashion. If you can’t make it to the boutique, their online shop is filled with designer treasure and they deliver worldwide so you can have the things you love, wherever you are! Visit www.graceandted.co.uk
Waller and Wood
4 Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NW Tel: 07803 033629 www.wallerandwood.co.uk Unique handmade Christmas gifts by Waller&Wood for the festive season include silk scarves, ties and clothes, ceramics, contemporary jewellery, purses, and hand bound notebooks. Find buttons and soaps, handmade cards and candles in a collection of handmade pieces from only £10!
pieces that have been created with rare and precious gemstones including highly covetable coloured Diamonds, impressive colour changing Sapphires and Alexandrites.
Moss of Bath
45 St James Parade, Bath Tel: 01225 331 441 www.mossofbath.co.uk
Her work is to be found in the V&A Textile collection and her previous outlets include Liberty and Harvey Nichols.
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.
Gary’s expertise is painted stoneware and porcelain ceramics; pots for use, wall pieces and sculpture. This year Gary’s has made a new collection of beautiful candle holders from the miniature to the majestic. He also has a collection of beautiful wall pieces which start at £200.
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.
Jody Cory Goldsmiths 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 Waller and Wood
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!
Luxury For Less Shop pre-owned designer clothing, shoes & accessories and build your dream wardrobe; on a budget! 10 Kingsmead Square, BA1 2AB
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clothes scarves ceramics and jewellery
Gary Wood ceramics
Carole Waller painted clothes
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Kind to you:
Botanical ingredients expertly blended with pure essential oils to create nurturing products with therapeutic benefits.
Kind to others:
All of Ubiety’s profits go to Dorothy House Hospice Care to help fund end of life care to a growing number of patients with a life-liming illness, as well as supporting their families and carers.
Kind to the environment: Natural, vegan-friendly, ethically-sourced ingredients, packaged in glass with re-fill options in development.
The Ubiety range is a collaborative endeavour led by the Business Development Team at Dorothy House, working with local partners from Bath and the surrounding area.
Wellbeing and mindfulness at the forefront of Ubiety's inspired collection of holistic products Ubiety’s collection of indulgent, natural body and home fragrance products makes the perfect gifting option for Christmas 2019, with all Ubiety’s profits going to Dorothy House Hospice Care, helping to fund end of life care. Ubiety’s collection includes a hand wash, hand lotion, body salve, lip balm, facial mist, essential oil fragranced candles and reed diffusers.
Ubiety aims to soothe, relax and re-energise body and soul through its nurturing plantbased formulations. Born out of a passion for holistic therapy, Ubiety is a lifestyle brand with a range of products ethically-produced in England that are both vegan and environmentally-friendly. Using high quality ingredients and premium grade essential oils, Ubiety aims to soothe, relax and re-energise body and soul through its nurturing plant-based formulations.
has designed its products to promote wellbeing and mindfulness through calming and empowering formulations inspired by the wild woodlands and their energy - the antidote to busy, modern life.
The Ubiety belief is that time spent looking after you is precious and moments of calm should be indulgent and mindful. Ubiety, meaning grounded in one definitive space,
What sets Ubiety apart as a product range is that it truly ‘gives back’ in every way. Ubiety products, as featured on the Beauty Bible website, are the perfect gifts as they are:
jackets, Toscana sheepskin coats designed in-house and made in the UK. They have a large selection of colours and sizes 4-24. With a weekly restock of fashion collections the shop creates a lovely energy of new clothing arriving and with competitive pricing, items sell quickly. Nickie Portman the owner spends a lot of time sourcing and buying. ‘It’s great to add fashion collections weekly to offer our customers new & exciting ranges. We can react quickly and buy the latest trends.They have a beautiful choice of leather handbags and rucksacks. A stunning Bridal Collection is currently being launched which uses freshwater pearls and crystals, the range includes necklaces, bracelets, rings, and head pieces. It adds a new and exciting dimension to the brand and can be purchased online. Allington Farm Shop
Allington Farm Shop
Chippenham, SN14 6LJ Tel: 01249 658112 www.allingtonfarmshop.co.uk The Reynolds family have farmed at Allington Bar, near Chippenham, as tenants, for three generations. And since 1981, their award winning, family run, farm shop has been providing fresh, seasonal, local produce to a growing number of discernible customers. Throughout all the seasons of the year there is always a fantastic selection of salads, vegetables and fruit. Potatoes sold loose and by the sack are grown on the farm and seasonal fruit & vegetables are sourced locally from Bromham and the local wholesale fruit & vegetable market as well as, seasonal and exotic fruit and vegetables from further afield. There is a huge range of both essential and speciality grocery items sourced from the local area and from further afield. Local freshly baked bread, homemade cakes & pies, locally made biscuits, local eggs (from Quail to Goose), local honey, preserves, chutneys & pickles, local ice cream & frozen desserts, Prue’s meringues from nearby Marshfield, loose frozen fruit, vegetables & pastries, local apple juice and much more! The in house butchery offers a wide range of meat & cuts, much of the meat is reared on the farm just behind the Farm Shop; including turkeys for Christmas which can be ordered in advance. The skilled butchers carefully hang the meat on the bone with a high level of attention to preparation, allowing the full flavour and tenderness of the meat to develop. This may mean that the meat is not the bright red colour seen in most retail outlets but a darker shade which is a sign of craftsmanship. The way that the meat is cut is important too; each carcass is cut on its merits to give the customer, the very best. The delicatessen has an array of local, artisan & some continental cheeses, local chorizo and local wild boar salami, home cooked meats, delicious Italian olives & insalatas, pates, handmade scotch eggs, locally smoked fish & meats, locally made pies and gluten free savouries, local, organic, jersey milk & cream, butter & yoghurt and fine oils & vinegars.
Allington also stock a great selection of local cider, beers, wines & spirits, single variety apple juices, health drinks, hot chocolate, fine teas and freshly ground coffee. Luxury chocolates handmade locally, best quality, hand packed, traditional sweets and the finest West Country Fudge, perfect gifts and scrummy treats! At Christmas the Farm Shop is a veritable grotto packed full of delicious goodies, premium Christmas trees and unusual gift ideas including fabulous hampers tailor made to your requirements; there are a huge range of hamper baskets ready to be filled to the brim with the goodies of your choice from local cheese, chutneys and biscuits, fine wines, local ales and ciders, preserves, cakes and chocolates to an entire Christmas Dinner! Whether you are looking for ingredients to create your own culinary masterpiece, or sit back and let the chefs in the cafe work their magic; Allington has something for everyone.
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. 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.
Portman Bath UK
28 Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DG Tel: 07970 418832 www.nickieportman.co.uk Portman is an independent boutique on Milsom Street, specialising in Italian leather
Lots of gorgeous Nickie Portman Jewellery too. Using beautiful semi precious stones and freshwater pearls which are made by hand. She now supplies retailers through her wholesale business around the country. A great place for Christmas presents!
20 Wellsway, Bear Flat, BA2 2AA Tel: 01225 738551 www.juliadavey.com Julia Davey is a family run independent home and gift shop in the heart of Bear Flat, just ten minutes walk from the centre of Bath. We have a huge variety of cards, gifts and homeware to choose from - either made by Julia herself or small businesses/artists all based in the UK. We champion the artisan! In a private space at the back of the shop we run a variety of professional craft course. A flavour of what we are offering over the coming months includes paper marbling, brush lettering, frame loom weaving, needle punch, clay and natural dyeing courses. All run by artists - experts in their field - and with only typically 6 participants per course to make you feel reassured and valued whilst learning your chosen craft. Julia Davey
Award Winning, Family Run Farm Shop Established for over 30 years Selling Quality Local Produce Open Daily 9am – 6pm (9.30am – 5pm on Sundays) HOME & LOCALLY REARED FRESH MEAT, POULTRY & GAME HOMEMADE SAUSAGES, BURGERS & FAGGOTS CHRISTMAS MEAT ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN
LOCAL CHEESES & HOME COOKED MEATS LOCALLY GROWN VEGETABLES, FRUIT & SALADS HOMEMADE CAKES & PIES LOCALLY MADE CHOCOLATES & FUDGE FINE WINE, LOCAL ALE & CIDER PRESERVES & CHUTNEYS GIFT HAMPERS Premium Christmas Trees on sale from 30th November
www.allingtonfarmshop.co.uk TEL: 01249 658112 Allington Bar Farm, Chippenham, SN14 6LJ
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE gift guide
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!
white gold earrings
louis vuitton cover
A pair of 9ct white gold stud-drop earrings in a polygonal structured design - £ 142.00
Louis Vuitton Monogram Agenda Cover - £ 190.00
Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar by Meri Meri - £ 34.00
cheeze puff puzzle
sterling silver chain
Hand screen printed by East End Press these look good enough to eat let alone adorn a tree! £ 4.00
Vouchers are redeemable against all products on sale in the Farm Shop From £ 10.00 - £ 50.00
Little Puzzle Thing, 70 + pieces, Cheeze puff puzzle that's ready in just 20 mintues - £15.00
Sterling silver sculptural spiral circle pendant on a long chain £ 330.00
Designed by Julia Davey, this bauble makes a beautiful gift. £ 14.00
crushed silk shirt
silk doupion coat
ubiety hand wash & hand lotion duo
Desert cylinder terrarium - £12.00
Painted silk doupion coat by Carole Waller - £ 795.00 with aluminium cuff by Annie Beardsley - £ 45.00 All available at Waller&Wood
Vintage Gucci gold plated watch - £260.00
Painted crushed silk shirt Carole Waller - £ 295.00 with aluminium cuff by Annie Beardsley - £ 45.00 All available at Waller&Wood
Special Christmas promotion available on-line in November and at Bath Christmas Market (Chalet 82) – duo from £ 25.00
Available on-line and at Bath Christmas Market - £ 28.00
Handmade stoneware bowl by Gary Wood - £ 125.00 Available at Waller&Wood
sterling sliver cuff
ubiety body salve
Tropical vase terrarium - £35.00
Sterling silver high polish contrast cuff, the perfect finishing touch to any outfit - £395.00
Available on-line and at Bath Christmas Market - £ 24.00
Gifts fit for the Gods
at The Roman Baths The Roman Baths has two shops where you can buy interesting and exclusive gifts. One is at street level and can be visited independently of the Roman Baths; the other is on the lower floor at the heart of the Roman Baths site. All our gifts have a Roman and Georgian flavour – including souvenirs, toiletries, jewellery and a stunning selection of locally made crafts and artisan pantry products. Here are a few ideas for this Christmas.
Queen Bee Earrings
Stylish stunners, formed of lustrous pearls and adorned with golden enamelled bees. £65.00
Winter Berries Gift Set
Gorgon's Head Decoration
10 Year Old Somerset Cider Brandy
Award-winning English spirit distilled exclusively from cider – a warming, festive tipple! 10cl - £13.50
Natural beauty care, enriched with soothing white mulberry extract and a fruity floral fragrance. £12.95
Decadent milk chocolate blended with freshly roasted hazelnuts and a pinch of Cornish Sea Salt. 110g - £8.99
Inspired by ancient treasures, this gold bangle features Aqua Chalcedony and Labradorite gem stones. £45.00
Gifts FIT FOR THE GODS
Stunning festive gifts inspired by the Roman and Georgian history of our beautiful city Stall Street, Bath | Open seven days a week
Property Local market review 2019
The benefits of buying new build in Bath As the year draws to a close, those looking to be settled into a new home before Christmas are making the final decisions on their next move. However, those that may have left things a little late should give serious consideration to the numerous benefits that come with buying a new build property.
It's been a game of two halves At the risk of sounding like many a football pundit, 2019 has so far been very much a game of two halves. The beginning of the year saw a continuation of Brexit uncertainty affecting the local property market whereas the summer onwards showed significant signs of recovery. From our in house tracking of the vital local property statistics, the two Bath postcodes survived relatively unscathed in price terms with strong signals of growth recovery at the end of the summer holidays. Local Land Registry transaction figures (completions and of course therefore really sales 3-6mths in the past) showed a spike in prices Sept-Oct which went a long way to counteract the decline in prices experienced in the early part of the year. From the latest figures, BA1 is currently 6.5% up year on year whereas the more populous BA2 is holding steady at 0.1% down (compared to 4.1% up and 2.6% down in July figures). So that’s prices but what about how many people are moving? HMRC data suggests a 12% drop on UK transaction numbers compared to July 2018. However, in Bath, we seem to have bucked that trend somewhat with BA1 and BA2 completion numbers only 2% and 6% down respectively. “On market” stock levels have now also returned to broadly standard seasonal patterns. Average time on market/selling times are now faster than midsummer levels, further reinforcing the theory we have turned the corner towards a gentle upslope. Beyond the raw numbers, the market atmosphere has also, at least from our experience, shifted away from caution and conservatism. Having waited so long already for any sort of resolution, the autumn market has been extremely active and there is a definite feeling in Bath property as we move towards Christmas of “lets just get on with life”.
Carey Gilliland Director, Madison Oakley
Not only can buying new build greatly speed up the legal side of the purchasing process, but it also significantly reduces the chances of your dream property escaping you if the property chain collapses along the line. However, these are not the only reasons why people are choosing to buy new build properties. A recent report produced by Knight Frank revealed that, in London, new homes now account for more than a third of London’s super prime sales, up from less than a fifth two years ago. In the capital, new homes sales within the super prime market have gained a greater share, growing from 18% in Q2 2017 to 34% in Q2 2019. According to my colleague Rupert des Forges, Head of Prime Central London Developments at Knight Frank, “prime buyers are increasingly focussed on securing a London residence in a new scheme and typically they prioritise a high level of security and extensive amenities.” I can draw many similarities between what colleagues are reporting in London and the property market here in Bath, where the trend for lateral living remains strong. Developments that offer purchasers everything – from great views across the city and luxury high-specification interiors, to parking, lifts, enhanced security features and economical running costs – are highly sought-after. It is true that across the UK, including in Bath, buyers are wising up to the superior modern services and amenities that a new home can offer. For example, with Phase 1 of Neptune’s debut property development One Tram Yard almost fully sold, just one three-bedroom apartment remains at £950,000. The development has proved hugely popular with those looking for luxury city centre living with the added value of parking and on-site security. Not to forget the newly launched Granville Court by the renowned developer Kersfield, offering two and three bedroom luxury, lateral apartments in the popular area of Lansdown. Prices start from £800,000. So, if you’re looking to upsize, downsize or get onto the property ladder before Christmas, we have a number of new build properties that might be suitable. For more information about new homes in Bath, call 01225 325 999.
Francine Watson Associate, Knight Frank
There is a way that singles can afford to buy their own homes in the Bath property hot spot Kevin Gray, CEO Bath Building Society There are really only two ways of getting a cash deposit together. The traditional way is to try and save it. This is frequently done with the assistance of government savings schemes such as Help to Buy ISAs and Lifetime ISAs. The second way is to be given the cash from a relation i.e. the so called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’.
For InBath readers who are currently looking to buy a property in or around the City of Bath, it will come as no surprise to them that housing affordability is a real issue. The desirability of living in Bath has steadily pushed the local market higher over the years to a position where prices in the Georgian city are currently on par with some of the smartest London boroughs. The high value of property requires every potential home buyer to pass two major tests in order to grab their dream home. Firstly, they must get together a larger initial deposit than buyers in cheaper areas plus they must have comparatively larger incomes to be able to afford the ongoing mortgage repayments. The affordability hurdle has become even harder to clear in recent years since the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review. This piece of regulation requires lenders to stress test every borrower’s ability to afford their monthly repayments at the rate of interest they will pay, not when their mortgage starts, but at the point their initial product discount ends, plus add an extra interest element to cover the possibility of future increases in the Bank of England base rate. Although the affordability test protects borrowers in the event of rising interest rates, it makes getting a mortgage in the first instance much more difficult than it ever was historically.
The affordability hurdle has become even harder to clear in recent years since the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review. In the absence of a large cash deposit, borrowers can also use other forms of collateral to reduce the risk to their lenders and by doing so also reduce the rates of interest charged on their loans. Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee mortgages and collateral charging of other properties are classic examples of secondary collateral. Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to have relations who can either give them a cash gift or indeed offer their own properties as collateral. For all potential borrowers, with or without assistance from their families, the affordability test must always be passed. Married or cohabiting couples are at a distinct advantage when testing mortgage affordability as they generally have two incomes. But what if you’re single? How can single people with only one income be able to afford mortgage payments in areas where prices are high? How can unfortunate individuals who find themselves single again continue to stay in their own homes when the
second income supporting their mortgage disappears when personal relationships dissolve? Bath Building Society has come up with one innovative solution called the ‘Rent a Room’ mortgage. This product allows single borrowers with no dependent children to rent out a spare room and for the rental income to be used to support up to 50% of the overall loan repayments. The product is a hybrid between a traditional home purchase mortgage and a buy-to-let mortgage. Our Rent a Room product allows our single customers to effectively borrow a higher multiple of their employment income, thereby allowing them to either secure a new home or to remain in a home when a partner moves on. It is also tax efficient, as UK individuals are permitted to receive up to £7,500 per annum from renting out a room in a property that they also occupy before any rent becomes subject to income tax. You can only get the Rent a Room mortgage at Bath Building Society. If you are a single person who can muster a sufficient deposit for a mortgage but who lacks enough earned income to be able to afford ongoing monthly repayments, then perhaps Rent a Room could be the answer for you. If you would like more information on the Rent a Room mortgage, then please speak to one of the Society’s Mortgage Advisers on 01225 475737. As this will be my last InBath article of 2019, I should like to wish all readers a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
5, If you have any viewings booked on your property or if you are going to view property yourself, try to get there during the daylight hours – You will see more of the property and also be able to see if there are any obvious defects which might not show up in darker evening conditions such as damp patches or staining.
6, If you have a big Christmas tree, remember that it does take up a lot of space in the room – Lots of Christmas decorations tend to make rooms look and feel smaller than they really are. If you have a small property, try to keep your festive decorations to the same proportions as the room. If you have ceiling decorations they can also make the room feel lower and sometime slightly claustrophobic, also if you have low ceilings with decorations and tall people coming to view then the two don’t go together very well.
It's the most wonderful time of the year to move house! Before you all cringe at the thought of late night shopping and the crowded shops, getting dark at 4pm, forgetting which relations to buy for and which ones disappointed you with their present for you last year, spare a thought for your house. Many people take the festive season to consider if it is time move. Some families actively look for a new home at this time as it is the only time some couples / families have off together. If you are looking to place your home on the market over Christmas, remember these few pointers to help you market your property successfully. 1, Make sure your photographs are done before you put up your Christmas decorations – If your property does not sell in the time period expected and is still on the market in the New Year, the photos will tell that the property has been on the market for some length of time. 2, If your chosen agent is coming to take the photos, ensure that they are there in plenty of time to make sure that the photos are done in natural daylight – there is nothing worse than photos with all the lights on or when you look at the windows, they are all dark outside.
7, If you are lucky enough to be able to get away for a festive break, remember to let your agent know so that they can book appointments accordingly. Another good reason not to put your wrapped Christmas presents under the tree to early as this can say a lot about your property and your plans, remember there are some not so honest people out there that will target properties that have trees with lots of lovely looking gifts under them.
3, Even though it is now winter conditions, your garden is another room of the property – If your outside space looks untidy or unkempt it will give the impression that you either don’t use it or that your maintenance is lacking and could lead them to have a less than positive impression of the property overall. Kerb appeal sells properties.
Some families actively look for a new home at this time as it is the only time some couples/families have off together. 4, Check that your gutters have not filled up with the autumn falling leaves – This could lead to overflows that can cause damp to come in to the property. Nobody likes the sound of water splattering down on you from up high. Some properties have lead lined valley gutters, if these fill with leaves and begin to overflow, the water usually comes over the lead and into the property directly causing considerable damage.
8, If you are moving property around the Christmas / New Year period, try to plan your packing ahead – Take it from me as one who has moved in the first week of January, trying to pack a house is difficult enough as it is let alone trying to clear up and pack away from the Christmas season. I for one don’t think that I will move again during the festive period. 9, What opening hours your solicitors are working – Yes even solicitors deserve some time off over Christmas. If you have to go to your solicitors to sign any documents or to fill in any forms, remember that they may have differing opening hours to normal due to the Christmas holiday period or having staff off during this time period.
UK house price growth at slowest rate in six years, says Halifax Halifax, one of the country’s biggest mortgage lenders, reports that annual house price growth has slowed to its lowest pace since 2013. With the average price of a house now standing at £232,574 in September 2019, this equates to a drop of 0.4% in August – the first monthly fall since May. Along with this negative growth, prices rose 1.1% year on year, marking the smallest annual gain since April 2013. In the previous three months (May - July 2019), house prices increased by 0.4%, up slightly from 0.1% in the three months to August. Russell Galley, managing director of Halifax, said the latest figures were “in keeping with the predominantly flat trend we’ve seen in recent months”. Galley commented that underlying market indicators, such as completed sales and mortgages approvals, were broadly stable. For buyers, important affordability measures including wage growth and interest rates still look favourable. However, Galley expected housebuying activity and price growth to remain subdued while economic uncertainty, around Brexit and the global outlook, persists.
New lifetime tenancies mean peace of mind for nearly 700 more Curo tenants Bath-based housing association Curo is converting its 680 fixed-term tenancies to lifetime contracts. With the majority of tenants in Curo’s 13,000 homes already benefiting from the security of a lifetime tenancy, the landlord has now decided to convert all of its fixed-term tenancies in response to customer feedback. Curo Chief Executive Victor da Cunha said: “We’ve listened to our customers who have fixed-term tenancies with us. We’ve heard how important having a long-term tenancy is to feel safe, secure and be able to put down roots in the local community. In direct response to this feedback, we’re moving all our social tenants who currently have fixedterm tenancies onto Assured lifetime tenancies. “As a responsible social landlord, we try hard to really listen to and act on the feedback our tenants and other residents give us. Moving all our social tenants to lifetime tenancies is just one example of how customer feedback leads to changes for the better.”
" We’ve heard how important having a long-term tenancy is to feel safe, secure and be able to put down roots in the local community. In direct response to this feedback, we’re moving all our social tenants who currently have fixed-term tenancies onto Assured lifetime tenancies."
One million more young people will be living with parents in a decades time. According to insurance company Aviva, over the next decade, a million more young people are likely to find themselves living with their parents. The study identifies the lack of affordability of housing as the main reason behind their findings. The study forecasts that 3.8 million people aged between 21 and 34 will be living at home by 2025, a third more than at the moment. The number of households containing two or more families is also expected to rise, from 1.5 million to 2.2 million. The study is based on the assumption that house prices will continue to rise at the same rate they have done over the last ten years.
With no end date, Assured Tenancies are sometimes called ‘lifetime tenancies’ and give tenants the stability and peace of mind of knowing that they have a home for as long as they need it. Feedback from residents has been very positive, with a tenant in Bath commenting: “Now I’ll be moving onto a lifetime tenancy I’ve got the security of knowing that if my circumstances changes, I’ll always have a roof over my head. “A lifetime tenancy means no more uncertainty for me, as it will for many other people too.” Curo is writing to all tenants on fixed-term tenancies – usually renewed every six years – with the good news that when their current tenancy term ends, they will be moved onto a lifetime tenancy. This will be subject to Curo’s standard tenancy conditions having been met.
Victor da Cunha Chief Executive Curo Group
Paws for thought: Fun Day raises profile of Bath Cats and Dogs Home A Fun Day and Fun Dog Show at Bath Cats and Dogs Home raised a wonderful £20,500 to help the charity rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in need.
Brand new show home to launch at Mulberry Park, Bath Curo opened their doors recently to a much-anticipated brand new show home at Mulberry Park, the award-winning residential development in South Bath. The launch took place over the weekend of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September at Curo’s Marketing Suite on Bradford Road (BA2 5BZ). The three-bedroom, semi-detached ‘Portland’ show home is ideal for family life, featuring a contemporary kitchen/dining area with separate living room, WC and utility room to the ground floor, with a master bedroom with en-suite, two further bedrooms, a family bathroom and plenty of storage space occupying the upper floor. Boasting a modern, stylish, yet homely interior décor, the new show home will give visitors a glimpse into the type of lifestyle that properties at Mulberry Park can offer. One of the rooms, imagined as a child’s bedroom, was furnished in a tropical rainforest theme and features a very special art piece – an orangutan painting by one of the 4-year old pupils at Mulberry Park Educate Together primary school. Lisa Howells, Curo Sales Director, explains: “Mulberry Park is a strong, growing community, with the new nursery, school and Hub sitting right at its heart and bringing everyone together. We wanted to celebrate this by giving the younger members of the community an opportunity to put their stamp on the new show home. “Children from the new local school painted their favourite rainforest animal to complement the design of one of the rooms
– we chose the orangutan to be displayed in the show home but all of the art pieces are fabulous and can be seen on our website.” Mulberry Park Educate Together Headteacher, Emma Garnett, says: “It’s fantastic to be part of the thriving community at Mulberry Park and the children love getting involved in these activities. We had fun painting and drawing while learning some interesting facts about the rainforest; thanks to Curo for the wonderful rainforest books gifted to our Bumble Bee class pupils.” The newly released properties at Mulberry Park are 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes, with prices starting at £295,000. Mulberry Park properties are also available with Help to Buy, the government’s Equity Loan scheme that lends home buyers up to 20% of the value of a new build home. Lisa says: “With such a wide choice of properties now available for reservation, we’re able to help families of any size find their ideal home in this vibrant, new community. Whether you’re on the market for a new home right now or just waiting to be inspired". For more information, go to www.curo-sales.co.uk or call 0345 140 5050.
Sponsored by developer Crest Nicholson Regeneration, the Fun Day supported the work of the Home in providing life-saving care for animals which have often been neglected, abused or abandoned. Rachel Jones, Head of Fundraising at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, said: “The amazing total raised is going to have such a huge impact on the animals in our care and the awareness raised and the increase in adoption applications is the icing on the cake. As well as the rescue, rehoming and rehabilitation of animals in need, Bath Cats and Dogs Home also reunites stray animals with their owners and cares for those that have been cruelly treated. The charity also works in the local community to improve animal welfare and steps in to help animals when they have no-one else. Last year Bath Riverside helped raise money for the charity by staging an outdoor screening of 101 Dalmatians. Marcus Evans, Sales and Marketing Director for developer Crest Nicholson, said: “I’m so pleased that the Fun Day raised such a phenomenal amount. As an enthusiastic dog owner myself I can see the great service the Bath Cats and Dogs home provides for pets who aren’t as lucky. “We are happy to support an organisation which provides care and support for neglected animals, the home takes in animals when they are in most need and works hard to rehabilitate and rehome them. They also have an amazing team of volunteers who help with the animals and make sure they have all the love and care they need.” Premier riverside development Bath Riverside offers modern, flexible living spaces, open parks, landscaped courtyards and unrivalled views. A collection of apartments and penthouse apartments the development is located just a short level walk from the city centre.
property investors. It found half (50%) feel new-builds in the UK are usually unattractive, while even more (63%) consider them to be “devoid of character”. Two thirds (67%) of homebuyers criticised new-build properties for being too expensive, saying they feel developments are often aimed at the top end of the market. The average new-build property in the UK costs £290,176, 29% higher than the average price for existing properties (£224,729). FJP Investment’s study also showed concerns around new-builds’ location and infrastructure – 57% of homebuyers say they are put off purchasing new-builds because they think they are located in inconvenient locations; 48% worry the infrastructure surrounding new-build developments is poor.
UK homebuyers deterred from buying “characterless” new-builds New research from FJP Investment has uncovered UK homebuyers’ sentiment towards new-builds. The independent survey of 1,000 homebuyers and property investors found:
surrounding new-build developments is poor However, despite these drawbacks, many homebuyers see positives in new-builds 75% praise the modern facilities; 70% say they are more energy efficient
50% feel the UK’s new-builds are typically unattractive – even more (63%) consider them to be “devoid of character”
Two thirds (67%) call on government to do more to support new-build development
67% believe too many new-builds are unaffordable, aimed at the top of the market 57% dismiss buying new-builds because they think they are located in inconvenient locations; 48% worry the infrastructure
Prospective buyers are deterred from purchasing new-build homes in the UK because they are “unattractive” and “devoid of character”, new research by FJP Investment has found. The investment provider commissioned an independent survey of 1,000 UK-based homebuyers and
Jamie Johnson, CEO of FJP Investment, said: “There can be no denying the huge need for millions of new houses to be built across the UK. However, our research shows that we cannot fall into the trap of simply constructing properties of a poor quality, in undesirable locations or without also investing in local infrastructure. “Homebuyers are clearly keen to consider new-builds for their next purchase, but only if we can ensure the houses and flats are finished to a very high standard. What’s more, developers must focus on ways to inject character into projects, ensuring they feel less like a generic show home and more like a place that people will really want to live. “FJP Investment works with investors around the globe to raise development funding, which aids the construction of new-build properties in the UK. We understand the need for such developments to meet prospective buyers’ tastes and this new study underlines how we can ill-afford to ignore the sentiments of homebuyers.”
Curo staff have today sported their best pink outfits, with colleagues working on site swapping their usual green high visibility jackets for pink ones, raising a fantastic £ 352 for the cause. Curo Sales Director, Lisa Howells, says: “Curo colleagues take part in many charity fundraising events throughout the year for causes that are close to our hearts. It’s great to see that everyone has made an effort on ‘Wear it Pink’ day and joined the national campaign to help raise money for further livesaving breast cancer research.
Curo’s housebuilding team wear it pink for Breast Cancer Now Curo’s housebuilding team have joined the ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign on Friday 18 October, to support Breast Cancer Now’s annual fundraising event. Wear it Pink happens every year in October, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK aimed at facilitating continued vital research into the disease.
“We’ve all had fun choosing our outfits for today, baking pink treats and, most importantly, donating. Colleagues looked fabulous in pink both in the office and on our construction sites and we’re already looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger and better.” Since launching in 2002, Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink day has raised more than £33 million to fund research and provide emotional and practical support to people affected by breast cancer. If you’d like to support this fantastic cause, donate directly to Breast Cancer Now at www.justgiving. com/campaign/wearitpink2019.
HELP TO BUY A FIRST-CLASS HOME IN A FIRST-CLASS LOCATION In a world where too many new homes look the same inside and out, Redcliffe Homes buck the trend with their beautiful and individually designed scheme on their ‘Park Place’ development in Corsham. The scheme has been designed to reflect the setting of homes within landscaped grounds, with large areas of open space, avenues and greenery. Homebuyers have an opportunity to buy a beautiful and affordable new home in the popular market town, voted in The Times as one of the best places to live in the UK 2019. Surrounded by green chalk hills, Corsham’s historic centre has a wealth of shops and cafes which line the partly pedestrianised high street. Corsham is just ten miles by car from Bath and five miles to the M4 motorway network at Chippenham, which also has direct rail connection to Reading and London.
Help to Buy scheme, many purchasers will find they can afford a larger home than they might have previously thought possible, even if they have limited equity in their existing home. For anyone living in a home which is becoming too small for their needs, that extra bit of space can really make all the difference to their everyday lives. For those buyers who have a house to sell Redcliffe Homes offer an Easy Move
"The Help to Buy equity loan scheme has given those buyers with a lower deposit of 5% an opportunity to buy a brand-new home, up to the value of £600,000, and get onto the property ladder or move up the property ladder" With the aid of the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme, you could buy a brand-new Redcliffe Home with just a 5% deposit. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an existing homeowner who has used the scheme before, you could move sooner with Help to Buy. The Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme enables first-time buyers and those looking to move to a new house to secure a Government loan for 20% of their new home’s full price – meaning they only require a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a 5% deposit. Lorraine Kendrick, Marketing & Sales Manager at Redcliffe Homes, said ‘’Park Place has been a very popular development, with phase 1 now sold and phase 2 selling fast. It encompasses a diverse range of properties which attracts a variety of buyers to form a new community. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme has given those buyers with a lower deposit of 5% an opportunity to buy a brand-new home, up to the value of £600,000, and get onto the property ladder or move up the property ladder’’. Growing families will appreciate the need for a home which gives them that essential extra bedroom, while others may long for a bigger kitchen or a house with a garden – all of which are available at ‘Park Place’. With the
scheme, it’s the help you need to sell your existing property and takes away the hassle. Simply reserve the Redcliffe home of your dreams then we will help you sell yours. We will arrange everything from getting your current home valued to arranging viewings at times convenient to you. Moving to a Redcliffe home has never been easier.
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