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With summer now a distant memory, our local entertainment venues, arts centres and museums have their sights focused on their autumn and christmas programmes.

Nadiya Hussain came to the nations attention when winning the Great British Bake Off in 2015.

We have everything from live music to comedy, workshops to festivals covered including a look at this years 'Bath Children's Literature Festival'.

Since then, she has released 4 cookery books, appeared in her own TV programmes (The Chronicles of Nadiya and Nadiya's British Food Adventure), as well as co-presenting the BBC's The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Nadiya will be at this years Bath Children's Literature Festival and talks about her career so far.

food and drink

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Our food and drink section will focus on the annual The Great Bath Feast. This 15 day celebration of the city’s vibrant and varied food and drink scene, gives you the chance to taste new flavours, explore new skills and enjoy new culinary experiences.

WIthin our Education Guide, we will take a look at the 'Key Stages' of learning from Early Years to Primary, Secondary education to Post 16.

As the year comes to its final quarter and the start of a new school year approaches, many of us will be thinking about moving or buying a home.


What's On Bath Children's Literature Festival Nadiya Hussain Food and Drink Education and Careers Property Competitions and more


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Also, as we enter autumn, our local eateries start to focus on christmas menus and party nights. We take a look at a few to whet your appetite.

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We will give tips and advice to parents as well as speak to some of our local schools, colleges and educational providers to find out how they can help your child on their 'road to learning'.

You can obtain our competition rules and regulations by e-mailing us at the address above. The publisher shall not be held responsible for any loss occasioned by failure of an advertisement to appear, or any damages or inconvenience caused by errors, omissions and misprints. All information correct at the time of going to press.

In our property section, we will give you some tips and advice on how being organised before the festive period can offer up some distinct advantages to those wanting to move before Christmas. Competition e-mails may be retained for marketing purposes. Copyright CVM Publishing Ltd 2017. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Cover Image: Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant

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Driving Miss Daisy

what's on 4 Sept Robert Webb Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Part-memoir, part call-to-arms from the awardwinning and hilariously funny Robert Webb, How Not to be a Boy promises to be an exceptional and even game-changing book. Time: 7.30pm Prices: TBC

6 - 9 Sept Driving Miss Daisy Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Set in Atlanta, Georgia, the story begins one day in 1948 when a prickly, 72-year-old Jewish widow, Daisy Werthan, crashes her car. Deemed too old to drive, her son hires her a chauffeur, an African-American named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but as times change across the course of a 25 year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms. Times and prices vary, see website for details 8 – 17 Sept The Jane Austen Festival www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk The 17th annual Jane Austen Festival. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, so in honour of our heroine the Festival will be bigger and better than ever before! Free Various locations 9 Sept Glow In The Park: Longleat www.glowinthepark.co.uk Sometimes it's hard to get kids active - especially when they have so many other exciting electronic things at their fingertips. Come to an event where they won't even know they've broken out into a sweat because they'll be having too much fun!

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Open to anyone aged 7 plus - they can dance, walk or jog their way around six glow zones over a 6km course. Special kids tickets available plus the opportunity to make a day of it and play and eat at Longleat first. Time: 7.30pm Prices: Child £15.00, Adult Early Bird Super Saver £22.00 per ticket 14 Sept Half Man Half Biscuit Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk If Half Man Half Biscuit did not exist, it would be imperative to invent them. Since their formation nearly 30 years ago, their presence has been a necessity. In essence the vehicle for the observations, ramblings and creations of frontman Nigel Blackwell, they are a counterblast to the processes of modern life. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £ 20.00 17 Sept Danny Bhoy Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy embarks on his maiden tour of his brand-new show this autumn, and he will be making a welcome return to Komedia Bath on Sunday 17 September. Don’t miss this internationally renowned and critically acclaimed comedian who regularly sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational story telling. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary see website for details 18 – 30 Sept The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk A clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity, The Real Thing is a multi awardwinning modern classic.

Danny Bhoy Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress, has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing? Times and prices vary, see website for details 19 Sept Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Come and celebrate the sweet things in life with Yotam in conversation with long-time friend and co-author Helen Goh. Time: 7.30pm Prices: TBC 20 Sept Lucy Spraggan Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe. Time: 7.00pm Prices: £ 14.50 20 Sept Katherine Ryan Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Comedy star Katherine Ryan will be making a welcome return to Komedia Bath after her sellout show here in 2015! SOLD OUT! 23 Sept – 8 Oct Great Bath Feast www.greatbathfeast.co.uk Bath is a handsome city at any time of year but in autumn it positively glows. Great food and drink is just one of many reasons to visit this golden Georgian gem. This is a city that attracts ambitious young chefs, drawn not just by the beauty of the place and the countryside that surrounds it, but by the provenance of the south-west. Typically, chefs work hand in hand

Miranda Hart at The 2017 Bath Children's Literature Festival with their suppliers to create menus that are both seasonal and locally sourced. 20 - 26 22 for details. more details. See pages 24 28 Sept The Great British Take Off with Jon Culshaw Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk The Great British Take Off promises a night of conversation with Jon Culshaw, featuring Dead Ringers creator and producer Bill Dare. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary see website for details 29 Sept – 8 Oct The 2017 Bath Children’s Literature Festival www.bathfestivals.org.uk The 2017 Bath Children’s Literature Festival have announced their biggest ever programme with 120 events taking place over 10 days. Various locations See pages 20 12 - 23 13 for details. more details 2 Oct Jesus and Mary Chain Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Legendary alt rockers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, will be making a rare appearance in Bath as they bring their critically acclaimed Damage and Joy tour to Komedia on Monday 2 October. Time: 7.00pm Prices: From £ 27.50 2 – 7 Oct How The Other Half Lives Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Following its critically acclaimed West End revival at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps and London’s funniest comedy of 2016 embarks on a national tour. Times and prices vary, see website for details 4 Oct Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies!? Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan is bringing her smash hit show ‘Am I Right Ladies!?’ to Bath Time: 8.00pm Prices: From £ 14.00

5 Oct Paul Zerdin Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk America’s Got Talent winner 2015 Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin returns home to the UK! He is fresh from headlining the world-famous Planet Hollywood, with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets. Time: 8.00pm Prices: From £ 17.50 9 – 14 Oct The Best Man Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Martin Shaw leads the cast in the timely UK premiere of Gore Vidal’s award-winning play about the race to the White House. Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination. The only thing that separates the exSecretary of State and his popularist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President. But where does compromise end and corruption begin? And who in the end will be proved to be 'the best man'? Times and prices vary, see website for details 15 Oct Elaine Paige in Concert Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk The First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige, has performed live in concert all over the world. As a recording artist Elaine has released 22 solo albums, including 4 multi-Platinum and 9 Gold, has featured on 7 cast recordings and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory (Cats) and I Know Him So Well (Chess.) Time: 7.30pm Prices: £35/£45 17 Oct Lulu Bath Forum www.bathforum.co.uk It was the sixties when Lulu first burst onto the scene at the tender age of 15, with the mega, definitive and enduring Shout and made her name synonymous with rock and blues. Since then she has topped the charts in every decade,

Lulu working over the years with some of the greatest talents of our time – from Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and The Beatles to Elton John, David Bowie and Paul McCartney. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £ 35.00 17 – 22 Oct The Bath Digital Festival www.bathdigitalfestival.co.uk The Bath Digital Festival brings people and technology together. It allows everyone to explore the thriving digital scene here in Bath and get hands on experience with the latest projects. Various locations 17 – 21 Oct People, Places & Things Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Lisa Dwyer Hogg stars in this intoxicating play about surviving in the modern world. Written by Duncan Macmillan (1984, Every Brilliant Thing, Lungs) and directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin (This House, The Nether, Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies), People, Places & Things is designed by Olivier and Tony Award winning designer Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.) Times and prices vary, see website for details 21 Oct Rip It Up Bath Forum hwww.bathforum.co.uk TWO STRICTLY CHAMPIONS TOGETHER WITH ONE STRICTLY PROFESSIONAL Live on stage with BBC Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singers. Time: 7.00pm Prices vary see website for details. 24 – 29 Oct The Railway Children Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk E. Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production. Times and prices vary, see website for details.

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not just pets

they’re not just pets, they’re family

Continued growth for popular Bath salon




25th October - ALL DAY not just pets, 8-9 St James Parade, BATH!



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a pet superstore combined with the first-class Silcox Son andwhite Wicks & silver marble colour scheme, with vibrancy of Northumberland Place and help service of a traditional pet shop. They pride 5-7 New Street, Bath, BA1 2AF make a visit to the passageway such a pleasure. themselves on customer care and actively 2 – 4 Nov Tel: 01225 463933 accents of blush & copper.The Brow Place will encourage responsible pet ownership. Their www.silcox.co.uk Displaying Bath’s largest selection of wedding team of experienced and qualified staff provides Rambert: Ghost Dances operate upstairs in its current form as a drop-in Referred to as an "Aladdin's Cave" or a "Tardis", rings with over 400 designs to choose from at excellent, friendly customer service and is always around every corner, Silcox Son and Wicks offers competitive prices. Experienced staff are happy willing to spend time to advise customers with Theatre Royal service, an exciting new addition of 3 furnishing gems for every room in the house. but with to help when choosing the perfect wedding any aspect of care for their pet. Still a family concern, current owner Steve Wicks ring for both partners and also jewellery for civil www.theatreroyal.org.uk is the great-grandson of Frank Silcox and has partnerships and wedding day gifts. nail stations! " Their Frome branch has a huge selection of inherited his critical eye for fashion and passion as well as each store offering fish food Christopher Bruce’sfish masterpiece, Ghost Dances, for quality. Exclusive to Nicholas Wylde is The Wylde Flower and accessories. Frome also offer pet holiday Diamond Launched especially to celebrate 25 is possibly the mostboarding. popular work in Rambert’s From a humble beginning in 1900 when years in the jewellery industry having built a Frank Silcox set up in business as a Furniture reputation based on his inspirational designs Each shop localcompassion, delivery history. It tells stories of provides lovea FREE and as Remover, Cabinet Maker and Undertaker, we and high quality workmanship. These diamonds service and pet tag engraving too! have grown in size and stature, now consisting of are unique with facets representing petals of a death – in the form'They're of the iconic “ghost dancers” 14 rooms on 7 levels in Kingsmead Square. flower. not just pets, they're family' Pop inlives for a wam,of friendly – interrupts the daily a welcome. series of ordinary Nowadays we source our furniture from Independent Spirit throughout the world, whilst still retaining people. 7 Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LN The Brow Place contacts with local manufacturers in Somerset, Tel: 01225 340636 Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. 6 Abbey see Gate Street, Bath BA1 1NP Times and prices vary, website for details. www.independentspiritofbath.co.uk Tel: 01225 443821


On 23rd October 2016, The Brow Place proudly

window displays at Nicholas Wylde add to the

The result is an exciting, eclectic collection to suit a broad range of tastes.

celebrated its 3rd birthday. Sue & Amy Adams 2 – 12 Nov could have rented a space in an existing store Minerva Art Supplies existing brow bars) but they had a Bath Film Festival(replicating 13 Green Street, Bath,BA1 2JZ vision of applying the same private experience of Tel: 01225 462116 traditional beauty salons to the brow industry. www.bathfilmfestival.org.uk www.minervaartsupplies.co.uk Nearly 100 years ago Minerva was a gallery There was an element of risk, having the Bath Film Festival will be championing diverse with prints, frames and a selection of paints same overheads as a beauty salon, but being and papers. reliant upon the demand for eyebrow voices and adding solely new ways for the public to maintenance (and a few lash treatments). In 1982 the shop changed hands and focused Sue Adams, Co-founder of The Brow Place enjoy cinema whensays:it It’spresents its 27th annual on Art & Graphic Supplies, meeting the needs of been a varied career path that brought Bath's artistic and student community. to owning the salon, and the title ofclassics, the programme of freshme features, world emerging talent showcases, insider talks and special events at venues across the city. Various locationsNovDec16.indd 24-25

8 Nov Simon Anstell: What Is This? Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand up tour in the UK. What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. Time: 8.00pm Prices: From £ 23.00 12 Nov Only Fools And Boycie Komedia Bath www.komedia.co.uk Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Time: 8.00pm Prices: From £ 16.00

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Cocktail grade spirits, Single Malt whiskies, fine wines, premium champagnes, cocktail equipment, sundries and a vast selection of world and craft beers.


This year walkers will receive an exclusive Bath Moonlight Walk “Saturday Night Diva” T-shirt by post in advance. This is your night so you can accessorise your T-shirt with your own glitter and glow disco gear, wear your T-shirt with whatever you’re comfortable with…or put together your own retro outfit!

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Independent Spirit combines over 25 years of knowledge and experience in the cocktail and specialist drinks world under one roof.

Check out the Dorothy House shops to find a vintage/second hand clothing bargain. It’s the ultimate recycler and you’ll be helping to fund vital patient care too.

Their location on Terrace Walk is only bettered by our phenomenal tasting room downstairs built around their Georgian fireplace which plays host for our regular tastings, events and master classes all of which you can find on their website.

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Be a NIGHT DIVA! Bath Moonlight Walk Saturday 9 September, 10pm – 2am

Join over a thousand friends, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmas and sisters, doing it for themselves, and hitting the streets for the 8km Bath Moonlight Walk. Get your glitter, glow and disco gear on and celebrate the vital work of Dorothy House Hospice Care on a fabulous and fun night out! Our legendary Bath Moonlight Walk for women, aged 14 and over, starts at 10pm from SouthGate shopping centre and takes in the main sights in the vibrant city of Bath. Beforehand it’ll be party central from 8.30pm with a Mulberry handbag raffle, freebies, fabulous merchandise, Butlers in the Buff and our funky Saturday Night Diva warm up!

Children aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult who will be responsible for their safety throughout the event. Check out the Dorothy House shops to find a vintage/second hand clothing bargain. It’s the ultimate recycler and you’ll be helping to fund vital patient care too. Children aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult who will be responsible for their safety throughout the event.


All walkers are asked to raise at least £40 in sponsorship or to make a personal donation in lieu of raising sponsorship. The registration fee covers the logistics of running the event. It is your sponsorship that makes a difference to helping us care for the people in your community. Last year you fabulous ladies raised over £95,000 so let’s beat that target! For more infomation on Dorothy House Hospice Care and how you can help, please go to the website: www.dorothyhouse.org.uk

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After 4 years, The Brow Place is moving. From Tuesday 10th October we can be found at 1 Abbey Street, just off Abbey Green Have a look around at our launch party on Monday 9th October, from 5pm to 8pm Join us for an evening of wine, canapĂŠs and cupcakes! Indulge in a free brow threading treatment or mini makeup lesson

Book any of our specialist treatments on the night and receive

20% off thebrowplace.co.uk

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How the Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal Bath

The smash hit comedy direct from the West End Following it’s critically acclaimed West End revival at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps How the Other Half Loves visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th October as part of a national tour. As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become hopelessly stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couple seems in jeopardy… The star cast includes leading stage and television actor Robert Daws, best known for the hit series The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger, Roger, opposite Caroline Langrishe, who starred in Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed; Matthew Cottle from BAFTA-nominated Game On, who transfers direct from the West End production; Sara Crowe, whose West End credits include Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular and The Constant Wife, but is perhaps best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral; Charlie Brooks, who played the villainous Janine

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Butcher in EastEnders, and Leon Ockenden, who currently plays Will Chatterton in Coronation Street. Tickets for How the Other Half Loves are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 and online via www.theatreroyal.org.uk

win a pair of tickets to watch How the Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal Bath on Monday 2nd October, 7.30pm performance

For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details to: competitions@inbath.net Subject: HTOHL Closing Date: Thursday 21 September Usual T's and C's apply

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E. Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production which tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 24th October to Sunday 29th October.

Complete with beautiful period costumes, digital projections and ingenious designs, this new production promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue and adventure.

This best-loved tale, made famous by the iconic 1970 movie starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins, delivers a thrilling coming of age story and a fascinating insight into Edwardian rural life.

Tickets for The Railway Children are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 and online via www.theatreroyal.org.uk

When their father mysteriously disappears with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are turned upside down. Forced to leave the comforts of their privileged London life in exchange for a simple rural existence this fractured family soon discover new friendships that will change their lives forever.

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A Family Ticket for 4 people to watch The Railway Children at the Theatre Royal Bath on Tuesday 24th October, 7pm performance For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details to: competitions@inbath.net Subject: Railway Closing Date: Mon 16th October Usual T's and C's apply


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Brunel’s engineering achievements he decided to work in metal. He became one of the new generation of sculptors whose work responded to the anxieties of the arms race and the Cold War; at the 1952 Venice Biennale they were famously dubbed the ‘Geometry of Fear’ school. But Armitage never lost his sense of wonder at living things and their underlying structures, as is evident from the bronzes, plaster maquettes and drawings in this exhibition.


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Lunchtime exhibition tours: Every Thursday, 15 September to 10 November inclusive, 12.30-13.00. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

A Room of their Own: lost Bloombury Interiors now until 4 September Victoria Art Gallery

Bath Digital Festival It will be a mixed show of paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures plus an assortment of artistic treasures from 1910-20’s UK.

Tue 17th - Sun 22nd October

The show will be re-creating some famous The Bath DigitalBloomsbury Festival brings people and technology together. It allows rooms with works by Duncan noon. everyone to explore thrivingBell digital Bath and Grant,the Vanessa andscene Rogerhere Fry in – three of get hands on n exciting experience withthe themost latest projects. artist of this era. well-known fighting. Booking Recognising that the only Bloomsbury Now approaching its fifth year, the Bath Digital Festival promises to be bigger Group decorative schemes to survive are at and better than ever in 2017. Whether you fancy trying your hand at coding, Charleston in East Sussex, this exhibition on. taking part in interactive workshops or just want to get your hands on the aims to recreate, as far as possible, several of gital and latest tech, there will be plenty for everyone to take part in and enjoy. the lost interiors on which Roger Fry, Vanessa ur characters to Bell and Duncan Grant worked in the fi rst half +. £10. Festival themes: of the 20th century. This exhibition reunites objects and paintings from private and public pm. collections that have not been seen together Star Wars Digital creativity for over 50 years. t Star WarsTuesday 17th will be screened The digital creativity day will help festival-goers to hone their creative skills During the exhibition there will be talks and in, ages 3+. and experiment with new ways of being creative in a digital world. We’ll lunchtime exhibition tours held on Thursdays showcase local creative enterprise and debate the importance of creative from 12.30-1.00pm, free to Discovery Card skills in a world destined to be dominated by mathematics. and ticket holders. ath BA2 7BD www.victoriagal.org.uk

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Digital working

Wednesday 18th The digital landscape is evolving; no more so than in the workplace. During our digital working day we’ll discuss and aim to resolve the key challenges facing businesses across the South West. We’ll offer advice on more MarApr15Draft.indd 3521 MarApr16Draft.indd effective ways of working and how to keep ahead of the digital curve in


business. We’ll also include practical workshops to help you implement and automate your repetitive business processes.

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Digital for good

Thursday 19th The digital for good day will showcase those in the community who are using technology to create opportunity where once there was none, it will connect digital technology with entrepreneurs ready to change the world and provide a forum where common problems associated with digital for good projects can be tackled by the whole community.

Digital intelligence

Friday 20th The digital intelligence day will celebrate the digital talent in the South West. We’ll share new ways of working and run practical events to help people work smarter in the digital economy. Digital leaders will come together to discuss and debate the more complex and intricate reaches of current-day technology like AI, robotics, MR and VR.

Digital future

Saturday 21st Our digital future day will explore the social, political and technical challenges our future holds and consider how we can ensure the best outcome for the next generation. Join us in the digital playground to for hands on events the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

Digital lives

Sunday 22nd Our lives and homes are constantly being rewired for the digital age. Our digital lives day will help people of all ages get to grips with new tech. Join us to explore how technology, the Internet of Things and social media are shaping our relationships, personal lives and homes. For more details on the Bath Digital Festival, go to: bathdigitalfestival.co.uk You also keep in touch via twitter: @bathdigital

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days ou Autumn highlights at the Victoria Art Gallery Here Be Dragons Until 8 October 2017

Ever popular in literature, films and art, the dragon is a creature to be loved and loathed, perhaps, but never cuddled, stroked or offended! Visitors to this awe-inspiring exhibition can expect to encounter a veritable dragon’s den – in two and three dimensions – crammed with creatures that have leapt out of their favourite books. The show will mine a rich seam of dragon lore, with images by some of the world’s best children’s illustrators, including Chris Riddell (Ottaline and Goth Girl), Axel Scheffler (The Blake and Cressida Cowell The American Museum Gruffalo), in Britain isQuentin a hidden (How It’s to Train Your Dragon). There will be more gem on the outskirts of Bath. the perfect than 70 pieces on show, with something for venue for a day out for a range of ages and visitors of all from ‘touch and feel’ art for tastes. There are glorious gardens toages, explore, babies to scary, fire-breathing dragons for older a fascinating collection of Americana in the fans. from the café manor house, stunning views

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Keep the kids amused this half term with Museums Week

This October half-term, visitors to museums in Bath and North East Somerset can enjoy a host of special events and activities as part of Museums Week (21-29 October 2017).

Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, there are more than 20 different venues taking part this year, with events for all ages and interests. Family friendly activities include: • Create pictures using a range of oil pastels and find out about complementary colours at the Victoria Art Gallery. • Make a Roman actor’s mask at the Roman Baths. • Take a look at the special fancy dress from the 1920s, and make a colourful headdress at the Fashion Museum. • Make the craziest alien possible at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. • Have fun making your own colourful Halloween kaleidoscope at the Holburne Museum. • Create mosaic pictures and patterns using card and special papers at Keynsham Civic Centre.

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terrace the Limpley Stoke valley and the • Mark the Day of the Dead festival withover music exhibition, An American www.victoriagal.org.uk/dragons Toy Story (on until 30 and crafts at the American Museum. Included admission price, no need to book. October), showcases games andintoys that have Children must be accompanied by an adult. been inspired • See Bath’s royal charters, gold, silver and by popular films, and is delighting sword in the Mayor’s Parlour. visitors.

John Eaves: Echoes of Place

The Independence Day Fair and BBQ on • Go on an outdoor fossil hunt at Radstock Saturday 2 July from noon – 8.30pm offers fun, Museum. now 8 October 2017 games and entertainment for–the whole family. admission Spitfire BBQ willFree serve up fabulous • Sample some of Sally Lunn’s Bristol’s world famous food; there’ll be lots of Harley Davidson bikes buns for free. Taste a sweet and savoury Vibrant and classic 1950s cars on show;compositions Kabin Rock in oil, watercolour and topping each day. dazzle viewer in this show by one of will play rock ‘n’ roll fromcollage the 1950s andthe 60s; • Thursday 28 July - 10am to our most distinguished local artists. castle Fight Like a Jedi workshop - an • Learn about festival customs bouncy from East & and fairground games will feature alongside dulcimer introduction to the art of stage South East Asia at the Museum of East Asian craft workshops, Eaves studied and taught at Bath Academy demonstrations and textile activities as well as essential, ages 8 +. £10. Art. of Art,along, working alongside such luminaries as various performances. Come picnic on William Scott and Kenneth Armitage. the lawns and relax. • Friday 29 July – 10am – noo • Follow the clues on the Children’s Trail and Young Artists: Animate! Use di collect stickers at each museum. His work is noted for its rhythmic compositions Before 5pm: included with gardens only animation software to bring you and use of colour to create mood. All items in admission (adults £7, concessions £5.50, life. Booking essential, ages 8 There are also guided tours and special opening this show£2, of recent paintings and prints will be children children £1 events for all ages.For more details pick£4.50) up a After 5pm: adults sale. Here’s a small selectionfor of summer events for • Thursday 4 August – 1 – 4p brochure or visit www.bathmuseumsweek.co.uk children and families. Look on our website for In A Galaxy Far, Far Away… a more – www.american.museum.org celebration workshop. The first Museums or activities will be free of charge on the Episode IV: A New Hope (PG) dates and times listed to holders of a current Bath Wednesdays 13 September, from 12-12:45pm • Thursday 21 July 1 – 4pm. from 2.30 in the Stables. Drop and North East Somerset Resident’s Discovery Princessses in Cars, Princes up a Tower – Card. a curatorthrough and explore the permanent create a giant wall of filmJoin characters American Museum in Britain, collection in our Free, but Claverton, B sketching Card and collage. Frozen willhoused be shown in art stores. Claverton Manor, For further information on the Discovery visit book in, in advance the Stables at 2.30pm. Drop ages 3+. on 01225 477232. Tel: 01225 823010 www.bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard

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Enjoy Enjoy nine nine days days of of events events and and activities activities and and fifind nd out out more more about about the the wonderfully wonderfully diverse diverse and and dynamic dynamic museums museums in in the the city city of of Bath Bath World World Heritage Heritage Site. Site. Go Go out out and and about about in in North North East East Somerset Somerset by by taking taking part part in in aa free free event event during during this this special special celebration celebration of of museums. museums.

A history of American movie memorabilia and collectables Kenneth Armitage Centenary Sculpture Exhibition

Sat 19 March – Sun 30 October 2016

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD www.bathmuseumsweek.co.uk www.bathmuseumsweek.co.uk Tel: 01225 460503 10 September – 27 November 2016 Museums Week celebrates the unique Victoria Art Gallery enquiries@americanmuseum.org This retrospective marks the centenary of

collections and activities the birth of Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), in our local who was Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art. On moving the area he& aspired museums in toBath North East Somerset. to carve in Bath stone, however on seeing Brunel’s engineering achievements he americanmuseum.org decided to work in metal. He became one

We all love a good he story... A We all love a good ain MINERV Autumn Festival & Museums Week rst C l a ss! of the new generation of sculptors whose work responded to the anxieties of the arms race and the Cold War; at the 1952 Venice Biennale they were famously dubbed the ‘Geometry of Fear’ school. But Armitage never lost his sense of wonder at living things and their underlying structures, as is evident from the bronzes, plaster maquettes and drawings in this exhibition.

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Lunchtime exhibition tours: Every Thursday,

15 September to 10 November inclusive, Saturday 21Free–to Sunday 29 October 12.30-13.00. Discovery Card and ticket holders.

• Museum Trails (throughout the week) Bath's Premier A Room their Own: Trails for allofages, from toddlers to adults Bloombury Interiors Art lost Centre now until 4 September • Malaysia and Autumn Festival Victoria Art Thailand Gallery For all Artist and Student materials, It will be a mixed show of 14:00 paintings, Tuesday 24 October - drawings, 15:30 Watercolours, Oils,and Acrylics, Pastels, ceramics sculptures plus an assortment of Papers,artistic Easels, Mountboards, treasures from 1910-20’s UK. andand much more..... •Canvases Mongolia Korea Autumn Festival Wednesday 25 October 10:00 – 11:30

The show will be re-creating some famous Bloomsbury works by Duncan o noon. In addition, we offer rooms many with seasonal Grant,and Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry – three of n exciting discounts promotions the most well-known artist of this era. fighting. Booking throughout the year! Recognising that the only Bloomsbury Group decorative schemes to survive are at Charleston in East Sussex, this exhibition on. aims to recreate, as far as possible, several of igital and the lost interiors on which Roger Fry, Vanessa ur characters to Bell and Duncan Grant worked in the fi rst half +. £10. Inc CourseofLists Students In Year 10 Onwards the 20th& century. This exhibition reunites objects and paintings from private and public pm. collections that have not been seen together Star Wars for over 50 years. t Star Wars will be screened During the exhibition there will be talks and in, ages 3+. lunchtime exhibition tours held on Thursdays from 12.30-1.00pm, free to Discovery.co.uk Card info@ minervaartsupplies and ticket holders. Bath BA2 7BD www.victoriagal.org.uk

• Story-reading: The Zodiac Rooster Sunday 29 October 14:00 – 15:00

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museums and galleries Parallel (of Life and) Architecture Contemporary Reflections on the Ideas and Impact of Alison and Peter Smithson The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY Friday 22nd Sept – Saturday 4th Nov

Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October

Autumn festivals are celebrated throughout East and South East Asia. Coinciding with Museums Week and October half-term, this fun-packed event inspired by the moon and the harvest season, is filled with craft activities from across East and South East Asia. Join the Museum’s Autumn Festival Season, learn about festival customs from East and South East Asia, and discover our collections by following our adult and family trails:

• Museum Trails (throughout the week) Collections Trail based on the different themes presented in the galleries: Toddler Trail with shapes and colours. Phoenix and Dragon Trail explores the mythical animals in our collections. Hidden Gems Trail (for adults) explores and discover some of the most exquisite objects and intricate details of our permanent collections.

• Malaysia and Thailand Autumn Festival Tuesday 24 October 14:00 - 15:30 Free, booking required. Max 16 people Malaysian Autumn Festival story-reading; Thai festival decorations and Malaysian lanternmaking.

• Mongolia and Korea Autumn Festival Wednesday 25 October 10:00 – 11:30 Free, booking required. Max 16 people Mongolian story-reading ‘The White Horse’, and Korean paper doll-making.

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• Story-reading: The Zodiac Rooster Sunday 29 October 14:00 – 15:00 Free, booking required. Max 20 people Find out how the rooster became one of the zodiac animals in the Chinese calendar, get close to our giant rooster puppet and explore our collections with fun activities. Other festival seasons at the Museum include: Lunar New Year Season (usually in January or February), Mother and Daughter Season (in March).

New exhibition Dressed to Impressed:

Netsuke and Japanese Men’s 4 November 2017 to 22 April 2018 A British Museum Partnership Exhibition. The exhibition features a selection of netsuke, chosen from over 2,300 in the British Museum’s collection, with more pieces added from MEAA’s collection to show the range and beauty of these objects and their excellent craftsmanship. Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form. This exhibition explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868). Please check their website for event details: www.meaa.org.uk. The Museum of East Asian offers free entry to Discovery Card and Seasonal ticket holders.

This exhibition brings together the work of Turner Prize winning collective Assemble & Simon Terrill, Warren & Mosley, and The Decorators & GOIG who will each take key developments in the Smithsons' oeuvre as creative departure points to highlight their impact and lasting relevance as radical thinkers. The exhibition’s title is taken from the seminal exhibition Parallel of Life and Art, staged in 1953 at the ICA, London by the Smithsons, artist photographer Nigel Henderson and sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. Echoing the methods and collaborative processes of the Smithsons during their breakthrough phase as architects in 1950s Britain, this exhibition will uniquely reveal their research and creative practices. Though concerned with how we lived then, the Smithsons’ ideas continue to influence how we live now and undoubtedly will in the future. Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts, University of Bath comments, Alison and Peter Smithson’s approach to architecture, whether as radical arrivals on the post-war scene or as educationists in the late 20th Century, is one so rich with ideas that taking any phase of their careers is inspirational. The University of Bath provides fitting context for the exhibition, as a place ofconstant innovation, where A+PS designed the beginnings of its 21st century arts complex, The Edge. Ruth Gooding, Exhibitions Manager, comments, The artists’ creative responses offer us real insight into Alison and Peter Smithson’s architectural practice and audiences will be able to immersive themselves in these intriguing environments which include projections, print, historic models, sound, sculpture and much more. For more details on the exhibition, visit The Edge website: www.edgearts.org or follow them on twitter: @EdgeArtsBath

Image: Paolozzi Heads, Assemble and Simon Terrill

Autumn Festival and Museums Week At the Museum of East Asian Art

Parallel (of Life and) Architecture will see three duos of architects, artists and designers offer new insight into the legacy of Alison and Peter Smithson. It explores their relationship with the avant-garde and ‘architecture as a direct result of a way of life’ (A+PS). Known for their progressive approach, the Smithsons were key figures in the Brutalism movement and had a great fondness for Bath and the surrounding area.



Contemporary reflections on the ideas and impact of Alison and Peter Smithson 22 Sep–4 Nov 2017, Tue–Sat

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Up Lates at Holburne This summer, Richard Frewer and David Price are to perform Schubert’s last collection of songs, published after his death, and including some of Schubert’s most expressive, dramatic and recognisable songs.

September and October highlights at The&Holburne Museum Here Now

For more information visit: www.holburne.org/ Michael Petry: learning/community-engagement A new season of exhibitions, concerts, lectures and activities starts In thea Realm of the Gods with celebration of contemporary tapestry at Holburne Museum. 20 October 2016 to 25 February 2018 Art Masterclasses Davidson Ballroom Gallery I Free

Tapestry: Here & Now

Friday 23 June to Sunday 1 October 2017 In the Realm of the Gods explores the ley lines £10 | Concessions hidden beneath the city of Bath since the time of the Ancient Britons. Artist Michael Petry has Tapestry: Here & Now celebrates the vibrancy created a newly commissioned glass ley line, to of tapestry-weaving today. The exhibition brings be shown alongside works exploring the mythical together the work of international makers to and mythological connections to the Holburne’s showcase the most innovative approaches to the collection and place, and his own place within it. art of contemporary tapestry.

COMING SOON… Introduction to Tapestry Seurat towith Riley: Weaving Caron Penney Saturday 15 July, 10.15am – 4.15pm The Art of Perception

Adult Workshop| £50* Roper Gallery (with £4 materials charge payable directly to tutor 20 October 2017 to 21 January 2018 on the day) £10/£9 concs/ Free to all Museum Members Under 16s go FREE In this exciting and lively one day tapestry (Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult). weaving workshop with master weaver Caron Penney, students will investigate basic weaving techniques suitable for beginners including hatching and colour blending - the foundations to tapestry. Tuesday 10 October, 10.30 – 12 noon Celebrating World Mental Health Day Candace Bahouth: FREE DROP IN EVENT

Creativity and Wellbeing Coffee Morning

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Come coffee and enjoy beautiful creative Fridayfor 25aAugust, 7pm – 8pm activities some of the treasures of the Evening inspired Lecture by | £10 to include exhibition Holburne’s collection. This event is organised by entry members of the Pathways to Wellbeing groups and marks World Mental Health Day. Artist Candace Bahouth, designer at the iconic Erhman Tapestries for over 25 years These groups areillustrated part of Pathways to presents a lively, lecture exploring Wellbeing a 3 year funded project the development of Big her Lottery work over her career. promoting mental health and wellbeing through Candace will describe how a love of tapestry has engagement withstrikingly the arts. original hand-woven inspired her own designs.

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Tapestry For 11-18 yearWeaving: olds An Traveller’s opportunity for GCSE and A level Art students A Tale and young people interested 3pm in exploring Wednesday 27 September, – 4pm art to focus on specialist techniques in a friendly, small Tea-Time Talk group environment. All classes are by £7 / £11* to include admission to taught Tapestry: expert Here &artists. Now Jilly Edwards tapestry weaver in conversation Drawing Masterclass: with Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts Think Ink! Grant Gibson will ask Edwards about her

Thursday 26up October, 11am-4pm work leading to the Tapestry: Here & Now £30 (all materials included) exhibition and beyond to her publication Joy. (maximum 12 places) Accompanying them will be the publication designers Dr.Me.com who will discuss working Enjoy a day of explorative drawing, learning with Edwards. about different inks and a range of experimental techniques to produce expressive portraits, Tapestries - the narrative of drawing directly from a clothed model. Led bytimes? Louise Campion (Learning Officer) who our has a passion for drawing and–over 20 years’and Friday 29 September, 10am registration experience teaching art. 10.30am – 5pm refreshments, running Symposium| £25/£10 students*

Museums Week To celebrate Tapestry: Here & Now, the Holburne FREE HOLIDAY DROP-INS is delighted to bring together a distinguished Tuesday 24 and Wednesday panel of international speakers25 to October explore the 10.30am-12.30pm & as 1.30-3.30pm relevance of tapestry a means of conveying the narrative of our times.

Spooky Kaleidoscopes www.holburne.org/events/tapestries-the-

Have fun making your own colourful Halloween narratives-of-our-times kaleidoscope inspired by our exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception.

Music in the Museum

Thursday 6 July, 7.30pm – 8.20pm Enjoy sharing some creative time with your Evening Concert friends and family –| £12 with all materials and Schwanengesang instructions provided. The only thing you need to Richard Frewer – lyric baritone bring is your imagination! David Price – fortepiano

Flight of the Firebird

Tuesday 11 July, 1.10pm – 1.50pm Lunchtime Concert | £6 Matthew Taylor (Violin) Derek Stuart Clarke (piano)

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until 9pm A concert of works by Nicolai Rimsky -Korsakov and composers associated with or influenced Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and by him. Musical orientalism combines Russian exhibitions as we stay open until 9pm on the last folk song and lore along with exotic harmonic, Friday in the month. melodic and rhythmic elements. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music Holburne in the Garden Café Up lates at the throughout evening. Song FREE 28 July – Athe Summer’s 25 August – Candace Bahouth 30 September – Join us for our last Up Late of the summer

Haunted Holburne: Pop-Up Cinema

Enjoy after-hours access our galleries and Friday 27 October 2017,to 5pm-9pm exhibitions as we stay open until 9pm on the last FREE Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, nibbles enjoy music Join usshare for a some night of grisly and goings-on at the in the Garden throughout evening. HauntedCafé Holburne! Comethe to our Pop-up Cinema and watch a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (cert 15) amongst our Summer Art Camps collection of 18th-century paintings. Creep your for 5-11 year olds way through our galleries and explore our Monday 24 to Friday 18 August, 9am-4pm temporary exhibition, to Riley: The Art of £38 per day with £20Seurat discount for booking 5 Perception. consecutive days.

Don’t to indulge some treats Due toforget popular demandinwe are fang-tastic now offering and the Garden and listen to four cocktails Art Campinweeks packedCafé full of fun, creative eerie tunes and visual delights fromcollection our resident activities inspired by the Museum’s DJ, ‘Cowboy Beatbop’! and exhibitions and led by our experienced team of artists. PSYCHO (1960) is a psychological horror fiTo lm,book based on more Robert Bloch’s 1959 or for information, callnovel, and starring Anthony Janet Leigh, John 01225 388568 orPerkins, email learning@holburne.org Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, It tellsBA2 the 4DB. story T: of 01225 real estate secretary Marion Bath 388569 Crane who, after stealing $40,000, finds herself E: enquiries@holburne.org at an isolated motel where she encounters W:www.holburne.org a disturbing hotel manager named Norman Bates… Open daily, free admission 10am – 5pm (11am – 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays)

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‘Fractured Architecture, Cubist Photographs’ an exhibition by Thomas Kellner now until 24 September

‘Thresholds’ - a virtual reality experience by Mat Collishaw

16 September to 29 October Mon-Sun, 10.45am – 5.15pm

Visit ‘Thresholds’ and encounter an exhibition like never before, stepping back in time to one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839.

can be glimpsed through the digital windows. "Collishaw has not recreated an historical experience, but has instead constructed an entirely new one." - Frieze

"You don’t understand how much you enjoyed the virtual world until you feel the urge to go back." - The Telegraph

The original 19th-century exhibition, staged by the British Association for the Advancement of Science, celebrated cutting edge technological innovation. Unfortunately, Fox Talbot’s original images have faded almost beyond recognition with several of the surviving photographs existing only in light-proof vaults. Through Thresholds, this exhibition not only restages an important historical exhibition but provides a way to view images that have since been lost.

You will be able to walk freely throughout a digitally reconstructed room, and touch the bespoke vitrines, fixtures and mouldings; even the heat from a coal fire is recreated. A soundscape for Thresholds includes the sound of demonstrations of the Chartist protesters who rioted in 1839 on the streets of Birmingham, and

Mat Collishaw is one of the UK’s most thought provoking contemporary artists, and the installation will be in place for you to visit from Saturday 16 September – Sunday 29 October 2017. Tickets are available online at nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock or by calling our booking office on 03442491895.

This autumn, Lacock Abbey, in collaboration with Blain|Southern gallery, is proud to present ‘Thresholds’, a new virtual reality artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw.

Mon-Sun, 11.00am – 3.00pm

German photo artist, Thomas Kellner, presents an exhibition of cubist photography of the seemingly dancing architecture of famous landmarks at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, Britain's birthplace of photography. Thomas is known for his photographs of familiar structures from all over the world. Even though his photographs show well known buildings whose ‘straight’ pictures would be immediately recognisable, his work is often referred to as Cubism considering that his creative process includes a construction but with the results resembling a deconstruction. ‘Fractured Architecture, Cubist Photographs’ is on display at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 24 September and is free with normal admission. Lacock is near Chippenham, SN15 2LG. Open daily from Saturday 11 February, 10:30am – 5:30pm, abbey rooms open 11am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm). National Trust members and under 5s go free. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock or call 01249 730459 for more information.


An Exhibition of Portrait Paintings by Natasha Sweeting Artist, Natasha Sweeting, brings Africa to Bath with a new exhibition at Walcot Chapel. Opening night will be Thursday 19th October (5pm till 8pm), where you can experience African music, Afro-carribarn food plus Tanzanian cocktails. The show continues Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, 11am-7pm. For more details on the artist and her work, visit: www.natashasweeting.com or follow her on twitter: @natasha_sweeting_art

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Creating new experiences this autumn at Lacock Abbey 16 September - 29 October Using the latest virtual reality technology, contemporary artist Mat Collishaw is set to restage the world's first exhibition of photography for contemporary audiences. A fully immersive portal to the past; visitors will travel back to 1839 in this exciting exhibition. Further details can be found on our website. Booking is essential.

Call 01249 730510 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock #nationaltrust

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places the South West such as Lacock Abbey and The Courts Garden for ever, for everyone.

Š National Trust 2017. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Photography Š National Trust Images.

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THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS Julia Donaldson, best known for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man, will introduce The Ugly Five - the characters from her new picture book with Axel Scheffler.

Friday 29 September – Sunday 8 October 2017 10 DAYS, 120 EVENTS FEATURING THE BEST CHILDREN’S AND TEEN AUTHORS, INCREDIBLE ILLUSTRATORS, FAVOURITE CHARACTERS AND LITERARY MASTERCLASSES General booking is now open for the 2017 Bath Children’s Literature Festival. It’s their biggest ever programme of events, with major heavyweights from the world of children’s literature coming to the city from 29th September to 8th October. Headliners include the UK’s Number One Bestselling author Julia Donaldson, best known for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man; Liz Pichon, the multi-talented author and illustrator behind the Tom Gates series; much loved author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell; Bath-born superstar, Jacqueline Wilson, best known for her books and CBBC series Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather; and last but by no means least actor, comedian and all round national treasure, Miranda Hart!

This year’s festival includes a plethora of authors, illustrators, comedy heroes, celebrities, radio stars and fantastic storytellers. Festival fans will also have the chance to see Michael Rosen, Francesca Simon, Chris Riddell, Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy, Harry Hill, Ade Edmondson, David Baddiel, Nadiya Hussain, Maggie AderinPocock, Ben Faulks, Christian O’Connell, Greg James & Chris Smith and Gemma Cairney to name but a few of the highlights. Artistic directors and founders of the festival, JOHN AND GILL MCLAY, have once again secured a world-class line up to thrill young book lovers. Their mission is to fun and laughter first: it’s a chance for children, young people and adults to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imaginations.

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Liz Pichon offers a jam-packed Tom Gates interactive event with reading, drawing, doodling plus a live performance from Tom’s favourite band Dude3. Cressida Cowell will launch the first of a new series of books called The Wizards Of Once. Expect tales of wizards, warriors, giants and sprites! Jacqueline Wilson, takes her audience on a journey through her life in writing. Hear her talk about some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather - both now successful CBBC TV series, and her newest book Wave Me Goodbye, set in the Second World War. Miranda Hart will entertain and inspire with the launch of her first children’s book The Girl With The Lost Smile. Packed with humour and happiness, the book is a contemporary comedy with a magical twist, and one that celebrates the power of the imagination and the magic of true friendship. The multi-talented former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, will introduce his final book in the Goth Girl series; Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, along with live illustrations. Great British Bake Off winner and Junior Bake Off judge, Nadiya Hussain, shares favourite recipes and stories from her new cookbook for families, Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story. One of Britain’s much loved actors, comedians and authors, Ade Edmondson, will talk about his love of books and what inspired him to become a writer. He will take his audience back in time with his latest book Tilly and the Time Machine.

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Ade Edmondson

For the first time, we will be launching a virtual bookshelf filled with reading ideas and reviews on our website. Festival authors, partners, publishers and school children will be encouraged to take part. Space scientist, author and BBC Sky At Night presenter, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, takes her audience on a journey through the constellations with her new book StarFinder For Beginners. Perfect for budding astronomers!

Gemma Cairney, with pop-culture obsessive Young Adult (YA) author Amy Alward, and author of Beautiful Broken Things (recommended by the Zoella Book Club) Sara Barnard, to talk about all things teen when it comes to book hot picks.

The highly acclaimed comedian and T.V. presenter, David Baddiel, talks about his brilliantly funny books The Parent Agency, The Person Controller and his most recent book, AniMalcolm.

Other big names in our YA programme include Alex Bell and Sharon Gosling; Jess Butterworth, Sarah Driver and Amy Alward; Frances Hardinge, Lucy Saxon and Maggie Harcourt.

Well-known Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon and author of the Arthur trilogy, Kevin Crossley-Holland, take an illuminating look at Norse mythology. A Q&A panel event for fans of Viking Gods such as Odin, Thor and Loki. Much-loved comedian, T.V. presenter and author, Harry Hill, talks about his fantastically funny book Matt Millz! Matt is desperate to be a stand-up comedian, but how can a twelve year old boy make it in the biz? Harry gives us some ideas. Michael Rosen will be celebrating words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Find out about his new books Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots and Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads and laugh your socks off.

We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book Philosopher’s Stone, with a fun and interactive quiz with the four Hogwarts houses. Children will have the chance to take part in a sorting ceremony, a game of Quidditch, potions classes and much more. We also have award-winning artist and illustrator for the Harry Potter books, Jim Kay, who will talk about his ideas and inspirations behind bringing some of the most iconic characters to life.

children how to create stories and craft your own comics; and Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler (Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds Are Go!, Shaun the Sheep) reveal the secrets of writing for some of the biggest names in children’s T.V. For adults interested in children’s literature, accomplished author, Joanna Nadin, will offer a class on how to write fiction for 8 to 12 year olds, from crafting character to creating a brilliant plot; and bestselling (YA) author Clare Furniss will help adults tackle some of the main issues (YA) writers face through writing exercises and engaging discussion. For the first time, we will be launching a virtual bookshelf filled with reading ideas and reviews on our website. Festival authors, partners, publishers and school children will be encouraged to take part. The artist who created this year’s programme front cover is the author and illustrator of the immensely popular Tom Gates series of books, Liz Pichon.

Another birthday to celebrate. The Cat in the Hat is 60 Years old so we’re bringing to life Dr Seuss’s iconic tale with all of its original mayhem and madness. There will be stories, rhymes galore and a special appearance from the Cat in the Hat himself.

Ben Faulks, A.K.A. Mr Bloom from CBeebies joins us for a super-fun and interactive event as he talks about his two books What Makes a Me a Me? and Watch Out Muddy Puddles.

Our favourite characters will come to Bath, including Doctor Who, Star Wars, Winnie the Pooh, Elmer, Mog, Mr. Men & Molly Mischief, not forgetting the Moomins. We’ve also included some T.V. favourites such as Operation Ouch! Horrible Histories, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Our Young Adult (YA) programme includes BBC Radio 1 presenter and former fashion stylist,

A series of Masterclasses will be on offer. Author and ace cartoonist, Joe Berger, will teach

The full programme will be available to view here: bathfestivals.org.uk/whats-on

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what's on interview: nadiya hussain

Baking Power Nadiya Hussain came to the nations attention when winning the Great British Bake Off in 2015. Since then, she has released 4 cookery books, appeared in her own TV programmes (The Chronicles of Nadiya and Nadiya's British Food Adventure), as well as co-presenting the BBC's The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Nadiya will be at this years Bath Children's Literature Festival (6th October, 4.30pm at The Guildhall) promoting her new book 'Nadiya's Bake Me A Festive Story' and talks to Craig Maplesden about her career, how the Great British Bake Off has boosted her self-esteem as well as how cooking teaches children self-conďŹ dence.

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Cooking not only hones a skill that is needed in life in general beyond childhood, but it also teaches selfconfidence, how to be frugal, understanding ingredients and where they come from, measuring, being organised… the list could go on!

Many thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak to me. You are coming to Bath for the Children’s Literature Festival to promote your new book 'Nadiya's Bake Me a Festive Story’. Tell us a little about the book. Nadiya's Bake Me a Festive Story is my second cookbook/storybook compilation for children and families publishing on 5th October 2017. It will contain 30 recipes, alongside stories that are a mix of my take on traditional Christmas stories like The Little Fir Tree, plus original stories I’ve written like Where Do the Odd Socks Go. Families can enjoy them together throughout the year, but particularly at Christmas time. The book features fun photos of me and my three children with gorgeous intermingled illustrations from Clair Rossiter. It really will be a celebration of the joy of sharing food and stories. You bring such enthusiasm and passion to your baking/cooking. What were your first ‘food’ memories? Every weekend, my dad would buy half a sheep and we’d have the whole family over. It was such a busy house that we’d all sit round on the floor and tuck in because we couldn’t all fit around the table. That’s a very fond food memory for me. Do you think having positive early memories of food/cooking are important for children growing up, giving them an understanding of taste combinations/health benefits and more? Definitely! I think all children should be involved in the kitchen - cooking not only hones a skill that is needed in life in general beyond childhood, but it also teaches self-confidence, how to be frugal, understanding ingredients and where they come from, measuring, being organised… the list could go on! My eldest son Musa loves to cook and often prepares dinner for the whole family. He can whip up a mean spaghetti bolognaise. I read that you suffered from low self-esteem before winning the show. How difficult was it, and how much courage did you have to find, in order to enter?


a copy of Nadiya's new book 'Nadiya's Bake Me A Festive Story'. For a chance to win, simply send your name and contact details, on e-mail, to; competitions@inbath.net Subject: Nadiya Closing Date: 1st October 2017 Usual T's and C's apply

I was so busy being a mum I forgot to make time for myself. I had three very young children and I was a young mum. Being their mum was all I thought about for a long time. I think a lot of parents can relate to that. Luckily I have a very supportive husband and it was actually Abdal who entered me for the Great British Bake Off without me knowing. He said I should go and do something for myself. Of course I was nervous doing it but I just took it week by week and I’m so thankful I did it. Look at the amazing opportunities it has given me! It is amazing to see you now, full of confidence, and embracing everything that comes your way. Do you still have those self doubts though? Winning has meant I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever dreamed of. I’m shaping my future every single day and seeing where it takes me but I'm not a different person, I'm a different version of myself. I still relate to that slightly nervous character on the Great British Bake Off. Having suffered from low self-esteem what would be your message to anyone stopping themselves from achieving something that they really wanted?


I suffer from panic disorder and it can be different things that set it off. It has no rhyme and reason and you get to learn your triggers and give yourself coping mechanisms. So I would advise people to be kind to themselves and recognise when they need to take a step back. Winning the ‘Great British Bake Off’ and receiving such positive feedback from viewers must have been an amazing feeling? It’s really nice to see that my background paired with the win can inspire so many different people. What has really stunned me I have to say is how much it has inspired the younger generation to get in the kitchen. I have met many parents who have said that I have inspired their younger children to get in the kitchen. Now to me that feels like the biggest achievement. The last two years must have been a whirlwind. I understand meeting Ainsley Harriott even topped meeting the Queen! Has there been anything since that has topped it? It’s hard to top baking the Queen’s birthday cake but I got so nervous when I saw last year’s Strictly winner Ore Oduba at a do recently. I was too shy to say hello so I gave him a little smile and he did the same to me. I loved him on Strictly so I felt so gutted that I’d not had the courage to say hello. I sent him a tweet after! What has been the best bit of advice you have received since winning the show? To have boundaries between your life as someone in the public eye and your life as mum. Selfies seem to be the new autograph and I’ve had to learn to say no to people when I’m with my kids. That’s when I’m mum so I’m polite and say hello but I don’t do selfies anymore when I’m with my children. I loved your ‘Nadiya's British Food Adventures’ TV programme. You are so natural in front of the camera. Are there any further TV shows in the pipeline? I loved making Nadiya's British Food Adventure. It was so interesting and the people I met were inspiring. Coming up there’s The Big Family Showdown that I’ve done with Zoe Ball, Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager. Presenting is a different skill that I've had to learn (as with everything since the Great British Bake Off). Zoe is an old hat and so good at giving me tips. She's a great sidekick although actually I'm the sidekick! It was a lot of fun to make and I hope people really enjoy watching it. Finally, you are holding a dinner party. You can invite 5 people (living or dead). Who would you invite and why? Sir David Attenborough and Steve Backshall so I could watch them talk about wildlife. Mrs Marshall my home economics teacher from school. She inspired my love of baking and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without her. Nigel Slater is my favourite chef and Marian Keyes is my favourite author who I love to read for myself. And I’d have to invite Ore wouldn’t I?!

Nadiya's Bake Me a Festive Story (illustrations by Clair Rossiter) publishes in hardback on 5th October 2017, £14.99 from Hodder Children’s Books available to pre-order now.

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Tempting Tenner Feasts Join Great Bath Feast Brand Ambassadors The Pig Guide as they host an evening in the company of James Hunter, who will share the inspirational story of how he created Hunter & Sons and introduce guests to a range of unique craft beers accompanied by food especially created to match the flavours (29 September).

time to tuck in

Bath’s annual food event returns this autumn for a fifteen day celebration of the city’s vibrant and varied food and drink scene. The Great Bath Feast will take place from the 23 September to 8 October, giving you the chance to taste new flavours, explore new skills and enjoy new culinary experiences.

The Great Bath Feast is brought to you by Visit Bath, working in partnership with the Bath Business Improvement District and Great Western Railway. The Great Bath Feast aims to encourage and inspire both residents and visitors to discover the wonderful food and drink offering in the city and dine out during the week, with offers, events and promotions to suit all tastes and budgets.

Celebrities Cook Up A Storm

Younger members of the audience can get stuck into biscuit decorating as iconic Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain stops off at Bath Children’s Literature Festival to share her favourite recipes and stories from her new family cookbook and storybook compilation, Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story (6 October). Bath Comedy Festival welcome comedian and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli who will share anecdotes about his passion for food and the

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development of curry culture whilst cooking with fresh, local ingredients including vegetables harvested within two miles of the venue (5 October).

Raise a Toast

Take a tasting trip around the world by sampling 150 unique and undiscovered wines from England, Wales, Croatia, Macedonia, Asia and beyond at Novel Wines’ Annual Tasting Party (23 September). Meet winemaker, Alessio Planeta, as he guides you through his family’s iconic, multi awardwinning wines and the stunning Sicilian regions where they are made (27 September). Planeta’s wines will be served alongside a sumptuous fourcourse menu created by Allium’s talented Head Chef, Rupert Taylor. Wine and cheese experts Fiona Beckett and Ben Lambourne present an evening of mouthwatering wine and cheese matches at Bath Recreation Ground. Fiona is a wine writer for The Guardian and Decanter Magazine, and Ben owns the brilliant Pong Cheese (28 September). Visit the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution for the unique opportunity to taste premium Japanese sake, sushi, nibbles and elegant Wagashi Japanese sweets (23 September).

Party on at the Bath Pizza Co’s Pizza and Beer Fest where live music and fabulous food will accompany a bountiful array of beer courtesy of some of Somerset’s finest brewers (30 September). The Scallop Shell will be serving a Sunday seafood feast, paired with Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett’s range of sparkling wines, including English varieties, and champagne (1 October). Bath Ales’ brewer Elliott will host a talk alongside Graze’s in-house microbrewery and explain the brewing process, followed by a beer tasting and food match (4 October). Bringing a slice of Bavaria to Bath, Electric Bear Brewing Co have created a range of small-batch brews to complement bratwurst, currywurst, spiced potatoes, cheese and pickles – the full Oktoberfest works (6 October).

Sumptuous Supper Clubs

Head below ground to the atmospheric, subterranean Igloo where Allium Head Chef, Rupert Taylor invites you to join him on a specially-curated ‘Veggie Special’ Supper Club (26 September). Join the very best vegetarian chefs from Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen, Demuths Cookery School and Green Rocket Café as they create a six course tasting menu to showcase their shared passion for producing the very best vegetarian food (25 September).

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Celebrate local produce Attend Cafe L’ard’s Bennet Banquet and indulge in a fresh and flavoursome six course feast with a Jane Austen theme, served up in St Swithin’s Church, the place where Jane’s parents married and her father is buried (29 September). Head Chef of The Chequers, Alex Betts presents an exclusive Great Bath Feast Autumn Supper Club: seven courses of seasonal delights served at sociable sharing tables in the intimate surroundings of one of Bath’s most highly acclaimed gastropubs (4 October).

Hands-on Cooking

Sample the celebrated cuisine and hospitality of Persia and Azerbaijan. On Simi’s informal cookery class you will use seasonal ingredients grown on her own organic allotment and foraged around the city to create traditional dishes such as jewelled rice, aubergine dip and saffron chicken (23 & 30 September and 7 October). Join Peter Testo from In The Kitchen and learn how to create a sumptuous Great Bath Feast of your own using locally sourced, seasonal produce (24 September and 1 & 8 October). Try your hand at terrines, pies and confits before matching your creations with wine and tucking in. Local chocolatier and owner of Seven Hills Chocolate, Nick Shearn presents a sensational evening of everything chocolate-related at Newton Farm Shop (5 October). After a brief introduction, demonstration and hands-on workshop, you’ll be able to make, fill, pipe and decorate chocolate like a master chocolatier.

Magnificent Meals

Join Great Bath Feast Brand Ambassadors The Pig Guide for an exclusive six course feast, created by Head Chef Dan Moon in the glamorous, sophisticated, yet relaxed surroundings of the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel (27 September). Feast on inventive dishes featuring the very best seasonal game sourced directly from local estates and suppliers.

Hardeep Singh Kohli Enjoy four courses served in the cheerful, welcoming surroundings of The Marlborough Tavern, Bath’s original gastropub (26 September). Or celebrate over five courses paired with wine at The Garrick’s Head (7 October).

Bath’s annual food event returns this autumn for a fifteen day celebration of the city’s vibrant and varied food and drink scene. Gastronomic Tours

Take a gastronomic gallop around the Georgian city of Bath with Bath Edible Adventures and you will find yourself immersed in an exclusive, moveable supper club which showcases the sights, sounds and flavours of the West Country (23 September and 8 October). Experience Bath’s history using your taste buds as Savouring Bath guide you through the city with tastings of some of the food and drink which have put Bath firmly on the food map of the UK (28,29,30 September and 5 & 6 October). As much an historical guided tour of lost and forgotten pubs as it is a pub quiz, The Bath Pub Tour wends its way through Bath’s drinking history (29 September). Prepare to sample ales, ciders, and historic gastro-snacks that have graced the bars of Bath and win pickled egg prizes! Join local forager Chris Westgate of Heavenly Hedgerows for a fruitful morning foraging without fear around the Newton Farm Park Estate, as Chris advises what can be eaten and what to avoid (7 October).

Bake Off in Bath

Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, jam or cheddar cheese, whatever your scone preference may be, compete in The Great Scone Off with 3 Cafe Kitchen’s in-house chef to be crowned Bath’s King or Queen of the Scone (6 October). Buy delicious cakes, bakes and savouries in support of local charities and Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project at The Great Bath Bake Sale (7 October). Children can join in pizza making, take a ride on a bicycle-powered smoothie maker and play a fun card game highlighting food waste.

Tempting Tenner Feasts

Visit various Bath restaurants midweek to tuck into delicious dishes for just £10. Sample indulgent bar snacks with a glass of house wine or beer at the stylish ArtBar, pick your way through a bowl of mussels in a cider, leek and Alsace bacon broth whilst sipping on a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at Chez Dominique or treat yourself to a healthy two course lunch at The Mint Room with a traditional Nimbu Panni drink.

Marvellous Markets

Don’t miss Bath Artisan Market, the city’s biggest independent market, as it sets up local street food and produce alongside handcrafted art, gifts and homewares in leafy Queen Square and (24 September). Feast with a Farmer at Green Park Station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first ever Farmers’ Market in the UK (23 September). A selection of top local chefs will create a selection of suitably celebratory dishes using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients from Bath’s loveliest local producers and market stallholders. For more information about the Great Bath Feast, and to see what's on the menu, visit greatbathfeast.co.uk

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Festive events at the Abbey Hotel, Bath With our pop-up Après-Ski Bar back for its fifth year, Allium restaurant serving decadent dinners, our glamourous ArtBar shaking up fabulous creative cocktails and Igloo, our vaulted events venue available for private parties, the Abbey Hotel is the place to be during the festive season.

Christmas comes early at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Now that the summer holidays are somewhat of a distant memory, many of us are turning our thoughts to the next milestone event in the calendar year, an opportunity to gather with colleagues, friends or family and indulge with food and the occasional cocktail or two. It’s…….. CHRISTMAS!

Open daily from 10am – 11pm serving warming goulash, fondue and bratwurst plus mulled wine, marshmallow-topped hot chocolates and festive cocktails. An integral part of the Christmas experience here in Bath, our Après-Ski Bar is decked out like an Alpine lodge, complete with faux furs, stag’s heads and twinkling lights aplenty. The first port of call for locals seeking festive fun, a place of relaxation and revelry. Don’t miss the Après-Ski Bar fondue lunch parties on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December. Please call 01225 805389 to book.

Christmas at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is always a magical occasion, not only on the actual day itself but in weeks leading up to the big day also. The stunning floral displays, the smell of log fires mixed with the beautiful fresh scent of real Christmas trees, the scene is perfectly set for a truly magical occasion.

And not forgetting our Après-Ski chill-out discos, free entry on 26th November and 3rd, 10th and 17th December – no need to book, simply turn up!

Host your celebrations at The RCH to experience outstanding festive AA 3 Rosette dining created by Executive Head Chef, David Campbell, attentive service, luxurious event spaces, fun Christmas crackers and a many other hidden gems along the way. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers a sumptuously relaxed, luxury environment to host a family get together, corporate Christmas party or festive gathering with friends, as its city centre location makes it easily accessible to all. Host your celebrations at The RCH to experience outstanding festive AA 3 Rosette dining created by Executive Head Chef, David Campbell, attentive service, luxurious event spaces, fun Christmas crackers and a many other hidden gems along the way.

shake up a festive cocktail for you to enjoy as the perfect aperitif.

The magic really begins when you arrive at the hotel, the team of experienced staff truly make this beautiful Georgian property come alive. You and your guests will be greeted by our friendly Concierge team who will show you to The Dower House Restaurant or to your very own private dining room that you will have pre-arranged with the hotels dedicated and friendly events team.

Parties from 6-30 people can be arranged or for larger groups exclusive use is available.

Expert sommelier Jean- Marc Leitao is on hand to talk you through wines and champagnes that will work beautifully with your seasonal menu whilst the hotels Mixologist will be delighted to

For more information or to book your Christmas party email our dedicated events team events@royalcrescent.co.uk or call 01225 823333

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23rd November – 21st December Après-Ski Bar, season 5

The iconic Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa has evolved and flourished in the last 2 years with the service described by guests as “Quite possibly the friendliest, most professional service that you will experience in any hotel throughout the world”. There truly is no better time to experience the magic, beauty and modern elegance of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa then at Christmas.

20th and 21st December Dinner and Disco Nights in Allium The festive season is all about wining, dining and dressing up, which is why Allium makes the perfect backdrop for your Christmas party. Head chef Rupert Taylor’s festive menus feature the best of seasonal produce and our wines are carefully matched to complement each course. For more information, or to book, please email events@abbeyhotelbath.co.uk While every day has bit of magic and sparkle, some days are extra special, so for information on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day please get in touch using the details below.

31st December Hollywood Glitz and Glamour New Year’s Eve Party in Allium OR

70s New Year’s Eve Party in Igloo

It’s the biggest night of the year, so dress-up, indulge in good food and wine and dance your way into 2018; choose between a Hollywood Glitz and Glamour themed evening in Allium or a more informal 70s affair in Igloo. For more details on these events including tickets, timings and more, or to book, call 01225 805389 or visit abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

Say “Thank You” with a Christmas Celebration at

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Host your Christmas Celebration at Baths’ most iconic luxury hotel, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa this Christmas for 6-30 people and enjoy • Complimentary winter cocktail on arrival • Festive set 3 course menu including tea, coffee and mince pies • Christmas crackers • Personalised table plan, place cards and menus

• Festive private dining room • Dedicated Event Planner • Christmas cocktail masterclass with our resident Mixologist* or wine tasting with the Head Sommelier (other group activities available)

From £95 per person *Christmas masterclasses (supplements apply)

To book your Christmas celebration or to find out more information on holding your event at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, please contact our events team on 01225 823333 or email events@royalcrescent.co.uk



food and drink interview: dan moon

A New Moon Rising Dan Moon At The Gainsborough Restaurant

Dan Moon is transforming the face of fine dining in Bath, with his ever-developing menus and dishes which delight the senses. Dan has experienced an extraordinary response from the local community and further afield during his 18-month tenure as Head Chef at The Gainsborough Restaurant. In recognition of his culinary flair and soaring popularity in the local area, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is proud to announce the unveiling of ‘Dan Moon At The Gainsborough Restaurant’. Here,the talented Head Chef talks to Craig Maplesden about his career, our great local produce and how his mum's shepherd's pie kick-started his passion for food. For those who aren't aware of your background, can you tell us a little about your career so far. I’ve worked in kitchens for 20 years and have been been working in Bath for fifteen years. Before here I was head chef at Ston Easton Park, I’ve also worked at Homewood Park and Hunstrete House where I was awarded three AA rosettes. Six years ago I won an Acorn Award. Now I’m in my second year at The Gainsborough, where I’m fortunate to have a lot of creative freedom and control over the menus. You are known for your innovation. For those who have yet to come to the restaurant, what can they expect?

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For me, cooking is a way of expressing my creativity, so new diners can expect striking, theatrical presentation. If food is art then plates are the picture frame. But nothing is put on my plates just for appearance’s sake; every microcress, every blossom, every slick of bright sauce has a ‘flavour purpose’ too.

markets fresh every morning. Our meat comes from Walter Rose & Son butchers in Devizes. I also believe that every dish should be cohesive with no jarring flavours or textures just for the sake of being different. My core culinary style can be summed up as: classical flavours with modern presentation.

I like to set the scene for the diner visually before they’ve taken a mouthful. For example, at the table my smoked salmon dish emerges dramatically from underneath a smoking glass cloche.

When I first joined The Gainsborough Restaurant, my focus was on creating new flavour combinations and giving dishes a depth of flavour that surprised and excited guests, and I never looked back. For me, every single meal of the day should be a celebration, whether it’s a quick breakfast for guests, an indulgent afternoon tea, or a six-course tasting menu experience, I want my diners to feel special with every bite they take. I feel so proud that this has

What is your food ethos? Seasonal, local produce is and always will be my top priority. Our vegetables come from the Bristol


I want my diners to feel special with every bite they take. I feel so proud that this has been reflected in the popularity of the restaurant and its establishment in both the local and tourist market.

been reflected in the popularity of the restaurant and its establishment in both the local and tourist market. How fortunate are we to have such great produce in the South West and what has been your latest discovery? So lucky! Bath is beautiful, we’ve got so many great products fresh on our doorstep. I use local suppliers wherever possible. My latest find is Lee at Teeny Greeny Farm in Staverton, they specialise in organic micro-cresses which are perfect for my dishes. What are your first memories of food and has that influenced your style throughout your career? Mum’s shepherd’s pie. It might sound basic but it infused me with a passion for well-made home cooked food. And the traditional nature of Mum’s cooking has instilled in me a life-long passion for classical fare. Most diners don’t want weird and wacky flavour mishmashes, which is why my focus is always on the substance of each dish. I experiment a lot with different flavour combinations but only ones that work make it onto the menu - I never innovate for the sake of innovation.


Who has been the biggest influence in your career to date? James Parkinson, the executive chef from Von Essen hotel. He mentored me at Homeward Park, and I’m absolutely indebted to him for the skills and the knowledge he has imparted.

Later this year we’re hoping to see some structural changes in terms of the restaurant and bar layouts – watch this space. What is your food hell/heaven? I like all food, which is a growing problem for my waistline. One thing I do really love is good antipasti, paired with the perfect wine. If you were hosting a dinner party of 4 and could cook for anyone (dead or alive). Who would they be? Arsene Wenger, Jon Snow, Conor McGregor and Hans Zimmer.

There has been a lot of thought gone into selecting the best wines to accompany the dinner menu. How important has this been in adding to the overall dining experience? It’s so important! The right wine can really complement and elevate the flavours of the food. I work very closely with our restaurant manager to select the optimum wine pairings for each dish. What exciting things are planned for the remainder of the year? September will be an exciting month. We have the official launch of ‘Dan Moon at The Gainsborough’. We have a special Georgian afternoon tea planned to coincide with the Jane Austen festival. We’re also partaking in the Great Bath Feast, with a special supper club on the 27th and our ongoing 241 lunch offer on weekdays throughout the feast.

INTRODUCING SUNDAY ROAST AT THE GAINSBOROUGH We are delighted to introduce a new Sunday Roast menu at The Gainsborough Restaurant. A great occasion to dine in style with family and friends. Created by Head Chef, Dan Moon, our Sunday Roast menu offers a refined twist on a classic British tradition. Enjoy 3 courses for £30 accompanied by a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Available each Sunday from 12:30 – 2:45pm. To book, call: 01225 358 888 or go online: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

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Food and drink book releases

The Christmas Chronicles Author: Nigel Slater Publisher: Fourth Estate RRP: £ 26.00 (Hardcover)

Need a little Christmas inspiration? Searcys has it all covered… It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas and here at Searcys we already have an action packed Christmas calendar which includes; Christmas Rocks, Torchlit Terrace Dining, Shared Black-Tie Party Nights, Festive Dinners and Afternoon Teas, Cocktail Masterclasses and Bucks Fizz Breakfasts! Not forgetting the return of the popular Pig in The Yard and Stew In A Box at the Bath Christmas Market. If that's not all, we complete the season with a bang - with the spectacular New Year’s Eve Ball at The Roman Baths and The Pump Room - which is renowned as being the glitziest NYE celebration in town! Searcys Seasonal Highlights:

Christmas Celebrations at The Roman Baths Kitchen

Looking to do something a bit different this festive season? Then why not book one of our fantastic Christmas Cocktail Masterclasses? A great way to end the year and really get into the ‘spirit’ of things!

Christmas Cocktails & Canapés

Learn from the best and become a true master of mixology! You’ll create cocktails with a Christmas twist & enjoy a selection of five delicious, seasonal canapés. Price: £36 per person.

Christmas Cocktails & Dinner

In addition to our special Christmas Cocktail Masterclass you can indulge in a traditional festive dinner to complete your evening. From £46 per person. Available for groups of 10 or more from November – January. £10.00pp deposit required. romanbathkitchen.co.uk | 01225 477877

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The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter, for the scent of fir and spruce, for ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

Black-tie Christmas Party Nights at The Roman Baths and The Pump Room

These popular shared party nights are back! Start with sparkling drinks around the Great Bath, followed by a three course dinner and drinks in The Pump Room, with live music and dancing to keep you partying all night long. Packages and prices vary depending on the night. Friday 1st December 2017 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) £55.00 per person Thursday 14th December 2017 £52.50 per person Friday 15th December 2017 £60.00 per person (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) Friday 5th January 2018 £47.50 per person or £52.50 per person to include half a bottle of wine pumproombath.co.uk | 01225 444477

At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking Author: Nigella Lawson Publisher: Chatto & Windus RRP: £ 13.00 (Hardcover)

Nigella Lawson is a champion of the home cook and her new book celebrates the food she loves to cook for friends and family. The recipes are warming, comforting, and inspirational, from new riffs on classic dishes – including Chicken Fricassee and Sticky Toffee Pudding – to adventures in a host of new dishes and ingredients, from Aubergine Fattet to White Miso Hummus.

TORCHLIT TERRACE DINING A magical Christmas dining experience at the Roman Baths Christmas fizz on arrival

Five course tasting menu ÂŁ60.00 per person

Available from

17th – 23rd December 2017 Reservations available

7.15pm, 7.45pm & 8.00pm Booking essential pumproombath.co.uk | 01225 444477 | events.bath@searcys.co.uk

The Pump Room is managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council and catering is provided by Searcys

food and drink Come and Join us this festive season and be surrounded by a Winter Wonderland. We have our delicious and festive three course meal available day and evening, take advantage of the fantastic food, views and service to treat yourself and the family.

Aldi Wines under for under a Fiver Just like you I love a bargain. As Anton Mossman once explained to me as I was on an internment at his dining club “Lobster or a bacon roll can both be a bargain” He’s right, of course, but how does it apply to wine? Budget constraints are something we all have. So when I get a press release stating Supermarket Aldi have award-wining wines for under £5 per bottle, it interests me as, I always feel this column should be a multi-facetted vehicle looking carefully at ALL wines and their value - no matter what the price. The average price for a bottle of wine in the UK is £5.66 for 75cl. So, a couple of wines under that figure that had been recognised in national or international events is worth tasting in my book. The wines were both red. One being a Non Vintage French wine and the other from Utiel Requena, a region little-known to the UK but if I told you it encompassed Valencia you might know where it is. Starting with the French red Malbec with a Vins de France appellation. This appellation allows grapes to be transported from district to district creating wines that are often simply out of their comfort zone. In the winemaking process the winemaker would simply look for the best quality wines at the best possible prices from districts that are not usually the home of certain types of grapes. This means lesser valued vineyards that do not need identifying on the label are the quarry they look for. There is a huge amount of business done this way enabling the wine team to create a wine to a certain price. The grape Malbec is no stranger to France as its ancestral home is (depending how you see it) either Bordeaux or Cahors in SW France. So my guess is this grape is sourced in the South of France probably south of Cahors into the Roussillon or Languedoc where swathes of vines grow in suitable conditions. It is then elaborated and blended with a smidgen of Syrah (for perfume and depth) to make a wine “Under a Fiver”.

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Its label is unpretentious and ok. Its nose (bouquet) is also ok but not concentrated. Its taste is ok, probably better than ok as its tasty red and black fruit notes make it a catch all, softish style – and well-made for under a Fiver. So go search for Vignobles Rousellett Malbec NV for £4.49 per 75cl or £26.94 for 6 bottles purchased on-line www.aldi.co.uk Next a Tempranillo (better known for Rioja Tinto) from Utiel Requena under the name Toro Loco Superior 2016 at £3.69 for 75cl or £22.14 for 6 bottles on-line. A moderate (yet still hot) climate can produce some lovely quality grape varieties and this region is no exception as the grape Bobal (one to watch for) is cultivated and mush revered. On pouring this wine I saw a good colour that boded well for the bouquet that was full-on and reeking of black fruits. Eager to taste I left it for an hour in the glass and returned. It was truly lovely, rich and full, just like the nose. It is made with the addition of Bobal which certainly “beefs it up” a tad. Remarkable value this is only possible if elaborated in vast quantities in vineyards that do not carry the premium that Rioja would carry. All in all a great quaffer, I would serve it a little cooler to keep the fruitiness in check but hey who cares at just £3.69 a bottle. It hits the spot. So there are wines out there that are good for under a fiver! The skill is to watch for recommendations from my wine commentating colleagues and of course keep reading this column!

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Kick off your Christmas with our Christmas Party Nights, to be enjoyed with colleagues, friends and families. Our DJ will have you rockin' around the Christmas tree in no time. To really glam up your Christmas, upgrade to our V.I.P. Package, were you will receive a welcome glass of fizz, three course meal, private room and bottle service.

Christmas Rocks at the Assembly Rooms 2017 To stop Santa pinching all your pennies, on from Thursday 21st book a week day Christmas party at a reduced December rate and pre-order from our fantastic drinks

Christmas packages. Rocks is back by popular demand, officially the biggest event in Searcys Christmas calendar. For more information check out our website www.rpcyc.com or call: 01752 664327 Get ready for street food feasting & winterwarming festive toddies all whilst listening to FREEMAN playing live! This five-man band headed up by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Vince Freeman guarantee a mighty performance. Vince, has shared stages with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jocelyn Brown, James Morrison and Nizlopi. The other guys have toured extensively with various bands, playing at numerous venues and festivals including the O2 and the Hammersmith Apollo. Drummer Leon even provided the backing vocals for Adele’s Skyfall BBC Special. With not one but two discos, there’s no excuse for sitting down at this event!

Thursday 21st December 2017

Tickets: £39.50 per person Time: 7.00pm – 1.00am Location: Assembly Rooms (includes arrival drink, street food and all music). Dress: Ready to party! Christmas fancy dress encouraged but not essential. assemblyroomsbath.co.uk | 01225 444477

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If you are looking to create a bespoke, seasonal party with a difference, consider privately hiring one of Bath’s Historic Venues for your exclusive use. There’s plenty of options available for both smaller and larger parties from 40-400 guests for either a Christmas lunch, drinks reception or evening event. Choose from the Roman Baths & Pump Room, Assembly Rooms, Guildhall or the Victoria Art Gallery. bathvenues.co.uk | 01225 477786


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Winter serves up even more at The Cork Winter is coming but that doesn’t mean The Cork has any less to offer! To accompany their new winter menu, their Christmas menus will be live from 24th of November and have got set menu and buffet options to suit any type of festive celebration at a competitive price. And what is a Christmas party without a little sing-a-long? Boasting Bath’s only private karaoke pods, we’ve got the facilities to round off a fantastic evening whether you’re dining or just coming in for drinks. The Cork’s garden doesn’t lose any of its appeal in the winter either, with a number of heaters to fight off the chills while you enjoy a glass of in-house mulled wine and cider. Their rotating collection of guest ales becomes increasingly festive as they source seasonal beers from a number of breweries local to Bath to accompany their already extensive collection of whiskies, rums and liqueurs.

A warm welcome awaits this Christmas at The Bath Brew House Located perfectly in Bath city centre, the Bath Brew House has become a firm favourite as a well-loved pub where Bathonian’s can head to celebrate Christmas. If you’re looking for somewhere cosy, their warm reclaimed wood interior accompanied by their well known mulled cider is the perfect escape from a chilly Winters evening. If it’s beer you’re after then you won’t be disappointed as they have their own on site micro-brewery with an exceptional range of craft beers on both cask and keg, including their Santa Claudius beer which offers the spicy and fruity aromas of Christmas! With their many different areas and settings inside the pub they really can cater to your needs, whether you’re wanting an intimate dining experience, a sit down meal for 100 people, or drinks and nibbles for up to 200, they’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a unique experience, then why not try one of their popular brewery tours that run daily at 12pm and 6pm. For just £7.50 per person you’ll get a fun behind the scenes tour of how they brew their beer, and of course no beer tour is complete without a pint! From buffets to set course menus and something to suit all taste buds, their Christmas menu has something for everyone.

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Friday 8th Dec is a date for the calendar as they host their Beer and Carols evening where you can expect outrageous Christmas jumpers, festive beers on tap and all your favourite Christmas carols, with free entry the whole night. We know that Christmas is upon us, but New Years is also just around the corner, and the Brew House also have this covered. This year sees the return of their ultra violet (UV) fancy dress party complete with UV face painting, 90’s dance music from their guest DJ and free entry from 8pm till late.

If it’s beer you’re after then you won’t be disappointed as they have their own on site micro-brewery with an exceptional range of craft beers on both cask and keg. Now in their fourth year and after winning Bath CAMRA City Pub of the Year 2015 and the Great British Pub Awards ‘Best free house in the Southwest 2015 they are a must see for anyone who hasn’t visited them already.

As one of Bath’s best venues to watch sport, the Cork will be showing every Autumn Rugby International across both floors and on the heated terrace. One of the highlights of the festive season, The Bath Christmas Market, is always a huge event at The Cork. Situated between the entrance to the market and many of the transportation links into Bath, The Cork is well placed to provide hot beverages, fantastic food and a cosy atmosphere a stones throw away from the hustle and bustle of the market. With their secret VW camper van that will be open every Saturday of the market, providing hot takeaway beverages and snacks for those keen to keep on shopping! So whether you’re local to Bath or just visiting, looking for an intimate festive meal or wanting to organise a Christmas work do, The Cork has something for everyone this winter.

For more details about Christmas at The Cork, or any other information about everything we have to offer, please visit our website: www.thecork.co.uk.

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A lot of fresh organic vegetables and seafood as in the summer i try to work with lighter and fresher recipes .

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been in many places so i enriched my food knowledge a lot .I love Asian and Caribbean flavours , but here we cook Italian!

fan of Queen , Pellegrino Artusi to show him if i got his teachings in the right way. let's say it would be an interesting table!

'The perfect Alfresco venue' Rustico Bistro Italiano is located in one of Bath's most beautiful streets. Situated within walking distance of two of the Cities most famous attractions, The Royal Crescent and The Circus, Rustico Bistro offers ahaven of great food for locals and visitors alike. With freshly prepared, traditional Italian food in a initmate and friendly atmosphere, Rustico Bistro will give you a taste of Italy to remember. With additional seating outside, Rustico comes alive in the Summer giving your Alfresco dining experience a real Mediterrainean feel.


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Education Guide 2017 WIthin our Education Guide, we will take a look at the 'Key Stages' of learning from Early Years to Primary, Secondary education to Post 16. We will give tips and advice to parents as well as speak to some of our local schools, colleges and educational providers to find out how they can help your child on their 'road to learning'. Making the right choice for your child, whether it's for nursery or university, is a decision that needs a lot of thought, as well as a serious amount of information in order to make the right call. Preschool or Nursery will be your childs first, tentative, steps into the education system. It is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for both you and your child, so being armed with the right information, advice and guidance can make the whole process a whole lot smoother.

I know! Scarcely is your baby out of nappies and you are starting to think about enrolling him or her into nursery or preschool. Don't get me wrong, you are under no legal obligation to send your child to nursery - so if you choose, you can skip this section and go straight to primary schools. However, gradually easing your child into the education system may be more benefical - each child is different and you know what's best for your child.

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If you do choose to start the 'road to learning' at preschool stage, then the options are as follows: - Playgroups or preschool groups - run in the local community, for a few hours a day. - Private nursery schools - State nursery school or nursery unit of a primary school - Workplace nursery. Many of us aren't lucky enough to have a nursery within our workplace, therefore a decision on which of the options best suits will no doubt have to be based around working hours and the availablility of friends and relations. To find out which options are available within the local area go to www.gov.uk or www.Directgov.uk. These sites will give you details of nurseries, childcare facilities and vacancies. Despite the tenderness of your childs age, even at three or four, the government has laid out plans for your little one to learn a variety of skills to prepare them for road ahead. This framework of standards (called the Early Years Foundation Stage) is a guidline for playgroups, nurseries and

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Talk Talk to to your your child child about about what what isis happening happening at at school school and and also also check check to to see see ifif they they are are feeling feeling tired. tired. IfIf you you can can identify identify aa specific specific problem problem then then you you can can work work with with it. it. Otherwise Otherwise allow allow your your child child time time to to relax. relax. ItIt may may be be that that they they are are feeling feeling aa little little overwhelmed overwhelmed by by the the experience. experience. Spend Spend time time with with them them and and give give them them plenty plenty of of reassurance. reassurance. IfIf you you think think this this problem problem isis being being caused caused by by your your child child mimicking mimicking other other children children in in their their class class then then you you will will need need to to explain explain to to them them that that itit isis always always better better to to be be yourself. yourself. No No one one does does you, you, better better than than you! you!

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Remember Remember that that your your child child hasn't hasn't turned turned into into aa monster monster overnight overnight –– they they are are going going through through one one of of the the most most significant significant changes changes in in their their young young lives lives so so far, far, so so be be patient, patient, relax relax and and communicate communicate with with both both your your child child and and their their teacher. teacher. aa teacher teacher isis not not aware aware of of aa problem problem child child then then discuss discuss your your concern concern with with them them as as soon soon as as possible. possible.

Early Early school school experiences experiences can can stay stay with with aa child child for for aa long long time time so so itit isis important important to to try try to to rectify rectify problems problems of of this this nature nature early. early. One One of of the the most most important important tips tips for for aa parent parent who's whosechild childisisentering entering into into education education for for the the first first time time isis to to try try to to create create aa routine routine at at home. home.This This will will help help your your child child to to know know what what isis going going to to happen happen and and helps helps them them adjust adjust to to their their new new life. life. Talk Talk and and listen listen to to your your children children aa lot. lot. Not Not only only will will this this help help you you to to keep keep in in touch touch with with what what isis happening, happening, by by showing showing an an interest interest itit will will help help maintain maintain your your child's child's excitement excitement about about going going to to school. school. Invite Invite new new friends friends over over to to play. play.This This helps helps your your child child to to form form stronger stronger bonds bonds and and also also helps helps you you to to get get to to know know other other parents. parents. IfIf you you have have any any concerns, concerns, discuss discuss them them with with the the class class teacher teacher early. early. Although Although they they will will contact contact you you ifif they they have have any any concerns concerns they they will will also also be be more more than than happy happy to to put put your your mind mind at at rest rest over over any any issues issues you you may may have. have. Most Most of of all, all, remember remember that that your your child child hasn't hasn't turned turned into into aa monster monster overnight overnight –– they they are are going going through through one one of of the the most most significant significant changes changes in in their their young young lives lives so so far, far, so so be be patient, patient, relax relax and and communicate communicate with with both both your your child child and and their their teacher. teacher. So, So, the the first first stage stage of of your your childs childs development development isis well well underway underway and and their their initial initial introduction introduction to to the the education education system system will will have have brought brought with with itit many many highs highs and and lows. lows. One One of of the the biggest biggest leaps leaps into into their their learning, learning, educationally educationally and and as as aa person, person, isis about about to to take take place place –– secondary secondary school. school.

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School admissions and handy tips Each school or local Education Authority (LEA) will draw up an admission criteria to decide which children get places in their school. These criteria are different for each school, so you need to do a little bit of homework to make sure you are getting the school of choice. Some handy tips on selecting the right school for your child:

Primary concerns The next step on the education journey covers the ages 5 – 11. Many primary age schools are split up into Infant (Key Stage 1) and Junior (Key Stage 2) schools. Here is a breakdown of each stage..... With both child and parent having safely negotiated Nursery/Pre-School, your little one is ready for the next step on the education ladder – Primary School. The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex education. The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. School like academies and private schools don’t have to follow the national curriculum but they must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, maths and science. Throughout the state education journey there are a series of 'Key Stages' that make up the national cirriculum. In Primary education, there are two 'Key Stages':

Key Stage One: (Ages 5 – 7) The main subjects that are focused on KS1 are Maths, English and Science. Within the first two years of Primary education, your child will learn a variety of skills from counting forwards and backwards up to 100, addition and subtraction facts to 20. They will start to learn about times tables through the use of simple multiplication and division problems. Children will consolidate their learning of phonics. They will be encouraged to read a wide range of stories and listen to poems which they will start to recite by heart. Children will

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also be expected to punctuate sentences with a capital and full stop, and will begin to learn about question marks and exclamation marks. In Science, they will look at Plants, identifying and naming plants and looking at their basic structure. Animals including humans, identifying and naming a range of animals and understanding how and why they are grouped. Everyday materials, looking at their properties. At the end of Key Stage 1, the teacher will formally assess your child’s performance in the form of SATS (Scholastic Aptitude or Assessment Test). These assessments are to measure progression in mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Key Stage Two: (Ages 8 – 11) At Key Stage two, your 8 year old will start to expand their learning to incorporate 11 subjects. Along with English, Mathematics and Science are introduced; Information and Communication Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education. At the end of Key Stage 2, SATS (Scholastic Aptitude or Assessment Test) papers will be marked externally/independently but will still cover mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

To find out details of each of the LEA primary schools in the Bath and North East Somerset region, visit: www.bathnes.gov.uk

Do your research: Ofsted reports aren't everything. Yes, they can build up a picture of policies and grades but they can also show you how a school can 'perform' over a few days. Talk to parents, talk to children who are currently attending a particular school you are interested in. Location: Schools generally select pupils according to distance, so concentrate on schools reasonably near your home (unless you're applying for a particular faith or independent school or if you are applying under particular health grounds/ needs).

Be prepared to ask questions, even difficult ones such as what disciplinary issues have their been. What is the schools policy on bullying? Pay the schools a visit: As mentioned earlier, Ofsted reports are all well and good but there is no substitute for getting a real feel for each school. This is something that we recommend whether you are joining a primary, secondary school or college. Gauge what the children are doing on your arrival, do they look happy, engaged, interested? Make sure you meet the headmaster/mistress. Unless there is a very good reason, the head of the school should meet you to talk to you about how great their school is. They are the face of the school and should be its greatest advocate. Be prepared to ask questions, even difficult ones such as what disciplinary issues have their been. What is the schools policy on bullying? Most importantly, will my child be happy?. Will this school give my child the room to grow and develop academically and socially? If the answer is yes to each of these questions, you have probably got the right school for your child.

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Introducing: Abbot Alphege Primary Academy A brand new one-form entry primary school

Our brand new one-form entry primary school is opening in Bath in September 2017 and is open to all primary age pupils. Benefiting from purpose built facilities including a hall, outside greenspace including hard and soft informal play areas, a playing field and a habitat area, we will provide a holistically nourishing, rich environment in which our children will flourish academically and socially.

Abbot Alphege Academy is part of the Comenius Trust established in April 2016 which is already running the successful Weston All Saints Primary School under the leadership of Dr Anne Bull OBE. Applications open mid-September 2017 for Reception age pupils due to start school in September 2018. Please apply through B&NES Schools Admissions Department.

Further details can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk Applications for ALL other year groups should be made directly to the Executive Headteacher, Abbot Alphege Academy, Beckford Drive, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9AU, by telephone on 01225 580281 or by email: office@abbot-alphege.org.uk


Abbot Alphege Primary Academy Celebrating our Heritage, Embracing our Future

Applications open mid-September 2017 for Reception age pupils due to start school in September 2018. Please apply through B&NES Schools Admissions Department. Further details can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk Applications for ALL other year groups should be made directly to the school either in writing to Dr Anne Bull, Executive Headteacher, Abbot Alphege Academy, Beckford Drive, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9AU, by telephone on 01225 580281 or by email: office@abbot-alphege.org.uk

Abbot Alphege Academy, Beckford Drive, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9AU Tel: 01225 580281 E-mail: office@abbot-alphege.org.uk www.abbot-alphege.org.uk

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RalphStudio Allen School Bath School

St Gregory's Bath

Oldfield School

Secondary Schools The next step on the education journey covers the ages 11 – 16. There are a few options available at this stage of your childs development, which makes this one of the most important decision you can make for your child - your child is unique, and so is every school. Your job, as a parent, is to find the school that suits your child. But how do parents make decisions about where to send their children to school? Schools across England are funded and managed in different ways and will vary depending on the age of your child – none more so than at secondary school level.

State secondary schools

There are four main types of state schools funded by local authorities.They all follow the National Curriculum and are inspected by Ofsted (the government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills).

Community schools

Community schools are run by the local authority, which employs school staff, owns the land and buildings, and sets the entrance criteria (such as catchment area) that decide which children are eligible for a place).

Foundation & Trust schools

Foundation schools are run by a governing body which employs the staff and sets the entrance criteria. Land and buildings are owned either by the governing body or by a charitable foundation. Trust schools are similar, but are run together with an outside body – usually a business or charity – which has formed an educational trust.

Voluntary-aided schools

Voluntary-aided schools are religious or faith schools. Just like foundation schools, the governing body employs the staff and sets the

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entrance criteria. School buildings and land are usually owned by a charity, often a church.

Voluntary-controlled schools

Voluntary-controlled schools are a cross between community and voluntary-aided schools. The local authority employs the staff and sets the entrance criteria, like a community school, but the school land and buildings are owned by a charity, often a church, which also appoints some members of the governing body.


Academies are independently managed schools set up by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups in partnership with the local authority and the government Department for Children, Schools and Families.

City Technology Colleges City Technology Colleges are urban-based, independently managed secondary schools geared towards science, technology and the world of work. They offer a range of vocational qualifi cations as well as GCSEs and A levels. Special schools Pupils at a special school have usually been assessed and given a statement of special educational needs (SEN). These may include learning disabilities or physical disabilities. Some special schools are funded by the local education authority. These could be community, voluntaryaided or controlled, or foundation special schools. Some special schools are independent.

Free schools

Free Schools are normally brand-new schools set up by teachers, charities, community or faith groups, universities and groups of parents where there is parental demand. They will be set up as Academies and will be funded in the same way, directly from central government. They also share with Academies a greater control over their finances, the curriculum, and teachers' pay and conditions.

Grammar schools

Grammar schools are state funded schools which select their pupils based on academic ability. Under the grammar school system pupils take an entrants exam in order to become eligible.

Independent schools

Approximately 7% of the total number of school children in England attend an Independent schools. Independent schools are self-funding (via charging parents a fee - usually per term) and therefore do not rely on money from the government. This also means that Independent schools do not have to follow the national curriculum albeit they must be registered with the government and are inspected regularly. Now that we have taken a look at the types of schools available at secondary level, what schools are worth your consideration, and why. We take a look at all secondary schools in the Bath area; state, academy and independent.

Visit St Mark’s School, Bath and discover how we inspire students for future success by developing confident, independent learners with a spirit of ambition and adventure.

Open Events 2017

OPEN EVENING: Wednesday 20th September 6.30pm – 8.30pm OPEN MORNINGS: Thursday 28th September 9.00am - 11.00am Friday 6th October 9.00am - 11.00am THE NEW SIXTH OPEN EVENING: Thursday 19th October 6.30pm – 9.00pm For further information on any of these events, please visit www.st-marks.org.uk or contact St Mark’s School on 01225 312661.

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Kelston Road, Bath, BA1 9AB Tel: 01225 423582 Specialist type: Art, Sports and Science www.wellswayschool.com Head Teacher: Mr Steve Mackay Gender: Mixed Age Range: 11 - 18

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Saint Gregory's Bath

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Hayesfield Girl's School

Upper Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3LA ItIt is aa good is always always426151 good idea idea to to try try and and speak speak to to aa Tel: 01225 senior of senior member member of staff staff (or (or ideally ideally the the head) head) on on aa Specialist type: Technology one-to-one You one-to-one basis. basis. You can can then then get get an an idea idea of of the the www.e-hayesfi eld.com schools vision and where it may or may schools vision and whereYates it may or may Head Teacher: Ms Erica not fifitt in with your child's future. not in with your child's future. Gender: Girls Age Range: 11 - 18

Regardless Regardless of of which which Schools Schools you you choose choose to to view, view, like like fi finding nding aa home home you you want want your your child child to to grow grow up up in, it is always good to look at a few to give you an in, it is always good to look at a few to give you an idea idea of of similarities, similarities, differences differences and and generally generally how how staff staff and and pupils pupils behave. behave. Chew Valley School

This This may may sound sound obvious, obvious, but but make make sure sure you you take take your Remember itit will be who will your child. child. Remember willBristol be them them who will be be Chew Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8QB working and learning in this environment so they working and learning in this environment so they Tel: 01275 332272 need to feel comfortable. need to feel comfortable. www.chewvalleyschool.co.uk Head Teacher: Mr Gareth Beynon Whilst are Whilst you you are at at the the Open Open Day, Day, try try and and speak speak to to Gender: Mixed as people as as many many people as you you can. can. Parents Parents who who have have Age Range: 11 -18

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Ralph Allen School

Open Open Days Days are are aa fantastic fantastic way way to to see see fifirst rst hand hand the of those who will the running running of aa school school and meet meet thoseBA2 who7AD will Claverton Down Road, and Combe Down, lead and inspire your child. Most importantly lead01225 and inspire your child. Most importantly of of Tel: 832936 all, when it comes to deciding your child's future. all, when it comes to deciding your child's future. Specialist type: Art Trust Trust your your instincts. instincts. www.ralphallenschool.com Principal: Mr Tim Withers BA (Hons) Gender: Mixed Age Range: 11 - 18

Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1PH Tel: 0117 9864751/2/3 Specialist type: Sports and Science www.wellswayschool.com Head Teacher: Mr Mark Woodville Gender: Mixed Age Range: 11 - 18 The way in which children are graded at GCSE level is changing. Gone are the A* to G ratings, to be replaced by a new scale ranging from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top mark. The change in system, the first time the GCSE gradings have been amended in generations, was described by Ofqual's chief regulator as being 'fairer for all students' albeit 'the move away from traditional grades may be hard to understand'. Charlton Road, Midsomer Norton, Bath,BA3 4AD Those who412557 have taken their exams this summer Tel: 01761 will notice type: that on results day, Computing they will receive Specialist Mathematics, and a mixture of Languages number and letter grades. English language, English literature and maths are www.nortonhillschool.com the first subjects use Williams the new system, with Head Teacher: MrtoAlun another 20 subjects using the 9 to 1 grading in Gender: Girls 2018.Range: Most other subjects will then revert to the Age 11 - 18 numerical scale by 2019.

Norton Hill School

Understanding the new grades: Achieving a grade 4 and above is the equivalent of achieve a grade C and above on the old system. Students achieving a grade 7 and above is the equivalent of achieving an A and above.

Writhlington School

The top 20% of those receiving a grade 7 or Radstock, Bath, BA3 3NQ above will get a grade 9. Tel: 01761 433581 Specialist type: Business and Enterprise The bottom of grade 1 will be the equivalent of www.wsbe.org.uk achieving a G. Head Teacher: Mr Mark Everett Gender: Boys That seems fairly straight forward so far doesn't Age Range: 11 - 18 it? Here's the more complicated part! Those receiving a Grade 5 will be in the top third of the marks for a current Grade C and bottom third of the marks for a current Grade B. There is also slight confusion in what equates to a 'pass' with the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, explaining that a grade 4 will be a “standard pass” and grade 5 a “strong pass”.

Somervale Academy

The key debate will no doubt come when applying sixth form or college. will your Redfield for Road, Midsomer Norton, What BA3 2JD chosen educational Tel: 01761 414276 provider decide is the grade required to cement a place. Specialist type: Media Arts www.somervaleschool.com For those takingMs A Levels, not fear, you will Head Teacher: Joannado Postlethwaite, remain the traditional A* –11 E -system. Gender:onMixed Age Range: 19

Broadlands Academy is the ideal choice for your child's secondary education Broadlands is now on the journey to ‘Outstanding’ and has the highest standards of behaviour and academic attainment, achieving the balance between challenge and support.

year, in recognition of the excellent careers and skills advice given to all students. Brilliant exam results are balanced by outstanding support from Year 7 onwards.

“Pupils are able to thrive and become confident young people at the academy. Pupils are known as individuals and feel valued by others” We offer a rich curriculum, outstanding primary transition and have been nationally recognised for the high standard of guidance we provide students. Broadlands Academy knows each and every student, along with their talents and ambitions. Strong vocational links, work experience for all and unique opportunities, such as our LEGO Learning Centre and outside fitness trail, makes Broadlands the best option for both students and parents alike. From our successful Duke of Edinburgh Award teams to our amazing bands that closed the Keynsham Music Festival this year, Broadlands students go the extra mile.

Broadlands Academy is becoming the secondary school of choice in Keynsham, Bristol and further afield. 2016 saw another set of excellent exam results and a fantastic Ofsted report that graded the school as ‘Good’.

At GCSE, when some schools are limiting their offer, Broadlands offers a wide range of subjects including a full selection of Technology subjects and Computer Science, to compliment the more traditional English Baccalaureate subjects. Broadlands is one of only a few schools to be awarded the 'Employability Chartermark' this

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Pastoral support is at the centre of all we do. Ofsted commented that “pupils are able to thrive and become confident young people at the academy. Pupils are known as individuals and feel valued by others”. We have a traditional tutor group model and take care to ensure all students have a voice. Partnership with parents is excellent. Broadlands Academy is the ideal choice for secondary school education in the local area.

St Francis Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2DY. Tel: 0117 9864791 School Type/Control Category: Academy www.broadlandsacademy.org Principal: Mr James Hall Twitter: @BroadlandsBS31 No of Pupils: 450

Open Evening: Thursday 28 September 2017 6.30pm - 8.30pm

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Opening November 2017 A unique nursery environment for 2 to 4 year olds, attached to Broadlands Academy

nursery@broadlandsacademy.org www.broadlandsbears.uk

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Monkton Combe

Prior Park

Kingswood School

Independent Schools Approximately 7% of the total number of school children in England attend an Independent schools, with the figure rising to more than 18% of pupils over the age of 16. Independent schools are self-funding (via charging parents a fee - usually per term) and therefore do not rely on money from the government. This also means that Independent schools do not have to follow the national curriculum albeit they must be registered with the government and are inspected regularly. There are a number of reasons why parents will choose to send their child to an independent school with 522,879 pupils, the highest level since records began in 1974, now attending. Recent research shows (Jan 2017 ISC Census) 91% of all ISC pupils went on to higher education, with 55% going on to a Russell Group university. Some of the main reasons given by parents whose children attend an Independent school include:

Greater academic opportunities

One of the accepted benefi ts of independent schools is that they provide exceptional and challenging educational experiences through extracurricular activities, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate programme, just to name a few.

Smaller classes

Independent schools vary greatly in size, but depending on their teaching style, almost all focus on the importance of small class sizes to individually help students’ weak areas and advance their strengths.

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Discipline and respect

Independent schools have reputations for maintaining high standards for discipline and respect. Lower staff-to-student ratios allow for more effective observation and control of school grounds.

Dedicated teachers

In a study completed by the Fraser Institute in 2007, 91 per cent of parents surveyed said the dedication of the teachers was their main reason for choosing private school.


At private schools, you'll find incredible resources to support student learning in the classroom, sports field, art studio, and beyond. Quality resources provide students with the opportunity to fully explore their interests and talents.


Parents of children in an Independent school felt more involved in their childs education. From parent breakfast to more frequent meetings, parents felt more included.


62 per cent of parents with children in the private school system believe their school’s environment is motivating, supportive and nurturing. If you are going down the Independent Schools route,The Independent Schools Council is a good starting point. Make a list of preferred schools. View their websites to check admission dates and processes. To save you a little bit of time, we have highlighted the main Independent Schools in Bath, along with their contact details and website information.

Kingswood School

Lansdown Bath BA1 5RG Telephone: 01225 734210 www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk admissions@kingswood.bath.sch.uk Head: Mr Simon Morris In Via Recta Celeriter Kingswood is a happy, vibrant and forward looking school. Intellectual achievement is highly valued, whilst the pursuit of excellence in other fields is central to the school's commitment to provide the very best all-round education. At the core of a Kingswood education is our belief that every individual has talents to be discovered and nurtured and that our challenge is to develop these whilst preparing our students for their future beyond school. Kingswood transforms lives and our commitment to make a real difference to every boy and girl who passes through sits at the very heart of the School’s ethos. Striving purposefully for all-round excellence remains the central aim and in doing this the Headmaster and Governors place great emphasis on the quality of relationships; individuality and innovation are valued and a sense of service is encouraged. There are excellent facilities within one of the most beautiful school sites in the South West of England, having the luxury of 218 acres of parkland, yet only ten minutes’ walk from the World Heritage City of Bath. >>>>>>>

JOIN US FOR OPEN DAY Sixth Sixth Form Form ––Thursday Thursday 28 28 September, September, 6.30pm 6.30pm to to 9.00pm 9.00pm Senior Senior School School –– Saturday Saturday 30 30 September, September, 9.00am 9.00am to to 12.00pm 12.00pm Prep Prep School School ––Thursday Thursday 55 October, October, 10.00am 10.00am to to 12.00pm 12.00pm

Book Book aa place place at at www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk Outstanding Outstanding academic academic results results with with 84% 84% going going onto onto Russell Russell Group Group and and 98% 98% to to university university Rated Rated ‘excellent’ ‘excellent’ in in all all areas areas of of the the 2015 2015 Inspection Inspection Report Report Over Over 100 100 co-curricular co-curricular activities activities available available Reputation Reputation for for sport sport and and links links with with professional professional clubs clubs Inspirational Inspirational Music, Music, Drama Drama and and Creative Creative Arts Arts Top Top quality quality boarding boarding provision provision with with superb superb pastoral pastoral care care An An HMC HMC Independent Independent Co-educational Co-educational Boarding Boarding & & Day Day School School for for pupils pupils aged aged 33 -- 18 18

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The Royal High School Bath Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5SZ Tel: 01225 313877 www.royalhighbath.gdst.net Head: Mrs Jo Duncan MA Age Range: Girls 3 - 18 (day and boarding) Religion: Non-denominational

King Edward's School Results: Outstanding academic results with 89% of all A level results awarded grades A*- B, 61% at A*/A and 22% at A*, over two thirds of the year group gained ABB or above. With 96% of applications securing a place at their first choice university in 2016 and 84% going onto Russell Group. Excellent GCSE results with over a quarter of entries at the top A* grade, nearly 65% at A*/A and 98% at A*- C Ages: 11 – 18. Intake: Year 7 10 and 12 Day: £14,814 Weekly Boarding: £23,286 - £28,848 Full Boarding: £26,655 - £31,929 Open Days: SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING Thursday 28 September 2017 6.30pm - 9.00pm SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN MORNING Saturday 30 September 2017 9.00am - 12.00pm PREP SCHOOL OPEN MORNING Thursday 5 October 2017 10.00am - 12.00pm

King Edward's School North Road, Bath, BA2 6HU Tel: 01225 464313 www.kesbath.com Head: Mr Martin J Boden Age Range: Mixed 3 - 18 Religion: Non-denominational

As the city’s former grammar school, founded in 1552, King Edward’s School has a very healthy tradition of nurturing academic excellence and ambition. Achieving consistently outstanding A Level results, King Edward’s is one of the top four independent schools in the South West according to the most recent Sunday Times Schools Guide Parent Power Survey. A staggering 26% of entries achieved A* in this

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summer’s A Level examinations, while 86% of grades were A*-B. With superb results in hand, many of our pupils are heading to some of the UK’s top universities, including 17 pupils to Oxford and Cambridge universities. As a family of three schools, the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior sections of King Edward’s offer an inspiring and supportive environment for children age 3 to 18. All pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be and all are nurtured along the pathway to leading happy, fulfilled and successful lives at school and beyond.

Monkton Combe

Monkton Combe, Bath, BA2 7HG Tel: 01225 721102 www.monktoncombeschool.com Principal: Mr C J Wheeler BA (Dunelm), PGCE, FRSA Age Range: Mixed 3 - 18 Religion: Christian

The ethos of the School is one that encourages all pupils to play as hard as they work and to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities available, both in and out of the classroom, that enable them to grow and thrive within a supportive and caring framework. With a co-curricular programme rated ‘outstanding’ in our latest ISI Report, over 100 clubs and activities take place on a weekly basis, supporting the school’s aim to encourage pupils to acquire a lifelong passion for knowledge, discovery and adventure. From Lego Robotics to Yoga and Fencing to Photography, life outside of the classroom enables each pupil to explore their own sporting, creative and cultural potential. Described by a current parent as ‘a little piece of school heaven’ our Pre-Prep and Nursery offers an exciting and stimulating start to school life. A desire to make learning irresistible in a nurturing environment is at the heart of everything we do. Weekly forest school lessons, trips, specialist teachers and inspiring projects all help to enrich our broad and creative curriculum. With school days full of magical discovery and excitement, our children play, make friends and explore the world together.

The Paragon School Lyncombe House, Lyncombe Vale, Bath, BA2 4LT Tel: 01225 310837 www.paragonschool.co.uk Head: Mr Andrew Harvey Age Range: Mixed 3 - 11 Religion: Christian

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‘KES feels like a happy school’ noted The Good Schools Guide after its visit to our Junior School earlier this year. With unrivalled facilities including specialist teaching rooms for Science, Art, Design Technology and Music, and a state of the art ICT Suite and Technology Centre, all housed around a lovely central library, not to mention an adventure playground, wildflower meadow and purpose-built dipping ponds, our Junior School children flourish and grow as they take advantage of all that the school has to offer. For further details of our forthcoming Open Days, please visit our website at www.kesbath.com.

Prior Park College

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH Tel: 01225 835353 www.priorparkcollege.com Head: Mr James Murphy-O'Connor (MA Oxon) Age Range: 13-18 Boarding 11-18 Day HMC Religion: Roman Catholic For more information on Independent Schools, go to the Independent Schools Council website: www.isc.co.uk



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Post 16 The day has finally arrived; the last Friday in June. You've completed your final year in secondary school education and although you've reached the grand old age of 16 it's by no means the end of your road for learning. For those of you born on or after 1st September 1997, it is now law that you stay in some form of education or training until 18. Post-16 options can vary but are full-time. These can consist of a continuation of schooling, whether its a Sixth Form attached to your school or college, an apprenticeship or going into employment with training. This stage can be very confusing, so gathering information about different options is an essential part of this process. The government have decided to keep all students in the education system until they are 18 because it is widely recognised that if a young person stays in education or training they will have better career prospects, will be less likely to experience unemployment and will earn more. A more highly skilled workforce will also help the country compete in the world economy. Each student, along with their parent, carer or guardian should think about their progression and where their course or training might lead to.

It is worth asking schools or colleges what the next step is if the young person succeeds on the level of course or training that they have applied for. It is always best to seek out careers advice at this stage as this can help in your decision making process as well as giving you some impartial advice.

GCSE Maths and English Language: It is now compulsory for students to achieve an A* - C grade GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English Language. If this is not achieved at the end of year 11 students must study these subjects again in sixth form or a college. Some students will be able to do ‘stepping stone’ courses that help them progress to GCSE C+ grades in these subjects. See more about Post 16 Maths opposite.

AS and A levels: AS and A levels are the best known of the post 16 qualifications and have an established history in UK education. They are the more traditional route to a university education.

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Some students may focus on a particular area – for example sciences – and do all their subjects in this area. Other students do a mixture of subjects and keep their options open for post 18 routes. From September 2017 A levels are changing. A-level exams will take place at the end of Year 13, with no marks from AS-levels (if you take these) contributing to the overall final grade. Across the board, there will also be less coursework and fewer practical assessments under the new system (in Wales, practicals will still count in biology, chemistry and physics A-level) - making that exam revision all the more important. Grades will continue to be awarded on an A*- E scale. New-style A-levels will be introduced in: accounting, ancient history, archaeology, classical civilisation, design and technology, electronics, film studies, geology, government and politics, history of art, law, maths and further maths, media studies, music technology, philosophy and statistics. Most students who successfully study A levels go on to higher education. Other than continuing full-time education at school or college with A and AS levels. Other than continuing full-time education at school or college with A and AS levels, there are a selection of options available those looking to continue their education, Post 16. We have outlined some of these options, opposite.

International Baccalaureate: The International Baccalaureate, or IB is a programme of education for 16-19-year-old students. The IB is an internationally recognised course, ollowed by students all around the world. Until recently in the UK it was only taught in a minority of independent schools, but is now on offer at some state schools. It is available at

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about 125 schools in total across the UK, with 190 of these offering the IB as a post-16 option. The IB course leads to a qualifi cation called the IB Diploma, which is very well-respected by universities and is also an advantage if your child is hoping to study overseas.

Further Education and Vocational courses: Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are a further education qualification for 14-19-year-olds in England. They’ve been introduced to provide more options for practical learning, and to encourage more young people to continue studying. Diplomas aim to provide work-orientated skills in a more creative way - so students get practical training and benefit from work experience. There is less classroom-based learning than with A levels. NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification aare achieved through training and assessment, which is normally on-the-job observation. If your child knows what job they’d like to do, and wants to move straight in to the world of work, an NVQ could be the right choice for them. They can be taken alongside the National Curriculum at GCSE level but are usually taken after 16.

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice. All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships. All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Post-16 maths to get government cash boost A recent review, commission by the government, found that too many teenagers dropped maths after their GCSE's, harming job prospects and potentially the wider economy.

into the government's core maths qualification, introduced in 2015 with the aim of increasing the number of sixth-formers studying the subject.

In many of the worlds advanced countries, young people continue to study maths beyond the age of 16, but England remains 'unusual' because students can 'drop' the subject completely after studying GCSE's. The review states that; "England was the only country in a 2013 sample of developed economies where young adults performed no better than older adults in numeracy proficiency,"

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Among teenagers with good GCSE grades, almost three-quarters "choose not to study mathematics beyond this level". Research states that not continuing to study maths past the age of 16 can leave university students anxious and lacking in confidence when any maths or statistics is required in their courses.

The government says the money, to be paid in two £8m chunks from April 2018, will be used to: Inspire more post-16s to study maths. Improve post-16 maths teaching through better professional development, support and resources Ensure more schools and colleges offer core maths. Develop an online platform for core maths. Encourage more students, particularly girls, to take maths A-levels.

In a written statement, setting out the plan, Education Minister, Nick Gibb, said "The government is determined to give all young people the world-class education they need to fulfil their potential,"

Research states that not continuing to study maths past the age of 16 can leave university students anxious and lacking in confidence when any maths or statistics is required in their courses. It is also believed that continuing to study maths beyond 16 could deliver significant payback for individuals, for the economy and in increased productivity. Education minister, Nick Gibb, explained that better maths skills were 'vital' and that a £16M cash boost (money from existing budgets) would be available to, will help more students take a maths A-level or core maths qualification. The core maths qualification aims to plug a gap for sixth-formers not taking maths A-levels. The review outlines that "as an urgent and immediate measure", the government should put money into AS- and A-levels in maths and

"This includes providing opportunities to develop the mathematical and quantitative knowledge and skills appropriate to their chosen careers. In an increasingly technological world, this will be vital to ensuring that our future workforce will be productive and competitive in the global marketplace." Among many to welcome the news of this much needed cash boot, Frank Kelly, chairman of the Royal Society Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education, said; "Mathematics skills are necessary to a wide variety of disciplines, and we welcome the government's recognition of their importance and commitment to improving opportunities in schools and colleges."

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Three principles underpin our vision: we are ethical, we are academically led and we are focused on all our students acquiring the distinctive set of Bath Spa Attributes. Our values

University of Bath

We want the best for our students. we want you to graduate with an understanding of the local, regional and global context, and with networks across all three. You should have a broad understanding of the world in which you will be working, and be ready to face the challenges of the workplace. You must be technologically adroit while understanding those who are not. You need to develop sharp analytic skills with cutting edge creativity and entrepreneurial flair. We want you to be proud of your association with Bath Spa University.

Ranked 5th for graduate employment after six months in the Guardian University Guide 2017, at Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research; a superb student experience; and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace.

We promise to treat you as individuals, not just as numbers. we will provide the support you need to grow and develop, both intellectually and as citizens. We know that you value the experience you receive as Bath Spa students, and we will not compromise on that.

Ranked 6th for graduate employment after six months in the Guardian University Guide 2018, Bath is well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds.

Our caring ethos stretches to our environment too. We embrace a strong environmental ethos, and through their actions and commitment students and staff help us achieve very high environmental credentials.

Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY Tel: 01225 388388 www.bath.ac.uk Chancellor: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex Twitter: @UniofBath Facebook: /uniofbath

Bath is a top five UK university (Guardian University Guide 2018) and ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Our mission Our mission is to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating our students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence. Our vision Our vision is to be recognised as an international centre of research and teaching excellence, achieving global impact through our alumni, research and strategic partnerships.

Bath Spa University

Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN Tel: 01225 875875 www.bathspa.ac.uk Chancellor: Jeremy Irons Twitter: @BathSpaUni Facebook: /bath.spa.university Our vision is to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through inspirational teaching and research, we transform students’ lives. Bath Spa University will ensure that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens.

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part time/professional courses and full cost Employer Engagement. It also works with the socially disadvantaged through engagement programmes and has a substantial number of students with high needs. Additionally it operates a joint venture company with another college which specialises in delivering apprenticeships to the military across the UK and abroad. It is the largest provider of Higher Education in the SWLEP area and its provision includes a range of industry linked Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and a range of degree programmes in partnership with the Universities of Bath, Bath Spa, The Royal Agricultural University and Bournemouth and Greenwich Universities.

Bath College

City Centre Campus – Avon St Bath, BA1 1UP Somer Valley Campus – South Hill Park, Wells Road, Westfield, BA3 3RW Tel: 01225 312191 www.bathcollege.ac.uk Principal: Laurel Penrose Twitter: @bathcollege Facebook: /BathCollege We pride ourselves on providing training for the region’s future workforce by offering courses in both vocational and traditional academic subjects to students from across Bath, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and beyond. Students of all ages choose Bath College for its diverse range of courses and student population, along with excellent facilities and a supportive learning environment. With a thriving programme for international students and courses ranging from entry level to Higher Education, we offer something for everyone.

Wiltshire College

Trowbridge Campus College Road,Trowbridge BA14 0ES Chippenham Campus Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QD Lackham Campus Lacock, Near Chippenham SN15 2NY Salisbury Campus Southampton Road, Salisbury, SP1 2LW Tel: 01225 350035 www.wiltshire.ac.uk Principal: Amanda Burnside Twitter: @WiltsColl Facebook: /wiltshirecollege The College has four main campuses located across the three economic growth zones in the county - in Chippenham, Lackham (specialist land based provision), Trowbridge and Salisbury with four smaller centres in Devizes, Warminster, Corsham and Castle Combe (motorsport engineering). It operates a multi-site campus model with one back office primarily located in Trowbridge. The College’s provision spans school students, 16-18 year olds, Higher Education to HND and degree level, Apprenticeships, Adult

You can choose from a wide range of full-time and part-time vocational courses, teaching you practical trade skills from introductory to advanced level. Some students join an apprenticeship programme, allowing them to earn while they continue to study and learn a new trade. Others choose to take up a new hobby or craft just for fun on one of our Love2learn part-time recreational courses. Our attractive City Centre Campus is a five minute walk from the main rail and bus stations in the centre of historic Bath, which offers students excitement and culture during their time studying in the city. Our Somer Valley Campus is based at South Hill Park, Westfield, in the beautiful North East Somerset countryside. It is on a direct bus route from Bath city centre and takes 30 minutes from our City Centre Campus by car, with plenty of parking available on site. Recognising local needs and skills shortages (and linking them to an appropriate employer infl uenced curriculum) is central to the ethos and value of further education, providing students with the necessary skills to set them apart for future career opportunities.” Laurel Penrose, Principal

Full -Time Courses at Bath College Find the right course for you OPEN EVENTS 2017 –2018 Somer Valley Thursday 28th September • 4pm –8pm Wednesday 17th January • 4pm –8pm Saturday 21st April • 10m –1pm

City Centre Wednesday 11th October • 4pm –8pm Saturday 18th November • 10am –1pm Thursday 1st February • 4pm –8pm Wednesday 2nd May • 4pm –8pm

www.bathcollege.ac.uk /BathCollege


For more information, please contact the Student Advice Centre: Address: Bath College, Avon Street, Bath, BA1 1UP Telephone: 01225 312191 Email: enquiries@bathcollege.ac.uk

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Five reasons to choose Bath College


Great choice of full and parttime courses across broad range of subjects.

Largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath and North East Somerset

Close relationships with quality employers to develop work-ready students to match the demands of local labour market.

Industry standard resources and facilities to help you learn and develop your skills

Focus on standards and excellence with consistently high quality courses taught in great facilities.

As a full-time student at Bath College you will enjoy a real alternative to school. You will be part of an adult learning environment, where you will be encouraged to discover things for yourself, with help from our supportive team. Our City Centre Campus offers students the opportunity to be in the middle of Bath’s vibrant atmosphere. It is easily accessible through good transport links from Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Courses on offer include Art, Design, Photography, Business, Hospitality, Hairdressing, Spa Therapies, Health and Social Care, IT, Media, Sport and Childrens Development. Our Somer Valley Campus is based in the Somerset countryside and has plenty of free parking for students. Courses on offer include Arboriculture, Animal care, Floristry, Veterinary nursing, and Motor vehicle.

“ We’re committed to improving the educational and employment outcomes for all our students” Laurel Penrose Principal and Chief Executive

From September 2017 all of our Construction Design, Engineering, Stonemasonry and Construction trades will also run at this campus when our new state-of-the-art Construction Skills Centre opens. If you are looking to study on an apprenticeship in the area, there is no better place than Bath College, as we are the largest provider of apprenticeships in the Bath, Bristol and Somerset regions, and we work with a large number of local employers to offer great opportunities.

College Contact Details CITY CENTRE CAMPUS: Bath College, Avon Street, Bath, BA1 1UP

SOMER VALLEY CAMPUS: Bath College, South Hill Park, Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3RW

www.bathcollege.ac.uk 01225 312191

Ollie Dunn, 18, Level 3 Hospitality & Catering

Liam Burcombe, 21, HND Sport & Exercise Science

Cameron Wallace, 19, IT Apprentice

“Coming to Bath College definitely helped to set me up in my career. “It’s had a massive impact on my life and I have made so many connections.”

“My drive is to keep doing better. I regularly exceed the expectations set by my line manager and this is reflected by the extra responsibilities I have been given.

“I was originally going to go straight to university, but the more I thought about it the more I realised studying at college would suit me better.

“In the 10 months I have been on my apprenticeship, I can’t believe how far I’ve come.”

“You get a lot of support from the tutors and you’re learning in a classroom with a smaller number of students, rather than a large university lecture theatre.”

Who studies at Bath College? Reece Fenton, 19, Project Search for students with learning difficulties or disabilities Because of my decision to come on this course, I have managed to get full-time paid employment. “it is a great feeling that I have managed to get work and I would definitely recommend “the course. it is hard work, but in the end it is worth it.”

Nicola Bailey, 28, Access to Higher Education, Health & Social Care “One of the hardest challenges was having the confidence and belief that I could go back into education and excel in this after leaving school 12 years ago. “This course is tough and intense, however, having support from fellow students, and the support, commitment and enthusiasm from staff at Bath College makes completing it possible.” “I have now received an offer to study paramedic science at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol.”

Luke Nutland, 19, Level 3 Construction ““I’m taking what I’ve learnt in the classroom and applying it on site. “Careers in construction are wide-ranging. When I left school, I didn’t think about management, but it’s something that people need to know – that there are lots of options out there.”

Morwenna Harrington, 24, Level 2 Stonemasonry “I’ve worked in retail since I was 16. I decided I wanted to do something new, but I didn’t know what I was looking for. I was looking through college prospectuses and the stonemasonry courses stood out. I’m really glad I chose to purse it as a trade. “Being a female stonemason isn’t something you think about as a career choice, but there are a few women on the course here at college..”

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Wiltshire College secures more than £20 million to develop Salisbury and Lackham campuses With four campuses across the county, Wiltshire College is the leading provider of Further and Higher Education. Over the past few years, the College has benefited from significant investment including a Construction Skills Centre in Trowbridge and new state-of-the art campus in Chippenham. Earlier this year, the College announced it had secured more than £20 million funding to develop the Salisbury and Lackham campuses. The funding formed part of an overall £28.1 million investment secured by the Swindon and Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) for key projects in the area and is the third round of Local Growth Deal allocations to LEPS across the county. Wiltshire College Chair of Governors Helen Birchenough said the college was delighted to have been prioritised by the SWLEP to receive the vital funding to support its ambitious plans for growth. She said: “Local Growth Fund support is critical to ensure Wiltshire’s campuses are comparable with other further education institutions and skills providers across the country.


“The new developments will provide students with world-class environments and enable greater involvement and engagement with local employers. “Without the Local Growth Fund, it would have been impossible to support such a scale of transformation within Wiltshire College. “This is great news for skills and for the economy in Wiltshire.” At Salisbury, the funding will enable a 3,500 sq. m Construction, Life Sciences and Engineering Centre, enabling it to vacate leased premises off campus, as well as a 2,200 sq. m higher education centre. These additions will allow the college to introduce new curriculum and accommodate more learners. The plans for the Lackham campus aim to boost the rural economy with a 2,400 sq. m Agricultural Technology Centre and a higher education centre which will also house incubation space for land-based businesses. The college was one of three local projects prioritised by the SWLEP.

The new developments will provide students with world-class environments and enable greater involvement and engagement with local employers.

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Speaking about the announcement, SWLEP Chairman John Mortimer said: “Investment in Wiltshire College’s Salisbury and Lackham campuses is a key priority as our SEP identifies investment in skills as a fundamental pillar of local economic growth.” “I am therefore, delighted that Wiltshire College Lackham will receive funding to modernise its infrastructure through the Local Growth Fund secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership. “The refurbishment of the college will enable our young people to learn about land-based industries and technologies in world-class conditions leading to apprenticeships, higher skills training and job opportunities. “The development of the Lackham campus is great news for the college staff and students and I congratulate them on this achievement. “I also assure them of my continued efforts to promote learning and self-development among our young people so that together we can make a real difference to the future growth of our area.” In addition to its main campuses Wiltshire College, which offers full time, part time and higher education courses, has a dedicated Motorsport Centre based at Castle Combe racing track and centres in Devizes, Warminster and Corsham. The College is also a major provider of apprenticeship programmes, working closely with well-known employers around the region and over the past 12 months has seen applications nearly double.



property The insider’s guide to renting a property rapidly (and painlessly) Marcus Arundell, HomeLets Want to be in before Christmas? Here are our expert tips for finding a home to rent in Bath in a hurry. Imagine you want to rent a property in Bath in a hurry – in time for Christmas Eve, let’s say. In a desirable city with a tight rental market, how would you go about it?

Bath property market outperforms other local areas David Mackenzie Carter Jonas

Acording to the latest Land Registry data (Q1 2017), average house prices in the Bath and North East Somerset area are £388,682, this is 43% higher than the wider region and 37% higher than the country as a whole. On a more localised level, house prices in the BA1 & BA2 Areas are even higher than the surrounding area. At £442,604, average prices in these local areas are between 8% and 14% higher than the wider B&NES area. When looking at Bath and North East Somerset house prices in context with the wider region and the UK as a whole, it is clear that although prices have followed the same overall trajectory, price growth in Bath has outperformed other areas. The area saw sharp value declines since a peak in 2007, with average prices falling by nearly 20% between the peak in September 2007 and the trough in May 2009. Since then however, the area has been experiencing stable growth and by the end of 2012 prices had risen by an average of 22% since the lowest point in 2009. Today (latest data to April 2017), house prices in Bath and North East Somerset are 30% more than their previous peak in 2007. Looking at annual price movements across the BA1 and BA2 postcode sectors (centre of Bath), it is clear that there has been an overall increase in prices since 2011, with the average house price increasing by 37% between 2011 and 2016. Over this period terraced properties and flats are showing the highest increases at 44% and 40% respectively. Although flat prices in the area appear to have decreased slightly during the first quarter of 2017, this reflects just 73 sales and therefore should be kept in context that a handful of below average sales will skew the figures. How flat sales are progressing in 2017 will only really become apparent as further quarterly data starts to roll in. According to Experian’s latest set of house price forecasts, house price inflation in Bath and North East Somerset, as well as that for most of the South West generally will show a slower pace of growth than what we have seen over the last four years. Growth is expected to hover around 2.1% in 2017 and 2018 to a high of 3.2% forecast for 2021. This is in line with the average house price growth in Bath and North East Somerset since 2007, which is around 3%. If you would like to take advantage of a free market appraisal please do not hesitate to contact us. carterjonas.co.uk

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Step 1: pick the right area

Let’s be clear. If you’re looking for a typical family property – that's a house in one of Bath’s suburbs – it’s not going to be easy. Families like to get into their new homes in time for the start of the new school year, and by the autumn most family homes have been snapped up. If you’re not looking for a family home, things will be easier – but either way, the part of Bath that’s easiest to rent in is the centre. Think about it – what’s Bath famous for? Its Georgian properties. The majority of these buildings, and many Victorian ones, are divided into apartments, and Bath’s centre is packed with them. Generally one or two bedroom, many of these apartments are wonderful places to live. You can be within a few minutes’ walk of central Bath’s renowned shops and restaurants yet tucked away on the fourth floor overlooking a park, the river, or one of those secret private back gardens that only residents know about.

Step 2: be totally prepared Next, get all your ducks lined up.

• Make sure you have the money ready and waiting for your deposit and agency fees. Lettings agencies will take a credit card if absolutely necessary but it’s not a good move. • Have your referees and potential guarantors lined up – make sure you have their approval, and ask them to be ready to respond immediately. • Be ready to view a property at short notice. Or be prepared to get on Skype and allow us to walk you through a property.

Step 3: find a lettings agency prepared to move heaven and earth for you It can take your typical lettings agency up to a month to get everything sorted out. Some will bend over backwards to get you in within a week – and we’ve managed to do it in three working days, but it’s not much fun and the stars have to be aligned. Just make sure you contact your chosen lettings agent in advance, let them know what you’re after and how desperately tight your deadline is, and see what they say.

And finally… know your market

Bath is not only part of a strongly growing regional economy but also highly desirable in its own right. It’s that much harder to find a property at short notice. But where there’s a will, there’s a way – especially if you’re prepared to sample the joys of city centre apartment living, just in time for the famous Bath Christmas market. homeletsbath.co.uk

Public Enemy Number 1? by Bath Building Society CEO Dick Jenkins

Tom Hanks, Mortgage Lending and Canned Fish…. Clearly Buy-to-Let has been a very active


Dick Jenkins Bath in Building Society sector ofCEO the market 2015 and the the way that you expect them to. Every choice availability of finance in the market has or business decision involves saying “yes” to somebody and “no” to somebody else. blossomed in the last couple of years.

I think his secret may come in being picky about what he does. His reputation, I would suggest, owes as much as to the movies he politely turned down as to the ones he made.

What is going on? What have Landlords done to


Office of of course Budget Responsibility unexpectedly It does get very interesting; ethically, found a few billions down the back of the national when a business’ need to discriminate comes sofa, additional cash comes in handy. up against some form of socially unacceptable discrimination. This has recently been aonlive Of course the governments’ recent moves issue in the property car insurance markettheir where insurers’ Buy-to-Let are not without potential risks. Most in the property market that practice of loading premiums forthink men (because the future date Stamp Dutyaccidents being hikedthan will statistically theyforhave more bring forward a glut of applications to beat the women) was outlawed in 2012 by the EU who of years. The Bank fears that if interest rates deadline, followed by a quiet spell when all that Dick Jenkins ruled in favour unisexwon’t pricing (which, arguably, I don’t think that Tom Hanks ever made a bad rise and government’s taxation policies turn brought forwardofvolume happen and only Society discriminates against women). It turns But in the against world of mortgage lending you just film. Thinking backBath overBuilding his classics, Apollo 13, Landlords there could be a big sell-off after a while longer; perhaps well into 2017,out willthat five on, menterm still impact pay more forproperty their car An excellent loan book Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Toythe Story (As Woody), Landlords causing a major correction in the weyears see the longer on the The way that government have been have to bebyhard-headed. might market. but now this appears to be justified by is all sayingmarket, “no” tosomething the oneswhich which willthreaten insurance, behaving recently,Private you’d think that Landlords areabouthousing Catch Me If You Can and Saving Ryan financial and stability. No. 1.me First, in his problems, the swankier cars they tend to drive or the riskier cause the margins for error are he’s had a string ofpublic hits enemy that incline tothe goChancellor and In the meantime, cantoexpect deadlinesummer budget cut the tax relief for Landlords pretty slim. occupations they we tend have,the rather than simply watch his movies on spec, even if I’ve seen no Government will doubtless be getting that beaters to push up the price of property in the down to the basic rate of tax, and then in the theshort factterm theytoare male. reviews. I even think he made a good job of the concern in their ear from the Bank of England, the further detriment of First Time autumn statement he decided to add a whopping In mortgage lending if you get more than about Da Vinci Code and3% in surcharge recent years he’s made a but their motives will be a little different. They Buyers; again not what the Chancellor was to stamp duty on Buy-to-Let underwriting wrong, things Sohoping beingtopicky is aAnd good trait in an particular favouriteproperties. of mine, Effectively, Saving Mrthis Banks. be concerneddecisions about the fact that First Time achieve. perhaps thebuilding unkindest puts the stamp 1% dutyof yourwill Buyers are priced outto of 5% the market buyers of acting cut ofcareer all, I putand my money Landlords trying to a goodontrait in business. start difficult. Get up wrongby and a modestly priced in getting He’s one of a smallonlist of actors and Buy-to-Let actressespretty much investment properties who can access cheaper pass on their increased cost of doing business the same bracket as a million pound house! you’re in very deep trouble. As people of a certain age (i.e. my age) willto (I’d also include Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep mortgage finance as they have bigger deposits tenants, who arguably in John remember from the TVhave adssuffered “It’s theenough fish that in my shortlist) of “bankers” whose movies you to put down, Landlords generally being older and recent years. Historically and perhaps predictably, West reject that makes John West the best”. It may sound very politically incorrect in this can rely on. better financially established than your average Conservative governments have been the friend liberal butTime the ability to discriminate How true. Buyer. Politicians love to is doaa vital bit of the Landlord, whilst Labour governments have era,First part of doing business. Not obviously the They That said. I bet that over the years been of Social engineering; it’s in theiron blood. generally sided withhe’s tenants. Not now! will also be making a political calculation that grounds of race, religion, gender, age disability or pitched with propositions that have been Landlords In areour a soft target and many; particularly if all that to wasn’t bad enough, sexual orientation. case, we discriminate real clunkers. ThatAs happens all actors as we now have their who, tenants, would see them enough as havingdo profited Bank of imagine England tutting and stroking their against those understandably scriptwriters; goodthe and bad, he’d be nicely in recent years to the point where beards and thinking that something needsnot to have avery proven track record of paying their the ideal person to play their male lead. Whilst they can shoulder the burden. But the overriding be done about the Buy-to-Let Market. They are mortgage.thought But in in allthe businesses you have I wouldn’t doubt that Hanksconsidering is a brilliant actor, of reducing government’s mind willto be the reportedly methods screen outsimple (i.e. discriminate against) people there are many others who have done excellent fact that they can raise some revenue the availability of mortgage credit to landlords from these measures. even thoughinin the or people who And can’t perform work who haven’t notched up hisisseries of hits. and now Europe also trying to find waysyou of can’t trust upset all of these people? Which makes me wonder whether we are all limited by There our ability to say “no”. I know for aoffact is a range of answers. The Bank that I say “yes” faristoo easily tothe things thatmarket I don’t England anxious that housing really wantisto do too for far fear of offending people or tilted in favour of Landlords. Clearly Buy-to-Let hasAnd beenina doing very active of the hurting their feelings. so I sector convince 2015 and the person, availabilityprepared of finance myself thatmarket I’m ainkind-hearted in the market has blossomed in the last couple to put myself out for others.

discouraging lending to investors.

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In before Christmas Whether it be a new or pre-owned home, there is a distinct advantage to buying around the festive season. If you are organised and prepared to be flexible then you could grab yourself a bargain.

As the housing market typically slows down during the festive period, canny buyers are prept, ready to take full advantage of home buyers offers and vendors who are more serious about moving. If your Christmas wish is to move into a new home over the festive period, then now is the time to look out for the many incentives on offer by home developers, who - like you, are also keen to see you settled into a new home with the tree and decorations up for all to see.

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Here are some useful tips for buyers and sellers:

New Homes There are plenty of ways to find a cut-priced brand-new home. Visit the ‘special offers’ section of smartnewhomes.com which lists not only reduced prices, but incentives like builders paying moving costs, part-exchanging your old home and developers who will fund your mortgage for the first year of ownership. You can also see which government incentives, such as NewBuy or Help to Buy are on offer, via the same new homes portal.

Home developers are keen to get as many buyers signed up as possible at the end of the year, especially if they are coming towards the end of a particular phase. And, if you can get carpets, curtains and vouchers for major department stores thrown in, then maybe Christmas presents are sorted out as well.

Moving into a home gives you have the benefit of just unloading your furniture and placing it wherever you like – maybe the Christmas tree can be the first thing you set up. Also, 'buying new' gives you the security of 10 years building cover as well as a brand-new heating systems that can cope with even the harshest of winters.

As the housing market typically slows down during the festive period, canny buyers are prept, ready to take full advantage of home buyers offers and vendors who are more serious about moving. and then play the game. For those who need to sell before they purchase, this becomes a slightly more difficult – but not impossible- task.

Be organised

As mentioned previously, the housing market does slow down in the lead-up to Christmas, which means that there are fewer buyers on the look out. What this also means though, is that there are fewer properties on offer and those looking, tend not to be time wasters. In summary, get yourself organised and you could find your sale going through in rapid time. If you are looking to sell your existing house, there are certain tips that can help you secure the sale over some of your competitiors. Remember, potential buyers will view a number of properties before deciding and therefore yours needs to stand out from the crowd. Here's some tips and advice on how to get your home to the top if the list when it comes to selling:

Less is More

De-cluttering not only makes the property look tidier but also more spacious. Clear surfaces of excess items and if you have children try to limit the amount of toys on show.

Tone Down the Decor

Neutral colours really do improve your chances of finding a buyer or tenant. Not only do people have very different tastes when it comes to colour schemes but neutral colours will appeal to the majority. Avoid clashing colours and loud patterns if you want to sell or rent quickly.

Put Your Buyer’s/Renter’s Hat On

Tips and advice on how moving before the festive period can be offer up some distinct advantages. Pre-owned As with developers, the majority of home owners who are still advertising their home for sale over the festive period are keen to move. They may well be willing to pay stamp-duty fees, removals costs or even drop the price significantly. With both, there is a definite sense of urgency that can be of benefit to you. Be prepared to negotiate, and negotiate hard. If you are flexible, organised and co-operative then you can certainly pick up a bargain. For first time buyers, the process is a simple one: Do your homework, get your finances in order

Imagine yourself as the prospective buyer/ tenant viewing your property for the first time. What would you think? Putting your ‘ buyer’s hat’ on helps when preparing your property ready for the market.


A fresh smelling home always helps. Air the property before any viewing and try to remove any unwanted smells, from bins to animals. You don't have to go overboard and bake bread or filter coffee!

Keep it Warm

Ensure that your home is warm. Those viewing a property are generally put off if a house or flat feels cold. Even in summer ensure that the property is not chilly!

Show Your Property in the Best Light

Good lighting improves the look of any property. Even if it means switching on a few lamps or overhead lights this will make the place look as light as possible.

Your Garden Can Help Sell Your Home

Don’t neglect your garden when dressing up your property. The garden is an essential part of any home and could help you clinch the deal if it looks good!

Dress Up Empty Properties

Empty properties need to be ‘dressed up’ to help maximise the chances of it selling/renting quickly. It doesn’t have to be costly. Borrow some furniture and decor to make it look more like a ‘home’.

Do the Jobs You Have Been Putting off

This means touching up any paint, filling in holes and making any small repairs in order to improve the appearance of your property. Make sure that the front door looks good after all this is the first thing they will see.

How Clean is Your House?

Give your property a good clean before any viewing and this includes any communal areas. Having a clean house or flat can make all the difference when it comes to making a good first impression.


Make sure you have taken to the steps to secure your mortgage well in advance.

Inform Estate Agents

Vendors who are keen to move before Christmas should not be afraid to let their Estate Agent/ Buyers know. How will they know unless you tell them.


When deadlines are fairly tight, we recommend hiring a solicitor that offers a fixed-price “no sale, no fee” conveyancing service. This means they have more incentive to be efficient.


Pick a reliable removals company that can help you move over the holidays. Liaise with them and keep them up-to-date with any changes that may occur. A good removals company will make the hassle of packing up a home and relocating a pleasurable experience. So, whether you are looking for a new build or pre-owned property, there are some definite advantages of moving over the festive period. We've asked some of the cites local property experts to give us their thoughts on the local market as well as highlighted a few new build developments for you to consider. Although the majority of potential buyers will shy away from moving home over one of the busiest times of year, it does offer up an opportunity for many prepared to weigh up the pros and cons of moving.

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The Litton at Mulberry Park

Spend Christmas in a brand new home A handful of beautiful new homes are now ready for buyers to move straight into at a new Bath development – meaning a lucky few could be spending Christmas in the warmth of a well-built new property.

"Our homes are solidly and strongly built – ideal as we go into the autumn and winter months. The latest standards of building and insulation mean that buyers could also save money on fuel bills when compared to older properties.

The selection of spacious four-bedroom homes at the Mulberry Park development in Combe Down in Bath have been built to the housebuilder's usual high standards, and are ready for buyers to move their furniture in and begin settling in immediately.

"Bellway is a five-star housebuilder, so buyers can rest assured in the knowledge that their home has been built with dedication, experience and to the highest of standards.

Bellway, a five-star builder, is building 81 new two, three, four and five-bedroom homes and two-bedroom apartments at Mulberry Park, offering great options for young professionals and growing families alike.


"There are only a handful of homes left at Mulberry Park which are available to move into before Christmas, so anyone dreaming of spending the festive season in a brand new home should visit our marketing suite soon in order to avoid missing out."

Christmas is such a special time of year to spend with the family, so where better to celebrate than in the warmth and comfort of a brand new home


Rachel Way, Sales Manager for Bellway South West, said: "Christmas is such a special time of year to spend with the family, so where better to celebrate than in the warmth and comfort of a brand new home. "Our four-bedroom homes at Mulberry Park offer space for the whole family to enjoy together, with many also featuring open-plan layouts, meaning that you can enjoy the festive season, spending time together with visitors and loved ones.

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Bellway was awarded five-star status this year by the Home Builders Federation, confirming the developer's place among the country's elite housebuilders. The award is the highest accolade a new homes developer can receive and is based on feedback from customers after they move into their new home. Only a small handful of housebuilders achieved the five-star status this year.

The Chetsford Rachel Way continued: "More than nine out of ten of our buyers said they would recommend Bellway to a friend last year, which is a real testament to our commitment to delivering fantastic customer service. Performing to fivestar standards requires unwavering attention to detail, and that is absolutely evident at Mulberry Park, where the homes are built to the highest quality." Mulberry Park is situated in Combe Down, to the south-east of the historic city of Bath. Regular train services run regularly from Bath Spa station to Bristol, Cardiff and London Paddington, making the location ideal for commuters. Four-bedroom homes at Mulberry Park are currently priced from ÂŁ540,000, with mid-terrace, terraced and semi-detached styles available. A selection of two, three and four-bedroom homes are also due to be released for sale shortly, giving buyers even more choice. For more information, call 07779 413537 or visit the marketing suite which is open between 10am and 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and between 11am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a longer day on Thursday between 10am and 7pm.

Mulberry Park Combe Down, Bath BA2 5DR

Don’t miss a great deal Move up to your dream home with Part Exchange*

...how it works A fair offer for your current home No Estate Agent fees Stress-free move Stay in your existing home until you are ready to move

Mulberry Park, located less than 3 miles from the center of Bath and comprises of a selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes each designed with a modern feel and finished with quality fixtures and fittings as well as open-plan living and spacious bedrooms.

Make your move by calling 07779 413 537

Sales Centre open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm and Saturday & Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm


Computer generated image is indicative only. Specification on site may differ. Image is for illustrative purposes only and may include optional upgrades at additional cost. *Bellway reserve the right to refuse a Part Exchange, terms and conditions can be found at www.bellway.co.uk.

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