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What's On | Keith Duffy Bath Children's Literature Festival | Dame Jacqueline Wilson Food and drink | Seafood | Ross Harper | The 'C' Word Music | Museums Week Education Special | Property @InBath and much, much more Inbathmag

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September October

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This autumn sees a season jam-packed with the best events, exhibitions, festivals and shows the city has to offer.

Having become the most decorated Olympic athlete in British sports history, Sir Bradley Wiggins is enjoying recounting tales from a highly-eventful career as one of cycling’s most high-profile figures. We catch up with the Knight rider as speaks to him ahead of his Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With tour.

We preview this years Bath Children's Literature Fesctival and speak to Dame Jacqueline Wilson about her new book. Plus, more fantastic competitions to see two outstanding autumn shows at the Theatre Royal Bath.

We also have a couple of tickets for you to win.

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This issues food and drink section covers seafood, fine dining and includes and interview with the Chequer's new Head Chef, Ross Harper. We also take a look at what some of our local hotels and restaurants have in store for the festive season as well as some great new food and drink book releases.

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; aiming to be settled for the festive period.

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'.

Plus, we ask @BistroWineMan, Stephen Barrett, to sample a few wines that compliment seafood.

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what's on 6 – 21 Sept The Man in the White Suit Theatre Royal Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon play Bath prior to the West End, in the world premiere of the classic Ealing comedy The Man in the White Suit. When Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan) invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne (Kara Tointon), the mill owner’s daughter, shows Sidney any support as his world gradually falls apart before he finds love. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 11 Sept Ant Middleton Bath Forum Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has added new dates to the Mind Over Muscle Tour for September 2019 due to phenomenal demand. This brand new show for 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times Best Selling Author will bring the ‘elements’ to the audience through lighting, sound and set. The show will recreate what mental strength it took behind the scenes for Ant to complete his recent SAS series and his huge Everest challenge. Time: 7:30pm Prices: From £27.50 (+ booking fees*)

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12 Sept Ocean Film Festival Tour Komedia Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for autumn 2019 with a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean films! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details

13 - 22 Sept The Jane Austen Festival Various The 19th Jane Austen Festival, Ten wonderful days of celebrating all things Austen in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. During the course of ten days, there are over eighty events including the world-famous record breaking Grand Regency Costumed Promenade. 23 – 28 Sept Posh Theatre Royal When Posh first opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010 it caused a sensation. Inspired by the antics of the infamous Bullingdon Club, the all-male dining club for Oxford undergraduates, the behaviour of the ruling elite was under scrutiny as never before. Crude, boisterous and destructive, these were the people who would eventually become the establishment and rule our country. Times and prices vary, please see website for details

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27 Sept – 6 Oct Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2019 Various Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival is returning with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children. See pages 18 - 21 for more details 29 Sept An Audience with Lesley Garrett Theatre Royal Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Accompanied by, and in conversation with, pianist Anna Tilbrook, Lesley Garrett’s behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 30 Sept – 1 Oct Crimes on the Coast Theatre Royal A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandalinducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is all quite what it seems? Times and prices vary, please see website for details 3 Oct Ellie Taylor: Don’t Got This Komedia Fresh from recording her debut Netflix stand up special, the star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and QI is back with a brand-new show. Join Ellie as she bangs on about life, love and what will happen if one more person tells her “you got this”. See our interview with Ellie on page 8. Time: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details

Al Murray

Billionaire Boy

3 – 5 Oct Billionaire Boy Theatre Royal From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie comes this amazing new production of David Walliams’ best-selling story! Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy! Times and prices vary, please see website for details 4 Oct Luke Kemper: House of Faces Komedia Comedian and Impressionist Luke Kempner hosts an ultimate reality show where no one is off limits. Time: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details 8 – 12 Oct Shrek The Musical Theatre Royal Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.

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9 Oct Top Dog Film Festival Komedia From the producers of the Banff Film Festival tour in the UK comes a collection of heartwarming short films about dogs and their people. Time: 7:30pm Prices: £13.50/ £12 conc. 10 Oct The Big Massive Komedia Quiz Komedia Think you know your spatchcock from your shuttlecock, your Chuck Berry from your Mary Berry and your emojis from your emo punk? Put your noggin to the test and you and your mates could be crowned champions of The Big Massive Komedia Quiz and take home a tasty cash prize! Time: 7:00pm Prices: Advanced Price: £1.00 11 Oct Sh**-faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, award-winning, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is finally off on a UK tour with their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sh**-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an entirely sh**-faced cast member. Time: 8:00pm Prices: £20 13 Oct Al Murray: Landlord Hope and Glory Theatre Royal A time of crisis, the world in chaos, the country divided as it has never been divided before. Questions have been asked and non-

answered. What we need is one man, to step forward, one man with all the answers. Well you’re in luck, ladies and gentlemen – he’s here and touring the nation! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 14 – 19 Oct Gaslight Theatre Royal Martin Shaw stars in a new production of the classic stage thriller which went on to be a hit movie. A lost watch, a missing brooch, a displaced picture frame… Tricks of the mind perhaps, but for Bella Manningham everything seems horribly real. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 20 Oct Ben Elton Theatre Royal More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live. Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define. Back on the road with an all new stand-up show, Ben promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. Sold Out 21 Oct English Touring Opera: The Seraglio Theatre Royal With The Seraglio, Mozart’s first real success in the theatre, the youthful genius was conscious of his Viennese audience’s fascination with all things Eastern. The harem, or Seraglio, was its centre, surrounded by well-worn walls. Within, a

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young girl is clearly fascinated by a strange Pasha who rules by reason – he, of course, never sings, unlike his bumptious young rival, the boy from Seville. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 22 Oct English Touring Opera:The Silver Lake A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee) Theatre Royal This is, for many, Kurt Weill’s masterpiece. Closed down by the Nazi authorities in 1933 and not performed for many years, this is a piece about those who are left behind. At its heart are three rich characters: the thief, the policeman, and the girl called Fennimore. Around them is a bizarre gallery of opportunists, thugs and aristocrats. Somehow the three lovable characters survive a “winter’s tale” that could not be more appropriate to modern Britain – and Fennimore’s song leads the two new friends to a new life, across a frozen lake. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 24 – 26 Oct Rambert Theatre Royal Fans of Wayne McGregor, Marion Motin and Hofesh Shechter know them as great, distinctive choreographers. Rambert’s new show brings together their moments of breakthrough. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 28 Oct – 2 Nov A Taste of Honey Theatre Royal A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play, is coming to Bath this autumn. This British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford. Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) directs Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party) as Helen in this new production from the National Theatre, producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A Taste of Honey features a live on stage band. Times and prices vary, please see website for details

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The award-winning Natural Theatre Company return with their 10-week Performance & Theatre Skills Programme. An opportunity for adults to learn theatre and performance skills in a relaxing and fun environment, the classes are taught by world-class actors and aim to provide adults with a space to de-stress and tap into their creative sides.

“We started the Adult Theatre School with the aim of giving grown-ups a chance to have fun and de-stress after work in a supportive environment. We believe that having fun is just as important for adults as it is for children!”

The Natural Theatre Company specialise in interactive comedy performances that take place in unconventional spaces all around the world. In 2018 they launched their Adult Theatre School in Bath, and earlier this year created a Bristol branch in the city’s Southville area. The classes – which are suitable for participants of all abilities – offer an alternative to traditional performance techniques: students will be taught the Naturals’ trademark style of comedy acting, including improvisation skills, physical performance and street theatre. They will get the chance to wear costume from the company’s extensive collection and learn about classic theatre pieces from their 50year history as a performance company.

“Amazing fun! A great theatre training foundation, great to meet new people and be allowed to just be me.” Adult Theatre School participant, Luke John Emmett The evening classes are designed for anyone with an enthusiasm for performance, whether they would like to build selfconfidence, have an interest in acting professionally, or just want to start a new hobby and meet new people. Elle Roberts, Company Manager of the Natural Theatre Company, says:

The classes will take place at the company’s headquarters in Widcombe and will begin on Monday 23rd September, running weekly until Monday 2nd December with a half-term break on 28th October. Cost: £95 for the 10-week term Location: Natural Theatre Company HQ, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA Term Dates: Monday evenings from 23rd September – 2nd December 2019


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Komedia Interview

Boyzlife brings together members of two of the biggest boybands in history, Boyzone and Westlife, to perform a whole host of their biggest chart hits.

If you could have recorded one of the others songs, which would it be and why?

Keith Duffy has enjoyed huge success with Boyzone, including 6 UK number one singles and 16 out of 17 of their first single releases making the Top 5. With 5 number one albums also to their credit, Boyzone achieved worldwide sales of over 25 million.

If I could of recorded a Westlife song I’d say it would have to be ‘Flying without Wings’, it’s an iconic pop song and my favorite Westlife song! The fans love it.

The unmissable Boyzlife show has already been performed for over 20,000 adoring fans since the pair came together in 2016. With two completely sold out tours under their belts in partnership with Hilton Hotels, as well as their unforgettable 2017 December Christmas Tour, this is an evening that is certainly not to be missed. Here, Keith Duffy gives us an insight into the show, his favourite Westlife song to perform and lets rip on Brian's worst habit! You are coming to Komedia, Bath, as part of your UK Tour, and have chosen some very intimate venues to perform at. Is the aim to make the shows ‘up close and personal’? Absolutely, Obviously we’ve performed in massive arenas and although that’s a great experience, it’s also nice to get up close and personal with our fans. Brian and I like to engage with the audience and take them on a journey with us, we talk to them and even get into the audience and make them part of the show. Will the show contain songs, anecdotes and stories of your careers so far? The show is predominately songs. We’ve over 21 UK No.1s and from the feed back through social media, it has become very obvious that the fans want to hear the hits, so we try to give them what they want! How did the idea of touring come about? Over 2 years ago, Brian and I met up and discussed working together. The idea was

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for Brian & I to join together in a tour doing a autobiographical style show about our 25 years in the business. We toured that show twice and it sold out. The new tour show is more music based show, by the request of the fans. You’ve already sold out two previous tours. Do you see some familiar faces in the crowd form your Boyzone/Westlife days? Yes indeed, we know all the familiar faces. These guys have grown up with us and now the come along with their kids. Our audience consists of up to 3 or 4 different generations. So, do they still chase you down the streets or are things a little more subdued these days? No we don’t get chased to often down the streets anymore, it’s a lot more civilized these days. Although our mid week shows are lot more relaxed then the weekend, Friday’s and Saturdays can be a little crazy, a couple of glasses of wine changes everything lol.

Have any of your former bandmates come to see the gigs? Yes, Shane Lynch has been to a few of our shows and actually has joined us on stage for a few songs. You’ve now toured for a couple of years together. Who has the worst habits? Not to be one to point out the obvious, but Brian takes pride in his farting !! Have you been to Bath before, and if so, what do you like most about the city? Boyzone played at Bath Cricket ground a few summers ago, it was certainly a gig to remember as the rain never stopped. In fact the ground was flooded and the firebrigade had to help pump the water out of the ground. From the stage, it was a sea of umbrellas but the audience where absolutely amazing and it ended up a great concert.

Boyzlife come to at Komedia Bath on Thursday 19th September. For tickets, visit:

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Rediscover the incredible story of The Little Prince at The Edge this half term. '

Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this well-loved tale is brought to life using Protein Dance’s award winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. Find out how the Little Prince leaves behind his own tiny asteroid and beloved rose and journeys through the universe, coming face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups! Have you ever heard of a king who reigns over nothing? Or a businessman obsessively counting stars? The show is suitable for everyone young and old. If you have a 5+ year old who would love to dance with the Little Prince himself you can also sign up to Protein Dance’s playful and interactive workshop to get the full experience. Take a magical journey across the universe, exploring different planets, meet characters from the classic tale, joining in with their dances, games and song. Participants will sing along with the Rose, fall asleep and wake up with the Lamplighter, receive commands from the King and learn how to dance with the Fox.


Fri 1 Nov 6.30-7.30pm Tickets £12.50-£15.00 Family discounts available


Sat 2 Nov 10am & 11.15am Tickets £6 per person, 5+ / The Edge, University of Bath

Want to make more of your visit?

You can also see Playing the Picturesque in the Andrew Brownsword Gallery at The Edge, with interactive virtual environments of eighteenth century follies commissioned by RIBA. Free admission and open 11am-5pm Tues – Sat.

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Get out the running shoes (and pyjamas) for the new Dorothy House Hospice Care Big Breakfast 5K! Join Join us us for for our our exciting exciting new new 5km 5km fun fun run run for for Dorothy Dorothy House House Hospice Hospice Care Care at at Odd Odd Down Down Sports Sports Ground Ground in in Bath Bath on on Sunday Sunday 13 13 October at 10.30am. 10.30am. Take Take part part in in this this timed timed and and measured measured run run in in your your lycra lycra or or your your pyjamas pyjamas –– the the choice choice is is yours! yours! All participants receive a free breakfast bap at the end end plus plus aa mug mug with with aa free free hot hot drink drink as as aa well-deserved well-deserved reward. reward. The fun run route consists of loops round a cycling track along a The fun run consists loopsplace roundona tarmac cycling and trackisalong relatively flatroute course, whichoftakes easilya relatively flatforcourse, which takes place on tarmac and is easily accessible runners and spectators. accessible for runners and spectators.

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“I absolutely loved the BSC’s terrific productions of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie so I can’t wait to see their brand new production of Billionaire Boy! It promises to be a brilliant show!” – David Walliams

production of David Walliams’ best-selling story Billionaire Boy.

Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy!

Recommended for ages 5+ and all the family.

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie comes an amazing new stage

To book tickets for Billionaire Boy call the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit

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You can catch it at the Theatre Royal from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th October when it visits Bath for six performances.

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A Family Ticket for 4 people to watch Billionaire Boy at the Theatre Royal Bath on Thursday 3rd October at 7pm. For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: Closing date: Fri 27th September Subject: Boy Usual T's and C's apply. Winners details will be passed onto the competition provider to arrange prize collection. By entering, you consent to our Privacy Policy. More details are online:





































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A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play, is set to appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 28th October to Saturday 2nd November as part of a nationwide tour staged by the National Theatre. Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) directs Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party) as Helen in this new production from the National Theatre - producers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse - which also features a live on stage band. When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmy, a sailor who promises to marry her before he heads for the seas. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until,

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misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional set-up unravels. This British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford. Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.

To book tickets for A Taste of Honey call the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit


two tickets to watch A Taste of Honey at Theatre Royal Bath on Monday 28th October at 7.30pm. For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: Closing date: Mon 21st October Subject: Honey Usual T's and C's apply. Winners details will be passed onto the competition provider to arrange prize collection.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins

Autumn at Bath Forum With the summer coming to a close and the nights drawing in, here at the Bath Forum we’ve got an abundance of shows to entertain and distract as the seasons change. There are shows for just about everyone over the next few months. In September and direct from London’s West End we have Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael on Friday 6th September. A few days later, Ant Middleton returns to the Forum on Wednesday 11th September to take you through a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey with A Country Night in Nashville on Saturday 14th September and get your wands at the ready as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra perform John William’s masterful score live with a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ™ In Concert on Friday 20th September. Rounding September off we have Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on Tuesday 24th September, followed by Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With on Wednesday 25th September. The end of September and the start of October at the Forum is a busy time as we welcome back the Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Join McFly’s Dougie Poynter as he discusses his new book Plastic Sucks! with the One Show’s Lucy Siegle on Friday 27th September. TV funnyman Harry Hill is here for hilarious, side-splitting fun as he presents his latest

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children’s book on Saturday 28th September. Meet the legendary children’s writer Michael Rosen, the author of cracking, tonguetwisting classics including Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on Saturday 28th September. Comedian and children’s author David Baddiel also joins us on Saturday 28th September. Join the UK’s bestselling picture book pair for out-of-thisworld songs, storytelling and drawing: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler present stories from old favourites like The Gruffalo to their newest, The Smeds and the Smoos on Ant Middleton

Saturday 5th October. An author who needs no introduction: Jacqueline Wilson will be talking us through her journey as a writer and how she developed her iconic characters on Saturday 5th October. Come and say hello to Liz Pichon – awesome author of Tom Gates - who will be joined on stage by Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell where you can ask any question you like about Tom Gates on Saturday 5th October. Tickets for all events are available now. In May 2009, Diversity took the UK by storm by winning Britain's Got Talent. Now, ten years after their victory, Diversity are heading to the Forum for one night only on Friday 11th October. Multi-award-winning Beverly Knight, who this year celebrates 25 years in music, is widely regarded as one of the greatest soul

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singers of her generation and one of few vocalists with the ability to do justice to the genius of Stevie Wonder’s rich and varied catalogue. She will recreate the memorable London Palladium concert with Friday Night is Music Night Live presents the songs of Stevie Wonder starring Beverley Knight on Saturday 12 October.

Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards. Now, 30+ years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his recording and performing career with a new album, Take Me As I Am. He’ll be performing songs from his new album on Thursday 24 October.

Having sold more than 25 Million records, achieving over 3 billion streams worldwide and numerous award nominations; James Arthur is on tour and stopping by the Forum on Thursday 17 October. Relive the concert of concerts as if you were there in this brand new immersive event like no other. Rebel Vision’s cutting edge cinematic technology will transport you to Havana where rock history was made as The Rolling Stones performed to half a million fans in a spectacular and iconic recordbreaking event. The Rolling Stones Havana Moon is on Wednesday 16 October. Having sold more than 25 Million records, achieving over 3 billion streams worldwide and numerous award nominations; James Arthur is on tour and stopping by the Forum on Thursday 17 October. Tina Turner fans prepare to be blown away when brand new show What’s Love Got To Do With It? arrives in Bath. It’s ajoyous new show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner on Friday18 October. From the Producers of Rip it Up the 50s and 60s comes the greatest music decade ever. Join Olympic champion Louis Smith, Rachel Stevens (S Club 7), Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls) and Lee Ryan (Blue) for a groovy evening of singing & dancing with Rip It Up The 70’s on Wednesday 23 October.

To mark the 30th-anniversary release of her debut solo album ‘Affection’, Lisa Stansfield is touring the UK and will be stopping at the Forum. Lisa and her prodigious band will perform the hits and more from ‘Affection’, alongside favourites and classics from Lisa’s seven subsequent solo records on Friday 25 October. Listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, The Drifters are the longest-running singing group in pop history still performing live, having enjoyed over 50 hits worldwide. We’re excited to welcome The Drifters to The Forum on Saturday 26 October. Squeeze have announced their brand new tour ‘The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019’, which will see the South-London legends play their extensive list of hits as well as some rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalogue and solo careers. The show includes special guests Heaven 17 on Wednesday 30 October.


the same day. Featuring nine of the cast, The Next Step – Absolute Dance Live On Stage will be a brand-new show that offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with cast members from the global hit TV series. The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios, and group numbers choreographed to popular hit songs along with original music from the show and will be taking place on Thursday 31 October. So as you can see, autumn at the Forum has something for just about everyone. And, coming up this winter we’ve got even more to look forward to including Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, Jools Holland, Shakespear’s Sister, Emeli Sande, Lenny Henry and more! Don’t forget to find Bath Forum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all of the latest show announcements.

Rounding off October, we have The Next Step - Absolute Dance with two shows on

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Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October Featuring Harry Hill, Jacqueline Wilson, David Baddiel, Clare Balding, Sophie Dahl, Greg James and Chris Smith, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, McFly’s Dougie Poynter, Bryony Gordon and many, many more The biggest names in children’s books, along with a host of well-known faces from TV, are coming to Bath Children’s Literature Festival this autumn. The 13th annual celebration of the written word, which is Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival, offers events to entertain and educate all ages, from tiny tots to teenagers with a packed programme which features talks, workshops and immersive hands-on events. This year’s festival includes old favourites, such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Percy the Park Keeper plus exciting new work from Chris Riddell, David Baddiel, Cressida Cowell and Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who will be giving Bath fans in the city where she was born, the chance to buy her new Tracy Beaker novel ahead of official publication on 17 October. Familiar faces and classic characters at this year’s festival include: Horrible Histories, Kipper, The Wimpy Kid, Shaun the Sheep, Elmer the Elephant, Dr Who, Malory Towers and the World of Harry Potter.

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Books will be brought to life with a fresh approach from visiting speakers including McFly’s Dougie Poynter, who will be talking about why plastic sucks, wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan will be telling tales of animals in some of the world’s coldest spots while ex-England player Casey Stoney, who is currently head coach at Manchester United’s women’s team, will be

talking about her footballing career and the history of women’s football. Comedian Harry Hill will be making his young audience – and their parents – roar with laughter. As a tribute to the late writer Judith Kerr there will be special story time featuring some of her best-loved works, including The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

The 13th annual celebration of the written word, which is Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival, offers events to entertain and educate all ages, from tiny tots to teenagers with a packed programme which features talks, workshops and immersive hands-on events. Ian Stockley, CEO of Bath Festivals says: “It’s always an exciting time when the festival is on, bringing thousands of young people into the city and seeing writers reach out and share their ideas with curious minds. The children’s literature festival is an inclusive event and we’re very pleased and proud once again to involve children from more than 20 schools in the region to give them a life-enriching experience they’ll never forget.”


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Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Win a family ticket (for four people) to see Dame Jacqueline Wilson at the Bath Children's Literature Festival at Bath Forum on October 5th. Discover how she started her writing career, how she created some of her popular characters like Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker as well as hearing about her brand new book, We Are the Beaker Girls. You will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase this book ahead of its national release date!

The festival’s bookshop partner is Waterstones and as well as selling books from all the visiting authors, the shop in Milsom Street, Bath, will be hosting a free event on Saturday 5 October for national Bookshop Day. From 10am until 4.30pm local authors, including Moira Butterfield, Graham Baker-Smith and Fleur Hitchcock, will be signing copies of their books. If you have one of their books at home you can take them along to Waterstones on the day. Relaxed Dining in an Unforgettable Location. Bath Festivals is a charity which works in collaboration with Bath Spa University, which is its Creative Partner again this year, and their supporters and sponsors: Novia, First News, Royal High School Bath, Norland Nannies, Kingswood School, Woolley Grange, Southgate and Bath BID. The 13th annual Bath Children's Literature Festival runs from Friday 27th September to Sunday 6th October. Visit the website for more details:

Jacqueline is unable to sign books after this event but printed book plates with her signature on will be available with every book bought from the festival bookshop.

Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2019 – Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival is returning on Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children. To celebrate this years event, we've teamed up with Bath Festivals to offer one lucky reader a family ticket to see, Bath born, Dame Jacqueline Wilson at the Bath Forum on Saturday 5th October, 2.30 - 3.30pm.


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There is nothing like a Dame Dame Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine before turning to writing novels full-time. Dame Jacqueline talks to Craig Maplesden about her career, her love of books and about coming to this year's Bath Children's Literature Festival. You are coming back to Bath for this year’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival. What is it you love about festivals like these? I think festivals are a marvellous way of meeting children and finding out what they like to read. It’s an added bonus if they’ve become keen on my work! How important are festivals like these, that encourage children and parents to pick up a book rather than a tablet or phone? Festivals are all about promoting the joy of reading. It’s fun to hear various authors talk. They try to be as entertaining as possible! Reluctant readers learn that reading can be fun, and that it’s totally cool to be a bookworm. Have you always been an avid reader? I loved books even before I could read. When I was three or four I’d turn the pages of my three picture books and apparently mumble my own stories to match the illustrations (according to my mother, who was a bit unnerved). I read voraciously throughout my childhood – in fact I’ve never stopped. I get through at least two books a week, often more. I’m lost if I haven’t got a book with me. You’ve written many different genres, what is it about children’s stories that appeals to you? I think children are the most interesting people to write about – they’re more direct, more open to new ideas, less inhibited. They feel just as deeply and passionately as adults. I think they understand far more than we realize.

I might read around my subject whilst I’m actually writing and my big book collection certainly works as a wonderful resource – but I prefer to let my subconscious take over. It’s a bit like dreaming. You can’t prepare – it just happens.

"I think children are the most interesting people to write about – they’re more direct, more open to new ideas, less inhibited." How do you keep your stories and characters so relevant? I try very hard to keep up with modern times – different trends fascinate me, though I don’t necessarily approve. However, I never try to put my own opinions into my books – I just imagine what my main narrator would like/ dislike. Many of your stories/characters are dealing with adversity (divorce etc). Do you like writing stories for children that show how people find strength to deal with their problems? (PTO)

Jacqueline Wilson as illustrated by the wonderful Nick Sharratt

You’ve mentioned in the past that you don’t create characters or story lines from previous experiences. Do you, therefore, subconsciously store information that might be useful for future characters and storylines? I don’t often store up useful seeming information for future books. I just get an idea, imagine the characters, daydream for a while about the plot – and then get started.


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I like writing about children who might be going through worrying times, or simply feel they’re a bit of an outsider. I rarely write about a child who’s blithe, beautiful, bright and much loved! Are you constantly thinking about writing, storylines, new characters? I do constantly think about writing, storylines and new characters. I think about my work early in the morning (when I actually sit up in bed and spend the first hour of my day propped against my pillows, tapping away at my computer). I muse about my writing while I’m swimming or walking the dog or going round the supermarket. No wonder my childhood nickname was Jacky Daydream. Is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ day for you? The first part of my day is always the same: Writing in bed, then feeding the cat and walking the dog. If I have an event I’ll travel, read on the train, arrive at the venue, have a chat in the green room, do the talk, and either go home or stay the night in a hotel. Sadly, I rarely have a chance to look round the town. That will be a great pity in Bath as it has so many marvellous historic buildings and fantastic bookshops! When I’m home I’ll have a swim and work on emails and fanclub letters and journalism in the morning. I might have lunch with friends. Then in the afternoon the dog and I have another walk, and I might have a lovely long read. I read some more after supper or watch a box set. My daughter (Olivia) loves your books and asks; 'As we are both animal lovers, have you ever considered writing stories based on animal characters?’

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I’m so pleased Olivia loves my books. Please tell her I’ve often thought about writing a story based on an animal character. My dog Jackson immediately springs to mind. He’s a rescue so he’s had many adventures in his time. Maybe Jackson and I will collaborate some day!

"I always advise young writers to read a great deal because it will stimulate their imagination and increase their vocabulary – and it’s a lovely way of passing the time." What advice would you give to any young writer starting out? I always advise young writers to read a great deal because it will stimulate their imagination and increase their vocabulary – and it’s a lovely way of passing the time. I also think keeping a daily diary is a good idea, because it’s a way of developing a regular writing habit, even when you don’t particularly feel like it. When you’re a child I don’t think it matters if you get tired of writing a particular story and want to abandon it. I frequently did! But it’s worth persevering when you’re an adult, even if you’re overcome with doubts. Plod along to the end, give it a rest, and then start the rewriting process. Writing is hard work – but wonderfully rewarding and I wouldn’t want to do any other job.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson comes to the Bath Forum, as part of the Bath Children's Literature Festival, on Saturday 5th October, 2.30 - 3.30pm. Visit the website for more details: Tracy Beaker, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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“Like all things that you don’t plan it had its “Like all things that you don’t plan it had its own plan. What was hidden in the story of own plan. What was hidden in the story of this calendar was something far greater; its this calendar was something far greater; its most core constituent is the combatting of most core constituent is the combatting of grief through comedy and that never goes grief through comedy and that never goes away. That is why it has had the longevity away. That is why it has had the longevity that it has. The story applies to many more that it has. The story applies to many more counties than Yorkshire and many more counties than Yorkshire and many more people than just the WI. It has a far wider people than just the WI. It has a far wider canvas than just those coping with an illness. canvas than just those coping with an illness. It is universal and that is the whole point of it; It is universal and that is the whole point of it; the pain of loss being defeated with wit.” the pain of loss being defeated with wit.”

“The “The bravery bravery of of these these women in the women in the face face of of adversity adversity is is at at the the heart of it all. That’s heart of it all. That’s the the charm charm and and it’s it’s what what people people relate relate to.” to.” Growing up in the same Cheshire village, Growing up in the same Cheshire village, Gary and Tim have been buddies since Gary and Tim have been buddies since childhood. While Gary has written and cochildhood. While Gary has written and cowritten 14 number one singles, selling over written 14 number one singles, selling over 50 million records worldwide and notching up 50 million records worldwide and notching up no less than six Ivor Novello Awards, Tim has no less than six Ivor Novello Awards, Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical and also the Award for Best New Musical and also the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls. for Calendar Girls. Having already seen his mate’s film and Having already seen his mate’s film and stage play versions of Calendar Girls, by stage play versions of Calendar Girls, by the time Gary came on board to compose the time Gary came on board to compose the score for the musical he had already the score for the musical he had already subconsciously started the soundtrack in subconsciously started the soundtrack in his head. his head. “I heard it straight away,” he admits. “I heard it straight away,” he admits. When we started working Tim would When we started working Tim would give me a couple of pages of give me a couple of pages of lyrics and then I’d come back lyrics and then I’d come back with mini albums of songs. He with mini albums of songs. He would then, very cleverly, take would then, very cleverly, take a verse from one song and a verse from one song and put it with the chorus of put it with the chorus of another. I’d get them back as another. I’d get them back as structures and then maybe structures and then maybe write new pieces. He gave write new pieces. He gave me the freedom to be me,” me the freedom to be me,” explains Gary, who still explains Gary, who still marvels at the courage of marvels at the courage of the original pin- up girls the original pin- up girls of the title. of the title.

“The bravery of these women in the face of “The bravery of these women in the face of adversity is at the heart of it all. That’s the adversity is at the heart of it all. That’s the charm and it’s what people relate to.” charm and it’s what people relate to.” And with each new cast member who joins And with each new cast member who joins their happy band, Gary admits to being their happy band, Gary admits to being delighted by the quality of the talent. delighted by the quality of the talent. “David and Dafydd [producers David Pugh & “David and Dafydd [producers David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers] put amazing casts together,” Dafydd Rogers] put amazing casts together,” he tells me. he tells me. “The difference with Calendar Girls is that we “The difference with Calendar Girls is that we now have people coming back from the play now have people coming back from the play into the musical but playing different parts,” into the musical but playing different parts,” adds Tim. adds Tim. “There is no other show where that can “There is no other show where that can happen to the same degree. For instance, happen to the same degree. For instance, Ruth [Hi-De-Hi!’s Ruth Madoc] was in the Ruth [Hi-De-Hi!’s Ruth Madoc] was in the play as Marie. She’s back in the musical play as Marie. She’s back in the musical playing Jessie this time". playing Jessie this time". With busy careers and several projects on With busy careers and several projects on the go at any given time, both chaps still the go at any given time, both chaps still make time to catch up with the production make time to catch up with the production on tour. on tour. “We have been keeping an eye on The Band “We have been keeping an eye on The Band [the Take That musical the pair worked on [the Take That musical the pair worked on with the rest of the Take That boys] at the with the rest of the Take That boys] at the same time over the past year, so time has same time over the past year, so time has been slightly split. But we keep in contact been slightly split. But we keep in contact with the cast and we’ll definitely be going to with the cast and we’ll definitely be going to see the new WI!” vows Tim, as Gary echoes see the new WI!” vows Tim, as Gary echoes his agreement. his agreement. Having seen the production with at least Having seen the production with at least two different casts I observe that one thing two different casts I observe that one thing that never changes is the audience reaction that never changes is the audience reaction at the curtain call, which always includes at the curtain call, which always includes thunderous applause and is rarely anything thunderous applause and is rarely anything but a standing affair. but a standing affair. “They are certainly always in the same “They are certainly always in the same place at the end of it,” Tim concedes “That place at the end of it,” Tim concedes “That phenomenal response has always been phenomenal response has always been consistent.” consistent.” The calendar itself comprised a genius set The calendar itself comprised a genius set of photographs of ladies of the WI doing very of photographs of ladies of the WI doing very traditional WI activities such as jam making, traditional WI activities such as jam making, knitting and playing the piano. While Gary knitting and playing the piano. While Gary wanders off in search of a cup of tea, I ask wanders off in search of a cup of tea, I ask © Vicky Edwards © Vicky Edwards

the thegirls! girls Tim how he might pose for such a calendar – what passions does he Tim how he might pose for such a calendar – what passions does he have that could be translated into ‘Mr July’ type of posed shot? have that could be translated into ‘Mr July’ type of posed shot? “I’d have to hide behind a laptop,” he laughs. “I’d have to hide behind a laptop,” he laughs. “Apart from writing and music the only other things I do regularly are “Apart from writing and music the only other things I do regularly are running and badminton. Neither lends itself to nudity,” he tells me firmly, running and badminton. Neither lends itself to nudity,” he tells me firmly, batting aside my accusation that he’s a spoilsport. batting aside my accusation that he’s a spoilsport. Steering the conversation back on to less blush-inducing territory, Tim Steering the conversation back on to less blush-inducing territory, Tim pays tribute to Gary’s music, which he credits with accelerating and pays tribute to Gary’s music, which he credits with accelerating and developing the story. developing the story. “The songs are seamless; they lift you up like a magic carpet,” he “The songs are seamless; they lift you up like a magic carpet,” he says, adding that working with his old pal means that there is little slog says, adding that working with his old pal means that there is little slog involved. involved. “It feels effortless, but then we have the same work ethic and we’re from “It feels effortless, but then we have the same work ethic and we’re from the same stock.” the same stock.”


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Fine dining Ross Harper Interview Seafood | Recipes | Wine reviews Christmas party booking ideas

Innovative Culinary Experience Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park transports you to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. The experience begins at the mile-long drive entrance, lined by beech trees, before you enter through our magnificent drawing room or charming library for evening cocktails and canapĂŠs. You are then escorted to the elegant restaurant to commence your evening of fine dining from the a la carte menu or the tasting menus.Executive Chef, Hywel Jones, has held a Michelin star at the restaurant since 2006 and uses only the finest organic ingredients to ensure an unforgettable dining experience.

Tel: +44 (0)1225 742777 LUCKNAM PARK HOTEL & SPA, NR. BATH, SN14 8AZ

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Setting – and Service – Like No Other

Relaxed Dining in an Unforgettable Location Not in the mood for fine dining? Then it’s time to discover a fabulously relaxed yet delicious All-Day Dining offering at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Served in the bright and elegant Montagu Bar, you can enjoy a varied informal dining offering, from traditional Fish and Chips to a nutritious Superfood Salad. Sink into one of their opulent sofa-sized chairs, order your Rib-Eye Steak however you like it, and allow the expert sommelier to recommend a perfect red to accompany it.

Business Lunches

There aren’t many restaurants that can say they’re based in the city centre and have a beautiful garden, but the RCH is very fortunate to have this impressive dual advantage. Close to major transport links yet with the feel of the countryside, it’s the perfect venue for both lunch meetings and client entertainment – with the added bonus of luxury accommodation should it be required!

Catch Ups With Friends

Whether you’re planning after-work drinks or a day time catch up, you can relax in style at The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa. For an extra special catch up they have fabulous afternoon teas, or alternatively you can enjoy an equally memorable lunch from the All

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Day Dining menu. If the weather is clement, take your catch up outside, into the hotel’s ever-Instagrammable acre of green secluded gardens. Keep an eye out for George the resident squirrel – he can’t resist a photo opportunity!

History, elegance, luxury: the Royal Crescent Hotel has it all. The walk towards the Royal Crescent gives you a real “wow” feeling; as 250 years’ worth of heritage tower above you, it’s the ultimate first impression. The second impression, once you’ve walked through the front doors, is even more memorable; the professional and attentive service from the hotel’s stellar staff will bowl you over.

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WSET’S Wine Education Week comes to Bath Raise a glass this September to help WSET celebrate its 50th anniversary with its first ever international celebration of wine education. Whether you’re a novice or knowledgeable, mad for Merlot or puzzled by Pinot, the world of wine is one that’s ripe for discovery. Having awarded over 400,000 wine lovers one of its qualifications in the UK alone since it was founded in 1969, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary with the first ever global Wine Education Week. The week, taking place from 9-15 September 2019, celebrates the diversity, taste and culture of the world of wine with a programme of interactive events, all of which are focused on learning about and enjoying wines from across the globe. Wine Education Week will kick off with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wine lovers to help break a Guinness World Record - for the largest ever recorded sommelierie lesson. Taking place on 9th September at The Kia Oval, London SE11, it will be hosted by TV personality and award-winning wine expert Olly Smith and sommelier Virgilio Gennaro (Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy). Similar events across the world will mark the beginning of Wine Education Week, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Los Angeles, USA. Following the launch, Wine Education Week will continue with almost 70 events taking place across the UK, with sessions ranging from ‘Deciphering Wine Labels’ to ‘Matches Made In Heaven’ - and ‘All That Sparkles’ for some added fizz! The events will help attendees make wiser choices when choosing a bottle and to discover the delights of lesser-known wines they might not have tasted before. In Bath, Clifton Wine School is holding a cheese and wine workshop on 13th September at 7pm. Six different wines will be paired with a variety of different cheeses to illustrate the key food and wine pairing principles. WSET CEO Ian Harris comments: “Wine Education Week is a celebration of our mission to inspire and inform wine lovers across the world. With exciting events taking place everywhere from New Zealand to Thailand to Mexico and, of course, our home in the UK, I can’t think of a better way to mark WSET’s 50th anniversary and the progress we have made in wine education over the last half-century.” Olly Smith added: “Wine education enhances the curation of life’s greatest pleasures. By learning the characteristics of a grape or wine region, it’s a shortcut to finding a wine you love at a budget that’s bang on the money. Wine Education Week is all about bringing wine lovers together from across the world to discover and be inspired, so I’m delighted to be involved and, of course, to be raising a few glasses this September.” Full details about Wine Education Week and the events taking place can be found at

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What does a 3AA Rosette dining experience taste like? Dan Moon at The Gainsborough isn’t just a restaurant. It’s an experience. You walk through the doors into the warm and welcoming ambience of the beautiful historic building. A friendly member of the waiting team takes your coats and – if you’re in the mood for a cocktail or aperitif - ushers you into the sleek Gainsborough Bar. Then you take your seats in the elegant yet informal dining area, where you’ll be offered a choice of menus. What follows next can only be described as culinary bliss: mouthwatering combinations of perfectly cooked seasonal ingredients, the freshest fish and the very best cuts of meat. Each creation is delicate, beautifully presented and wonderfully flavoured. Head Chef Dan Moon is continually developing his menus, meaning you’ll always find something different to try each time you visit. Warm fragrant breads served with churned-on-site butter; meltingly soft chicken liver parfait; still-smoking smoked salmon; Dan’s signature Creedy Carver Duck; butternut squash croquette; dark chocolate delice with salted caramel sorbet... and these are just a few of the options on offer. How will you choose?

Oh-So-Lovely Lunches

If you visit at lunchtime you can enjoy the beautifully presented three course lunch menu – perfect for business or leisure. Currently two-forone, two guests can enjoy their meals for £38 (excluding weekends). Served 12:00 to 14:30, Monday to Friday. Sunday Roasts are available 12:30 to 15:00 every Sunday - three courses for £35, with a complimentary glass of Prosecco.

Decadent Dinners and Tasting Menus

For a special occasion why not visit in the evening and sample the à la carte dining menu – served 18:00 to 21.30? Or if you have plans in the evening but still want to dine you can enjoy the pre-theatre menu: three courses for £35, 18:00 to 19:00. For an extra special treat, try our new five and seven course tasting menus.

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Ross Harper

The Chequers on Rivers Street recently announced the arrival of its new Head Chef, Ross Harper. The 38-year-old chef brings a wealth of experience from respected pubs and restaurants across the country to the much-loved city centre gastropub. Here, he talsk to Craig Maplesden about his career, coming to The Chequers, and what we can expect this autumn season. Congratulations on your recent appointment. Tell us a little about your career. Having grown up in Bristol, I started working part-time as a kitchen porter and a waiter while studying, the flexible hours of catering worked well for me. I quickly learned to love it and ended up becoming a fulltime chef. I developed my cooking skills in variety of kitchens in the region, including a stint as sous chef at The Mill at Rode before heading for London in 2008 to take up the position of sous chef at the 2AA rosette St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys. This 200-cover Art Deco style restaurant and open-air champagne bar was constantly busy and provided a great foundation for becoming Head Chef and founding partner at the acclaimed gastropub, The Woodman in Highgate, in 2011. That kept me busy for six very successful years, before joining The Chequers earlier this year. When did you realise you wanted to become a chef, and who has been your biggest influence? About the age of 17 I was a KP and waiter in a old stately home called Chewton place. This is where I first tasted stuff there like crème brulee and Pimms that were left over from weddings and events. I used to watch the chefs and had a friend working in the kitchen and it just looked exciting, cool and creative. That was when I got the real bug for it.

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My biggest influence was my head chef Graham at The Thatched cottage in Somerset in my early 20’s. We would write a new menu everyday there. He was full of knowledge and I got a buzz from everything he taught me. What are your earliest memories of food? This is where I get a bit Nigel Slater, but my grandad grew all kinds of stuff in his garden which I spent lots of summers in picking things and then cooking with my Nan. Slicing Runner beans, watching how to string onions, picking & stewing gooseberries, pastry for apple pie and making cornflake cakes (my favourite). I remember ham hock boiling, fresh curly parsley sauce, drying out sage for homemade stuffing, smells of rosemary and lavender from the garden. How excited are you to have joined The Bath Pub Company and in particular The Chequers? I loved eating at the Marlborough Tavern and knew the Hare pretty well before I moved to London. I lived just around the corner and remember what the chequers was like a long time ago. An amazing transformation. On my return to the area I’d interviewed with the bosses of BPC. They had kept in touch over a year or two to discuss opportunities and when the Chequers came up I jumped at the chance. I have followed what they have been doing here for a long time and it feels like a great fit for me now.

How would you describe your style and food ethos?

What do you have planned for the rest of 2019 at The Chequers?

Creative, British seasonally inspired food with the emphasis on Flavour first.

We are evolving our menus now for summer which we are just launching. We are all set for Christmas offers and ready to get booked up. We have a weekend menu in August in association with Wing our fish supplier, showcasing the fantastic seafood brought fresh from Cornwall.

The Chequers has always had an excellent name for food. What will you be bringing to the menu? I’m still new to the team but we are developing a menu of quality dishes. Fairly classic seasonal ingredients with a twist that look and taste great. We hope to make it special but not too fussy, fresh tastes that people understand. How important is it to consider the region as well as the pub setting when designing a menu? It’s almost vital to my style as I aim to cook seasonal, British food. I think customers want to know more about where the food has come from, so It just makes sense if you can get local, less travelled, fresher food whilst building relationships with your region, customers and suppliers.

Finally, if you could hold a dinner party for 5 people (dead or alive), who would they be and why? Well, as a huge music, football, comedy, film & food fan this is tricky. I could probably have started a weekly supper club with this but if pushed I’ve gone with Jurgen Klopp firstly. Manager of the My team Liverpool because he is one of the most charismatic and coolest guys ever as well as being the boss. I just had to get him in. Paul Weller is my music hero And the Modfather so he’s got to be there. I loved watching The Trip series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and the foodie and funny side to the show. I also adored the Gone Fishing trip with Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer for the same reasons. So, I picked my favourite from both show as I didn’t want to take up 4 spaces. Steve Coogan and Bob Mortimer - super funny foodies. Now on the foodie side I’m stuck and spoilt for choice. I’m a huge fan of chefs like Phil Howard, Mark Hix, Richard Corrigan because of their style. But as it’s anyone dead or alive I want to bring back Anthony Bourdain for a slap up meal and night of fun. I see him as a the punk rock star of food and anyone who has read his books like kitchen confidential will agree he’s a great story teller.

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Seafood Ever since the dawn of civilization, humans have had an infatuation with eating fish. Unlike many other food sources available at the time, early settlers found the myriad of species available had different flavours and were in bountiful supply. From salty seaweed to sweet scallops, the oceans gave an irreplaceable, renewable source of food, security and survival.

Today, fish is seen as a superfood. Packed with vitamins and minerals, and a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish can help to protect against a range of diseases, from cancer to heart disease, depression to arthritis. Research has shown that eating fish and shellfish regularly is beneficial to our bodies in many ways. No wonder the Government wants us all to eat more, with the Food Standards Agency recommending at least two portions a week of fresh, frozen, or tinned seafood (one of them of oily fish). Here are just a few health benefitts for eating fish:

Great for your heart:

The lowest levels of heart desease are found in the sh-eating Inuit populations of the Arctic. Being low in saturated fat and high in omega-3, sh can both protect the heart from disease and lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood.One study has even suggested that an extra portion of sh every week can cut risk of heart disease in half.

Benefiting joints:

Eating fish as a regular part of a balanced diet has shown to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition which causes the joins

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to swell up. Recent research has also found a link between omega-3 fats and osteoarthritis, suggesting that eating more seafood could help to prevent the disease.

The eyes have it:

Eating oil-rich fish regularly can help to keep the eyes bright and healthy. A recent study has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help to protect the eyesight of those suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes the retina to degenerate and the eyesight to become blurred. Fish and shellfish also contain retinol, a form of vitamin A which boosts night vision.

Take a deep breath:

A number of studies have indicated that sh and shell sh may help to protect our lungs. Not only can seafood relieve the symptoms of asthma in children, but it has shown signs of preventing it. Eating a lot of fish can also keep your lungs stronger and healthier as you age in comparison to those who don't eat a lot of fish.

Modern Wines for Fresh Seafood by @BistroWineMan, Stephen Barrett

Seafood has many textures, colours, shapes and prices! Each of us who are Seafood Lovers will usually (rather like wines) stick to the tried and tested favourites we tried in years past. The ubiquitous Prawn Cocktail is one in question that is of course, still with us, with its sweetish Marie Rose Sauce over a shaved bed of lettuce in a non-descript wine glass served aa slice ofthis Lemon (you Seafood lovers arewith in for treat couldn’t squeeze it!) and Seafood a tiny fork. September, as Plymouth Festival returns for its 8th year to The Barbican and Fast forward to another phenomenon that Sutton Harbour. weedled its way into pub culture in the 60’s and 70’s great isacclaim. Scampi (in a of This free to festival a vibrant celebration basket) was everywhere! didn’t need the incredible sustainably You caught fresh fisha chefseafood to cook it, a in person withOcean and apron and onjust offer Britain’s City and with a deep and funfryer. and entertainment throughout the two days, there’s something for everyone. We soon (as a holiday seeking nation) visited Spain and came back with a new word in our fledgling culinary vocabulary; Calamari!

Wine of course is also important with seafood but by being adventurous you might just discover flavour profiles that will delight! Take the famous White Burgundy Chablis, a wine that most people know and might have sipped. They say it is perfect with Oysters! So are many other wines notably Muscadet and Picpoul de Pinet (amongst others) It’s pronounced mineral/stone fruit note (the grapes are grown mainly on Limestone) seem to marry with the saline/mineral note of freshly-shucked Oysters a treat.

Plymouth Seafood Festival 14 to 15 September 2019 The Barbican and Sutton Harbour

Your skin looks great:

Not only does omega-3 help to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the UV damage, but eating lots of fish can also help with the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Fish is also a great source of protein, which is an essential ingredient of collagen, a substance which keeps the skin firm and flexible.

Eating fish can help to protect against a range of diseases, from cancer to heart disease, depression to arthritis. Research has shown that eating fish and shellfish regularly is beneficial to our bodies in many ways. Boost your brainpower:

The human brain is almost 60% fat, with much of this being omega-3 fat. Probably for this reason, research has indicated that people who eat plenty of seafood are less likely to suffer dementia and memory problems in later life. DHA, an omega-3 fat found in seafood, has also been linked to improvements in children's concentration, reading skills, behaviour, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For more information go to

Visitors will be able to watch as some of What on earth was it? And in its natural state theweregion’s chefs would prepare it? Hell top no, but the frozen, rubber-band –typespectacular rings of the stuff were create now sitting alongside every High Street chain dishesmenu! in the cookery restaurant’s theatre. It appeared Seafood had arrived via the

frozen Gibson, food cabinets of every Cash and and Sarah Waterfront Manager Carry Executive possibly masquerading as Waterfront ‘fresh!’ Chief of the Plymouth Fast forwardsaid: to the“Through 1980’s when all Partnership, the Waterfront Westcountry Fishing Markets suddenly woke BID, Waterfront businesses fund this annual up to thefestival essential freshness andto quality seafood to attract visitors the of our local bounty. Prawns remain the historic quayside to Whilst celebrate and cherish mainly frozen quality and variability has heritage of thethe fishing industry. The seafood changed Nephrops Norvegicus, festival is out partofofsight. the heart of Plymouth Langoustines, BayanPrawns or Scampi Britain’s OceanDublin City and event not to be are still with us but now offered fresh from missed.” your fishmonger. Lots of dishes to conjure up here!will be able to watch as some of Visitors the region’s top chefs create spectacular Calamari is ofcookery course theatre. Squid, and along dishes in the They’ll bewith its so called Octopus and Cuttlefish taking to the cousins, stage from 10am each day of andfestival, are plentiful fromupthe fishmonger, so no the cooking delicious seafood excuse There to purchase ready battered Calamari dishes. are also opportunities to watch rings anymore. the demonstrations from Lobster ‘Withy’ pot making, using willow, to picking crab in the Other seafood, shellfish and fish are Seafish marquee. seasonally available in your local Restaurant or Bistro thatsome excite adventurous chefs Why not try freshly prepared and no end! Give them a call to see fresh on locally caught Mackerel, evenwhat’s the children the day, be moreMackerel than happy to talk can havethey a gowill at making you throughLook the menu newboats tastes, Fishcakes! out forand the offer Trawler texturesup and moored in flavours. the harbour, alongside Quay

Try this one from the Coop – Irresistible Chablis 2017 at just £12.00 for 75cl. Made by the excellent JM Brocard it will not disappoint. The maturity offered by the 2017 vintage will show how Chablis can age. Offer at around 8/10 degrees C for a perfect match. Next another 2017 Chardonnay from the Coop thisand time fromtoWestern Australia Square, listen the Shanty bandsmade by Larry Cherubino and over Rob the Merrick. This entertaining the crowds weekend. is also in the Irresistible range at just £7.00 for 75cl. on theand nose thisSquare, rich Stalls willWith line Vanilla The Parade Quay Chardonnay offers a full-bodied style with a selling delicious fresh dishes to enjoy on the light as citrus of note. Being a more ballsy day, wellfinish as some special treats to take wine enjoy this with pan-friedfrom Monkfish away – you’ll find everything streetwith a light crème-fraiche food and shellfish tosauce! cheeses, local gins and

refreshing ciders. Lastly a great Rose from Provence, elaboratedwill by the of Perrin CATERed alsonoted be hosting theirBrothers. hugely This is aKids cracking winesofull of character, popular Kitchen, children can getspice and length (long aftertaste). Matching plenty hands-on with making some tasty dishes, all of Seafood, Shellfish and Fish, especially for free. cooked in the Mediterranean style, it’s a sure firecan hit! head Find again the CoopTrawler for just Visitors to theat Plymouth £7.75 under the name Rose Agents marquee to seeofaVieille displayFerme of over 2017. I hopelocal this species short explanation of our fresh 45 different of fish from seafood,They’ll shellfish and fish will encourage waters. demonstrate how to fillet fish you to experiment a tad your wines and you’ll be able to askwith the experts anythis autumn at Plymouth Seafood Festival questions you have. Plenty for children to enjoy too with competitions, colouring and craft activities.

You can also discover what it’s like to be at the bottom of the ocean and see the marine life, with the National Marine Aquarium’s Stephen Barrett is a Wine,orFood and virtual reality experience, join in theTravel Writer based in Plymouth. Stephen crabbing competition on the Sundaywelcomes at the correspondence Boathouse Café.via his website Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram Find all the details about Plymouth Seafood @bistrowineman Festival at

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seafood recipes

Pickled cucumber

Disolve the sugar in water and allow to cool. Add the vinegar. Peel the cucumber (but keep the peel for the cucumber mayo) Slice the peeled cucumber thin on mandolin & salt to pull out moisture After 20mins rinse off salt and add to cooled pickling liquor

Soda bread Loaf

In one bowl mix together wholemeal flour, plain flour, oats, salt, bicarbonate soda & baking powder In another bowl mix together honey, black treacle, buttermilk, milk Mix both sets of ingredients together to form a dough Put into deep loaf tins with mix at 5-6cm tall & bake like a cake on 160 for around 40 mins or until cooked through.

Cucumber mayonnaise

Add the peel from the cucumber to the rapeseed oil & heat to 45 degrees Blend and pass through sieve to form cucumber oil.

The Chequers Head Chef, Ross Harper's

Mackerel with mussel sauce & soda bread topped with potted shrimp Ingredients:


115g soft butter 300g brown shrimp Pinch of Mace Salt to taste Cayenne pepper 500 g mussels 1 clove of garlic finely chopped 2 shallots finely chopped 100ml white wine 120ml double cream Handful of chopped flat leaf parsley 100 ml white wine vinegar 100 ml water 1 tablespoon caster sugar ½ a cucumber 500g wholemeal flour 500g plain flour 350g oats 30g salt 25g bicarbonate soda 15g baking powder Mackerel fillets ( 2 per dish ) 160g honey 150g black treacle 800ml buttermilk 330ml milk 100ml Rapeseed oil 2 large free-range egg yolks 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1-2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 x lemons Fresh dill

Potted shrimp

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Marinade shrimp in lemon juice, mace, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper Mix together with 100g soft butter.

Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl, then add the mustard and whisk together. Gradually add about half the cucumber oil, very slowly at first, whisking continuously for around 3 to 5 minutes, or until thickened. Once you’ve added about half the oil, whisk in 1 tablespoon of vinegar – this will loosen the mixture slightly and give it a paler colour. Continue to gradually add the remaining oil, whisking continuously. Season with a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little more vinegar, if needed.

Fresh mackerel fillets

Lightly Oil, season and blow torch to blacken the skin (If you don’t have a blow torch you can grill these skin side up).

Plating up

Leave to set in fridge.2cm thickness sticks and set in fridge.

Make a mini potted shrimp open sandwich by cutting a round of soda bread, top with a slice of set potted shrimp (around 2cm thick), add a slice of pickled cucumber & cucumber mayo. Garnish with dill sprigs & season.

Mussel sauce

Serve this one the side.

Wash the mussels under plenty of cold, running water. Discard any open ones that won't close when lightly squeezed.

Heat the mussel sauce through in a pan then add enough to cover the bottom of a shallow bowl

Pull out the tough, fibrous beards protruding from between the tightly closed shells and then knock off any barnacles with a large knife. Give the mussels another quick rinse to remove any little pieces of shell.

Top the sauce with the cooked mackerel.

Roll this in cling film to form a cylinder.

Soften the garlic and shallots in the butter in a large pan. Add the mussels & wine, turn up the heat, then cover and steam them open in their own juices for 3-4 minutes. Give the pan a good shake every now and then. Add the cream & chopped parsley then remove from the heat. Pick out the mussels. Remove the shells and add the meat back to the sauce and blend to a velouté then pass through a sieve.

Ross Harper

Gordon Ramsay's Baked Sea Bass with Lemon CousCous Serves 4


Mussel, spinach and cauliflower curry with crispy mussels Serves 4


the tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Next add the water and coconut milk and leave the sauce to cook for 1 hour on a low heat.

Curry sauce

Meanwhile, place another pan (that has a tight-fitting lid) over a medium heat. When hot, add 20 mussels with a splash of water and put the lid on. Steam for 2 minutes or until opened and then remove them from the pan; discard any unopened mussels. Leave until cool enough to handle, then shell the mussels. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

1kg live mussels, cleaned 1 cauliflower, divided into florets 100g spinach, trimmed and washed 50g plain flour for coating oil for deep-frying 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves Cornish sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 50g fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 20g tamarind paste 3 red chillies 1 tsp mild curry powder light rapeseed oil for cooking 2 onions, peeled and sliced 4 tomatoes, chopped 500ml water 400ml tin coconut milk

Batter coating

50g plain flour 50g corn flour about 200ml soda water


First make the curry sauce. Put the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, tamarind paste, chillies and curry powder into a food processor and blend to a paste. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat and add a drizzle of oil. When hot, add the onions and sweat for at least 5 minutes until well coloured and caramelised. Transfer to a plate. Clean the pan, place it back on a low heat and add a drizzle of oil. When hot, add the curry paste and sweat gently for 4 minutes, making sure it doesn’t catch on the pan. Add the caramelised onions along with

For the batter, mix the our and corn our together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stir in enough soda water to give a smooth batter consistency. Chill until needed. Season the curry sauce with salt and pepper to taste. If it is too thick, add a little more water. Add the cauliflower to the sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Now add the remaining mussels in shell along with the spinach. Cover tightly and cook for 4 minutes until the mussels open; discard any that remain closed. While the curry is cooking, heat the oil for deep- frying in a deep-fryer or deep, heavy pan to 180°C. Pass the chilled shelled mussels through the flour to coat, patting off the excess. You’ll need to deep-fry them in 2 batches. One by one, dip them into the batter to coat and lower into the hot oil. Deep-fry for a minute or so until crispy. Remove and drain on kitchen paper and season them with a little salt. Add the chopped coriander to the curry and share between 4 warmed bowls. Top each serving with 5 crispy mussels and serve at once. Taken from Nathan Outlaw's British Seafood cookbook


250g couscous finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 tender rosemary sprig, leaves stripped and nely chopped 300ml boiling water or chicken stock 250g peas, thawed if frozen juice of 1/2 lemon 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil bunch of at leaf parsley, chopped


Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Score the sea bass on both sides and rub all over with salt, pepper and a little drizzle of olive oil. Pick the rosemary sprigs off the hard stems. Roll a large basil leaf tightly around each rosemary sprig. Insert into the slashes in the fish, along with the garlic slices. Lay the sea bass on a lightly oiled foil-lined baking tray. Stuff the cavity with the lemon wedges and remaining rosemary. Bake for 15–20 minutes until the flesh is opaque and just cooked through – you should be able to pull out a fin easily. Prepare the couscous while the fish is in the oven. Put the couscous, lemon zest, chopped rosemary and some seasoning into a large bowl and pour over the boiling water or stock. Cover with cling film and leave for 5minutes. Meanwhile,cook the peas in boiling water for 3–4minutes until tender. For the dressing, mix the lemon juice with the olive oil and some seasoning to taste. Once the couscous has absorbed all the liquid, fluff it up with a fork. Drain the peas and add to the couscous along with the dressing and chopped parsley. Toss to mix. Serve the fish with the warm couscous and steamed pak choi or green beans. Note To serve eight, cook two sea bass of this size rather than a larger fish and make double the quantity of couscous.

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Taken from Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite cookbook

Nathan Outlaw's

1 sea bass, about 1.1kg, scaled and gutted sea salt and black pepper olive oil, to drizzle few rosemary sprigs handful of large basil leaves 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges

The 'C' word


s the long-awaited British summer packs its bag for another year and makes way for the cooler days and shorter nights of Autumn, it seems unthinkable to entertain the thought of Christmas! Yet, as businesses plan their festive offerings and supermarkets start to stack their shelves with the latest items you can't live without; there are a few reasons why it's a brillant idea to get cracking on the festive planning..... Let’s be honest, it’s always great to have something to look forward to, and what's better than a party pencilled in for the festive season. Whether you have the honour of organising a family gathering or your works do, getting the date and location cemented into the diary will reduce the stress later in the year, when most venues tell you they are already booked out. If you are organising your works shin dig, then remember this is a celebration of all your hard work over the year. You will be amazed how many of your team start a 'count down to the Christmas party' on their planners.

Getting organised

As you can imagine, there are a number of aspects to take into consideration when looking to book your Christmas party. Here are just a few questions to ask yourself before diving into the deep end and booking the location.

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Get an idea of how many will be attending. Take into consideration that there may be some drop-outs, so suring up a date first may be an idea so that it gives everyone plenty of time to look at diaries and make a firm commitment.



Once you have a clear idea of numbers and what each location can offer, you will have an idea of what costs you are looking at. If you are running a works do, you may decide that certain aspects of the party are on the business, while others are down to each employee to pay for.

What style of celebration are you looking for? Will it be traditonal or quirky? Do you want to have exclusive use of a venue or do you want to celebrate with others on a 'party night'?

If it is a family gathering it may be worth asking what each individual is prepared to pay per head. The more information you have and the earlier you can let people know the better.

Also, it may be worth asking about accomodation. How many of your group would like to stay over. Do party goers mind if they need to drive to the location and therefore does the venue offer suitable transport?

Finally, ask the venues what they can do for you. If you have an idea of numbers these establishments will be able to offer up some ideas for you to cinsider. Remember, these guys do this for a living, so don't be afraid to ask.

Food for thought

We've given you a bit of a head start by asking some of the cities best venues to give you an idea of what they have in store for you this festive season.

One of the really important aspects to consider is the catering side. Will you want to offer a sit down menu or a buffet style? Also, it is very important to consider diets, allergies and religious beliefs. Can your venue cater for all these requirements? Ask about bar prices. Some businesses offer a free bar to workers, but how do you make sure that there is a fair distribution of your generocity? Do you implement a 'drinks voucher' system so that everyone gets their fair share.

Celebrate Christmas at the

The perfect venue for Christmas parties large or small

Fabulous food & friendly service. Easy parking & access. Email to make a reservation

The Hare

Hounds, Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5TJ 01225 536062

Christmas at The Locksbrook Inn!

Fabulous Christmas food & friendly service. For enquiries or reservations, email or call 01225 536064

103 Locksbrook Road, Bath BA1 3EN

food and drink

Escape the city and enjoy the festivities at four idyllic pubs


he Inn at Freshford, the Cross Guns in Avoncliff and The Old Crown Inn in Kelston are all set in idyllic locations with stunning rural surroundings. As well as our newest inn, The Griffin Inn, located only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Bath’s city centre.

Soft Cheese. From burgers to buddha bowls, our menu is designed to include something for everyone, whether it be the hungry adventurer or a meal for a special occasion. Our chefs love to experiment and to tempt customers into trying something new.

Our pubs are popular with walkers and cyclists, dog walkers and families. The Inn at Freshford and the Cross Guns are connected by The Two Valleys walk, perfect for those who are seeking an escape from the city. Being located on the banks of the river, it is not unusual for people to arrive at the Cross Guns by boat, kayak or paddleboard – even during the colder months! Kelston’s Roundhill and its breath-taking views are only a short walk from the Old Crown Inn.

The Inn at Freshford is a traditional yet modern country pub; a rural retreat where you will find a friendly welcome and great food. Throughout the year, our calendars are packed with events and during the winter, this is no exception. In December we are hosting two fabulous workshops, wreath making (4th December) and a calligraphy workshop (6th December), perfect for getting you in the festive spirit. Both workshops include hot drinks, mince pies and a light lunch, but there are limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment!

Our ever-evolving menu changes seasonally and we are very passionate about sustainability so we always make sure to source our ingredients locally where possible – our cheese is from our neighbours Bath

The Griffin Inn is situated in the heart of Bath and with famous attractions on our doorstep, it is the ideal place to be day or night. After spending the day exploring the Bath Christmas Market, join us for a bite to eat or

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a tipple and escape the hustle and bustle. We have eight tastefully decorated, cosy rooms available, which provides an intimate feel and a fantastic night’s sleep. We are commended for our impressive collection of spirits and liqueurs at The Griffin Inn, especially for our array of 100 gins and 100 tequilas, from familiar brands to single village producers. We are excited for our drinks menu to extend over the festive period

and introduce mulled wine and mulled cider to the inn, perfect with a mince pie. The Old Crown Inn is home to our incredible garden lodge, complete with an outdoor bar and log burners and will be available to book for Christmas parties in December. If that wasn’t enough to look forward to, we also have a New Year’s Eve party lined up where there will be complimentary bubbly from 11:30 – 12:30 to welcome the new year.

At the Cross Guns, we have a deli that’s open daily from 9 to 5, serving barista coffees, salads, quiches, freshly baked cakes, and other delicious treats – perfect to grab and go or eat al fresco in our awardwinning garden. The Cross Guns is a spectacular place to be all year round, but when Christmas approaches it transforms into a winter wonderland. On the 20th December we invite

you to join us for Christmas carols and tuck into handmade mince pies and a selection of mulled drinks. Whether your dining in our restaurant; sat by the river with a picnic from our deli or at one of our events – our pubs have all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience. If you are interested in any of our upcoming festive events, visit our website, give us a call, or pop in:

The Inn at Freshford

The Hill, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7WG Tel: 01225 722250

The Griffin Inn

Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2AP Tel: 01225 420919

The Old Crown Inn Kelston Road, Bath, BA1 9AQ Tel: 01225 423032

Cross Guns Avoncliff

Bradford Road, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 2HB Tel: 01225 862335

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Award Winning, Family Run Farm Shop Established for over 30 years Selling Quality Local Produce Open Daily 9am – 6pm (9.30am – 5pm on Sundays) HOME & LOCALLY REARED FRESH MEAT, POULTRY & GAME HOMEMADE SAUSAGES, BURGERS & FAGGOTS


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food and drink also based at the Gherkin, Blenheim palace and St Paul’s) provide fantastic catering for all festive events at the Assembly Rooms and Roman Baths. At shared parties, they provide a three course sit down meal with wine, and at Christmas Rocks, guests are treated to ‘street food feasting’. If you want an exclusive party then they can offer anything from quirky bowl food and canapes around the Baths to a sumptuous gala dinner, with paired wines and champagne.

Images courtesy of: Drinks: Kate Hopewell Smith, Food: Albert Palmer and Ballroom: Paolo Ferla Photography

Christmas Rocks in the Georgian ballroom

Drinks at the Roman Baths

Experience unrivalled atmosphere and hospitality this Christmas with Bath's Historic Venues

The dedicated event teams at Bath’s Historic Venues and Searcys really know the recipe for a great party, which is why they always sell out! A combination of breath-taking venues, delicious food and the best in live music and entertainment make for an unforgettable evening.

a must! With a festive drink on arrival, street food, live band and a DJ, this exhilarating evening will truly get you in the Christmas spirit.

Prices for Christmas parties start at £42.50 per head. For private parties, call the team to discuss your vision for the evening and they can put together a bespoke package for you.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled Christmas party, Bath’s Historic Venues offer an unrivalled atmosphere, delicious food and an unforgettable night. Whether you’re searching for a bespoke office party space or somewhere to get together with friends, they will have a venue or party to suit you. Situated at the heart of the World Heritage site, all of their venues are steeped in history, and are truly magical settings that will delight and fascinate your guests.They are, after all, the venues for which this beautiful city is so famous. With the option to hire their venues exclusively or to join one of their sell-out shared party nights, Christmas at Bath’s Historic Venues should definitely feature on your festive calendar.

Private hire

From intimate, cosy spaces to large Georgian ballrooms, they can cater to a variety of budgets and guest numbers. They can accommodate 40-400 guests for a private dinner, a drinks reception or an evening party. Not many experiences beat mingling by the torch-lit, steaming waters of the Roman Baths with a drink in hand, dining and dancing in the Georgian Pump Room or celebrating under sparkling chandeliers at the award-winning Assembly Rooms.

Shared parties

Shared party nights at the Roman Baths take place during December and January and are always a colourful and fun-filled affair with a sparkling drinks reception around the Great Bath followed by dinner, dancing and the option to have a tipple at the bar. If live music and dancing are more your thing, Christmas Rocks at the Assembly Rooms is

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Situated at the heart of the World Heritage site, all of their venues are steeped in history, and are truly magical settings that will delight and fascinate your guests. Nationally renowned caterers Searcys (the longest running catering company in the UK Unrivalled atmosphere and delicious food

Find out more about shared Christmas parties, the New Year’s Eve party and private hire at: 01225 477786

Experience the very best at Bath’s Historic Venues


cover interview

Wiggo Join Britain’s most decorated Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins as he comes to The Forum, Bath on 25th September with his insightful and at times hilarious live show. ‘Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With’ provides a rare opportunity for fans to see the five-time Olympic Gold medallist and Tour De France winner share exclusive tales, prized memorabilia and career highlights in a unique and intimate live setting. Being back amid the action covering one of cycling’s ultimate tests at this year’s Tour de France proved highly memorable for Sir Bradley Wiggins. The five-time Olympic gold medal winner was in his element across the channel, describing it as an outstanding highlight of his experience in the sport. However, as he concedes, he doesn’t miss the intensity of preparing for one of the world’s most celebrated yet grueling spectacles. So this time around felt poignant for the champion cyclist, witnessing his former teammate Geraint Thomas narrowly miss out on gaining what would have been a second victory in the stellar French race.

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“Covering the tour made me realise just how much I love it – when you are competing there’s a lot of emotion taken up with it all in dealing with the event to cross the line. It’s actually hard to get excited at the end of a race, so going back to it without all the pressure and watching it as a fan was great,” says the record-breaking athlete. After seven years from his own careerdefining victory in France, he says it was encouraging to gain such a warm reception from crowds. Despite this, he adds his commentating stint this summer couldn’t possibly tempt him out of retirement and prompt him to don his racing kit once again.

“Going back to the tour and seeing some of those climbs brought back memories of just how hard it is. While people can make it look easy, it really isn’t, especially when you see guys getting taken out of the peloton, and some of crashes you witness. It can be brutal. “But it was a brilliant event and doing those interviews was something special. Cycling is all that I have ever known, right back to my school days when I was focusing on riding rather than all the lessons,” admits the man who stands as the UK’s most decorated Olympic athlete.

The achievement led to his knighthood in 2013, which he built upon further at the Rio Olympics with a final gold as part of the winning British team pursuit squad. Wiggins is focusing on a number of projects including sports broadcasting and setting forth on his nationwide Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With tour this September. He’ll be reflecting on his lengthy career, and discussing some of his own heroes who feature in his latest book, Icons, who have proved an inspiration along the way. As he explains, another key area that is now close to his heart is that of supporting the next generation of potential stars within his sport.


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He says that at 36 (he is now 39), it was not a difficult decision three years ago to walk away from the sport at a high point, enabling him to fully focus on the challenges of raising a young family with his wife at their home in Lancashire. While the celebrity status following his unprecedented back-to- back victory at the Tour de France and London Olympics in 2012 may not have sat entirely comfortably with him, the wider effect of ‘Wiggo’s win’ was clearly tangible. It saw cycling in the UK enjoy a significant resurgence that is showing no sign of subsiding.

“Cycling is a great and necessary force in my life, and something I’ve been institutionalised in as well as being passionate about. If there’s a legacy from what I have done it’s with helping young people develop an interest in cycling and getting out there on bikes. “For many kids there’s a lot that keeps them indoors on their iPads, so one of the great things about cycling is that it’s something you can do as a family and get outdoors – you can’t go out and play rugby as a family,” says the former Olympian, who has worked on a developing series of bikes for children. These days, he enjoys riding near his home in the Preston area. As for his own formative experiences, he acknowledges a challenging upbringing meant his was far from a case of being an overnight success. He was born in Ghent, Belgium, but his mother soon moved them to London after Bradley’s father, who was also a cyclist, parted from the family and had no involvement with his son’s upbringing. “In a weird way, my father is still my hero. I’ve kept two of his riding jerseys, though I detested the man, as he left us when I was just a baby. But my mum still glorified him, so if it hadn’t been for her, then I wouldn’t have had my career.” As a twelve year-old he took up cycling on the same south London circuit his dad had once ridden, setting him on a long path to an eventual sporting career. However, as he recounts, kids from Kilburn were not expected to achieve any great mark in society. So taking an active interest in cycling was far from a recipe for fitting in within a tough neighbourhood. He concedes he even resorted to wearing tracksuits over his riding gear for fear of homophobic abuse that might be dished out for his clothing.

For many kids there’s a lot that keeps them indoors on their iPads, so one of the great things about cycling is that it’s something you can do as a family and get outdoors – you can’t go out and play rugby as a family. Such thoughts were never going to be a reality for him though, and he earned his spurs in the early part of his career as a track specialist, before turning to road racing. “I never found that process of going to road racing hard at all, as I am someone who can be coached, so it came easily to me. If it was a question of having to lose weight for the tour then it’s just something I did with hard work and stopped eating and looked at my nutrition.” From a position of coming 4th in the Tour de France in 2009, observers began to take his credentials as a road-based rider seriously. But it was not until joining Team Sky in 2010 (recently re-named Ineos under new sponsors), which was to herald his most consistent era of success. While he rates the elite set-up as ‘very businesslike and unsustainable’ in regard to managing his family life, he accepts those years led to his biggest victories that gave him a major international profile. “I know that it does mean a lot to other people that I won the tour and Olympics in 2012, but I wouldn’t be a very good person if those were the things that were the most important to me in my life,” reflects Wiggins. These subjects and plenty more besides will come under the microscope as Sir Bradley offers up some insights into his eventful career on his audience with UK tour. Expect plenty of memorabilia and anecdotes of racing rivalries that will offer a very personal window into his world. “I’ve been enjoying doing these shows as I like to break down perceptions. I feel you never really know someone until you’ve heard their story properly.

“I was asked by a teacher when I was 12 what I wanted to do with my life and I said I wanted to wear a winner’s jersey at the Tour de France, and she just laughed at me,” he adds with regret at the seeming lack of early support.

“It gives me chance to meet people, and I can particularly remember speaking to one guy in Nottingham. He said his wife would really have loved the show, but she hadn’t made it as she had just died of cancer, so I just told him that she was right there with him. So with these kinds of shows, people see your emotions and I am looking forward to getting out there again,” adds Sir Bradley, reflecting on one of the most eventful careers in cycling history.

As he explains, even after winning a bronze medal at his first Olympics at Sydney, there were expectations upon him to go and gain a ‘proper job.’

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13th September Romance, Drama £30,000,000 Marsai Martin Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville TBC Universal Pictures


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6th September Genre: Horror, Drama £28,000,000 Kevin Kölsch Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Chastain, Andy Muschietti, James McAvoy, Bill Hader TBC Warner Brothers

In the sleepy town of Derry, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers' Club, who have long since drifted apart from one another.

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20th September Sci-Fi, Thriller £15,000,000 James Gray Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones 12A Twentieth Century Fox

A man journeys across a lawless solar system to find his missing father -- a renegade scientist who poses a threat to humanity.

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11th October Animation, Family £10,000,000 Tim Johnson, Claudia Kim, Daniel Kaluuya TBC Universal Pictures


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Set in 1981, failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow dissent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.


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Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz," beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform soldout shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

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The complex relationship of Maleficent and Aurora continues to be explored as they face new threats to the magical land of the Moors.

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6 Sept Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael Bath Forum Direct from London's West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show. Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar that is George Michael. Make new memories whilst reliving old classics. The show features all his hits including Father Figure,Freedom, Faith and many more. This is one show-stopping extravaganza you do not want to miss! Time: 8pm Prices: £ 25.00 6 Sept The Darkside of Pink Floyd Komedia Due to the demand for their exquisite reproduction of Pink Floyd’s classic music, The Darkside of Pink Floyd are a regular feature at major National music venues, festivals and theatres. They were also the first band to play a live public performance inside the prehistoric caves of the world famous Kents Cavern and they’ve had four sell-out concerts deep underground at Carnglaze Caverns as part of their highly acclaimed ‘Echoes of the Past’ tour. Time: 7pm Prices: Advanced Price: £17.50

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8 Sept Duncan Chisholm Chapel Arts Centre One of the most authentic interpreters of traditional highland music. Latest album ‘Sandwood’ out now. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £15. Door £16.50 14 Sept Nashville: A Country Night In Bath Forum A Country Night In Nashville recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town, are showcased. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 25.00 (+ booking fee) 17 Sept Steve Kilbey & Amanda Kramer Chapel Arts Centre Don’t miss this intimate and rare performance of two iconic musicians from The Church and The Psychedelic Furs Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £13. Door £14

19 Sept Boyzlife Komedia Boyzlife brings together members of two of the biggest boybands in history, Boyzone and Westlife, to perform a whole host of their biggest chart hits. See our interview with Keith Duffy on pages 59 - 60. Time: 7pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 20 Sept Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone™ In Concert Bath Forum National UK Theatre tour announced for The Harry Potter Film concert series, opening with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone™ in concert. In theatres across the UK, audiences will experience The Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ music to the entire first film live to picture from one of the most beloved film series in history. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for detail 20 Sept Childcare Moles CHILDCARE announce UK ‘Wabi’ tour in support of their debut album ‘Wabi-Sabi’, released via Get Well Soon (with eOne Music) and will be bringing live healing to venues across the country this September. As part of the group’s ‘Get Well Soon’ wellness campaign, attendees can expect a mixture of mindful eating, yogic breathing and mass meditation alongside the band’s usual collection of left-field softcore psych performances performances. The Wabi Tour will also offer participants lavender scratch’n’sniff vinyl, personalised bath

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bombs, handmade scented candles and sleepwell audio meditations. Time: 7pm Prices: £ 21.00 20 Sept Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Wiltshire Music Centre Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns with award-winning polish conductor Marta Gardolinska and a programme of stunning orchestral show pieces which opens with Sibelius’ patriotic tone poem written in 1899. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £30 / £15 U18s + students 21 Sept Pop Up Bowie Chapel Arts Centre Celebrate the life of a true artistic genius. The UK’s No.1 David Bowie Tribute Act perform two hours of Bowie’s biggest hits. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: £ 20.00 21 Sept Dervish Wiltshire Music Centre Dervish have been bringing traditional Irish music to the world for more than 29 years. Playing at festivals across the globe, their line-up includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional folk musicians including one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £19 / £9.50 U18s + students 24 Sept Rodrigo y Gabriela Plus Support Bath Forum Five years since their last album, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela

are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of the most ambitious music of their twenty year career together. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £ 27.50 (+ booking fee) 27 Sept Sari Schorr Band Chapel Arts Centre Hard-working Blues woman from the fierce South Bronx of New York. Blustery vocals and emotionally-charged performances. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £13. Door £15 27 Sept The Ronnie Scott's All Stars Wiltshire Music Centre Take a guided tour of this legendary jazz institution with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and hear its incredible history, evocatively re-imagined through tales of the club’s past visitors – from film stars to politicians and comedians to royalty, but above all, the musicians. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £22 / £11 U18s + students 28 Sept The Urban Voodoo Machine Chapel Arts Centre Junkyard blues and stinging rockabilly with mariachi horns, fiddles, sinister cabaret and punk rock tangos. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £14. Door £16 29 Sept An Audience with Lesley Garrett Theatre Royal

Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Accompanied by, and in conversation with, pianist Anna Tilbrook, Lesley Garrett’s behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 2 Oct The Wall : Live Extravaganza Komedia The critically acclaimed box office sensation from Montreal, Canada is heading to Komedia Bath. Following the resounding success of Space: The Best of the Pink Floyd Show, the production team of Richard Petit and Michel Bruno, in collaboration with Rubin Fogel, is back with, THE WALL LIVE EXTRAVAGANZA , featuring new sets, costumes and visual effects. Time: 7pm Prices vary, please see website for detail 2 Oct Damien O’Kane & Ron Block Chapel Arts Centre Damien’s sense of piston-like drive and Ron’s string-bending accuracy mix to create a confluence of the perfect banjo. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: £ 14 4 Oct Unravelling Willburys Chapel Arts Centre A tribute to The Traveling Wilburys. Captures the style and sounds perfectly with an added sense of humour. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £16. Door £18

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5 Oct Midnight Skyracer Wiltshire Music Centre International Bluegrass Music Association Award nominated, Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception just two years ago. Their all-star line-up, ‘Lightning in a bottle’ Bluegrass Unlimited including twin sisters Laura and Charlotte Carrivick, and electric live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace.Enjoy virtuoso banjo-playing, powerhouse vocals, grooving basslines and fabulous fiddling from this exceptional band in their WMC debut. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £16 / £8 U18s + students 11 Oct Eduardo Niebla Chapel Arts Centre ‘A spellbinding mixture of flamenco and modern jazz, bursting with passion and verve’ - The Spectator. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £15. Door £17. 11 Oct Carducci String Quartet Wiltshire Music Centre Founded in 1997, the internationally renowned and award-winning Anglo-Irish Carducci String Quartet have since won numerous competitions as well as a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Written in 1873 this piece occupies a unique position in the history of the genre and is famed for its lyrical melodies, structural coherence and rich harmonic language. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £18 / Free for Under-25s

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12 Oct The Songs of Stevie Wonder starring Beverley Knight Bath Forum UK soul queen Beverley Knight will celebrate the songs of Stevie Wonder on a 10-date UK tour this autumn. Multi award-winning Knight, who this year celebrates 25 year in music, is widely regarded as one of the greatest soul singers of her generation and one of few vocalists with the ability to do justice to the genius of Stevie Wonder’s rich and varied catalogue. Having performed a special concert recorded for BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ series at The London Palladium at the end of last year, Knight is set to take the show across the UK with the Leo Green Orchestra to pay homage to one of the greatest songwriters of modern times. Time: 8pm Prices: From £50.00 / £60.00 (+ booking fees*) 13 Oct The Music of Cream: 50th Anniversary Tour Komedia Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. Fifty years since their earth-shaking debut album, the bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to Cream’s legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s.Kofi BAKER (son of Ginger) and Malcolm BRUCE (son of Jack) unite with Will JOHNS (Eric’s nephew by Marriage and son of Zeppelin/ Stones/ Hendrix engineer Andy) to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation. Feel the fire and the freedom of “Spoonful”, “Strange Brew”, “Sunshine of

Your Love”, “White Room”, “Crossroads” and “Badge” — performed by master musicians whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy. Time: 7pm Prices vary, please see website for detail 13 Oct Firefly Burning Wiltshire Music Centre London’s Firefly Burning evoke sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich, Joni Mitchell and The Beach Boys, with layered vocal harmonies and expressive instrumentals. Live in the WMC Bar, the five-piece band perform electrifying tracks from their new album ‘Breathe Shallow’, a full-hearted expression of their distinctive brand of minimalist art-folk, which charts the terrain of what it is to love and lose. Time: 7pm Prices: £10 / £5 U18s + students 16 Oct The Wildhearts and special guests Komedia The Wildhearts are heading to Komedia Bath in celebration of ‘Renaissance Men’, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, out now on Graphite Records. Time: 7pm Prices: £ 25 advanced 16 Oct The Rolling Stones Havana Moon Bath Forum Havana…..The Rolling Stones……500,000 screaming fans…… and you. Relive the concert of concerts as if you were there in this brand new immersive event like no other. Time: 8.30pm Prices vary, see website for details

Now firmly established as Bath’s alternative arts venue and operating as an independently funded arts centre presenting an eclectic array of events for all the performing and visual arts in the heart of Bath. With a superb Oak sprung floor, state-of-the-art lighting system and truss, fantastic natural acoustic of the room (best in Bath!), the venue can accomodate 200 people standing, 150 seated theatre style and 105 seated at cabaret style tables.There is a well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines. Situated under the auditorium, our Cafe serves a plant-based menu. Organic coffee and single estate Sri Lankan teas are available all day with morning pastries, home-made cakes and ice creams to accompany. Our lunch counter is open from 11.30 to 3.30 serving a weekly changing selection of hot main courses and mouthwatering salads. We are also fully licensed in the cafe so you can escape the city centre madness and enjoy an organic wine, beer or perhaps a kombucha in our pretty courtyard.


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17 Oct James Arthur: Up Close and Personal Bath Forum Having sold more than 25 Million records, achieving over 3 billion streams worldwide and numerous award nominations; James Arthur has announced a very special Up Close and Personal Tour for October 2019, taking in The Forum on the 17th. James has spent over 43 weeks in the singles charts, collaborated with the likes of Rudimental, Marshmello and Anne-Marie on their smash hit Rewrite The Stars and performed all over the world. Now, James returns with a brand new tour and new single: Falling Like The Stars Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £32.50 / £39.50 (+ booking fees*) 18 Oct What's Love Got To Do With It? + Special Guests Bath Forum Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £25 (+ booking fees) 18 Oct Jo Harman Trio Chapel Arts Centre A genre-defying, independently minded artist. Sincere, heartfelt music, often compared to that of the ‘golden age of music’. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: £ 15

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23 Oct Lucy Spraggan Komedia Lucy Spraggan is in a good place and wants to share it with you. She is happy in love, life and music: three things that are reflected in the anthemic, upbeat, and infectious sound of her new album. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for detail 23 Oct Rip It Up – The 70’s Bath Forum From the Producers of Rip it Up the 50s and 60s comes the greatest music decade ever! Join Olympic champion Louis Smith, Rachel Stevens (S Club 7), Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls) and Lee Ryan (Blue). Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £35.00 (+ booking fees*) 25 Oct Marry Waterson & Emily Barker Chapel Arts Centre English folk royalty meets Australian soul contemporary folk; country and soul nestles alongside lilting indie and playful blues. Times: Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Ends 10.30pm Prices: Advance £14. Door £16 25 Oct Lisa Stansfield - Affection 30th Anniversary Tour Bath Forum Lisa Stansfield announces a run of dates in October and November 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary release of her debut solo album ‘Affection’. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details

26 Oct The Drifters Bath Forum The Drifters are the longest running singing group in pop history still performing live, having enjoyed over 50 hits world wide. Performing all the hits ‘Saturday Night At the Movies’, ’You’re More Than a Number’, ’Come on Over to My Place’ and many more. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £29.50 (+ booking fees*) 30 Oct Squeeze plus special guests Heaven 17 Bath Forum Squeeze announce that ‘the Difford And Tilbrook Songbook Tour’ will aim to raise food, funds and awareness for the Trussell Trust network of food banks. The 27-date tour will see the South London legends play their extensive list of hits as a band as well as rare gems from their back catalogue and solo careers. At all venues there will be multiple food drop points and collection boxes, where audiences can donate non-perishable food or money. Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust food bank. Food banks provide a minimum of three-days’ nutritionally balanced, nonperishable tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible audience members are asked to check with local food banks to see what supplies are currently needed. Time: 7.30pm Prices: From £36.00 / £49.50 / VIP £125.00 (+ booking fees)

Museums Week in Bath and North East Somerset Museums across Bath & North East Somerset will host an exciting programme of special events and activities over October half-term for Museums Week (26 October to 3 November 2019).

Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Museums Week celebrates the unique collections and activities in our local museums. All activities are free for residents with a Discovery Card. Highlights of Museums Week 2018 include: • Create a jazzy mosaic at the Roman Baths using a mix of pictures and colours from 28 October -1 November. • Investigate objects found in the local area at Batheaston Scout Hut on 29 October. • At the Fashion Museum use a hand template to create glove-like decorations such as a wreath or garland, from 29-31 October. • There’s lots of activities at Victoria Art Gallery: on 26 October meet William Harbutt, the inventor of Plasticine; From 29-31 October use the style of ceramic artist, James Tower, to create a big and bold abstract collage; on 1 November make some masks inspired by characters from the Gallery’s paintings. Advance booking is required for some events. For full event listings please visit For information about Discovery Cards visit

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Museums Week celebrates our local museums’ unique collections and activities in Bath and North East Somerset. Enjoy nine days of events and activities and find out more about the wonderfully diverse and dynamic museums in Bath and North East Somerset.

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Bath Postal Museum delivers a First Class look at how Bath played a vital role in the world of communication Did you know that the postal system as we know it today has its origins in 18th century Bath ? Firstly a national delivery service using horse riders (known as Post Boys) was created by Ralph Allen (pictured) who was also responsible for much of the building in Bath. Later John Palmer introduced a network of mail coaches connecting every city and town in Great Britain which eventually became the Royal Mail. Did you know that before the introduction of postage stamps the cost of sending post was borne by the receiver and the cost varied dependent on the distance travelled and the number of sheets sent ?

Fun for all at this years MEAA Autumn Festival Self-lead Activities

All week 26 Oct - 3 Nov, opening hours Free, pick up an activity leaflet from the reception. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit us during Museums Week and enjoy self-lead activities designed for both families and adults. Learn and explore our collections and the East Asian Life exhibition in more details.

At the Bath Postal Museum you can find out much more about the history of the postal system and view part of our extensive philatelic collection. There are many permanent exhibits and (usually) one temporary exhibition about a specialist subject. Currently this the The Copestake collection very kindly donated to the museum by Trevor Copestake who is an avid collector of Bath postmarks. The display includes a cover from 1756 sent by Ralph Allen who was then Post Master for Bath. A further selection of covers has been copied to make up a wall display of material from 1788 to 1898. There are some fine examples of early Penny Blacks and the cancellations used to show that the posted item originated in Bath. Visit our website for details of opening times. We hope to see you there soon !

From Hairpins to Hats: East Asian Life Craft Workshops

Wednesday 30 Oct 10:30-12:00 or 14:00-15:30 Free, Book is essential. Max 14 people Children must be accompanied by an adult Inspired by the East Asian Life exhibition, we will explore accessories used in Imperial China from beautiful hairpins to emperors’ hats and recreate them during this family workshop.

Halloween Special: East Asian Monster Stories and Mask-Making Thursday 31 Oct 10:30-12:00 or 14:00-15:30 Free, Book is essential. Max 14 people Children must be accompanied by an adult Listen to stories about East Asian monsters and use them as inspiration to create monstrous masks in time for trick-or-treating.

Discover how Bath played a vital role in establishing better communications throughout the empire. Visitors can see the fascinating story of the post from clay mail to email. Learn about the most famous Postal Pioneers, and how they shaped worldwide communications. Memorial plaques for postal workers are being moved to the museum and will be rededicated.

Our displays contain postal medals and clothing

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From Hairpins to Hats: East Asian Life Craft Workshops Wednesday 30 Oct 10:30-12:00 or 14:00-15:30 Halloween Special: East Asian Monster Stories & Mask-Making Thursday 31 Oct 10:30-12:00 or 14:00-15:30 Free to attend, booking is essential.

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Escape the city and discover American culture this half term A new season of outstanding exhibitions, workshops and talks at the Victoria Art Gallery James Tower: a Centenary Celebration 21 September – 24 November 2019 One of Britain’s most important twentiethcentury studio potters, James Tower was also a highly respected art school lecturer, first at Bath Academy of Art, where he set up the pottery studio, then later at Brighton Polytechnic, where he was Head of Sculpture.

James Tower (1919-88) was born in Sheerness on the north Kent coast, with access to windswept beaches, and a shoreline teeming with plant and animal life – an environment that left an indelible impression on the future artist. In an artist’s statement Tower declared his intention of making ‘forms to convey a sense of wholeness, releasing inner tensions, serene and harmonious, a world where abounding energy is held in calm restraint. The objects which I strive to make are attempts at hymns to the beauty of the natural world.’

Main image: Headstrong, Richard Twose, 2019

This loan exhibition and accompanying book assembles the best of Tower’s work to mark the centenary of his birth. Alongside 40 large sculptural ceramics, numerous paintings, drawings and documents demonstrate the extent of his achievement and influence. Ceramics Talks Season Free Lunchtime Talks at the Guildhall, Wednesdays, 1.10pm-1.45pm James Tower, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper: an evolving studio pottery collection 9 October Jon Benington, Victoria Art Gallery Manager Fire, Earth, Water 16 October Peter Hayes, Bath-based ceramic artist Passionate about pots: studio pottery in the Ken Stradling Collection, Bristol 23 October Cleo Witt, Trustee of the Ken Stradling Collection

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Richard Twose: Experiments with Flying

21 September – 24 November 2019 Free A successful jewellery designer in the 1990s, Twose moved to a village near Bath in 2000 and began painting. He has since won a clutch of awards including second prize at the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery. His portrait of Ken Loach featured in the 2017 BP Portrait Award and was shown here last year. Family Events Free drop-ins (no need to book), all children to be accompanied by an adult. Activities suitable for ages 3+. Plasticine Pictures Saturday 26 October, 11am-3pm Join William Harbutt, the inventor of Plasticine, and create some Plasticine perfect pictures. Big and Bold Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 October 10.30am-12.30pm Use the style of ceramic artist James Tower to create a big and bold abstract collage. Marvellous Masks Friday 1 November, 10.30-12.30pm Get up close and personal with some characters from the Gallery paintings and create marvellous masks Art Store Tours Wednesdays 11 September, 16 October, 12pm-12.45pm Explore the wonderful paintings, drawings and sculpture in the permanent collection housed, and cared for, in our art stores. Free, booking essential. Phone 01225 477233 to book. Collection Highlight Tours Wednesdays 4 September, 2 October, 1pm-1.45pm Free, no booking required. Discover the stories behind our principal treasures with Dr Chris Davies.

The American Museum takes you on a journey through the history of America. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. The only museum of Americana outside the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe. Improvise your Saturday evening on September 7th and 14th to take in some jazz on the lawns and terrace at Bath’s newest garden destination. Fuse a walk on the Winding Way, with a glass or two of American inspired drinks (made with ingredients from the gardens) and of course listen to the best in local jazz music.

Join us this October half term for a spooky trick-or-treat family fun trail around the gardens. Solve the ghoulish clues for fangtastic prizes. For all you keen gardeners out there, our head gardener Andrew Cannell will be running autumn planting workshops on October 21st. Planting is an important and exciting part of gardening, so book now to learn new skills and make your mark on the New American Garden. Halloween is just around the corner and our pumpkins are looking magnificent in the Mount Vernon gardens. Join us this October half term for a spooky trick-or-treat family fun trail around the gardens. Solve the ghoulish clues for fangtastic prizes. Plus we’ll be running creepy crafts for creative creatures and critters. On October 30th, we will be holding our annual Sir Winston Churchill memorial lecture, focusing on the life of King Edward VIII and his relationship with Wallis Simpson. It’s time to escape the city and explore our shared history.

James Tower

A Centenary Celebration


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Candace Bahouth’s Box of Delights

Friday 6 September to 5 January 2020

The Ballroom table’s Perspex box has been transformed by Candace Bahouth into a creative hot house! A riot of colour, pattern and mosaic, Candace takes the ordinary and reimagines it to create bizarre, surreal and fanciful objects.

Instagram Or Be Damed: Clarke’s Cabinets of Idol Worship HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954). Figure Endormie sur Fond Moucharabieh, etching, 1919, on Chine appliqué Artwork. © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2019

Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 9 February 2020

Café Gallery Mark Clarke’s satirical assemblage sculptures explore the notion of contemporary celebrity culture. Intended as works of latter-day folk art, his portraits of pop icons such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are constructed from found objects, drawing on high and low culture as well as old and new artistic traditions.

Coming Home: Ira Aldridge

Thursday 3 October 2019 to Sunday 1 March 2020

Masters and Icons: A season of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, music and events for all ages at The Holburne Museum

Rembrandt in Print Friday 4 October 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) is one of the greatest printmakers of all time, as well as being the recognised master of the Dutch Golden Age. Innovative and experimental in his print making, Rembrandt created prints not only as multiples to be sold and distributed but also as distinctive artistic expressions. His characteristic scratchy, fine line creates images remarkable for their atmospheric power and sense of detail.

Matisse: Master of Line Wednesday 18 September 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020

One of the undisputed masters of 20th century art, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is renowned for the exquisite delicacy of his drawn line. His etchings are remarkable for the fact that they preserve the vivacity and clarity of his drawing, giving them an immediacy that is especially striking in dialogue with the etchings of Rembrandt.

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Candace Bahouth’s Box of Delights

The portrait of Ira Aldridge (1807– 1867) is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, as part of the COMING HOME project, which sees 50 portraits of iconic individuals go on loan to places across the UK. Born in New York, Aldridge came to England in 1824 at the age of seventeen. He launched his acting career a year later in London going on to become the first black actor known to have established a successful career in Europe. He performed at the Theatre Royal in Bath where he acted in his favourite double bill of Othello and The Padlock in January 1832. Visit for full listings of all the Holburne’s lectures, workshops, music and events for all ages. The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB

Where there's muck....

Autumn colours, garden walks and things that go bump in the night at Prior Park.

Saltford Brass Mill, a scheduled monument nestled in an idyllic setting on the River Avon, appears at first sight to be an unassuming little building but its story is far from unassuming. In the 18th Century, the mill was one of nine mills operated by the Bristol Brass Company employing migrant artisans from the Low Countries to make brass pans for sale to Bristol Merchant Venturers who in turn traded the pans in West Africa for slaves.

Museums week at Prior Park Landscape Garden will be an exciting mix of spooky ghosts, natural play and the initial stages of the dam’s restoration project.

The story told in the mill is how the brass industry worked; how in preindustrial England, the seeds were sown for the Industrial Revolution as the brass company perfected the manufacture of brass using Kingswood coal and water power from the River Avon. English Heritage state that the mill at Saltford is unique in Britain and probably in Europe.

A fright of ghosts will be taking up residence in the garden for this spooky Halloween week. Families are invited to follow the trail around the garden, keeping their eyes peeled for frights and clues along the way. A completed trail will win a prize at the end. The trail cost is £2 per child.

The brass mill closed in 1925 but the story did not end there. The mill was bought by a local businessman for conversion to a sports centre, building a squash court in the mill and adapting one of the four waterwheels to drive a dynamo to light the court.

In line with other attractions across the city, Prior Park is opening its doors for free to Discovery Card holders, Monday to Friday, 28 October – 1 November (please note that admission fees apply at the weekends of Museum’s Week for non-National Trust members).

The mill’s story is told with the aid the working waterwheel and dynamo, three operating river sluices, replica machinery and displays. You might even glimpse other users of the mill – Otters!

Outside of Museum’s week, the autumn is a great season for garden wanders. It’s time to seek out the autumn colours and the interesting fungi of all shapes and sizes, that pop up as the weather gets a little wetter, but while the ground retains some of that summer heat. If refreshment is required, the Tea Shed, now relocated to the Cabinet at the top of the garden, is ready with paninis and soup at lunchtimes, and hot and cold drinks, scones, cakes and snacks throughout the day.

Pay a visit to Saltford Brass Mill this Museums Week.

More details can be found on the mill’s website at

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The 18th-century garden, looked after by the National Trust, is putting on its annual Halloween trail from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November, 10am – 3pm, and this year’s theme is ghosts.

The natural play area lies nearby in the Wilderness, created with wood from the garden, it’s jam packed with stepping logs, balance beams, places to sit and watch the children from, table tops for a home-made picnic, and even a tractor and digger made from logs.

Saltford Brass Mill Project

SALTFORD BRASS MILL A Monument to the 18th Century Brass Industry


made at Prior Park Landscape Garden

© National Trust 2019 . Registered charity, No. 205846. © National Trust Images \Rachel Beaumont.

Autumn adventures

Visit Prior Park this autumn for seasonal colour, to see the start of the dams restoration project, and over half term for the spooky Halloween trail. These are the places that make us.

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half term fun

James Tower Ceramic Artist: A Centenary Celebration at Victoria Art Gallery

A retrospective of one of Britain’s most important 20th-century ceramic artists, James Tower, will go on show at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath this autumn. James Tower Ceramic Artist: A Centenary Celebration will run from 21 September to 24 November 2019.

Autumn highlights at Lacock Whisper an autumn wish as you catch a falling leaf, see how many different varieties of apples are growing in the orchard, or help the gardeners rake up some leaves in the Botanic Garden. Lacock’s abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the abbey's monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

Main image: Looking Glass House, Maggie Taylor

‘Through the Looking Glass’ Photography exhibition from Maggie Taylor

Daily until Sun 3 Nov, 10.30am-5.30pm Artist Maggie Taylor returns to the Fox Talbot Museum’s mezzanine photography gallery this summer with her new Alice in Wonderland inspired exhibition ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Using her point and click camera, flatbed scanners and Photoshop, she creates digital art that transports viewers into dreamlike worlds.

‘Pencils of Nature’ – an exhibition from Tom Butler

Within the Fox Talbot Museum, in the Little Gallery, 100 ‘Pencils' in response to Fox Talbots 1844 book, ‘The Pencil of Nature’, made from antique photographs will be on display for the first time in the exhibition ‘Pencils of Nature’, by artist Tom Butler.

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Feel at home at Lacock Abbey

Daily until Sun 3 Nov, 11am-5pm In the autumn months, muddy shoes can increase the wear and tear of the historic floors of Lacock Abbey. You can help us look after the floors by bringing along your slippers to wear during your visit. There'll also be places to relax in a comfy chair, read a book, and write postcards to your family and friends by the fire.

Digital photography workshops with Lacock Photography

Bring along your digital camera and develop your digital photography skills at the UK's birthplace of photography with local trainers, Lacock Photography. An introduction to digital photography: Wed 16 Oct, Thu 14 and Sun 17 Nov, 10am-4.30pm, £125 per person Top tips to improve your digital photography: Sat 12 and Thu 17 Oct and Fri 15 Nov, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm, £32 per person

Conservation in action: Lacock's historic tiles

Mon 14 - Fri 18 Oct, 11am-5pm Lacock's volunteers will be working to clean and catalogue the historic tiles in Lacock's collection. Lacock Abbey is home to nearly 900 historic tiles, both medieval and Tudor. Check the website for opening times and for more information, contact Visitor Reception on 01249 730459. or visit:

The exhibition will feature 40 large ceramics and sculptures by an artist hailed for pushing boundaries and bringing about a new way of appreciating sculptural form in Britain. Also included are paintings and works on paper by Tower – many of them previously unseen – plus ceramic items by artists such as Picasso who influenced and inspired him. Tower (1919-88) was born in Sheerness on the north Kent coast, with access to windswept beaches, and a shoreline teeming with plant and animal life. This environment left an indelible impression on the future painter turned sculptor. Tower was also a highly respected art school lecturer, setting up the pottery studio at Bath Academy of Art, before becoming Head of Sculpture at Brighton Polytechnic (now Brighton College of Art). One of Tower’s colleagues at Brighton was Antony Gormley, who pays tribute to his former boss: “There is a sense of water running between rocks, patterns on a butterfly’s wings, spots on a fish’s skin, clouds on a wintery day, stripes on a zebra’s back, ribs of a human chest and the multiple leaves of a compressed succulent in the myriad forms of James’s work. His genius was to synthesise and make of these inspirations in which he delighted things in themselves.” (The Ceramic Art of James Tower, 2012) This loan exhibition and accompanying book offer a comprehensive survey of this major artist’s achievement to mark the centenary of his birth. James Tower – Ceramics, Sculptures and Drawings, edited by Timothy Wilcox, contains essays by Wilcox, Tanya Harod, Lesley Jackson and Conor Wilson.

Š National Trust 2019 . Registered charity, No. 205846. Š National Trust Images \John Miller.

Rosy cheeks made at Lacock Whisper a wish as you catch a falling leaf, or see how many different varieties of apples are growing in Lacock's orchard this autumn. These are the places that make us.

education special

Within our Education Guide, we will take a look at the 'Key Stages' of learning from Pre-school to Primary, Secondary to Post 16.

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.

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'.

- State nursery school or nursery unit of a primary school

Pre-school 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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- Private nursery schools - 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 or 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 childcare providers to meet so that your child is developing from birth to the age of 5. When deciding on a preschool or nursery for your child it is important to have an idea of how each works. Some nurseries are small, some are big, some are independent, some are council run. Some may be affi liated to a local primary school, some are even owned by national companies. With so much choice available it is no wonder many parents can suffer 'paralysis by analysis' when it comes to making the right decision. Inveritably, most parents, when visiting a preschool or nursery will get a 'gut' feeling; something that just sits right and puts the mind at ease. This is why visiting a number of childcare providers gives you an idea of what is right for you and your little one. This is your first experience of the education system and the better planned you are the smoother the process is - the more relaxed you will be in future decisions.

Recent research

Ongoing training and good qualifications for workers siginificantly improves Early Years provisions. Researchers from Oxford University have recently concluded that ensuring adult workers in Early Years settings have good qualifications and ongoing training the quality of provision improves significantly. However, the research is quick to point out that this is not an argument to reduce the ratio of staff members to children, which should be "maintained at a favourable level". It found well trained staff could make up for larger numbers of children to adults.

The analysis found that statefunded providers tended to have higher quality ratings and suggest the presence of highly qualified staff maintained this quality, despite the fact that staff to pre-schooler ratios were less favourable. The Oxford research analysed data from 598 early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings across England - a mixture of private and voluntary providers, children's centres and nursery schools. Information was gathered from these providers on training, qualifications and staff-to-child ratios of early-years workers looking after three- and four-year-olds who were born between September 2010 and August 2013. The analysis found that state-funded providers tended to have higher quality ratings and suggest the presence of highly qualified staff maintained this quality, despite the fact that staff to pre-schooler ratios were less favourable. The research also compared the data - gathered in 2014-16 - with a previous study of pre-school children in England (conducted in 1998 and 1999), to assess the impact of "a good of extensive policy change". It found that the quality of early-years education had "risen significantly" in that time frame. When choosing a Pre-School or Early Years provider for your child it is worth considering the qualifications and ongoing training that staff may receive. Although pupil to adult ratio may be low, the research gives us a much clearer picture of which type of setting may be more preferable for your child’s development.

We offer one to one tuition, Skype sessions or small group classes either at our home or in yours if you prefer. During the holidays we run a wide range of revision courses from Years 9-13. We also specialise in home schooling for all maths and science subjects which can include total exam preparation and arrangements made if needed for sitting external exams. We have experience teaching across all major UK exam boards for examined courses including IB and IGCSE. • GCSE Maths • GCSE Physics,Chemistry and Biology • A Level Biology • A Level Physics • IB Sciences. • Maths and Science preparation for 11+,13+ and 16+ school entrance exams. • Teenage mentoring to boost confidence, study skills and independence. Our tuition is tailor made to suit your child’s needs and we are very flexible in our lessons and planning as we strongly believe every student’s needs are individual.

"Just wanted to recommend Muna as she is such an experienced and knowledgeable Science teacher. Her ability to get along with her students enables them to relax and start learning immediately. She always has a professional attitude and is totally reliable". Amanda, Owner Bath Education Hub

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education guide

primary education 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 childs 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 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.

Advice for parents

Keep an eye out for changes in your childs behaviour and keep a routine As this is the first time your child will be away from you for any great period of time, it is important for you, as a parent, to be aware of any changes in your childs behaviour. Here are just a couple of possible changes you may find in your child.


It doesn't matter if your child has already had long days (or even longer days) at day nursery compared to Primary school. With your child having to concentrate for longer and take more information on board, don't be surprised that this leads to their brain being even more active than usual. This can result in your child being a little more grumpy or needy that usual. Also, you may find that they wake early in the morning as their minds are still trying to digest the information they have been given.

Bad behaviour or quiet and withdrawn at home:

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

They have a problem with another child:

If they have other friends in the class encourage them to spend time with them and stay close. Teachers soon identify problem children, so if other children are causing problems this is often soon brought under control. If you think a teacher is not aware of a problem child then discuss your concern with them as soon as possible.

Early school experiences can stay with a child:

for a long time so it is important to try to rectify problems of this nature early. One of the most important tips for a parent whose child is entering into education for the rst time is to try to create a routine at home. This will help your child to know what is going to happen and helps them adjust to their new life.

Talk and listen to your children a lot:

Not only will this help you to keep in touch with what is happening, by showing an interest it will help maintain your child's excitement about going to school. Invite new friends over to play. This helps your child to form stronger bonds and also helps you to get to know other parents. If you have any concerns, discuss them with the class teacher early. Although they will contact you if they have any concerns they will also be more than happy to put your mind at rest over any issues you may have. Most of all, remember that your child hasn't turned into a monster overnight – they are going through one of the most significant changes in their young lives so far, so be patient, relax and communicate with both your child and their teacher.

Kingswood Prep A unique and unrivalled learning environment

Kingswood Prep is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged nine months to 11 years. The School is situated on a magnificent 100 acre site on Lansdown, a short distance away from Kingswood Senior School. Kingswood offers a balanced and holistic curriculum which is centred around positive attitudes, kindness and ‘growth mindsets’.

Boarding at Kingswood Prep

High Vinnalls is the Boarding House at Kingswood Prep School, offering maximum flexibility through Full Boarding and Flexi Boarding options. In addition, our Wrap Around Care from 7.30am, included in our fee structure, is designed to fit in with the working commitments of our parents. High Vinnalls provides a warm and family-orientated ‘home from home experience’ led by our experienced house parents and catering staff.

Exploration and Innovation

Since formally opening our new development in September 2018, Prep pupils have been able to make use of Bath’s only educational STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and Innovation Centre. This unique and unrivalled learning environment provides our children with the practical skills they will need in an everchanging workplace. Pupils have opportunities to explore a range of creative and innovative processes from Robotics and Programming in the STEAM rooms, to ceramics and printing in the Art room. With inspiring spaces for Music and Drama, light and bright classrooms for Reception, Years 5 and 6, and a multi-purpose Hall, the new development provides inspiring spaces for our dedicated staff to deliver a vibrant education for all children that step through our doors.

Outdoor Education and Co-curricular Activities

At Kingswood Prep, we aim to provide the best all round experience for your children, both in and out of the classroom. We offer more than 80 co-curricular activities each week, giving children experiences that go well beyond a normal school day. Children are given the opportunity to take part in the Mid-Somerset Festival for Music and Drama, English Speaking Board awards, as well as LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) certification.

Come and visit

Visit our website or to register your interest in a nursery place, please contact or call 01225 735460

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meet the head

As well as academic learning, what life lessons/values do you like to teach your pupils? Our parents expect the very highest standards of teaching and learning. They expect a vibrant and relevant curriculum and a day packed with exciting learning experiences, all of which we strive to provide. However, a school is truly defined by less tangible qualities; the positive relationships between adults and children, a core of kindness, good manners, respect for each other and real growth mind-sets. I firmly believe that it is key people skills that will define the current generation of children, who are moving into a rapidlychanging digital workplace. At KPS, creative thinking, independence of mind, teamwork, communication skills and problem solving are encouraged and valued. How would you describe your leadership style? The longer you are in a leadership role, the more you would define it as 'emerging' and 'evolving'! There are days, and even weeks, when you seem to lurch from one issue to another. No two days are the same and quite regularly you are trying to keep a lot of plates spinning.

Mark Brearey, Headmaster, Kingswood Prep School. Can you tell us a little bit about your career and how you became Headmaster at Kingswood Prep? I was state educated until I was 13 and privately educated - at the only school that would have me! - up to A Levels. My first teaching post was at St Peter’s School, Devon, where I first witnessed the transformational, holistic education on offer in prep schools. From there, my wife and I enjoyed three very happy years in Kenya, teaching in a truly international community. I returned to England as a Boarding House Master at Millfield Prep School and then became Deputy Head at Forres Sandle Manor School in Hampshire. In 2011 I was appointed Headmaster of Kingswood Prep School. All are fine schools and I hope that I have brought some of the best aspects of each of my previous schools to KPS, as well as building on all the expertise already at the school. What made you decide on a career in education? Through university I worked with children on adventure holidays in Devon. I also gained various sports coaching certificates and loved the opportunities to share learning with children. It still remains an absolute privilege to work with children, particularly in an environment that is so positive and nurturing, underpinned by the belief that

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I firmly believe that it is key people skills that will define the current generation of children, who are moving into a rapidly-changing digital workplace. anything is possible. Dreaming big, having passions and believing that you really can make a difference are the key elements of our community. What are you most proud of in your tenure as Headmaster? Knowing each child, knowing their families, and working on the art of the achievable are things of which I am very proud. We now have stunning new facilities for our children, staff and parents, and I am proud of the fact that we have enhanced the learning experience for all members of our community. We have a strong and talented group of staff at KPS: teachers are the dream keepers and encouraging them to grow in confidence and evolve into brilliant role models for our children is a real treat. Hopefully, they will go on to become inspirational leaders in education.

The real secret of successful leadership, however, is to surround yourself with a team of very able people, who are totally committed to creating an inspiring environment and who are capable of doing their jobs significantly better than you could. What are the future plans of the school? Thanks to a very supportive Foundation and Governing Body, we have recently had significant investment in our Prep School and our new facilities are second to none. It has taken many years to arrive at this point and our immediate focus is on the teaching and learning of our pupils, and their pastoral care and wellbeing. We are constantly striving to improve what we are doing and that defines the culture of the school. There is no complacency or resting on our laurels - we all want to be the very best we can be. If you were PM for the day, and could change anything in the education system, what would it be? If I were PM for the day, I would lift the spirits of all those in the education sector, state and private. I would tell school leaders to allow themselves and their staff to just breathe in the magic that takes place in schools every day, which is in danger of being swamped by bureaucracy. So, for 24 hours, there would be no red tape, form-filling or admin. To divert attention towards the children, because they are the reason that we came into the profession.


EDUCATION - THE GREATEST GIFT THE SOUTH WEST’S ONLY STEAM AND INNOVATION CENTRE Top quality boarding provision from age 7, with superb pastoral care Purpose built state of the art Nursery and Reception welcoming children from 9 months Small class sizes, high staff / pupil ratio - Specialist teaching Bright, spacious and bespoke classrooms Dedicated age-specific play areas - Outstanding practitioners A diverse range of co-curricular activities available Inspirational music, drama and creative arts

Join us for our Prep School Open Morning Thursday 26 September 2019, 10am to 12pm Visit to book your place An IAPS Co-educational Boarding and Day School for pupils aged 9 months – 11 years

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St Gregory's School

Secondary schools The next step on the education journey covers the ages 11 – 16. There are numerous 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. Here is a breakdown of each types of secondary school. Your job, as a parent, is to find the school that suits your child. 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.

and voluntary, academies, free schools, faith schools, city technology colleges and grammar schools.

State 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).

These are schools that are funded by the Government and provide a free education for children aged 16 and under. They’re inspected by Ofsted, and most of them have to follow the National Curriculum (in secondary school the curriculum for KS3 and KS4). There are many different types of state school, including community, foundation

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Community schools

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 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.

Faith schools

State faith schools are schools that are affiliated with a certain religion or religious body, such as the Church of England. They have to teach the National Curriculum (unless they are an Academy), although they will tailor RE lessons to their faith. They’re inspected by Ofsted but may also have an additional inspection by a faith-based body.


Academies are state schools that are funded by the Government but run by an academy

trust: a charitable body that controls how the budget is spent and how the school is run. They control their own admissions criteria, and don’t have to follow the National Curriculum, although they do have to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. They’re inspected by Ofsted. Some schools are part of an academy chain that manages several schools in an area or nationwide. These Academies will have a CEO or Executive Head that looks after the running of the entire trust, creating an overall plan that these schools fit into.



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 pay.

University Technical Colleges

A University Technical College (UTC) is a type of free school sponsored by a university, further education college or employer. They offer a range of vocational qualifications as well as GCSEs and A levels.

Studio schools

These are another type of free school. They’re generally small, with around 300 pupils, and deliver a more vocational, project-based curriculum. Like traditional schools, studio schools teach the National Curriculum and offer academic and vocational qualifications. Many Studio Schools will take pupils on from the ages of 14 - 19.

City Technology Colleges

These are independent schools in urban areas that are free for pupils to attend. They’re owned and funded by businesses as well as the Government, and specialise in practical and technical skills.

Grammar schools

Grammar schools are state schools that are free to attend but select all or most of their pupils on the basis of academic ability. Children will generally take an entrance exam known as the 11+ at the beginning of Year 6 before applying to attend.

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.

Independent/private schools

As their name suggests, independent, or private, schools are independent of Government funding or control. They charge fees for pupils to attend. They don’t have to follow the National Curriculum, but they do have to be registered with the Government and inspected regularly. About half of private schools are inspected by Ofsted; others are inspected by the School Inspection Service or the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Some independent schools take pupils of all ability, while others select the highest achievers, usually on the basis of an exam such as the Common Entrance exam or aptitude in music, sport or another key skill. Some are special schools, for children with special educational needs. Approximately 7% of the total number of school children in England attend an Independent schools. Now that we have taken a look at the various types of schools available at secondary level, what schools are worth your consideration in Bath, and why. Our special focus on Independent schools run from pages 84 - 89.

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state secondary schools

Beechen Cliff

Alexandra Park, Bath, BA2 4RE Tel: 01225 480466 Twitter: @BeechenCliff Headteacher: Andrew Davis Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11 to 16 (boys) 16 - 18 years (Co-Ed)

St Gregory's School, Bath Where children flourish

Chew Valley

Chew Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8QB Tel: 01275 332272 Twitter: ChewValleySch Headteacher: Mr Gareth Beynon Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11 to 18 years (Co-Ed)

Saint Gregory’s is a high performing, 11-18 co-educational school rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This year we were recognised, once again, as an ‘Outstanding’ secondary school in our Section 48 Diocesan Inspection, highlighting Saint Gregory’s as a flourishing educational community where every child is valued and encouraged to grow as individuals. Saint Gregory’s encourages students to love learning, participate fully in school life and embrace the many opportunities available. At Saint Gregory’s, the personal development and well-being of students is paramount with Christian values central to their educational purpose, creating an aspirational, enriching and supportive environment for all. In the day-to-day life of the school, these values are evident in a strong ‘family’ atmosphere.

Hayesfield Girls' School Upper Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3LA Tel: 01225 426151 Twitter: @HGSBath Head Teacher: Ms Erica Yates Type of establishment: Academy Age Range: 11 - 18 (Girls)

Norton Hill School

Charlton Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4AD Tel: 01225 01761 412557 Twitter: @nortonhill Executive Head/CEO: Mr Alun Williams Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11 to 16 (Co-Ed)

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The school has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence balanced by outstanding pastoral care and support, allowing students to flourish and develop as rounded individuals. Saint Gregory’s take great pride in their students’ academic achievements. High expectations and excellent teaching and learning opportunities create an atmosphere that allows students to attain outstanding results at GCSE and A Level, placing the school consistently amongst the highest achieving both locally and nationally. The school is especially committed to developing the skills and talents of students in their specialisms in Performing Arts and Science. Many students are attracted to Saint Gregory’s for the wide range of opportunities that their specialisms offer and they continue to develop these areas to create life-changing experiences unique to life at Saint Gregory’s. Continued investment and development has expanded their educational offer to include The New Sixth - a high quality sixth form with outstanding pastoral support and a wide range of enrichment activities. Through

their joint post-16 provision, they build on the outstanding academic tradition of Saint Gregory’s to create a personalised career pathway that inspires students towards the best possible outcomes and enables them to access their university or higher level apprenticeship of choice. Saint Gregory’s is a safe and happy school in which students flourish. They are a Catholic school and their values are explicitly Christian but you do not have to be of the Catholic faith to apply for a place. Prospective families are very welcome to visit Saint Gregory’s at their Open Evening on Wednesday 18 September from 6.00pm – 8.30pm or at the school’s Open Mornings on Tuesday 24 September and Friday 4 October from 9.15am – 10.45am. Their Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 15 October from 6.00pm – 8.30pm is an opportunity for prospective A Level students to experience the extensive range of courses available post-16. For further information on any of these events, please visit or contact Saint Gregory’s on 01225 832873 or email

St Gregory's School

Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 8PA Tel: 01225 832873 Twitter: @StGregorysBATH Principal/Head: Ms Ann Cussack Type of establishment: Christian Secondary Age range: 11-18 (Co-Ed)

Oldfield School Kelston Road, Bath, BA1 9AB Tel: 01225 423582 Twitter: @OldfieldSchool Head Teacher: Mr Steven Mackay Type of establishment: Academy Age Range: 11 - 18 (Co-Ed) Broadlands Academy

Broadlands Academy

A commitment to excellence Broadlands Academy has become the secondary school of choice in Keynsham and across Bristol. With excellent exam results and a fantastic OFSTED report that graded the school as being Good, Broadlands is now on the journey to outstanding. Broadlands has the highest standards of behaviour and academic attainment, achieving the balance between challenge and support. A rich curriculum, outstanding primary transition and nationally recognised for the high standard of guidance they provide students, Broadlands Academy knows each and every student, along with their talents and ambitions. Where some schools are reducing the choice and depth of subjects they offer, Broadlands is growing its curriculum and ensuring the transition from Primary to Secondary is as smooth and as enjoyable as possible.

A rich curriculum, outstanding primary transition and nationally recognised for the high standard of guidance they provide students, Broadlands Academy knows each and every student, along with their talents and ambitions. Broadlands also offers strong vocational links, work experience for all students and unique opportunities, which include their LEGO Learning Centre, fitness trail and nursery school on site, ‘Broadlands Bears’. Broadlands is also one of only a handful of schools in the country that have been awarded the Employability Chartermark, for their curriculum design and guidance provided to students. Community is important to everyone at Broadlands. Students, staff and parents are listened to and involved in order to ensure the Academy can offer an even better service. Broadlands has close links with local community groups and encourages its students to be outward looking.

Ralph Allen School Claverton Down Road, BA2 7AD Tel: 01225 832936 Twitter: @RalphAllenBath Headteacher: Mr Andy Greenhough Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11 to 19 (Co-Ed)

Pastoral support is at the centre of all they do. As OFSTED stated in 2016, “Pupils are able to thrive and become confident young people at the academy. Pupils are known as individuals and feel valued by others”. Broadlands is a small secondary school and this is an enormous strength when it comes to supporting, challenging and developing each child. If you’re interested to learn more about Broadlands or want to pop in anytime for a visit, please contact Reception via

Broadlands Academy

St Francis Rd, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2DY Tel: 0117 9864791 Twitter: @BroadlandsBS31 Principal/Head: Mr James Hall Type of establishment: Academy Age range of pupils: 11-16 (Co-Ed)

Somervale School

Redfield Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2JD Tel: 01761 414276 Twitter: @somervaleschool Associate Headteacher: Ms Joanna Postlethwaite Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11 to 19 (Co-Ed)

Wellsway School

Chandag Road, Keynsham, BS31 1PH Tel: 0117 9864751 Twitter: @WellswaySchool Headteacher: Mr Matthew Woodville Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11–18 (Co-Ed)

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Writhlington School

Knobsbury Lane, Radstock BA3 3NQ Tel: 01761 433581 Twitter: @WrithlingtonSch Executive Headteacher: Mr Mark Everett Type of establishment: Academy Age range: 11–18 (Co-Ed)

Studio Schools

The Bath Studio School

Frome Rd, Bath BA2 5RF Tel: 01225 831933 Twitter: @WellswaySchool Headteacher: Mr Peter Headeach Type of establishment: Media Academy Age range: 14-19 (Co-Ed)

St Mark's School

Discover the spirit of ambition at

St Mark's School, Bath

St Mark’s is a co-educational secondary school in the heart of Bath. Our vision is to inspire students for future success. We achieve this by developing confident, ambitious learners through an unstinting focus on academic excellence whilst prioritising well-being and self-esteem. St Mark’s School provides:

• High quality teaching delivered through a focus on continuous improvement

Mendip Studio School

1 Knobsbury Lane, Radstock BA3 3NQ Tel: 01761 438557 Twitter: @mendipstudiosch Headteacher: Mr Bruce Hain Type of establishment: Science Academy Age range: 14 – 19 (Co-Ed)

• A vibrant curriculum with opportunities for all types of learners both in and out of the classroom • Extensive enrichment opportunities during the year, including a newly revamped House system inspired by famous Bathonians

The students benefit from a beautiful green site nestled in the heart of Larkhall and furnished with a multi-use Astro pitch, newly re-surfaced tennis courts, an outdoor activity zone and the use of local, full size rugby pitches. The evolving sport’s programme at St Mark’s has led to recent success in athletics, cricket, netball and table tennis whilst the school offers improved rugby access through our partnership with Bath RFC. The school’s governing body and leadership team are deeply committed to the school’s growth and development, running alongside its focus on academic excellence and underpinned by a family-like atmosphere amongst the students and staff.

• A Christian ethos which encourages young people to thrive as principled young men and women • A nurturing and supportive pastoral system which enables us to develop strong working relationships with students, allowing them to reach the best of their abilities

IKB Academy

68 Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1SP Tel: 0117 916102 Twitter: @IKBAcademyKeyn Principal: Mrs D Gibbs Type of establishment: Science and Maths Academy Age range: 14 – 19 (Co-Ed)

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Mr Barnaby Ash has been the Headteacher since 2014, and during that time the school has entered a period of growth that has seen the student numbers rise to just under 300 with that number set to double over the next five years. Even after that period of growth, however, the school will remain the smallest of the state secondary schools in Bath, offering unique opportunities for individual support and pastoral care to facilitate rapid academic progress.

St Mark's School

Bay Tree Rd, Bath BA1 6ND Tel: 01225 312661 Twitter: @StMarksBATH Headteacher: Mr Barnaby Ash Type of establishment: Christian Secondary Age range: 11-18 (Co-Ed)

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 2019 OPEN EVENING: Thursday 19th September 6.30pm – 8.30pm Head Teacher’s Presentation at 7.15pm OPEN MORNINGS: Wednesday 25th September 9.00am - 11.00am Friday 4th October 9.00am - 11.00am New Sixth Open Event: Tuesday 15th October 6.00pm – 8.00pm

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For further information on these events, please contact us on 01225 312661or visit

Autumn Open Events of high “A culturetations c expe ition... and ambwants the everyone r pupils.” best fo

Open Evening: Thursday 3 October 2019 6.00pm - 8.00pm

“Pupils are known as individuals and feel valued by others”

0117 986 4791 @BroadlandsBS31 Broadlands Academy, St Francis Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2DY

Principal’s Presentations at 6.00pm & 6.45pm

Open Mornings: Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October 2019 Tours at 9.15am & 10.15am (by appointment)

A nurturing and natural environment A unique nursery for 0 to 4 year olds, attached to Broadlands Academy

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education guide

King Edward's 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.

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.

Independent schools are self-funding (via charging parents a fee - usually per term)and therefore do not rely on money from thegovernment. 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.

Some of the main reasons given by parents whose children attend an Independent school include:

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.

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Greater academic opportunities One of the accepted benefits of independent schools is that they provide exceptional and challenging educational experiences through extracurricular activities, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate bprogramme, 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.

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.

Kingswood School

King Edward's School

Prior Park College

Kingswood School

The Paragon

Monkton Combe School

Royal High School

North Road, Bath, BA2 6HU Telephone: 01225 464313 @KESBath Head: Mr Martin J Boden Age Range: 3 - 18 (Co-Ed)

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH Tel: 01225 835353 @PriorPark Headmaster: Mr Ben Horan Age range: 11– 18 (Co-Ed) Religion: Christian


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 (www.isc. Make a list of preferred schools you are intersted in, view their websites to check admission dates and processes and find out the ethos behind each school. As with state secondary schools, not all independent schools are the same, so do your homework, talk to parents whose children attend the school, attend Open Days and make sure that you put your child first. To save you a little bit of time, we have highlighted the main Independent Schools in Bath with their contact details.

Lansdown Bath BA1 5RG Telephone: 01225 734210 @KingswoodSchool Head: Mr Simon Morris Age Range: 11 - 18 (Co-Ed)

Monkton Combe, Bath, BA2 7HG Tel: 01225 721133 @MonktonBath Principal: Mr Chris Wheeler BA (Dunelm), PGCE, FRSA Age range: 2– 18 (Co-Ed) Religion: Christian

Lyncombe House, Bath, BA2 4LT Tel: 01225 310837 @ParagonBath Head: Mr Andrew Harvey Age Range: 3 - 11 (Co-Ed)

Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5SZ Telephone: 01225 313877 @RoyalHighBath Head: Mrs Kate Reynolds Age Range: 3 - 18 (Girls)

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2019 results update

Superb A level results are fully deserved at KES Bath Year 13 pupils at King Edward’s are again celebrating superb A Level results, with 83% of all entries at A*- B and 61% at A* or A. With a record breaking 29% A* grades – more than three and a half times the national average – they certainly have much to be pleased about! More than 40% of the cohort gained only A* or A grades, with 17 pupils achieving straight A*s, including 7 with four or even five top grades.

"It is a pleasure to see so many thrilled pupils – not to mention the very happy parents and teachers." There were fantastic successes across all the subjects, including a 100% A*/A return for the Classics department (Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation) and 96% of all Art and Photography entries at A* - B. Remarkably, over 50% of the 87 entries for Maths and Further Maths (more than half the year group!) achieved an A*, with almost three quarters at A* or A. With a 93% A* - B success rate in French, German and Spanish and growing numbers in all three languages, the MFL department is also very well placed ahead of its move to a new, state of the art Languages Centre this Autumn. Headmaster, Martin Boden, congratulated the pupils, commenting: “These wonderful results are fully deserved and due reward for many, many hours of hard work. It is a pleasure to see so many thrilled pupils – not to mention the very happy parents and teachers – from a very talented cohort of leavers who have enriched the life of the School in so many ways during their time at KES. Most importantly, they have fantastic personal attributes to match their evident academic credentials and will, without doubt, make great contributions to society and to the communities to which they now move on. I am delighted that so many pupils in the year group are progressing to their universities of choice, including many of the top institutions in the country, and I wish them all the very best in the next stage of their journey.”

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King Edward's School

Inspiring and supportive educational environment for young, adventurous minds Ranked as one of the top five performing independent schools in the South West by The Sunday Times School Guide, Parent Power Survey, King Edward’s offers an inspiring and supportive educational environment for young, adventurous minds, aged 3 to 18 years. The Senior School is a welcoming and vibrant environment, where pupils achieve at the highest levels academically and also across the many sporting, creative and cultural opportunities on offer at the school. An extensive co-curricular programme includes the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ten Tors, Combined Cadet Force, sports, drama, and music, with strong links with Bath Abbey and Bath Philharmonia Orchestra, which marked its sixth year of partnership this year. Earlier in the year, the Senior School celebrated the opening of its purpose-built, state-of-the-art Drama Centre which has been closely followed by the extensive refurbishment of the school’s Sixth Form Centre, inspired by contemporary design. Additional new Modern Language Laboratories and classrooms are set to open later in the Autumn Term.

“The school’s extracurricular provision is outstanding.” ISI Inspection Report: For children joining King Edward’s Junior School, there is a broad and lively curriculum specifically designed to inspire pupils to explore and develop their talents. With a growing love of learning, children are encouraged to set their sights high and also to make the most of the distinctive opportunities.

The Pre-Prep and Nursery specialises in early years’ education for children aged 3 to 7. Classes are small, which ensures that every child receives the individual attention they need to grow into confident, enthusiastic learners. During the Summer Term, the school opened its newly landscaped ‘Teddy’s Garden’, complete with greenhouse, water feature, raised beds and dipping pond. The children will also enjoy the new all-weather pitch and adventure playground-style climbing apparatus which has just been completed.

“Everything is directed towards the well-being of pupils. No wonder they enjoy their education and do so well in it.” The Good Schools Guide Review For further details and to pre-register for the September Open Day, please visit or contact Admissions on 01225 820399. You can be assured of a very warm welcome.





Please register at or call 01225 820 399 @KESBath #schoolforadventurousminds

Independent schools being supported and encouraged through the care and enthusiasm of our gifted teachers, who are committed to delivering lessons that are lively and enjoyable, as well as being rigorous and demanding. Strategies for supporting gifted and talented students are well established and are continually updated and extended.

Busy days and full weekends

Monkton Combe School Setting standards for life Monkton Combe School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 2-18. We pride ourselves on our lively Christian ethos, excellent exam results and our strong pastoral care. At Monkton, we are setting standards for life; giving young people the qualities of character they need to become trusted employees, inspiring leaders and valued friends. Boarding is at the very heart of Monkton, and the unique atmosphere of the School is enjoyed by boarders and day pupils alike.

A broad and varied curriculum As shown by Monkton’s outstanding exam results over the last five years, including a record high of 51% of pupils achieving A*- A at A Level in 2018, fulfilling academic potential is one of our key priorities.

However, Monkton thinks differently. We start with a proactive pastoral environment to develop academically strong enthusiastic learners within a living Christian ethos. Our students work hard and are well motivated,

One of Monkton’s strengths is the breadth of activities available to pupils at weekends – in fact, many of our day pupils will spend all weekend at school just so they can join in the Monkton social life. Every Saturday afternoon there is a full programme of sporting activities which follow on after morning lessons.There are some brilliant social events hosted by the houses throughout the year and these, together with the music, drama and sporting competitions, keep the students extremely busy.

Transforming lives

Our outstanding pastoral care, strong moral framework and culture of service to others make us an ideal choice for parents looking for a school that will nurture and challenge their child spiritually, emotionally and socially as well as developing their academic potential to the full. We aim to instil our values of confidence, integrity, humility and service in all of our pupils.

Come and visit

To find out more, please visit or to arrange a visit, please contact the Head of Admissions, on +44 (0)1225 721133 or e-mail:

Incredible Co-Curricular Activities

Pupils benefit from a vibrant and extensive co-curricular programme which enhances their learning experience at Kingswood. Whether it is participating in Hockey with the Deputy Head at 7am or Cooking at 8pm, pupils develop passions that last well beyond their time at Kingswood.

Flexi Boarding, Early and Late Care

Kingswood School

Where will your future take you? Kingswood Senior School is a thriving independent co-educational day and boarding school welcoming children from 11-18 years old. Whilst some pupils continue their journey from Kingswood Prep School, we welcome many new students at our various entry points and they settle into life at Kingswood seamlessly which is testament to the strength of our inclusive community.

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Outstanding Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is at the heart of all we do at Kingswood, and is a fundamental part of our commitment to the all-round development of our pupils. Academic achievement takes place alongside an ethos of high standards and developing a sense of service, whilst also encouraging our students to make a real difference to the lives of others.

We aim to offer maximum flexibility for parents, with parents able to beat the traffic to work by making the most of our breakfast option in the mornings, or use the supper and prep option in the evenings. Flexi Boarding is also available for busy working parents and for those who wish for their child to get an insight into boarding life at Kingswood. Pupils come to see their boarding house as their second home as they flourish and thrive in one of our homely houses led by dedicated and experienced staff. Kingswood’s broad and holistic curriculum, variety of co-curricular activities and inclusive community allow pupils to achieve astonishing successes as they progress well beyond their natural potential whilst also encouraging their peers to do the same. It is in this environment that students flourish, discover passions that last well beyond their time at Kingswood and form lifelong friendships.

Visit us

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AND A TRADITIONAL BOARDING ETHOS.” Open Mornings Senior School Saturday 14th September, 10am–1pm Pre-Prep and Prep Schools Saturday 5th October, 9.30am–12pm An independent boarding and day co-ed school near Bath, England Pre-Prep, Prep & Senior 2–18 year olds


LEARN • CREATE • EXPLORE WHERE WILL YOUR FUTURE TAKE YOU? Top quality boarding provision from age 7, with superb pastoral care Pick-ups available from Bath Spa Train Station Rated ‘excellent’ in all areas of the latest Inspection Report Over 100 co-curricular activities available with a reputation for sport and links to professional clubs Inspirational music, drama and creative arts

JOIN US FOR OUR 2019 OPEN EVENTS SIXTH FORM: Monday 23 September, 6.30pm to 9.00pm PREP SCHOOL: Thursday 26 September, 10.00am to 12.00pm SENIOR SCHOOL: Saturday 28 September, 9.00am to 12.00pm Book your place at An Independent Co-educational Boarding & Day School for pupils aged 9 months - 18 years

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post 16

The day has finally arrived; the last Friday in June. You've completed your final year in secondary schooleducationandalthoughyou'vereachedthe grand old age of 16 it's by no means the end of your road for learning.

able to do ‘stepping stone’ courses that help them progress to GCSE C+ grades in these subjects.

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.

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

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. 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 9 - 4 grade at 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

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AS and A levels:

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. Since September 2017 A levels have changed. 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. 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, there are a selection of options available those looking to continue their education, Post 16. We have outlined some of these options, opposite.



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 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-yearolds 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 workorientated 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 are achieved through training and assessment, which is normally on-thejob observation. If your child knows what job

Advice for students

Time for T? T Level qualifications explained T levels are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside apprenticeships and A Levels within a reformed skills training system. T levels have been designed to create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our economy and are being developed in partnership with Government, business and education. 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.


T levels are new technical study programmes, coming in September 2020, that will sit alongside apprenticeships and A Levels within a reformed skills training system. T levels have been designed to create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our economy and are being developed in partnership with Government, business and education. See more opposite.


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. Students can achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership..

The qualifications (equivalent of 3 A Levels) are intended as a vocational alternative to A levels in England and will cover subjects including construction, education, childcare and engineering and manufacturing. The first courses are set to be introduced in 2020, with the rest to be available by 2022. T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship. T-levels are currently being aimed at the following sectors: accountancy agriculture, land management and production animal care and management building services engineering catering craft and design cultural heritage and visitor attractions design, development and control design, surveying and planning digital business services digital production, design and development digital support and services education financial hair, beauty and aesthetics health healthcare science human resources

legal maintenance, installation and repair management and administration manufacturing and process media, broadcast and production onsite construction science T levels will be level 3 technical study programmes, based on employer-designed standards and content, which will prepare students for highly skilled jobs and enable them to adapt to meet the skills needs of the future. Students achieving T levels will be able to progress to the highest levels of skilled employment or technical education and training at levels 4, 5 and 6. Progression options will include higher and degree level apprenticeships or higher technical education, including technical degrees. Apprenticeships and T levels will be based on the same set of standards designed by employers and others but there will be differences in the overall content of each programme, to reflect that apprenticeships are mainly delivered in the workplace, and T levels will mainly be delivered in the classroom. Students achieving a T level will have the numeracy, literacy, digital skills and wider transferable skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to succeed in occupations relevant to their chosen route and the wider workplace of the future. T level programmes are substantial and will be high quality. They are likely to be equivalent in size to a three-‘A’-level programme and will have more teaching time built in to enable students to acquire more and better knowledge, skills and behaviours. For more details of who will be providing T Level qualifications, visit:

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Want to earn a real salary, gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience? The time has come when your teacher or careers advisor is asking you "So what are you planning to do next?" It can be a very daunting decision when you're 17. There are typically two options you have avilable to you; University or an Apprenticeship. A university education allows you to target a broader range of careers than you can through an apprenticeship, but both will stand you in good stead when it comes to looking for a job. Apprenticeships are restrictive in the sense that the training and skills that you gain are specific to a particular industry or role. A university degree costs tens of thousands of pounds, although the evidence suggests it can boost your earning potential later. On the other hand, an apprenticeship lets you earn as you learn, but life gets serious pretty fast. In recent years, Apprenticeships have shaken off the reputation of being the poor relation to going to University. As the quality and quantity of courses increase, Apprenticeships have become more attractive to school leavers.

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In this section, we will get first hand experience from local apprentices to find out why going down the apprenticeships route has paid dividends. We also showcase some of the areas best apprenticeships providers to find out what courses, advice and opportunities are available.

An overview

Since 2015, the government requires all young people to stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th birthday. Having detailed the many options available to those 'Post 16' earlier, here we outline information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. 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. All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 50 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more due to sign up. Apprentices earn a salary and paid holiday; experience excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace; Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

What levels are there?

There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels: Name Level Equivalent level Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes Advanced 3 2 A level passes Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

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Is a degree apprenticeship right for you? All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.

Degree apprenticeships are similar to higher apprenticeships, but differ in that they provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelor's degree (Level 6) or master’s degree (Level 7). These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership.


Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer. This can be on a day-to-day basis or in blocks of time, depending on the programme and requirements of the employer.

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you're an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

The 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week date has been as 3 to 7 February 2020.

They can take between three to six years to complete, depending on the course level. Currently, the scheme is only available in England and Wales, although applications may be made from all parts of the UK. Degree apprenticeships are still quite new, so there are a limited number of vacancies. It’s anticipated that the number of vacancies will grow over the next year or two.

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.

Is a degree apprenticeship right for me? As you will be studying and doing a full-time job, you will need to be committed. You will also be part of a workplace, so you need to be professional, responsible and mature.

Apprenticeship employers use the opportunity to promote the success of their apprentices and highlight the huge benefits to other employers, of all sizes, who are thinking of taking on an apprentice.

Although there will be those that tell you a degree apprenticeship is‘second-best’ to a traditional degree, those chooseing the apprenticeships route will need to be disciplined due to the mix of study and

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full-time work. It is thought that, in time, apprenticeships degrees may well outstrip traditional degrees becuase of the on-the-job experience you gain. Due to the natue of the degree, those applying must be passionate about their career. These degrees will challenge your committment, academice skills, planning and discipline as well as your energy levels. It is important, when applying for a degree apprenticeship, that you understand you will be interviewed as an employee, as well as a student. You need to present yourself as someone who can contribute in a real job. Then do all of the things you would normally in preparing for a job role, such as finding out as much as you can about the company and the role, so you can ask intelligent questions. It’s an extremely exciting time in the world of apprenticeships, and a degree apprenticeship offers a fantastic opportunity that has the potential to set you up well for the rest of your life. If you are keen to take this route start planning early, and try to get some work experience in the sector you’re interested in. Go to university open days and talk to the people delivering the programmes to find out more. There are many different study options, so think about what would suit your learning style. You can find out about what degree apprenticeships are available by going to:

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Nuclear Engineer What do they do?

Ensure the safe running of nuclear power station, or development of defence capability. They cover a whole range of tasks linked to nuclear power, from helping design and build new plants to monitoring radiation to planning safe disposal of nuclear waste.

Getting there

Unsurprisingly through professional training – the National Nuclear Laboratory offers apprenticeships and the ministry of Defence has a new nuclear undergraduate engineering apprenticeship. More broadly, there’s a massive national shortage of engineers and companies are pushing onthe-job training in many sectors.

Pay £24,000 to £70,000

Youth worker What do they do?

6 jobs that don’t require a degree According to teen magazine Future-Mag, more than half (54 per cent) of graduates say they’d think again about choosing university as the best way to find a job. If you don’t fancy another three years of study, can’t face the debt, or don’t think you’d get there, don’t worry. There are plenty of new routes into careers that were once the preserve of graduates. These new opportunities are partly thanks to a rise in apprenticeships since government and business invested more in professional training.

The salary information came from the government’s National Careers Service

Now three in four UK businesses believe more young people will choose these earn-as-you-learn routes in the next five years, according to AAT research. Here’s a line-up of some top jobs you can do without a degree.

Air Traffic Controller What do they do?

24 hours a day, they help to keep some of the busiest airspace in the world moving. The work is challenging and demanding, but it’s immensely rewarding too. Air traffic controllers give information and advice to airline pilots to help them take off and land safely and on time.

Getting There

You have to be over 18 and have at least five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade 4 or above (previously A-C) or Scottish Nationals 5 Grade A-C or equivalent, including English and maths. As well as having a good level of physical and mental fitness, you must satisfy the basic medical requirements set down by the Civil Aviation Authority. The National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) has developed a series of games to help gauge whether you’re right for this career.

Pay: £17,000 to £50,000


What do they do?

TV series Suits has a lot to answer for – never has law looked so sexy. In reality, solicitors advise their clients on the law, and can specialise in a host of areas, including commercial, criminal and family law, and much more.

Getting there

You can now become a solicitor by training on the job since new solicitor apprenticeships (level 7) which were approved in 2015. This isn’t an easy route – you’ll need to pass a series of tough exams. You’ll need good A levels and it can take five to six years to complete.

Pay £25,000 to £100,000

Police Officer What do they do?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a ‘bee in his bonnet’ about the need to recruit 20,000 police officers. If you’ve been considering this as a career, now could be the right time to apply. Police officers keep law and order, investigate crime, and support crime prevention.

Getting there

There is no formal educational requirement, for direct application but you will have to be physically fit and pass written tests. Or, you could start by doing a police constable degree apprenticeship. You'll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship. You can get a taste of what it's like to work with the police by volunteering as a special constable. You could also get paid work as a police community support officer (PCSO) before applying for police officer training.

Pay £20,000 to £60,000

Work with young people and help them develop personally and socially. They might work with local services, youth offending teams or voluntary organisations and community groups. They might help organise sports and other activities, or be involved on counselling and mentoring, or liaising with authorities.

Getting there

Many enter youth work as a volunteer or paid worker, but you can now qualify via a youth work apprenticeship.

Salary £23,250 to £37,500

Royal Navy officer What do they do?

Undergo leadership training before choosing from a wide range of specialisms, from navigation to submarines, intelligence or mine warfare.

How do you get there?

You’ll typically need 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) or above and 2 to 3 A levels. If you’re an A level student, you’ll have to take aptitude and ability tests, pass a fitness test and interview before a more rigorous assessment to see if you’re capable mentally and physically. If successful, you can begin officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Pay from £27,300 to £46,000

education guide In 2019/20 Bath Academy will be running an extensive Enrichment Programme focusing on charity projects, teamwork and leadership opportunities. “Our objective is to put back some more fun into our students’ learning experience whilst helping them appreciate how they can contribute to the wider society,” says Paul. Bath Academy continues to have an outstanding record of transforming students’ A-Level results with its one-year A Level Resit Programme. The College is proud of the achievements of its students in all its subjects but especially in the Sciences and Mathematics where year after year the results reflect the hard work of the students and staff.

Bath Academy Revision Dates: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

– an early revision session to consolidate the first term of teaching. Personalised tuition

Sometimes we all need a Plan B What a difference a year of personalised tuition makes! Whatever your A Level results, there are always options. Reconsider resitting to get to where you want to go. Now the new linear A-Level results are in, some students are left reviewing their options if they didn’t get the grades they hoped for or weren’t offered a place at their first-choice university. With the majority of subjects re-configured to exclude coursework and modules, the overall number of A* A grades have dropped slightly, leaving some students disappointed with their results. At Bath Academy, 79% of applicants progressed to their first-choice university, and 50% of university applicants gained places at Russell Group universities. This, according to Principal Tim Naylor, is attributed to the focus the academy puts on targeted teaching and personalised learning. “We strive for individual student success with our personalised teaching approach. Although the school is not academically selective, the most common A Level grade was A*/A and the average improvement made by resit students was two grades. One re-sit student actually made an improvement of 7 grade from CCD to A*AB, gaining a place at a Russell Group university to read Neuroscience.” The number of entries in Stem subjects increased by 1.7% in England this year. These subjects are the strength of the academy, with 100% of Chemistry and Further Maths students achieving grades A*-B. “Many of our STEM teachers are also examiners who provide valuable teaching insight that helps the students fine-tune their exam techniques,” says recently appointed Vice-Principal Paul Francis. Bath Academy is a small, independent tutorial college specialising in small classes, intensive revision courses, and personalised

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tuition to guarantee exam success. The academy provides achievable alternatives for those who require something different and more targeted to their individual needs and learning styles. Personal attention to individual students is central to their academic vision. It makes Bath Academy educationally distinctive and appeals to students of all levels of ability. “We believe that taking time to know students and adapting to their individual needs leads to effective teaching, better learning and a positive day-to-day community experience”, says Tim. When students don’t get the results they were hoping for, the college provides advice and guidance for their individual chosen path and learning style. “We’ve had many students come to us after disappointing exam results with a loss of confidence. Some want to change paths and take a different subject, some are determined to get the grades they need to get into their first-choice university. There are benefits to re-sitting A Levels, especially if you’re focused on your chosen pathway and university destination.” There have been many changes over this past year at the Academy, including an expansion across Queen Square to Chapel Row with more classrooms, a student café/garden, the appointment of a SEN Co-ordinator, and new Vice-Principal, Paul Francis. Paul has had extensive experience in the education sector as a former Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form at Sexey’s School, Bruton, followed by acting as a Senior Tutor at Millfield School. He has also worked as a Senior Examiner for OCR, and continues to work as an examiner for CIE.

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How to be in your new home for Christmas


f you’d like to be unwrapping your presents under the tree in a new home this Christmas, heed the wise words of Benjamin Franklin and make sure you don’t fail to prepare.

Whether you are buying or selling, there is a distinct advantage to moving home around the festive period. If you are organised and prepared to be flexible then you could grab yourself a bargain.

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As the housing market typically slows down during the festive period, canny buyers are prepared ready to take full advantage of home buyers offers and vendors who are more serious about moving. Selling and buying simultaneously may be an exercise in plate spinning at the best of times but doing it to hit a particular holiday date needs careful planning. Lets assume you have a house to sell and you haven’t yet found one to buy – where do you start?

Carey Gilliland of Madison Oakley: ‘My first piece of advice is to concentrate fully on getting an acceptable offer on your own property. Don’t be tempted to go out looking and then try to sell quickly when you’ve found - without knowing exactly how much you’re getting and from whom, you can’t negotiate to buy anywhere so focus on getting your own home on the market and under offer. Save time at the start by instructing your solicitor from day one so they can prepare all the paperwork whilst your estate agent does the viewings.’ When you get offers, the position and timescale of the buyer matters just as much as the amount. Is there a chain? Where are their finances coming from? Do they have any aims for timing? If you want to be carol singing in a new neighbourhood, pick the buyer capable of fitting in with your plans and make sure they understand what you want to achieve before you instruct solicitors.

Madison Oakley's, Carely Gilliland, explains more. 'Price to attract a choice of buyers Shooting for the top on price might mean only one buyer. Being a little more conservative might get you a choice, allowing you to match the timescales you want with the right buyer for you. Go for best buyer at best price, which may not be the first offer or even sometimes the highest!' If you are looking to sell before Christmas, how do you get your home to the top of a buyers wish list. Here are some tips on dressing your home for sale.

Put Your Buyers Hat On

Imagine yourself as the prospective buyer, 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, but a pleasant smelling home does make a huge difference.

Keep it Warm

Ensure that your home is warm. Those viewing a property are generally put off if a house or flat feels cold.

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.Try and find any darker areas of your home and make these a priority.

Your Garden Can Help Sell Your Home

The garden is an essential part of any home and could help you clinch the deal if it looks good. At this time of year, tidy it up! Rake any fallen leaves, arrange furniture (if not already put away).

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.

How Clean is Your House?

'Don’t be tempted to go out looking and then try to sell quickly when you’ve found - without knowing exactly how much you’re getting and from whom, you can’t negotiate to buy anywhere so focus on getting your own home on the market Carey Gilliland of Madison Oakley and under offer.' Once you are “proceedable”, start looking. If you’re interested in one, are the owners buying on themselves? You might not want to get into a lengthy chain. When you make an offer, state clearly you want to be in for Christmas. If your offer is accepted, get the estate agents to put your timescale on the letters of sale as a “special condition”. Carey continues; 'If you’re on a deadline, go for no chain properties. The average time from offer accepted to completion is 9 – 12

weeks. If the seller of the property you like hasn’t found somewhere to buy and won’t go into rented, you’ve got no idea how long it might take. Find out the owners position before you view and prioritise the properties with no chain if you want to be eating turkey in a new home.' Don’t forget some solicitors and banks knock off early for Christmas so find out last December dates for completion.

Give your property a good clean before any viewing and this includes any communal areas. Make a good first impression. 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 . Francine Watson of Knight Frank agrees 'Wouldn’t it be so easy to buy something with no forward chain, that was finished to the high specification and was ready to move in? Buying a new home could be the answer, just make sure that they are soon to be build complete first!' Within our property section, we get some expert advice from some of the cities most respected voices, plus we take a look at some new builds that may tempt you to unwrap a new home this Christmas.

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property Supply levels have continued to rise as the year has gone on and, as of the end of summer term, the number of properties on the market in Bath has reached its highest level over the last three years. We are admittedly still nowhere near the supply levels experienced pre 2007 but there is a bit more choice around. The latest Land Registry figures show sales transaction volumes are down in both the BA1 and BA2 postcodes (by 20% and 6% respectively over the last six months vs the same period last year). Selling time analysis would suggest the hottest price bands are £200,000 - £300,000 and also £400,000 - £500,000 but the upper end of the market is taking on average 25% longer to sell. The most popular type of home remains the terrace whereas flats are the longest stayers on the market. Beyond the numbers, its noticeable how more and more “second step” owners are struggling to find the next property to move to. Finding a good sized home for a long term growing family has never been easy in Bath without a huge injection of cash. This causes a logjam in the lower end of the market with buyers in place keen to move but no end in the chain. Affordable first time properties also remain in critically short supply, especially anything in the Help to Buy price range.

Local knowledge and expertise is still the best advice for buyers and sellers in volatile market.

Carey Gilliland, Director, Madison Oakley Struggling to see a pattern in the local market? I’ll let you into a secret – so are we! The property market in Bath usually follows clearly discernable seasonal trends in any year, with ebbs and flows as the days get longer or various holidays take precedence. However, this year (with political upheaval taking centre stage?), we’ve experienced a very different market in Bath. So, what if any facts are we certain of?

Lastly, I was interested to see (but not surprised with) the latest research on online agents (by ELAA-UK) which suggested that, on average, properties sold via online only agencies achieved prices of around 5% less than those sold via ‘high street’ agents. Their report also shows that not only do sellers using traditional agents obtain more for their property but also have more viewings, more offers and more secure buyers. In the more volatile market we find ourselves in, it seems local expertise and knowledge really is worth more to sellers.

An interesting fact, according to data from the Office for National Statistics, is that migration from London to other parts of the UK reached its highest ever level in 2018. Our research team at Knight Frank tell us that 340,500 Londoners left the capital for another destination within the UK over the 12 month period to June 2018, 1.3% higher than in 2017. The cost of living and house prices, are driving people to search for property outside of the city. Opportunities for a better lifestyle to bring up children, particularly close to good schools and good public transport were also factors. People in their thirties were the largest age group to make the move to pastures new, with numbers of almost 40,000 being reported. The information also shows that over 20,000 people in their fifties and sixties, approaching semi or full time retirement, decided to leave the city last year. The only age group that had a positive net migration figure in the capital, according to the statistics, was those in their early twenties. This is likely to reflect the large number of graduates who move to London after their studies. Bath is a popular destination for London buyers. With good schools to entice families and a village feel to the city, makes settling in to the area easy for all age groups.

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Looking at family homes or properties that may suit people looking to retire away from London, Knight Frank are currently marketing Hawkers Yard in the delightful village of Northend, just 3 miles out of the city. This beautiful development of 8, three, four and five bedroom homes by Charlcombe Homes, with prices starting from £700,000. In the city centre, just off the artisan area of Walcot Street, we have Walcot Yard, a development of 8, three bedroom homes that are designed to fit harmoniously with the character of the location. Prices from £715,000. For more information, call 01225 325 999.

My big PropTech problem……

Willum Long, Co-Founding Partner, Madison Oakley some ex-council semi’s for around £250,000 & flats for £185,000. At the far end, there are early Victorian terraces for £300,000, some 1930’s semis for £400,000 and a few detached houses or bungalows of varying styles. So, in the space of 1.3 miles, you have a vast range of properties all on the same road. This does not even take into account the surroundings - at one end, houses back onto a busy main road but at the other, its fields behind.

Brrrrring brrrrrring – ‘Madison Oakley good afternoon Willum speaking’, “Hi Will its Mr B, how are you keeping”, “Very well thanks Mr B apart from a lingering cold, all is well and yourself?”, “Fine and dandy sir thank you. Anyway Will, I don’t want to take up your time so just a quick one but my solicitor who is sorting out my affairs needs a value for my house. They have told me I can get this instantly online at one of these sites that do them. I just want to know which one you recommend?”….. “They said what Mr B!!? I’d be careful with that, especially in your circumstances”….. So, to give you some context - Mr B lives on one of those roads in Bath that is very long (stretching around 1.3 miles) and has properties at one end that will cost you no less than £1.2m. In the middle, you can find

Why are professional bodies referring bots to do significantly important tasks when they should know better, especially when dealing with most people’s largest asset? It is therefore nigh on impossible for a computer to know this or work out an accurate value - no chance (and no disrespect to you bots, you are mostly brilliant!) If you’re thinking that “surely this system just works out and average £ per sq ft price and punches out a figure” then again you will be wrong. Well, it could operate like that but this methodology does not work in Bath, as we’ve been trying to educate out of area buyers for many years.

The value of a property is based upon many factors - style, size, plot, amenities, condition, location, aspect, neighbours, potential, parking etc. The vast majority of these ‘Instant Valuation’ bot systems pull their data from the Land Registry which only gives a few bits of info on the property (number of bedrooms, price & if its detached/terraced etc…). I know a 4 bed semi detached at the far north side of this road will cost you £1.3million. In the middle part of the street you could pick up a 4 bed for £300,000. What this basic summary is not telling you is that the North end one is an incredible 25000sqft 4 storey Edwardian villa with balcony, parking, garage, some of the best views of Bath and a huge garden. The other property is an ex council original 3 bed that’s been turned into a 4 bed student let by using one of the reception rooms. Average price therefore of the 4 bed semis on this road = £800,000? I’m either going to be a dead chuffed ex council house owner or a very disappointed Edwardian home owner in negative equity! Why are professional bodies referring bots to do significantly important tasks when they should know better, especially when dealing with most people’s largest asset? This is where I have a huge issue with how we are starting to rely on PropTech. The tech is in its infancy and at the present moment from a valuation bot point of view, vastly inaccurate. Relying on this could and will have costly repercussions. To tie this off, I tried it out for Mr B. The in depth research I did for him as an experienced professional agent brought his house out at a comfortable £675,000 £700,000. The most commonly used ‘House Price’ checker gave a range of £432,000 to £585,000 with a value of £509,000.

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What is Stamp Duty? When purchasing a residential property or piece of land for building a home, a lumpsum tax (called Stamp Duty in England and Northern Ireland) has to be paid. The rate you'll pay the tax at varies based on the price of the property and the type of home.

mean that the following additional property stamp duty rates will apply on each portion of the purchase price on buy-to-let and second homes.

Stamp duty was reformed in 2014 – the slab system (where you'd pay a single rate on the entire property price) was swept away, and in its place we now have a more progressive system.

Properties up to £40,000 are exempt from stamp duty. Properties between £40,001 & £125,000 will be charged stamp duty at 3%.

In England and Northern Ireland you will pay a percentage of the value of your purchase. Here is how the system currently works: Purchase price: Up to £ 125,000 £ 125,001 – £ 250,000 £ 250,001 – £ 925,000 £ 925,001 – £ 1,500,000 £ 1,500,001 +

% Tax 0% 2% 5% 10% 12%

Let's assume you're buying a property for £500,000.

Stamp Duty rate for additonal properties:

£125,001 – £250,000 £250,001 – £925,000 £925,001 – £1,500,000 £1,500,001 +

5% 8% 13% 15%

New Homes: In order to help first time buyers (FTB) get onto the property ladder, the system offers them a little bit of help. You'll pay zero stamp duty on the first £300,000 of any home costing up to £500,000 (and only 5% on any proportion between £300k and £500k). This means the new stamp duty rates for first-time buyers are:

You pay nothing below £ 125,000 = £ 0.00 You pay 2% on between £ 125,001 and £ 250,000 = £ 2,500. You pay 5% on the value of the property between £250,001 and £500,000 = £ 12,500. So in total this means you'll pay £15,000 (£0 + £2,500 + £12,500). Additonal homes: People buying an additional property (ie, in addition to any they already own) will be penalised in the form of an extra stamp duty charge on any property costing more than £40,000. Under stamp duty rules that took effect in 2014 you pay different rates for different proportions of the property price. This will

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Up to £300,000 purchase price: 0% stamp duty £300,001 to £500,000: 5% (on that portion of the purchase price only) Using the same example of a £ 500,000 property, but being purchased by a FTB (I know, a little far fetched), the calculations will be slightly different: You pay nothing below £300,000 = £ 0.00 You pay 5% on the value of the property between £ 300,001 and £ 500,000 = £10,000. As most FTB's will be purchasing a home in the £ 300,000 bracket, the fact that they will not pay Stamp Duty will be saving them approx £ 3,500.

More older home owners are deciding to stay put Recent research from the Nationwide Building Society has concluded that older property owners are deciding to stay put in their home, rather than sell, as the UK housing market continues to see low turnover. Uncertainty in the current market and the outcome of Brexit has led to relatively little buying and selling activity among existing homeowners. The lender said that owners aged 55 to 64 had typically been in their current property for 17 years, some 10 years longer than 35 to 44-year-olds. As these home owners will typically have seen their offspring leave home, the proportion of these homes occupied by the 55 - 64 age group have two or more spare bedrooms.

As these home owners will typically have seen their offspring leave home, the proportion of these homes occupied by the 55 - 64 age group have two or more spare bedrooms. Some 54% of homes where the owner lives in the property are "under occupied" in this way, the Nationwide said, up from about 42% in 2000. Activity among first-time buyers has returned to levels seen before the financial crisis, due to government incentives such as Help to Buy and increased stock coming online. However, people are tending to buy a little later in life with the number of 24 to 44 yearolds having dropped. The latest Nationwide data shows that UK house prices rose on average by 0.3% in July compared with the same month a year ago. That meant the average home is valued at £217,663.

Government’s Help to Buy Scheme might get a first-time buyer their first foot onto the property ladder, but that scheme is limited as it’s really geared towards new build property. What else might help? Shared ownership schemes might also be a solution, where a buyer buys a share of a property and rents the rest from the likes of a housing association. In my opinion, shared ownership is going to become much more wide spread as the way people get their first home simply as it reduces the need for getting together a huge deposit and the resulting smaller mortgages associated with shared ownership are more affordable to people on medium incomes.

The average first time buyer deposit is now of a scale that requires almost 50 per cent of first time buyers to rely on the ‘bank of mum and dad’ to get their deposit together.

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Phase 2 now released at Redcliffe's popular Corsham development It's perhaps no surprise that the Redcliffe Homes development at ‘Park Place’ Corsham has been so popular, with phase 1 now all sold. Redcliffe has created a development of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes in the perfect rural setting. Not only are the homes set in the countryside, but they are also a stone's throw from the beautiful historic market town of Corsham.

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Aerial view of Hope House and its grounds

terrace provides six, 3 bedroom townhouses, and the second terrace provides twenty, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Beyond the two terraces the development forms a parkland setting containing a newly built main apartment building; Hope Place Apartments, designed as a sister to the original mansion. This main apartment building provides seventeen, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Hope House is centrally located with Bath city centre just a 15 minute walk away and Bath Spa station a 20 minute walk away. Government-backed Help to Buy is available at Hope House enabling you to buy with a 5% deposit as is Acorn Property Group’s Assisted Move scheme, which offers assistance if you have a property to sell. Marketing suite open daily from 10am to 5pm. Prices from £370,000 - £2,400,000. Homes ready to move into late summer.

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Enjoy a lifestyle like no other, at Hope House, Bath. Elegant, modern living to suit your needs. Hope House comprises fifty-eight 1 to 4 bedroom aspirational homes nestled within six acres of parkland, just a short walk from Bath’s historic city centre. Featuring a residents’ tennis court and the convenience of a concierge service, Hope House also benefits from parking and lift access to the majority of homes. CGI of Hope House

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