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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property Issue 370 / 20 July – 3 August 2018 / £3










ABOVE, See Bath from a new perspective,

from the water (page 28);

BELOW, indulge in a pastel-perfect shopping

spree (page 72)


eading into August, our fingers are firmly crossed as we hope for the same amount of sunshine, joy and unity that we’ve experienced for the past month. It’s with such optimism that we’ve brought you our summer days out guide (page 28) that details the spots you and the family can get up to all manner of outdoor pursuits – from stand-up paddleboarding and abseiling, to dreamy private spa sessions and lounging in hammocks on Bath’s very own Caribbean beach. Begrudgingly, we have also added some rainy-day activities in the mix, too, because we all have to be realists from time-totime, I guess. Talking of places to visit... if you’re a resident, you’ve likely ventured into Sawclose more times than you care to remember; you know what it offers, on the surface, but have you ever really heard about it in depth? On page 76, we’ve put the new-look locale in the spotlight to take a closer look at the history, myths and legends surrounding it. Elsewhere, hear from Bath’s MP, Wera Hobhouse, about the very modern crime of upskirting (page 48); and have a nosey inside an impressive artisan cottage in Larkhall (page 96). Enjoy!

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Issue 370 / 20 July – 3 August 2018 COVER by Mo Adams, featured at Gray M.C.A, Bath


41 ARTS INTRO Meet the famous faces coming soon to

this year’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival

42 WHAT’S ON Time to update the events diary 48 THE BIG INTERVIEW MP Wera Hobhouse on

Brexit, Bath and the issues she really cares about

55 FILM The Little Theatre’s pop-up cinema is

returning to the grounds of The Holburne Museum

57 BOOKS Three real-life tales to bring us villainy, peril © JENI MEADE

and obsession – the perfect post-World Cup fix


58 RESTAURANT The Rolling Mill in Bathampton


combines mood music with good food and a new look


63 TRY 5 Surprise your tastebuds, with secret menus

from some of the very best local supper clubs

64 FOOD & DRINK NEWS Wild Flour Cake Company

win big, Bath’s first beach bar, and a Michelin-starred restaurant opening at The Abbey Hotel 66 WINE South Africa goes under the spotlight


71 INTRO Local artworks alongside famous fashion

illustrations at Gray M.C.A’s new Summer Show

72 EDITOR’S CHOICE Pretty in pastels but easy on

calories, discover our ‘ice cream colours’ shopping list

76 SAWCLOSE Discover the lively, modern offerings

of the historic leisure and entertainment hub



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28 summer days From paddleboarding to outdoor

cinema, here’s our pick of thrilling summer goings on

83 hair and BEAUTY We head to David Maxwell

Hairdressing with hopes of the perfect summer ’do

114 lives Get to know Lee Young, the fascinating

Egyptologist who spent evenings with Frank Sinatra


87 business insider Who’s moving, shaking,

inventing and innovating this issue?


96 residence A well-proportioned artisan cottage in

Larkhall containing the kitchen of dreams

105 showcase Georgian grandeur and contemporary

design combine in the apartments at Fitzroy House

9 spotlight 14 society 25 a man’s world




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spotlight Farm festival

Mind, body and soul

Cattle drive

Out of Africa

The Bath-based charity Send a Cow recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by welcoming over 350 guests to a special thanksgiving service at Wells Cathedral. This curious but commendable aid initiative was founded in 1988 by West Country dairy farmers who – when faced with strict milk quotas and the potential of slaughtering their healthy livestock – decided to literally fly some of their cows over to Uganda to help families struggling in poverty. The charity now works in six countries and has gone on to touch the lives of over two million people across Africa. The founding farmers of the organisation, as well as volunteers and staff who have supported the charity over the years, made a procession into the church, but not before enjoying a traditional drumming and singing group from Uganda on the Cathedral Green. “To see Wells Cathedral filled with hundreds of our most committed supporters, all rejoicing and celebrating to the sounds of African drumming is something I will never forget,” says Paul Stuart, CEO of Send a Cow. For more: www.sendacow.org

Since 2011, Cock & Bull has raised over £150,000 for South West charity Jamie’s Farm, who support disadvantaged young people by holding week-long visits combining ‘farming, family and therapy.’ “When we started Cock & Bull back in 2011, we never imagined it would grow to what it is today,” says proud founder Henry Trew. “It’s for everyone, whether you’re looking to dance the night away with your mates or give your kids their first festival experience.” Tickets are selling fast, and early bird tickets have already flown – you can camp overnight or just visit for a day. This year, social media followers have come up with another punny fancy dress theme, ‘Transfarmers’, so, let your outfit imagination run wild and head down to the farm… For more: www.cockandbullfestival.co.uk

©Rocio Chacon

Sway to the rhythm

Festival season is well underway, and Cock & Bull is offering a fun, wholesome and family-friendly summer experience. You can expect music and performance, for sure, but a feast for the mind, body and soul is also on the menu, along with with homegrown food and workshops (yoga, meditation and farmer Olympics). What’s more, the whole thing raises money for the Bath-based charity Jamie’s Farm. Cock & Bull will return to Wiltshire (the exact location is given out when you buy a ticket) between 10 – 12 August. There’ll be a mix of live music and DJs – acts already confirmed include Cut A Shine And Stomping Dave, Tantz and Dizraeli and Downlow, and the line-up is being added to daily. The festival promises to offer a weekend of countryside escapism for people of all ages and walks of life.

Party on down while helping vulnerable children

Bath Abbey

Stitch in time

Sew – a needle pulling thread

Bath Abbey has been hiding away lately, and hoardings have been put up inside, out and around the iconic building while the Abbey’s Footprint improvement project continues to take place. To brighten things up in the meantime, Stitch Friday, a needlework group from the St John’s Foundation, has created a special artwork that will go on display soon inside the Abbey. The piece is inspired by the service of Holy Communion, and it took six months and 500 hours of stealthy stitching to finish. The boards surrounding the Abbey are also set to be livened up with colourful artwork by local schools. Designs will feature information and graphics about the Footprint project, as well as a series of quirky characters from the Abbey’s past. Charles Curnock, Footprint project director, says, “It is important for us that the project isn’t just about bricks and mortar; it’s equally about people. Footprint will secure the Abbey building for future generations to enjoy, as well as creating new spaces that will allow us to connect and develop our work with the local community.” The Footprint project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a £19.3 million programme to repair and reinvigorate the Abbey building, securing its hospitality, worship and service to the city for time to come. For more: www.bathabbey.org/footprint

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spotlight Bath City Farm folk meet their judges

Charity awards

Cultivating change

They say sharing is caring, and we hope that’s true in Bath. Eight charities and community groups from the local area are set to share £6,500 from Bath Building Society’s Annual Charity Awards scheme. The Awards were established 12 years ago to support as many initiatives as possible from the growing number of requests that the Society receives, asking for support. “The Awards are very important to us and are a way for the Society to give something back to the local community,” says Kevin Gray, chief executive. “I’m really pleased how the number of applications continues to increase year on year.” This year’s judging panel – including the Mayor of Bath Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones and Claire Wynne-Hughes from The Quartet Community Foundation – chose Bath City Farm as the Charity of the Year. The Society will now work together with the farm until the end of June 2019. Helen Fisher, the farm’s manager, is thrilled by the triumph: “It means so much to have the farm’s work recognised across our home city and to have the support of Bath Building Society’s staff and customers over the next year. This will play such an important part in helping us to look after this special place, raising funds and awareness of life on the farm.” For more: www.bathbuildingsociety.co.uk

Turn up and play

Warleigh Weir

Load o’ rubbish

Warleigh Weir near Claverton Pumping station is enjoyed by hundreds of wild swimmers and picnic goers every day, but there’s a real danger that this hidden gem could soon be closed because of littering and problem parking. Despite the beauty of the site – which is privately owned farmland but open for public access – increasing amounts of rubbish are behind left behind, and the new owner (since June) Johnny Palmer is concerned at the effect this is having. “We want to make the weir available, and closing really is the last scenario,” he says. “But, the big block to the area remaining open is the rubbish. It’s getting worse and worse and causes an environmental issue.” Johnny has set up the Warleigh Weir Project, outlining values that he hopes will sustain the land and keep it open to be enjoyed for future generations. These include showing respect to the environment and other users, as well as avoiding the use of plastics. The weir has been a popular tourist spot for years, and despite the rubbish, Johnny is hopeful the situation will improve and he won’t have to fence it off. “I think it can happen. I’ve got a positive view of human beings.” For more: www.warleighweir.co.uk

Golden sands

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Bath on the beach

Take only memories, leave only footprints

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Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to live life Caribbean style – in the middle of Royal Victoria Park. A new beach venue, aptly named Bath on the Beach, is soon to open in the centre of the city, complete with hammocks, palm trees, beach games and tropical eats. The Pura Vida Bar will be serving up summer cocktails and Caribbean and Mexican inspired-foods, but for those who are feeling more energetic, there’s the chance to play volleyball, table tennis, bowls, boules and more. Bath on the Beach comes from the team that organises Bath on Ice each Christmas, and director Simon Smith is excited to be giving the city something exotic. “Our favourite part of Bath on Ice is bringing together families and friends for a fun time, and we’re looking to recreate this in a summer setting,” he says. “We felt that a Caribbean beach venue would be the perfect way for people to relax with friends, stay active outdoors, play games and have fun.” Bath on the Beach will launch on 21 July and will be open every day throughout the summer, 10am – 10pm, until September. For more: www.bathonthebeach.co.uk



Lara Burnett and Freya Stannard

Dr Chris Stephens Stevie Sokhi, Debby Acquarone and Flavia Pepi

Rupert Goulding, Amina Wright, Tarnya Cooper and David Taylor


‘Changing Lives Through Art’ is one of The Holburne Museum’s key missions, and a private view held recently changed the lives of guests – at least for an evening. The moody gallery view was for Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses, and invited guests included the curators of the show, Amina Wright (Holburne Museum), and David Taylor and Rupert Goulding (National Trust). After an intro speech by museum director Dr Chris Stephens, the attendees made their way around the sumptuously lit gallery to enjoy the array of luminous landscapes and intimate Dutch portraits on display. Photography by Evoke Pictures; www.evokepictures.com

Charlotte Rulkens and Suzanne van Maurik

Kim de Morgan and Katie Horne Simon Murray and John Orna-Ornstein

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Natasha and Joanna Murray

Quentin Buvelot and Emilie Gordenker


Ian and Claire Cox

Liam O’Connor

Mark Donovan and Michael Gray


Donovan Construction recently held a dinner (and, we hope, a dance after) to celebrate their 25th year in business. The smart soirée was held at the Bailbrook House Hotel, and flowing champagne started off the anniversary celebration with a bang. Thanks to a jacket, tie and cocktail dress code, workers, familes and partners were looking glam as they took in the hotel’s opulent surroundings. The firm are based in Swindon – but have worked on restoring myriad beautiful Bath properties in their time – so many of the guests took the opportunity to rest off the birthday excitement and hang up their dancing shoes in the Bailbrook’s bedrooms at the end of the evening. Photos by Nick Cole: www.nickcolephotography.co.uk

Eddie and Christine O’Dwyer

Alan and Val Humphries

Steve and Debbie Mitchard, David and Denese McGrath Mike and Lynda Cullingford, Rose and Jim Donovan

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Steve and Helen Horswell

Dave and Gabriella Ford, Mark and Sarah Timmins Gillian Johnson, Phillip and Karen Pettemerides


John Davies, Chris Browning and Robert Whitworth

Jack King, Nicole King and David Badger


Dorothy House Hospice Care recently invited over a hundred local business people, local dignitaries, hospice supporters and ambassadors to enjoy a summer reception in their orangery garden in Winsley. Guests on the night included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire and the new chair of B&NES, Karen Walker. Opening the event, Dorothy House chief executive John Davies thanked local supporters for the positive impact their fundraising has made, and met new individuals keen to know more about the work of the hospice. “I’m delighted that the evening was so well received,” he says, looking back on the event. After the opening, it was time to enjoy some light musical entertainment, nibbles from Eat Five Star – exclusive Bath-based caterers – and summer drinks. Photos by Roy Newport

Hannah Rudd

Joanna Muir and Jamie Cooke Kate Norris, Karen Tudge, Simon Williams and Helen Hildago

Lee McCann, Lee Broster and Paul Smith Simon and Elizabeth Walker

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Imogen Batterham and councillor Karen Walker

Guests take in John Davies’ address


Jeff Stoff, Kevin Murphy, Frank Mowat and Peter Blankley

Mat Twitchen and Graham Johnstone

Duncan Ball


Following from the triumph of previous years, Synergy Construction and Property Consultants was recently delighted to invite guests back to its annual summer drinks networking event. The elegant Elder Rooms at The Huntsman proved to be the perfect setting for the evening shindig, bringing together construction professionals from Bath and Bristol and surrounding areas in the South West. As well as a chance to enjoy refreshing drinks and canapĂŠs, attendees had the opportunity to unwind and network, make new connections and revisit old ones, too, all within convivial surroundings. Photos by Betty Bhandari; www.bettybhandari.com

The Huntsman’s Elder Rooms become a networking hub

Isolyne Asare, Yuli Cadney-Toh and Sandra Carleton

Tina Holland, Georgie James, Jane Fitzgerald White and Pepper Barney

Tony Chedzey, Darren Aspinall, Sacha Stagg, Stuart Hawkes and Paul Chester Jon Fifield and David Beckett

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David Evans, Matthew Heaman and Jane Fowles

Fiona Gwilliam, Graham Mc Ruvie and Rob Buckley


Jason Moore, Emma Rose, Rebecca Wordsworth, Danny Goffey and Pearl Lowe William Chitolie and John Rose

Louise Waterfield and Rachel Stormonth Darling

Kim Roggey, Polly Kemp and Anouchka Towner-Coston


Award-winning artist Emma Rose recently threw open the doors (for an exclusive private view) of her magical art studio in Wellow. She invited her brilliant artisan friends along – as well as special guest MP Wera Hobhouse – for Showtime 2018, an exhibition featuring jewellery, sculptures (indoor and out), porcelain ceramics, woven pear-pods, designer fabrics and accessories and fabulous clothing. Wellow is an idyllic country spot, and the evening was a chance for guests to browse and be inspired by the beautiful garden setting and gorgeous array of artworks on show. Photos by Bonnie Rose; www.bonnie-rose.co.uk

Wera Hobhouse MP and William Hobhouse

Pauline Reynolds, Peter Reynolds and Sarita Moore

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Peter Downey and Jacquie Hamshaw

Nix McPherson, Louise Rushford and Chris Darwent

Annie Stagg, Peter Moore and Sandra Milner

Jules Lowrie, Anthony Dutton and Ness Dutton

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Ibiza uncovered In an obvious attempt to make us ridiculously jealous, this week Flats is writing his column from a day bed on an Ibizan beach…

“There really aren’t many better places to spend luxurious days with friends”


’ve never been one to court sympathy, but I write these words from my day bed, overlooking the ocean in Ibiza. I know, working on holiday. Grim stuff. I call it a holiday, but really it’s an indulgent jaunt. My friend is turning 40 soon, so he decided to have his party over here, and I’m rather glad he did. The phase of life during which every summer weekend involves a friend’s wedding seems to have passed, and now the phase of milestone birthdays has arrived. It’s really the best grown-up phase of all, if you think about it. You see, the whole wedding thing is fine, but ultimately they invariably get in the way of holidays and nobody actually likes wearing suits in blazing sunshine. And the stage that comes later – the friends’ funerals phase – is going to be reasonably unpleasant (bar the wakes that, in my experience, tend to offer buckets of lovely sweet tea and great slabs of sugary cakes), so let’s embrace the über birthday. If you’ve never been to Ibiza, then you simply must go. You don’t have to be a head-banging house music aficionado or a drug addict to enjoy it. I’ll admit I’ve no doubt that these two traits might help, but the experience is nevertheless a magical one when done correctly. It’s very hot, very hot indeed. But at every turn – so long as you’ve done your research and have booked ahead – there is a beachside restaurant or bar with shelter, outrageous views, gallons of chilled rosé, perfectly pitched background music, top-of-therange seafood, and the most inclusive, permissive vibe of anywhere I’ve been, hence this being my fourth visit. Tanned children run amok among recovering clubbers and glamorous parents alike, and nobody minds. Older couples enjoy intimate lunches as others bash in the champagne by the

magnum. Basically, you can do what you want and it’s lovely. Because I’m so old and fundamentally uncool, this visit involves no nightclubs whatsoever. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever go clubbing here again. I’ve done it, and it was ridiculously good fun, but my body no longer relishes such punishment. Instead, this time, we’ve all lunched lazily before hitting said day beds and have been forced into unconsciousness by calories alone. We dined again by night, with every venue offering a cool sea breeze and bottomless glasses of bubbly. And for our big one, we put in a solid 12-hour shift at Blue Marlin, where the beautiful gather to strut and preen and flex, and where we all gathered to get loose and bundle one another into the sea like, well, like a load of retired rugby players. Admittedly, if you want to holiday, and holiday properly, in Ibiza, it might be worth opening a savings account now, as the place is certainly punchy on the euros. But I maintain that it’s worth it, and that there really aren’t many better places to spend a few luxurious days with friends, loved ones, kiddies, whoever. I might also try to get a six pack before next summer, as I’m about the only bloke here without one. On the other hand, I didn’t give a monkey’s after my third bottle of rosé, and that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

David Flatman is an ex-Bath and England rugby star turned TV pundit and rent-o-mic. Follow him on Twitter @davidflatman

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Hi, Summer From stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and abseiling, to beach bashes, underground cinema screenings and adults-only parties, here’s our pick of thrilling summer goings on

By Lisa Evans

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Set yourself free at Mill on the Brue, a multi-activity outdoor centre

Outdoor adventures

Original Wild

For a thrilling adventure, join Original Wild for a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), climbing or outdoors session in and around Bath. The SUP tours are on every day during the summer; expect a 1.5-hour private tour of Bath by water, and learn about the city from an entirely different view. There are also tailor-made tours for families and businesses, offering the likes of raft-building, canoeing, kayaking and abseiling. www.originalwild.com

Mill on the Brue

The multi activity outdoor centre on the edge of Bruton, is open all year round and offers summer camp holidays for kids, school days out, company adventures – including team building – and a Dangerous Days for Dads experience. “Knowing that your child is having masses of fun for the whole day can’t be a bad thing,” says director Matt Rawlingson-Plant, whose parents started the business in 1982. “Our activities include whizzing down a 240m zip wire, high ropes, a 30ft tower jump, rafting, canoeing, archery and a huge waterslide.” www.millonthebrue.co.uk

Around and About Bath

If immersive and innovative experiences are your bag, then you’ll probably be interested in Around and About Bath’s tours. “We offer the chance to really connect with the best of our heritage, cultures, cuisine, landscapes and hidden gems,” says Jules Mittra, a former history and politics teacher who created Around and About Bath to

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“There are tailor-made tours offering the likes of raftbuilding and abseiling” share his passion for our region. “We offer a fully cost-inclusive day, a half-day, and local dining experiences. Each tour is intricately crafted and combines the ‘must-sees’ with the very best of local food and drink, places, stories and secrets, all off the beaten track.” Each tour only takes eight guests along for the ride, to ensure a personalised, in-depth adventure. Some experiences coming up include Stonehenge & Secret Somerset, Hidden Cotswolds, Medieval Marvels & Movies, and a Historic Pubs: Fine Dining & Mining evening tour. www.aroundandaboutbath.com

Castle Combe Circuit

This is the West Country’s home of motorsport, and offers a venue for racing, car shows and driving experiences along with three home championships and a hot hatch series racing, 10 times per year. Exciting events at the Chippenham-based site include performance car action days, Rallyday – Europe’s Premier Rally Car show – and the Autumn Classic festival. “One of our exciting dates coming up soon is the Combe Countdown Race Day, on 27 August – bank holiday Monday,” says marketing and events coordinator Katie Howell. “And under-17s get free entry to all of our events.” www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk


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Odd Down Sports Ground

Activities – from lacrosse to football – start from £1, and are all conveniently in one place. There’s also soft play for little ones, a cycling track and a café. www.better.org.uk

Bizarre Bath

If you’re looking for a fantastical mix of mystery, comedy and magic that will challenge your perceptions of Bath, then you should probably purchase a ticket to one of Bizarre Bath’s 90-minute immersive street theatre tours. “We’ve had all ages on the walk, and despite not being designed specifically for children, we’ve had many who have been dragged along thinking it was going to be a ‘historical’ tour and who have later described it as the best thing on their holiday,” says Noel Britten, founder of Bizarre Bath. “Expect comedic stunts, surprises and thrills as you stroll around Bath; there’s nothing else like it in the world.” www.bizarrebath.co.uk

There’s more than meets the eye at Bishop’s palace

Bishop’s Palace

Here you’ll find the stunning 800-year-old home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells. The medieval palace is also home to the wells and ancient springs that give the city of Wells its name, the world-famous mute swans that ring a bell alongside the gatehouse when they want their food, and 14 acres of stunning gardens. “Whether you’re interested in history or horticulture, or simply looking for a fun day out with the kids, you should put this on your list,” says Freddie Langdon-Daly, public events co-ordinator. “This summer, we also have four outdoor theatre productions, family trails and activities throughout the school holidays, concerts and art workshops for all ages, as well as a medieval archery and combat weekend on August bank holiday.” www.bishopspalace.org.uk

Wild Swim Bike Run

This Bath-based business offers guided cycle, walking and mountain biking tours as well as ‘bikepacking’ weekends, outdoor activity experiences and team-building events for schools and corporate groups. “Our people and local knowledge make our activities fun, relaxed and personal,” says owner and chief cycloholic Darroch Davidson. “We’re a mix of ex-military and outdoor athletes who love what we do. It doesn’t matter whether you are getting on a bike for the first time or a veteran outdoor enthusiast looking for a local guided activity, our personal approach to every client ensures they get the most from their time with us.” www.WildSwimBikeRun.com

“Royal Victoria Park will be transformed into an exotic-looking beach”

PARTY TIME Bath on the Beach

No holidays planned this summer? Well don’t worry, because the Caribbean is coming to Bath. The team behind Bath on Ice is bringing a summer version of the hugely popular winter attraction with its new creation, Bath on the Beach. From 21 July until September, an area of Royal Victoria Park will be transformed into an exotic-looking beach, complete with sand, palm trees and a beach bar serving summer cocktails and street food. www.bathonthebeach.co.uk

Timbrell’s Gathering 2.0

Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon is hosting a summer party in its outdoor courtyard this August bank holiday weekend (26 August). There’ll be Balearic beats from DJ Graham, as well as smoked meats, vegan treats and street food from their top chef, Tom Blake, formerly at River Cottage. www.timbrellsyard.com

Electric Bear Brewing Co.

Venture beyond the steel gates of an unassuming industrial estate and you’ll find this craft brewery, which specialises in making eclectic, modern craft beers ranging from fruit sours, IPAs and pale ales, to chocolate cookie porters and stouts. Every Friday and Saturday it’s filled with the hum of locals in the know. Take a seat beside the tanks or soak up the summer sun in the yard while sipping summery pints. Their taproom bar is located right inside the brewery where they serve their newest and freshest beers. They also frequently have food vendors serving delights such as Vietnamese street food, Indian delicacies and pizzas. “We tend to appeal to craft beer enthusiasts, families, tourists, and locals – anyone who has a sense of adventure for something different, and a passion for great beer,” says owner Chris Lewis. “We offer something that isn’t really on offer anywhere else in Bath.” www.electricbearbrewing.com

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River adventures with Bath Boating Station

Visit Bath’s suggestions

If you want more ideas of how to spend summer days and nights, Visit Bath’s got you covered… On the water Make a splash on the River Avon by hiring a traditional punt, canoe or skiff from the Bath Boating Station, or race down the Kennet and Avon Canal with a canoe from Towpath Trail. Tours Taste your way around the city on a Savouring Bath tour and meet local food and drink heroes along the way; challenge yourself with a Bath Escape Detective Tour, as you collect clues around the city to solve a mysterious crime; and Photo Tours in Bath and The Bath Photo Tour will help you snap those perfect shots of Bath’s best sights. If trapezing into a foam pit is your idea of fun, head to Bath Sports and Leisure Centre

shopping Visit Green Park Station’s flourishing markets, independent shops, restaurants and cafés. Evenings Hire a karaoke booth at The Cork and raise the roof on Bath’s only private karaoke pods with classic belters and cheesy hits. For cinema in unexpected surroundings, head to Circo, where you can watch various films below ground every Wednesday. Out out For live music, real ale and table football spend an evening in The Bell, a historic free house owned by the community. Hit the dancefloor at Komedia’s popular club nights Fame and Motorcity. You can also watch comedy or cabaret performances at Komedia or see what’s on at Bath’s alternative arts venue – Chapel Arts Centre – where you’ll find music, theatre, dance, comedy, film, mime and poetry. Visit the newly opened Century Casino Bath to play the tables and slot machines. A little bit of what you fancy at Savouring Bath

RAINY DAYS Bath Sports and Leisure Centre

Here you’ll find activities for all the family, including the new trampoline park with a trapeze section where you can swing into a foam pit, a wipe-out area to challenge yourselves against the sweeper arms that you need to dodge and jump over while controlling your bounce on the trampoline, and dodgeball and basketball sections. There’s also bowling, soft play, an American-style diner and a pool (which is currently under refurbishment, but should be open by the end of July) to enjoy. www.better.org.uk

Thermae Bath Spa

At the day spa in the centre of Bath, guests can bathe in naturally warm, mineral rich waters, just as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. There’s access to the indoor Minerva Bath, the state-of-theart wellness suite, the open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views over the city, and the Springs Restaurant. Also, at the private, stand-alone Cross Bath you can have an intimate spa experience, quite unlike a session inside the main New Royal Bath building. “Our new Sunday Soother package is available until the end of August,” says Helen Wickham, guest services team manager. “It includes a three-hour spa session and a choice of either the Reviver Back Massage with a facial or foot massage. I’d also recommend a session of Wastu – in-water massage.” www.ThermaeBathSpa.com

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SUMMER DAYS OUT RIGHT, there’s a party going on at Timbrell’s Yard, and

you’re invited; BELOW, immersive street theatre is Bizarre Bath’s middle name


We ask local business folk what their ideal day off work would look like… “I’d start with breakfast in Wild Cafe, then I’d head to the Leisure Centre for a game of bowling and a trampoline session with my friends. I’d then head to Victoria Park for a walk in the sun, and, come evening, I’d venture into the centre to enjoy the wide range of bars and clubs that Bath has to offer.” Jacob Lewis at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre “I love nothing more than jumping on the Bath-to-Bristol cycle path pre-breakfast. I’d then take a seat near the Royal Crescent before enjoying a nice walk around the city. Dinner at Woods Restaurant afterwards would be be a good ending.” Emily Griffiths at Odd Down Sports Ground, Bath “Breakfast would be at Sally Lunn’s, followed by a treatment at Thermae Bath Spa and a chill in their roof-top pool to take in the view. Next would be lunch at Hall & Woodhouse before heading to the Castle Combe Circuit (only 30 minutes away) to watch the racing. I’d go back to Bath for a fancy dinner at The Ivy Bath Brasserie, and I’d end the evening watching something funny at Komedia.” Katie Howell at Castle Combe Circuit, Chippenham “My breakfast would be at Cafe Retro, then I’d have a morning tour with Mayor’s Guides (this would be historical, so no overlap on my own tours!). I’d have a picnic in Victoria Park, and early dinner at Koh Thai Tapas before putting on a Bizarre Bath tour.” Noel Britten at Bizarre Bath “I’d start with a 6am bike ride before having brunch at Boston Tea Party. I’d follow that with a walk onto the Skyline trail before popping to Widcombe Deli for coffee, cake and peoplewatching. If the sun was out, I’d definitely stop for an Italian ice cream at Avellinos Deli and Cafe. We love Corkage, so dinner at our favourite table trying something new from the huge selection of wines available by the glass would be perfect.” Darroch Davidson at Wild Swim Bike Run, Bath “I would love to hire bikes in Bradford on Avon and cycle up the towpath. If I could find a good pub for lunch then so much the better.” Matt Rawlingson-Plant at Mill on the Brue, Bruton “I’d brunch at Fire and Brew, then I’d have a mooch around town, dropping into Beercraft

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to see what they have that’s new. I love Noya’s Kitchen for food, and then I might end the night with a drink at one of the lovely bars in the city that serves our beer.” Chris Lewis at Electric Bear Brewing Co., Bath “It would start with grabbing a gluten-free cake and a coffee from Cascara. I’d take them to Parade Gardens and sit for a while, enjoying the sound of the Bath Abbey church bells. In the evening, I’d have a cider at Graze

and watch the trains come and go, and then I’d walk on over to The Oven for a pizza outside in the sunshine.” Helen Wickham at Thermae Bath Spa “A cappuccino at The Colombian Company would be the very first thing, then a walk along the Skyline past Sham Castle. I’d have a cold pint at The Abbey Hotel before going to a sunset stand-up paddleboarding session along the river.” Kyle Worgan at Original Wild, Bath ■

BATH LIFE DEPUTY EDITOR Bath Life, the premier magazine for Bath, is looking for an energetic deputy editor to join its editorial team. You’ll need to be a highly literate, supremely organised self-starter with a great visual eye and enthusiasm for all things Bath. Reporting directly to the editor, your duties will include: • Finding and writing up the hottest new stories in the arts, business, retail, food and drink sectors • Feature writing • Attending regular Bath Life events and parties across the city • Proof reading • Organising photography

You will need to be: • Proactive in finding timesensitive, exciting stories, news and events • Organised and efficient • A skilled networker • Someone with their finger on the pulse of what's happening in Bath

If you think you have the qualities and experience for this role, please send your CV to: lisa.evans@mediaclash.co.uk



FAMILY DAYS OUT The best summer outings in the South West


Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in a new world made up of soft curved edges filled with intense colour, and discover performance spaces filled with music and dancing. Tickets ÂŁ5 available on the day. 11am to 4pm

BISHOP'S PALACE Wells; www.bishopspalace.org.uk The Bishop's Palace & Gardens have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. We've got so much for families to do at The Bishop's Palace - whatever the weather, you can always have a great day out


AROUND AND ABOUT BATH Bath; www.aroundandaboutbath.com Immersive, intimate and cost-inclusive local tours for curious, discerning travellers who want to experience authentic England

TECHNIQUEST Stuart Street, Cardiff; www.techniquest.org Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff Bay with 120 hands-on interactive exhibits, a science theatre, planetarium, and a lab.

WELLS CATHEDRAL Wells; www.wellscathedral.org.uk Perhaps the most beautiful of the great English cathedrals. Stand back to admire the stunning architecture, join in a service, go on a guided tour or attend a concert. All are very welcome

CARDIFF CASTLE Castle St, Cardiff; www.cardiffcastle.com Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.

REDPOINT BRISTOL Bristol; www.redpointbristol.co.uk Indoor climbing centre with walls for all levels, lessons, a bouldering zone, viewing area and cafe BRISTOL HIPPODROME St Augustine's Parade, Bristol; www. atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome The Bristol Hippodrome is a theatre located in The Centre, Bristol, England, with seating on three levels giving a capacity of 1,951

EXETER / DEVON PAIGNTON ZOO Paignton Devon; www.paigntonzoo.org.uk At Paignton Zoo you will find over 2,500

WE THE CURIOUS Harbourside, Bristol; www.wethecurious.org We The Curious is a science centre and charity in Bristol, England. The aim of the centre is "to create a culture of curiosity" TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES Raleigh Road, Bristol; www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com Intimate space, housed in a mixeduse cultural building, known for Shakespeare and in-house theatre. HOLBURNE MUSEUM Great Pulteney St, Bath; www.holburne.org/events/colourscape 38 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

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animals spread across 80 acres. The zoo is laid out so you can get up close to some of the animals across especially designed habitats. LIVING COASTS Torquay Harbourside, Devon; www.livingcoasts.org.uk All weather attraction costal zoo where you can mingle with playful penguins and get up close to Otters, Octopus seals and much more HONITON AGRICULTURAL SHOW Honiton; www.honitonshow.co.uk An annual show which has grown to be one of the largest one day shows in Devon. A showcase for the best of local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills CASTLE DROGO Drewsteigton, Exeter; www.nationaltrust.org.uk A dramatic castle overlooking the Teign Gorge with project viewing tower and garden with miles of pathways in the woods and a Bunty House replica for children to play in KENTS CAVERN Torquay, Devon; www.kents-cavern.co.uk Explore Kents Cavern an all weather attraction with a cave system notable for its archaeological and geological feature. Go back in time and step into the stone Age, visit the summer evening ghost tour this summer.


THE BEAR TRAIL Cullompton, Devon; www.thebeartrail.co.uk Muddy outdoor adventure trail assault course for all the family to enjoy making a great day out. DONKEY SANCTUARY Sidmouth; www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year. There are hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you here so take a glimpse of what our little corner of Devon has to offer LUNDY ISLAND Bideford; www.lundyisland.co.uk Visit Lundy island for a day on MS Oldenburg Lundy¹s supply ship and discover a unique island environment RHS GARDEN ROSEMOOR Torrington; www.rhs.org.uk/ gardens/rosemoor Nestled in the Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit in every season; cherry trees blossom in the spring, the iconic Hot Garden dazzles with vibrant colours in summer, while the woodlands blaze with autumn finery and the Winter Garden catches the eye later in the year BUCKFAST ABBEY Buckfast; www.buckfast.org.uk Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life. The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world DARTMOUTH STEAM RAILWAY South Devon; www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk Based on the glorious South Devon coastline in South West England, enjoy your days out in Devon on our steam trains, boat trips and paddle steamer - the only attraction in Devon that lets you enjoy the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes on your day out! STUART LINE CRUISES Exmouth; www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk Boat trips sailing the coast around Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay and Sidmouth, we give hundreds of thousands of happy passengers the chance to see the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, cruise the beautiful River Exe or visit a picture-postcard South Devon town BODMIN AND WENFORD RAILWAY Cornwall; www.bodminrailway.co.uk Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway,

Salisbury Cathedral

Cornwall's only full size railway still regularly operated by steam locomotives

museum that emcompasses three buildings that contain 750 years of history

MORETONHAMPSTED MOTOR MUSEUM Moretonhampstead Devon; www.moretonmotormuseum.co.uk A motor museum where you can see a fine collection of over 130 historic vehicles from pre-1920’s to the 1990’s. This collection is complemented by motoring artefacts, automobilia and a viewable restoration workshop

MONKEY WORLD Dorset; www.monkeyworld.org Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham. The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world

SALISBURY & SURROUND THE WARDROBE MUSEUM (THE RIFLES BERKS & WILTS) Salisbury; www.thewardrobe.org.uk 1200 items from the Berks & Wilts regiment exhibited in a historical residence CROSS KEYS ARCADE Salisbury; www.crosskeysshopping.co.uk The only covered mall in Salisbury, often free face-painting and bank holiday events NEW FOREST CIDER Burley, New Forest; www.newforestcider.co.uk The home of Real Cider Pantry, shops and events END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL Larmer Tree Gardens; www.endoftheroadfestival.com Outdoor music festival with camping, family friendly. 30 August to 2 September ARUNDELLS Salisbury; www.arundells.org Grade II listed house – once the home of Edward Heath, the former prime minister KING JOHNS HOUSE Romsey; www.kingjohnshouse.org.uk Located in one of Romsey's oldest thoroughfares, King John's House and Heritage Centre is an accredited

NEW FOREST LAVENDER FARM Landford, Salisbury; www.newforestlavender.com Nursery and tearooms SALISBURY ESCAPE ROOMS Salisbury; www.salisburyescape.com Called in to assist with specialist search teams, you and your team will need to find the evidence to make arrests. You have one hour! The only escape rooms created, built and run by UK detectives SALISBURY CATHEDRAL Salisbury; www.salisburycathedral.org.uk A living church and a place of prayer. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, holding many events and exhibitions NEW FOREST WILDLIFE PARK Southampton; www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk Falconry handling and training days home to over 50 species of birds of prey, including eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. We aim to make your day with us truly great STONEHENGE Amesbury, Salisbury; www.english-heritage.org.uk Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, consisting mainly of a ring of standing stones www.mediaclash.co.uk I BATH LIFE I 39


Ma San Auction in Bath

S P E C I A L I S I N G I N C H I N E S E A N D A S I A N WO R K S O F A R T A Chinese Song dynasty wine ewer in warming bowl. SOLD £5400 A 19th century Chinese bronze belt buckle with jade inserts. SOLD £1300

A Chinese Shoushan Tianhuang stone seal. SOLD £430 A 19th century Chinese porcelain vase. SOLD £1200

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A late Ming dynasty porcelain moon flask with Xuande mark. SOLD £3800

A Chinese Kangxi period porcelain dragon dish. SOLD £4300

A fine pair of Chinese Yongzheng period porcelain tea cups. SOLD £13,200

Free valuations and home visits • Over 30 years experience • Competitive commission rates Direct contacts in Hong Kong and China • Sales every two months Kelso Villa, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AU


Tel. 01225 318587

the arts s n a p s h o t s o f b at h ’ s c u lt u r a l l i f e

Share the Story The Bath Children’s Literature Festival doesn’t start until the end of September, but we’re already so excited about the announcement of this year’s 10-day festival programme. Highlights include David Walliams, Philip Pullman, Lauren Child, Tom Fletcher, Cressida Cowell, Harry Hill, Terry Deary and Martin Brown, Dermot O’Leary, Chris Riddell, Nadiya Hussain and Lucy Worsley, plus so many more (but we couldn’t list them all here). Now in its 12th year, Bath’s kids lit extravaganza will run from 28 September to 7 October in venues across the city. Opening the festival is the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, author and illustrator of the hugely popular Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child. As well as featuring some of the aforementioned big names in children’s literature, there will also be appearances from other well-known faces. Visiting the festival for the first time is children’s author, YouTube sensation and the former lead vocalist and guitarists of the band McFly, Tom Fletcher. Throughout the festival, there will be plenty of masterclasses and workshops for aspiring writers and illustrators, as well as a programme for schools and book review schemes. The festival is a real reading and writing inspiration for many local children (and their parents), but artistic directors John and Gill McLay are aiming to reach even more youngsters with a special new scheme. Gill says, “We have introduced an initiative called Share The Story. The scheme offers everyone the chance to donate to a fund when purchasing their own tickets, to give other children the chance to come along and join in.” The CEO of Bath Festivals, Ian Stockley, is just as excited as us about the upcoming events. “We are always thrilled to be bringing the biggest and best names in children’s books to the city,” he says. “One example of this is Nelson Mandela’s daughter talking about her remarkable family. Who better could share his legacy and inspiration with future generations? There will be incredible opportunities for families to share.”

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What’s on

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21 July – 19 August

Party on a (secret location) farm all weekend at Cock & Bull Festival

exhibitions Until 31 July

SUMMER EXHIBITION Emma Rose's award-winning contemporary and semi-abstracted landscapes are on view in this gallery gem, tucked away on Walcot Street. With an emphasis on the sultry summer, her newest paintings zing with warm life – the highlight painting is Sunkissed. Her unique work is a mix of Indian Inks, acrylics with gold, copper and silver leaf. Emma Rose Gallery; www.emmaroseartworks.com

Until 2 August

rps international photography exhibition Winning and shortlisted images on show from the Royal Photography Society’s 160th annual photography

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competition. A whole variety of genres will be covered, with cuttingedge prints being shown alongside traditional work – from the artistic to documentary, and portraiture to natural history. Art at the Heart of the RUH, Central Gallery; www.axlearts.com

Until 31 August

SUMMER EXHIBITION An annual showcase of works from Rostra Gallery’s most talented artists, including Helen Burgess, Clare Halifax and Glynn Macey. The exhibition includes limited-edition prints, original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, papercut and jewellery – to suit all budgets. Rostra Gallery; www.rostragallery.co.uk

Until 2 September

A CELEBRATION OF FLOWERS Fabric designer Kaffe Fassett returns

to Bath with a vibrant exhibition inspired by his love of flowers. With a bespoke and dazzling colour scheme, his installation will transform the gallery using 40 vibrant coloured quilts and needlepoints. Expect largescale works, which extend the floral theme into three dimensions. Victoria Art Gallery; www.victoriagal.org.uk

Until 16 September

PRIZED POSSESSIONS Dutch 17th-century paintings by some of the finest masters of the ‘Golden Age’ (that have been selected from National Trust collections around the country) are displayed together for the first time. The collection includes a recently rediscovered self-portrait of Rembrandt, along with local gems from Dyrham Park. £9/£10; The Holburne Museum; www.holburne.org

Until 28 October

SIDE BY SIDE: AMERICA AND WORLD WAR I 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s first major military engagement in the Great War 1914 – 1918, with this exhibition uncovering the relationship between the US and Europe, as well as reflecting on those who went into battle, and those who stayed at home. Various prices; The American Museum; www.americanmuseum.org

Until 28 October

THE BECKFORD WOMEN An exhibition exploring the lives, loves and loss of the women who influenced – and were influenced by – Beckford. Various times and prices; Beckford’s Tower; www.beckfordstower.org.uk

what’s on Until the end of November

THE ART OF THE CIRCLE Three artists, Howard Jeffs, Stephen Magrath and Kirsten Murphy, will be exhibiting a collection of work at the hospital this summer, using the shape of the circle as a connecting theme. The natural circles of the sun and moon have always been observed in our history, and this collection of work uses the fixed, powerful shape to display a range of prints. Circle Bath Hospital; www. artatruh.org

Until 12 November

above, Anna Morris' Edinburgh Fringe preview show at the Ring O'Bells left, Blue Circle by Howard Jeffs at Circle Hospital Bath below, Dipper Malkin at the Bath Folk Fest

A quest for wellness Beijing-based artist Zhang Yanzi takes a look at healing and wellbeing from the Chinese tradition, with large-scale installations, paintings and more. It should appeal to those with a curiosity about the human body, the human condition, medicine and healing. The Museum of East Asian Art; www.meaa.org.uk

Until 1 January 2019

wonder women of space A free exhibition celebrating the wonder women who are changing the way we see the world and beyond. The museum talks to leading female astrophysicists, astronomers and engineers to find out what inspires them. Herschel Museum of Astronomy; wwwherschelmuseum.org.uk

Plays/Shows Until 21 July

HENRY V Bristol’s most innovative and highly acclaimed theatre company, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, launch their brand new production. The intimate theatre space will make a thrilling venue in which to experience the drama of the Battle of Agincourt. Ben Hall stars as Henry V, the king who emerges from his wild youth to wage war on France. Various times and prices; Ustinov Studio; www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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Until 30 July

EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEW SEASON Cancel your flights to Scotland because, for the fifth year running, the Edinburgh Fringe (well, a preview version) is coming to Bath. Catch some of the very finest risingstar Edinburgh Fringe acts before they become household names.

Comedians include Tony Law, Phil Nichol, Bethany Black, Lucy Porter and Angela Barnes. £8; Komedia; www.komedia.co.uk

Until 4 August

AN IDEAL HUSBAND Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Susan Hampshire, Nathaniel Parker, Frances Barber and Sally Bretton star in Oscar Wilde’s glittering comedy. Set in London in 1895, this drama about political corruption, blackmail, scandalloving journalists and the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us, displays Wilde’s most sparkling wit and sharp humour in a feast for both the ear and the eye. Various times and prices; Main House, Theatre Royal Bath; www.theatreroyal.org.uk

24 – 26 July

Bath comedy preview The team at Bath Comedy are producing six exciting Edinburgh Fringe previews over three nights in Widcombe. Join Faye Treacy and her trombone for an idiosyncratic tale about a South London foster family, watch Anna Morris, the star of Channel 4's Lee and Dean and enjoy John Hastings’ tales of displacement, death and denial. Two shows per day, 7pm and 9pm; £5 in advance (or pay what you feel on the day); Ring O'Bells, Widcombe; www.bathcomedy.com

31 July

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Chapterhouse Theatre Company has joined with Bath Racecourse to present Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. 6pm; £10 – £46; Bath Racecourse; www.bath-racecourse.co.uk

Music 20 July

KITTY MACFARLANE Kitty’s lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. The Somersetbased singer and songwriter has supported sets for Seth Lakeman, Alasdair Roberts, Rachel Sermanni, Blair, Dunlop and Feast of Fiddles. Kitty appeared as a theme-tune on

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What’s on Radio 4, was a featured artist for a BBC Introducing documentary and made the semi-final of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2015. 7.30pm; £12; Arts Cafe, Komedia; www.komedia.co.uk

3 August

CATFISH Not to be confused with Catfish and the Bottlemen, British Blues award-winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as a live band. They’ve got a phenomenal front man in 22-year-old guitarist and vocalist Matt Long, and will be performing original material from their new album Broken Man, which was entirely crowd-funded. 7.30pm; £10; Arts Cafe, Komedia; www.komedia.co.uk

4 August

Once Upon a Hill Festival Komedia Bath have teamed-up with Kelston Records to present a one-of-a-kind festival in a barn. With panoramic views of Bath, Bristol and beyond, the location will transport you from the everyday world, and build a sense of anticipation for the unique celebrations of music, poetry and landscape. Headlining is Stick in the Wheel, Britain’s exciting new folk band. 3pm; £16 – £26; Arts Cafe, The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill, near Bath; www.komedia.co.uk

experience artistic, scientific, fun, thought-provoking and interactive encounters. Step in to the digital laboratory, find out how we’ll be using 3D printers in the future, become a character in a video game and be part of a live gaming experiment. Andrew Brownsword Gallery, The Edge; www.edgearts.org

Until 27 August

BATH FOLK FESTIVAL Now in its ninth year, the festival celebrates all flavours of traditional music. Expect concerts, lively pub and café sessions, storytelling, dance and the popular Bath Traditional Music Summer School. This year’s line-up of artists includes Irish guitarist John Doyle and travelling troubadour Rory McLeod. Various times and prices; Venues around Bath; www.bathfolkfestival.org

SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN Discover a huge range of activities to entertain the kids during their summer break. The first weekly family craft activity begins on 30 July with a theme of ‘Animals at the Palace.’ Other events include a Midsummer Mayhem Summer Family Fun Day, Nature Ninja Fridays and the annual Moat Boat Race. Various times and prices; The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells; www.bishopspalace.org.uk

19 August

Until 3 September

11 – 19 August

ÅKERVINDA Join this all-female Scandi vocal quartet for an evening of folk tales, improvisation and sublime song. Vocal arrangements are intricate and unusual, and the singers leave lots of room for invention. Expect a modern take of the traditional folk songs of Scandinavia. Various times and prices; Komedia Arts Café; www.komedia.co.uk


Until 24 August

THE FANTASTICAL MULTIMEDIA POP-UP This project presents three zones to

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PREDATORS Are you ready to come face-to-face with some of the biggest, fastest, stealthiest and strangest predators around? 14 killer animatronic carnivores have stalked into Longleat park to make your day out with the kids extra wild. Included in park ticket price; Longleat; www.longleat.co.uk

21 July

BATH CARNIVAL Watch Bath’s streets come to life again with the sights and sounds of the carnival. As well as fantastic live bands, you’ll find food and drinks stalls and interactive workshops. Explore the traditions

above, Åkervinda fill Komedia's café with Scandi-song left, explore The Fantastical Multimedia PopUp project at The Edge Gallery below,once Upon a Hill festival at Kelston Roundhill

What’s on

25 July

wild woodland days Identify insects and plants, build dens, cook over an open fire, take part in games and activities and create wild artwork with your children outdoors. Suitable for 5-11 year olds. Morning and afternoon sessions available; £10; Dyrham Park; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

10 – 12 August

COCK & BULL FESTIVAL A big knees up held at a secret location near Bath, all to raise funds for charity Jamie’s Farm. Set in the middle of the countryside, this festival features over 50 live acts and DJ's, as well as healing fields, craft workshops and all sorts of farmyard antics. Expect communal eating, fresh local produce, ales and cider. £15 -£95; Location disclosed on the ticket; www.jamiesfarm.org.uk

27 August

FUN DAY The biggest annual event of Bath Cats and Dogs Home returns. Visitors (and their dogs) can enjoy agility demonstrations, games, stalls and tasty food, plus the much-anticipated dog show. New for this year is a kid’s zone and entertainment trailer. 11am; £2.50 – £12; Bath Cats and Dogs Home; www.bcdh.org.uk


Until 31 August

Torchlit Summer eves The historic Roman Baths will be staying open late (until 10pm) during the summer months. Expect the site to take on a magical atmosphere once the daylight fades and the flickering torches are lit around the Great Bath. Various times and prices (free to Discovery Card Holders); The Roman Baths; www.romanbaths.co.uk

Until 10 September

minerva’s owls bath sculpture trail A public sculpture trail of 100 owl sculptures and smaller owlets will be appearing around the city. Each will have a technological beacon integrated into them so that followers of the trail can find all the owls as well as learn all about the artists and projects that have been responsible for decorating them. Various locations; www.minervasowls.org

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21 July – September

BATH ON THE BEACH A new Carribbean-style beach venue is opening in the centre of the city, brought to us from the same team behind Bath on Ice. Get ready to relax with friends in hammocks and among palm trees, play volleyball, and enjoy tropical food and cocktails. 10am – 10pm; Royal Victoria Park; www.bathonthebeach.co.uk

22 July

Pop-up market Number Three is hosting its first pop-up market. The salon will be home to local indie market traders and all their goodies, including cold-pressed juices, jewellery, craft wine and handmade homewares. The team will also be creating bespoke Bumble & Bumble consultations. 11am – 4pm; Number Three Bath; www.numberthreebath.com

above, Frida Owlo perches in Bradford on Avon as part of Minerva’s Owls sculpture trail left, John Hastings brings comedy tales to Widcombe ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe below, The annual fun day returns to Bath Cats and Dogs Home

26 July

Tim Parks on Consciousness Tim's new book, Out of My Head, tells the gripping, highly personal and surprisingly funny story of his quest to discover more about the fascinating topic of consciousness. Expect an eyeopening and insightful evening into how the mind works. 8pm; £7 -£16.99; Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath; www.toppingbooks.co.uk

27 July

V V Rouleaux's first birthday party The top trimmings shop is celebrating its first birthday with cake, fizz and craft workshops, plus a surprise gift for the first 20 customers. Learn how to make tassels and ribbon roses from V V’s experts. 9.30am – 5.30pm; V V Rouleaux, Bath; www.vvrouleaux.com

31 July

talkING TO JASPER FFORDE The king of inventive fiction and creator of the best-selling Thursday Next series is back with a brand new Ffordian world. Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights' staff chat to Jasper about his richly imagined new book Early Riser two days ahead of official publication, as well as the horrors of winter, genreblending, and literary detectives. 7pm; £5; Bath Central United Reformed Church; www.mrbsemporium.com n

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the big interview

The Liberal Democrats made a partial come-back in the 2017 election, which saw a perhaps unlikely figure – German born, and a Rochdale councillor for a decade – returned as Bath’s MP. And, thanks to a headline-grabbing campaign against the very modern, very sleazy crime of upskirting, she’s suddenly in the public eye. First though, Wera Hobhouse is going speed shopping… Words by Matt Bielby Portraits by Jeni Meade www.mediaclash.co.uk I BATH LIFE I 49


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the big interview Capitalism, and – like how young people are enthused by Jeremy Corbyn – my generation got excited about Marxism. The problem was, the only experience we had of Marxism was of the dictatorial East – where they built a wall to make sure their people didn’t leave. And you got into politics early, didn’t you?

Age 16, through an educational trust designed to teach young Germans what a liberal, tolerant society was all about. It was non-party political, but the idea was to stop us getting sucked into Marxism. We’d do projects pitting two systems – a market economy versus a planned economy – against each other, and we’d learn what the Socialist East was finding, that it’s impossible to plan everything down to the last screw. That got me into student politics, but I never found a political party I wanted to join. I certainly didn’t want to be conservative – what, hang around with 20-year-old guys who look like 40-year-olds? – and it was very early days for the greens. Yet you say the Lib Dems fit you like a glove?


omorrow, Wera Hobhouse will be in London, and there’s a little window in her schedule, so she’s preparing a surgical strike on Oxford Street. It’s slightly embarrassing sitting here listening to her discuss clothes sizes – “a petite 36, but in a normal sizes perhaps a 34” – but she doesn’t seem to mind, and it’s all part of the mission to build Brand Wera. “We were looking at her Twitter the other day, and she only seems to own one jacket,” says an aide. “We’re going to change all that.” Before she came to Bath, Wera had been a Rochdale councillor, initially – and briefly – as a Tory. “It was 2004, my husband was a Conservative, and they asked me to run,” she says. “This is the North West, they said, so you won’t win anyway. But when I do something I try to do it well, and there I was, on the council. Except things soon went pear-shaped. There was a plan to build homes on asbestos-contaminated land, and my colleagues did nothing about it. I got frustrated, and joined the Lib Dems, taking my husband with me.” What are the issues you really care about?

Local government, education, mental health and climate change. And Brexit, of course. I stay away from defence and public accounts. Yes, everything you do comes down to the ways you can fund it, but I’m not really a numbers girl. I’m currently involved with an all party parliamentary group looking into adverse childhood experiences, for instance, and the way young people who suffer trauma in early life can carry these disadvantages forever. Making sure they get early help would be a small change, but would have a big impact. You obviously grew up in Germany…

A divided Germany, with the Socialist East on our doorstep. In those days, the world was divided between Marxism and

Wera Hobhouse at Bath Quays, a project to get us all more engaged with the riverside – and from where it’s an easy bike ride to Bradford-on-Avon one way, and Bristol the other

Because they’re openly internationalist, proEuropean, and environmentalist – they put into one package the things I passionately believe in, including an open, tolerant society where decisions are taken based on the evidence. Yes, I know that politics is also about emotion, but you make a lot of mischief when you base everything on that. For me, you have to make transparent decisions based on what we know works. So it’s more about evidence than left or right…?

People say, where do you stand? Left or right? Well, you stand with the best evidenced argument. For instance, I think cannabis should be decriminalised for medicinal usage. Why? Because in countries where this has happened, there’s hasn’t been an explosion of deaths on the street. The only people benefiting from a criminalised cannabis are criminal gangs – and why should we allow that sort of nonsense? The Lib Dems are the only major party against Brexit. Has this seen membership go through the roof?

No, but it’s certainly going up. It’s partly because many people are upset about Brexit, and partly just people coming back to us after the 2015 General Election results, when we did so, so badly. People wanted to hurt us back then, for sure, but I don’t think they wanted to completely annihilate us. There will always be a place for the reasonable middle ground. People wanted to punish you because you’d gone into a coalition government with the Conservatives…

When we did that – back in 2010 – it seemed like the only thing we could do. And it created a coalition government, which is something I still passionately believe in. These days, people look back at that 2010-15 government and think, you know what? It was actually quite good. That’s because the arguments Conservatives are now having behind closed doors were, in those days, thrashed out in public. The Lib Dems and Conservatives would come from their two sides, and be forced to find a middle way – and I like that. Tell us how you came to Bath...

We’re vagabonds, really. I’m from Germany, my husband is

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the big interview from a big Somerset family, but we’d been living in the North West for years. I was a councillor in Rochdale for a decade, and a mother, and a secondary school teacher – but 2014 was a year of change for us. Our youngest daughter had left home, my teaching contract had come to an end, and I wasn’t going to stand for the council again. Don Foster, Bath’s Lib Dem MP, was going to step down, so I threw my hat into the ring. Why not? My husband still had lots of brothers and sisters around here. But it was hard. 2015 was very tough for the Lib Dems, and I wasn’t selected for Bath and so stood against Jacob Rees-Mogg, just north of here. Well, I lost – and so did the candidate selected for Bath. But you moved here anyway...

Because we love it. We bought a house on the western riverside, and I started campaigning, which I like to do. And then Brexit happened…

And I’ve never felt so sick in my life. It didn’t help that the Lib Dems weren’t their usual, enthusiastic, campaigning selves, having lost so badly in 2015. Had we argued the case for the European Union more strongly – and, yes, pointed out how ridiculously hard it would be to separate ourselves from Europe again – things may have gone differently. I remain convinced it’s a historic mistake, and I’m unashamedly exploring ways in which we, at this late stage, could stop it.

We’re not actually sure whether this flowery number is a result of Wera’s recent shopping trip, but we wouldn’t bet against it

Even if you could, should you? People voted for it…

If you want to be truly democratic, you need to be able to look at whatever deal is on the table and then ask the people to clarify that this is really what they had in mind. We all know much more now than we did in 2016. I know I do.

I do...

That was fun. Not the subject – it’s a surprisingly widespread modern crime, and quite vile – but the experience of helping bring the subject into public debate, and doing something about it. We thought we’d try to push a new law through as a private member’s bill. It followed closely what had been done in Scotland. The difference, of course – without wishing to gender the whole thing – is that in Scotland there are kilts.

The year after Brexit, in May 2017, a snap election was called – and this time I was selected as Bath’s candidate. Within five weeks, I was MP. One of the reasons we struggled so much in coalition is that we’re really a progressive party, but couldn’t get much of our agenda through. Our natural position is closer to Labour and the Greens – although less so with the way Labour is going under Corbyn. It’s a real step backwards. Yes, we should share the enthusiasm of young people for a better world – but the way we get to a more equal society is not through drastic measures like renationalisation. Nor is it through groups like Momentum, who bang down on people who think differently from them. It’s such a wealthy, beautiful place that it can be hard for Bathonians who aren’t of that culture to feel at home here. I find it sad that some from the South West of the city, say, don’t come into the centre often because they don’t feel it’s theirs. Bath should be a place where everyone should be able to lead a good life, but inequality is still rising and house prices are out of the reach of lots of people. This is, of course, a huge national issue that I can’t solve on my own, but my main ask is that we build a lot more social homes – council houses, actually – because too much of the stock is draining away through right to buy, and we don’t replace it. And then there’s transport…

Which is linked to pollution, and we need to tackle both – but we need to be brave and think of real alternatives to car use, because the problem isn’t just lorries and buses, but private cars, too. We have to encourage people to walk and cycle more. I’ve bought myself an electric bicycle and am very proud of it. I had a think: what stops me using my normal

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You’re a fairly new MP, and outside of Bath not many people know you. At least, that used to be the case…

Because of the whole upskirting thing, you mean?

So, are the Lib Dems really on their way back?

What are the issues facing Bath?

bike? Partly it’s the traffic, but mostly it’s the hills. So now I’ve started going to meetings on my electric bike – and yay, it’s fun.

You mean, because men might be the victims, something gets done…?

“I had a think: what stops me using my bike? Partly it’s the traffic, but mostly it’s the hills”

From a woman’s point of view, in a society where the law has traditionally been made by men, if an issue is an issue for men it might get picked up on quicker. It’s not just about people using phones and selfie sticks to take photos up women’s skirts, but also tiny cameras you can put on the tip of your shoe, or fixed cameras people place on escalators. The problem with the law we have is that the only way to get a prosecution is by having a witness say that they’ve seen them do it – difficult, because even the victims don’t often notice it happening. We want it to be a specific crime where the image is all the evidence we need – no more than that. So how come the law hasn’t changed?

Because there’s a small bunch of old-fashioned white male Conservative backsbenchers who say no to everything, they’ve almost made a sport of it. In this case it was Sir Christopher Chope, who I actually sit with on the Brexit select committee. I told him that, if he did object to my little bill, it would backfire on him – not that he cared. So he objected, my bill failed, and he became Public Enemy No.1. He later admitted he didn’t even know what my bill was about, and was only interested in being obstructive. He’s a stuck-in-the-mud old thing. But we have the Prime Minister’s support, and will win in the end. In a post-Weinstein world, women are no longer prepared to put up with this rubbish. n For more, werahobhouse.co.uk

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In or out? From the psychedelic and cheery, to the dark and gloomy, the Little has a whole spectrum of flicks for you this month, shown indoors and out


s summer continues, we have some fun, thrills and throwbacks coming your way. Our big event this summer is the Picturehouse Pop Up Cinema. Our screen will be going free-range and returning to the grounds of The Holburne Museum, from 9 – 13 August, and, every night, we’ll be showing some classic films and smash hits on a huge screen set under the summer firmament. Don’t forget to bring along cushions, blankets and picnic chairs to watch these four beauties: Top Gun is the infinitely watchable classic following Maverick (Tom Cruise), who is sent to Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School, where the best go to refine their elite skills. Maverick’s at odds with many of the other pilots, though that’s not all he’s fighting for; he’s also battling for the attention of the beautiful flight instructor. If you haven’t seen this classic, you definitely need to. Withnail & I is a hilarious black comedy following the lives of two unemployed actors – Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann) – who decide to take a break from their failing careers and visit Withnail’s uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). This very British

comedy will tickle everyone’s funny bones. If you missed out on seeing it during our 50th anniversary special, don’t worry, you’ll get to enjoy Yellow Submarine outside on a beautiful summer’s evening. This psychedelic masterpiece has been restored for even more colourful magic, alongside classic Beatles tunes; it’s sure to have an amazing atmosphere. The smash-hit The Greatest Showman sing-a-long is a brilliant musical which follows the true story of P.T Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his circus show in the 19th century. Bring all your family and friends and warble along to these instant classic tunes; be quick, though; tickets for the pop-up cinema screenings are running out fast. Back inside the Little, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the highly anticipated sequel we’ve been waiting for since Sophie invited all three of her potential dads to her wedding in 2008’s Mamma Mia! ). Filled with even more ABBA hits, sensational dancing and the returning magnificent cast plus a few new faces, this sequel is definitely going to be fun. The film follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who finds out she is pregnant on the same island that her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), had been pregnant with her. Sophie wonders how her mother coped with her life and pregnancy as her mother’s friends and ex lovers return to the island to help Sophie celebrate her pregnancy. With flashbacks to young Donna (Lily James), we explore Donna’s past, and Sophie learns how to cope with her pregnancy, too. This flick is full to the brim with brilliant musical moments and it’s a heart-warming story. I would highly recommend bringing all of your friends together, getting several bottles of wine at the ready, and getting into the groove of this feel-good musical experience. Amanda Seyfried appears again in new mesmerising drama-thriller First Reformed. Following a year in his life, Reverend Ernst Toller, portrayed by Ethan Hawke, struggles to keep his faith after a tragedy occurs in his parish. Toller is the minister of a small church, named First Reformed, that’s about to celebrate its 250th anniversary, while competing with the much bigger church – Abundant Life – nearby. Not everyone likes the overly cheery feel of Abundant Life, and they choose instead to attend the gloomier First Reformed. Husband and wife, Mary (Seyfried) and

Clockwise, from top left: Top Gun – the infinitely watchable classic – is one of the films being screened at the Little’s outdoor pop up screen; Mamma Mia! is back with a new musical story; a special screening of The Greatest Showman sing-a-long will be shown at sunset, outdoors

Michael (Philip Ettinger), are two such people. Mary is the religious one of the couple, while Michael is an environmental activist who has been discharged from prison early due to Mary being several months pregnant. Mary asks Toller to speak to her husband, who wants the baby to be aborted rather than being brought into a world he views as heading towards an environmental apocalypse. The two men meet, and it’s seemingly going well, but, after, things start to turn darker for Toller. Drinking more than he already does, Toller’s mood grows dimmer as the tragedy draws closer. From Paul Schrader – the writer of Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Raging Bull – First Reformed is being hailed as one of the best movies of the year, and also being called Ethan Hawke’s best performance to date. If you’re a fan of dark, brooding thrillers, this is definitely one for you. So, whether you want an escape from the warm weather we’re having lately, or you want to continue to bask in it, we have options for both, and some cracking flicks to entertain you either way.

“We’ll be showing some classic films on a huge screen set under the summer firmament”

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For real Expect villainy, drama, peril and obsession in Nic Bottomley’s real-life picks this week

“The fact that it isn’t fiction makes the action all the more remarkable”


s the World Cup has demonstrated, real life (if professional football can be called real life; which it certainly can’t come to think of it) often provides more drama than even the most imaginative novelist can conjure up. I Am, I Am, I Am, by Maggie O’Farrell (Headline, £8.99) is a perfect example of the tension of truth. This is also a surprisingly lifeaffirming book, given that its subject matter is, to all intents and purposes, death. Or not death exactly, but close encounters with it. Many of us will have had moments when we’ve seen our lives flashing before our eyes or indeed suffered illnesses or other traumas that have made us feel horribly mortal. But for most of us we’ll be able to count these nearmisses on one hand. Not so novelist Maggie O’Farrell. Her new sort-of memoir documents her 17, that’s one-seven, “brushes with death”, recounting each medical battle or incident with a captivating openness and honesty. When I first began reading the book, I worried that O’Farrell would be stretching the concept somewhat – that some of the lifethreatening events would be of the hypothetical “what if I’d suddenly stumbled and fallen” type – and therefore lacking in any real drama. That worry was out of the window from the first incredibly raw tale – from O’Farrell’s teenage years – in which on an apparently solo hike she has a close and potentially devastating encounter with another lone walker. Each chapter contains a single episode, but they are not presented chronologically. Instead we drift from present-day chronic allergies to childhood illnesses, creating a patchwork of a life that has had so much drama and peril that it should have left little time for becoming a bestselling novelist. The structure is very flexible and the detail of O’Farrell’s life and family is sometimes precise and other times impressionistic. Nevertheless, by the time you reach the final page, you do feel you have read an autobiography of sorts and that you know a little about what motivates the author, as well as the trials she has overcome. I found it made me admire O’Farrell immensely, both for her writing and for her endurance in remaining buoyant and matter-of-fact despite a life with more than its fair share of setbacks. Catching Thunder by Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Sæter (Zed Books, £12.99) should by all rights be a novel for the amount of chase,

villainy and drama it crams into its 360 pages. The fact that it isn’t fiction makes the action all the more exciting and remarkable and enables the authors to hammer home the severity of the environmental crimes that underpin all of the thrills and spills. The ‘Thunder’ in the title is a fishing vessel which is on Interpol’s ‘Bandit Six’ hitlist of vessels wanted for illegally fishing the delicious but protected Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic. In the opening chapters, the book’s principal hero, captain Peter Hammarstedt, catches sight, at last, of the illusive ‘Thunder’ and manoeuvres his own boat, the ‘Bob Barker’, to within aggressive radio-messaging distance of its stern. The ‘Bob Barker’ is one of the boats maintained by Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation organisation with a propensity for taking very direct action to protect the ocean’s wildlife from illegal fishing, hunting or other environmental damage. As we follow Hammarstedt and his crew on what turns out to be an incredible 110-day chase across the Southern oceans we learn about the shadowy but highly profitable world of illegal fishing, about the vagaries of maritime law, and about the propensity of ships to suddenly change identity and nationality at the behest of their fleet-footed criminal mastermind owners. Hammarstedt and his Sea Shepherd colleagues undoubtedly take things to the limit in their pursuit of ‘Thunder’ and in relentlessly holding national governments to account for their inaction. But as the chase reaches its spectacular conclusion, you find yourself in awe of their perseverance, gung-ho bravery and cunning as they work in tandem with Interpol to bring the pirates to justice. If, however, this summer has left you feeling that only football can deliver the level of drama you require, then turn to Eduardo Galeano’s Football in Sun and Shadow (Penguin, £9.99) for your post-World Cup fix. In short and disordered essays, Uruguay’s most celebrated literary export explores the emotional turmoil, pain and joy of being a football fan, recounting the highs and lows of a life-time obsession. He may be writing with a South American lens, but the sentiments are all too familiar and relatable. Nic Bottomley is the general manager of Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14/15 John Street, Bath; 01225 331155; www.mrbsemporium.com www.mediaclash.co.uk I BATH LIFE I 57

Rolling Mill Restaurant, Music Bar & Cafe The music at this waterside eatery creates a great atmosphere, but the food, view and revitalised look hit the right notes, too By Lisa Evans. Photography by Philip Field


t’s pretty quiet on the early evening I’m visiting the Rolling Mill, but later on, they tell me, it will turn into a total singalong. We’re big fans of that, as food and music are meant to go together. At the moment, we’re just listening to the likes of Etta James and James Brown through the speaker system, and we have icons such as The Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse staring at us from the huge wall of artworks, which is the focal point of the restaurant, but, come 7.30pm, the party will start. And this is the case every evening of the week – except on Sundays, when live lunchtime jazz and blues during your Sunday roast becomes the order of the day. This tuneful burst was introduced in April when the Rolling Mill took over the Italian eatery, Il Mulino, that was there previously, and a brand-new look and menu has revitalised the space. The restaurant’s hospitality consultant, Zoi Baldry,

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thought that this area – Batheaston – was missing a place where people could dine while lapping up acoustic sounds and a funky atmosphere, so she helped created a new concept, and, now, the musical line-up there will include everything from classic pop and 70s rock to 20th-century beats and piano melodies. It’s the neighbourhood restaurant you truly want around the corner; one which will leave you feeling they really care about you having a good time. And the view, especially on a summer’s day, is incredible. The first thing you’ll notice, right outside the window, is the enormous working waterwheel feature (the restaurant’s name is a play on words combining The Rolling Stones with the watermill), which, Zoi tells us, powers green energy for the eatery and for The Old Mill Hotel, to which the restaurant is attached. Beyond that are views of the River Avon and the beautiful countryside and meadows surrounding it, and


the picture is completed by the attractive hotel gardens and terrace, alongside the river. Going al fresco on one of the picnic tables at lunchtime is recommended, and, from the end of the garden, you can rent canoes and rowing boats to have a little trip up and down the river and enjoy the peace and quiet and watch the wildlife. On the sunny day that we’re visiting, we’re brought some of the chef ’s favourite starter dishes, which include a platter of chargrilled loveliness – piled with feta-stuffed red peppers, fat garlic- and herb-marinated olives, butterbeans in a rich tomato sauce, halloumi, aubergine and artichoke. The only things we might have tweaked would have been the peppers – as they still had the seeds hidden inside – and the halloumi, as it was cold and didn’t have the endearingly soft elasticity that it does when it’s fresh from the pan. Cheese temperature was redressed, though, when it came to the piping-hot oven-baked feta with fresh tomato and green pepper slices, drizzled with olive oil and spiked with oregano and chilli flakes. More warm Greek cheese was delivered among spinach and spring onions inside Zoi’s own-recipe filo pastry triangles, and the world was well again. There’s a definite Mediterranean influence here, but there are also plenty of typical pub food options, like fish and chips, burgers, BBQ ribs, and chicken in a basket, and the nearest thing to ostentation is my dining buddy’s main: a slow-cooked and substantial lamb shank – cherry pink inside – with red wine sauce, creamy mash and mixed veg. I go for cannelloni, stuffed with ricotta and spinach, bathing in a sauce of fresh tomatoes cooked down to the essence of themselves and topped with melty, naughty, golden parmesan. We can confidently say that the head chef – Chris Griffin, who has over 10 years’ experience in high-end AA hotel kitchens, and was previously at Combe Grove and Homeward Park – knows his way around a dessert. The choices that seduce us are a hot, oozy chocolate fondant – that stays the right side of cloying – served with vanilla ice cream, and a slab of outstandingly squidgy sticky toffee pudding. Best bits, for sure. So go to the Rolling Mill if you want to be treated to hearty Med-influenced food, epic views and saxophone solos, but just don’t go as early as we did or you’ll miss a whole third of the delights. n

“We’re big fans of that, as food and music are meant to go together”

Dining details Rolling Mill Restaurant, Music Bar & Cafe, Tollbridge Road, Batheaston, Bath, BA1 7DE; 01225 962 230; www.oldmillbath.co.uk Prices Starters £4.25 – £9.80; mains £9.75 – £20; desserts £5.50 Drinks Plenty of cocktail options, plus whole sections dedicated to individual spirits – there are 13 types of gin, for example – and wine-wise, there are copious varieties Music Live music every evening from 7.30pm – excluding Sundays, when live lunchtime roast-dinner beats kick in instead

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DINING IN BATH Bath Life’s selection of the best places to eat out in Bath and the surrounding area BRITISH THE BATH PRIORY Weston Road, Bath; 01225 331922; www.thebathpriory.co.uk Delicious fine dining overlooking the hotel's award-winning gardens CIRCUS RESTAURANT 34 Brock Street, Bath; 01225 466020; www.thecircusrestaurant.co.uk Voted number four in the UK in The Times's “20 secret restaurants that foodies love” CORKAGE Chapel Row, Bath; 01225 423417 www.corkagebath.com Award-winning small plates restaurant and wine specialist CORKAGE 132 Walcot St, Bath; 01225 422577 www.corkagebath.com Award-winning small plates restaurant and wine specialist THE DOWER HOUSE, ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL 16 Royal Crescent, Bath; 01225 823333; www.royalcrescent.co.uk/dining AA 3 rosette fine dining at one of Bath’s most iconic locations HENRY'S 4 Saville Row, Bath; 01225 780055; www.henrysrestaurantbath.com Imaginative modern dining offering a classic menu and also full vegetarian and vegan menus DAN MOON AT THE GAINSBOROUGH RESTAURANT Beau St, Bath; 01225 358888; www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk Creativity meets delicious food with this talented chef MENU GORDON JONES 2 Wellsway, Bath; 01225 480871; www.menugordonjones.co.uk Multi award-winning fine dining with a constantly changing surprise tasting menu THE OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT, THE QUEENSBERRY HOTEL Russell St, Bath; 01225 447928; www.thequeensberry.co.uk One of Bath’s longest established restaurants, overseen by Chris Cleghorn with 3 AA rosettes 60 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

WOODS 9-13 Alfred St, Bath; 01225 314812 www.woodsrestaurant.com Legendary Bath dining institution serving French influenced British cuisine

THE CHEQUERS 50 Rivers St, Bath; 01225 360017; www.thechequersbath.com Inventive British food served in a welcoming pub atmosphere close to the Royal Crescent


THE GARRICKS HEAD 7-8 St John's Rd, Bath; 01225 318368; www.garricksheadpub.com City centre pub and dining room next to the Theatre Royal Bath

CAFÉ LUCCA 1-2 Bartlett Street, Bath; 01225 335394; www.cafelucca.co.uk Stylish contemporary café situated at The Loft on Bartlett Street; offering a Mediterranean inspired menu with barista coffee and sumptuous homemade cakes DARCY’S 34 Gay St, Bath; 01225 425308 www.facebook.com/darcysbath Independent café/newsagent in Bath. Serving breakfast and lunch, coffee and cake daily GREEN BIRD CAFÉ 11 Margaret's Buildings, Bath; 01225 487846; www.greenbirdcafe.co.uk Independently-run café located between the Circus and Royal Crescent THE KINGSMEAD KITCHEN 1 Kingsmead St, Kingsmead Square, Bath; 01225 329002; www.fieldfireandfeast.co.uk Laid-back, modern café-bar open daily from 8am until 6pm for breakfast, brunch, lunch and tea using farm produce

CALIFORNIAN THE FIREHOUSE ROTISSERIE 2 John St, Bath; 01225 482070; www.firehouserotisserie.co.uk Californian and Tex-Mex dishes, prepared over a wood-fired grill in a rustic setting

GASTROPUBS GPT SMOKEHOUSE 44-45 Lower Bristol Rd, Bath; 01225 429509; www.gptbath.com 'Dude Food' menu cooked with an authentic handmade American hot smoker KING WILLIAM 36 Thomas St, Bath; 01225 428096; www.kingwilliampub.com Pub with an upstairs dining room serving a modern British menu based on West Country produce

THE HARE AND HOUNDS Lansdown Road, Avon, Bath; 01225 482682; www.hareandhoundsbath.com Airy, relaxed spot with modern British gastropub menu, extensive wine list and scenic outdoor area THE LOCKSBROOK INN 103 Locksbrook Rd, Bath; 01225 427119; www.thelocksbrookinn.com Canalside gastropub in Bath, open every day for drinks, brunch, coffee, lunch, evening meals and grazing in between THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN 35 Marlborough Buildings; 01225 423731; www.marlborough-tavern.com Award-winning gastropub using seasonal local produce THE NEW INN 24 Monmouth Place, Bath; 01225 442944; www.newinnbath.co.uk Burgers and bar snacks with cask and craft ale and beers THE RICHMOND ARMS 7 Richmond Place, Bath; 01225 316725; www.therichmondarmsbath.com Hearty dishes with menu changing on a daily basis

INDIAN THE EASTERN EYE 8a Quiet St, Bath; 01225 422323; www.easterneye.com Classic traditional Bengali cuisine in a grand Georgian interior space THE MINT ROOM Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Rd, Bath; 01225 446656; www.themintroom.co.uk Award-winning contemporary Indian fine dining


ITALIAN CAFFÈ CARUSO 3 Trim Bridge, Bath; 01225 426735 www.caffecarusobath.co.uk Independent restaurant with authentic Italian dishes SOTTO SOTTO 10 North Parade, Bath 01225 330236; www.sottosotto.co.uk Classic Italian menu with a contemporary twist in candlelit vaulted cellars

PIZZA THE OVEN 21 Westgate St, Bath 01225 311181; www.theovenpizzeria.co.uk Neapolitan artisan pizza using local and Italian imported produce

REAL ITALIAN PIZZA CO 16 York St, Bath 01225 330121; www.realitalianpizza.co.uk Family-owned pizzeria. Wood-fired pizza with fresh authentic ingredients




THE HERD 12a Argyle St, Bath; 01225 316583; www.theherdrestaurant.co.uk Locally sourced meat of the finest provenance alongside a simple, seasonal menu

KOH THAI TAPAS 36 Broad St, Bath 01225 311232; www.koh-thai.co.uk Award-winning small Thai tapas plates and delicious cocktails

HUDSON STEAKHOUSE 14 London St, Bath; 01225 332323; www.hudsonsteakhouse.co.uk Award-winning steakhouse in a listed building specialising in prime aged steaks and delicious starters with a fusion twist

TAPAS REVOLUTION 20A St Lawrence St, Bath; 01225 312917 www.tapasrevolution.com/bath Authentic Spanish tapas plus an outside terrace

THAI BY THE WEIR 16 Argyle St, Bath 01225 444834; www.thaibytheweir.co.uk Restaurant overlooking the weir, serving a classic Thai menu

OUTSIDE OF BATH BRITISH NO. 10 TEA GARDENS Avoncliff, Westwood, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2HD; 01225 853361 www.avonclifftea.com An independent tea garden located next to the picturesque aqueduct at Avoncliff THE GARDEN 15-17 The Bridge, Chippenham, SN15 1HA 01249 465672; www.thegardenuk.co.uk Relaxed dining using British produce

COUNTRY HOUSE HOTELS LUCKNAM PARK Colerne, Wilts, SN14 8AZ 01225 742777; www.lucknampark.co.uk Michelin-starred fine dining at the renowned Park restaurant, and more informal dining at the stylish contemporary brasserie at this five star country house hotel WIDBROOK GRANGE HOTEL Trowbridge Road, Bradford on Avon BA15 1UH; 01225 864750; www.widbrookgrange.co.uk

Modern farmhouse cuisine, locally sourced and freshly prepared STON EASTON PARK Ston Easton, nr. Bath, Bath, BA3 4DF 01761 241631; stoneaston.co.uk Luxurious pet friendly country house hotel in Wells, with an award-winning fine dining restaurant and 36 acres of beautiful grounds

GASTROPUBS TIMBRELL'S YARD 49 St Margaret's St, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1DE; 01225 869492 timbrellsyard.com Timbrell's Yard is a rejuvenated Coaching Inn, in beautiful Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, with excellent dining and luxurious accommodation THE GEORGE AT WOOLLEY 67 Woolley St, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1AQ; 01225 865650; www.thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk Lovingly refurbished gastropub from awardwinning team

HOMEWOOD PARK Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7TB 01225 723731; www.homewoodpark.co.uk Luxury hotel with two rosette restaurant and spa THE PEAR TREE INN Top Lane, Whitely, Wilts, SN12 8QX; 01225 704966; www.peartreewhitley.co.uk An elegant revamped country inn with an acclaimed restaurant and contemporary rustic-chic bedrooms THE WHEELWRIGHTS ARMS Church Lane, Monkton Combe, BA2 7HB 01225 722287; www.wheelwrightsarms.co.uk Pub featuring modern takes on British classics, plus understated, individually decorated guestrooms

FARM SHOPS ALLINGTON FARM SHOP Allington Bar Farm, Allington, Chippenham SN14 6LJ; 01249 658112 www.allingtonfarmshop.co.uk Shop and café selling local produce ■

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Nestled in 36 acres of beautiful West Country parkland, Ston Easton Park is unique; the hotel is adorned with original antique furniture, sumptuous fabrics and glistening chandeliers, yet the warm welcome and homely atmosphere prevails, creating an idyllic home-away-from-home.

ENJOY AN ALFRESCO AFTERNOON TEA Why not take a seat on our sunny terrace, where you can tuck into an array of sweet and savoury treats, served on beautiful tiered cakes stands. Alternatively you can enjoy afternoon tea inside in our stunning drawing rooms. Champagne afternoon teas and lighter cream teas are also available. Served from 12 noon | Early booking advised | Gift vouchers available

Beautiful, relaxed riverside dining... Serving lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and Sunday lunch


Beautiful food ¶ Carefully selected wine list ¶ Boating available Private customer car park ¶ Pretty, covered terrace overlooking the river

Complimentary glass of Prosecco to all joining us for Afternoon Tea. QUOTE BA05 (Offer valid until 20/08/18) Ston Easton, Nr Bath, Somerset BA3 4DF To book, call 01761 241631 or email reception@stoneaston.co.uk


Please contact Ben & Rosy with any enquiries: tel 01225 428844 email ben@bathwickboatman.com | www.bathwickboatman.com The Bathwick Boatman | Forester Rd | Bath | BA2 6QE only 5 mins stroll from the Holburne Museum

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Supper clubs If you’re looking for new taste sensations and memorable dining experiences, these local supper clubs won’t let you down


Castle Farm Cafe Nestled within the rolling hills of Midford, Castle Farm has recently been taken over by husband and wife owners Pravin and Leah Nayar. Their Saturday night clubs are already a hit, and the ingredients couldn’t be more local. “The farmer, Jo, chooses vegetables for us that we base the menu on,” says Pravin. Meat comes from small, high-welfare farms, too.With four to seven courses each time, the theme changes weekly (Malaysian-inspired was the last), but dishes always focus on simple flavours and seasonal produce. Although the whole team have experience from high-end dining, there’s a fun and unstuffy atmosphere. www.castlefarmcafe.co.uk

more about the language and delicacies of (unsurprisingly) Italia. If you’re looking for a relaxed, sociable Italian lesson – over a light supper of delicious meats, cheeses and bread – head to the shop on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. “We’ve run two courses weekly, and the new course starts in September,” says Laura Doria, co-owner.“We’ve also just launched a monthly cookery and wine workshop.” In these, you’ll learn about a different Italian region each time, tasting its flavours and making a signature dish. Coming up is Liguria on 13 September, and Venice on 18 October. Spaces (for £35) are limited for the cookery demo, wine tasting and final dishes. www.theitalianfoodhall.com



The Packhorse The themed monthly supper clubs at this community-run pub have so far featured lamb, vegetarian and ‘A Taste of Sicily.’ The head chef and menu-creator changes each time, so each theme has an expert at the helm. On 25 July there’s an evening of Spanish flavours, and the Packhorse’s resident wine expert, Vito, has designed a flight to complement. Expect octopus, pork cheek and a valencian orange cheesecake, with ambient Spanish guitar. These relaxed suppers are around £35 for five courses – a little more for the optional, accompanying wines. www.packhorsebath.co.uk


The Italian Food Hall This speciality food store and deli runs two regular clubs, designed to teach you

Ping’s Pantry The premise of Ping Coombes’ Makan clubs is simple: to spread love for Malaysian flavours in Bath. “It’s so exciting to have finally found somewhere that I can host a fun and informal supper club,” she says. That somewhere is The Good Bear cafe on Bear Flat; dinner starts at 7.30pm (but it’s best to arrive early for carefully chosen drinks) and everyone sits together on long tables to enjoy a surprise menu of four Malay courses. Originally from Ipoh, and the MasterChef champ of 2014, Ping’s dishes are exciting and original. “Expect lots of flavours and textures – some classic, some modern and some experimental. You arrive as strangers and part as friends.” The next clubs (at £40 a head) are on 30 and 31 August. www.pingspantry.co.uk




Noya’s kitchen Noya Pawlyn started her Vietnamese pop-up clubs in 2013. Word spread, and now she hosts tri-weekly suppers at Noya’s Kitchen on St James’s Parade (around £40 per person). Noya creates, cooks and introduces the five-course menu herself, changing dishes depending on the seasons and her inspiration. “It’s an exciting experience, as the menu is a secret until the night,” says her husband, Daniel. “As Vietnamese food is fresh and light, you’ll leave feeling satisfied rather than bursting.” The space is relaxed, and with pictures of Noya’s family in Vietnam on the walls, it’s like dining at a friend’s. n www.noyaskitchen.co.uk

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food & drink news

Sow the seeds Wild Flour Cake Company is a stalwart of the Bath coffee shop scene, and their traybakes, muffins, loaves and rounds can be devoured in many local spots, including Society Café, Chandos Deli and Colonna & Small’s. On the strength of these baked beauties (and the potential of their business) Wild Flour has been chosen to be a member of this year’s Seed Fund Academy – an intensive summer school program that supports budding food and drink start-ups. “I can’t thank The Seed Fund enough for choosing us,” says Jessica Langford-Snape, owner. Wild Flour will now receive mentoring and business advice, and if they’re chosen from the 12 shortlisted finalists, they could receive The Seed Fund’s £100k annual prize later in the year. “It means that we have an incredible team of experts, who believe in what we are trying to do, using their wealth of experience to help us achieve our dreams.” For more: www.theseedfund.co.uk

Good vibes only

Sand in the city The city’s very first Beach Bar has just been opened at the County Hotel Bath on Pulteney Road, and we can already feel the sand between our toes… With comfortable low seating, bright Balinese parasols and views out over The Rec and Bath Abbey, both guests and visitors can drop in to the bar for al fresco cocktails, a relaxed bite to eat from the barbecue and totally tropical vibes. The bites, to be enjoyed inside or out, have been designed for the hot weather in mind, and include superfood salads and barbecue classics (vegan bean burgers and pulled jack fruit make the menu, too). On the drinks side, cocktails take their cue from beaches around the world, such as an aperol spritz, piña colada and a more local Bath Breeze, which features gin, vodka, orange and cranberry. “Creating something that’s fun, eclectic and different for Bath is what we do,” says co-owner Ian Taylor, who also owns No.15 Great Pulteney with his wife, Christa. “We’re delighted with the initial transformation here at The County Hotel, and hope people will come and experience our new Beach Bar and social hub for themselves.” Once the summer pop-up comes to an end (if you can bear to think that far ahead) the beach will be transformed into an exciting Winter Wonderland and a cool festive party space.

For more: www.thecountyhotelbath.co.uk

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Bath already has it’s fair share of fine dining, but two of the UK’s most influential chefs, Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, are soon to launch a brand-new restaurant together in the city centre. Between them, the duo have amassed six Michelin stars, and they’re busy working with The Abbey Hotel on North Parade to finalise plans for the September opening. Called Koffmann & Mr White’s, the joint venture will be a brasserie-style eatery serving the kind of classic English and French dishes that have made them so famous. The charismatic chefs and the hotel’s new owners hope their shared vision of a fresh dining experience for Bath will appeal to customers who want good quality, affordable food, served in a relaxed, stylish, but also unpretentious environment. “I’m thrilled to be opening in Bath, a city which is very close to my heart,” says Marco. “The Abbey Hotel has a brilliant central

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location and together we’re looking forward to creating a fantastic new restaurant.” The Abbey Hotel’s existing Allium restaurant will deliver its final service this summer, before it closes for the transformation into Koffmann & Mr White’s. Bookings are anticipated to open in August. For more: www.abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

Fabulous Al Fresco Dining in a beautiful setting... Plenty of garden seating for al fresco dining and drinks with friends or family in our large family garden and our new ‘Tranquility Gardens’ looking over to Downside Abbey..

Our menus change regularly, we use homegrown produce from our kitchen garden and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Pretty much everything is made in-house: Breads, Pasta, Ice cream, smoked and cured meats and fish.

Open all day, every day. Food served all day: 12-9pm Sat, Sun | Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm and 6-9pm. Stratton Road, Holcombe, Bath BA3 5EB T 01761 232478 E bookings@holcombeinn.co.uk www.holcombeinn.co.uk


SOUTH AFRICAN STARS A closer look at the treasure trove of vinous discovery that is South Africa By Angela Mount


outh Africa is a mesmerising country: vibrant, multicultural, scenic, challenging, and beautiful. Cape Town and the wine areas around it are what I know, with their breath-taking scenery, incandescent light that showcases the delineation of the craggy mountain ranges, and flora and fauna at the very heart of the land. Unless you know otherwise, you may think that the wine region simply produces inexpensive chenin blanc, but the reality couldn’t be more different. There are myriad different climates and styles of wine – from the hot, sun-soaked, super trendy Swartland area, to the chilly, European-style climate of Elim, where the precocious pinot noir grape reigns supreme. It’s one of the most exciting wine regions in the world right now, stirring wine lovers across the globe, with a new generation of pioneering winemakers who are determined not only to make their mark, but to show what their country has to offer. So what’s on offer? Let’s kick off with chenin blanc, but this is one with a difference. Award-winning Fram chenin blanc (£25), comes from the Citrusdal region, 120 miles north of Cape Town, a road journey through high mountains and deep red soils, to an oasis of loveliness close to the ocean. Top quality, and custom-made by a pioneering winemaker, who set out on his own 12 years ago; it’s racy, whistle-sharp and fresh, with ripe pear and honeysuckle aromas and citrus flavours; about as thoroughbred a chenin as it comes. Perfect with special

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“It’s a stonking bargain, and one of the best value wines on the high street”

slow-roast pork belly, or spicy BBQ chicken. Staying with Fram, there’s also an impressive Fram Shiraz 2016 (£12.75), from Swartland, arguably the hippest wine region in South Africa right now; from a hot area, this is a very cool wine. Rich and spicy, and loaded with dark brambly fruit, sweet spice, chocolate, and a deep, seductive character, it’s the perfect ‘steak wine’ for summer. Sticking with reds, Man Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (£9.50) is a stonking bargain, and one of the best value wines on the high street; it also happens to have won a gold medal in the Sommelier Wine Awards. Silky smooth, yet, rich and velvety, it’s crammed with ripe blackcurrant flavours, subtle hints of oak, and is supremely well made. Ideal with roast or barbecued lamb. South Africa’s signature grape is pinotage, which seems to have a Marmite impact on red-wine drinkers. However, I defy anyone not to be seduced by Meinert Printers Ink Pinotage 2015 (£13.25), a silky smooth, opulent style of pinotage, jam-packed with raspberry fruit, and with heady aromas of violets and sweet spice. Why the name? It’s made by Martin Meinert, an ex journalist, who came from a family of master printers in Namibia, and set up his own winery in the beautiful jewel that is Devon Valley, close to Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is South Africa’s most famous wine region; one of its best known winemakers is Ken Forrester, known as the king of Chenin, but equally adept at producing some absolutely top notch reds – none more so than Ken Forrester the Renegade 2014 (£13.75). This is a Rhone-style blend of shiraz and grenache displaying a voluptuous style, brimming with dark, sweet berry fruit and aromas of olives and thyme. Glorious in its richness, look no further than lamb shanks to match with this one. Bordeaux lovers, pick up a bottle of Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003 (£22) – an incredible wine at 15 years old, lovingly made, and aged. It’s a Saint-Emilion style blend, with the influence of Pierre Lurton, of world-famous Cheval Blanc. The epitome of elegance, and style, it has an old-world subtlety, with poised maturity, radiating class with its moreish cassis and bruised mint characteristics. Far better value than Bordeaux of this age, it’s worth trying; a special treat with roast beef or lamb. Back to whites; another winner is Thelema Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015 (£16.75), gloriously ripe, yet intensely fresh chardonnay, in a very modern style, full of vibrant, exotic fruit flavours. Perfect with roast chicken, salmon and soft cheeses. If you haven’t discovered what South Africa really has to offer in terms of wine, now’s the time to do it. ■

All drinks featured are available at Great Western Wine, Wells Road, Bath. Angela Mount is a Bath-based wine writer, presenter and international judge who had her taste buds insured for £10million during her tenure as one of the country’s leading supermarket wine buyers. She works with wine producers, chefs and distributors. For more, visit www.greatwesternwine.co.uk

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Drawing on Style International – yet independent and locally based – fashion and textile Gallery Gray M.C.A is showcasing dramatic and powerful new works by Bath-based fashion graduate Mo Adams over July and August. The visual arts student – who has worked alongside key designers and manufacturers such as Caitlin Price, Illustrated People, and Lagenes Design Studio, and has worked on projects at London Fashion Week – was inspired to create this collection of works after seeing Gray M.C.A’s London Fashion Week acclaimed exhibition Drawing on Style. And now, Mo’s innovative artworks will be exhibited at Gray M.C.A’s new Summer Show alongside artworks of internationally recognised fashion illustrators from the 20th century, including René Gruau and Kenneth Paul Block. “Fashion illustration is a vital way to communicate and articulate fashion,” says Mo, who, earlier in life attended King Edward’s School. “I am lucky to have a strong visual eye and aesthetic which has allowed me to find my own language in interpreting fashion.” Connie Gray, fashion curator for Gray M.C.A, adds, “I was immediately struck by Mo’s works; her vivid use of collage and colour reveal an instinctive understanding of fashion interpretation. Her experience working on both autumn/winter and spring/summer collections at London Fashion Week, along with her experience with key designers, has helped shape her unique approach to fashion illustration.” Prices for Mo Adams’ works at the exhibition range between £100 – £200. The Summer Show runs until 5 August at Gray M.C.A, 5 Margaret’s Buildings, Bath; www.graymca.com

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SISI BAG, £34.50 These envelope clutches are both stylish and sophisticated, and can easily transition from daytime to evening accessories From Portman, 28 Milsom Street, Bath; www.nickieportman.co.uk


TWO-TONE VASE, £56 We love the cool coastal colours and simple lines of local artist Libby Ballard’s designs, all individually hand-thrown on the potter’s wheel. The top of this vase is left unglazed so that there’s a contrast of the rough clay with the semimatt glaze bleeding into it From Homefront Interiors, 10 Margaret's Buildings, Bath; www.homefrontinteriors.co.uk

ENAMEL MUGS, £12 EACH The Enamel range is a collection of modern enamelware featuring soft, delicate hues. These steel mugs can withstand hot and cold temperatures, and are practical and robust pieces of kitchenware that will stand the test of time From Hay, 36-38 Milsom Street, Bath; www.hay.dk

Because ice cream is pretty much all we can think about in the weather we’ve been having, we’ve put together an ‘ice cream colours’ shopping list to treat yourself to if you’re trying to ease up on the calories…

ROBERTA SOFA, £450 In dusky pink velvet with cabriole legs, this two-seater cocktail sofa makes a fun, tasteful item to have in any room From Brissi, 38 Milsom Street, Bath; www.brissi.com

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CANVAS BACKPACK, £73 This lightweight, minimal bag is part of the new Galel line – designed and made by Eleni Galanti, whose workspace is based in the Walcot area of Bath. The pretty peach carrier has enough room inside for all your daytime essentials From Galel Bags, Bath; www.galelbags.com

ED’S CHOICE TARA SHOES, £60 From Ruby Shoo, these glossy patent and faux suede shoes are combined with subtle metallic trims and finished with a bold print lining and cute tassels for maximum smart-casual style From Flock Bath, 12-13 The Corridor, Bath; www.flockbath.co.uk

STONEWARE TEASPOONS, £24 FOR A SET OF FOUR In her garden studio in Carlingcott, near Bath, potter Kara Leigh Ford designs and hand-crafts homeware pieces – including these adorable little rustic spoons, glazed in a range of colours From Kara Leigh Ford Ceramics, Bath; www.karaleighfordceramics.com

1268 SUNGLASSES, £405 A palladium-plated, effortlessly sleek round pair of sunglasses featuring a delicate metal framework and a colour that you don’t see on sunnies every day From Cutler and Gross, 9 Bridge Street, Bath; www.cutlerandgross.com

BLOCK DECORATIONS, FROM £3.50 From her attic studio in Bath, Sally Harker of Block House Bath makes little wooden houses inspired by childhood building blocks, medieval map drawings and the Georgian houses of Bath. She paints pine blocks with Farrow & Ball colours and then adds the designs using her own hand-carved printing blocks Available at The Bath Visitor Information Centre, and Leak in Larkhall; www.blockhousebath.com

OIL ON BOARD, £1,250 Mousehole Harbour, by Myles Oxenford, features at David Simon Contemporary’s latest exhibition – A New Horizon – until 30 July From David Simon Contemporary, 3-4 Bartlett Street, Bath; www.davidsimoncontemporary.com

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“We’re haunted by the Grey Lady, who is accompanied by the scent of jasmine”

All eyes on Sawclose

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Up close and personal We put Sawclose in the spotlight and take a closer look at the myths, legends and facts surrounding the new-look locale and its offshoots By Lisa Evans


ince the early 18th century, Bath has been a destination for leisure and entertainment, and with its theatre, multi-arts hub, abundance of restaurants and new casino development, Sawclose has built on this rich social history to create a lively, modern and stimulating urban regeneration zone. Let’s take a look at it in more detail…

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Raising the stakes

Sawclose has been the talk of the city of late due to the multimillion pound casino development – which opened in May, and, when complete, will include a 147-bed Z Hotel and two restaurants – expanding the already bountiful entertainment options in the area. Evidence of gambling in the city goes way back, so it seems quite fitting that Bath now has a casino. There’s archaeological evidence of cock-fighting and bearbaiting pits at Timber Green (in Sawclose) from medieval Bath, so says local historian Richard Wyatt of Bath Newseum. But the peak of betting in Bath is thought to have been during the 18th century, when the idle rich, who – enticed to the city by the healing waters – had time to kill and money to splash. It was Beau Nash who saw an opportunity in this situation and became the city’s ultimate promoter of Bath as a centre of gambling – and assumed the selfproclaimed title of ‘King of Bath’. Beau Nash, as Master of Ceremonies, took control of rules and regulations, and was known to intervene when gamblers were playing beyond their means, and continually collected money for worthy causes that benefited the poorer members of society.

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street life “We named our second floor after Beau Nash, the legendary gambler of Bath,” says Craig Hoptrough, director at Century Casino Bath. “Our aim is for the casino to be an integral part of the city’s nightlife, whether people come to play, to have a drink, or just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. I love the way that Sawclose feels incredibly European; with all the outdoor seating and restaurants, you really feel as though you’re in the heart of the city. It’s the ideal place for us, which was chosen in 2014 after a lengthy consultation and bidding process.”

History uncovered

The casino development has been built on a site scheduled as an Ancient Monument, and the dig prior to development uncovered Roman, Post-Medieval and Georgian archaeology on the footprint of the site. “Largely, the old car park is the site that’s an Ancient Monument,” says Andrew Maltby, director at Deeley Freed, which, along with B&NES, owned the site of the casino development until it was forward sold to the current investor: The UK National Grid Pension Scheme. “This designation gives Historic England the highest level of control over any redevelopment. “The archaeological dig informed detailed design changes in order to avoid damage, to facilitate recording of what was found, and to fill in gaps in the knowledge of the history of the site,” he continues. “We stayed above Roman levels and dealt largely with the later periods. The most significant find was the wellpreserved remains of a clay-pipe factory which

Take the stage The Theatre Royal Bath was built on its current site in 1805, making it one of the oldest working theatres in the country. Here are a few fascinating tales… • The theatre is said to be haunted by the Grey Lady – the ghost of a former actress – who is accompanied by the scent of jasmine, and the Phantom Doorman, who purportedly appears at the stage door, dressed in 18th-century clothing. • The theatre is famous for its association with butterflies. Shortly after the Second World War, butterfly scenery has hung out of sight above the stage – linked to former theatre manager and producer Reg Maddox, whose family ran the theatre for many years – and since that time, real butterflies have appeared on stage and backstage at unseasonal times, especially during pantomimes, which is known to be a

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The independent multi-arts hub, Komedia

was preserved in situ.” The Cotswold Archaeology team, who handled the dig, says a clay tobacco pipe factory was built on the site in 1782, and then, in 1810, the factory was acquired by another pipe-maker. It was demolished in around 1859 to make way for a playground for Bluecoat School. The team goes on to say that the Sawclose area has a long and complex history, with evidence of high-status Roman buildings with mosaic floors found beneath Bluecoat School, the Mineral Water Hospital and Westgate Street. Sawclose itself was an open space, utilised for timber processing from

sign of good luck. • In 1805, the original Theatre Royal Bath – the Orchard Street Theatre – closed, to be converted into a Catholic church in 1809. Today it is a Masonic Hall. • The building on Sawclose was designed by George Dance, professor of architecture at The Royal Academy. The theatre here opened on 12 October 1805 – nine days before the Battle of Trafalgar – with a performance of Richard III. • Historically, the site which the theatre now sits has always been a theatre. The egg theatre has more recently been built in what was, at the time, a small multiplex cinema (Robins Cinema), which, before that, was a schoolhouse. The Ustinov Studio has been created in a part of the theatre which used to be stables. • On 18 April 1862, the theatre was destroyed by a fire, which started in the dressing rooms and decimated the building overnight. Plans were immediately made to build a new theatre on the same site.

the medieval period until the 18th century, and was also known as Timber Green for this reason, and it was subsequently used for agricultural markets.

Let me entertain you

The links with Beau Nash continue, this time with Komedia, which launched in Bath in 2008, that took over the abandoned Beau Nash cinema building and turned it into the independent multi-arts hub it is today. The live entertainment venue hosts over 400 events each year, from comedy and music, to cabaret, club and burlesque nights, film screenings, spoken-word poetry shows, bingo evenings, children’s play experiences and more. The managing director, Rich Daws, has a TV-production past, and was part of the industry-shaping interactive broadcasting of Channel 4’s Big Brother; he also won an Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Editing. “Komedia was based on European café theatre, where people can eat while watching a show, and we were attracted to Bath as it had a vision of creating a European city centre feel,” says Oli Cliffe, press and marketing officer. “Sawclose is a great example of this; in the summer evenings, there’s a wonderful atmosphere and the plaza is full of people eating, drinking and chatting out in the glow of the setting sun.”

“This building was home to the first cinema in the West of England”

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DID YOU KNOW… “The site on which the casino development is built is in part a scheduled Ancient Monument.” Andrew Maltby at Deeley Freed “Our hotel is named after John Harington, the inventor of the flushing toilet, who used to live in the building.” Laura Haighway at Harington’s Hotel


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Across the way, the Theatre Royal Bath was built on its current site in 1805, making it one of the oldest working theatres in the country. Recently, as well as it’s year-round programme of productions often bound for the West End, or touring to Bath direct from London, the theatre has become widely acclaimed for its Summer Seasons, firstly under the directorship of Sir Peter Hall, and in the last two years, under Jonathan Church CBE. “Our own production company, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, is one of the most prolific British theatre producers in the West End, on UK tour and internationally,” says the theatre’s team. “Theatre Royal Bath Productions has created over 200 plays since its inception, including more than 40 West End transfers.” And when the entertainment is wrapped up for the night, many a weary head is rested at Harington’s Hotel, which you’ll find down a cobbled side street mere metres from Sawclose. Long before it became Harington’s, it originally existed as three townhouses, within which lived John Harington – who the hotel is named after – the inventor of the flushing toilet. The hotel tributes the inventor by displaying information about him around the place, and there’s also a feature room which has a Thomas Crapper toilet inside. “The Sawclose area is a wonderful community full of various businesses and

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Squid’s based in a former school; ABOVE, Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest theatres in the country

homes,” says Laura Haighway, assistant manager at Harington’s. “The businesses around here range from independent restaurants and a gin bar, to a vintage guitar shop, a toyshop, a theatre and a casino. We are a varied area with lots to do and see.”


Just when you thought we’d worn out all talk of Beau Nash, Garrick’s Head pub and dining room was his former home. A grand building with stately proportions, its location next to the Theatre Royal always makes for a colourful crowd, including the actors themselves. And independent Italian restaurant Amarone can also boast that its elegant Georgian building was also once the dwelling of that same famous gambler and socialite. His mistress, Juliana Popjoy, lived there with him, too, and, in the 1970s, the building used to be a restaurant called Popjoys. “Sawclose is a fantastic place to have a business,” says Jane Shayegan, who co-owns Amarone – as well as Vino Vino, Raphael and The Oven, all on or near Sawclose – with her husband. “It feels very much the core of the city, with the theatre next door and a buzzy atmosphere at all times. My husband used to own the popular Bloomers Wine Bar in the 80s, which was where Raphael is now. That was where we met all those years ago, and we

“Two female ghosts have been sighted in our building; one is dressed in grey, and the other wears clothes from the 60s, dines alone and seems real… until she vanishes.” Jane Shayegan at Amarone “From what we understand, Sawclose used to be a nightclub haven, with some really interesting tales from evenings at Tiffany’s.” Pranee Laurillard at Giggling Squid “Our managing director was part of the interactive broadcasting of Channel 4’s Big Brother. He also won an Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Editing.” Oli Cliffe at Komedia “The latest episode of Sherlock Holmes – The Abominable Bride – had scenes of a balcony which was filmed outside of the hotel. The actors and crew used the hotel as a rest spot between takes, and the hotel owners received a gift of Sherlock’s hat, which now has a place of pride in their family home.” Laura Haighway at Harington’s Hotel “When we opened, B&NES allowed us to have the only neon sign in Bath at the time, which has now become the identity of the venue itself. We now put on over 400 events every year.” Oli Cliffe at Komedia

“Our hotel is named after the inventor of the toilet, who used to live in the building”

street life left, always a jolly vibe at Thoughtful Bakery;

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now run our own business there.” Other tasty hangouts here include artisan café, bakery and cookery school, Thoughtful Bakery; Pintxo de Bath, a San Sebastiáninspired little-plates eatery; characterful, wholly authentic Spanish joint, Olé Tapas; and Thai restaurant Giggling Squid. “With Giggling Squid, we wanted to replicate a little taste of home (Thailand), where mealtimes are all about lots of dishes that everyone shares,” says Pranee Laurillard, who co-founded Giggling Squid with her husband, Andy. “We have a team of talented Thai chefs and a rich tapestry of dishes and street food-style snacks to enjoy. “Sawclose is a great area, full of history, and it’s just outside of the shopping district with a real restaurant element, so you know people are coming here to dine.”

What’s it missing?

Many of the business owners in and around the area would like to see better street furniture dotted around, and most of them say that if it became fully pedestrianised, the space would be even more special. Richard at Bath Newseum isn’t wild about the redevelopment, however, saying, “Don’t bother looking for a central fountain, specimen tree or piece of sculpture. This new space comes complete with bike racks, benches and plastic box hedging. This was a golden opportunity to create an atmospheric public space for people to gather, but this is not what l would call an imaginative layout.” Others, though, like Laura at Harington’s Hotel, say they wouldn’t change a thing about the area, “it’s a beautiful, picturesque and historic area,” says Laura. “The only thing I might do, if I had the power, would be to make this area and our community even bigger.” Pranee at Giggling Squid agrees on aesthetics, but would love to see an outdoor music and theatre venue here to add to the atmosphere, and Craig at Century Casino Bath would simply like a bit more greenery around the place.

What came before… “Before becoming Komedia, the Grade-II listed building had been a cinema, dating back to 1920. It was the first cinema in the West of England.” Oli Cliffe at Komedia “Raphael was a marriage guidance office in the 1970s.” Jane Shayegan at Raphael

“The building we’re in, Bluecoat House, used to be a school [founded in 1711 to offer free education to Anglican children]; we wanted to put toilets in a spare room on the ground floor, but were told by the council that this was an inappropriate use of the room as it used to be the

headmistress’s study.” Pranee Laurillard at Giggling Squid

car park on it.” Craig Hoptrough at Century Casino Bath

“Our building used to be a wedding dress shop.” Jane Shayegan at Vino Vino

“There was a garage called The Regency Garage where the new Z Hotel is going to be; my husband used to have his car repaired there.” Jane Shayegan at Raphael

“I believe the site we’re on used to have a pub, bingo hall and

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In search of a summer makeover, LAUREN SCOTT gets a hair transformation at David Maxwell hairdressing. Photos by Bonnie Rose


y natural hair is long, thick, and wavy, and my daily routine does nothing to tame these wild tresses. My own hairdryer only works on the coolest setting without blowing up, and so my go-to hairstyling lies somewhere in between chucking it up in a ponytail while still damp, or leaving to dry naturally in sunny weather and hoping for the best. When I had time to kill in my university days I dreamt of blonde, tousled, surfy hair (I went to an arty college in Cornwall). Without strong natural sunlight, or being an actual surfer, though, I opted for affordable home dye kits that never quite delivered the gorgeous beach-lights the box promised. After recently celebrating my 26th birthday, I knew it was time to grow up and finally use the expertise of a professional hairdresser – one who could make me look and feel like a better, summery version of myself. That’s where the team at David Maxwell hairdressing comes in. The DM team promises to offer a pampering experience while actually listening to what you

Fact box Price A Ladies cut and blow dry starts from £40. Creative colouring starts from £45. All quotes are bespoke. What else? DMH use the Paul Mitchell XG colour range, a low ammonia formula with a natural beeswax base.

want and transforming your hair to match. They won a Bath Life Award this year, so, despite my trust issues, I knew I was in the best hands to lighten and chop my hair for the sunny months. The consultation started with a conversation about the kind of style I was after, as you’d expect (actually it started with a tray of tea, macaroons and fresh flowers, but that’s not so relevant here). I explained to salon manager Dani – with a few Pinterest finds – that I wanted a chop and lighter colour for the summer, to lessen the load on my head and also take away some of the heat. “We always recommend bringing a few photos so we can work on inspiring a perfect look for the client,” said Dani. I needed a low-maintenance style that would still fare well with minimal effort from me in the mornings. This wasn’t a problem either. “I like to ensure that the salon hair experience is further than just the salon,” Dani reassured me. “I find out how you style your hair on a day to day basis so I can provide advice to help you maintain it when you get home.” Dani started by chopping off a good chunk of my mane before she began applying the colour. “Are you sure?” she joked, teasing me with the scissors. She was chatty, friendly and made me feel totally at ease, describing the colouring process as she went. “I’m layering the blonde through, leaving darker hair in between so that the result is slightly lower-maintenance,” she explained. The dye was carefully brushed on in strips, and then left for around half an hour to develop (it turns out my hair lifts quite quickly), with a quick spell under the heat lamp to help. During the treatment process I was offered

so many teas (there’s a drinks menu with more exotic refreshment options) that I felt truly pampered. I wasn’t left in a corner to sit and twiddle my thumbs as the products (which I happily discovered are all animal cruelty-free) worked their magic. After a wash (and another macaroon) my hair was then treated with a toning solution to minimise brassy tones, and a conditioning, smoothing solution. While this was developing, I was given a relaxing hand and scalp massage – another divine little extra that some clients choose to turn down. Next up, the quickest part of the whole service was actually the cut itself. Dani sliced my abovethe-shoulder bob effortlessly, rather than in a hurry, and, even before she’d finished, I could see it starting to take shape around my face. After a blow dry (one significantly quicker than my usual effort), wave with the GHD straighteners, and a dusting of hairspray, I was ready to hit the beach (or, for lack of beach, al fresco pub garden). As I left the salon, I almost couldn’t resist swishing my head and looking at myself in every window I passed (vain, yes, but give me this rare moment of enjoying my own appearance). My hair looked beautiful all over my birthday weekend, but obviously the real test would come after a wash. Would I still love it when I had to style it myself ? Unequivocally, yes. If you’re looking for a short, sun-kissed style for the warmer months, you can trust the team and scissors at DMH to make it happen. n 10 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BQ; 01225 435713; www.davidmaxwellhairdressing.co.uk

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A competition is open to celebrate Bath’s happiest workplace – could it be you?


alling all Bath-based companies... it’s time to show off just how jolly you are by entering this year’s Happiest Workplace Competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition comes with a serious message. It’s the brainchild of workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA (based in Bristol) who design and help organisations create better working environments for their people. This year’s contest has the support of mental health charity MIND, and

the judges will be paying particular attention to those supporting wellness in Bath’s workplaces. “We’re delighted to be supporting this year's Wylde IA Happiest Workplace competition,” says Tom Hore, spokesman for MIND. “Strong and successful organisations make the good mental health and wellbeing of their staff one of their key priorities. Of all the improvements that can be made, improving wellbeing is probably the most cost-effective.” Last year’s local winner was

independent hospital Circle Bath. Judges found that employees were passionate and proud of their work, but they were even more impressed with the array of staff benefits to lift both the sprit and body, such as access to mental health support, Yoga, Pilates, tai chi and lunchtime walks, as well as free sports massages. So, if you’re happy and you know it… entries for the Happiest Workplace 2018 competition are now being invited. The competition is open, until 24 August, to all office workers, and for the five shortlisted,

there will be an interview and office visit to decide on the overall champ. “We can’t wait to see who’s going to enter this year,” says Wylde IA director Maxine Bennett. “Every year, we’re astounded at the creative and unusual workspaces the South West has to offer.” This year Wylde IA has joined forces with lamp manufacturer Anglepoise, furniture manufacturers The Senator Group and Allermuir – all of which have donated prizes for the lucky winners. For more: www.wyldeia.co.uk

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When Marc Gossage isn’t daydreaming and admiring the Bath Skyline out of his office window, he’s heading up the sales and marketing efforts at Bath’s BMI Clinic Hi there, Marc. Tell us more about BMI… It’s our birthday. The BMI Bath Clinic is celebrating 35 years of providing care in the community. We’re a hospital with three operating theatres and we have some of the South West’s most experienced consultants. How long have you been in the healthcare business? I joined BMI just under a year ago and have been made to feel really welcome. My background before this was in PR and marketing communications, for agencies in London and then in Bath. You’re still in marketing, then? My job is to devise and implement a strategy that drives hospital activity. My activities range from supporting our consultants to enhance their practice, to raising awareness of the hospital and treatment options available to prospective patients. What was your first job? And how much did you earn? My first ever job as a teenager was team leader at a family leisure park in the South Hams. Although it paid minimum wage, I had a fantastic

time manning a variety of rides, from the toboggan to the water coasters. It taught me team work and interacting with the public, too. So you enjoy meeting all sorts of people? I deal with multiple departments and hundreds of consultants, all with differing needs. Managing expectations is key. How do you help patients? By finding multiple ways of getting the message out there. I’ve recently organised free patient education events, with consultants delivering talks on a range of issues such as men’s health, and back pain. Favourite part of the job? Although I come from a marketing background, I love working within a hospital. Things are always on the move, and, whether it’s talking to our consultants, staff or patients, it’s a very rewarding setting to work in. If you could do anything else, what would it be? I’m lucky enough to be one of those people that enjoy what they do and thrive on staying busy. That said, I’ve always had a dream of

eventually getting away from it all and retiring as a park ranger. My office at Bath Clinic faces the National Trust Skyline Walk... so I can always dream. Other than that walk, what do you like best about Bath? I think our status as a World Heritage Site is well deserved. It’s easy to take any city for granted after you’ve been there a while, but Bath’s Georgian architecture makes that impossible. Having grown up in the tranquillity of the Devonshire countryside, and then working and living in London for five years, Bath was the perfect place to settle, offering the best of both worlds. What keeps you busy at work? A key challenge for me is generating awareness of what we can do for patients. In my experience, many are unaware that they can be seen as quickly as a private patient if they just ask – whether that’s through an NHS GP referral, their private medical insurance or by paying for their own treatment. What motivates you? Success, and I know that it doesn’t

come without putting the effort in. I set myself goals and expect to hit certain milestones, however small they may be. If I feel a goal hasn’t been fully achieved, I won’t stop until I’m happy with the outcome. Excluding yours, what local organisation do you admire the most? It would have to be for the staff at Dorothy House. Care is about forging relationships with individuals, which is why end-of-life care is so particularly challenging. The support that they provide for people with life-limiting illness is second to none. How do you wind down after a busy day at the clinic? Outside of work, it’s my six-yearold son that often makes the plans. That said, I’m looking forward to attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see the first electric car of its kind be unveiled by Elon Musk’s company Tesla (whose vision for the world I find quite inspirational).



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BUSINESS MATTERS DIARY From networking breakfasts to invaluable evening courses, make a note of the courses and classes that will help your business flourish 26 JULY MANAGING TEAMS, SUCCESSFULLY Want to improve your approach and performance as a manager? This half-day course has been crafted to make you feel more informed and able to do your job, particularly where working relationships are involved. Although oriented towards commercial organisations, the content is generic in nature. From £250; 1pm; The Guild; www.manage-and-thrive.co.uk

Dyson extends its support

The partnership between Dyson and Bath Rugby, two of the most high-profile names in the West Country, continues to flourish. The club has just agreed a new five-year strategic partnership with the global engineering firm, to continue its role as title sponsor. The long-term commitment from both Dyson and Bath Rugby demonstrates the enduring strength of their union, but also marks the start of a very exciting upcoming period for the club – with the recent player and coaching investment, and Champions Cup rugby all to look forward to soon. Tarquin McDonald, chief executive at Bath Rugby, knows how powerful it is to pair with the right brand. “Dyson is a progressive, innovative, industryleading business, with values synonymous with our club. We are tremendously excited by the challenge of continuing to deliver value for such a global powerhouse.” James Dyson himself spent five years inside a Bath coach house (developing the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner) but now, with the sponsorship of Bath Rugby, the company is

tackling a completely different kind of ball technology… “Dyson’s partnership with Bath Rugby over the last four years has been incredibly strong, and we’re excited for what’s ahead for the club,” says Rebecca DeNiro, the firm’s managing director. “This new commitment brings an expansion of community initiatives like the Bath Rugby 7s Club Championship in association with Dyson, which we’re thrilled to be a part of.” As part of the deal, Dyson will still be the main brand seen on the front of all club kit, and will keep the naming rights of the east stand at The Rec. They’ll also be supporting The Clash again – a regular top-flight game for Bath Rugby, combining sport and family entertainment into one unmissable event at Twickenham Stadium. The Bath Rugby 7s Club Championship (in association with Dyson) is an annual event playing host to a number of local teams who compete in a tournament ahead of the final home game of the season. Thanks to the new partnership, plans are already in place to expand this tournament in size in conjunction with Bath Rugby’s community team. For more: www.bathrugby.com

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26 JULY BUSINESS ESSENTIALS This one-day workshop is designed for those who are close to starting, or who have recently started their own business. All the vital basics will be covered, such as understanding your customers, creating the right image, keeping financial records and planning the numbers. Bring along your own marketing materials to have them reviewed by advisors. Price; 9.30am; Bath and County Club; www.coolventures.co.uk 7 AUGUST ONE-TO-ONE BUSINESS SUPPORT A free session to support both established local enterprises, and those finding their feet. Expect your business ideas and plans to be reviewed and improved, as well as receiving an outline of action steps for further support, workshops, training and referrals. Businesses will need to complete a registration form before the meeting. 3.15pm; Bath and County Club; www.coolventures.co.uk 8 AUGUST NETWORKING FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Connect with other young and ambitious individuals with a keen interest in business. Find peer support to develop your start-up, find out about opportunities in the city and give your ideas the best start possible. 6.30pm; The Bath Brew House; www.yena.co.uk 16 AUGUST STRATEGY AND BUSINESS By the end of this free workshop, you’ll have a clear business plan, and a set of short- and long-term objectives. More importantly, you’ll also have the confidence and motivation to move forward with them. 9am – 5pm; Bath and County Club; www.eventbrite.co.uk

Betsi risked it all


Betsi Hughes, owner of Green Street House in Bath is getting set to retire this September. Betsi launched the business in 2003 with a friend, and the pair appeared on an episode of Channel 4’s Risking It All, to talk about their new venture. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but the time is right to move onto the next phase of my life and spend more time with family,” says Betsi, who thanks her loyal customers. “Your continued support has meant so much and I’ve enjoyed being part of your lives, even in just a small way.” Betsi is now considering offers for the business. “There is a real opportunity for someone to continue to build on the successes we have had and ensure that Green Street House continues to thrive in the future.”


Young Bath aerospace engineer Liam Towills has been celebrated at the annual Aerospace Ambassador Awards. Liam, who works for Bath-based rotary precision measurement company RPI UK, secured the ‘Best Young Aerospace Entrant’ award in a recent ceremony. Organised by the West of England Aerospace Forum, the annual awards focus on the cream of the industry, and shine a spotlight on their outstanding achievements. “I am pleased, honoured and humbled to accept this award,” says Liam. “RPI UK has given me the opportunity to develop professionally to a level that has only been possible thanks to the continuous mentoring and support I receive.”

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Savvy shoppers hit Clarks Village


If you need an excuse to visit Clarks Village this summer, the famous shopping outlet in the heart of Somerset is hosting events to celebrate its 25-year milestone. There’ll be an array of exciting events to mark the birthday weekend, on 11 and 12 August, plus offers, and entertainment from The Celebration Sisters and storyteller Wildestra. No celebration would be complete without cake, and Love My Cake from Yeovil will be creating a baking masterpiece for all to enjoy. Set within landscaped gardens and paved walkways, the Village opened in 1993 as the first outlet shopping centre in the UK. Today, fashion foragers can find over 90 high street, and designer brands, as well as cafes and plenty of lateopening restaurants. “Clarks Village has continued to evolve and meet the needs of its guests and we are really proud to be celebrating 25 years of offering value and choice in our stunning location in the heart of Somerset,” says Chris Davis, centre manager. “We hope that you can join our events over the summer as we celebrate our heritage and look forward to our future.” For more: www.clarksvillage.co.uk.


Boston Tea Party has been earning its eco stripes recently, by banning the use of disposable takeaway cups in its Bath cafés. Now, the company is furthering its sustainability commitment and “making things

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better” ethos by looking at ways to save water. BTP will start working with an industry specialist called water2business to improve its water usage even more than it does now. “Boston Tea Party is once again leading the way in terms of sustainability,” says Charley Maher, managing director of water2business. “The company is helping the environment while reducing its operational costs significantly in a short space of time.” This good news is bound to make a splash with environmentally conscious customers, who visit Boston’s for their ethical stance. “Customers visiting our cafés will have the comfort of knowing that we truly do everything we can to operate as a sustainable business.” says Shelley Wadey, finance director. Boston Tea Party was one of the first local businesses to embrace the new water retail market (that allows non-households to pick their own retailer), but the new partnership with water2business takes the watersaving commitment one step further. For more: www.bostonteaparty.co.uk

Walkable access to the city from Holburne Park

the UK charity, Oasis, and are developing a project to provide life skills to trafficked women in Mumbai’s red-light district. “The greatest thing you can ever give anybody is a future,” Zac says. “We have designed a modular hair styling and cutting course (with Oasis), which, over a period of six to nine months, gives these girls a qualification of real value.” Often the girls start slowly but after a few days all that changes. They become enthusiastic and motivated, and where there was cynicism we see humour and spirit emerge. The transformation is amazing and is very humbling to see,” he adds. Zac and Phil recently organised a fund-raising dinner for 100 guests to support their project. It was held at The Mint Room restaurant, Bath, which donated not only the venue for the event, but also the Indian food. For more: www.ba1hair.co.uk

Not just a phase

New homes built in the first release of Bath’s newest neighbourhood, Holburne Park, have been in popular demand, with over 90 per cent already sold. Work has started to prepare the site for the hotly anticipated second phase of the development, which is already open for early-bird reservations. The next phase of Holburne Park offers buyers a rare opportunity: the chance to own a brand-new, but classically designed home (made from Bath stone), with the city centre at their feet. The four- and five-


Bath-based hair salon BA1 Hair has long been a salon with a social conscience. Directors Phil Thompson and Zac Fennell have previously cut hair for the homeless on Bath’s streets, but now they’re making a real difference on the streets of Mumbai. The hair-cutting pair have teamed up with the Indian operations of

BA1 director Zac Fennell at The Mint Room

All the trimmings

bedroom Georgian style townhouses and stunning five-bedroom detached villas will be part of a village-like layout and feel, and many of the homes will have far-reaching views of the city and beyond. Robert Adam (whose team created the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury in Dorset) is behind the properties’ handsome designs. Inside, interiors will come from luxury designer Sims Hilditch, who are renowned for their fresh take on the English country house look. Phase-two houses start from £1,000,000, and The Park’s marketing pavilion is open for enquiries and visits from interested potential inhabitants. For more: www.holburnepark.co.uk

V V Rouleaux turns one

You can’t miss the modern haberdashery V V Rouleaux on George Street, which is always brightly festooned with ribbons and tassels. And, on 27 July, the shop will be decorated with even more trimmings when it celebrates its first birthday in Bath. The party, kicking off from 9.30am, will include cake and fizz, and workshops showing how to make tassels and ribbon roses from V V’s experts. There will be a 10 per cent discount all day and there’s a special gift if you’re one of the first 20 through the door. Visit the shop to be a part of the birthday fun. n

For more: www.vvrouleaux.com

Successful, well-established year-round language school in the centre of Bath requires

HOMESTAY HOSTS IN BATH to host both short-term and long-term students. We teach adults and teenagers, and need both single and twin-room accommodation. For further details, including rates of payment, please contact our Accommodation Manager: Sarah Wringer, KIE Bath, 5 Trim Street, Bath, BA1 1HB Direct Line (01225) 473502, Email: sarah.wringer@kaplan.com



The managing director of Moss of Bath, Tim Moss, celebrates their impressive third award, and tells us how the retailer stays ahead in the tech trade offering expert advice that comes from 56 years’ experience in retail. Great service is a basic right and therefore we go the ‘extra mile’ for our clients. We don’t sub-contract out to third parties like most of our competitors; we look after the client from the first quote to completion. What was your first experience of the business? I started working for my dad at the age of 14 as a Saturday lad and continued after leaving school, while also studying carpentry and cabinet making at college.


What do you love most about your job? I enjoy the camaraderie of the incredible staff that have chosen to work for us and the social interaction with our customers.

Husband and wife team Annie and Tim

How did it feel to win a Bath Life Award? How did you celebrate? Although we’ve been awarded the Bath Life Award for ‘Best Retailer’ before, the excitement of winning again is exactly the same. It probably felt even more special to win a third time. We celebrated with everyone on the night, even making it to the after party at Circo this year. The award sits proudly on a shelf at work, but I’m considering having an awards cabinet made. What makes Moss of Bath stand out from its competitors? As an independent retailer we offer a bespoke, personal service. We begin with the customer, not the product,

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Is being part of the community important to you? Having traded in Bath for 56 years, people often comment that businesses like Moss of Bath are part of the very fabric of the city. Any local business should form a mutually beneficial relationship with its community in order to grow and prosper and contribute to the local economy. We must give back in order to succeed. Have there been some tricky times for the business? Any business which has traded for more than five decades will inevitably experience good and poor periods of trading. The key, in my experience – particularly when trading within the consumer electronics market – is to embrace change. What sort of change? As a business we ensure that we are kept abreast of forth-coming innovations through on-going investment, tooling and training.

What do you want to achieve in the next couple of years? Growth. We’re transforming our retail from a purely sales-orientated environment to a more theatrical and demonstration-led experience. So you’ve got some exciting projects in the pipeline... We’re privileged to work on many stunning projects with great clients, architects and designers. It would be wrong of me to divulge too much... What do you love about Bath? The beauty of the city. I drive in, around and out of Bath most days while doing quotes, and I often forget how lucky I am to live and trade in such a beautiful place. How do you spend days off? Currently I’m building a garden wall. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Annie, and our children, walking the dog through the woods near Monkton Farleigh, and watching the rugby... Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Life is too short to drink bad coffee. What’s your tipple of choice? A flat white from one of our superb coffee houses, or a pint of Butcombe. Who are your business heroes? My father, Frank, who started the business with a £100 bank loan in 1962, and Sir James Dyson, who never lost belief in his product. Surprise us... Annie is involved in the business – managing the website, social media and marketing – but not many know that she has been a fitness professional for over 30 years, and currently teaches Pilates in Bradford on Avon.

For more:www.mossofbath.co.uk




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In harmony Step inside this artisan cottage in Larkhall, designed – by fashion retailer Hannah Holloway and husband (chef) Michael – in response to the surroundings, but with family life, flow, and harmonious natural materials in mind...

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annah and Michael Holloway are a busy Bath couple – busy in that they run two successful businesses in the local area, they’ve got a blooming (and expanding) family, and they’ve been completely renovating their gorgeous family home in Larkhall, which forms part of a Regency terrace of colourful artisan’s cottages. Hannah’s expertise is in fashion, and she runs Maze Clothing, a group of independent shops in Bath and Bristol. “We promote quietly confident clothes for men and women; fashion that’s easy to wear, at a variety of price points,” she says. “My parents opened the first shop in 1985 and I joined the business about 10 years ago, after a long stint in the art world.” Not the worst credentials for a tasteful house makeover… Husband Michael is the owner and head chef of Wild Fork West, caterers who specialise in private dining and weddings across the South West. He says his approach to cooking and service is more relaxed and informal than frilly or stuffy (which we mention, mainly, because the house has exactly the same feel). At Maze, Hannah’s ethos is equally unstuffy. “We think style should be ageless,” she says. So, does this apply to interior décor? The pair both admit to being perfectionists, and expect quality of the highest standard, both at work and in their home. We catch them on a rare day off to find out more about family life in the cottage together with their daughter Ruby. “We have a three-year-old and are expecting our second child in December,” Hannah adds. Let’s find out how they transformed this property from a period piece to a timeless masterpiece...

Hi, both. Thanks for opening up your home to us. Tell us what it was like when you first moved in… H: We bought it from a longstanding elderly tenant

and it was quite the period piece. We loved it as soon as we walked through the door. It just felt right, despite the old mustard carpets and heavy drapes. We viewed many tall townhouses in Bath before finding this cottage, and we loved their grandeur, but didn’t love the idea of stacked living, all piled one on top of the other. So you thought this house’s footprint was more family-friendly? H: Yes! And the long, flat, enclosed rear garden was

too good to resist. Despite its modest size, the rooms have generous proportions and large sash windows to let in lots of light. We knew there were original features hidden behind the décor, so were excited to strip it back to reveal the fireplaces and shutters. That it hadn’t been updated for such a long time was ideal, as it gave us carte blanche to do what we wanted. There was no question of keeping anything the same. You say you loved the house instantly, even before you started work on it? H: I’m quite an emotive person and any house we

buy has to give me ‘the feeling’. Michael mocks, but it hasn’t seen me wrong yet. Beyond the house feeling right, Larkhall also seemed a good fit, with the fantastic Larkhall Butchers and Goodies just around the corner, plus the amazing hardware store and a great community spirit.

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Did you dive straight into the renovation, or live with the space first? H: We spent a lot of time in the house before we did

We actually first saw your gorgeous Sebastian Cox Kitchen on the deVOL website... H: We chose deVOL for the kitchen cabinets as we love

You spend most of your time as a family in the kitchen. Was this the room with biggest change? H: We expanded the rear into the exterior side-return to

It all sounds very intricate. Did you have a lot of help from craftsman? H: We appointed Mark Watson of Watson Bertram &

anything, getting a feel for it and trying to envisage the finished space. I started by gathering samples of materials that I liked and placing them together – concrete, copper, black metal and pale beech wood formed a little pile on our table for quite some time while I worked out how they would all fit together. They ended up as the main materials in the kitchen and I still love the way they work together.

create a large kitchen-dining space. To achieve the right height at the back, we lowered the floors and raised the ceilings where we could. We did lots of ‘invisible’ work, too; straightening corridors, gaining extra inches of height here and there, rehanging doors to create a more logical flow and eking out cupboard space in every nook and cranny to maximise storage. Those elements make the house so easy to use, so smooth to navigate, that it’s a pleasure to live in.

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the understated simplicity of their design, the copper highlights and the tactile quality of their materials. I dislike fussy decoration. I prefer things pared back and simple, houses that look lived in and used. I intentionally used materials that develop a patina over time and I love how the copper and concrete has changed since we’ve been here. It fits perfectly with the modern rustic aesthetic I wanted to achieve.

Fell to secure planning permission for the work, and they proposed angling the glass roof away from the house. When you’re in the kitchen now, the ceiling just disappears above you, creating such a sense of space. It was our longstanding friend and collaborator – Andrew White of White Building Services – who was responsible for the success of the project. I’ve known Andrew since he worked to renovate my parents’ house in Bitton. He’s completely uncompromising when it comes to design and execution, and he never took the easiest route.

residence Each room was designed in response to the surroundings, with added interest by juxtaposing different styles of furniture; below, the couple spend family time in their deVOL kitchen

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Give us an example… H: I remember asking him towards the end of the project

what the simplest solution would be to a lighting problem and the response sums him up perfectly. He said, “it’s not about what’s easiest, it’s about what you want. Then, we’ll find a way to do it.” I love that. I come from a family of perfectionists, so it’s a great pleasure to work with someone who has a similar mindset.

The Bath stone wall is such a beautiful feature in the kitchen, especially as it’s free from cluttered cupboards. Did you always have a vision in mind? H: I knew that if we could incorporate that wall into the

kitchen interior, it would create a stunning space. The stone sets the tone for texture and scale, and the modern materials we built with provide a neutral background. In terms of the rest of the house, I love interiors magazines and have a large stack that I constantly refer to. I can’t say I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve before we started (because I took my lead from the house) but I had already assimilated a list of materials and styles, like Crittall-style windows and concrete counters.

How long did the whole renovation take? M: We first viewed the property in about June 2015

and took ownership in the September. We had our planning permission by January 2016 and carried out the renovation over the following nine months, moving in towards the end of September. We had been told that securing permission for the works would be difficult but it proved straightforward thanks to our architect. Likewise, we were told to expect difficult neighbours but they were

The kitchen floor was created in microtopping – an interesting silicone-like product that is painted on in a thin layer, which then sets to create a hard surface

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residence extremely patient and supportive of the works – largely thanks to Andrew’s great people skills and considerate building practices. Other than next door, any other tricky elements? H: The main challenges were in keeping the project to

schedule and budget, but the over-runs there gave us a better result. The main difficulty was the discovery of a sewer to the rear of the property, where we intended to dig for foundations, and the main staircase caving in.

Back to the interior again... You’ve used similar tones of the same colour in each room, haven’t you? H: We opted for Paint and Paper Library’s architectural

paint series throughout most of the house. We used varying shades in each room to create subtle gradation between ceiling, walls and floor. The colours vary from room-to-room but flow easily together and were selected in response to the ambient light found in each space. In the kitchen we chose Farrow & Ball’s Strong White to provide a clean contrast to the black Crittall-style frames. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of contemporary art galleries and this paint reminds me of the finish commonly used in those spaces. In the main bedroom, our choice of green leafy wallpaper provides stark relief to the mews view from the front window. Our daughter’s room is the most neutral, as we wanted to create a blank canvas that could be easily adapted as her tastes change.

The furnishings are fairly contemporary, too. Are any of them local? H: We deliberately chose modern furnishings in bright

colours. We sourced the American Warship Pendant lights that hang above the kitchen island from Felix Lighting Specialists on Bartlett Street and the beautiful narrow wooden bench from Fig Store on Walcot Street.

Tell us what bits you’re most proud of… M: I love the kitchen for both work – as I host couples here

for their wedding breakfast tasting meetings – and for family use, where our daughter is learning to cook. H: The kitchen is a wonderful space and I think the materials work really well together, but I also love the calm of the living room, the sense of light and space in the main bedroom and the Tadelakt bathroom. What have you learnt from the process? M: I already knew Hannah had an incredible eye for

interiors from our last property in London Fields, but she has proven herself anew with this one. I was concerned about over-spend on decisions like the parquet floor and the Tadelakt bathroom, but Hannah trusted her vision, and I can see the long-term value in her decisions. H: I’d book the Tadelakt in earlier. And I’d definitely work with Andrew White again. Other that than, I’d probably follow a similar process, taking my lead from the property and selecting materials that work in harmony with the building. I’m still so in love with the renovation it’s hard to imagine another, but I’m sure I’ll get restless before too long and want to try something different. Maze: www.mazeclothing.co.uk / Wild Fork West: www.wildforkwest.co.uk Got an amazing Bath home? Want it to feature in Residence? Contact lisa.evans@mediaclash.co.uk

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In the balance Georgian grandeur and contemporary design combine to achieve beautiful apartments at Fitzroy House By Evelyn Green

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uilt in 1789, and reimagined in 2017, Fitzroy House is a collection of 28 grand, individually designed luxury Georgian apartments with a modern edge. Positioned on what is considered to be the grandest and most impressive street in Bath (you know, one of those addresses that is never safe from the camera flash of a captivated tourist), this is a prestigious and restorative development, based on Great Pulteney Street. We featured one of them on these very pages last year, but, arguably, the one in this issue is even better. For a start, it enjoys some of the largest living spaces in the development, and – compared to the last one, which had access to communal gardens – this one has a private courtyard, which is ideal for the more

selves-to-themselves, reserved kinds of people. Apartment No.5, which sounds like a Lou Bega hit, is the only one of six of its kind – that is, courtyard apartments – on the market at Fitzroy House. It’s accessed via stone steps, or via lift access, directly from Great Pulteney Street, and, once inside, the first thing you’ll notice (trust us) is the abundance of natural light shining through the large windows into the open-plan living space, saturating the high-ceilinged area. Outside, the ashlar stone is complemented by a decorative pediment, impressive pilasters and ornamental wrought iron balconies, railings and lanterns, and behind the handsome exterior of the spectacular Grade-I listed Fitzroy House, each characterful residence has been sensitively and thoughtfully refurbished to emphasise interior features. These include ornate cornicing, panelled doors and sash windows, and the varying features include roof terraces, and balconies overlooking the iconic street or the Bath skyline. At no.5, which overlooks the pretty, communal gardens, you’ll notice that great care and attention has been attributed to its design, which combines Georgian grandeur with 21st-century aesthetics and convenience. Inside no.5, you’ll find a fully fitted kitchen designed by Bulthaup – renowned for their precision, innovation and timeless designs – with slick worktops, white

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lacquer-finish handleless cabinets, and a range of highend appliances; and the living areas are decorated with a subtle, calming colour palette so that you can add your own touch easily. The two bedrooms both have their own personalities, but maintain, again, easy-to-play-with neutral accents, and they have plenty of room and large windows, which make the space seem greater; and the stylish bathroom is completed with illuminated mirror cabinets and highend fixtures. The location is always going to be its biggest draw; the street itself – designed at the end of the 18th century by architect Thomas Baldwin – is perfectly placed for a leisurely level walk across Pulteney Bridge into the centre of Bath, less than 500 metres from the city’s restaurants, theatres and shops, with Waitrose as your corner shop. The exceptional development itself offers an often unparalleled combination of accessibility, quality and history along with the magnificence of the old and the handiness of the new. And the best thing about it is, it’s ready to be moved into in an instant. Who’s in? We’re jealous already.

House numbers Square foot of space 641 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Price

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The upside of ‘downsizing’


Peter Greatorex explains why ‘downsizing’ is a lifestyle choice that’s about more than just space

ownsizing is the term that is used to describe moving from a larger property into one that is smaller and generally more economical. Typically seen as a solution for the retired, those whose homes now feel too big to manage once their children have moved on to homes of their own. Yet today, in an era when people are starting to re-focus their lives around the idea of working to live, we are seeing more and more people looking to ‘downsize’ for a wide range of reasons. Discovering the reasons why a person wishes to buy or sell a property can be really enlightening. We are blessed to be able to gain an insight into their lives, their wants, their needs, and how this move will be the solution they seek, whether that is due to location, needing more space, or even helping to create a specific lifestyle. Instead of the stereotypical ‘downsizers’ we are now seeing people from all generations looking to move somewhere smaller. Having too much space is not the main driver for this new generation of downsizer; instead, their focus is creating a better

life for them and their family. Becoming mortgagefree is a dream for many, and by downsizing you will more than likely reduce your monthly outgoings, enabling you to be able to pay off your mortgage quicker. By providing you with more financial freedom, downsizing will help you to experience more of what life has to offer, and in our experience that tends to involve travel. With lower maintenance costs and being generally easier to maintain, an apartment is the obvious choice for those looking to see more of the world. As your home will be smaller in stature it will use less energy, therefore reducing your costs as well as helping the environment. Apartment living also gives you an added sense of security, as there are more people living in your building to keep an eye on your home when you are away. There is no doubt that homeowners who have downsized tend to be happier, as the sometimes overwhelming demands of owning a larger home are reduced. With so many different styles and types of apartments on offer in Bath it is no wonder that

apartment living is the preferred lifestyle for those looking to downsize. From the stunning architectural delights of our renowned Georgian homes to those providing contemporary and dynamic living down by the river, the selection of properties available is diverse. There are so many opportunities in Bath to help you find the home that will give you the life you’re looking for. Downsizing may not be the right term for you, but our team at The Apartment Company knows how to turn your thoughts and ideas into a selection of properties for you to view. No matter what your future looks like, at The Apartment Company we’re here to make it happen. ■

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“The pharaoh smeared his slaves with honey to keep the flies off him” children from eight wives and many concubines. Pepi II was the longest-ruling pharaoh, he ruled for 94 years, ascending the throne at six years old; stories about him include the way he smeared his slaves with honey to keep the flies off him. A lot of inventions can be laid at the door of the Egyptians, including the invention of: toothpaste, the clock, make up, and the 365-day calendar. The earliest recorded strike was in Egypt in the 12 century BC. And the world’s oldest dress (5000 years old) was found in Egypt in a tomb.

Lee Young The Egyptologist discusses her upcoming Egyptian day in the city, partying with Frank Sinatra, and where she likes to spend her days off in Bath I’m an Egyptologist… I study all aspects of ancient Egyptian history and culture, and my personal interest is female archaeological artists. I lecture all over the country, and I mainly try to get across how difficult it was for these early and immensely talented artists living and working in Egypt. I’m also in the process of writing a book about one of these women. The ancient Egyptian civilisation has always fascinated me… I studied classical Arabic at Bath University, and I then went on to learn colloquial Egyptian Arabic in order to communicate when in Egypt.

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I spend lots of time in Egypt… That’s the best part of my job – alongside getting such enthusiastic responses to my lectures; there are many people with a true love of the subject. Some of my favourite facts about Egypt are…contrary to popular belief, the pyramids weren’t built by slaves, but by paid workers – payment was often a ration of beer. Egyptian women were allowed to own property and run businesses and had far more rights than women in other countries. Also... Ramesses II is the most well-known pharaoh; he ruled for 60 years and had over 90

I’ll be giving a talk in Bath later this year… The study day, open to all Egyptology and art enthusiasts and beginners, is called Western Perceptions of Ancient Egypt. The day will trace the depiction of Ancient Egypt through the ages, by looking at the artists charged with portraying this exotic land and introducing Egypt to the Western world. We have a wonderful day planned; it will cover: a woman considered to be the finest copyist of Egyptian art, and Ancient Egyptian depictions on stage and screen (think The

Mummy), all accompanied by fabulous paintings. There will be world-class speakers joining us… Each of them is an expert on their subject, and the day is chaired by Dr Aidan Dodson from the University of Bristol. I’ve lived in Bath for 15 years… We moved here from Castle Combe. I live on Bathwick Hill with my husband of 37 years. On my days off, you’ll find me at… Vino Vino; the classic Woods Restaurant; and the Thermae Bath Spa. Living on the top of a hill, I see the most wonderful sunsets over the city… I’ve seen them all over the world, but the best are from my window. Something that may surprise you is… I lived in New York many years ago and worked in a very famous restaurant there; I met many famous people but my claim to fame was that I spent the evening with Frank Sinatra and his entourage – but only because he fancied my friend. My best moment in life was… travelling to Egypt for the first time and standing before the gigantic monuments left by a unique civilisation; it made me appreciate how special those builders were. n

The Western Perceptions of Ancient Egypt day takes place on 22 September at Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI); visit www.astene. org.uk for more information.

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