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Blog - The Insider's Guide

7 places to stay for a memorable hen party in Bath

By Gemma Hayter
If you’re looking to plan a sophisticated and classy hen party, then Bath is the perfect destination for a memorable hen do that the bride-to-be will love. Here's our top accommodation picks...

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How to spend Easter weekend in Bath

By Gemma Hayter
Whether you’re looking for ways to enjoy a four-day weekend off work, or trying to work out how to keep the kids busy during the Easter school holidays, Bath has lots to offer this Easter...

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How to enjoy Bath when the weather can't make up its mind

Alice Bishop
Unsurprisingly, the weather in Bath is proving to be rather interchangeable of late: intermittent clouds and sun, perhaps a breeze or bluster and, from time-to-time, a drenching springtime shower.

In light of this, we thought it would be handy to put together a few suggestions for spending a day in Bath when the weather just can’t make up its mind. All you need to do is cautiously pack an umbrella, remember that a hot cup of tea is never too far away, and vow to make the absolute most of what Bath has to offer, come rain or shine.

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Where to celebrate British Pie Week in Bath

By Alice Bishop
You can’t beat a good, deep-filled and gravy laden pie. With British Pie Week hitting the country from 6th – 12th March, what better time is there to discover Bath’s stu-pie-ndous offering? After all, a pie a day keeps the belly rumbles away…

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Discovering Wild Bath with Avon Wildlife Trust

By Nicole Daw of Avon Wildlife Trust
In July, I started working for Avon Wildlife Trust as the People and Wildlife Officer, encouraging people to connect with their local wild spaces. As a result, my eyes have been opened to what a fantastic place Bath is for wildlife.

Here are some of my first hand experiences of nature in Bath. I very much hope they inspire you to head out and explore.

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A funny thing is on its way to the Forum!

By Nick Steel from the Bath Comedy Festival
Bath Comedy Festival opens with a bang on April 1st with mega-star Paul Merton at Bath’s fabulous Forum, the town centre art deco masterpiece. Read on to find out more...

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The simple joys of bread-making: 7 steps to feeling good

By Alice Bishop
We’ve teamed up Bath cookery school The Bertinet Kitchen, headed by celebrity chef Richard Bertinet, whose speciality lies in crafting the very best artisan loaves, to share with you the simple pleasures of baking bread.

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6 ways to feel good at Combe Grove

By Alice Bishop
Nestled amongst peaceful woodlands and overlooking the Limpley Stoke valley, Combe Grove makes a perfect retreat to step out of hectic daily life and into calm. What will be first on your to-do list?

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5 Bath walks to help you reach 10,000 steps

By Alice Bishop
If you’ve taken on the 10,000 step challenge, or just want to get out walking more, we have outlined five walks of varying distance and scenery to help you reach your target, whilst still taking in the very best of Bath.

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11 dreamy places for a great night's sleep

By Gemma Sampson
Enjoy a restorative night’s sleep in a comfy and cosy bed and you’ll be sure to wake up refreshed, rested and ready to explore all of Bath’s historic sights and attractions.
Find out where to stay...

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News: Survey Shows Bath is No.1 Feel Good City

Bath. Feel Good. For enjoying life’s simple pleasures

VisitBath is today revealing results from an in-depth survey that shows the city rejuvenates visitors and takes people away from the stresses and strains of every-day life.

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8 Things you Haven’t Done in Bath

By Niamh Noone
Studies suggest that learning something new can actually make you feel happier, and with that in mind we have uncovered a few of Bath’s hidden gems and secret stories. Discover some of this spa city’s lesser known sights next time you visit Bath, and feeling good will follow. 

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Bath’s Feel-Good Food Trail

By Niamh Noone
We all love good food, right? And fresh air? Well that’s a no-brainer when it comes to feeling good. In Bath we think the best way to fully enjoy both of these feel-good factors is to combine the two in a fantastically fresh food trail with a difference...

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February Exhibitions: Relax & Unwind with a Spot of Art Appreciation

By Alice Bishop
There’s nothing quite like spending a quiet afternoon perusing an exhibition or two, soaking up shape, colour, line and texture in a calm and peaceful surrounding. For such a small city, Bath has a very generous serving of exceptional art galleries and museums, so make Bath your destination this month to step into calm, inspire your senses, and truly feel good.

Here is our round-up of what’s on in Bath this February.

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5 Ways to Catch the Creative Bug in Bath

By Alice Bishop
Expelling a little creative energy is always therapeutic. Whether you’re learning a new creative skill, or browsing the latest exhibition, indulging in the arts in one form or another is a nice satisfying way to spend an afternoon.

There’s plenty of ways for you to connect with art in Bath, to get your creative juices flowing. Here’s our top 5…

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7 of the best views in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
Bath has an abundance of spectacular views, and we know just where you need to go to seek out the very best vantage points. Here's our top 7...

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What kind of Feel Good Mini-Break are You?

By Alice Bishop
We all have different ways of finding our calm, detaching from the stresses and strains of modern life, and ultimately feeling good. Bath and beyond has a little bit of everything, so whether you’re after a calming break, want to get outdoors, or enjoy taking in the arts, Bath makes a fantastic feel good destination.

If you’re not sure what kind of mini-break will make you feel good, take our fun quiz below, or scroll to the bottom to find some feel good mini-break inspiration…

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28 mouth-watering things you have to taste in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
To celebrate Bath being ranked as a #1 Feel Good City, we’ve cherry picked 28 melt-in-your-mouth foodie moments in Bath for you to sink your teeth into, to help make your February the month of feeling good.

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9 Reasons to do your Christmas Shopping in Bath

By Alice Bishop
With the festive season rapidly approaching - a definite hint of autumnal chill in the air and the whiff of mince pies only just around the corner - the streets of Bath will soon be bustling with Christmas shoppers, scouring the city for festive delights, unique gifts and charming novelties.

Here’s our round-up of the top destinations in Bath for Christmas shopping…

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10 ways to celebrate the festive season in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
Bath at Christmas is truly magical. The twinkling lights of the Bath Christmas Market, the carols chiming out of Bath Abbey and all the fun festive things to see and do in the City make it the perfect destination for a Christmas shopping trip, or a short break before the big day.

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5 places to watch the fireworks in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
There's a number of fantastic displays illuminating the night sky this year. Take your pick from 5 of the best, and wrap up warm for a spectacular night.

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What to expect from a visit to Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass

By Alice Bishop
You may have heard of the famous Bath Aqua Glass shop, specialising in hand-blown homewares in the beautifully distinctive, aqua blue hue; stained glass pieces; and fused glass jewelery; but did you know you can also peek behind the scenes and maybe even have a go at their workshop in central Bath?

The team at VisitBath were recently lucky enough to be invited along, see the masters at work and try our own hand at the ancient artform of glass blowing.

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An Autumnal Photo Walk of Bath

By Gemma Sampson
Bath is extremely photogenic at any time of year, but even more so in Autumn. As the leaves turn amber and the honey coloured Bath stone glows, it’s a truly spectacular city for photographing.

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The ultimate guide to Sunday Roasts in Bath

By Gemma Sampson

It's a cherished British tradition and the humble Sunday Roast can come in many delicious shapes and sizes. Bath isn't short of amazing restaurants who create the most mouthwatering Sunday roasts. Here's some of the best in Bath...

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Your guide to Afternoon Tea in Bath

By Gemma Sampson

With so many delightful restaurants, cafes and hotels offering sumptuous afternoon teas, we’ve compiled a quick guide to help you decide where you should have your afternoon tea in Bath...

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Wine not visit Bath?!

By Alice Bishop

If you are a lover of all-things-vino, then Bath (and beyond) really has you sorted. To make your summer that little bit more of a corker, we have rounded up the top 5 destinations for the Bath-bound wine lover…

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Shop Independent. Stores you won't find anywhere else.

By Gemma Sampson
If you're bored of bland high street shopping, then a trip to Bath is a refreshing change for any shopaholic. With a wealth of beautifully-individual stores just waiting to be found, Bath is the perfect antidote to your typical urban high street.

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Where to watch Euro 2016 in Bath

By Claire Pickup
Euro 2016 kicks off tonight with France v. Romania. But there is no need to hop on the Eurostar for a seat at Stade de France as you can enjoy all the excitement by watching the games in one of Bath’s many pubs...

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Mission to Bath and meet Buzz Aldrin

By Gemma Sampson
Buzz Aldrin is doing a special talk on Friday 3rd June, so we’ve put together an out of this world itinerary for Space buffs visiting Bath…

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5 things to do outside of Bath

By Gemma Sampson
It’s well worth exploring further afield during your trip to Bath. Did you know that the City has some breath taking countryside right on its doorstep as well as quaint towns and villages to meander around too?

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Best views of Bath from a hilltop

By Claire Pickup
Situated within the hollow of the surrounding seven hills, Bath’s Palladian buildings spread through the valleys and out onto the slopes. Here's our best vantage points to see the beautiful city spread out below...

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Where to shop your new Spring wardrobe

By Sarah James
Bath in Fashion, the South West’s week- long, biggest fashion celebration starts next week - surely that’s a good a reason as any for a wardrobe update? To make sure you’re looking your very best when sat on the front row of the catwalk, we’ve put together some suggestions of where to shop to refresh your look in time for the event.

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How to spend 4 hours in Bath

By Sarah James
You’re coming to beautiful Bath, but only for a quick visit… what do you do in half a day? Don’t panic, take a look at our helpful suggestions of what to cram into your few hours whilst here…

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48 Hours in Bath

By Sarah James
Visiting our beautiful city for a couple of days? Wondering what to do to get the most out of your trip? Take a look at our suggestions below to help guide you on the best things to do in Bath in 48 hours.

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Eggscellent Easter Trails

By Sarah James

The Easter weekend is fast approaching, so we’ve put together a roundup of the best egg hunts and trails to keep the kids entertained.

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Top 7 activities you must do in Bath this Spring

By Zaza Banjar, Reception Manager at Homewood Park Hotel & Spa

Whether it’s with friends, family or a loved one, Bath is a magical city to visit in spring. Featuring some of the most iconic buildings in Britain, the stunning city will provide the perfect setting for a mini getaway whilst soaking up some culture.

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6 different ways to treat Mum this Mother's Day

By Gemma Sampson
We’ve got something to suit all kinds of Mum’s in Bath this Mother’s Day. Whether Mum loves a traditional treat or would prefer a more unconventional experience, take a look at our top suggestions for spoiling her…

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Where to watch 6 Nations fixtures in Bath

By Sarah James
Bath is very much a rugby city and a great place to be on match days, whether it’s watching our Premiership team battle it out at The Rec or getting involved in the lively atmosphere at one of Bath’s rugby pubs.

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Top 10 Bath events in 2016

By Sarah James
There’s so much going on in Bath this year, here’s our top 10 events that we can’t wait for…

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What to expect from your spa experience

Laura Johnson, founder of Spa Living, a brand new website for spa furniture, art, products and experiences, talks about why the spa at the Royal Crescent Hotel is perfect for your first spa experience.

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Spot Rudolf this Christmas in the heart of Somerset

Guest post by The Garden Team from Ston Easton Park

With the Christmas holidays upon the horizon, there's sure to be plenty of indulging to done. But with every handful of Celebrations, Quality Streets and After Eights, there's a country walk to be had and plenty of wildlife to be admired...

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7 things you just can't miss in Bath this Christmas

By Gemma Sampson
If you’re planning a break in Bath over the festive period then you’re in luck! Winter is a magical time of year to visit and there’s so much going on. As a Bath local, here’s a roundup of my favourite things in Bath at Christmas time…

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A single girl’s guide to Bath

Guest post by Angela Goldstein

Beautiful Bath is often top choice for couples seeking a romantic break. But don’t be put off if you are visiting alone, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had. Angela, a guest blogger, has the perfect itinerary for a solo traveller.

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Spooky goings on in Bath

By Gemma Sampson

Are you brave enough to seek out Bath’s most haunted venues and locations this Halloween?

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Eating my way through October

By Gemma Sampson

Today is the first day of the fantastic month long Great Bath Feast and I’ve been salivating at all the delicious events on offer!

Here’s a few events that I will definitely be attending. Don’t forget to check out all the Great £10 Feast offers across 39 different restaurants too.

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Bath is for Bibliophiles!

Jackie Law, an avid reader, blogger and book reviewer from just outside Bath tells us why the city is perfect for bookworms.

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Five adventure sports near Bath to get your pulse racing

By Justin Toohig

Move over Austen, spa days and Georgian architecture! If you're less cream tea and more extreme action, then Bath isn't necessarily the first location that springs to mind. Yet there is a variety of adventure sport hot spots in and around the city of Bath that no self-confessed thrillseeker should overlook.

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10 things you didn't know about Prior Park

By Anna Kilcooley

Have you visited beautiful Prior Park Landscape Garden yet? Here's a list of suprising things you never knew about it, from Visitor Experience Co-ordinator, Anna Kilcooley.

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Have a bath in Bath

By Gemma Sampson

Have you ever wondered where the best bath in Bath is?

We’ve rounded up some of our favourites. From thermal spa water on tap, to a converted wine cellar or a ginormous monsoon shower, you’ll always have a memorable bathe in bath.

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Where's the best bedroom in Bath?

By Gemma Sampson

There's so many amazing accommodation choices in Bath, but where can you find the best bedroom? Here's a list of our favourites...

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Bath's Five Senses of Summer

By Adam Denton

Find out what Cowshed owner Adam loves about being in Bath this summer, including his favourite picnic spot and how he likes his gin…

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Sneak Peek inside The Gainsborough Bath Spa

By Gemma Sampson

We were lucky enough to have a behind the scenes look before the grand opening, and wow were we impressed!

Here’s the low down on what’s behind the doors of this grand hotel… 

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A day spent foraging for food

By Gemma Sampson

I was lucky enough to spend last Monday foraging for food at Vale House Kitchen. My eyes were opened to how Mother Nature literally has her shelves fully stocked with food without a supermarket in sight. Find out more about my foraging adventure…

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See Bath from the Skies on a Virgin Balloon Flight

By Virgin Balloons
There’s no better way to appreciate the historic city of Bath than from the comfort of a hot air balloon basket.

When it comes to beautiful architecture, this tourist hotspot does not disappoint, from the incredible Royal Crescent to the beautiful Bath Abbey. A visit to sites such as these is a must, but to really see the beauty and detail that has gone into these designs, an aerial view is an ideal option.

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Where's the quirkiest accommodation in Bath?

By Gemma Sampson
Make your trip to Bath even more memorable and stay in one of our quirky and individual properties.  Whether you stay in a magical hobbit hole, enchanting gypsy caravan or even Jane Austen’s home, you’ll sure to have an unforgettable trip. 

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Bath: The Quintessential Destination for Family, Sport, Creativity and Romance

By Peter O’Sullivan

Bath isn't just visually beautiful with its stunning architecture and luscious green parks, but it is well equipped to welcome all interests. Whether you're a keen artist, literature lover, sports enthusiast, a group of friends wanting a girly weekend or a couple wanting a romantic getaway, there’s something for everyone.

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Eight exciting events not to miss at this year's Bath in Fashion

By Emma Ryan

I can’t believe that spring is upon us already! This means that Bath in Fashion is back again with plenty of delights to keep even the most discerning fashionista happy. It’s time to slip on your best shoes and head to the beautiful city of Bath. Here are some of my top picks that I can’t wait for! Look out for me, I’ll be the one looking super stylish (hopefully!)

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The best New Year's Resolution ever...

By Charlotte Taylor

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to have more fun. No really… I have a few of the usual exercise-more-regularly, eat-more-fruit, call-mum-more etc., but this year I’m going to focus on good old good times too!

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Detox in Bath this January

By Lisa Franklin

Want to chase away those January blues? I know I’m ready now Christmas has come and gone, after eating all those mince pies and having the odd glass of mulled wine. A full detox is certainly in order!

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Where to shop your winter wardrobe

By Sarah Holden
Winter is certainly well on the way, and if you’re still yet to update your winter wardrobe help is at hand! Here are some of my favourite shops in Bath that are great for snapping up the latest winter fashions…

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Delightful tearooms, comfy cafés and cosy coffee shops

By Gemma Sampson
As the evenings grow darker and the temperatures drops, seek shelter from the cold in one of Bath’s delightful tearooms, comfy cafés and cosy coffee shops. Sink into a squishy armchair, and cup those cold fingers around your favourite brew. Here are a few of my most-loved spots…

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Have a hair-raising Halloween in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
With Halloween fast approaching, there’s still time to grab the most gruesome fancy dress and get creative with your pumpkin carving. And with plenty of frightfully fun events happening in Bath there’s something for everyone to enjoy – if you’re brave enough!

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I'll be busy Feasting this October...

By Sarah Holden

My favourite autumn event has got to the Great Bath Feast, which runs throughout the whole of October. There’s over 150 events this year, but here’s a few that I’m particularly looking forward to...

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Back to School - Again!

By Gemma Sampson

It’s never too late to take up a fun hobby, master a new skill and generally get those creative juices flowing. Find the best courses and workshops in Bath and learn something new!

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The Great British Bake Off is back!

By Gemma Sampson

For another year running I'll be glued to my television drooling over the Great British Bake Off. If like me you've been inspired to bake more then read on to discover the best bakeware in Bath and find out where you can perfect those cookery skills with a baking workshop...

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