This year, there are several initiatives in Bath designed to make Christmas shopping accessible for all. Whether you’re looking to visit the popular Bath Christmas Market or prefer to shop at a quieter time, here are a few ways to have an enjoyable shopping experience in Bath this festive season…
Compassionate Christmas Shopping
This year, people with dementia and other invisible illnesses and their carers are being given an extra welcome in Bath for Compassionate Christmas Shopping days.
From 10am to 12pm on Wednesday 13th November and Wednesday 20th November, shoppers will receive a warm welcome in Dementia-friendly shops and eateries including New Look, Laura Ashley, North Face, Comptoir Libanais, Cosy Club, Jessops, Nandos, Swarovski, Topshop and Topman, and Waitrose.
There will also be extra quiet spaces for people to get away from the noise and crowds, at St Michael's and St Swithin’s churches and Metro Bank.
Look out for Bath Business Improvement District’s Welcome Ambassadors, who will be wearing distinctive blue jackets emblazoned with ‘Ask me!’. As well as offering city maps and their expert knowledge, the Bath Welcome Ambassadors will be accompanied by Dementia Action Alliance volunteers to provide guidance to shoppers.
Accessibility at Bath Christmas Market
This year's award-winning Bath Christmas Market will see over 150 twinkling chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets from 28th November to 15th December.
For those with restricted mobility, this year, there will be extra tarmac ramps around the Market, as well as having Mobility Assistants at the Market every day. Visitors with mobility requirements are welcome to ask stallholders or members of staff to ask Event Control to send a Mobility Assistant to aid them during their visit.
For those who would prefer to browse the Market at a quieter time, weekday mornings are the best time to visit if you prefer a relaxed experience with plenty of time for exploring.
Quiet Spaces at Bath Central Library
During Bath Christmas Market, Bath Central Library is offering a relaxed, safe space for families of young people with SEND and/or additional needs who need a break from the hustle and bustle. On Saturday 30th November, Saturday 7th December and Saturday 14th December, families are invited to drop in between 11am and 4pm, with sensory toys, bag books, story sacks, a blackout tent and accessible toilets available to use.
For those with restricted mobility, Bath has a Shopmobility service available to all visitors, where you can hire electric scooters, powered wheelchairs or manual chairs for the duration of your visit.
If you're looking to visit Bath this Christmas, you can plan ahead by downloading a copy of the Bath at Christmas Guide. You can also pick up a guide at Bath Visitor Information Centre. The friendly staff are used to catering to visitors with mobility and access needs and will help you plan your trip by directing you to the most appropriate options for your visit.