With ten years of expertise in staging events enjoyed by thousands of people each year, Bath Racecourse boss Jo Hall shares some of her favourite ways to while away a weekend in the city...
A Saturday Morning Stroll Around Bath Farmers’ Market
One of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning is a visit to Bath Farmers’ Market at Green Park Station. Established in 1997, Bath Farmers’ Market was the first Farmers’ Market in the UK and has a range of stalls selling meat, vegetables, cheese, chutneys, baked goods and more. I love trying new foods and meeting their producers. It’s also a great place to bring my little girl along to.
Open every Saturday, 9:00am-1:30pm.
A Summer Weekend at Bath Boules (14th–16th June 2018)
Bath Boules is an annual mini-festival which takes place at the heart of the city, in Queen Square. A full weekend of French Boules, street food and an evening party, this is a great charity event, which can get pretty competitive with hundreds of people taking part. There’s always a great atmosphere and plenty of entertainment.
Sunday Lunch at Newton Farm Shop and Café
The charming Newton Farm Shop and Café serves probably the best crackling I’ve ever had! Choose from Newton Farm beef rump, Newton Farm pork, or free-range chicken, all served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy. The beautiful village of Newton St Loe provides a lovely setting to stretch your legs and walk off your lunch afterwards.
Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm, and Sunday, 10:00am-3:30pm.
Afternoon Tea at The Pump Room
A must-do for anyone visiting Bath, the iconic Pump Room is such a special venue. With its magnificent interior and ornate decoration, The Pump Room truly embodies what was once the heart of the Georgian social scene. The grand building, which overlooks the Roman Baths, is a great place to enjoy afternoon tea, with live music to complement the stunning ambience. You’ll be served up traditional afternoon tea fare, along with some special additions –The Pump Room’s afternoon tea currently includes a poached salmon shot, opera cake, and raspberry choux. It’s popular though, so make sure you book ahead!
Afternoon tea is available every day from 2:30pm.
A Day at the Races!
I am of course a bit biased, but I promise you, a day at Bath Racecourse really does offer something for everyone. Last season, we proudly opened our brand-new Grandstand, complete with a rooftop terrace which offers spectacular views under a magnificent sailed canopy. With twenty-three fixtures running this summer, we run a varied calendar of events from family days to music evenings, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy.