Bath is a uniquely-placed city making it perfect for mindful moments. Surrounded by countryside and with plenty of relaxing activities on offer, we’ve been working with students from Bath Spa University – who have produced a film – to showcase the best of Bath when you want to get away from it all…
Take Time Out
Despite Bath’s lively centre, there are still opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle. For a relaxing experience, visit The Gainsborough Bath Spa – it’s the UK’s only hotel which offers an indoor, natural thermal spa. Alternatively, The Bath Priory Hotel is a luxurious country house just a 20-minute walk away from the city centre. Here you’ll find the only L'Occitane spa in the country. To truly take a break from city life, The Equestrian Centre at Lucknam Park offers tranquil horse rides through 500 acres of charming Cotswold countryside.
Explore the Countryside
Bath is famous for its honey-coloured buildings nestled in rolling hills, and there are so many ways to take in the view. Look out for scenic boat trips from Pulteney Cruisers and heavenly hot air balloon flights with Bath Balloons. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, try one of the National Trust’s most popular trails, the Bath Skyline Walk (six miles). More adventurous hikers can tackle the Cotswold Way (102 miles) or Macmillan Way (290 miles). You could even take a guided tour with Bath Bike Tours and explore all the major landmarks in under three hours – and don’t worry, there won’t be any steep hills!
Gardens, parks and woodland are scattered all over the city. Located next to the Royal Crescent is Royal Victoria Park, 57 acres of greenery including the Botanical Gardens and the Great Dell Aerial Walkway. It’s also home to an 18-hole mini golf course, children’s play area and tennis courts – perfect to keep the kids occupied while you sit back and relax. On the other side of town, Henrietta Park is a paradise of sensory delights. With bubbling fountains, lively birdsong and blooming flower beds, it’s a serene spot for undisturbed reading time.
Visit the Fashion Museum for a tour of fashion trends over the last 400 years, or the Museum of East Asian Art to explore over 2,000 expertly-crafted objects. The Holburne Museum at the end of Great Pulteney Street flaunts a prestigious collection of fine and decorative art, with new exhibitions and events popping up regularly. Just steps away is No.15 Great Pulteney's Café 15 – a relaxed space to eat and take in the unique décor, with walls lined with brass kitchenware and colourful bottles resembling the shelves of an antique chemist’s shop. It’s the perfect pit-stop for a three-course Sunday brunch!
Learn a New Skill
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to have a go at floristry, pottery or sculpting? Look no further than Julia Davey, who runs regular bespoke events and workshops. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover all the experts’ secrets, whether that’s how to paint your own mug or build a terrarium! Bath Aqua Glass also host exciting glass making workshops where you can learn how to blow and sculpt unique glass objects. Beginners can learn to make paperweights, whereas more advanced classes teach how to manipulate stained glass.
To find out more about some of the above ways to be more mindful in Bath, head to our Facebook page to watch the Wellness film produced by students at Bath Spa University, putting the spotlight on how you can relax and unwind in the city.