Expelling a little creative energy is always therapeutic. Whether you’re learning a new creative skill or browsing the latest exhibition, connecting with art in one form or another is a nice satisfying way to spend an afternoon. There are plenty of ways for you to connect with art in Bath, to get your creative juices flowing…
1. Get Crafty Making Homewares and Fun Fashions
Head down to The Makery, a quaint little craft shop along Union Passage, where you will find buttons, fabrics, adornments and ideas galore. They also run fun workshops - how does making your own pair of frilly knickers sound?! Upcycle that old piece of furniture you just can’t part with at one of their upholstery courses, or fine-tune your handwriting skills at a calligraphy workshop.
Another top spot for a bit of crafty homemaking is Verve Living, an ecletic home-furnishings store that also runs classes and workshops. If you have a particular creative yearning, they can tailor bespoke courses for you and your friends, or keep an eye out for their special events, which have previously included making your own lampshade and printing your own wallpaper.
2. Check Out the Latest Art Exhibitions
Spend a quiet afternoon in pleasant surrounds, taking in the latest art exhibition. Bath is home to three fantastic, dedicated art galleries, The Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery, and the smaller Museum of East Asian Art.
Find The Holburne Museum at the end of Great Pulteney Street, and discover it’s vast, permanent collection housed in its grand Georgian rooms. The Victoria Art Gallery sits on the corner opposite Pulteney Bridge and has a very impressive permanent collection housed amongst the contrasting Victorian splendor of the upper gallery.
3. Learn a New Culinary Skill
An immense satisfaction can be had in carefully crafting a delicious meal, before sitting down and enjoying your efforts with family and friends. If you feel like you’re in need of some inspiration in the kitchen, or just fancy trying out a new cuisine or culinary skill, how about booking yourself into one of Bath’s many cookery courses?
Always wanted to perfect your bread-making skills? Look no further than celebrity chef Richard Bertinet’s Cookery School, The Bertinet Kitchen. If you’re a devout vegetarian or vegan, or have special dietary requirements, Demuths Cookery School offer a fantastic range of courses covering favourite and emerging world cuisines.
4. Have a Shot at Photography
Want to get the perfect, Instagram worthy shot of Bath?
Join a photo tour of Bath with Photo Tours in Bath to see the city sights whilst picking up plenty of photography tips and snapping away as you go. All are welcome, whether you have an all-singing-all-dancing DSLR or simply the smartphone in your pocket.
5. Discover the Fashions of Yesteryear
Bath is famous for its Georgian heritage, a society that thrived on the talk of the latest fashions, so there really couldn’t be a better place than Bath to reflect on the fashions of bygone eras. Fashion Museum Bath takes residence in the stunning Georgian Assembly Rooms and is home to a collection of nearly 100,000 items from the last 400 years. Their fascinating artefacts are curated in a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, celebrating all aspects of fashion. Plus, you can have a bit of fun dressing up too, and star in your own Georgian photoshoot.