There’s plenty to do in Bath this January. Spend crisp, sunny days exploring the city’s stunning surrounding countryside, enjoy a rugby game, or get cosy with a glass of wine and some live jazz music. Here are Alex Peters from Green Park Brasserie’s nine things to do in Bath to beat the January blues…
1. Walk Bath’s Skyline
Hit the trail. Bath’s Skyline is arguably best walked in January. With stunning views over the city, Bath’s buildings look beautiful at this time of year, with the famous Bath stone glowing in the winter sun.
2. See More of the City Centre
January is a brilliant time to make the most out of Bath’s city centre. Find the quieter streets and hidden spots and enjoy the peacefulness of the city on a bright January day. Often a quieter time for the shops, bars, cafés and restaurants in Bath, many local businesses also offer up fantastic incentives for coming during the winter season.
3. Explore Bath’s Countryside
Jump in the car or take the train to Freshford, Avoncliff or Bradford-on-Avon. Discover the surrounding countryside and several traditional country pubs as you take in the stunning scenery through Iford and along the River Avon, just a few miles outside of Bath.
4. Enjoy an Evening of Live Jazz
Green Park Brasserie hosts live music several nights a week. With jazz, funk and acoustic sets, you’ll find bands playing alongside a menu inspired by some of Somerset’s finest producers and farmers. These evenings are popular, so make sure you book ahead.
5. Watch a Game of Rugby at the Rec
Bath Rugby fans are spoilt for choice in January as there will be three different competitions hosted at Bath Recreation Ground. Fixtures in the European Rugby Champions Cup and the Gallagher Premership offer fans the chance to see club rugby at its finest.
6. Get on Your Bike
Bath has some of the country’s finest canals and waterways. Perfect for a post-Christmas ease back into exercise, hiring a bike and exploring the canal as you head east from the city centre through Sydney Gardens is one of Bath’s hidden gems to visitors to the city. A pub stop on the way through Bathampton is never a bad idea either.
7. Swot up on Your Local History
The Museum of Bath Architecture at The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel is unknown to many of Bath’s residents and visitors alike. Tucked away on The Paragon, this unique museum explores the stunning architectural history of the city, and its transformation from a provincial town into a world famous Georgian city. A must for architecture and history lovers.
8. Tuck into Some Local Produce
Bath is brimming with pop-up markets and stalls around the city. None are as long-standing as the UK’s first Farmers’ Market at Green Park Station, which runs every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Stock up on delicious cheeses, sublime charcuterie meats and more local produce than you can shake a stick at.
9. Have an Evening of Culture
The Theatre Royal Bath (which boasts a main stage, the egg, and the Ustinov Studio) is staging a diverse programme of performances throughout January. From Ghost Stories to Snow Mouse to Being Mr Wickham, the Theatre Royal offers something for everyone.
Alex Peters is the Director of Marketing and Strategy for Green Park Brasserie, Bath Pizza Co and Bath Function Rooms. All located in the historic Green Park Station, a former Victorian railway station, they're popular spots for a night out, serving delicious and award-winning food and drink.