With museums and attractions, restaurants, hotels and many other businesses closed due to the current situation around coronavirus, these are challenging times for the hospitality industry.
Making a donation or purchasing a voucher or gift card to be used later are brilliant ways to help support these businesses while you stay home and stay safe. Here's how you can pay it forward in Bath...
Events and Experiences
Theatre Royal Bath
Although the Theatre Royal Bath's year-round programme of top-quality drama is currently on hold, you can purchase a gift voucher, which can be used against theatre seats in their Main House, Ustinov Studio and the egg theatre.
They are also calling on theatre-lovers for donations to help ensure work can continue behind-the-scenes, so that when it does open its doors again, it will continue to be a significant part of the community. Last year their campaign drew support from the likes of David Suchet and Bath favourite Jon Monie.
While they are temporarily closed, you can support Komedia, an award-winning venue presenting the very best in comedy and live entertainment, with a gift voucher. Valid for one year, they can be used to purchase tickets for any future shows. You can also make a donation, to help keep Komedia going.
For film lovers, a gift card from Tivoli Cinema in SouthGate offers the ideal treat to look forward to. Gift cards can be put towards a unique cinematic experience at Tivoli, a state-of-the-art cinema featuring plush sofa seating, in-theatre dining and a café-bar.
The Little Theatre Cinema
The Little Theatre Cinema is a historic cinema showing arthouse and mainstream films, plus live screenings. Although the Little Theatre is currently closed, you can support the cinema by purchasing an e-gift voucher to use once they reopen.
Take to the skies and enjoy wonderful views of Bath on a hot air balloon flight. Although not currently flying, Bath Balloons are still offering flight vouchers, which will be valid for a year from when the flying season starts again. They are also giving the option to pay a £40 deposit now and the rest at a later date.
Bailey Balloons are offering balloon flight vouchers, which will be valid for a year from when they start their flying season again. For those who would prefer to pay in installments, there is the option to pay £40 now and the rest by 1st March, with a Gold 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Voucher. Plan ahead and look forward to a magical balloon ride over the city, taking in stunning city views.
Bath Adventures offer river and walking tours of Bath, with something to suit everyone. Give yourself an adventure to look forward to by purchasing a gift card, which is redeemable on all trips and valid for two years.
The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School
If lockdown is making you realise that your skills in the cooking department could do with some improving, check out the gift voucher options from The Bertinet Kitchen. Available to be redeemed against their cookery classes once back up and running, or any of the products in their online store, they also make great gifts.
The Bath Gift Card
The Bath Gift Card is the perfect present for any occasion and a great way to support local. It is accepted across the city in over 200 businesses including shops, restaurants and bars, hotels, museums, beauty salons and many more.
If you’re looking for a great gift for an interior-lover, Neptune, who have furniture shop, kitchen showroom and café on Walcot Street, offer gift cards that can be sent directly to the recipient either by post in a wallet, or as an e-voucher direct to their inbox.
Ubiety, a Bath-based beauty and personal care brand, is selling gift cards, as well as their products, online. 100% of profits go to Dorothy House Hospice Care to provide end-of-life care to patients, their families and carers, so this really is the gift that gives twice. Their plant-based range includes candles, diffusers, hand lotions and face mists.
Number Three Hair Salon
With hair salons currently closed to clients, a haircut will be near the top of most people's post-lockdown to-do lists. Number Three Hair Salon on Saville Row are offering a click-and-collect service of your favourite Bumble and Bumble and Olaplex products, which can be ordered by calling or emailing them – perfect for keeping your locks in order this lockdown.
Bath Country Pets
Bath Country Pets sell all manner of pet products, from durable leather collars and leads to dishes and toys, designed with a country feel. Perfect for your furry friends, their sale specials are guaranteed to get tails wagging.
LUSH Spa Bath
Located on Union Street, and hidden beneath the bustling streets of the city centre, the LUSH Spa is a tranquil haven which offers a true escape. Take a look at their expansive range of spa treatments, from deep tissue full body massages to body scrubs, facials and more, on their website, with gift vouchers available for all.
Plant-based cookery school Demuths offers a wide variety of classes across different cuisines and skill levels, inspiring meat-free ways of working with food. Their gift vouchers – valid for 12 months – make a great gift for food-lovers, and can be delivered immediately by email or sent as a handwritten voucher by post.
Savouring Bath run culinary walking tours of the city, offering a unique and delicious way to discover Bath. Their gift vouchers are currently available to purchase via their website, and have a 12-month redemption period.
Sweet Little Things
Support Sweet Little Things, an independent tearoom and bakery in the centre of Bath, by purchasing a gift voucher. For a DIY afternoon tea, they're also selling chocolates, preserves, chai syrup, Keep Cups and even Champagne! Once the café reopens, you can treat yourself to a delicious brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options on offer.
Good Day Cafe
Since opening in October 2018, Good Day Cafe's cheerful service and eye-catching interiors have been lending brightness to the days of Bathonians and visitors alike. While Good Day Cafe is closed, you can support them by ordering a tasty box of brownies, a cute coffee gift box, a gift voucher, or a 'have a Good Day' tee from their online shop.
Relaxing Stays and Spa Days
Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
For some luxury to look forward to, The Royal Cresent Hotel & Spa has a variety of gift vouchers available to purchase. Vouchers can be put towards a beautiful bedroom or suite, a romantic dinner, a spa day or treatment, or a decadent afternoon tea, offering a wonderful treat once the hotel reopens.
Bailbrook House Hotel
Set within 20 acres of private grounds and with commanding views over Bath and the surrounding countryside, the Grade II listed Bailbrook House Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing break in Bath. Purchase a gift voucher and enjoy a future stay or afternoon tea.
If you're looking for a great base to explore the city once we are permitted to travel, you can purchase a gift voucher from Brooks Guesthouse, a boutique bed and breakfast in the centre of Bath. The vouchers are valid for 12 months, and can be used as full or part payment for your stay.
No.15 Great Pulteney
No.15 Great Pulteney is an elegant and vivacious boutique hotel and spa on the grandest street in Bath. Pre-plan a post-lockdown stay, afternoon tea, spa experience or meal with one of their gift vouchers, which are all valid for 18 months from the date of purchase.
Gainsborough Bath Spa
The five-star Gainsborough Bath Spa offers the only natural thermal spa inside a hotel in the UK. Plan ahead and purchase a gift voucher for a luxurious spa day, dining experience, afternoon tea or stay at this stunning hotel.
For a tranquil trip post-lockdown, purchase a gift voucher from Homewood. Plan a future spa day, afternoon tea, dining experience or stay at the rural and peaceful hotel, which has views over the Limpley Stoke valley.
Plan ahead for a future stay in the city and purchase a gift voucher from Devonshire House. A warm welcome awaits at this pristine, four-star, family-run bed and breakfast, a mile from the city centre and close to cycle paths and walks. Vouchers are valid for 18 months.
THE PIG-near Bath
Support the THE PIG-near Bath, a restaurant with rooms in the heart of the Mendip hills, by purchasing a gift voucher. Go 'The Whole Hog' with an overnight stay, breakfast, and a copy of THE PIG book, buy a voucher for a three-course lunch or dinner, or opt for a monetary voucher from £25.
The Roseate Villa
Tucked just behind Bath's grandest thoroughfare, Great Pulteney Street, and with views of the neighbouring and leafy Henrietta Park, The Roseate Villa is a tranquil place to stay. You can purchase monetary gift vouchers, partly or fully redeemable against a stay, Afternoon Tea vouchers, to sample some homemade treats, or even a Spa and Stay voucher, offering access to Thermae Bath Spa.
Support Bath's Heritage and Arts
Bath Preservation Trust
Bath Preservation Trust are currently crowdfunding, with the aim of raising £5,000 to help ensure the continuing day-to-day maintenance of their three museums – No.1 Royal Crescent, Beckford’s Tower and Museum, and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy – as well as continuing with their campaigning work for the protection and enhancement of Bath’s architectural and historical environment.
The Rondo Theatre
Established in 1989, The Rondo Theatre is a unique and intimate venue with a varied year-round programme of events. The Rondo Theatre team are currently fundraising to ensure they are able to welcome back performers, audiences, volunteers and staff when it is safe to do so.
The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum has been at the cultural heart of Bath for over 130 years. While they are keeping in touch with their community through creative online activities, as an independent charity, the loss of income is a great threat to the museum's existence. They are asking art lovers and their supporters to donate what they can to help them through the current crisis.
Bath Artists Studios
Bath Artists Studios supports Bath’s community of artists, giving them an affordable space to work, teach and develop their creative practice. Over the years, the studio has provided a home to hundreds of artists and given enjoyment for thousands via classes, events and exhibitions. A donation will help ensure that they can continue to meet the costs of running and maintaining their premises, whilst the current closure to the public and their member artists is causing a loss of income.
The Roman Baths
To walk in the footsteps of the Romans and explore one of the finest spas of the ancient world, why not treat yourself, or buy your loved ones, a Roman Baths gift ticket? Valid for 18 months from the date of purchase, the recipient will simply need to book a date and time of their choice to visit by emailing their Bookings Team.
Thermae Bath Spa
From a historic spa to a much more modern one, Thermae Bath Spa, in the city centre, offers an enticing range of gift vouchers on their website. From a choice of spa sessions, such as the classic Thermae Welcome, to specially designed packages like Twilight for Two and Thermae Harmony (offering a two-course meal and choice of two treatments), you're spoilt for choice.
American Museum & Gardens
Always offering a fantastic programme of events and changing exhibitions alongside their fascinating permanent collection, making a regular or one-off donation would greatly help support the American Museum to ensure it can continue its work into the future.