As Queen Elizabeth II reaches the monumental milestone of her Platinum Jubilee – the first ever British monarch to do so – the country is being treated to a long bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

Whether you fancy raising a tea cup to Her Majesty at a quintessential garden party or using the time off to rest and unwind, here are some ideas for spending the Jubilee Bank Holiday in Bath.

Have a Royally Relaxing Time

Make the most of the bumper weekend by staying over in Bath. You’ll be well looked after at any of the city’s wonderfully welcoming hotels but if you really want to dial up the relaxing bank holiday vibes, choose a spa hotel.

The Rowlandson deluxe suite at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Image - The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

In the city centre, the renowned five-star hotel on the iconic (and fittingly named) Royal Crescent is one of the finest settings for spa treatments. You can even Dine Like a Queen with their Jubilee package from 1st to 6th June, featuring a two-night stay, Jubilee-themed cocktail, six-course tasting menu, and a champagne afternoon tea.

Set in a dreamy Palladian abode, Lucknam Park is the place for a countryside spa retreat with a regal twist for the bank holiday. They’ve got a special offering for the weekend, with an array of quintessentially British activities and extra touches to enjoy during your stay – from horse and carriage rides to picnic hampers.

Immerse yourself in more wellbeing experiences beyond the hotel too – there’s inspiration in our city centre and countryside.  

Aerial view of Lucknam Park

Image - Lucknam Park

Celebrate at Jubilee Events in Bath

Bath will be brimming with bunting, afternoon teas, picnics, family entertainment and purple glowing illuminations of iconic buildings over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday. Here’s where you can soak up that joyous atmosphere…

Jubilee Garden Party at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

It’s not only overnight guests who can join in The Royal Crescent Hotel’s Jubilee fun. Book a space for their tradition garden party on Thursday 2nd June in the beautiful, secluded gardens, where there’ll be festivities like a buffet-style afternoon tea, live music, lawn games, and a magician. If it rains? They’ll move the merriment inside instead!

Afternoon tea and Sipsmith deck chair in the Royal Crescent Hotel gardens

Image - The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party at The Henrietta Bar

The bakers at The Henrietta Bar, the restaurant of The Roseate Villa, have been hard at work crafting a Jubilee-themed afternoon tea menu for Saturday 4th June. Indulge in treats featuring traditional orange, blueberry and violet flavours, which will go down a treat with the three special edition cocktails on offer. The tranquil Henrietta Garden and music from duo The Aislemen will be the perfect backdrop.   

Friends enjoying Jubilee afternoon tea at The Roseate Villa

Image - The Roseate Villa

The Big Jubilee Picnic at Royal Crescent Lower Lawn

For free family-friendly fun, take a picnic along to the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent on Sunday 5th June. Make the most of the green space and the child-friendly entertainment and activities on offer from Super Pirate and Drum Runners, as well as free face painting and an arts and crafts tent.

The Royal Crescent Bath

Image - The Royal Crescent

Purple Reign – Lighting Up the City

Enjoy an after-dinner stroll of Bath’s iconic buildings including Pulteney Bridge, The Guildhall, The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, which will be a-glow with purple as the sun sets to mark the national lighting of the beacons.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend at The Bath Brew House

There are special events, live music and entertainment all weekend at friendly craft beer pub The Bath Brew House. Expect plenty of bunting, Pimm's, nibbles and flags! 

People in the Bath Brew House beer garden

Image - The Bath Brew House

Platinum Jubilee Weekend at The Cork 

Sister pub The Cork has an event for each day of the four-day weekend, including drag bingo, a DJ set from Asian Hawk, and a Jubilee quiz. 

Fit for a Queen: Celebrate like Royalty at The Ivy Bath Brasserie

Have a royally good meal at The Ivy Bath Brasserie, where there's a cocktail menu inspired by notable royals past and present, a dessert paying homage to Queen Elizabeth's favourite mint chocolate ice cream and an update on their classic afternoon tea with British sandwiches, cakes and scones. 

Champagne being poured into a cocktail surrounded by red, white and blue flowers

Image - The Ivy

May Half Term at Prior Park

May half term has a regal twist at Prior Park this year. Activities include a kings and queens-themed quiz with links to the site's history, games, local music, and the chance to picnic in the beautiful grounds. 

Palladian bridge in Prior Park Bath

Image - Prior Park

Jubilee Celebration for May Half Term at Dyrham Park

Similarly at fellow National Trust site Dyrham Park, there's a kings and queens trail with facts on the monarchs who reigned when the estate was created, plus games, decorations, music, and the chance to picnic in the orchard. 

It's Pimm's O'Clock at Bath on the Beach

Bath’s most chilled out summer venue reopens on Thursday 2nd June, just in time for the Jubilee bank holiday. They’re celebrating by giving you a free glass of Pimm's between 12pm and 3pm that day (book your ticket in advance) and you can join them across the weekend for refreshing cocktails, delicious wood-fired pizzas, and outdoor activities.

Hammocks at Bath on the Beach

Image - Bath on the Beach

The Great British Bill's at Bill's Bath Restaurant

The menu at Bill's Bath Restaurant is having a royal makeover for the Jubilee, with dishes celebrating the best of British. As a taste of the fare on offer, you could start your day with a Queen Almighty Breakfast; feast on the Cod Save the Queen crispy cod goujon burger; finish off a meal with the Platinum Eton Mess; and say "chin-chin" with The Crown Jewel gin cocktail. 

Jubilee Events Beyond Bath

Towns and villages around Bath are also hosting Jubilee celebrations, including Keynsham where there’s a Picnic in the Park planned with live music, Alice in Wonderland characters, a cake decorating competition, and more themed activities. Among the other local events are a Party in the Park in Peasedown and a Jubilee Music Fest in Midsomer Norton. Check out your nearest Jubilee events here

Enjoy Bath in Spring

Escape the Everyday during the four-day weekend with activities to make you feel excited, feel good, and feel connected in Bath. From a sky-high adventure on a hot air balloon ride, to hitting the road on a self-guided camper tour, to puzzle-solving adventure games – we’ve got ideas, whatever your mini-break style.  

Hot air balloon flying over Bath

With the weather warming up and flowers in full bloom, this is a prime time for wandering in the gorgeous gardens in and around the city. Or perhaps you’d prefer to while away the long weekend with a cold drink in a beer garden? Bath has plenty of those too.

Festival season is also officially in swing by June. Check out the Bath Fringe Festival programme for music, theatre and other arts events, or swing by Bath Vegan Festival to pick up plant-based eats from more than 80 stalls.

The Cork beer garden Bath

Image - The Cork

Getting to Bath 

Take the stress out of your journey and travel to Bath by train, admiring the picturesque rural scenery as you speed through the countryside surrounding Bath. Bath Spa Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, just a short walk away from Bath’s shops and attractions. 

Or arrive by bus and make the most of 1/3 off a West of England FirstDay Group Ticket from 28th May to 5th June. Up to 5 people (of any age) travelling together can go on unlimited journeys for one day across Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Wells for £10, reduced from £15. 

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