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There are plenty of ways to beat the January blues in Bath this month, from luscious winter comfort food to the return of the ReBalance Festival of Wellbeing, and many more!

Take a look through our picks of the top 10 things not to miss in Bath this January: 

1. Savour a meal at Green Park Brasserie & Bath Pizza Co 

Whether you're after an indulgent bottomless brunch, one of the finest Sunday roasts in Bath, award-winning food, or live jazz, funk, soul and swing music, sister restaurants Green Park Brasserie and Bath Pizza Co have it all this month, and under the same roof! What's more, there's never been a better time to visit both restaurants, with a series of brand new special offers allowing you to enjoy even more value for your money. 

Image: Green Park Brasserie

Stop by Bath Pizza Co with the family between 12 and 6pm any weekday in January, and let the kids tuck in to a free margherita pizza with every pizza purchased by an accompanying adult, or take advantage of Green Park Brasserie's kids menu, featuring Brasserie classics from just £7.95. 

Adults can savour locally-sourced steak, fries and a drink for £19.95, or a mouth-watering burger and beer for £14.95 at Green Park Brasserie. Next door at Bath Pizza Co, there's also the popular year-round 'Pizza and a Pint/Prosecco' offer, including an award-winning pizza, Prosecco, beer, or soft drink for just £12.50. 

People eating pizza
Image - Bath Pizza Co.

2. Tickle your funnybone with Belly Laughs Bath

Belly Laughs is back at some of Bath's best pubs, bars, restaurants and lesser-known venues this January. Your ticket not only allows you to sample the delicious food at the different venues, but also have a good laugh with friends and family at hilarious stand-up comedy from a range of mystery acts. You may even be entertained by some of the biggest names in comedy, with previous visitors including Jayde Adams, Jon Richardson, Abi Clarke and Joe Wilkinson. 

Best of all, £10 from each ticket sale will go to local Bath-based charity Julian House, which supports vulnerable individuals while tackling the underlying causes of homelessness. Take a look at the gigs available and book via Yuup Bath

Belly Laughs Bath in a breweryImage: Belly Laughs

3. Feel good at ReBalance Bath

Following a successful debut last year, ReBalance Bath is back from 25 January - 18 February. Drawing on Bath's rich wellbeing heritage as a spa city, the three-week festival brings together local practitioners, spas, restaurants and other businesses in the city centre to deliver a range of experiences aimed at boosting every aspect of wellbeing. 

Enjoy a spot of feelgood fun and rediscover Bath's original wellbeing purpose, with activities including laughter yoga at The Roman Baths, spa packages at The Royal Crescent Hotel and No.15 by GuestHouse, candle pouring workshops at Paddywax Candle Bar, pilates sessions at the University of Bath, and many more!

Image: ReBalance Bath, credit Bex Bridgford 

4. Unwind at the Thermae Bath Spa 

Don't miss the Thermae Bath Spa's 'January Special' package, available between Monday and Thursday throughout January only. Bathe in Bath's naturally warm, mineral-rich waters while overlooking stunning views of the city in the rooftop pool and indoor Minerva Bath, relax in the multi-sensory Wellness Suite, and melt away any tension with a hot stones massage for £100 per person. 

Please note that the Thermae Bath Spa is closed between 4 and 12 January for scheduled maintenance, reopening on 13 January. 

Image: Thermae Bath Spa 

5. Catch a show at the Theatre Royal

There's plenty of great entertainment waiting for you at Theatre Royal Bath this month. In the Main House, classic comedy of manners The Circle and HMS Pinafore, a musical satire of the British class system, are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Next door in The Egg, children will love the enchanting winter's tale of the Snow Mouse, returning for its ninth year. 

Image: Theatre Royal Bath

6. Celebrate Veganuary at Bath's food and drink venues

There's no better time to explore Bath's vegan food scene than Veganuary. Try one of Morso Vegan's cooking classes, where you'll learn how to create delectable vegan curries, mezzes, brunches, and many more! Or, if you'd prefer not to cook, take your pick from Bath's wide range of vegan eateries.

There's Tom Yum Fried Rice at Rosa's Thai, a plant-based pie selection at Pieminister, a £30 January set menu at The Coconut Tree Bath, and a choice of vegan sorbets at Swoon, to name a few. For a vegan twist on the traditional afternoon tea, head to the Roseate Villa or Montagu's Mews at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Image: Morso Vegan

7. Explore Bath's magnificent museums 

Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein are offering all Bath and Bristol residents 2 for 1 entry throughout January 2024 to celebrate the anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein on 1st January 1818. Learn more about this literary masterpiece and its author, see the cultural impact of Frankenstein's monster, and if you're brave enough, explore their horror basement! You can also take on the challenge of their escape rooms or Body in a Suitcase game for an additional cost.

House of Frankenstein character in museum
Image - Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein   

Victoria Art Gallery and The Holburne Museum are both welcoming exciting new exhibitions this month. At Victoria Art Gallery, enter the wonderful world of the Ladybird book artists, and discover their enormous role in the publisher's success, while taking in a colourful display of books recounting Ladybird's 'golden years' between 1940 and 1975. Also at Victoria Art Gallery, enjoy an exhibition of artist Catherine Ducker's light and colourful paintings, aimed at providing solace to viewers through the therapeutic effects of nature. 

Afterwards, take a stroll over Pulteney Bridge to the Holburne, where Zanzibari artist Lubaina Himid's Lost Threads exhibition will see 400 metres of Dutch wax fabric transform the museum in an exploration of slavery in textile production. 

Image: Victoria Art Gallery

8. Immerse yourself in Bath's rugby scene

This month sees Bath Rugby face off against top-tier French team Racing 92 at The Recreation Ground in the third round of the Investec Champions Cup. It promises to be an action-packed match that's not to be missed, so be sure to nab your tickets as soon as possible! 

Image: Bath Rugby

9. Explore Bath's green spaces

Stretch your legs after the Christmas hibernation with a bracing walk through some of the city's beautiful green spaces. Go for a wander around Prior Park Landscape Garden, home to one of only four Palladian bridges in the world, as well as fabulous views across Bath.

For a longer excursion, don your walking boots and follow one of the city's many walking trails. Try the National Trust's six-mile circular Bath Skyline route, encompassing public gardens and the peaceful meadows of Bathwick Fields which overlook the city, or a serene canal walk along the Kennet & Avon path

Image: Prior Park Landscape Garden

10. Take a trip outside the city

With several fantastic attractions spread throughout the Somerset countryside on Bath's doorstep, it's worth taking a trip outside the city this January.

Head west to Wookey Hole for Circus of Horrors' sensational new show, 'Dr Haze's Cabaret of Curiosities,' featuring bizarre circus acts, a sinister story, and dark magic performed to an original rock score. If you're visiting as a family, there's also the chance to enjoy the attraction's permanent experiences, including show caves, a 4D cinema, museums, vintage penny arcades, adventure golf, and more.

You can visit more show caves nearby at Cheddar Gorge, packed full of stunning stalagmite and stalactite formations, plenty of the village's famous cheese, a multimedia experience, a museum of pre-history, and lookout tower. 

Image: Wookey Hole 

For a thrilling winter's day out with the family, visit Mendip Activity Centre, the ultimate adventure playground nestled in the Mendip Hills. Take your pick from a vast range of activities, including archery, frisbee golf, toboganning, kayaking, and paddleboarding among many others. 

Image: Mendip Activity Centre

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