While the tranquil spas might be your first stop for a de-stressing day out in Bath, there’s also a variety of mindful activities on offer to leave you feeling refreshed and restored.

Mindful activities engage your senses, helping you tune into the present moment and switch off from the busyness of normal life. Here are some of the top ways to enjoy this kind of wellbeing experience during your stay in Bath.

Join a guided meditation at The Soul Spa

Based above the healing thermal springs of the city, the serene Soul Spa is loved by locals and visitors alike for its calming guided meditations.

These include legendary sound baths. During these sessions a practitioner uses their voice and the sounds of crystal bowls to lead you into a deeply relaxed state of mind. All you need to do is lie back in one of the comfy recliners and drift away to the vibrations that surround you. Choose between a 30-minute experience, which run on the hour, every hour from 11am to 4pm, or a deeper hour-long sound bath in the early evenings. 

You can also join The Soul Spa’s weekday relaxation classes, which are designed to help you get deeply chilled in just 20 minutes. Even if you’re not in Bath, you can tune into these online and there are also virtual morning breathwork sessions and evening classes to guide you to sleep.

People wearing eye masks in recliner chairs during guided meditation at Soul SpaImage - The Soul Spa

Connect with nature on mindful walks

With a bounty of beautiful green spaces to explore in and around Bath, you’re in the perfect location for a mindful walk in nature or a spot of forest bathing. Turning your regular stroll into a more mindful one means that, rather than letting your mind wander, you focus on observing the world around you – the sights, sounds and smells.  

Couple holding hands and looking at leaves at WestonbirtImage - Westonbirt, credit Johnny Hathaway

The woody wonderland of Westonbirt makes an excellent setting for a mindful walk. You can even follow one of their self-guided sensory walks, which include tips on using your senses to connect with the trees and atmosphere of the arboretum along the trail.

There are countless acres of greenery to walk around on the local National Trust estates too, from the picturesque Prior Park Landscape Garden to the woodlands at Newark Park.

Palladian bridge in Prior Park Landscape GardenImage - Prior Park Landscape Garden

Feel the benefits of crafting at Paddywax Candle Bar

Slow down from real life with a few hours of candle making. Paddywax Candle Bar runs workshops where they talk you through the process of candle pouring step by step, so it's suitable for absolute beginners. You'll finish with your very own artisanal custom candle, which you could even use during meditation practices back at home. 

Candle making at Paddywax Image - Paddywax Candle Bar

Practice flower arranging at The Bath Flower School

Immerse yourself in an afternoon workshop at The Bath Flower School, where you can learn the techniques of a spiral hand-tied bunch of flowers, how to make a flower crown, or at Christmas you can make your own beautiful wreath.

Bath Flower School
Image - The Bath Flower School

Glass blowing at Bath Aqua Glass

Come and try your hand at working with hot glass alongside the expert glassblowers at Bath Aqua Glass, where you can make your own bauble or paperweight to take home. Once you're done creating, you can browse gifts in their Bath Aqua Jewellery shop, or enjoy cake and a hot drink at their cafe.

Bath Aqua Glass glass blowing
Image - Bath Aqua Glass 

Book a massage

Based in the heart of the city, Bath Holistic Massage provide aromatherapy massages and deep tissue massage, as well as a range of holistic massage treatments and pregnancy massage care.

Ally Massage Therapy is a team of therapists that travel to your accommodation and provide professional massage and beauty treatments. Treatments are bespoke and tailored to your needs, whether you opt for a massage or beauty treatment.

Or how about booking an outdoor massage in the scenic countryside near Bath via Yuup Bath?

Outdoor massage
Image - Yuup

Visit a Metabolic Health Retreat

The Metabolic Health Retreat at Combe Grove is a comprehensive wellness programme, which includes a six-night stay at the Combe Grove Estate, plus 48 weeks of personalised online support and one year membership of the Club with full access to its health and wellbeing facilities. A wide range of holistic therapies are available, including acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, cranial sacral & structural osteopathy and wellness coaching.

Combe Grove swimming pool
Image - Combe Grove 

Enjoy active meditation on a bike ride

Walking isn’t the only exercise where you can enjoy moments of mindfulness. Cycling also gives you the chance to focus on being present during the journey and absorbed in physical activity.

If this sounds like your kind of meditation, hit the city’s cycle paths such as the Two Tunnels Greenway, Bristol and Bath Railway Path and Kennet and Avon Canal Path. Whichever you choose, there’s stunning scenery to observe while tuning into your breath and movement.

Bike by the Two Tunnels Greenway pathImage - Two Tunnels Greenway, credit @jessicamckay92

Go horseriding at Lucknam Park

As well as enjoying calming riding sessions around Lucknam Park's 500 acre estate in Wiltshire, there are also a range of relaxing packages combined with a spa session or lunch during your visit to their top-rated Equestrian Centre

Lucknam Park horseriding
Image - Lucknam Park

Wellbeing experiences with Yuup

Choose from a broad range of local activities and experiences on Yuup's website, from foraging walks to making pottery in a brewery. There's something for all abilities and budgets, plus you can also choose to gift an experience.

Yuup pottery
Image - Yuup

Create art in the gardens at Yeo Valley

You may have eaten their yoghurts, but did you know you can also visit the canteen and gardens at Yeo Valley? As well as regular guided tours and supper clubs, you can also book on to drawing classes and gardening workshops in the gardens.

Yeo Valley Organic garden
Image - Yeo Valley

Practice mindful museum musing

Carve out time for peaceful contemplation at Bath’s museums and galleries, which house some extraordinary collections. Take your time to look around and try out some ‘mindful looking’. As the name suggests, this is all about bringing mindfulness to your experience of looking at art or artefacts, such as by focusing on particular colours, shapes and lines.

You might enjoy admiring the decorative and fine art at The Holburne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, the exquisite examples of Asian artistry and craftsmanship at the Museum of East Asian Art, or the cultural objects and art at the American Museum and Gardens.

Entrance to the Holburne MuseumImage - The Holburne Museum

You can practice mindful looking anywhere – it doesn’t only have to be in spaces where art is displayed. How about taking in the magnificent stained glass windows of Bath Abbey, an excellent setting for peaceful reflection, or stopping to fully appreciate the city’s impressive Georgian architecture?

Experience a day afloat with Bath Narrowboats

Hire a boat from Bath Narrowboats for a day of peace and tranquillity on the Kennet and Avon Canal. As you meander along this stunning waterway, you can look and listen out for wildlife, flowers and plants. Plus, get in the rhythm of steering the boat – you’ll be given full instructions before you set off, so don’t worry if it's your first time manning the tiller!

If you'd feel more comfortable with a paddle in hand, hire one of their canoes instead. 

Boats on the Kennet and Avon CanalImage - Kennet and Avon Canal, credit Paolo Ferla

More ways to enjoy a wellbeing break in Bath:


The Soul Spa
Spa and Relaxation
The Soul Spa

Tucked down a Georgian alleyway just a few steps from Thermae Bath Spa is The Soul Spa, a space dedicated to total relaxation of your mind, body and spirit.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Arboretum with over 15,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll Cotswold acres.

Prior Park Landscape Garden
National Trust Property
Prior Park Landscape Garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden is a beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath with stunning views across the city.

Paddywax Candle Bar
People making candles

Enjoy a candle pouring workshop and create lasting memories plus a candle that is unique to you.

The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum

Fascinating art exhibitions in an impressively majestic setting.

Victoria Art Gallery
Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery is Bath’s public art museum and home to a richly diverse collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

Museum of East Asian Art
Museum of East Asian Art

The only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia.

American Museum & Gardens
American Museum & Gardens

Located on the outskirts of town, find the best day out in Bath with breath-taking views, fascinating museum collections, stunning gardens, shop, children’s play area and the new American Garden Deli.

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey

There's nowhere else quite like Bath Abbey. Magnificent stained-glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary experience of light and space.

Bath Narrowboats Day Boat Hire
Boat Trip
Bath Narrowboats

Experience the magic of the Kennet and Avon Canal by hiring a Bath Narrowboat.



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