Celebrating the end of your degree in Bath this year? There are several different ways to make your graduation day memorable whatever you have in mind, whether it’s a special experience with family, or a gathering with course mates who have survived the journey with you.  

Enjoy a spot of fine dining

Celebrate with copious amounts of sandwiches, cake and tea (or Prosecco, if you prefer) by booking an afternoon tea – a must if you’ve yet to experience one in Bath. Pick a setting that suits your style, whether it’s the grandeur of The Pump Room Restaurant, the charming and historic Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House, or the stunning Montagu’s Mews restaurant at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.

Image: The Pump Room Restaurant

How about a memorable al fresco dining experience? Book a table at bustling Green Park Brasserie in the heart of Bath city centre, where you can enjoy the restaurant’s sumptuous speciality steaks or other delicious seasonal dishes. Lounge outside on the buzzing terrace as you eat, accompanied by the sound of live jazz, funk, blues and soul gigs four nights a week. Or, if you’re looking for a more casual meal, head next door and savour award-winning pizza at sister venue Bath Pizza Co, where you’ll be one of the first guests to enjoy its brand new secret bar, Upstairs. 

Image: Green Park Brasserie & Bath Pizza Co

Craving a celebratory brunch with friends and family before your ceremony? You’re in luck, as Bath is awash with plenty of tempting options. Lounge in the magnificent Art Deco surroundings of The Ivy Bath Brasserie and choose from a selection of high-quality British breakfast classics, or if you’re got a craving for seafood, head to brand new restaurant Flute, where you can choose from crab frumpet, haddock omelette, smoked salmon waffle, and many more.

Image: Flute

Give your graduation brunch a French twist at Côte Brasserie’s chic Bath restaurant in Milsom Place, where you’ll find an extensive selection of mouth-watering dishes on the brunch menu, from a French breakfast featuring boudin noir sausage and sautéed chestnut mushrooms with scrambled eggs and bacon, to a breakfast cassoulet consisting of haricot bean stew, Toulouse sausages, baked eggs served with sourdough. 

Raise a Glass

Say ‘cheers’ to the end of an era at one of Bath’s excellent cocktail bars. We’re sure you already have some favourites, but if you’re thirsty for inspiration, check out our recommendations. Or, how about soaking up summery vibes at Bath on the Beach with drinks and a few games of table tennis, cornhole, or pétanque with friends? 

Image: Bath on the Beach

Experience the perfect morning after the night before with Bottomless Brunch at Green Park Brasserie, featuring two delicious dishes and all the Prosecco, mocktails and mimosas you can drink (within reason)! Or, stop by between 12 and 5pm and enjoy 2 cocktails for £15. There’s also a chance to make the most of the long summer evenings with a cool glass of Aperol Spritz from the pop-up bar outside on the terrace. 

If you’ve met a special someone while studying, why not take them out for graduation drinks at The Botanist, the home of Channel 4’s First Dates? Set in a stunning octagonal-shaped former church on Milsom Street, the bar specialises in cocktails with a botanical twist, prepared with a theatrical level of presentation. 

Image: The Botanist

Prefer the familiarity of one of Bath’s popular pubs? The Bath Brew House, The Cork, and The Bath Cider House are all excellent spots to relax over a pint of award-winning local craft beer or cider with friends and family in a laidback setting. 

Image: The Bath Brew House

If you, your friends, or your family don’t partake in alcoholic tipples, several other bars and restaurants in Bath serve spectacular mocktails and booze-free drinks too.

Fun with Friends 

If you fancy doing something out of the ordinary with your uni mates before you leave Bath, test your friendships in the two escape room experiences at Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein. The multi-sensory visitor attraction charts Shelley’s unconventional life and the lasting legacy of her infamous creation, with the escape rooms themed around Victor Frankenstein’s creepy attic quarters and a horrifying underground laboratory. Students save over 17% on entry to the museum, so make the most of it while you still can!

Image: Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein

Battle it out with friends in a variety of madcap games from axe throwing to beer pong at Boom Battle Bar Bath, with a 15% discount for students on all activities from Monday-Thursday. Or, for a more traditional night out, enjoy one of Komedia Bath’s popular club nights, including FAME, The Big Disco, and Motorcity. The venue offers discounted concessionary tickets to all students, so be sure to visit before your graduation!

Image: Boom Battle Bar

For a Bath adventure you’ll never forget, be sure to check out Original Wild, who offer a range of experiences on land and water. Head out on a stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking excursion down the River Avon to see the city from a different perspective, or take part in thrilling activities on dry land, including archery, climbing, abseiling and many more. 

Image: Original Wild

Looking to flex the cooking skills you’ve picked up during your time at uni? Try one of the many culinary workshops available in Bath, where you can put your kitchen abilities to the test. Create delectable Belgian waffles under Beverley’s expert direction at Bev’s Waffle Workshop, or join a pasta-making class at Pasta Laboratory.  

Head to Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre and be amazed as talented magicians perform impossible sleight of hand tricks before your very eyes. Tucked away on the second floor of The Ale House pub, this intimate, speakeasy-style venue promises an unforgettable evening filled with mind-bending illusions and plenty of laughter, courtesy of some of the finest magicians in the country.  

Experience a Bath Hotel

Why not spend your last hurrah in Bath somewhere a tad more luxurious than your old student digs? The city has everything from five-star spa hotels to quirky B&Bs ready to welcome you and your graduation guests. Plus, if your ceremony is midweek, you’ll benefit from cheaper room rates compared to what you’d usually pay for a weekend stay. Booking direct is another way to snag the best deals possible, as you will often enjoy perks such as a free breakfast, or a better room for the same price you'd pay on third-party booking platforms.

Image: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa 

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