Peek beneath Bath’s Georgian heritage and you will discover experiences well beyond the ordinary. From budget accommodation to adventurous activities, here are a few of our suggestions of things to do to get you started on your Unexpected Bath adventure...
1. Soak Up the Sun at Bath on the Beach
Keep your eyes peeled for Bath on the Beach, an unexpected corner of Caribbean coast, complete with palm trees and golden sands. Soak up some sun from a hammock or sit in the shade of a cabana, join a beach volleyball tournament or try your hand at table tennis, and treat yourself to a cocktail from the Pura Vida bar.
2. Discover Bath at Twilight
Enjoy Bath at your own pace this summer as the city opens up for late-night events showcasing evening entertainment, shopping and dining. The vibrant centre will come to life during Bath at Twilight with music from buskers and on-street entertainers, and shops – from independent boutiques to high street favourites – staying open for a more relaxed retail experience alongside artisan market stalls.
Enjoy fantastic food and drink from Bath’s range of award-winning restaurants and chilled out bars, and from a twilight session at Thermae Bath Spa, to theatre shows, and comedy walks, there will be many ways to discover the city’s Twilight side at these monthly events, with the first on Thursday 21st June.
3. Go on an Adventure with Original Wild
For a more thrilling adventure join Original Wild for an unforgettable outdoors activity. Experience that exhilarating feeling as you try stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, climbing or abseiling. What better way is there to see Pulteney Bridge than from the water in front of it?
4. Explore the City with Your Taste Buds with Savouring Bath
Taste your way around the city on a Savouring Bath tour and meet local food and drink heroes along the way; from artisanal coffee roasters and teahouses serving up mouth-watering gyoza to microbreweries, innovative bakeries and street food champions.
5. Tuck into Authentic Vietnamese Fare at Noya’s Kitchen
Bath may have a reputation for being quintessentially English, but the city’s culinary scene is far from traditional. Book onto a Supper Club at Noya’s Kitchen for an informal dining experience bursting with authentic, flavoursome and perfectly presented Vietnamese dishes.
6. Sample Craft Beers Straight From the Taproom at Electric Bear Brewing Co.
Venture into an unassuming industrial estate, and you will find Electric Bear, a microbrewery and taproom dreaming up modern craft beers. Every Friday and Saturday the stark, industrial interior is filled with the hum of locals in the know. Take a seat beside the tanks or soak up some sun in the yard whilst sipping summery pale ales, hoppy IPAs and moreish imperial stouts.
7. Blow Your Own Bauble at Bath Aqua Glass
Join an interactive glassmaking demonstration at Bath Aqua Glass to watch master glassblowers at work, before having a go at making your own bauble.
8. Enjoy a Night of Entertainment at Komedia
Book tickets to live comedy, music or cabaret at Komedia. On Saturdays, you can watch top comedians perform at the sell-out Krater Comedy before hitting the dancefloor for Motorcity’s mix of Motown, soul, funk and rock anthems.
Watch up-and-coming comedians and established stars perform their Edinburgh Fringe sets without having to pay hefty travel costs and Fringe prices. During July Komedia will play host to a series of exclusive previews ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe, as 28 stand-ups, impressionists and sketch artists test out brand new material in the intimate space of the Arts Café.
9. Party at Bath Carnival
Watch as Bath is transformed on Saturday 21st July by Bath Carnival's vibrant and colourful procession, filled with the sounds of South American drumming, Caribbean steel pans and Mardi Gras brass. Visit Sydney Gardens to fully immerse yourself in carnival culture with live music, free workshops and sizzling street food and drink.
10. Stay in Unexpectedly Affordable Accommodation at the University of Bath
Book an unexpectedly affordable stay at the University of Bath. Located on a quiet and leafy campus, just a short walk or bus ride from the city centre, their rooms have everything you’ll need for a comfortable summer stay, and offer great value, with rooms from £36 per night.
Explore beyond your room and check out exhibitions and events at The Edge, the University’s arts and creativity hub, or visit the Sports Training Village where you can take a dip in the Olympic-sized, London 2012 Legacy Pool.