As the evenings get lighter and the weather (hopefully) gets warmer, plan an antidote to chilly winter days with a trip to Bath and the surrounding countryside. Where better to unwind than a spa city with natural springs and an abundance of relaxing activities and attractions to explore? Check out our ten ways to enjoy a feel-good break in Bath this spring…
1. Revive with a Massage
Start your trip to Bath with a relaxing treatment. Radiance Wellbeing, Bath’s day spa in the heart of the city, is offering an extra 30 minutes onto a top-to-toe body massage on Monday and Tuesdays until 31st March. You’ll emerge after your treatment feeling refreshed and ready to take on the city.
2. Green-Fingered Goodness
Explore the seasonal gardens of The Bath Priory Hotel on Thursday 19th April. As part of the National Garden Scheme, you’ll be able to enjoy their three acres of mature walled gardens with Jane Moore, Head Gardener, who will be on hand to answer questions. Tea, coffee and cakes will be on offer throughout the afternoon, with all proceeds going to Dorothy House Hospice Care, and the gardens will look beautiful in full bloom with bright spring tulips and flowering cherries.
3. Stay in Tune with your Body
Head to The Gainsborough Bath Spa for a Body Age Challenge, in association with Neal’s Yard Remedies. On 12th April, Heba Al-Zuhair, a fully qualified Nutritionist & Health Scientist, Weight Loss Expert and Healthy Lifestyle Consultant, who works nationally and internationally, will calculate your true body age and guide you to a happier version of yourself through her recommendations.
4. Pedal Power
Explore Bath and the local area with a guided cycle tour. Bath Guided Cycle Tours offer tailored rides taking in the famous landmarks before heading along the canal for trips through the countryside, and on the picturesque Two Tunnels path. The routes and packages are suited to all abilities and led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. Explore the city further and off the beaten track with a Bath Bike Tour. Taking you to all the major sights, the river and a free museum, their expert guides will show you a different side to Bath on two wheels.
5. Springtime Skyline
Lace up your walking boots for a wide range of springtime rambles on the National Trust’s Bath Skyline in April. Stretch your legs and explore a different side to Bath on a City to Countryside Walk; experience the magical Dawn Chorus on an enchanting early morning wander; or join one of the knowledgeable rangers on a six-mile Nature Walk to glimpse the signs of spring.
6. Craft in the Country
Stimulate your mind with an Introduction to Spoon Carving at Hauser & Wirth on 24th March and 14th April. Complementing their current exhibition, The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, this one-day workshop will teach you the skills required to design and carve your own handmade wooden spoon from wood you’ll have harvested onsite at Durslade Farm. A deliciously seasonal lunch at the Roth Bar & Grill is also included in the ticket price.
7. Veggie Inspiration
With award-winning Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen a must-visit for exquisite plant-based food, find out more by meeting Head Chef and owner Richard Buckley at Topping & Company Booksellers. He’ll discuss his new book, Plants Taste Better, on 29th March, and will talk you through some of the delicious recipes that take centre-stage in his vegetarian and vegan cooking.
8. Lots of Laughter
They say laughter is the best therapy, so make sure The Bath Comedy Festival is on your radar when it comes to town from 27th March to 15th April. The tenth anniversary of the festival will see celebrations step up a gear with an all-star line-up including Jon Richardson, Viv Groskop and Arthur Smith, amongst others.
9. Terrace T’ai Chi and Tennis in the Park
For a tranquil t’ai chi session with a difference, join qualified instructor Paddy Nisbett for a class on the Roman Baths Terrace with stunning world heritage views. There are just a few more weeks left to pop to a session before they finish on 13th March, but another ten-week course is sure to start up again shortly after. If a game of tennis appeals, why not hire one of Excel Tennis’ hard indoor courts at Royal Victoria Park?
10. Bounce into Spring
With Better Extreme’s Trampoline Park now open in Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, bounce, dodge and dive your way into spring. The perfect way to spend a fun afternoon with friends, the new wipeout area, basketball hoops, foam pits and dodgeball court means there is something to keep everyone active and entertained – children and big kids alike!
By Rosie Hurley