You can still enjoy a relaxing break in the city during the Twixmas period, between Christmas and New Year.
Here is our round-up of the things to see and do on a Twixmas trip to Bath. Please check the latest Government guidelines and advice before travelling.
Lighting up the City
As the sun sets, wander around the city to discover magical festive illuminations lighting up some of Bath’s most iconic buildings. Courtesy of Bath BID and Fineline Lighting, locations including Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and the old Mineral Hospital, along with places like Kingsmead Square, Abbey Green, Old Bond Street and Northumberland Place, will be aglow with colourful Christmas lights.
Spot the BID’s festive bunting too, lining the streets and featuring a rainbow of artwork from people who live and work in Bath.
Take advantage of the chance to see a live play (with social distancing in place) with Mischief Theatre’s multi-award-winning hit comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong. It is showing at Theatre Royal Bath until 16th January.
Take the whole family along to The Egg to see Hibernation – running until 30th December – where you’ll be transported to a magical forest full of mirth, live music and marvellous creatures.
For Art Lovers
The Twixmas period will be your last opportunity to catch one of the most popular exhibitions ever to feature at The Holburne Museum – Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years.
The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to enjoy the artist’s clever, playful, and politically engaged perspective on the world through a number of pieces, many of which have not been seen in public since they were first exhibited. It runs until 3rd January.
Relax and Rejuvenate
Thermae Bath Spa have recently updated their Thermae Revive package, with the introduction of a new treatment, Inner Peace, which involves a back massage and soothing mud foot mask, finishing with an arm and scalp massage. Rose quartz crystals can also be placed on the palms and heart chakra.
The package (along with the Twilight Package) also includes a two-hour spa session and can be booked in advance by calling +44 (0)1225 331234. The spa is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
The Roman Baths will be open every day, including New Year’s Day, from 27th December – remember to book online in advance to see one of the world’s finest examples of Roman remains. The Jane Austen Centre will also be open from 27th to 31st December, letting you step into the Regency writer’s world and explore how her time spent in Bath influenced her writing.
Hunt the Nutcrackers
The Royal Crescent Hotel’s festive Nutcrackers will be hiding around their acre of twinkling gardens until 4th January. Each steadfast soldier figurine has a letter tied to its wrist; solve the puzzle and you’ll be rewarded with a festive treat! All are welcome, and you can also enjoy 10% off food and drink – simply show your completed trail to your waiter.
Have a Feast in Bath
Try out Bath’s newest restaurant, Boho Marché on Queen Square, which has brought exotic Moroccan and Mediterranean flavours to the heart of the city. You could also try The Bird, Bath’s outdoor Dining Domes: cosy and heated, and seating six people for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
Pizza lovers should head to The Stable for great sourdough pizza or West Country-inspired pies matched with cider from the ever-changing range of local varieties. They also offer a great meal deal for kids.
Places to Stay
Take advantage of The Royal Hotel’s Winter Break package – stay three nights from Sunday to Thursday and enjoy a two-course meal on both nights accompanied by a glass of Champagne. Combe Grove, on the outskirts of Bath, is also offering a three-night fully inclusive break from 30th December to 2nd January with nourishing food, yoga, wellness walks and talks.
If you prefer self-catering, get 10% off a three-night stay with Grosvenor Apartments' December offer, or stay midweek for three nights and receive one night free (subject to availability).
Please double check the businesses’ websites for up-to-date information on opening times, ticket-booking, and offer availability and policies.