We love Bath throughout the seasons: in the spring and summer sun the honey-hued buildings glow, and in the autumn the city is shrouded in burnt orange and bright yellow leaves. But it has to be the winter months, with a light dusting of snow, when beautiful Bath really comes to life. The Georgian architecture looks like something from a postcard, so it is little wonder that those looking for a winter city break are drawn to Bath like a magnet. Whether you are lucky enough to live here, or you are a tourist visiting for the day, we have put together a few events and occasions that we are particularly excited about over the chillier months that lie ahead…
Cosying up in a local pub
Although we have said goodbye to beer gardens until next spring, there is one silver lining that should not be forgotten: we get to enjoy a drink or two in some of Bath’s cosiest pubs, many of which are home to roaring fires to warm up next to. The 18th-century Old Green Tree on Green Street is one frequently recommended by locals – known for its selection of beer and hearty food.
Here at Pritchards, we are lucky enough to have one of Bath’s best pubs on our doorstep – The Raven. A traditional, family-run free house set in a Georgian townhouse just off Milsom Street, nothing beats one of their steaming hot pies, accompanied by mash, gravy and – of course – a pint of real ale.
Marvelling at a firework display
Bath always has plenty of places to “ooh” and “ahh” on Bonfire Night. Will you head to the Recreation Ground (known to locals as ‘The Rec’), which is holding its annual display this year on Saturday 7th November (gates open at 5.30pm and the display begins at 7pm)? Or perhaps The Hare and Hounds pub on Lansdown for an elevated view of Bath on Thursday 5th November?
As well as this, the Batheaston Scout Bonfire and Firework Night is going to be a great evening, held at The Hill (at the far end of Northend) on Thursday 5th November, with gates opening at 6pm. Walcot Junior Rugby (of which we are proud Sponsors) will also be hosting a Fireworks Night on Friday 6th November at 7pm, where you should prepare to see the biggest bonfire in Bath! You can also indulge in a hot dog or burger while you are there. We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to spectacular displays!
Getting cultured at Mozartfest
This annual, nine-day event consists of 16 concerts, all in celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is a must for any classical music lover. This year, Bath Mozartfest is running from the 13th to the 21st November and will feature not only works from the maestro himself, but also music from his contemporaries and those who have been influenced by him. The event is now in its 25th year, and has gained something of an international reputation. Hugh Canning from The Times once said: “Bath Mozartfest delivers small musical miracles in the City’s glorious surroundings.”
Sauntering around the Christmas market
The Bath Christmas Market regularly features amongst the most popular events in the country, and it is easy to see why. The market provides a shopping extravaganza made up of over 170 beautiful wooden chalets right next to the Abbey, in the heart of the city. Each stall sells an eclectic mix of quality artisan produce which always make for a unique Christmas gift. This year, it will be running from Thursday 26th November up until Sunday 13th December 2015.
Watching various movie genres at Bath Film Festival
A must for film buffs, the Bath Film Festival also turns 25 this year, and they will be celebrating with a whole host of special events and previews, many of which will be related to the “F-rated” theme; championing female directors and writers.
Getting our skates on at Bath on Ice
Whether you are the next Torvill and Dean or you tend to hobble around the edges grabbing onto the side, the festive rink, set up in the beautiful Royal Victoria Park, runs all the way through from 20th November to 3rd January. Bath on Ice makes for a fun day or evening out for both families and couples alike – and there are several chalets selling warming food and beverages should you need to thaw. New for this year is glow-in-the-dark mini golf!
Learning new festive Christmas cookery skills
This year, we plan on honing our festive crowd-pleasing dishes by attending one of Demuth’s Christmas cookery courses. Their menu takes the budding chef through everything from canapés and nibbles to main courses and puddings. Rachel Demuth has owned the renowned Bath restaurant for 26 years, and has set up a modern, purpose-built kitchen for her cookery school, with views of Parade Gardens and the Abbey.
We are very lucky to live in such a special city that always has so much going on. What are you most looking forward to this winter?