In the run up to Christmas, we were so excited to be invited to spend the day exploring Bath as a guest of Visit Bath on a press trip.
An early walk into town on a sunny December Thursday morning through quiet streets before the Christmas market opened led us through Abbey Courtyard and onto the Thermae Bath Spa, our first stop.
Visitors will find four natural thermal baths, but our first destination was the stunning open-air rooftop pool with skyline views of the City. We were lucky enough to have a sunny morning, and the steam rising made for some great photo opportunities.
A 2 hour session costs £36 Monday to Friday and £40 on Saturday and Sunday. Included in the price is a robe and slippers, and access to the rooftop pool, the Minerva Bath and the Wellness Suite, as well as the Springs Cafe. There are many treatment and spa packages available, which you can check out at www.thermaebathspa.com/
After a relaxing couple of hours, it was time for a mooch around the shops. As well as the Christmas Market, there are some lovely independent shops around Bath. Walcot Street, called the Artizan Quarter, offers some gorgeous gift shops, and lively cafes and bars. Milsom Street is also another great destination for some fantastic independent shops, perfect for browsing clothing, footwear, jewellery and more!
A quick lunch stop and then onto my personal highlight of the day, glass blowing at Bath Aqua Glass....
The store offers beautiful examples of baubles professionally blown, as well as gorgeous jewellery and homewares.
The "Breath in a Bauble" experience takes place in the glass blowing studio located on Walcot Street. Watching the glassmakers work is mesmerising, and this activity includes encapsulating your breath within a glass bauble which you get to keep. The bauble takes 24 hours to cool, and can then be collected or posted out to you. Costs are £20.95 You can read more about it here www.bathaquaglass.com/
Our next stop was a quick drink at the Apres Ski Bar outside the Abbey Hotel. A cosy winter wonderland cabin, complete with burning stove, mince pies and fur throws. Definitely worth checking out if you are all shopped out! https://www.abbeyhotelbath.co.uk/christmas-new-year-2019/
Next on the agenda was a visit to the ice rink in Victoria Park. https://www.bathonice.com/
£10 for children and £11.50 for adults, there are a variety of ticket options available, including family tickets and hot chocolate options too! Open until 5th January, there is still time to get your skates on!
The final stop of the day was to visit the Christmas Market after dark. With all the Christmas lights on, and the smells of mulled wine, mince pies, and bratwurst, it really started to feel like Christmas. So many gorgeous gifts and products to choose from, I came away with some pickles and chutneys from https://www.gowildpreserves.co.uk/ who are based in Somerset, and a gorgeous bauble from https://shakspeareglass.co.uk/
A perfect day spent in Bath, a city I am proud to live in!
Husband & Wife living in Bath for over 20 years. All views are our own although we do get freebies along the way, which we will always tell you about.