Thursday, 8 August 2013

What To Do in Bath & Somerset this Summer

Whether you are a resident or here as a visitor there are a multitude of things to see or do in this fine City of Bath. Here are just a handful of suggestions which are definitely on my hot list this summer in Bath.

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The Roman Baths
Possibly the most famous attraction in the City of Bath. Offering a spectacular insight into the life and times of the City when we were occupied and governed by the Roman Empire. Also offering a night time tour as the ruins of this Roman building come alight with flame flickering torches. Walk on the 2000 year old pavements and take in the steamy and captivating experience that is quite unforgettable.                                 
The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games
Held every 4 years this is the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities (also known as learning disabilities). The 2013 Summer Games this year to be hosted in our great city. Organised by Special Olympics GB this is a competition for children and adults, with over 1,700 participants. Held at The Sports Training Village at The University of Bath something for everyone.

The Jane Austen Festival
This year is the two hundredth anniversary of the first publication of Pride & Prejudice. Celebrations will include concerts, etiquette lessons, dancing lessons, workshops, tours, talks and a Regency fashion show. There will also be a grand Regency costume parade through the streets of Bath.                                                                      

Bath Fringe Festival
This weekend sees the launch of The Bath Fringe Festival. This includes 17 days of music, art, theatre and comedy. This takes place at various venues throughout the city and has something for people of all ages.

The American Museum
Not only a wide array of American artefacts and furniture, but also family fun with Wild West events and activities. Find out more about the gangsters and gunslingers of the Wild West and make your own Wild West outfit. Including sheriff’s badges, bandanas, fake moustaches, fluttering fans or feathered headpieces.

The Little Theatre Cinema
Built by community theatre pioneer Consuelo de Reyes and her husband in 1935. It initially functioned as a news theatre open from midday and showing hourly programmes of documentaries and newsreels. The Little Theatre retains the charm and welcoming warmth of a 1930's cinema, including a luxury balcony with sofas in the main auditorium.

The Chapel Arts Centre
Now firmly established as Bath's alternative arts venue. It operates as a community and culturally based arts Centre presenting a wide range of the performing arts. This includes a variety of musical tastes, theatre, dance, comedy, film, mime, poetry and much more.

Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Only nine miles from Bath on the border between Somerset and Wiltshire sits the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle. The building goes back to the 14th century and has much for visitors to see and enjoy. The fortified mansion was occupied by the Hungerford family for over three hundred years. There are many tales and stories, sometimes quite gruesome, about this remarkable family. Visit the family tombs, the chapel with rare medieval wall paintings, the Priests house and if you’re really brave enter the crypt wherein lies a collection of human-shaped coffins. Eeeek!

Komedia Comedy Club
Voted best venue in the West and Wales in 2012 and 2013, this great comedy playhouse follows in the footsteps of the legendary Komedia in Brighton. Offering a great line-up of comedians every Saturday night and the Ministry of Burlesque on the last Friday of the month.

Bath Abbey
For over a thousand years people have been worshiping on this site. The Abbey may well have undergone many transformations and changes during that time, yet it survives through major conflicts, religious reforms and two World Wars. Welcoming over 420,000 people through its doors every year this historical and sacred place stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times. There is the Tower Tour where visitors get the chance to go behind the scenes and take a look at the Abbey from a very different perspective. You will get a chance to visit the ringing and bell chamber, stand on the top of the Abbeys vaulted ceiling and even sit behind the clock face. Once on the roof the views across the city and beyond are spectacular.

Dyrham Park
Just outside Bath is the most beautiful and spectacular 17th century mansion, garden and deer park in the South West. Set in 270 acres (110 hectares) of stunning and ancient parkland, where fallow deer roam freely. With magnificent trees and breath-taking views, this is a place of natural beauty not to miss. The mansion built by William Blathwayt has changed little in 300 years.

Bath Approach Pitch and Putt Golf Course
Located to the north of Victoria Park in central Bath is the 12 or 18 hole course for beginners and experience players alike. Ideal for those needing to practise their pitch and putt skills or just a good fun day out for family or friends. There is no need to book and club hire and balls are all provided.

Whatever you do make sure you enjoy it and get the best from what Bath and Somerset has to offer. Have a great Summer!

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