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Top Things to Do in Bath This Autumn

The city of Bath is renowned for its Georgian architecture and spa town status. However, there is more to this city than its naturally derived stone and springs?

Read our Total Guide to Bath this Autumn to find out what; from pools to parks - museums to markets – skyline to shopping centres, we have it covered from daybreak to nightfall.

All you need to do now is to explore the city. Be it walking the skyline, discovering the shops or learning about Bath’s history we hope TGt Bath Autumn guide has helped you with some options of what to do this season.

Enjoy the exploration.

Bath Skyline

Bath Skyline

Where: The Royal Crescent Hotel - Experience the beauty of a Grade I listed Georgian house and its gardens with an RCH Afternoon Tea. Or, indulge yourself with a pampering spa treatment at the three-time Winner of The Best Hotel Spa at The World Spa Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017, RCH Spa and Bath House.

About: Bath’s skyline is a sight to behold, celebrating both Georgian architecture and design against a backdrop of beautiful parkland. Set on an elevated point with panoramic views, the extent to which the skyline is explored is left to the individual. With routes measuring from as little as 3 miles to a circular 6 miles.

Irrespective of distance it is a must see for all and provides an insight into the true makings of this World Heritage Site. For those looking for a fully immersive experience.

If an afternoon in these opulent surroundings seems to short, why not treat yourself to an Autumn break? Curl up and relax by a warming open fire, in the sumptuous surroundings of the hotel’s drawing room or library after a day exploring the city. Or, relax in your room with views overlooking the Royal Crescent Lawns or hotel gardens.

Twilight in the City

Twilight in the City

Where: Thermae Bath Spa

About: “Nature is painting for us, day after day, picture of infinite beauty” - John Ruskin. Bath at dusk is as majestic as it is at daylight. Especially when viewed from Thermae Bath Spa rooftop pool. Why not embrace the onset of nightfall in the city and indulge yourself with a Thermae Bath Spa, Twilight Package?

This Autumn, Thermae Bath Spa is offering a Twilight Package which includes;

  • A 2-hour spa session, including time in the Restaurant
  • Complimentary use of towel, robe and flip-flops
  • Choice of one dish off the menu
  • Choice of a glass of specially selected wine, beer, juice or water

All the above can be purchased for £52 (Mon – Fri). Click here for more details.

Children’s Literature Festival

Children’s Literature Festival

Where: The Forum Bath

About: In Autumn, Bath plays host to Europe’s largest dedicated Children’s literature festival. And this year’s festival does not disappoint featuring celebrated authors such as: Caroline O'Donoghue, Nadia Shireen, Jeffrey Boakye.

From story readings to workshops there is something for all ages. For more details and the festival’s online brochure click here.

Date: Friday 24th September – Sunday 3rd October

Komedia

Komedia

Where: Komedia Bath

About: Bath is home to a brilliant selection of entertainment venues, one being Komedia. Komedia is at the heart of the scene offering a varied programme of new acts and performers.

This Autumn to warm your funny bones TGt Bath recommends Komedia’s regular Friday & Saturday fixture, Krater Comedy Club which for the dedicated runs from 8pm. To book tickets, click here.

The Royal Victoria Park

The Royal Victoria Park

Where: The Royal Victoria Park

About: Boasting the Royal Crescent as its backdrop, The Royal Victoria Park is one space that lives up to its surroundings. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1830 when she was only 11 years old, this beautiful park which compromises of 23 hectares / 57-acre site is a favourite with all who visit.

It is believed to have been one of the earliest public parks in the country and is packed full of attractions for all ages and seasons. From the carefully planted trees, plants and shrubbery which display a rich and varied display of colour in the Autumn season to the sporting facilities. Royal Victoria Park is a must-see.

A few of the attractions that can be found in Royal Victoria Park are listed here:

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Bowling Greens
  • Children’s Play Area & on-site Cafe
  • Crazy Golf
  • Great Dell Aerial Walkway
  • Tennis
Avon Trail Canal Walk & Two Tunnels Greenway Walk

Avon Trail Canal Walk & Two Tunnels Greenway Walk

Where: The Avon Trail Canal Two Tunnels Greenway Walk

About: The Avon Trail canal walk provides visitors with a unique insight into the origins of Bath and how the weir assisted with its transformation into one of the first modern cities of Britain. Highly recommended for those looking for a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Alternatively, for those looking for something different. Why not explore the Two Tunnels Greenway walk? A route annually frequented by runners taking part in the Two Tunnels Railway races as well as being enjoyed by walkers and cyclists alike.

The Two Tunnels Greenway is a four-mile flat path along a disused railway line providing both wonderful views of the city and an unusual interactive light and sound installation.

View our top autumn walks in Bath guide HERE!

Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Where: Jane Austen’s House MuseumThe Victoria Art Gallery, The Roman BathsHolborne Museum & The Museum of East Asian Art

About: It is no surprise that Bath is home to a rich source of museums and art galleries. All of which provide ideal shelter from the chill of an Autumn day. 

View our full Museums & Galleries in Bath guide HERE!

Bath Artisan Market

Bath Artisan Market

Where: The Bath Artisan Market - Queen Square, Bath

About: Bath is home to the cities best independent market. This fantastic market compromises everything from food to crafts. If you are seeking seasonal, locally sourced produce or supplies, look no further than Bath’s Artisan Market.

Dates: 26th September 2021 & 31st October 2021

*Image Credit: The Bath Artisan Market

Southgate Shopping Centre

Southgate Shopping Centre

Where: Southgate

About: Near to both stations and with ample car parking the Southgate Shopping Centre is home to many of our high streets favourite names and designer brands. If you are looking for a quick retail fix or a leisurely stroll around your favourite shops and eateries, why not visit this conveniently located shopping hub?

View our full Southgate Shopping Centre guide HERE!

Sunset Watching

Sunset Watching

Where: Bath Skyline, Bath Racecourse

About: The evenings may be closing in, but the sun will always set. Bath is home to numerous beauty spots, perfect for viewing an early sunset. This Autumn embrace Bath's surrounding rural hills and take a moment to immerse yourself in the spectacle with Bath's best view points.

View the best locations to watch a sunset in Bath HERE!

Hearty Brunch

Hearty Brunch

Where: Auqa, The Pump Room

About: The summer is over. If the dark mornings prove to be a challenge, gift yourself a lie in. Take this lesson in self-care and reward yourself with a delicious brunch in Bath. Because sleep is good for you and lie-ins more so.

Embrace the seasonal change, shake off any shackles of guilt or FOMO and turn off that alarm clock. And follow it with a well-earned brunch at your favourite food spot because after all that rest, you deserve a treat. 

Fancy making it extra special? Visit one of Bath's best bottomless brunch spots HERE!

Conkering

Conkering

Where: The Royal Victoria Park, Alice Park

About: Autumn is the season of the conkers. Where both adults and children delight in the joy of stamping on the prickly green cased fruit of horse chestnut trees to release the shiny jewel inside. Whether you choose to collect conkers for official competitions or at home games, Conkering is a tremendous free outdoor activity to fill an autumn day. Collect, select, drill and thread a lace or durable string through your conker to compete in Conkering competitions.

Definition of conkers - A game where two conker players take turns to hit the other conker with their own. With the winner being the one who’s conker doesn’t break.

View the top places to find conkers in Bath HERE!

Halloween

Halloween

Where: Farringtons Farm Pumpkin Festival

About: The Halloween we knew in the early noughties is far from that of which we see today. The degree to which we celebrated the occasion decades past was somewhat subdued in comparison to our neighbours across the pond in the US.

However, Halloween has now indeed carved its place in the seasonal calendar with predictions of its growth being on par with Christmas. Venues and farms have embraced the phenomenon offering pick your own pumpkins, parties and Halloween fun.

View our Halloween in Bath guide HERE to find out what's going on in Bath for 31st October!

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Where: View Bath's Best Firework Displays HERE!

About: Remember, remember the fifth of November... wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate and head to one of Bath's spectacular firework displays this Autumn. You can look forward to plenty of Bonfire Night festivities across Bath in the build up to Guy Fawkes' Night. Want to make your own fireworks display at home? Then check out our top places for where you can buy fireworks in Bath!

View our full bonfire guide HERE!

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

Where: Farringtons Farm

About: Autumn is here which means one thing and one thing only...pumpkins! Who knew pumpkins could be so fun, from pumpkin picking to pumpkin carving they provide so much entertainment for all ages. Bath plays host to a brilliant selection of pumpkin picking locations where you can explore fields of pumpkins.

There are some great pumpkin picking events happening this October, see our favourite below:

  • Farrington Farm's Pumpkin Festival - 1st October - 31st October 2021

Visit our Pumpkin Picking guide HERE!

Nature Trails

Nature Trails

Where: Bath Skyline

About: Nature trails are a brilliant way to get outdoors and experience wildlife and nature, with Bath playing home to some of Wiltshire's best family-friendly nature trails. Bath has some incredible nature trails where you can have an afternoon packed with animals, insects, wildflowers, and exciting walks.

View our full Nature Trails guide HERE!

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