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.
1/ Bath Skyline
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, TGt Bath recommends 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.
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.
2/ Twilight in the city
“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 3-hour spa session, including time in the Restaurant
- Complimentary use of towel, robe and slippers
- 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 £48 for one or £90 for two (Mon – Fri). Click here for more details.
Alternatively, if you are looking to discover the city at dusk opposed to basking in it; Bath is offering themed “Bath at Twilight” events. With October’s theme being – Autumn Food Celebration with discount dining and shopping deals. To find out more, click here.
Bath is home to many an entertainment venue from the Forum to the Little Cinema. But, 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 Saturday fixture, Krater Comedy Club which for the dedicated runs from 6.30pm – 3am. To book tickets, click here.
4/ Children’s Literature Festival – 28th September – Sunday 7th October
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; Lauren Child, David Walliams, and Horrible Histories: Terry Deary and Martin Brown.
From story readings to workshops there is something for all ages. For more details and the festival’s online brochure click here.
5/ The Royal Victoria Park
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
6/ Avon Trail canal walk and Two Tunnels Greenway walk
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.
8/ Museums and Art Galleries
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. Well known museums are that of Jane Austen’s House Museum, The Victoria Art Gallery and The Roman Baths.
However, lesser known are the Holborne Museum which will begin its exhibition on Gainsborough and the Theatre from October. And the Museum of East Asian Art which is a stone’s throw away from the city centre.
9/ Bath Artisan Market
On the first Saturday of every month, Bath is home to the cities best independent market. An Artisan market which compromises everything from food to crafts. If you are seeking seasonal, locally sourced produce or supplies, look no further than Bath’s Artisan Market.
This month’s market will be on Saturday 6th October.
10/ Southgate Shopping Centre
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?
This month in celebration of the start of the academic year, Southgate is playing host to a Student Freshers Fayre on Thursday 4th October, 6pm – 9.30pm. Join them for games, discounts and giveaways. Freshers who pre-register on the Southgate Shopping Centre website will receive up to 20% off selected retailers and a chance to win £100 worth of retail vouchers to spend at a store of your choice!
11/ Autumnal discovery with Novel Wines
We at Total Guide believe the art of discovery should be applied to all aspects of day to day life. An ethos that Bath-based company, Novel Wines lives up too. For those looking for an autumnal tipple, look no further than this relatively new wine retailer ran by award-winning wine journalist, Ben Franks and Hungarian wine importer Gyorgy Zsiga.
Novel Wines believe in bringing something new to the table. From organic wines to Serbian sauvignons, they are sure to challenge your taste buds and leave you spoilt for choice.
Their next Bath event will be a Christmas Cheese and Wine Tasting at Harington's Hotel, Bath on Sunday 18th November at 3pm. To book tickets click here.
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.
By Emma Smith
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