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10 New Year Activities To Try In Bath
New Year means a revitalised, healthier, and happier you! 2020 is here and with a year of endless possibilities ahead of you, the expert team at Total Guide to Bath have put together their top 10 New Year activities to try in Bath. From meditating to hitting the gym, there is plenty of great new hobbies to try out in our wonderful city of Bath. Find out more below.
1. Re-train the brain
Grab a meditation session, holistic therapy or sample a course at the brand new 'The Soul Spa'. Meditation classes are drop-in sessions and are designed for all levels of meditative experience, or just the curious. Alternatively try out a therapy designed for your mind, body or spirit; hypnotherapy, homoeopathy, or Reiki Healing are all on offer from seasoned practitioners in the team. Watch out for courses designed to help you address stress, anxiety, body confidence and more…..not been before? Try some guided meditation for some serious time out…you won’t regret it.
2. Get some serious you time
Enhance MediSpa are an independent MediSpa in central Bath offering a range of treatments for the face and body; manicures, pedicures, waxing and laser hair removal, as well as more specialist treatments, including semi-permanent make-up and cosmetic acupuncture. They also have a doctor-led clinic for advanced aesthetic treatments. Enhance uses Elemis for many of its beauty treatments alongside its BioTec machine which works to ‘switch the skin back on’ by increasing its natural energy. Who doesn’t need a slice of that this time of year!
3. Take in the ancient Bath waters
Taking in the natural mineral-rich warm waters that flow into Bath has long been a restorative and beautifying pastime. Grab a spa package with a loved-one or friend and we’d seriously recommend a treatment, or two! Their ‘Bamboo Massage’ treatment comes with a personal recommendation from one of our team, who says ‘you’ll feel like a new person’ on the other side. Perfect! If you are after something gentler then take a ‘Revive Hot Stones’ for 50 minutes of bone and joint warming hedonism....
4. Head for the gym
Bath has a new gym and its pretty swanky; with an impressive class timetable to rival many Fly Fitness flew into Bath in 2019. They have all the latest class crazes that are either Flow, Fire or Force….like Pilates, Yogalates, Hell Fire (calorie burn for upper and lower body), Barre, Body Pump, the list goes on. They have a mid-week run club for all levels, a dedicated weights room, a cardio studio, beautiful shower and changing facilities, of course, and a coffee hub….and pssst they have a one-day free trial offer running…
5. Get busy with some yoga
Another relative newcomer to Bath is the Hive, so-called because its home is off Walcot Street at the Beehive Yard. The Hive Yoga Studio has a ‘busy’ schedule of classes across the spectrum of yoga levels meaning that everyone is welcomed at this warm and nurturing studio. Specialist classes like ‘Yoga for Sport’ exist alongside other more general classes ‘Yoga Office Escape’. They currently have two beginner’s yoga courses about to start so no excuses to a newer more flexible you this year.
6. Do Good – Feel Good
Perhaps this year you made a resolution to give back! And get fit….well we’ve have the perfect one size fits all solution for you. It’s not too late to sign up for the Bath Half Marathon AND run for a charity. We know that our friends at the Bath Rugby Foundation are still looking for runners for their team to take on the 13.1 miles around the city in March.
They promise lots of running help and support (as do the incredible crowds that always line the streets to cheer every runner on!) and you be running knowing you are raising vital funds for vulnerable children and young adults right here in Bath. If it helps…there are free massage clinics promised…just sayin’.
7. Get Crafty
If running or the gym or yoga just isn’t your bag then maybe a new hobby, craft or past time is. Julia Davey has a wonderful gift and card emporium full of beautiful things made by local artisans and some by Julia herself, who is a renowned ceramicist. Julia runs a whole list of wonderful creative inspired workshops and courses from her shop on Bear Flat. So, if you have always wanted to try quilting, loom weaving, marbling or needle punch, take a closer look at Julia’s website for some mindful inspiration.
8. Float away
Brand new to Bath is The Pod, on Lower Bristol Road, which is a new age looking floatation pod where Epsom salts and water combine to transport you away from your worries, your work stress or your sports injuries. The feeling of weightlessness takes the stress from all the pressure points on the body and the absorption of magnesium from the salts help with muscle pain and promotes a mentally stress-free environment too. On our way!
9. Treat yourself
And where is more luxurious for a treat or a retreat than the Royal Crescent Spa…The award-winning Spa & Bath House is a tranquil and deluxe haven with a relaxation pool, vitality pool, a sauna and steam room all within the beautiful settings of the Royal Crescent. Impressed? We guarantee you will be. And that’s before you’ve had a glimpse of the Spa treatment list… New to the list, a Proto-col Collagen inside & out Facial, a full 60 minutes.
10. Feed the Soul
Maybe you have foodie aspirations this year. One of the UK’s leading plant-based chef’s Rachel Demuth’s happens to live in bath and runs the internationally renowned Demuth’s Cookery School teaching vegetarian and vegan courses for all abilities from beginners upwards, including day workshops and masterclasses. If you fancy a detox or a diet change, or just learning some delicious new recipes then take a closer look at this award-winning Bath gem.
Happy healthy new year from the Total Guide to Bath team.