Total Bath's Highlights of 2016
As December draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back at what a year 2016 was. There was certainly lots to get excited about and lots to remember. Here are our highlights!
Highlight: Apex Hotel, Bath's largest hotel, begins construction.
About: Work began on the £35million development of Apex City of Bath Hotel. The new hotel will include 177 bedroom across four floors and will provide up to 120 full-time jobs. The hotel is due to open Summer 2017.
Highlight: Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area revealed.
About: Bath's first new site as part of an exciting redevelopment was revealed at a stakeholder event. Bath Quays (North and South) will be complete by 2021, with businesses moving in from 2019. The new area will be a mix of businesses, restaurants and up to 100 new homes and aims to reconnect the city with the waterfront witht the North and South sites connected by the new Bath Quay Bridge.
Highlight: SouthGate Bath installed their beautiful display of Umbrellas above St Lawrence Street.
About: Not one to be run-of-the-mill when it comes to making an impression, SouthGate Bath decided to install a rainbow of colourful umbrellas high above the centre. Along with the British Garden lawns and red telephone boxes, this was a real highlight to of the Summer.
Highlight: Britain votes to leave the European Union.
About: A nation was divided as the EU Referendum offered an 'in' or 'out' vote on our inclusion in the European Union. As we won't know the true implications of the decision to leave for years to come, luckily we had some expert advice from BusinessWest, Thrings and Banks BHG.
Highlight: New Langridge Grandstand opens at Bath Racecourse.
About: Bath Racecourse underwent an extensive multi-milion pound redevelopment in 2016, and it was all topped off with the opening of the brand new Langridge Stand.
Highlight: National Champagne Week
About: Now we don't really need much of an excuse in Bath to crack out the fizz, but The Pump Room, Roman Baths and Roman Baths Kitchen fully embraced the celebrations with a host of events to raise a glass to bubbly!
Highlight: Total Guide to Bath continues supporting Bath Rugby
About: With the start of a new season, we once again showed our love of Bath Rugby by sponsoring Bath born-and-bred forward, Kane Palma-Newport, for the fourth season. We couldn't wish for a nicer man representing us and our team!
Highlight: Bath beat Bristol in first meeting since 2009
About: Seven years without a Bath/Bristol clash was worth the wait as our boys in Blue, Black and White earned a hard-fought victory 22-6 victory against fierce West Country rivals in the European Challenge Cup
Highlight: Bath's Hidden Gems goes live on TotalBath.com
About: We got together with Bath BID to come up with a guide to Bath's many shopping districts. We now have a map of Bath, broken in to the different areas with links to some fantastic businesses. View it here.
Highlight: Big Bath City Bid team complete takeover
About: In September, the hard-working Big Bath City Bid team reached their goal of raising £300,000 to become the majority shareholders of Bath City Football Club as they hope to make it "thrive as a community-owned club."
Highlight: Dorothy House's Santa and Fairy Fun Run.
About: Dorothy House is a fantastic charity that provides hospice care for members of the local community that have life-limiting illnesses. Every year they hold their Santa Fun Run, but 2016 saw the added magic of Fairies! Loads of people turned out despite biting weather conditions to raise money for a very worthy cause. View the fully gallery from the event here.