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10 things to do in Bath this winter

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With its luxurious Roman Baths and stylish Georgian buildings, Bath looks gorgeous in any season. If you’re looking for a winter break with added dazzle, look no further than Jane Austen’s favourite city. Whether you yearn for magnificent streets lit up in lights, festivals with an added touch of class, or the Christmas dinner of your dreams – here’s what’s hot near YHA Bath.

1. Party at the Roman Baths

Join 2000 years of history and treat yourself to one of the magical packages in this world-famous historical site. From twilight tours and spa treatments in the ancient hot springs, to a sparkling three-course festive meal with live music – this is the ultimate way to experience Bath heritage.

2. Get cultured at Mozartfest

From the 13th to 21st November, this annual celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus is a feast for classical music fans. Hear famous works from the maestro himself, his contemporaries, plus composers who have been influenced by him. You can’t beat Bath’s setting of Georgian architecture for it either.

3. Browse Bath Christmas Market

Try to resist getting into the festive spirit after a wander through over 170 gorgeous chalets, packed with unique festive gifts. There’ll be all your Christmas favourites like handcrafted toys, high quality artwork and plenty of delicious aromas wafting by. Mulled wine and gingerbread, here we come.

4. Go “Aaah” at a firework display

You can’t beat the sights, smells and sounds of fireworks in winter, and Bath Rotary Club’s has a truly stunning setting to light up. Join families and locals from 7pm on November the 7th for a spectacular display in the city centre’s Recreation Ground. Don’t forget to bring a woolly hat!

5. Taste the Great Bath Feast

Meet and eat the cream of the crop at this October food festival – packed with big names, useful cookery demos and masses of delicious grub. Nigella Lawson will be launching her new book, butchers will be sharing their craft, and you can even attend a masterclass on tasting gin (hic).

6. Glow to the Festival of Light

Head to stately Longleat and see Europe’s largest ever display of Chinese lanterns at the Festival of Light. From November to January, the grand house’s grounds become a winter wonderland, home to thousands of glowing lanterns, enchanting fairytale scenes and festive characters.

7. Get glam at the Fashion Museum

Not sure what you fancy for Christmas this year? Take a look around the fascinating Fashion Museum and we bet you’ll fancy some new glad rags! This fab museum is home to extravagant period costumes, corsets to try on, and the one-and-only Dress of the Year exhibition.

8. Make a BFF at Bath Film Festival

In its 25th year, December’s Bath Film Festival shows no sign of slowing down and there’s a huge spectrum of genres to enjoy. Look out for new films from all over the globe, special events from big names, and a focus on F-rated films; championing female directors, writers and equality.

9. Get your skates on

Bath on Ice is the perfect treat for anyone who loves skating, hobbling or pirouetting on the ice. Whatever your skill, this festive rink pops up from November until January in the picturesque Royal Victoria Park and it makes a fantastic day out for families, couples and groups.

10. Fly up, up and away

See the Georgian City from a whole new angle with a winter balloon ride over Bath. You’ll never forget seeing the wonderful streets from up high – you can even sip a glass of champagne if you’re feeling extra luxurious. Get in touch with Bath Balloons for an unforgettable voyage.

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