For the first time in 23 years me and my sister won’t be spending Christmas together, as she will be performing in Cinderella the pantomime in York over the holidays. And after living in busy London for over a year now, I know the importance of getting out of the city every now and again, and as we wouldn’t be spending Christmas together what a better idea than combining the need for a break together and that festive feel.
So I began my search for the best Christmas towns and cities in England, and came across Bath, and I thought it was perfect for a day trip away, as it’s only 1 hour 30 minutes direct train ride from London Paddington.
Bath is regularly voted as one of the most popular Christmas Markets in the UK, and it isn’t hard to know why. The entire city during the Christmas period reminds me of something you would find in a small German town at this time of year, with charming streets full of lit up chalets and lodges, twinkling lights, cheerful carol singers and delightful aromas that fill you with that Christmas spirit. Bath was definitely built for festive fun, with endless amounts of mulled cider and wine to warm you up and keep you going throughout the day.
This year, Bath Christmas market joined forces with Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Clarie Runway Magazine, to create beautiful Christmas decorations, made from discarded single use plastics with the help of local pupils of Widcombe Junior School. I found this aspect of the Market truly inspiring.
What we ate
From Thursday to Sunday throughout the Christmas season, Kingsmead Square is home to a festive street food market with some incredibly exciting traders, with plenty of mouth watering options to choose from, with my sister being vegetarian and me having to look for GF/DF options this isn’t always a simple task, but we found a lovely Caribbean street trader that could cater for the both of us. I wish I could say my stomach didn’t play up, but I wasn’t willing to let this ruin my day.
further Activities in Bath:
The Thermae Spa
Soak your cares away and bathe in Bath’s naturally steaming water. In your two hour session you can swap between a mineral bath and their new multi-sensory wellness suite (with an ice chamber and a truly magnificent rooftop pool)
The Roman Baths
A must on your visit to Bath, the Roman Baths are one of the most visited attractions by tourists and locals alike in the whole of the UK,and are one of the best preserved Roman Baths left on earth. If you are only looking to pay entry to one location on your visit, I definitely recommend the Roman Baths. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water.
The Royal Crescent
It’s quite a truly impressive moment when you step in front of the Royal Crescent, and take in it’s truly wonderful architecture. A trip to this famous street is of course a must on your visit, living on this famous crescent during the Georgian times was a magnificent fashion statement, an indication of a high standing. While most now are private residences, No.1 is open to the public, you can go and take a peak for yourself to see what it would have been like in its original Georgian style.