The city of Bath is located in the county of Somerset, in a beautiful area of South West England. It is perhaps best known for its Roman baths, which have long been a popular tourist attraction, but there is much more to Bath than its admittedly interesting Roman history.
If you are looking for an interesting, exciting and relaxing place to take a break in the UK, you could do a whole lot worse than pay a visit to Bath. Whether you just take a day trip, or you visit for a whole week, you will find no end of fun activities to participate in while in the city during Summer 2016.
One of the best things about the city of Bath is that there really is something for everyone, so whether you are travelling solo, as a couple, or with the whole family in tow, you are sure to have a great time. Here are just some of the many activities you can look forward to in Bath this summer:
Bath is surely one of the most interesting and attractive cities in the United Kingdom, which is why you simply cannot beat an exciting hot air balloon ride over the city. Hot air balloon rides in Bath are the ideal activity for loved up couples who can spend a romantic ride through the skies, taking in the picturesque views of the Somerset countryside, the many romantic Roman archaeological sites, ruins, and other fine examples of local architecture, including the stunning Bath Abbey. All this as they sip champagne and stare into each other’s’ eyes.
Of course, hot air balloon rides also make for a fantastically fun family trip, especially for more adventurous children, who will get a real kick out of travelling in this special and unusual way.
Lovers of music and culture can expect to have a great time at this year’s Bath Folk Festival, which is set to take place between 6-14 August. The family-friendly event will not only showcase some of the best talents in folk music, but will also encourage up and coming folk enthusiasts to perfect their craft with a cool five-day summer school, and the chance to win a day’s recording in a real music studio.
Another one for music lovers, this unique charity festival is scheduled for 22 – 24 July, and will see a secret location close to Bath transformed into a DIY music and art festival, with a focus on food, and fun. From egg throwing competitions to over 40 music acts and DJs, this is definitely the place to go if you want to ensure that all members of your family are kept entertained.
This exhibition kicked off in March and it is set to run throughout the Summer right up until 30 October. This is one for children of all ages. Younger kids will be simply delighted by the huge number of toys on display, while adults will be sure to experience a touch of nostalgia as they peruse the many vintage toys that are on display at the American Museum.
Fashion and history buffs will not want to miss out on this exhibition, which is currently being held at the Fashion Museum at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. Spanning from the days when Jane Austen was penning her world famous romantic novels, through to the dark days of World War II, this exhibition is an extensive and thorough look at the fashions that have kept us enthralled throughout history. It runs until January 2017.
Of course, no trip to the Roman city of Bath would be complete without a trip to the ancient Roman Baths, which have been a focal point in the city for centuries, and which are an absolute delight to look at, explore and relax in.
This summer, the baths are even holding special events where you can experience them after dark, adding a unique and potentially romantic tone to the popular attraction.
Bath is a beautiful place and it would be a shame to visit it without spending some time simply exploring. There are a number of self-guided walking tours available, which will enable you to take in the sights and sounds that are most interesting to you, in a leisurely manner.
Jane Austen is undoubtedly one of the most famous and lauded novelists of all time, but what you may not know is that she spent a period of her life in Bath, so don’t miss out on a visit to The Jane Austen Centre whilst in the city. At this popular tourist attraction, you can experience life in the Regency Period, find out more about the legendary writer and discover what impact Bath had on her most famous novels, including ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’.
Exploring the architecture of Bath is a great way of having fun without spending a penny. There are so many great examples of architectural evidence in the city, including Bath Abbey, The Circus and The Royal Crescent, that you can spend a lot of time merely exploring the various buildings you come across there.
Of course, many of these fun-filled activities in Bath can be greatly enhanced by combining them with a hot air balloon ride. Checking out the architecture, Roman history and natural beauty of Bath, for example, can be made even more exciting and awe-inspiring when it is being done from the vantage point of a high-flying hot air balloon.
Having a bird’s eye view of the city as only you can with a hot air balloon ride in Bath is also a great way to see popular monuments, landmarks and buildings from a different angle, as well as being really good for keen photographers who want to take some unique jaw-dropping shots of the city.