A hard days night? Not hardly!

One of the things I love most about Bath is that there’s so much more to an evening out than fighting for bar space at your local – though we do have some pretty splendid pubs, if that’s what you’re into. Here are a few choice ways to while away a summer evening, including late nights at the Museum of East Asian Art and the Roman Baths, plus if you can’t drag your other half along without the promise of a pint, you can have the best of both worlds with Shakespeare in the Garden at The Boater.

Friday Late On the last Friday of every month, the Museum of East Asian Art opens its doors for an intimate evening lecture or workshop, granting a unique insight into the cultural and historical significance of the collection and a chance to turn your own hand to one of the traditional art forms on display.

  • 31st July, 6pm – Meet the Founder: Brian’s Favourite Ceramic Objects. MEAA founder Brian McElney gives a tour of his favourite ceramic objects in the museum’s collection, sharing the personal stories behind each object and its place in his six-decade collecting career. Ticket price £12.
  • 28th August, 6pm – Introduction to Kumihimo Jewellery. Kumihimo expert Anne Hurwitz leads a hands-on workshop where you will create your own unique piece of jewellery using this ancient Japanese braiding technique. Ticket price £15, materials and refreshments included.
  • 25th September, 6pm – Origami For Adults. Explore the ancient Japanese art of paper folding and create your own seasonal decorations for Autumn and Hallowe’en. Ticket price £6, materials included.

All tickets must be booked in advance – visit the MEAA website for details.

The Roman Baths By Torchlight Until 31st August the Roman Baths will stay open until 10pm (last entry 9pm), and in the evening you can see them in a completely new light, as Roman flame torches are lit all around the water. Be transported into the romance of Bath’s ancient Roman past – just don’t start asking your other half to feed you peeled grapes!

Shakespeare in the Garden at the Boater For two nights, on 3rd and 4th August from 7.30pm, the Boater once again invites you to relax in one of Bath’s best beer gardens, though you’ll be forgiven for ignoring the beautiful view of the Pulteney Weir as theatre troupe Permanently Bard captivates you with their performance of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked via the Boater website.

Of course, your break in Bath may not be all about you. If you’re planning a family holiday, it can be difficult to know which activities will be a hit – do you go indoor or outdoor, arts and crafts or out and about? Lucky for you, in Bath you can do both without having to go far. And the kids might even learn something while they’re at it!

Terrific Tuesdays at Prior Park Landscape Garden Every Tuesday throughout the school summer holidays, Prior Park plays host to an outdoor family adventure where all ages can learn about nature and get their hands dirty! Visit the Prior Park website for more information.

  • 21st July, 10.30am – Launch of the Rotten Trail. Be the first to find out what happens when things rot – and what would happen if they didn’t! Perfect for little terrors with a fascination for ‘creepy crawlies, funky fungus and buried bones’! But don’t worry if you miss this one – the trail will be open all through the school holidays.
  • 28th July, 10.30am – Green Man Clay Workshop. Learn about the folklore of the mysterious Green Man and make your own green man from clay, then hide him amongst the trees for later visitors to discover. £1 per child to cover cost of materials.
  • 4th August, 10.30am – Plant It, Grow It, Eat It! Make your own compostable plant pot, plant seeds in it and learn how to care for them. Then when you get home you can pop your pot straight in the ground and watch your little plant grow!

Family Fun at the Muesum of East Asian Art Crafty workshops open to all ages allow the whole family to flex their artistic muscles while learning about ancient cultural traditions and art forms.

  • Saturday 25th July, 2pm – Traditional Japanese Braiding. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a Wooltastic! Workshop, learning the ancient Japanese art of Kumihimo braiding. Ticket price £3.50 per child, all materials included. 2.5 hours.
    Monday 17th August, 2pm – Japanese Fantastic! Explore and experience fantastic Japanese by creating your own manga comic, making a Japanese doll, learning the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and even dressing up in one of the museum’s amazing collection of costumes! Ticket price £3.50 per child, all materials included. 2.5 hours.

All tickets must be booked in advance – visit the MEAA website for details.
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