I’ve been reliably informed that the UK has just emerged from The Wettest January Since Records Began, and as I wring out my sodden trouser hems, I can well believe it. With the rainy weather showing no signs of abating, you might be forgiven for thinking there’s no point in going anywhere – but you’d be wrong! I’m here to direct you towards a wealth of fun things to do that don’t involve traipsing about in the wet.
Fun for the Whole Family
The Roman Baths – While the most iconic image of the Roman Baths is that of the open-air Great Bath and Terrace, there’s plenty more to see inside and under cover. Offering audio guides in a variety of languages and an activity tour that’s just for kids, you can be sure that all the family will enjoy being transported back in time to discover what the city of Bath is all about.
Ora et Labora – Speaking of time travel: why not continue your journey through the history of Bath by jumping ahead a few centuries to the medieval heyday of Bath Abbey? Immerse yourself in Bath’s Monastic heritage at Ora et Labora, who now run ‘Medieval Making’ workshops where you can learn brass rubbing, candle-making and other crafty skills that would have been employed by the Benedictine monks of Bath.
The Little Theatre – If you’re here for the weekend and you have a budding movie buff in the family, head over to the Little on Saturday for their Kids’ Club, which promises “a family-only matinee of a specially chosen children’s film, plus fun activities, at pocket-money prices”. This weeks’ film is The Muppets Take Manhattan, followed by Moshi Monsters: The Movie on 1st March. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Curl Up by the Fire
If you’re looking for a more grown-up way to wait out the wind and rain, here are a few quiet hideaways where you can do just that:
The Porter – Recently redeveloped from the ground up with cocktail bar, restaurant, lounge bar and function rooms spread over four floors, you needn’t go far once you’ve staked out a table or a comfy sofa. Food is served to the whole house from the ground floor restaurant, Clayton’s Kitchen, courtesy of dual-Michelin-starred chef Rob Clayton. Save some room for dessert!
The Raven – If your heart yearns for a pie and a pint in a good old-fashioned English pub, then look no further. The Raven is a family-run free house that retains its cosy and welcoming atmosphere whether at its quietest or full to the gunwales with locals and visitors who are in the know. I’ll see you at the bar!
The Crystal Palace – A mere stone’s throw from our front door, The Crystal palace is the ideal candidate to be your local during your stay at Three Abbey Green. With a brand new menu and an impressive array of real ales and wines, there’s something to tempt every palate. The Sunday Roast is not to be missed!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who dropped the ball when it came to Valentine’s Day this year, but don’t worry; it’s not too late to earn a few brownie points (by baking actual brownies, in my case)!
As we all know, you can’t go far wrong with flowers. Anemone Florists on Pulteney Bridge is ideal if you want to wow the one you love.
Charlotte Brunswick chocolate shop is right on our doorstep, offering “chocolates, collected and curated”. Build your own gift box selection and maybe your special someone will even share them with you…
Independent Spirit is a great place to discover something new, whether you’re looking for craft beers or the perfect G&T. Smooth…
And of course, don’t forget to book your room at Three Abbey Green!