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What’s On

Jane Austen Festival 2014

Hundreds of people will be dusting off their corsets and grabbing their breeches this weekend for Bath’s 14th Jane Austen Festival.

Jackie Herring, the director of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath says that fancy dress isn’t just for children – far from it. Instead, she says it’s an escape for all ages and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

 And Jackie has her fingers crossed that the well-dressed group will win back the title of Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed in Regency Costumes. They won it in 2009, were over taken by an American festival this year, and are now eager to win back their title.

“The city of Bath lends itself to costume events, particularly Georgian and Regency costumes which look so beautiful against the glorious Bath stonework,” she says. “The Regency period was a time of manners and etiquette. Dressing in costume helps us to escape from the frenetic pace of modern life; we become ladies and gentlemen and have time to converse with our fellow man in person, not at the end of the mobile phone.”

 

“There is something rather wonderful about walking through the city dressed in Regency clothing with a bonnet, Spencer jacket, long high-waisted dress, gloves, a parasol and low heeled shoes; particularly on a sunny day, you feel part of the city,” she says. “The style is very comfortable, with just a small corset and is very flattering. Many who come to the festival wear Regency costume the entire time they are in Bath.”

The Festival not only celebrates a much-loved writer and her writing but it’s also set in an historic and glorious architectural gem, Bath. It attracts people from all over the world and one of the many highlights, the Masked Ball, takes place in the totally unique setting of the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms.

“For the space of 10 days, we catch a small glimpse of what life was like in Bath when Jane Austen lived here, but only the good bits,” she says. “We experience it with modern conveniences like electricity and hot and cold running water instead.”

“I think it’s so popular due to the because of the international popularity of Jane Austen,” says Jackie. “Jane Austen’s writing has been translated worldwide. The stunning setting and architecture of Bath is one that writer would have recognised due to the fact that she actually walked the streets, that her parents were married in the city, her grandfather and father were buried at St Swithin’s Church at Walcot and two of her novels – Northanger Abbey and Persuasion – were set in the city.”

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women.

The British Beard and Moustache Competition 2014!

Today from 10am weird and wonderful beards and moustaches alike all gathered together at the Bath Pavilion for the British Beard and Moustache Competition.

There was an array of different styles and many eccentric looks –  some of which included: a man dressed from head to toe in orange, a 1920s inspired old time wrestler and even a red dragon!People travelled from Guildford, Essex, Birmingham, Wales, Scotland and even Australia just to compete today! Some have even been growing their beards 2 years in advance! Now that’s commitment!
The atmosphere and energy was incredible and the excitement was palpable. Not a single face was without a smile and laughter could be heard throughout the morning.
Women and children both sported beards and moustaches although theirs were made from fake-fur, glitter and sequins.
What’s great is that many of the clubs, for instance, the Handlebar Club, raised money and donated to charity, making this, not only an incredibly entertaining way to spend the weekend but also a great way to help those in need.

One of our own, Siân Morgan, was interviewing and reporting live from the event for the University of Bath Student Media. Although once she declared to not be a ‘fan’ of beards – she has completely changed her mind!

The fellowship of the fury folk are a wonderfully wacky group of men and women!

Judging continues on until 19.00pm and then the Champions will be chosen and glory will be bestowed upon them and their family.
Of course, we will post as soon as we know who the victors are!
More photos will be uploaded tomorrow when the winners are announced and you for yourself can see what visiting Bath has to offer!

Tour of Britain comes to Bath.

On Friday the 12th of September, Bath saw 120 professional cyclists from 20 teams make their way through the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain.

The Tour cars and police motorcycle riders left Royal Avenue at 10am ahead of the race, additionally more than 40 children from Bath and North East Somerset schools were nominated to lead out the race.

Crowds gathered around Bath as the city hosted stage six of the 2014 Tour of Britain race.

Superstar cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were along the racers who set off from the Royal Avenue before touring the sites of the historic city this morning.

The racers started off from the park a little later than scheduled, taking in the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge – right outside our front door – and the Roman Baths before heading off up the Wellsway and out of the city. W

The streets were full to the brim with the 70,000 (!) spectators who were gleefully cheering on the teams and wishing them well on the rest of their tour.

A sneaky shot of one of the brilliant cyclists!

Those who wanted to watch the entirety of Stage Six from Bath to Hemel Hempstead Stage could do so: there was a large TV Screen in the Bandstand area at Royal Victoria park.

A truly great event which created an atmosphere full of inspiration, excitement and joy.

Tom Tyler, a fireman from Bristol, said: “To see so many people out is really good for us and the area, Bristol and Bath are the cycling capitals of the South West.”

Joe and Jayne Leonard from Kingswood have been following the race around the region.

Mrs Leonard said; “I think cycling has become popular because of our success in the Tour de France and the Olympics. We havent been to a start before – the atmosphere is superb.”

Good luck to those continuing onto the following stages!

Those of us here at the Windsor wish you luck!

Free: Party in the City 16th May 2014

Party  Come and stay with us at The Windsor and be involved in the biggest free show in Bath, with Free music    and events all night around Bath, this is a must for anyone who enjoys live music and entertainment in    public venues. Rooms from £165.   Call 01225 422100 now to book while we still have availability.

Following the huge success of Party in the City 2013, we are inviting you to join in the 2014 event.

Taking place on the opening night of Bath International Music Festival, next year’s Party in the City will be another spectacular occasion, celebrating the diverse local music scene and vibrant cultural life of our city and the surrounding areas.

On Friday 16 May, Bath International Music Festival is coordinating an exciting programme of free events in venues across the city, including a fantastic street performance and procession which will bring the city centre alive with music and dancing.

Mother’s Day In Bath

Afternoon tea in Bath

Afternoon tea in Bath

For Mother’s Day; pamper, spoil & indulge in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the city of Bath has a number of special ways to celebrate.  For those looking to spoil Mum with a special present or spend a leisurely day together, here are some of our favourite ideas to help get you started…

 

A taste of Bath

Many restaurants in and around Bath are offering Mother’s Day menus to celebrate the special day in style.  Head to the Kilted Chef and enjoy pan fried black bream or Highland roast Scottish beef for £23.50 for three courses.  The well-reputed Olive Tree is offering three courses for £35 with options such as slow cooked salmon, sirloin of beef or pan fried cod.  Or book a table at the Allium Brasserie – awarded three AA Rosettes – where you can order three courses for £39 and choose from their delicious menu of smoked trout pate, fisherman’s pie and roast pork with all the trimmings.

Bath Half Marathon 2014

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Every year, the Bath Half Marathon takes place in and around Central Bath. The start line is directly outside the front door, making The Windsor the perfect choice for both runners and their supporters.
This year the Race took place on Sunday 2nd March, the weather was perfect. To give our runners the best possible chance of a good finish time, we developed a special Runners Breakfast. This went down well, with porridge topped with fresh banana, strawberries, blueberries, nuts, seeds and honey being particularly popular.  We kept a room free for the runners to return to after the race to shower and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with cake and of course, dissect the race. What fun and what a great atmosphere, not only here at The Windsor, but throughout Bath.
For details of this years’ marathon and to keep in touch with details for 2015, please see the Bath Half Marathon website.

Museums and Art Galleries

Holburne Museum

The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley
The first official painted portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge will be on display at the Holburne Museum.
7 September – 6 November 2013

Fashion Museum

Fifty Fabulous Frocks The Fashion Museum in Bath celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013 with a special display that will showcase 50 of its most glamorous dresses with the wow factor! 2 February – 31 December 2013


Museum of East Asia Art

A Celebration of 20 Years Highlights A new exhibition to gratefully acknowledge the contributions and generosity of the museum’s major donors and present some highlight pieces that have been donated. 13 July – 5 January 2014


Building of Bath Collection

Brutal Bath Following the bombing of Bath in 1942, the city underwent systematic redevelopment which resulted in modern buildings which, as the exhibition reveals, are liked by some, loathed by many… 24 July – 26 November 2013


Victoria Art Gallery

William Scott: Simplicity and Subject This major loan exhibition celebrates the centenary of William Scott’s birth and his close connections with the city of Bath. 7 September – 17 November 2013

Rembrandt and his Contemporaries

Generously lent from the Royal Collection this ravishing exhibition displays some of the Queen’s greatest treasures and includes many masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s famous image of an old woman, almost certainly his mother, Dutch landscapes by Ruisdael, van de Heyden and Hobbema, a beautifully restrained still life by Heda and characteristic genre scenes by Jan Steen and De Hooch among others including Dou’s jewel-like scene of a young girl chopping onions.

Rembrandt and his ContemporariesThe exhibition finds its perfect home at the Holburne Museum whose founding collection,   assembled in the middle years of the nineteenth century was so influenced by George IV who was responsible for acquiring most of the paintings in the exhibition and whose taste for seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish works was of such importance establishing the national taste for these paintings.

For opening times and prices, please visit www.holburne.org

The Roman Baths by Torchlight

Come and be transported back to the time of the Roman Empire with the tour of the Roman Baths by torchlight. The last admission is at 9 pm from July until August and the site closes at 10 pm. There is no need to book, just  turn up and be dazzled by beautifully preserved Roman architecture and ingenuity!

What’s on in Bath

Bath TheatreTheatres in Bath offer a wide selection of performances to cater for all tastes. The main theatre in Bath is the Theatre Royal offering a year round programme of top-quality drama, opera, comedy, dance and frequent Sunday concerts. The Ustinov Theatre offers a more cutting edge programme of performances in Bath. For children, young people and their families there is the Egg Theatre. The Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts also runs a regular programme of contemporary performances, exhibitions, talks, films, theatre and dance as well as music. Just outside of the city centre, the Michael Tippett Centre and University Theatre at Bath Spa University hosts a busy schedule of public concerts including musical theatre, contemporary dance and comedy.


Cinemas

Bath CinemaSpend a relaxing evening at one of the two cinemas in Bath. Our favourite, The Little Theatre Cinema is the only remaining independent cinema in Bath. Alternatively, watch the latest blockbuster movie at the Bath Odeon Cinema on James Street West.


Comedy

bath ComedyIf you are looking for something more unusual join Bizarre Bath, a nightly tour of Bath with a comic twist. Or laugh the night away at Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club every Saturday night. Komedia is a new live entertainment venue in Bath offering a mixed programme of cabaret, music and comedy seven days a week. Don’t forget to make a date in your diary for the Bath Comedy Festival, which takes place in the spring.


Live Music

Bath GigsBath’s exciting live music scene includes regular sessions, day and night, at many of the pubs and bars featuring a range of music where you will be spoilt for choice from electronica to Irish folk. Komedia is a new live entertainment venue with one of the largest, most diverse entertainment programmes in the UK. The Chapel Arts Centre is a performing arts venue with a range of events including music, theatre, dance and film. If you’re a keen jazz fan, the Green Park Brasserie and Bar is not to be missed, with four evenings of live jazz every week. You can also listen to the sound of jazz while enjoying a cool beer and fresh food at Gascoyne Place where there’s live music every Sunday evening.

 


Pubs

Bath PubFrom traditional pubs serving the best of British ale to contemporary gastro pubs, you are sure to find the perfect place to spend the evening in the city centre or in the surrounding areas of Bath.

» Find out more about Bath pubs


Bars

Bath BarBath has a wide mix of contemporary, modern and buzzing bars. Splash out on cocktails in OPA or Circo, or catch up with friends and have a relaxing drink in Gascoyne PlaceBelushi’s or Central Bar.

 

 


Nightclubs

Clubs Bath

Party late into the night at one of the many nightclubs in Bath. Dance until the early morning at OPA or hang out with the student population at Po na na or Second Bridge. Alternatively, experience one of the regular club nights at Komedia.


Alternative Entertainment

Thermae Bath SpaRelax with a spa session at Thermae Bath Spa, open until 10pm every evening (last entry 7:30pm). Explore the Roman Baths by torchlight on a summer’s evening, open until 10pm in July and August (last entry 9pm). If you fancy discovering Bath at night join a guided walking tour – choose from Bizarre Bath, a tour with a comic twist, or for a more mystical adventure take the Ghost Walk of Bath.


 

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