DECEMBER HOT LIST – our curated selection of creative events, free gatherings, local food and independent businesses in Bath and roundabouts. #GoodLifeBath
LISTEN | Jeanette Winterson
Enjoy and evening of merriment and mince pies with Topping & Company Bookshop as Jeanette (author of award winning Oranges are not the Only Fruit) reads from her collection of yuletide stories entitled Christmas Days. Wednesday 5th December, 7.30pm
LEARN | Art Journaling
Local artist Jo Beal leads a short course on art journaling, helping you to be more creative in a fun and experimental way. From drawing and block printing to collage and creative lettering, the course will inspire you to fill diaries and sketchbooks with beautiful art. Bath Artists Studio, starting 6th December
VISIT | Dyrham Park
This year, nearby 17th century mansion house Dyrham Park eschews baubles and tinsel, for carefully crafted foliage, fragrant spices and sweet smelling dried fruits. The house and courtyard will be a feast for all the senses. Twixmas will see a travelling theatre company performing pop up pantomime around the house and garden and costumed storytellers will share historical tales of Dyrham in the 17th century. Find out more here.
SING | Christmas Carols
The Salvation Army Band will be playing traditional carols around the trees at The Circus, Bath. Wrap up warm and pop along with family and friends and join in with the festive favourites. The Circus Restaurant will host a mulled wine stall with all proceeds going direct to the Salvation Army who work to help the homeless. Friday 22nd December at 7pm, free event
SHOP | Open Studio
Freshford artist Agnes Pollock invites you to her home on 7th, 8th, 9th December to see her recent arworks. Mingle with mulled wine around the open fire, make new friends and and pick up a limited edition print for somebody special. Oil paintings and gift cards will also be for sale.
BE INSPIRED | Art
Take a breather from Christmas shopping and wander up the the first floor of Bath’s beloved Victoria Art Gallery where, for a limited time, you will get to see local artist Richard Twose’s portrait of Ken Loach. Commissioned by and on loan from Oxford University, the painting featured in the 2017 BP Portrait Awards as the National Gallery.
READ | Mr B’s Delightful Book Group
They are a lovely bunch at Mr B’s. They host free book groups in and around the shop each month. Each book has been read and recommended by a member of staff and this month, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. A story where ‘ancient rituals and present-day abuse converge in brief and brilliant novel with its roots in England’s deep past’, it’s bound to bring up some interesting debate. A great opportunity to try something different and make new friends, you’ll need to reserve a place. Tuesday 11th September, 7pm, free event
TASTE | Georgie Porgie Christmas Pudding
Local(ish), Devon based Georgie Porgie puddings are Taste of the West award winners and as luck would have it, they can be bought at the Bath Christmas market which is on until December 9th A lighter and delicious Traditional Christmas Pudding, handmade using George’s secret recipe and matured to give an award-winning flavour. If you can’t make the market, they can be ordered online here.
WATCH | It’s a Wonderful Life
The Little Theatre Bath is hosting a special evening of carols, mulled wine and mince pies before their screening of the Christmas classic, It’s A wonderful Life. Described by The Little, as ‘A gloriously sentimental testament to small town moral values’ you’ll come away, uplifted and warmed. Book here.
RECOMMENDED | Pop Up Christmas shop at Always Sunday House
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