BATH CHRISTMAS MARKETS 23rd November - 10th December

The Bath Christmas Markets start on Thursday 23rd November and finish on Sunday 10th December 2017.  The Lansdown Park and Ride bus service is conveniently only 10 minutes drive from Fern Cottage and takes about 6 - 8 minutes to get into the Centre of Bath.  The price is approximately £5.50 return for 2 people.  Last bus out of Bath is 8.30 pm weekdays and Saturdays, Sundays it's 6.00 pm.

Get into the Christmas spirit and solve all your Christmas present ideas - Bath is full of beautiful individual shops, so you're bound to find something for that special person.  Lots of street food available, as well as the usual restaurants, bars and pubs in the Centre of Bath.

You could always relax with a Thermae Spa session with a couple of hours' relaxation in the warming mineral waters for £35.00 eacheach during the week and £38.00 each at weekends.  This includes bath towel, bath robe and slippers.   Go to their website for up to date prices.  There is no need to pre-book for a 2 hour session, but you would need to pre-book a massage or other treatment.  We offer a 10% discount on the ticket prices.  

Book early with us to make sure we've got the dates you require.

THE CONCORDE EXHIBITION AT THE AEROSPACE BRISTOL MUSEUM OPENS 17TH OCTOBER 2017

We're pleased to be able to tell you that as from next Tuesday 17th October, the Concorde Museum opens it's doors to the public.  We've already booked our tickets to visit this iconic plane, which will probably never be equalled.

Here's the link to their website to book tickets either on line or by phone    http://aerospacebristol.org 

Then there's plenty more to see, either the SS Great Britain at the Bristol Harbourside and the M Shed industrial museum, or a visit on the Park and Ride into Bath to see the sights, such as The Roman Baths, The Thermae Spa, The Jane Austin Museum, the Fashion Museum, the Royal Crescent, No1 The Crescent Museum, in fact too many things to do to list.

Anyway, book a stay at Fern Cottage and you'll be between Bath and Bristol to get the most of your stay.
 

LOCAL ART CLASSES - SURPRISE YOUR OTHER HALF OR TREAT YOURSELF

Fancy trying a 2 hour art lesson while you're on holiday.  All materials provided and only about a 10 minute drive from Fern Cottage.  Friendly atmosphere and extremely good tuition.  I actually go there myself and totally recommend it for a beginner or someone experienced.  Our tutor Mike gives you great tips how to achieve some brilliant affects as well as providing some exciting topics from pastels, watercolour, acrylics and pencil drawings.  

From time to time they have availability if any of the "regulars" are on holiday or ill, which means they can take someone in for a "one off" session.  

Take a look at Mike and Gill's website and facebook pages for availability and contact details.  You could even surprise your other half with a 2 hour lesson at a very reasonable price of £8.50 (for two hours including the materials).  

www.theriverbankartcentre.co.uk 

If you make a booking at The Riverbank Art Centre, please mention that you got the details from Sue at Fern Cottage Bed and Breakfast - Thanks!

 

Where to Visit

The Royal Gardens at Highgrove - 25 minutes drive 

www.highgrovegardens.com

We have just come back from a tour of HRH The Prince of Wales's beautiful Royal Gardens at Highgrove.  We managed to make the booking about a week ago for a scheduled 2 hour tour of the gardens.
 
Although the weather wasn't so kind to us, it rained the whole time but the tour of the gardens was worth it. Even at this time of year (Autumn) the garden looked beautiful.  I would also like to go back again in the Spring and Summer to see the bulbs in Spring and the Wildflower field in the Summer.
 
After 2 hours (which passed far too quickly) we went into the Orchard Room for lunch and went to spend some money in the shop. All profits from garden tours, the Orchard Restaurant and Highgrove Shop are donated to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.  Please follow the link to Highgrove Estate if you wish to make a booking to visit the gardens during your stay at Fern Cottage, which is an easy 25 minute drive away, just past Westonbirt Arboretum.
 
While you're this way, try a visit to Tetbury with it's antique shops, cafes and market days.
 
 
 
BANKSY
 
Weston Super Mare has just announced this evening that the "Dismalworld" on the sea front, has just opened with an "alternative" exhibition from Banksy and other well known street artists.
 
Weston super Mare is only 35 minutes drive from us - so well worth a thought-provoking visit!
 
CYCLING
 
The cycle path runs just outside of our house right down to the Bristol to Bath cycle path.  You can either bring your own bikes, or hire them from Webbs of Warmley (about 5 minutes drive from here)
 
LACOCK/CASTLE COMBE
 
Lacock and Castle Combe are two local filming locations - Harry Potter was filmed in the cloisters of Lacock Abbey and Stardust and War Horse were filmed in Castle Combe.  Castle Combe has been used many times as a filming location.  The houses all have very pretty gabled rooftops.  
 
Castle Combe is an easy 25 minute drive from Fern Cottage and Lacock is just another 10 minutes up the road from Castle Combe.
 
WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM/ TETBURY
 
It's just about the right time to make a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum - the trees are in leaf and the flowers are in full bloom.  This time of year everything has the perfect shade of green and the spring scent in the air is delicious.

Visit their website :  www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt   

 

It will only take 25 minutes drive from Fern Cottage and a further 10 minutes to get to Tetbury – it’s such a pretty place with lovely antique shops and coffee shops to while away an afternoon.

THERMAE SPA

 
Why not treat you and your loved one to a weekend away at Fern Cottage, where you can visit Bath sightseeing.  Then when you're done, spend a couple of hours at the Thermae Spa in the hot mineral spa waters relaxing and unwinding.  We sell the Thermae Spa vouchers at 10% discount off their normal door prices. 
 
Eat at one of the local pubs/restaurants we recommend - either traditional pub food, Italian, Indian or Greek.  
 
Then back to Fern Cottage for the home made chocolate cookies in your room made daily.  Spend some time choosing from our unique and extensive Award Winning breakfast.
 
Then after a couple of days, we're sure you're relaxed enough to go back home.  Most of our repeat guests say they need to come back to get the "Fern Cottage fix".  
 
BATH CHRISTMAS MARKETS - Thursday 28th November - Sunday 15th December 2013
 
Thursday 28th November is the start of the Bath Christmas Markets with over 150 stalls next to Bath Abbey.  Many stallholders sell unique or handcrafted items, many of which are made in the local area with something to suit every taste or budget, from gifts, decorations and food items.
 
Make sure you book in early at Fern Cottage as this is a very popular event each year.  The Lansdown Park and Ride also operates during the whole of the Bath Christmas Market event (a lot easier than driving into Bath)
 

BRISTOL HIPPODROME - CATS!

Don't miss the amazing CATS show which is running from Tuesday 15th October to Saturday 26th October.  For more information go to their web site: www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk 

26th and 27th July
 
The Bristol Harbourside Festival is scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday 26th and 27th July, concluding with a spectacular firework display on Saturday 26th July at 10.00 pm behind the Mshed in Bristol.
 
17th February 2013
 

HOLBURNE MUSEUM, BATH

The Holburne Museum sits within its own grounds at the end of Great Pulteney Street with Sydney Gardens behind.  They are open FREE of charge Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday (and Bank Holidays) 11am to 5pm.
There is a charge for our temporary exhibitions.
They are closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January (Please remember that Bank Holidays we open at 11am)

Please Note: Their temporary exhibition galleries are usually closed as we take down and put up new exhibitions. You can see exhibition details by going to their website www.holburne.org 
 

current exhibition:  Folded Beauty

2 February 2013 - 28 April 2013
Folded Beauty: Masterpieces in Linen by Joan Sallas
Free admission
The Holburne will host an exhibition of elaborately folded napkins and linen made by Joan Sallas after Renaissance and Baroque patterns. This will be the first time that such an exhibition has been held in the UK and the first time that Sallas has worked here.
 
Joan Sallas is the world’s leading authority on historic linen folding and a virtuoso folder. Based on meticulous research of court etiquette, he has almost singlehandedly revived the extraordinary art that first appeared in Renaissance Italy but reached its zenith in German speaking lands in the 17th century. Sallas has exhibited across Europe and USA, but never the UK. This will be the first time and a rare opportunity for UK visitors to see this remarkable and spectacular art-form from a highly-skilled and passionate artist.
 
In January 2013 Sallas and his assistant will work on site to create a 1.5m high table fountain flanked by heraldic beasts, a 3m long snake and numerous animals, vegetables and architectural features – all original designs that would have graced the tables of courts and those of high-society across Europe. There will be opportunities for groups to meet the artist and to take part in hands-on have lessons to learn how these magnificent constructions are made.
 
These elaborate and exceptional constructions will be shown in the Holburne’s grand 7.5m long table display in the Ballroom Gallery amongst the Museum’s decorative arts collection. Located in this beautiful space the scale of the linen creations will vividly recreate the drama of the dining experience in the Baroque age and will relate to our sixteenth and seventeenth-century ceramics and silver.
 
12th February 2013
 

Chocolate EXHIBITION AT THE M SHED, BRISTOL

Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Floor 02
 
Did you know the first hollow chocolate Easter egg was made in Bristol 140 years ago (in 1873)?   Explore the history, mystery, magic and science of one of Bristol's (and the nation's) favourite products Chocolate! in this exciting new exhibition. Discover the stories of those who made the confectionery in the city over the past 250 years, find out why it tastes so good and remember the brands from years gone by. Supported by themed events this family-friendly exhibition is a perfect Easter treat and set to be the tastiest exhibition of the year!
 
£5/£4 concession.  Family £10. Children £3 (5-16 yrs), under 5 years Free). 
School and group discounts available.
Special free entry days – Wed 20 Feb, Wed 20 Mar and Wed 17 Apr 2013 (sorry no groups on these days)
 
Thursday 3rd January 2013
 
Here's some ideas to get rid of those Winter blues, spend a few days at Fern Cottage - there's so much to see and do.  
 
We've got so many local attractions by us including lots of National Trust properties, Tyntesfield (25 mins), Lacock (25 mins), Dyrham Park (5 mins), Newark Park (40 mins), Priors Park Bath (20 mins), Clevedon Court (45 mins), Great Chalfield Manor (45 mins).  Although the houses may be closed, the grounds and gardens are usually open and their cafes are also open for afternoon teas.
 
Thermae Spa Bath/Bath Shopping Centre  Spend a morning sightseeing round Bath, and then enjoy a couple of hours in the Thermae Spa Bath - guests staying at Fern Cottage can purchase the Thermae Spa Bath 2 hour tickets from us and receive a 10% discount off the door prices.  
 
The Bristol Hippodrome has some spectacular shows, namely Aladdin, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker Suite, Rocky Horror Show, Oliver and that's just for January!  See www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk
 
The Theatre Royal, Bath is showing Snow White, Agatha Christie's Mousetrap, Sleeping Beauty and 39 Steps.  See www.theatreroyal.org.uk 
 
Westonbirt Arboretum - explore the wonders of Westonbirt and enjoy a winter's walk around the internationally important tree and shrub collection of 16,000 trees which is managed by the Forestry Commission.  
 
Bristol Harbourside/Cabot Circus Shopping Centre.  Or you could spend the day in Bristol at the Harbourside with all it's cafes and enjoy walking along the harbour down to the SS Great Britain and then for a shopping extravaganza, there's the new Cabot Circus Shopping Centre with it's amazing restaurants and shops.
 
There's so much more to see, even at this time of year - and we've got loads of ideas to help you get the best out of your stay.
 
Saturday 15th December .....Bristol Harbourside Christmas Festival of Lights
 
On Saturday 15th December a procession of lit boats will set off from Redcliffe Bridge, pass through Prince St. bridge about 6pm and process down the harbour, perhaps venturing into the Reach and going down Harbour to the Cottage returning back through Prince St Bridge at about 8pm.  Courtesy of Destination Bristol.

There will be up to 15 lit boats and this is reviving an old custom to celebrate Christmas from the water.

 

29 November 2012 ..... Bath Christmas Markets

 

Bath Christmas Markets opened for business last Thursday 22nd November and run until Sunday 9th December.
 
The Lansdown Park and Ride is very convenient to Fern Cottage, taking only 10 minutes to get to.  Park up and a 6 minute bus ride will take you straight into the very centre of Bath.  At this very busy time of year, it's a welcome relief not to have to try and find parking in this One Way City.
  
The last bus out of Bath is at 9.30 pm to coincide with the Christmas Markets (usually the last bus is at 8.30 pm)  It operates on a Sunday while the Christmas Markets are on.  
 
We also recommend our guests use this service at any other time of year.
As well as sightseeing in Bath and Bristol, we can also recommend some very local attractions.  We love being able to recommend them as surprisingly we have quite a few that are very close to Fern Cottage.  Some of them can even be visited on foot, while the others are just a very short car journey away (usually anything from 5 – 15 minutes drive).
 
If you want to pre-plan some of your excursions before your arrival at Fern Cottage, the Tourist Board in Bristol and Bath have some great ideas
 
We also have in our Guests’ Information Packs details of Where to Visit including all the attractions in Bath and Bristol. Guest Information Packs are in all of the guest accommodation rooms.  In the breakfast room we have prepared brochures with leaflets on Visiting Bath, Visiting Bristol, Other Places of Interest and Walking and Cycling, together with books on the Cotswolds and Somerset. 
 
We have details and directions in the Guest Information Packs to get to all the local attractions listed below:
BATH / BRISTOL
Distance 15 mins
WHAT'S ON
In the area