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Friday, December 1, 2017

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Five things to do in December

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:56 AM PST

The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including visiting Theatre Royal Bath for the latest pantomime and booking tickets for The Bath Festival

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We've got one of the finest Christmas markets in the land right here in Bath city centre, open daily until Sunday 10 December. And there's lots more happening in the city besides the main market, including food markets, street theatre and artisan markets. Visit: bathchristmasmarket.co.uk

Book

Bath's multi-arts festival programme for 2018 is beginning to be unveiled, promising more events over a longer period of time, as next year's festival will run from 11 to 27 May. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Bath Festivals there will be more than 160 events, celebrating music, literature and the arts. The first tickets have gone on sale for the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and for singer Ben Folds – the first two concerts to be revealed by festival organisers. More will follow, so watch this space and meanwhile, concert tickets make good Christmas presents . . .

Celebrate

In the crush and bustle of the run-up to Christmas it's easy to forget the joy that we used to have as children. Take time for yourself, if you can, to rekindle that Christmas spirit. Bath Abbey is hosting its annual shoppers carols session on Saturday 2 December and Saturday 9 December, with informal 20-minute long services and singing at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. All are welcome, no reserved seating or tickets required. Or, if you've a head for heights climb to the top of Bath Abbey's tower (not for the faint-hearted as it's 212 steps) on one of the regular tower tours throughout the Bath Christmas Market. The tower tours take place every 45 minutes, until Saturday 9 December and excluding Sundays, Monday to Thursday 1.30pm to 6pm and noon to 7.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: £6, children £3. There's a rewarding hot chocolate or mulled wine on arrival at the top and a wonderful view over the busy city streets below.

Party

Inspired by the magic of The Night Circus novel are a series of five very special party nights being run through December by renowned events organisers Festival in a Box at Walcot House, the newest gathering space to open in Bath. There'll be a three course banquet, festive themed cocktails, music and live entertainment throughout. Find out how to get tickets, visit: facebook.com/FestivalinaBox presents or tel: 01225 740610.

Support

Watching the telly's all very well but the long holiday period is a great time to get out and enjoy some live culture. Generations of Bathonians have enjoyed – and continue to enjoy – the traditional pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bath. This year it's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Jon Monie and Nick Wilton, bringing their own brand of silliness and fun. The panto runs until Sunday 7 January.

Or perhaps you'd prefer a very fresh take on the Little Mermaid story, which runs at the egg theatre from Thursday 7 December until Sunday 14 January. Our heroine is a scruffy mermaid with a brave spirit and the niggling sense that she doesn't belong. This is an imaginative, original tale of a tail which will keep all the family absorbed.

Main image: Handmade baubles from The Foodie Bugle in Abbey Green

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Fashion Museum Bath reveals Dress of the Year 2017

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:07 AM PST

The Fashion Museum Bath has announced its Dress of the Year 2017.

Chosen by Sarah Bailey of Red Magazine, the selection is an ensemble from Dior's spring/summer 2017 collection that showcases the white cotton 'We Should All Be Feminists' print T-shirt.

The T-shirt is worn with a black wool jacket and black tulle skirt with black knitted underwear.

Throughout 2017 the T-shirt and its powerful slogan has been worn by a host of actors and recording artists including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Natalie Portman, Demi Lovato and A$AP Rocky.

Sarah Bailey, Hearst Lifestyle Group Editorial Director, said: "I was very inspired by the appointment of Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior. She is the first female Creative Director in the history of the house and I admired the vigour with which she immediately started challenging the conversation around women, creativity and the gendering of genius. Her social media campaign (before we even saw any of her designs) #TheWomenBehindMyDress – hero-ing the petits mains in the Dior atelier – was brilliant, moving and completely on point.

"When I saw her first collection come down the runway it was – again – utterly uncompromising in its message. I loved the resolute strength of the models in their logo T-shirts emblazoned with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's call to arms 'We Should All Be Feminists'. All this and a beautiful interpretation of the Dior Bar jacket, a garment designed to take the modern woman of purpose anywhere."

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director at Dior, said: "I am very honoured that you [Sarah Bailey] chose my Dior look for the Fashion Museum. My first collection is a synthesis of what Dior once was and what it is today. It's a starting point: to communicate with today's woman and to imagine the woman of tomorrow. I wanted to send a message to young women who consider Dior a symbol of femininity: this is their Dior, created with them, their energy and their desire to conquer the world, in mind."

The Dress of the Year Collection at the Fashion Museum began in 1963, when the museum was founded as the Museum of Costume. Since then, a leading commentator and expert on fashion has been invited each year to select an ensemble, or ensembles, from those shown by the world's designers during international fashion weeks.

The Dress of the Year 2017 will be on display at the Fashion Museum from 1 December 2017 to 1 January 2019. It will be the 100th object in the Museum's A History of Fashion in 100 Objects exhibition.

Visit: fashionmuseum.co.uk

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First phase of events announced for The Bath Festival 2018

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 04:19 AM PST

Seventeen events have been announced for The Bath Festival, which takes place from 11 to 27 May 2018.

Next year also marks the 70th anniversary of the first ever festival put on by Bath Festivals.

Early release literature events include: Rose Tremain, Adam Kay, Maggie O'Farrell, Roddy Doyle and John Julius Norwich.

And music events include: Ben Folds & A Piano, Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt playing the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside, Stephen Hough, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The 2018 festival will be extended from 10 to 17 days, with more than 160 imaginative and innovative events taking place, and it will be made highly visible with an increased number of staged, outdoor events for all to enjoy.

The middle weekend (19 – 20 May) will be one of community engagement with collaborative events with partners, schools, venues and organisations across the city.

And Bath's biggest celebration of free entertainment, known as Party in the City, will continue to expand and will take place on Friday 18 May.

To see the programme and to find out more, visit: bathfestivals.org.uk/the-bath-festival

Main image: Lars Vogt, credit: Giorgia Bertazzi

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Abbott Lyon Competition

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 03:04 AM PST

To celebrate the recent opening of Abbott Lyon’s first store in Bath, The Bath Magazine is offering readers a chance to win a watch and matching bangle of their choice.

To enter, simply email your name and contact details to: competition@thebathmagazine.co.uk with the subject line “Abbott Lyon” by Monday 11 December.

Abbott Lyon is a unique boutique dedicated to trend-driven watches and jewellery for the stylish man or woman. The store, located at 25 Milsom Street, is offering a lucky reader the chance to win a free watch and matching bangle, up to the maximum value of £150.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Prize is for one person to have a watch and matching bangle of their choice (subject to stock).
  • To the maximum value of £150.
  • Only applicable at Abbott Lyon, 25 Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DG.
  • Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • By entering yourself into the competition, you are agreeing to share your email address with Abbott Lyon and receive their newsletters.

Abbott Lyon have collaborated in store with local interior favourites Brissi to create a relaxed and welcoming store that epitomises the stylish Abbott Lyon lifestyle.

It prides itself on creating premium yet affordable timepieces with complementary jewellery that are trend-focused, where the classic can meet the modern.

Competition closes on 11th December.

Visit: abbottlyon.com

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Community Matters at The Royal High Junior School

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 02:10 AM PST

The Royal High Junior School have been taking their learning into the outdoors this week and placing community at the heart of their work.

Under the direction of Key Stage 2 teacher Ms Emma Appleby (Head of Outdoor Learning and Discovery) a group of enthusiastic girls collected apples and blackberries from their extensive grounds at Cranwell House, Weston and approached Waitrose to support their jelly-making idea, by donating sugar for the appeal. Forming part of the Bath store's Community Matters Scheme, the Royal High Junior girls have already raised £174 for The West of England Falconry based in Newton St Loe.

Head of the Royal High Junior School Heidi Hughes said 'it was a hive of activity as pupils measured, prepared and made many jars of jellies. The smells wafting around the school were wonderful!'The ISI inspection in 2016 drew attention to The Royal High's outstanding education where pupils make a full contribution to an exceptional school community and this was exemplified when the jelly making diversified to chutney after a home-grown giant marrow was brought in by Ms Appleby! The busy food technology rooms saw the year 3's design labels on lap tops and create fabric tops from school dress material!

The Junior girls have already sold the products within their school community and at The Widcombe Deli. They were proud to present Waitrose Bath Community Matters champion Sharon, with a sample of Hedgerow Jelly for the store's staff room!  To support Royal High Junior School’s valuable cause raising funds for local birds please participate in the green token charity appeal currently running in the Waitrose Bath store.

Visit: royalhighbath.gdst.net

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Royal High School Girls reach British Biathlon National Championships

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 01:58 AM PST

Three girls from the Royal High School Bath competed in the high-profile Pentathlon GB's Modern British Biathlon Championships at Solihull on Saturday 25th November.

Emily Jones and Sophie Jones in year 6 and Lottie Silverton in year 7 at the school completed a 50m swim and an 800m run in a competitive field which showcased the high level of young talent currently engaged in biathlon in the UK.

The girls competed with real determination in tough races. Lottie finished 49th overall, Emily made it to 26th place and Sophie Jones came an impressive 8th. Junior School PE co-ordinator Mrs Zoe Banks said 'we are incredibly proud of the girls who have qualified for the National Championships in March at Crystal Palace as well as gaining an impressive Silver medal as a team'.

Visit: royalhighbath.gdst.net

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Open me on 15th December

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:39 AM PST

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Ollie Quinn Competition

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:11 AM PST

Glocal eyewear brand, Ollie Quinn, affectionately known as OQ, recently opened its doors to a new boutique in Bath on Thursday 21st September 2017.

To celebrate the recent opening of Ollie Quinn eye wear boutique, The Bath Magazine is offering readers a chance to win a free eye test and pair of frames.

To enter, simply email your name and contact details to: competition@thebathmagazine.co.uk with the subject line “Ollie Quinn” by Monday 11 December.

The Bath boutique, located at 14 New Bond Street is offering a lucky reader the chance to win a free eye test (usually £20) AND pair of frames – sunglasses or optical (usually £98).

Terms & Conditions:

  • Prize is for one person to have a free eye test and select a pair of frames.
  • The winner will have one month to book their eye test & select their frames.
  • Only applicable at Ollie Quinn, 14 New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BE.
  • Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • By entering yourself into the competition, you are agreeing to share your email address with Ollie Quinn and receive their newsletters.

Ollie Quinn is an independent eyewear company that maintains fair prices while using the best-quality materials. How? OQ designs all frames in-house and sells only in its own boutiques, offering one £98 price point for all frames, including single vision prescription lenses for eyeglasses and polarised lenses for sunglasses.

By side-stepping traditional optical sales methods, cutting prescription lenses locally, and working directly with manufacturers, OQ removes the need for intermediaries and markups, providing premium, creatively designed frames at one affordable price.

The OQ team worked with local architecture firm Here There Architecture to create a welcoming space that reflects the historically rich neighbourhood, featuring Victorian tiles and lavish timber floors, alongside brushed brass, birch plywood and an emphasis on clean white lines. The Bath boutique has been designed by creative duo Jordana Lyden-Swift and Nikki McFarland.“The new boutique is bright, with the natural textures and plants designed to give a calming respite while you choose your glasses or wait for an optometrist appointment." said Jordana, Partner and Architectural Designer, Here There Architecture.

The newly opened Bath boutique at 14 New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BE, includes a certified in-store optometrist, who will provide full eye exams so customers have a one-stop shop to find the perfect eyewear for a price that won't hurt the wallet.

OQ's operational model is defined as Glocal — that is, “Think Global and Act Local. With founders from Canada, Australia and South Africa, and boutiques located across Canada and the United Kingdom, OQ aims to source the best materials and talent around the globe while retaining local roots through regional suppliers and community input.

Competition closes on 11 December.

Introducing the Steel Collection

Ollie Quinn have now launched the Steel Collection. With seven new frames added to the Ollie Quinn family, be sure to check it out for yourself. A mixture of classic aviators, double bridges, throwbacks to the seventies & sixties and minimalism. Check out Ryzner, Marco, Sidney, Yusuf, Elizon, Relle and Jaz.

 

Visit olliequinn.co.uk

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Royal High School’s artistic collaboration with local watercolour artist

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:01 AM PST

Last week, the Gifted and Talented artists in Years 3 to 6 at the Royal High School Bath enjoyed an inspiring workshop with local artist, Rod Craig. Held in the specialist art room at the Junior School site at Cranwell House in Weston, the girls benefitted from Mr Craig's expert tuition.

Rod Craig is a local watercolour artist whose passion is to capture the energy and drama of a landscape, often using music and memories for his inspiration. Exhibiting locally at the Imagianation Gallery in Bath, Rod delivered a workshop inspiring the Royal High's young artists to create watercolour pieces using a limited pallet. Rod taught the girls some techniques to create the affects of different weathers or rushing water, which was a unique opportunity for experimentation into the land of watercolour.

This collaborative project for the Royal High Junior School is an example of the school's unique creative curriculum which has been recognised in its nomination for the Times Educational Supplement's Independent School of the Year awards 2017.

An opening evening for parents, girls and governors of the school was held in the Imagination Gallery where the beautiful paintings from the girls were framed and exhibited amongst Mr Craig's own paintings. Organiser of the event, year 3 teacher, Emma Appleby said, "the girls will cherish this experience forever".

Visit: royalhighbath.gdst.net

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