It’s been a wonderful past month here at Villa Magdala with all things foodie and wonderful happening throughout October due to the Great Bath Feast. We enjoyed serving our award winning breakfast as part of the Great Bath Breakfast, and if you didn’t catch any of the events this time year we would highly recommend going next year and teaming it up with a stay with us of course!
Christmas is only around the corner, and although people don’t usually like to talk about anything Christmassy until December 1st, we would love to just express how lovely Bath is during the run up to Christmas. Although Bath is a fantastic place for Christmas shopping it just has this magical air around the tiny cobbled streets, nooks and crannies of the streets and surrounding the stunning architecture.
The infamous Bath Christmas Market fills the main square with lights and gift offerings next to the Abbey which sits near the Fudge shop which will be handing out their handmade mulled wine late every thursday complimentary. The smells from the Pretzel, cheese and gingerbread house sellers just bring smiles to everyone’s faces. We still have a few rooms available over the christmas market period from Thursday 28th November – Sunday 15th December 2013. As it’s one of the most popular times to visit Bath we expect these will be filled very soon, so if you would like to visit do head over and book now.
Our Favourite Shopping spots this year would have to be Grasse, December 25th and Charlotte Brunswick. Grasse on 3 Argyle St features very very special homeware pieces with all sorts to please anyone who loves that shabby chic style, we particularly love their rustic gorgeous candleabras and candles from Neom. December 25th offers a treasure trove of lovely christmas decorations in every colour, every size, every kind of glitter- you name it; If you need Christmas decorations and trinkets this is the place to get it! Charlotte Brunswick is a new addition to the Bath shopping scene and in our opinion, a very welcome one because who doesn’t love chocolate? Great little independent chocolate shop for tasting and buying those essential handmade chocolate for your hampers and stockings this year.
If you’re sightseeing this winter, make sure you take the most comfortable tour in bath! Mad Max Tours have been running for over 20 years on their comfy mini buses around the sights of stonehenge, Lacock Village (Harry Potter film sights), Castle Combe and Avebury- during the winter these villages really come to life with christmas decorations and the pub lunch is always the most coziest at this time of year! Mad Max Tours are also giving you a chance to reimburse a price of your ticket this winter too- if you tweet in a creative photo on the tour to @MadMaxTours #MadMaxTourPhoto, great fun!
Looking for a cosy place to catch a bite to eat before the theatre or after browsing the Christmas Market? We’d recommend going for a drink at the Porter Bar and Lounge on George Street then walking up to the Marlborough Tavern , who after many staff christmas meals here, never fail to lack the christmas spirit!
Last but not least make sure you enter our Facebook Competition for a chance to win a free two night stay at the B&B, complete with our usual additions- Breakfast, Bucks Fizz and Free Parking! Enter here now.
The Villa Magdala Team xx