It was surely a blast to celebrating the coming of 2012 but do you know what is coming up next? Well, it is Valentine’s Day. A day where lovers go all out on sharing their love with their partner and where families also go all out in giving love to one another.
Of course, never forget that love is not only made for Valentines. Just, a reminder to us all, Valentine’s Day should be everyday, and I am pretty sure all of us agree to that. Well anyway, if you do not know what to do this coming Valentines well, here are tips.
Not forgetting, of course, the joys of the famous Thermae Bath Spa where romantics can bathe in the natural spring water and look out over the city from a warm roof top pool.
Plus there are stunning places for proposals from hiring a Hot Air Balloon to walking the 200 steps to the top of Bath Abbey.
Legendary writer Jane Austen is one of Bath’s most famous residents and author Lauren Henderson has written ‘Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating’ based on the heroes and heroines of Austen’s novels including Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Sense of Sensibility.
The rules include ‘don’t make snap judgements’, ‘be prepared to wait for the right person to come along’ and ‘have faith in your own instincts’.
And that’s not all as you can see where Jane lived in the city and visit locations in Bath used in some of the period television dramas which brought her work to life for a new generation.
Plus Bath was the place where the Forever Friends bear was launched – designed by artist Deborah Jones and released as a greeting card by Andrew Brownsword.
We’ve picked out 10 romantic things to do in Bath whether it’s to start a new relationship, celebrate an existing one or to start a new chapter with a proposal.
1. Royal Crescent Hotel– promises a Valentine’s Retreat for February 14 2012 or a Valentine’s Ultimate Indulgence Package.
For the first prices start at £380 and include a double room, full English breakfast, five course Gourmet dinner, box of chocolates on arrival and use of The Bath House Spa meanwhile the second comes in at £1150 and features a master suite, five course Gourmet dinner, bottle of Laurent Perrier Pink Champagne, bouquet of red roses on arrival, Champagne afternoon tea for two, full body massage in the couples’ treatment room plus access to the Bath House Spa.
Royal Crescent Hotel, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS T: 01225 823333
2. Thermae Bath Spa – something a little different; a two hour or four hour spa session in the historic Baths. Both include use of the Minerva Bath, four aromatic steam rooms with essences such as Frankincense, lavender or eucalyptus mint, open-air rooftop pool plus the Springs Restaurant. In addition there are more than 50 different spa treatments available to purchase. A two hour spa session is £25 and four hours £35.
Thermae Bath Spa, Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ T: 0844 888 0844
3. Prior Park Landscape Garden – described as an ‘unforgettable place to propose’ by some. It features a Palladian Bridge – one of only four of this design in the world. Created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen with advice from Capability Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. This National Trust garden is reached by foot or bus.
Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH T: 01225 833422.
4. The Pump Rooms – it remains a genteel meeting place for visitors with traditional afternoon tea served to the accompaniment of the Pump Room trip. Mentioned in several Jane Austen novels, the Pump Room is next to the Roman Baths. It is where people gathered to taste the waters and visitors still can try the Spa water which contains 43 different minerals. Whereas one cup is enough these days – in Georgian times people could be recommended to drink more than two litres!
The Pump Rooms, Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ, T: 01225 444477
5. Bath Abbey – survey the city from the top of the Abbey tower and another suggested place for that important proposal but be warned you’ll need to climb 200 steps to get there! Tower tours are organised by the Abbey.
Bath Abbey, 12 Kingston Buildings, Bath, BA1 1LT T: 01225 422462
6. Peto Gardens – a little way outside of Bath but not too far is Iford Manor which boasts grade 1 Italianate garden famous for its tranquillity and designed by architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto who lived there from 1899 to 1933. Described as a romantic hillside garden, it is characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and incredible views.
Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, BA15 2BA T: 01225 863146
7. Walking Tour – there’s nothing better than strolling hand in hand with a loved one and this is a free way to discover Bath on foot. The service is provided by the Mayor’s Honorary Guides daily Sunday to Friday at 10.30am to 2pm and 10.30am on Saturday. Meet outside the Abbey Churchyard entrance to the Pump Room. Tours last approximately two hours.
8. Minerva Chocolates – mmmm what a perfect way to celebrate the day by discovering chocolate created in Bath by Belgian Master Chocolatiers Phillippe Wall and Thierry Spierkel. They also run chocolate workshops as well as selling Champagne produced by Thierry’s family vineyard.
Minerva Chocolates, 15 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1NA T: 01225 464999
9. Café du Globe – you may not be able to take your loved one around the world but here you can find a piece of Morocco. Be transported to Morocco with handmade paintings, carvings and chairs featuring Berber script.
Café du Globe, 1A North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF T: 01225 466437
10. Fashion Museum – a stunning display of wedding dresses has just ended but coming on February 4 is Glamour featuring evening wear fashion over the last century. It’s bound to give inspiration before hitting the shops in the city.
Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH T: 01225 477173
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