Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Festive Fun

It's that time of year again already! The time when everybody starts to panic (especially me) about christmas shopping and if I'll have time to do everything and get everything that I need. Luckily, something that helps with this is the Bath Christmas Market, which comes around annually for a few weeks. There are pros and cons to this though, as with everything, especially if you live and/or work in the city. I've put together this blog post to show you around the market as well as the city.

I personally love the Christmas market mainly because I know that it's almost time for Christmas and it always gets me in rthe festuve spirit. I love walking around it when the sun has set and all the lights have been turned on as it makes it that bit more special. I also love that the market comes with a variety of stalls from food, to arts and crafts, gifts and more.

The only thing, however, that I don't like about it, is the amount of people that come to see the markets. Don't get me wrong, tourism is great for the city, but for me, it stresses me out and I can't deal well with too many people in a confined space as it makes me feel really chlostrophoic. If you were to visit the markets, the best time to come is on a weekday, possibly in the middle of the week. Definitely avoid the weekend if you can because Bath gets absolutely filled with people, and even the shortcuts that you try to use to escape all of the people, will be filled with people, making it very hard for me to get to work at the weekend. 

On a free morning after finishing work, Sarah and I met up to exchange Christmas gifts, have a catch up at our local coffee shop (which is fantastic by the way!) and to have a wander around the market. It's taken me too long this year to get round to having a wander around as I've just been so busy with work - like I said above, I've battled through to try and get to work through shortcuts around the city, but it hasn't entirely worked well. It's not often that I get to see Sarah, as we don't live together anymore. For any of you that don't know, Sarah and I first met on a new years eve in St Ives about 5 years ago. Fast forward a few years and who knew that we would be going to university together and spending two out of three years living together! Also, I'm going to be Maid of Honour at her wedding - excited much!

This spot right here is one of my favourite places in the city, right next to Sally Lunn's (and not many tourists know about it either!) I don't know why, I think I just feel like it brings me peace and serenity from the city, even just for a little while. Plus, how pretty does it look?! I love the georgian townhouses in Bath - they're just so pretty and grand, and the colour of them just makes me feel all warm inside. I'd love to be able to live in one, one day but for now, I'll just daydream.

At the moment, with it being the season to be jolly, there is an outdoor bar just up from Sally Lunn's called the Apr├Ęs Ski Bar and on the end of it is a giant snowglobe that you can stand behind to have your photo taken in. It's so cool! I haven't actually managed to go into the bar yet, but looking at it from the outside, it looks cosy and warm. 


 Once you've been to the market, you obviously should visit the rest of the city. There's always something new to be discovered and always something to do! There's also street performers who hang around the city, surprising the crowd with their talents.
Are you in the festive spirit yet?

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