December 7 2014

festive fun!

Mini Christmas Market on Kingsmead Square, Saturday 13 December: a seasonal celebration of all things local and lovely, including food, arts and crafts stalls local food, live music and full-on festive treats courtesy of the square’s much-loved cafes and bars. Do it, Piggies!

Bath Artisan Market at Green Park Station, Sunday 14 December: live Christmas music and spiffing street food to nibble while supposedly filling those Christmas stockings…

Festive Entertaining Cookery Class at Lucknam Park, Wednesday 17 December: learn the secrets behind making perfect mince pies, proper mulled wine, traditional glazed ham, real Christmas pudding, planning a bountiful buffet and exactly how roast turkey with all the trimmings should turn out.

Make the most of winter by skiing between the ArtBar’s fabulous Apres Ski bar at the Abbey Hotel (the original , and still the best!); the glamorous Bath On Ice lounge in Royal Victoria Park (wood fired pizzas, cakes courtesy of the Bath Cake Company and a fully licensed bar) and The Porter’s chic, wood-clad Alpine Lodge, featuring an incredible selection of 50 – yes, 50! – mulled wines and ciders.

Check out the cutesy chocolate penguins and robins that double-up as posh baubles AND stocking fillers from Best of British Deli. Parcelled up around the tree: Mozart Black dark chocolate liqueur made from 87% pure cocoa macerate against a heavenly backdrop of vanilla and caramel from Independent Spirit. Ordered for faraway friends: beautifully-packaged hampers from Heavenly Hedgerows: prices start at just £10.99 for the foraged produce taster set while even the full-on gift box including sloe gin and bramble vodka is just £50, inclusive of postage and packing.

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