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How to beat the January blues with a winter visit to Bath

Let’s not lie, few people like this time of year. Once the warm festive fuzz of Christmas and New Year has fully worn off and the reality of another two months of winter kicks in, most people struggle to maintain their usual joie de vivre. So, why not treat yourself to a winter visit to Bath to beat the January blues.

We think January is a time to nurture yourself, to indulge in some luxuries that will nourish your body and soul – and leave you feeling a million dollars. With so many things to do to brighten up a grey cold day, Bath is a perfect winter break destination.

Our beautiful self catering holiday homes in Bath, all within an easy stroll of the historic centre provide a perfect base from which to explore the city and all it has to offer before returning to cosy up on the sofa at the end of the day. Get in touch or check out our special offers page to find out about any deals and discounts you can benefit from when booking your Bath accommodation direct with Panda Sanctuaries.

Here is our pick of the best ways to get that warm fuzzy feeling during your winter visit to Bath:

Thermae Spa Bath

Bathe like a Roman in the mineral rich geothermal waters at the award-winning Thermae Spa Bath. Using the water from the natural hot springs, this spa complex in the heart of the city is a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon, wandering between the rooftop pool, with its amazing views, the indoor Minerva Bath and the Wellness Suite with its steam rooms, infrared room and ice chamber. With more than 40 spa treatments to choose from there is something to please every visitor. It is the perfect antidote to the cold weather during a winter break in Bath.

*The Thermae Spa Bath is currently closed for maintenance but reopens on Wednesday, 24th January.

Warm yourself in natural hot spring water during a winter visit to Bath.
Enjoy the waters of the natural hot springs during a winter visit to Bath.

Afternoon tea

There is nothing quite so quintessentially English and quaint – and spoiling – than a proper afternoon tea. And few places do it better than the Royal Crescent Hotel. Guests are treated to a selection of delicious sandwiches, followed by freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam served alongside a range of beautiful dainty pastries and cakes. The mouth-watering treats are accompanied by a choice of Ronnefeldt teas but you could choose to add some sparkle with a flute of Taittinger Champagne. It is hard to think of a more pleasant way to idle away a couple of hours during a winter visit to Bath.

Pass a happy few hours over afternoon tea during your winter visit to Bath.
Afternoon tea is a wonderful way to indulge during a winter visit to Bath.

Sip a cocktail in style

Bath has no shortage of great cocktail bars – as we’ve previously highlighted – but this newcomer is worth a visit for the elegant setting as much as the drinks. Bar 15 at No. 15 Great Pulteney Street is one of the latest additions to Bath’s colourful hotel scene and offers a cool combination of traditional opulence with contemporary chic all housed within a beautiful Georgian townhouse. The bar itself serves everything from expertly mixed classics to more creative tipples. A great place to warm up after some chilly winter sightseeing.

Cocktails can be truly spoiling way to cheer up a cold winter evening.
End the day with an opulent cocktail during a winter visit to Bath.


There is no better way to raise your spirits on a damp dark winter evening than a trip to the theatre, whether to see a play, comedy or other form of live show. Happily in Bath there is plenty of choose from. The Theatre Royal Bath stages a wide range of touring West End shows in its main playhouse and more experimental or new material in its Ustinov Studio. While other smaller theatres such as the Mission Theatre and Chapel Arts Theatre host a varied programme of comedy, theatre and music while Komedia offers a heady mix of cabaret, comedy, music and film.

If you plan to stay in one of our Bath rental properties and would like help booking any of the activities above, just let us know as our team is always on hand to help.

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