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Ever fancied trying your hand at glass blowing? Set in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter, Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass runs workshops where you can learn the basics of glassblowing from a professional glassblower and even produce your own exquisite glass paperweight for £85 (Saturday mornings only). Offering a demonstration Monday-Saturday at only £4.50, this workshop is a steal. You can then have a go yourself and blow your own bauble for an extra £12.50.
Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass, 105-107 Walcot Street, Bath, England, 01225 319606
Beautiful handcrafted bookcases hold over 45,000 titles, including signed first editions, in this independent bookstore. Topping & Company Booksellers always have a pot of coffee on the go and bibliophiles are welcome to wile away their afternoon browsing the collection. Passionate booksellers are always on hand if you’re after something particular, and events are held regularly.
Topping & Company Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath, England, 01225 428111
Handmade wooden gifts are the specialty of this family-run store on Bath’s Abbey Green. Timber Treasures is the perfect place for finding a beautiful keepsake to take home after your weekend away in Bath. From oak barometers to hang on the wall to quirky cheese boards with wooden mice, there’s something to suit all tastes.
Timber Treasures, 5 Abbey Green, Bath, England, 01179 770592
With artisan coffees and glamorous cocktails in an elegant Georgian townhouse setting, Artbar won’t fail to impress. With over 64 gin and tonic combinations, skillfully crafted by expert mixologist Andrew Fisher and his team, knowing what to order takes a little bit of time. Whatever you choose, though, you won’t regret it.
Artbar, Abbey Hotel North Parade, Bath, England, 01225 461603
This beautiful boutique gem is right in the center of the action, but benefits from being tucked down a quiet side street. Harington’s City Hotel was lovingly restored by its owners and features 13 uniquely designed bedrooms which are all equally gorgeous. Don’t miss an evening with some bubbly the hotel’s hot tub while you’re there.
Harington’s City Hotel, Queen St, Bath, England, 01225 461728