Looking for an exciting local destination with a captivating events schedule? Look no further. From March 2nd to 11th, 2012 Bath will host The Independent Bath Literature Festival. The city is easy to get to, has a vast selection of hotels, restaurants and nightlife hotspots, as well as the added luxury of the UK’s only natural thermal water spa.
The festival’s jam-packed programme promises something for everyone. Visitors will have the chance to attend talks and innovative workshops like writers’ surgeries at venues throughout the ancient Roman city in South West England.
Some big names will be gracing the festival with their presence in 2012. Tickets are still available to see Tony Parsons discuss his works and current post as Writer in Residence at Heathrow. Fellow author Ian Kershaw will be delivering a talk on his study of the last months of the Second World War in Germany. The discussion promises to be a chilling one.
Following on from last year’s Arab Spring events, one of Bath Literary Festivals highlights is set to be a talk given by Hisham Matar, the focus of which is the beginnings of life lived under Gaddafi. Matar’s novel, The Country of Men, has been announced as this year’s Big Bath Read.
Talks by ex-MI5 officer Stella Rimington and Claire Tomalin have already sold out, however there are plenty more exciting events on the schedule, some of which are free to attend. You can browse the comprehensive listings on the festival’s official website.
Bath is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. While there, it’s well worth exploring the sights. An absolute must is to visit the Roman Baths, a world heritage site, where you can walk where Romans walked 2,000 years ago. While the complex no longer serves as a public baths, you can still taste the unique mineral water at the Pump Room restaurant.
Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge are all major attractions that impress any visitor to the city. Literature lovers will enjoy the dedicated Jane Austen Centre.
For those looking to relax and rejuvenate after a busy few days at the festival, check into one of the city’s numerous modern spas. Thermae Spa clients can bathe in natural spring waters while gazing across the city.
AA Rosette-winning restaurants aren’t hard to come by in Bath. Try the fabulous Dower House Restaurant offering modern British fare inspired by Far East and Mediterranean cuisine. Olive Tree Restaurant is another local favourite with a hearty menu of locally sourced foods.
For less formal dining, give Rajpoot a go. Not only does it serve fine Indian food, it’s also a treat to the eyes. A great family-friendly dining establishment is the Hall & Woodhouse, also known for its beautiful design.
If the weather’s nice, you might find some of Bath’s alfresco terraces are open for business.
There are many luxury and mid-range hotels in Bath. As a treat, check yourself into the modern Hilton hotel Bath with a great restaurant and views across the River Avon. Alternatively, a lovely small scale guesthouse is Oldfields.
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