A specially curated guide to the next 48 hours (or more) in Bath
FOOTBALL | CUMMON ENGLAND!
Image courtesy of Ludo
Watch Spain vs England FIFA Women’s World Cup at Ludo
They think it’s all over… it will be!
Head down to Ludo Sports Bar & Kitchen on Sunday to sing Sweet Caroline countless times and enjoy history being made this Sunday when the Lionesses go head-to-head with La Roja [The Reds] of Spain in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final!
England haven’t been in a World Cup Final since 1966, so Sunday’s game will enthral generations for many years to come.
Ludo will be opening an hour earlier at 10am to allow for Kick-Off. They recommend that you book online to secure your space, whilst availability lasts, at ludobath.co.uk.
Other great venues in Bath to watch the match are The Locksbrook Inn, The Boater, The Bath Brew House and The Moorfields.
Not a fan? Then escape the noise and head out for great Sunday lunches at The Marlborough, The Hare and Hounds, or Café Lucca for an excellent brunch.
THE AUGUST ISSUE IS OUT NOW!
Featuring articles on the best of Bath's creative arts, all the things to do and see this month, and great writing about the culture and history of the city, our August issue has something for everyone. Enjoy!
Every month we deliver 15,000 copies door to door, but if you don't get a copy at home then you can pick up a copy at many places around town and from our floor stands at: Waitrose, Sainsbury [Green Park], M&S Foods in Twerton, Tesco in Weston Village, and at The Holburne Museum.
And if you would like to have a copy sent in the post every month, then we offer a postal subscription for just £33 for 12 issues, £18 for six issues or buy a copy for just £4.25. UK mainland prices. For Euro and World zone subscription prices – see our website.
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It's sweetcorn season! Make the most of it while it lasts...
Sweetcorn Chowder (serves 4)
Gently sauté 1 small onion (peeled and chopped) in a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat until translucent. Add 300g new potatoes (chopped/halved if large) and 2 large carrots (peeled and sliced) and continue to sauté for around 6-8 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots have softened without browning. Add 1L vegetable stock and bring to the boil before turning the heat down and simmering for around 15 minutes or until the potatoes yield to the prod of a fork. Add 200ml whole milk and 500g fresh sweetcorn kernels (from 4-6 cobs, depending on the size of the cob) and simmer for a further 3-5 minutes. Season to taste and either serve the Chowder chunky or blitz with a hand blender to your preferred consistency. Divide the Chowder between 4 warm bowls, scatter with freshly-chopped chives and serve with crusty bread on the side (sourdough works well here).
Mexican Sweetcorn Salad (serves 4)
Blanch the kernels from 4 cobs of fresh sweetcorn in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Set to one side. Tumble 1 small red onion (peeled and chopped), 1 red pepper (deseeded and chopped), ½ cucumber (diced) and 2 sticks of celery (sliced) together in a large bowl. Add 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed), 1 tsp dried cumin, the juice of 2 limes and a pinch of salt and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Add the sweetcorn kernels, 2 tbsp pickled jalapeños (from a jar), 4-5 tbsp soured cream and a generous handful of freshly-chopped coriander, stir well to combine and top with 150g crumbled feta cheese and extra coriander. Serve with salsa, guacamole and flatbreads.
Baked sweetcorn fritters (makes 8 fritters)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Heat around 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil in a small pan and fry 1 peeled, finely-chopped red onion with 1 deseeded, chopped red pepper for around 5 minutes or until tender, adding 350g sweetcorn kernels (from 3-4 cobs, depending on the size of the cob) for the last 1-2 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and, in a large bowl, combine 100g self-raising flour with 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp ground coriander. Add the onion/pepper/sweetcorn combo and 2 large, beaten eggs and mix well to form a chunky batter. Spoon 8 equal mounds of the batter onto the baking tray, flatten each mound slightly with the back of the spoon and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Serve topped with poached eggs and a sprinkling of fresh chives for a lazy brunch.
Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup (serves 4; easily adapted to vegetarian)
Bring 1l chicken stock to the boil in a large pan. Add 350g fresh sweetcorn kernels (from 3-4 cobs, depending on the size of the cob), 200g cooked, skinless, shredded chicken and a small knob of fresh ginger (grated) and simmer gently for 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Mix 1 tbsp cornflour with 2 tbsp cold water to form a paste and add to the pan along with 6 peeled, sliced spring onions. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes (or until thickened), season to taste with salt and plenty of white pepper and remove the pan from the heat. Pour one large beaten egg over the hot soup and stir very lightly with a fork to distribute the egg strands. Serve immediately, topped with a sprinkle of freshly-chopped coriander and dashes of soy sauce. To make a vegetarian version, use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and replace the chicken with 200g assorted sliced mushrooms (eg. button, shitake and oyster).
WEEKEND WINE | SWEET TREATS
Indulge in Dessert Wines
Fancy something sweet? Then check out The Great Wine Co.'s selection of tasty and intriguing dessert wines to accompany your post-dinner treat, or just if you want a glass of something extra-special.
Dessert wines are generally high in both natural sugars and alcohol content, but can encompass a vast range of flavours, notes, and aromas. We've chosen a range of bottles, produced everywhere from Hungary to South Africa, to show you the breadth of different dessert wine experiences on offer.
Late Harvest Tokaji Katinka - Patricius Our first pick is a light golden, medium-bodied Hungarian wine, reflecting its 12 months in barriques with appealing vanilla and caramel notes. Lightly sweet, showing dried orange, tobacco and white chocolate on a lightly spicy background. | £12
Vin De Hel Dessert Muscat - Thelema Mountain Vineyards Next up is a South African dessert wine with very typical Muscat characters on the nose. The wine shows upfront aromas of pineapple, citrus, apricots, a touch of honey and subtle floral notes | £15.95
I Capitelli IGT - Anselmi This Italian tipple is a deep, golden yellow with hints of amber. Stunningly rich and complex, packed with apricot, honey and pear aromas. Richly textured and full bodied, packed with juicy apricots, honeycomb and fresh pear characteristics, this is smooth, subtle and velvety | £29.50
Riesling Icewine Gift Pack - Peller Family Estates Looking to celebrate? This Canadian Riesling gift pack has notes of ripe peach marmalade, layers of sweet and fresh tropical fruit, honey and hints of white peppers, and is finished with cardamom spice, lemon drops and spicy oak | £55
Rare Rutherglen Muscadelle - Chambers Last up is a rare, deep red Australian dessert wine demonstrating exotic coffee, malt, vanilla bean and lingering mocha aromas and flavours. Once opened the wine can be enjoyed over many months. | £199
Hudson Steakhouse has been serving the people of Bath the best steaks for over a decade, offering its diners prime dry-aged steaks, starters with a fusion influence and classic dishes, all served in a sympathetic conversion of a once-notorious Victorian pub.
Owner Richard Fenton took on this run-down building and has created a destination that has consistently won best-restaurant awards locally and nationally. Cocktails, premium beers and world wines are served under sparkling chandeliers and the upstairs grill room has an open kitchen which looks out over Hedgemead Park.
William Penhaligon laboured for his legacy to be delightful. One to cure all ills, one that he and future generations would be rightly proud! You are about to discover the result of his travails… Discover five new fragrances filled to the brim with miraculous ingredients to boost your mood.
Kids can show their support for the Lionesses with this pure cotton, regular fit t-shirt. The front shows the Three Lions badge, as well as an 'England' slogan. Part of M&S's Mini Me range, with an adult-sized version available.
A drop of vibrant rosy light to illuminate your complexion. With its radiance pigments, Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops adds a touch of pearly pink luminosity to the skin, customising your makeup with a made-to-measure glow.
This is a tribute to OMEGA’s maritime heritage, which has been a part of the brand since its first dive watch was released in 1932. The collection achieves the perfect balance between a sophisticated dress watch and the rugged ocean spirit of a sports watch.
This new and unique Seamaster Aqua Terra collection of luxury watches is all about colour, each dial is crafted from a brass plate which has been sun-brushed and lacquered with a range of shades that follow the spectrum from ocean to earth.
Two different sizes are available, with entirely polished stainless steel cases either in 38mm or 34mm, The 38mm models feature a trapezoidal date window at 6 o’clock, while the 24mm case models have a circular window - shown here.
Perfect for all wrist sizes, the watches are defined by their coloured dial styling: the 38mm selection, includes sun‑brushed dials in Atlantic Blue, Bay Green, Sandstone, Saffron and Terracotta.
In the 34mm range are sun‑brushed pastel colours; Sea Blue, Lagoon Green, Sandstone, Shell Pink and Lavender.
Water-resistant, the watches are equipped with self winding Co-Axial, Master Chronometer calibre movement.
Worn on a stainless steel bracelet, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Shades are the perfect way to match the mood you’re in.
Which one matches your style? Prices for the new Seamster Aqua Terra 150M Shades collection start at £6,100
South Korean graphic design magazine IdN has devoted its latest release to a humble object, but an enormously popular subject – the business card. These seem to have been around forever and don’t seem to have changed greatly over time, but even a quick browse through the current business card designs from around the world showcased in this issue would indicate that there's still a multitude of new differentiations that can be applied to their appearance. Also, given that a card should display the important details of your business or service, there’s a suggestion here that it’s useful to revisit what is actually essential on your card in today’s fast-moving, fast-changing world | £19.95
Only a few remaining tickets to see Nurry Lee at the Guildhall this Sunday 20 August
Nurry Lee is one of the most dynamic young pianists of the generation. An international concert pianist, she returns to Bath to perform her debut concert in her home town. She studied at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music in London. She will be playing some of the greatest works ever written for solo piano. From orchestral transcriptions of Franz Liszt to the beautifully intimate nocturnes of Chopin, you will experience the timeless classics of piano music.
This concert will be in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association. Go to bathboxoffice.org.uk to buy tickets
FESTIVAL | CELEBRATE VEGANISM
Bristol Vegan Fayre 2023
Celebrating a whopping 20 years of ground-breaking vegan festivals in the UK, Bristol based VegfestUK is delighted to be celebrating in their home town with a huge free party, and everyone is welcome!
The two-day free event at Document on the Pennywell Lane features a super indoor space with around 80 stallholders, including 10 caterers, and a host of talks and entertainment plus a sweet little outside area for DJ's and a dance zone.
There's also a space for workshops, a kids' area, a licensed bar and plenty of seating, whilst the main talks room seats around 150 and plays host to a programme of inspirational speakers, uplifting performers, and intriguing panels.
2 - 3 September | Document, 30-64 Pennywell Rd, St Jude's, Bristol BS5 0TL Tickets are required in advance and available from the website free of charge at vegfest.co.uk
CINEMA | SUMMER NIGHTS
Summer screens at The American Museum
The American Museum and Gardens looks forward to welcoming you back this August to their popular outdoor cinema events in our gorgeous amphitheatre. Join them for an evening of modern American cinema and enjoy American-inspired food, drink and popcorn surrounded by their unique and beautiful gardens.
Experience a thrilling blockbuster in the garden cinema, with an evening of classic American-style entertainment and valley views.
25 August - La La Land 26 August - Top Gun Maverick 27 August - The Greatest Showman
Calling all dogs and dog-lovers! Last chance to join in the Wag Walk to help rescue animals in need.
Local charity, Bath Cats and Dogs Home, invites dogs, dog-lovers and walkers to take part in their thirteenth annual Wag Walk, on Sunday 3 September.
Wag Walk is Bath’s biggest sponsored dog walk with almost 90 dogs taking part last year and aims to raise £8,000 for the care of unwanted cats and dogs at the animal rescue centre. The event is supported by TV vet, Dr James Greenwood who will be attending the event along with his rescue Labrador, Dolly.
Register before midnight 31 August and be in with a chance of winning a copy of Dr James Greenwood’s new book called ‘For The Love of Animals.’
Entry costs £15 per dog and £5 for additional dogs or walkers without a dog. All doggie entrants will receive a sponsorship form to raise money for vulnerable rescue animals in need, and a Wag Walk bandana and a goody bag on the day.
Findings: Leo Harris, Gus Hamilton James, Niamh Pearse and Finley Highton
The exhibition Findings presents new work from four fine artists from the 2022/23 Foundation Course at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge. They will be continuing their education studying Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and the Slade School of Art.
All of these artists – whose work includes sculpture, painting and video – are brought together by this common theme of the ‘found’. Objects (an ironing board, plastic containers, posts set in concrete), are re-purposed and given new life and meaning; subtle and sensitive interventions reveal a curiosity in the messages that the objects that surround us can bear – their history and their poetic potential. Highly considered, even performative actions using this pre-existing material result in a sense of transformation. Images are re-presented, their hidden structures and messages are simultaneously buried and revealed under and within sensitive handling of painterly or filmic surfaces.
In this enquiry these artists find a voice for their personal view of the world. The audience is encouraged to look closer at the world they find themselves in and to discover the poetic possibilities of daily life.
If you've always wanted to learn a new skill but haven't had the opportunity, Love2Learn part-time leisure course at Bath College is just what you need. All courses are timetabled to fit around your existing commitments, so you can learn in the evenings, at the weekend or even for a week in the school holidays.
The college offers a wide range of art and design courses in traditional disciplines such as creative writing, printmaking, printed textiles, ceramics and sculpture as well as creativity courses in jewellery and silversmithing, floristry, creative writing. If you'd like to brush up on your language skills or learn a new language from scratch, there are courses at different levels in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
RUH Head and Neck Surgeon competes in Deca-Ironman to fund new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Radiotherapy Planning software
On 24 September, local RUH Head and Neck Surgeon Stuart Gillett will be taking part in the Deca-Ironman in Mexico. The challenge comprises of a 24-mile swim, a 1120-mile cycle, and a 262-mile run.
Stuart who is already the current UK record holder for 3x and 5x Ironman distance triathlon, is raising money to buy computer radiotherapy AI software for the new RUH Dyson cancer centre.
You can donate, follow and see more about Stuart’s story via his Instagram - @thedecadoctor - or at justgiving.com
FUNDRAISING | JULIAN HOUSE
Bath teenagers tackle 300K Coast-to-Coast walk to help the homeless
Two Bath teenagers have walked the epic 300-kilometre Wainwright Coast to Coast Route, all to raise vital funds for those experiencing homelessness and domestic abuse.
Having organised everything themselves, Dan Woodward and Toby Davies, 16yr old students at Kingswood School, set off from Cumbria’s St Bees Head in late July on an exhilarating twelve-day, 190-mile adventure, West to East, ending at Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire Moors.
From the steep rugged mountains of the Lake District – including a draining climb up England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike – to the smooth rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, Dan and Toby pushed themselves to the limit to reach their goal.
Despite some setbacks along way, Dan and Toby never lost sight of their main objective. As Dan said: “We recognise how privileged we are to be able to challenge ourselves out of choice with this immense walk across the country and understand that some do not have this privilege. We want to raise money for Julian House because they help support people who are living through tough times and challenges such as homelessness and domestic abuse out of chance and not out of choice.”
To donate to their Just Giving page and help support Julian House in its continued efforts to support vulnerable and at-risk people, please go to justgiving.com
• PROPERTY & INTERIORS •
PROPERTY | PEGASUS UNVEILS NEW SHOW APARTMENT
An exclusive look at stylish and independent later living in the heart of Bath for the over 60s
Later-living specialist Pegasus has unveiled a brand-new show apartment at its luxury development in Bath, giving future homeowners and renters an exclusive look at what’s on offer.
With the first residents having moved into the Riverside and Gardenside apartments in June 2023, the development comprises 68 one and two-bedroom apartments across three buildings with each home reflecting Pegasus’ consistently high-quality finish, with luxury fittings and features seamlessly set into contemporary fully-fitted kitchens and bathrooms.
Set on the banks of the River Avon, the community is well positioned to make the most of the beautiful city of Bath, and has already proved in high demand, with 33% of homes moved into and 30% reserved from its first phased release.
Designed by Claude Hooper, one of the leading interior design firms in the UK, the space takes inspiration from the riverside location of the development, with tones of navy and eau di nil that make the communal areas calm and welcoming and give a real sense of bringing the outside in.
Carrie Edwards, Account Director at Claude Hooper comments:“We were conscious that people are often moving to a Pegasus home from their larger family homes, and that for many this home represents a new chapter in life. As such, we wanted to show the potential of something new in how we designed the apartment.
“We wanted to keep the interiors light, fresh and contemporary, with furniture featuring clean lines and a nod to classic mid-century style.We were conscious of avoiding a cliched 'retirement' style with chunky furniture and heavily patterned fabrics, as this wouldn't represent the aspirational nature of the purchasers looking to enjoy an active retirement in the vibrant city of Bath.”
Like all Pegasus communities, Bath Leat is designed with wellness in mind. The idyllic balance of a relaxing and active lifestyle allows residents to enjoy the peacefulness of a riverside community with all the perks of the city’s unique heritage and thriving cultural scene on their doorstep.
The community features a variety of shared spaces designed to foster social connections, including wellness facilities such as a hobby room, stretch studio, sauna, foot spa, treatment room and two communal lounges. A snug provides the perfect spot to unwind and catch up with new neighbours, while the guest suites provide a welcoming and comfortable place for friends and family to stay when visiting. Between the buildings, a series of beautiful, landscaped gardens welcome local wildlife and bring people together to enjoy the open space and greenery.
Good relationships are the foundation of wellbeing and Bath Leat will have its own dedicated Lifehost, who is embedded in the community to ensure that everyone is included as much or as little as they like.
Bath Leat’s prime location is also within easy reach of the picturesque Royal Victoria Park, a beautiful expanse of green parkland spanning 57 acres, as well as a variety of independent restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutique shops.
Emily Nesbitt, Marketing Director at Pegasus comments: "At Pegasus, our customers are predominantly downsizers seeking a hassle-free way of life in retirement. In turn, we want our homes to provide not just a place to live, but a lifestyle. The new show apartment gives customers a taste of the high-specification homes and zestful lifestyle on offer in Britain’s most famous spa town. We are passionate about offering our customers choice, with options to buy and rent at Bath Leat, so they can flex their next chapter of life around their individual circumstances and priorities.”
Homes at Bath Leat start from £400,000 / rental from £2,050 pcm. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to view the brand new community.