The seasonal celebrations are looming, and it’s time to start planning the practical logistics for your special get-together.
Here are some suggestions…
Having acquired a new lease of life in 2018 when it was bought by seasoned hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor, this country house with its roots in the 13th century has an all-new elegant, colourful and refreshingly individual outlook.
From drinks and canapés receptions to festive parties with lunch or dinner, Homewood makes a super-stylish backdrop for a proper festive knees-up.
With 21 boutique bedrooms, Homewood is the ideal country hideaway if you’re looking to escape the city for an exclusive party. Located in 10 acres of newly restored gardens, and just 10 minutes from Bath, it’s the perfect spot to experience a taste of the good life.
No. 15 Great Pulteney
Vivacious, atmospheric and quirky, No.15 Great Pulteney, boutique hotel and spa, can cater for everything from drinks and canapés parties to lunch or dinner and can accommodate groups of 10–70. Feasts, served dinner-party style, also provide plenty of fun.
With extra special event spaces in which to impress your guests, the Dispensary restaurant features an old chemist’s shop lining the walls, while upstairs the elegant Pulteney Room has views out to one of the neoclassical wonders of the Georgian city, Great Pulteney Street.
We’d suggest testing out one of the hotel’s creative cocktails to help get you in the Christmas spirit. A three-course festive lunch starts from £29pp.
A new party venue for Bath, The Bird on Pulteney Road is opening a pop-up Christmas Tavern from 28 November – 31 December. The relaxed festive retreat will be the place to gather with family and friends; you can enjoy afternoon tea, drop in for food and drinks and plenty of Christmas cheer.
You can book the join-a-party nights for two to 120 guests for a Christmassy two or three-course dinner with DJ and dancing into the early hours. There are also stylish spaces for intimate get-togethers as well as the option of private hire. The Christmas Tavern is open to all, from 12–10pm daily, with a few exceptions, so bring your flock.
The Bath Priory
Kick-off Christmas in style this year, with a festive lunch with family or friends at one of Bath’s most beautiful hotels, The Bath Priory. Perfect for a celebration, a festive lunch menu is available from 28 November – 23 December, offering three superb courses for £35 from Monday to Saturday or £39 on Sunday. Guests can meet up in one of the sitting rooms to enjoy an aperitif in front of an open fire before moving to the dining room to take a seat overlooking the lovely winter garden. Dishes on the menu include brill ceviche, citrus and avocado to start, Woolley Park Farm roast turkey with traditional festive garnishes or beetroot ravioli, goat’s curd and pine kernel for main. Delicious puddings include a choice of cheeses, Christmas pudding or a decadent dark chocolate and orange mousse. Tea, coffee and mince pies are also included to complete your Christmas celebration.
Just eight miles from Bath, celebrate the festive season in the elegant grounds of Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa. There’s plenty to get the taste buds tingling from a traditional festive afternoon tea in the impressive Palladian mansion to a spectacular festive lunch or dinner in The Brasserie; both available from 2–23 December.
On Christmas Day, The Brasserie is offering a sensational three-course lunch including Champagne and canapés on arrival for £125 per person. This is the first year that Lucknam Park has opened to non-residents and it’s the perfect setting for a special celebration with family and friends.
For those budding chefs looking to get creative in the kitchen, head to a festive baking class at the Lucknam Park Cookery School. Using the flavours of the season, you will learn how easy it is to have the wonderful aromas of Christmas spices throughout your home. Available on 30 November, 6, 12 and 21 December, for £140 per person.
Smoke and Mirrors
Come and visit a bar with a difference at Smoke & Mirrors in Bristol, which has Christmas all wrapped up for you. This intimate 46-seater venue is furnished comfortably and stylishly, taking you back to a magical speakeasy era. The top-rated comedy and magic show is a perfect offering for any works party where you’ll be treated to 90 minutes of comedy and magic. The packages offer festive pizzas and a prosecco reception, live music and close-up magic. You can either book just a show or add the full reception and pizza package. Guests benefit from a 10% discount on all bar purchases and there is live music in the bar until 12am.
Bath Spa Hotel
Celebrate your Christmas party in style at the historic Bath Spa Hotel. Treat your team to an indulgent festive feast from award-winning chef, Jon Machin, who will serve a delicious three-course menu, from lobster and prawn cocktail served with crispy melba toast to baked goat’s cheese with fig and walnut torte. Whether you choose to go traditional with roast turkey or alternative with our butter roast tranche of wild halibut, one thing is for sure – the bubbles will be flowing. Follow your indulgent dessert by venturing to the dance floor where the DJ will be playing the latest tracks and old school anthems.
Christmas party prices are £39.95 per person and room options, as well as party extras, are available in advance.
The Abbey Hotel
Whether you’re looking to take the family away for Christmas, go all-out with a New Year’s Eve celebration or dance the night away with colleagues at the office party, look no further than the festive celebrations at Abbey Hotel. You can enjoy a bespoke event for up to 95 guests with tailored festive menus, or take part in a shared party night. There’s also the Après Ski Bar, now in its seventh year, which has become an integral part of the Christmas experience in Bath. You’ll find authentic Alpine foods including warming goulash and delicious bratwursts, as well as festive mulled wine and cider, hot chocolate and local beers. The Apres Ski bar runs from
21 November – 23 December.
Bath Historic Venues
For a Christmas party brimming with atmosphere, delicious food and fizz look no further than Bath’s Historic Venues. From intimate, cosy spaces at the Roman Baths to large Georgian ballrooms at the Assembly Rooms, the team can cater to a variety of budgets and guest numbers.
With the option to hire the venues exclusively or to join one of the sell-out shared party nights, Christmas at Bath’s Historic Venues should definitely feature on your festive calendar.
Shared party nights are always a colourful affair with a sparkling drinks reception around the Great Bath followed by dinner and dancing, or if live music and dancing are more your things, Christmas Rocks at the Assembly Rooms is a must, a night of live music in a stunning location.
The Wheelwrights Arms
The Wheelwrights Arms is a charming rustic country inn nestled in the peaceful village of Monkton Combe and surrounded by picturesque hills and valleys on the edge of Bath, just a short distance from the city centre. The restaurant specialises in European cuisine and also offers dairy-free options, the perfect venue for a seasonal celebration with authentic country charm.
Top up your levels of Christmas cheer with a festive comedy show at Komedia. It’s time to forgo the awkward office disco and beige buffet option and instead head to Komedia for one of its unbeatably funny and fantastically festive Krater Christmas Specials. Suitable for groups large or small, each event is complete with an all-star comedy line-up, an optional three-course or one-course meal from the Christmas menu and dancing to cheesy floor-filler classics until the early hours with exclusive after-parties provided courtesy of Club Motorcity and Fame.
The stage will be graced by dozens of fantastic comedians and comperes from across the UK and the rest of the world including Jarred Christmas, The Noise Next Door, Charlie Baker and Sally Anne Hayward.
Le Vignoble is a hybrid wine business offering elements of lounge, retail and education, which come together to provide the ultimate wine heaven. Awarded the IWC South West wine merchant of the year 2019, it’s the one-stop-shop for wine lovers in Bath. Enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary Christmas party with some fun festive wine tasting, which is delivered either as a private group tasting by one of the in-house experts or by the funky self-service Enomatic wine dispensers, from which you can try up to 32 different wines. The wine lounge has a small but well-formed menu of French tapas dishes, and the group buffets are built to impress – perfectly complementing the wines and providing the recipe for a memorable social outing.