Get set for 2019 with our rundown of inspiring classes and events, all tailor-made for mothers
Bath-born YOGADOO (founded by local mum Lucy Ashton) has built up a huge following. The company does brilliant yoga-themed holiday clubs for kids, classes in more than 50 schools, plus all-day retreats at Combe Grove Manor Hotel. But they’ve long wanted a studio space to call home. Cue the opening of The Hive. The setting is spot-on; it’s in the midst of town, off Walcot street but has tranquil riverside views. Expect six adult classes a day and two children’s classes for post-school wind downs.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Last autum ceramist Julia Davey took the plunge and upgraded from her small studio beside Bath canal into a stunning shop-meets-studio space in Bear Flat. You can browse a thoughtfully curated selection of homewares (think bespoke eggcups and delicate pewter animal brooches). There’s also an ever-changing selection of classes, many of which are great to do with older kids. In line for spring are: Shibori Dyeing, Brush Lettering and Valentine’s Wreaths. Our pick would be the three-hour introduction to clay with Julia Davey, 2 February, 10am–1pm, £50.
MEET NEW FRIENDS
The Mum Club hosted their first Bath event at Framptons last October and it was a smash hit. It saw 20 mums (and almost as many kids) sitting down to a brunch of poached eggs, bacon and tomatoes on sourdough toast. Of course meeting new friends is the big draw (those showing up solo will be welcomed by host and local mother Lulu Fisher who’s a pro at making everyone feel at ease). But you’ll also get a goodie bag bulging with gifts from local brands (a Brissi candle and Spotty Herbert treats were spied in the last one). In the line up this year is a breakfast club at Good Day Café on 17 January, 10.30am–12.30pm; a Sleep Workshop at Sweet Little Things, 13 February, 6.30–8.30pm plus a weekly fitness club and collaborations with Somerset-based start-ups such as Cotton and Canvas.
GET THE EXPERT VIEW
Want to get a deeper understanding of your little one’s behaviour and help them develop better self-confidence? Family-focused hotel Woolley Grange is hosting a two-hour workshop with expert family therapist, Caroline Penney (who also happens to be the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud). Caroline has more than 20 years of experience under her belt and specialises in helping parents manage and improve their relationships with their children. Friday 25 January, 10am–12pm, £5.
HAVE A NIGHT OUT
Book now for the next Eat, Drink, Think dinner at Walcot House on 7 March. Their sold-out launch supper last October with Jo Wimble Groves, the award-winning author of Guilty Mother, was inspiring and hilarious according to those who nabbed tickets. The March one is set to be just as good; the theme is Identity and the host is Molly Gunn of Selfish Mother. Ticket includes prosecco on arrival, dinner and serious ace goodie bags (we spied a £15 Sweaty Betty gift card, Boxclever Press Journals and Aveda beauty products in the last one). The event happens in the lofty environs of Café Walcot but you are welcome to hit the bar (and the dance floor) at the club below when the event winds down at 10pm.