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A SE­LEC­TION OF IDEAS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF THE WEEK AHEAD IN BATH

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This week you re­ally ought to…

SEE A NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE LIVE SCREEN­ING OF: Antony and Cleopa­tra, with Ralph Fi­ennes and So­phie Okonedo play­ing Shake­speare’s fa­mous fated cou­ple in this great tragedy of pol­i­tics, pas­sion and power. At the fringes of a war-torn em­pire, the Egyp­tian queen Cleopa­tra and Gen­eral Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight be­tween de­vo­tion and duty, ob­ses­sion be­comes a cat­a­lyst for war. Di­rected by Si­mon God­win. Lit­tle The­atre Cin­ema, Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, 7pm. Tick­ets £22/£17.50/£10, pic­ture­houses.com

SEE A FES­TIVE GE­OR­GIAN KITCHEN BROUGHT TO LIFE BY: Dr An­nie Gray, food his­to­rian, writer and broad­caster. The Vic­to­ri­ans may have in­vented much of our modern Christ­mas – from Santa to stock­ings – but there was fes­tive life be­fore Prince Al­bert, and in this Christ­mas­themed lec­ture An­nie will un­veil the glo­ries of a Ge­or­gian yule. Mu­seum of Bath Ar­chi­tec­ture, Paragon, Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, 6.30pm. Tick­ets £7, no1roy­al­cres­cent.org.uk

GO TO A WIN­TER FLOWER FES­TI­VAL AT: The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, part of the Christ­mas at the Palace event. The fes­ti­val will show­case the NAFAS South West Area com­pe­ti­tions, with fan­tas­ti­cal and elab­o­rate flo­ral dis­plays with a va­ri­ety of themes. With an op­por­tu­nity to watch hands-on de­mon­stra­tions from skilled florists (11.30am and 3pm), plus a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, un­til Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, 10am to 4pm. Tick­ets £9/£8/£4 (dis­count cards/passes not valid), bish­opspalace.org. uk

TASTE SOME NEW WINES AT: Laith­waite’s an­nual fes­tive wine-tast­ing event at the Guild­hall. Sam­ple a su­perb se­lec­tion of over 30 wines, in­clud­ing warm­ing reds and new year sparklers. With a chance to meet the pas­sion­ate wine grow­ers be­hind these best­selling wines, and hear the sto­ries be­hind the bot­tles. Ticket in­cludes all wine sam­ples, ex­clu­sive tast­ing glass and wine brochure. Satur­day De­cem­ber 8, 1pm to 3.30pm (af­ter­noon ses­sion) and 6pm to 8.30pm (evening ses­sion). Tick­ets £27, laith­waites.co.uk

AT­TEND A LATE EVENT ON WOMEN’S SUF­FRAGE 100 AT: No 1 Royal Cres­cent, with an ex­hi­bi­tion in­clud­ing a ten-minute film, where two ac­tresses rep­re­sent hero­ines of their eras, from 100 years ago and 250 years ago. The two char­ac­ters have an an­i­mated dis­cus­sion across time, with shared is­sues of equal­ity, strug­gle, re­solve and for­ti­tude. See whether our Ge­or­gian an­ces­tors did start the jour­ney to­wards eman­ci­pa­tion which con­tin­ues to­day. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, 6.45pm and 8.15pm. Tick­ets £5, no1roy­al­cres­cent.org.uk

WATCH A FREE SOLO CLIMB AND LIVE Q&A EVENT WITH: Free soloist climber Alex Hon­nold, award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­maker El­iz­a­beth Chai Vasarhe­lyi and world-renowned pho­tog­ra­pher and moun­taineer Jimmy Chin. To cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Day on De­cem­ber 11, see Hon­nold pre­pare to climb the face of the world’s most fa­mous rock, 3,200-foot El Cap­i­tan in Yosemite Na­tional Park, without a rope. Screen­ing and Q&A will be broad­cast live across the UK and Ire­land via satel­lite. Lit­tle The­atre Cin­ema, Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, 6pm, pic­ture­houses.com

EN­JOY AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL PALIN AT: The Fo­rum, as he brings to life the world and voy­ages of HMS Ere­bus, from its con­struc­tion and the part it played in Ross’s Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tion in 1839-43, its aban­don­ment dur­ing Franklin’s ill-fated Arc­tic ex­pe­di­tion, to its fi­nal re­dis­cov­ery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. He ex­plores the ca­reers of the men who shared its jour­neys, and de­scribes what life on board was like. Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, 7.30pm. Tick­ets £20, top­ping­books.co.uk

VISIT BATH’S AWARD-WIN­NING CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET: With more than 180 twin­kling chalets spread out across Bath’s pic­turesque Ge­or­gian streets. Lo­cal mak­ers and de­sign­ers will be show­cas­ing ar­ti­san gifts, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, hand­crafted jew­ellery and more. With hog roast, burg­ers, caramelised nuts and aro­matic mulled wine. Run­ning for 18 days un­til Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9. Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day 10am-7pm; Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day 10am-8:30pm; Sun­day 10am-6pm. More de­tails from bathchrist­mas­mar­ket.co.uk

Why not take the kids to…

A PLAY AT THE EGG: A fresh and con­tem­po­rary take on The Scar­let

Pim­per­nel, the pop­u­lar novel by Baroness Or­czy, set in 1790s Paris with the French Rev­o­lu­tion in full swing. A mys­te­ri­ous band of bound­ers, led by a flam­boy­ant masked hero, are help­ing French poo­dles and their own­ers es­cape to Eng­land. A Pins and Nee­dles pro­duc­tion, age six and up. Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, per­for­mance times vary, au­dio de­scribed per­for­mance and touch tour on Jan­uary 5. Tick­ets £18/£12, the­atreroyal. org.uk

DO SOME STARGAZ­ING: At the Her­schel Mu­seum of Astronomy, where ex­perts from Bath As­tronomers will as­sist with iden­ti­fy­ing fea­tures in the night sky. Pro­fes­sional tele­scopes will be in the mu­seum’s gar­den where, in 1781, William Her­schel spot­ted Uranus for the first time. The mu­seum will be open, and in the event of cloudy weather there will be talks about the Her­schels’ lives and the night sky. Age eight and up. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, 4pm to 8pm. Tick­ets £10/£7/£4, must be booked in ad­vance, de­tails from her­schel­mu­seum. org.uk

A SANTA SPE­CIAL TRAIN RIDE: At Avon Val­ley Rail­way, with a ride on one of the steam-hauled trains and a spe­cial visit from Fa­ther Christ­mas! Dur­ing an hour­long trip through the rolling Avon Val­ley coun­try­side, Santa’s helpers will dis­trib­ute mince pies and fes­tive bis­cuits. Then Fa­ther Christ­mas will spend time with each fam­ily, and give each child a present suit­able for their age. Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, plus every week­end be­fore Christ­mas and on Christ­mas Eve. Tick­ets from £14, book­ing es­sen­tial, avon­va­l­leyrail­way.org

A WORK­SHOP FOR BUD­DING FILM­MAK­ERS: Bris­tol-based pro­duc­tion com­pany and film school Screenol­ogy have de­signed a one-day in­ten­sive film-mak­ing ses­sion specif­i­cally for young peo­ple aged 14 to 18. Par­tic­i­pants will cre­ate a short doc­u­men­tary-style film in­spired by the Gallery’s ex­hi­bi­tion, Un­in­tended Con­se­quences. Artists Maeve Bren­nan and Im­ram Per­retta will share their mo­ti­va­tions and unique per­spec­tives. The Edge, Uni­ver­sity of Bath, Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, 10am to 4.30pm. Tick­ets £35 (book­ing es­sen­tial), edgearts.org

A RE-TELLING OF THE SNOW­MAN: Hear one of the UK’S most ac­claimed chil­dren’s writ­ers, Michael Mor­purgo, read­ing Ray­mond Briggs’ much-loved tale of true Christ­mas magic. Michael will also read an ex­tract from his new novel, and ev­ery­one will get the chance to join a live draw-along with The Snow­man il­lus­tra­tor Robin Shaw. With snowy and sea­sonal fun for the whole fam­ily in the foyer ahead of the show. Age six and up. The Pavil­ion, Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, 5pm. Tick­ets £8, bath­fes­ti­vals.org.uk

SANTA’S GROTTO AT MIL­SOM PLACE: Chil­dren will be wel­comed by Peppermint the Elf be­fore be­ing shown in­side a Nar­ni­ain­spired win­try won­der­land. With fes­tive face paint and an op­por­tu­nity for Christ­mas craft-mak­ing while they wait. Fa­ther Christ­mas will make an ap­pear­ance and call each child to come and chat to him about the nice things they’ve done this year, be­fore be­ing in­vited to find their per­son­alised gift un­der the tree. Christ­mas fancy dress en­cour­aged! Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10, un­til Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24, £12.50 per child, su­per­pi­rates.co.uk

A JOUR­NEY TO THE NORTH POLE AT: Avon Val­ley Ad­ven­ture and Wildlife Park, a 60-minute mag­i­cal the­atri­cal jour­ney. In­cludes meet­ing Fa­ther Christ­mas, vis­it­ing Mrs Claus in the Elves’ Par­lour, a tour of Patch’s Toy Fac­tory, a sim­u­lated rein­deer flight with Gog­gles the pi­lot elf, feed­ing real rein­deer, ac­cess to the Yule­tide Vil­lage and much more. Se­lected dates un­til Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24, time slots 9am to 4.30pm (12pm Christ­mas Eve). Tick­ets £22-£32 (in­cludes park ac­cess), christ­mas.avon­va­l­ley.co.uk BATH ON ICE 2018: Ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of the ice this win­ter in Royal Vic­to­ria Park. With 1,000m² of ice this will be the big­gest rink to date, with skat­ing, pen­guin/seal skate aids, groups and par­ties, food and a bar. Every ticket in­cludes skate hire and one hour on the ice. Book­ing not re­quired but rec­om­mended for evenings and week­ends. Un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, daily 11.45am to 10pm (week­days), 10.30am to 10pm (week­ends and hol­i­days, ex­cept Christ­mas Day). Tick­ets £11/£10, bathon­ice.com

GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MINI GOLF: This year Bath’s fa­mous ad­ven­ture golf course in Vic­to­ria park will be lit up, spread­ing the fes­tive at­mos­phere from the ice rink. Op­er­at­ing on first come, first served ba­sis, with a wait­ing list if needed to cre­ate a flow of peo­ple around the course. Book­ing al­lowed for groups of 10 or more (on 01225 436888). Un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, daily 4.30pm to 9.30pm (last start 8.30pm). Tick­ets £6.50/£5.50/£20 fam­ily (2+2 or 1+3), bathon­ice.com

Bath Christ­mas Mar­ket

Michael Palin

Michael Mor­purgo

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