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Mu­sic, arts and lights re­place mar­ket – but 12 chalets re­turn

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The first de­tails of events to re­place the can­celled Bath Christ­mas Mar­ket have been re­leased.

The mar­ket was can­celled in July due to the on­go­ing coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Or­gan­is­ers have said that 12 chalets will be placed around the city, just like the first mar­ket in 2000.

Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil, Bath Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (BID), Visit Bath, Bath Fes­ti­vals and or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the re­gion have come to­gether to bring the magic of Christ­mas to Bath.

Not only will there be the 12 chalets sell­ing lo­cally made gifts and treats, some of the city’s most iconic build­ings will come to life with fes­tive il­lu­mi­na­tions.

There will also be two early bird Christ­mas shop­ping days on Novem­ber 12 and 19, with en­ter­tain­ment around the city cen­tre and pro­mo­tions avail­able to shop­pers or­gan­ised by Bath BID.

Ded­i­cated “com­pas­sion­ate Christ­mas shop­ping days” for peo­ple who need more time and quiet when do­ing their fes­tive shop­ping, will be held from 10am un­til mid­night on Novem­ber 10 and 17.

The cul­tural and fes­tive pro­gramme be­gins on the week­end of Novem­ber 27 and will run un­til

De­cem­ber 20. Each week­end will in­volve dif­fer­ent arts or­gan­i­sa­tions run­ning events in the unique build­ings and open spa­ces of the city.

Bath Fes­ti­vals open the pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with the Hol­burne Mu­seum, with a con­ver­sa­tion with artist Grayson Perry in the Fo­rum talk­ing about his re­mark­able ca­reer.

Bath Car­ni­val and Art­seen will be cre­at­ing lan­terns with com­mu­nity groups and schools, which will an­i­mate the city. Lan­terns will be at­tached to rick­shaws in a cy­cle prom­e­nade around the city streets.

Open-air stages in the city will have stu­dents, lo­cal mu­si­cians, story-tell­ers and po­ets en­ter­tain­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

The Fo­rum opens its doors on the fi­nal week­end, cul­mi­nat­ing with Bath Phil­har­mo­nia per­form­ing The Snow­man, ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ray­mond Briggs’ an­i­mated mas­ter­piece for a mo­ment of charm and beauty in the run-up to the hol­i­day sea­son.

The full pro­gramme of events will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

Or­gan­is­ers have said that all events will be planned in line with gov­ern­ment guide­lines on the pan­demic.

All vis­i­tors are asked to ad­here to the lat­est guid­ance when trav­el­ling, in­clud­ing the use of face cov­er­ings and so­cial spac­ing, and are re­minded to en­sure that reser­va­tions are made in ad­vance for travel and spe­cific events to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

 ??  ?? Busy chalet stalls at a pre­vi­ous Bath Christ­mas Mar­ket
Busy chalet stalls at a pre­vi­ous Bath Christ­mas Mar­ket

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