There were a few of us at the Ben Fogle talk last night in Bath. I personally found it fascinating to hear about Ben’s journey through life to where he is now.
Ben often gets referred to as an adventurer or a broadcaster, but actually he sees himself as a ‘story-teller’, communicating his adventures through different media such as books and TV.
There is another chance to catch Ben Fogle in Bath on 2 March 2019.
Starting this month - there is a host of festive venues and activities to enjoy in Bath! Here’s a selection to get you in the mood!
Christmas lights - Bath
Kicking off the festive activities, the warm glow of twinkling Christmas lights will signify the start of the late-night shopping offer across the city.
Christmas lights - Bristol
This year enjoy more festive lights, festoons and Christmas events in the city centre.
Nordic delights at SouthGate Bath
15 November - 7 January
Head to SouthGate Bath for what is billed as a magical Christmas shopping experience! Step through the magical wardrobe and enter the enchanted Nordic forest, complete with cosy cabins, forest glade and winter woodland animals.
Bath on ice and glow in the dark mini golf
16 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
Get your skates on and head to Royal Victoria Park for a spin on Bath’s festive outdoor ice rink. This year’s Bath on Ice is set to be bigger and better than ever – the rink will be a massive 39% larger. When night falls, head to the Mini Golf Course next door to enjoy some glow in the dark mini golf, before grabbing a wood-fired pizza and a festive tipple at Moguls Alpine Bar.
22 November - 9 December
At the epicentre of Bath Christmas Market is the pop-up Lodge in Stall Street. Brought to you by Bath Ales and Framptons Café Bar and Kitchen, The Lodge offers a rustic and festive atmosphere to relax in. Enjoy locally-brewed beers and warming mulled wines as you unwind after a busy day!
Après Ski Bar at Abbey Hotel
21 November – 22 December 2018
No, you’re not in the Alps, but you’ll feel like you are at the Abbey Hotel’s Après Ski Bar! Step into the snow-topped Alpine lodge or snuggle up outside under a woolly blanket and enjoy hearty food and a steaming mulled wine.
Bristol Christmas Market
9 November - 23 December
Located in the very heart of Bristol City Centre, the Christmas market is home to over 50 unique stalls, as well as entertainment from the likes of Santa and reindeer visits in December. Visitors can enjoy heated seating, delicious drinks and live music in our Jäger Barn Bar, and also try their hand at the much-loved sport of curling for some competitive fun.
Bath Christmas Market
22 November - 9 December
Regularly voted as one of the most popular Christmas Markets in the UK!
As you wander around the Market, keep an eye out for charming recycled-plastic decorations. This year, Bath Christmas Market are working with Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Claire Runway Magazine, to transform discarded single use plastics into creative Christmas decorations, with the help of local pupils of Widcombe Junior School.
Discovery card holders can use their card to obtain discounts and offers on produce from stallholders.
Festive family artisan market
Saturday’s throughout Bath Christmas Market
Queen Square will host a Festive Family Artisan Market. From a Kids Café and festive storytelling to Christmas arts and crafts workshops and face painting, there will be plenty to keep children of all ages entertained. With glass-blowing demonstrations from Bath Aqua Glass, tasty street food and local makers from Bath Artisan Market, there will be lots of activities on offer for adults too!
Shoppers’ carols at Bath Abbey
24 November, 1 and 8 December
Rest your weary legs and enjoy some festive cheer at one of Bath Abbey’s shoppers’ carol services. Enjoy an informal service with traditional carols.
Bedminster lantern parade
The annual Winter Lantern Parade will light up the streets of Bedminster, starting from the Tobacco Factory for the first time. Lanterns are expected to come in all shapes and sizes at this truly magical event.
Lantern parade - Bath
The Walcot lantern parade is happening again this year. There is an opportunity to attend a free workshop and make a lantern and then be in the procession. More details here.
Kingsmead Square festive street food market
Thursday - Sunday throughout Bath Christmas Market
Some of the South West’s most exciting street traders will come together at Kingsmead Square for a seasonal street food market. Treat yourself to a mouthwatering meal and sip on a glass of mulled wine or cider whilst enjoying live music from exciting local artists.
Peter Pan at Theatre Royal Bath
7 December - 7 January
This year's pantomime at Theatre Royal Bath is J.M. Barrie's much-loved tale of Peter Pan. Starring Paul Nicholas (Eastenders, The Real Marigold Hotel, Just Good Friends), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), and Bath favourite Jon Monie, and featuring flying and exciting special effects.
From 14 December
Enjoy a whirl on the beautiful Victorian caraousel, which returns outside the Pump Room on Stall Street in December.
Carols by Candlelight
19 December at St Michael’s Without
20 and 21 December at the Pump Room
Bath Bach Choir’s much-anticipated annual festive event: three evenings of joyful Christmas music-making, conducted by Nigel Perrin and including carols from local children’s choirs and young virtuoso instrumentalists.
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I was really lucky to have an opportunity to visit Lake Como recently with some friends. One of our group lives near Lenno, right on the edge of the lake.
Lake Como is over 20 miles long with Como, the main city to one end of the lake. In the shape of an inverted Y, Como is at the end of the south west leg, Lecco to the south east leg and north toward the Alps and Colico, Gera Lario and Domaso.
One of the deepest lakes, it reaches 1300 ft at its deepest and surprisingly this puts the bottom below sea level! Fed by the river Adda and flowing out at Lecco, Lake Como sees high water levels after rain especially post winter thaws.
Central to Lake Como, also know as "Lario" by the locals, are the three famous towns of Varenna, Menaggio & Bellagio which form the golden triangle centre to the Lake with mountains arising all around. These three towns are the only car ferry ports on Lake Como. Varenna has a train station, Menaggio is the beginning of the pass over to Porto Letizia and Bellagio provides access to the countryside between Lecco and Como.
A savoury breakfast with a twist!
454g Maple Sausage
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
225g Red and Yellow Peppers, chopped
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Shortening
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
150g Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend
1 egg, beaten
75g Sour cream
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an 8×9″ baking pan with nonstick spray.
In a skillet over medium heat, add the sausage and cook until browned, stirring occasionally to break up the meat, about 3-5 minutes.
Remove to a mesh strainer in the sink to allow the grease to drain off.
Place the skillet back on the burner, no need to wash it first, add a drizzle of oil and the onions and peppers.
Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent.
Remove to a plate to cool.
In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder, shortening, pepper and salt.
Using a pastry cutter or fork, blend the shortening into the flour.
Add the cheese and mix.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and sour cream.
Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the egg, buttermilk and sour cream.
Add the sausage and peppers on top and stir until just combined.
Spread the very thick, sticky batter into the baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes or until set in the middle and golden brown.
Meanwhile, melt the butter and maple syrup together and set aside.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes then pour the sauce all over the top and serve immediately.
It really just tastes like a spice cake with nuts and raisins - you can't really taste the sausage in it, except it does make it a coarser texture. Serve with coffee. It keeps you full on a cold morning!
450g pork sausage
325g dark brown sugar
300g caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
375g sifted plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice or cloves
235ml brewed coffee
120g walnuts, chopped
Prep: 20min Cook: 1hr30min Ready in: 1hr 50min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 23cm cake tin. Pour boiling water over raisins and let stand 5 minutes. Drain well and dry.
In large bowl, combine sausage, brown sugar and caster sugar. Stir until mixture is well blended. Add eggs and beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, ginger, baking powder and spices.
Stir bicarbonate of soda into coffee.
Add flour mixture and coffee alternately to sausage mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold raisins and walnuts into cake batter.
Pour cake batter into the greased cake tin. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 1 1/2 hours or until skewer inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling tray.
Pictures of Adam's recent trip to Chania in Crete. He highly recommends a visit!
And these tasty jellies are pretty magical too! A very traditional treat which remind both Adam and his parents of their childhood. Adam brought a packet in for us to enjoy: one minute they were sitting on the kitchen table - the next - all gone! (Very magical!).