Friday, 10 February 2017

Visit Bath in Half Term and Find Something New!

It’s February half term! And even if you’re not a teacher longing for a holiday, or a parent getting ready for some quality family time with the children, the half term is something to look forward to in Bath because it means that there are new exhibitions to explore! 

One of Bath’s most popular attractions has to be Number One Royal Crescent. In case you haven’t come across it before, Number One Royal Crescent is a museum which has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. The rooms feature historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents – both upstairs and downstairs. However, as well as its permanent room displays, the museum also hosts special exhibitions, and the one which will be launching on February 11th and running until June 4th is “From Rome to the Royal Crescent”. 

 This exhibition is celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Crescent in Bath and will trace the evolution of classical architecture from the ancient monuments of Rome, to the modern designs of 18th century Britain through the beautiful work of local model craftsman Timothy Richards. He has made highly detailed models of some the key buildings in Bath, and this exhibition will reveal why the iconic Royal Crescent looks the way it does. 

 Now from the historic Royal Crescent to an equally historic and fine feat of architecture – the Holburne Museum, which is a firm favourite of ours when it comes to taking time out for a bit of culture, or just for a place to have a lovely afternoon tea and cake. 

 Also on from February 11th until June 4th, the Holburne will be hosting the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty – “Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty”. The exhibition will unravel the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty across four generations through thirty-five works, including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

 Finally, we want to mention an exhibition which is going into its final week, and is a must-see for any fan of Bath or of beautiful artworks. 

 Bath-based artist Peter Brown (‘Pete the Street’) a beloved local artist who uses the street as his studio and depicts the bustling life he encounters at different times of day and different seasons, has “Peter Brown: A Bath Painter’s Travels” showing at Victoria Art Gallery until the 19th of February. The exhibition shows over 100 new oil paintings and drawings by the artist. Many of them of Bath, and all of them stunning.

 So, lots to do in Bath going forward from this half term. The weather might not agree, but when it comes to the museums and galleries, the city is waking up from Winter!

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