Overnight trip to Bath & Christmas Market (Fully booked)

  • December 1, 2012 · 8:30 AM

Join us as we taste our way through 4 English villages: Bath, Bristol, Lacock and Shepton Mallet. During this 36 hours tour we will be spoiled by a 10 course meal & wine tasting at Bath’s best Italian restaurant, sample our way around the historic city of Bath, tour the Pride and Prejudice filmset, Lacock Village and be treated to an Olive Oil tasting, by the Dragon Den’s star, The Olive Oil Man. Plus we’ll sleep it off in luxury accommodation.

Hello Tastourians,

This trip has gone from amazing to unbelievably spectacular.

Please email me if you'd like to join us [masked]


-Italian Food and Wine matching at Bath best restaurant.  The best part is they are offering an exclusive menu, designed just for us in partnership with their wine supplier... so it's sure to be an extra special night (and at a trial run discounted price)

-An olive oil tasting with the Dragon Den's star, The Olive Oil Man. And oil infused local tapas freshly prepared by the Queen of Balsamic vinegar.

-The Christmas Market

-Visit to the National Trust village Lacock

-Tasting walking tour in Bath

In Bath, there are around 17 Butchers, 20 Delicatessens, 10 Bakeries & 9 confectioners. In other words: This is #foodie heaven

-A lie-in or morning swim on Sunday

- A luxury hotel

-A 10am booking coffee in the Baths on Sunday - they don't usually allow bookings

-A fun group of taste adventure seeking travellers to share the experience with!

If you would like to book: Please email [masked] to request a booking form

If you are a MAYBE or a NO: PLEASE, change your rsvp, with a comment, so that I can follow up if there is still space.

I may organise a day trip at a later date which will be via train and cost a lot less.  However, I've never been to Bath and I'd like to go to a great restaurant and organise various walking tours for you so that you get the most out of this trip... for me it's all about creating the best experience at reasonable price.


£190 Non Members

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£40 single supplement, and £50 Large Single, Double bed = same price based on double occupancy.

(see notes below)


Return transport from London to Bath.

Transport for 48 hours to Lacock Village, to Shepton Mallet and into centre city bath.

Parking fees and petrol.

Glass of Champagne over looking the Bristol Suspension Bridge

an Italian Wine Tasting and arrangement of exclusive tasting menu,

tour of Bristol, Exclusive booking of the Pump Room.

guided tour of Bath's famous food shops,

Food, Drink & Hotel cost of Driver and Guide,

a fun social group to enjoy.

Booking fee & insurance (in case of accidents) during the trip.

Not included: All are optional

Additional Food, Drink and shopping

Entrance to the Baths, 12.50

Tasting samples on the food tour of Bath - Estimated £10 each

8 course, 8 wines - Wine Pairing Dinner at Sotti, Sotti, £80

Olive Oil Tasting and Dinner, with wine £35

Your Travel Insurance, highly recommended

DAY 1: Saturday

8:30 am Meet in West London, on the Piccadilly line (we're heading west, so no point in meeting in central London).

10:15 Stop in Lacock for 3 hours touring and low-tea/lunch


These are not old photos, it is how the town actually looks!!

1:30 pm Arrive at hotel, glass of bubbles on arrival.  Free time in Bristol

3:30pm Foodie Tour of Bath with tasting samples (extra cost for samples, tour included) or free time

5:30 Free Time at the Christmas Market http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/

8:00 Meet for pre-drinks

9:00 Italian Wine Tasting & Dinner:  (I've created an exclusive tasting menu and we will have a private room - if 12 book - )Sotto Sotto - Voted 1 out of 289 restaurants in Bath on Trip Advisor

This dinner has been exclusively arranged for us.  Dinner will be under £80 and includes a wine tasting of Italian wines, and 8 course chef's tasting dinner and nearly a bottle of quality wine - TOTAL bargain!! (if you are not drinking at all, we can reduce the price for you)

DAY 2: Sunday

8:00 Morning SWIM at hotel

10:00 Morning Coffee in the Pump Room (extra charge of £5-10 - depending on what you order)

Regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries, the Pump Room is a striking neo-classical salon where hot Spa water is drawn for drinking.

Click here for a virtual tour

Image: Pump Room fountain

11:00 A tour of the Roman Baths and museum  (£12.50 charge extra)

Photos of Roman Baths Museum, Bath

This photo of Roman Baths Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

4pm Leave Bath

4:45. An Olive Oil tasting in Shepton Mallet, with the Dragon Den's star, The Olive Oil Man.  Plus an amazing 6 course dinner, showing you how to use the oils. the highlight will be the 100 year old Balsamic vinegar.

The tasting and 6 course dinner, with wine will only be £35!


About the Olive Oil Tasting:

Michael North is a leading authority on seasonal fresh extra virgin Olive Oil and gourmet BalsamicVinegars. He is an acknowledged expert Olive Oil Judge and taster with over 40 years experiencein quality lifestyle, food and drink.

He rose to prominence in 2009 after appearing on BBC TV Dragons’ Den to champion the benefits of seasonal fresh extra virgin Olive Oil.He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including UK TV Great Food Live, UK TVFood Market Kitchen, Ready Steady Cook, BBC TV Dragons’ Den, Dragons’ on Tour and BBCRadio.

Michael founded the UK’s first Seasonal Fresh Olive Oil Club in to help discerning food enthusiasts gain privileged access to "heavenly class" extra virgin Olive Oil right at its peak of perfection, and the Club boasts members as far away as New York, Brisbane and the Bahamas.


We have a 'experienced' meetup member driving the minibus, instead of a chaffered minibus which would cost around an extra £70 per person.


After 7 hours of searching online (ridiculous, I know), I finally found a hotel that can fit 15 people. I'm very pleased with the quality of the hotel (There's some real 1960's dumps out there charging £[masked] per night!) We are in the center of Bristol, 20 minutes from Bath.  Hotels in Bath are £200+ and the general feeling of the group was they'd rather spend less on the bed and more on the food and shopping. And I like the idea of people being able to sight see during the down time at the hotel. There will only be a few hours of free time in Bristol, but it should be enough to walk to the suspension bridge or a charming village or to museum/shopping district. I'm going to do a recky and will be organsing a mini walking tour for you.

*This is one of the few hotels with 11 rooms available in this price range within 40 miles of Bath.

Onsite: Bar, Restaurant, Swimming Pool and exercise room, very reasonably priced spa treatments. It's modern, clean and has great reviews online.

The Grand in Bristol by Thistle Hotel Facilities BT Openzone

The Grand in Bristol by Thistle Room Standard Twin

The Grand in Bristol, swimming pool

Tapas menu for Sunday Night:


Homemade Soup of Season


Seasonal Fresh Olive Oil & Black Gold “66” Dipping Pool

(Served with fresh white bread)

Garlic & Oregano Toast

Roasted Sweet Peppers & Olives

Brussels Pâté

Sharran’s Specials Salads

Grated Carrot & Salted Roast Peanuts

Pearl Barley & Celery

Mixed Green Leaves, Tomatoes & Feta


Irish Champ


Parmesan Cheese


Greek Style Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Thyme

Vegetarian option available upon advanced request


Decadent Chocolate Mousse

If you can no longer make it, please change your rsvp.  If you are keen, please buy your tickets as soon as possible.  For refunds, I can offer a full refund misses admin fee, if canceled by the 1st Nov, and 50% refund (less any cost incurred), if canceled by the 12th November.  Otherwise you can try to resell it by posting on the comment pages or to your friends.

I really hope this sounds good.  I've spent around 80 hours researching and testing out different walking routes in the various villages. This is going to be an amazing trip.   I love hosting these events and appreciate your interest!  This is something to look forward to as the nights start getting darker and colder, so a big thanks to you all!

If you would like to book: Please email [masked] to request a booking form

Here's to a wild, and crazy night in Bath!



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  • A former member
    A former member

    The itinery looked good from the start and Kelly found a lot of options to make it a really different weekend, such as the historical tea house, the private cocktail chill out room and the olive oil tasting selection. It was great to travel with such a friendly group and see some venues i would never have found for myself. We didn't get to everything which was a shame but we were tring to fit in a lot without it become too regimented. I like that we still had some flexibility to choose. Kelly was a great host, always friendly, approachable and fun - while trying to educate us as the wine flowed too! I'm going on the Paris trip and hope it also includes some quirky venues and variety too.

    December 8, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! I'm super excited!!!! We've linked up with a meetup from Bath, so we'll be meeting up with their group during the Christmas Markets and a few are joining us for dinner. Should be great fun!!

    November 26, 2012

  • Kelly

    This sounds amazing... I'll test it out and see what's it like: A vintage, curiosity, boutique, cocktail bar that is set within the underground lodgings of a 17th century dungeon located in the heart of the world heritage city of Bath

    November 23, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello, I'm off for the next three days to organse the walking routes and watering holes. I'm really looking forward to the trip. I'll be sending out more details next week. Kelly

    November 23, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! Looks like I've just found us a FREE walking tour in Bath. Very excited

    November 19, 2012

  • prashanti s.

    Hi Kelly,

    Which hotel we plan to stay ?

    October 28, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hi, I sent an email about the hotel, did you get it?

      November 5, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hello, Just let you know, we have 1 single room and 3 twin beds left.

      November 10, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! Room update for Bath: There is 1 single room and 3 twin beds left.

    November 10, 2012

  • Lindsey

    sounds great, but looks like I've missed the boat as was at Le Manoir yesterday (yummy yummy!), but still interested. itinerary sounds fab

    October 7, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hi Lindsey, Lucky you!!! Le Manoir looks FAB. There are still spaces. Please email me on [masked] to request a booking form. Cheers, Kelly

      October 7, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hello Lindsey, We have 4 spots left for the Bath trip, if you're interested?

      November 5, 2012

  • Kelly

    In Bath, there are around 17 Butchers, 20 Delicatessens, 10 Bakeries & 9 confectioners. In other words: This is #foodie heaven

    October 25, 2012

  • Ieva

    single room for a couple please! by the way, Bath is also known for spas and retreats...any chance to squeeze some relax into our packed schedule? maybe in the evening? maybe there is a hotel with something like that provided to guests? Just an idea;-)

    October 3, 2012

    • Kelly

      PS - there is only 1 more double bed left

      October 8, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hi Lev, right now I don't have any more doubles. If you did want to come, I would need to look at trading in one of the twins, please let me know. Kelly

      October 8, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hi, thanks so much to those that have already booked. This thread is for me to keep track of room request. And for you to request a room mate if you see someone on here you know. I'm fairly good at matching personalities (I'm secretly a matchmaker - for friendships too!) So don't worry about making a request, I can sort it out for you.

    October 6, 2012

    • Kelly

      Jess - Single

      October 8, 2012

    • Kelly

      Ros - Double

      October 8, 2012

  • Kelly

    I forgot to add that we are doing a Sunday morning 8AM swim :)

    October 6, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! Great news!!! I've managed to secure a booking for coffee in the PUMP ROOM, which they don't usually do on the weekends. (I had to pull my weight around!!!)

    It's the restaurant above the baths and you can drink the spring water (which taste like the stones) and listen to the piano! Very excited in deed! Click for a vitural tour - http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/Tours/Panomorphic_Room_Hire_Tour/Pump%20Room.html Now I just need a hotel that isn't sold out to fit us all!

    October 5, 2012

  • Jo L.

    Single room for me please too if poss, cheers

    October 3, 2012

    • Kelly

      No problem

      October 3, 2012

  • Kelly

    WOW! What a great response!!! I'm going to look at booking 15 beds. If you are no longer able to do the 1st Dec. If you need a single room, would you post a comment, I forgot to ask in the questions. I've sent enquiries to several hotels, plus for the minibus and train... so hopefully will have all this packaged up by the end of the week. Cheers,


    October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kelly,
    This sounds like a splendid idea and I would be most interested in exploring that beautiful and historically rich area of England.

    The photographs look very nice, however I think a couple of those buildings could do with having those horribly old fashioned windows ripped out and replaced with some nice new PVC Double Glazing.

    October 2, 2012

    • Kelly

      I'm sure it would reduce their heating bill, but it would also reduce the charm!! I get the humour in it though

      October 2, 2012

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