The one thing that Bath is missing during the summer months is a beach…but not anymore! Launched last week, Bath on the Beach, is a slice of tropical paradise and not something you’d expect to see in the heart of the city!
As soon as I heard that the team behind Bath on Ice were bringing a pop-up beach to Bath, in the same spot in Royal Victoria Park, I was intrigued to see how they were going to do it. So, when I visited with colleagues on a balmy summer’s evening after work last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the park has transformed into a Caribbean beach resort, complete with cabanas, hammocks and palm trees.
It helps that the weather has been so dry recently that the surrounding grass has conveniently turned a dusty shade of yellow to match the sand, making it feel more like the Sahara than Somerset!
A great place to meet friends for drinks and a bite to eat, the Pura Vida Bar serves refreshing rum cocktails, whilst the aptly named Taco Shacko rustles-up a variety of tasty Mexican street food, from cheesy nachos to quesadillas.
If you’re feeling active, you can book out the beach volleyball court or try your hand at table tennis and bowls. Despite my severe lack of coordination, I found myself taking part in a game of volleyball, which I soon discovered is not a sport that comes naturally to me, but it was really fun to play (or at least try to!)
After a competitive, energetic few rounds of volleyball, I decided my skills were better suited to relaxing in a deckchair with the sand between my toes. It was a lovely place to sit and watch the sun go down as the fairly lights twinkled against the orange sky.
An idyllic setting to soak up the sun with a cocktail or two, it’s so easy to forget that you’re in the middle of Bath.
Bath on the Beach is a fun addition to the city this summer and I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time there!
Bath on the Beach is open every day from 10am – 10pm and runs throughout the summer until September.