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Winter at the University of Bath

If you're a student staying in Bath over the winter break, come and spread some joy and take part in our festive activities.

Festive activities

We have a series of festive activities taking place on campus and in Bath. All students are welcome, whether you are living on or off campus, but make sure you book onto each of your chosen activities as places are limited.

As well as the events listed below, many normal activities will continue until the end of teaching and facilities such as the STV will remain open for most of December.

If you are staying in Bath over the vacation, come along to some of our events before Christmas. They will give you the opportunity to meet other students who will be doing the same, so you can arrange to attend activities together.

Join our Winter Break Activities Microsoft Team to connect with other students staying in Bath and to get more information.

Date Event Time and Location Details
Monday 5 December Mince Pie and Mingle 1.15pm - 2.15 pm, Event Space, The Edge No need to book just come along
Tuesday 6th December Mince Pie and Mingle 5.15pm - 6.15pm Event Space, The Edge No need to book just come along
Wednesday 7th December Carols at the Rec 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Bath Rugby Recreation Ground Book to attend
Wednesday 7 December Baking cookies 2pm, Claverton Rooms Book to attend
Saturday 10 December Christmas Wreath making 2pm and 3pm, Cotswold House Book to attend
Wednesday 14 December Make mince pies 2pm, Claverton Rooms Book to attend
Wednesday 14 December University Christmas Carol Service 7pm, Bath Abbey Book to reserve a seat
Thursday 15 December Christmas Yoga and Meditation 4.30pm The Chaplaincy Contact the Chaplaincy to attend
Saturday 17 December Christmas Wreath making 10am, 11am, 12 pm and 1pm, Cotswold House Book to attend
Monday 19 December Bauble decorating workshop 12pm, The Arts Studio, The Edge Book to attend
Tuesday 20 December Board Games afternoon 2pm - 4pm, Event Space, The Edge No need to book just come along
Tuesday 20 December Aladdin Pantomime 7pm at Theatre Royal Bath Book to attend
Wednesday 21 December Terrarium making 1.30pm and 2.45pm Art Studio, The Edge Book to attend
Thursday 22 December Christmas meal 12:00-14:30, Claverton Rooms. Must be booked by Thursday 15 December Book to attend
Thursday 22 December Christmas film 15:00, The Edge Social Space No need to book just come along
Saturday 24 December Roman Baths Trip 1pm - 4pm, The Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath Book to attend
Sunday 25 December Winter food hamper for groups of four students in University accommodation Christmas Day breakfast and Christmas meal, plus Boxing Day snacks and lunch. Must be booked by Thursday 15 December and collected from Claverton Rooms on Thursday 22 December Book your hamper with three housemates
Monday 26 December Self guided Christmas walk Various routes around campus and the city Find out more
Tuesday 27 December The Enchanted Garden of Light 6pm - 8pm, American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath Book to attend
Saturday 1 January Self-guided New Year's Day walk Various routes around campus and the city Find out more

Sports Pass

The Team Bath Sports Pass can be used during the winter break; if you haven’t already activated your free sports pass then please do so by visiting STV reception. You can book courts to play sport with friends or Swim in the SwimFit lanes. The Sports Training Village has reduced holiday opening hours over the winter break.

Library Resources

The Library also has a number of resources available to you over the break. As well as holding a large film collection for loan, you can access BOB - boxsets on demand and popular magazines from around the world through Press Reader.

Other suggested activities

In addition to the list above, there are a number of other events going on in the city in which you may be interested.

There are also a number of other events taking place in and around the Bath and Bristol area. Take a look at Visit Bath's What's On Guide and Visit Bristol's What's On Guide to see what's happening this winter. Some local highlights include:

  • Bath Christmas Market, 24 November - 11 December. Over 170 chalets will be offering festive goods and foods, throughout the city centre.
  • Bath on Ice Why not give ice-skating a go? Open from now until 3 January. Booking advised. When finished warm up with hot drinks and food at the festive Alpine Bar.
  • Glow Golf Next to the ice-rink is the Adventure Golf Course. Lit up by fairy lights, this magical experience is great fun and no previous experience necessary. Open from now until 3 January. Booking advised.
  • 12 tales of a Georgian Christmas No 1 Royal Crescent. See this beautiful house decorated as it would have been in Georgian times. Student discovery card holders get in half-price.
  • Bath Christian Union Carol Service, Monday 5 December, 7.30 Bath Abbey. Christmas carol service with traditional Christmas songs led and performed by the University of Bath's Choral and Orchestral society. Traditional readings and a short talk on the Christmas story. Refreshments following the service. Free to attend. No tickets required. Turn up early to be sure of a place.
  • Friends International Cafe at St Barts Christmas Celebration, Friday 9 December, 7.15pm - 9.30pm at St Barts Church, Oldfield Park. Traditional two course Christmas meal with a short talk on the meaning of Christmas. Costs £5 to attend. Book here to attend
  • Friends International Cafe, International Christmas Meal, Tuesday 13 December, 7pm - 9.30pm at Widcombe Baptist Church. Free traditional roast Christmas dinner followed by mince pies. Christmas presents for all students who sign up! Photo shoot next to the Christmas tree. Presentation on "Finding the Gift in Christmas". Christmas carols sung by the volunteer team. Book here to attend

Useful Information

Over Christmas and New Year, many shops and offices have reduced opening hours. Trains and buses run limited services. Find out about transport to and from campus, opening times for shops on campus and in the city, and staff offices.


Wellbeing support will be available throughout the vacation period from 9am - 5pm (on 25th December 9am- 1pm). If you need advice outside these hours our Be Well - Talk now service provides free confidential advice and support to you wherever you are in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also access urgent support. If you have an emergency, ring 999 or University Security if you are on campus or in University accommodation.


All students living in the City will have access to the campus via First Buses, who are running a reduced service, in order to take part in our activities. Further information on bus and train travel, and taxis, is on our winter transport page.

Supermarkets in Bath

Find out more about which supermarkets will be open in Bath over the Christmas period, on our Supermarkets page.

Food outlets opening times

Check the opening times for all the food and drink outlets and shops on campus; this page is updated each week.

University offices

Most University staff will be on holiday from the end of Thursday 22 December, returning on Tuesday 3 January, so offices on campus and in University buildings will be closed. Our Security Team will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the period as normal.

Contact us

If you have any questions about what's on, contact us