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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.

We have a series of festive activities taking place on campus, all are free and you can attend as many as you like. 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.

There are also a number of other events taking place, either virtually or 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.

Festive activities

There are lots of things going on in and around the city and online that you can do. You can take part in as many activities as you wish. Spaces are limited so please make sure you book your place and don't miss out.

Date Event Time and Location Details
Saturday 18 December Bath Artisan Market Queen Square Bath Christmas Market
Saturday 18 December World Cafe and trip to Bath Abbey shoppers' carols 13:00-14:30, Bath Abbey Find out more and book
Sunday 19 December Museum of the Moon at Bath Abbey 18:30-21:00, Bath Abbey Find out more and book
Monday 20 December Clay Christmas Decoration Making 12:00-15:00, Event Space, The Edge Book to attend
Tuesday 21 December Board Games afternoon 14:00-17:00, The Edge Book to attend
Wednesday 22 December Gift Making 12:00-15:00, Event Space, The Edge Book to attend
Thursday 23 December Hot drink, mince pie and thoughts of home with the Chaplaincy 11:15-12:00, the Chaplaincy No booking required
Thursday 23 December Christmas meal 12:30-14:30, Claverton Rooms. Must be booked by Thursday 16 December Book to attend
Thursday 23 December Christmas Film 15:00-17:30, The Weston Studio in The Edge Book to attend and vote for the film
Friday 24 December Roman Baths Trip 13:30-16:30, The Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath Book to attend
Saturday 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 Monday 13 December and collected from Claverton Rooms on Thursday 23 December Book your hamper with three housemates
Sunday 26 December Self guided Christmas walk Various routes around campus and the city Find out more
Monday 27 December Cinderella Pantomime at Theatre Royal 14:00-17:00, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath Book to attend
Tuesday 28 December The Enchanted Garden of Light 18:30-20:00, American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath Book to attend
Wednesday 29 December Sports pass activities Badminton 10:00-12:00, Volleyball 13:00-15:00, in STV Hall areas 5-8 Just turn up and play, please bring your own equipment
Thursday 30 December Sports pass activities Volleyball 10:00-12:00, Netball 13:00-15:00, in STV Hall areas 5-8 Just turn up and play, please bring your own equipment
Friday 31 December Sports pass activities Netball 10:00-12:00, Badminton 13:00-15:00, in STV Hall areas 5-8 Just turn up and play, please bring your own equipment
Saturday 1 January Self-guided New Year's Day walk Various routes around campus and the city Find out more

Useful Information

Find out about access to the STV, transport to and from campus, opening times for shops on campus and in the city, and staff offices.


All students living in the City will have access to the campus via the normal bus facility with First Buses 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 23 December, returning on Tuesday 4 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.

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. You will be required to wear a face covering within the building unless you are exempt or when exercising.

Support if you're self-isolating

If you're self-isolating, either because you have tested positive for Covid-19, are waiting for test results or have been a contact of someone with Covid, you must tell us so we can support you).

Accommodation on campus

We are offering a limited number of en-suite rooms on campus free-of-charge for students from Thursday 23 December to Tuesday 4 January.

This will be a great opportunity to spend time with others, meet new people and be part of a community of students on campus who are also staying in the city. Bedding and towels will be provided.

Please note that hospitality outlets on campus, including Fresh, will be closed during this time. Our Security Team will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the period as normal, and will be on hand to support you.

If you would like to join us on campus during this time, please read and complete this form by Sunday 5 December. If you would like to move with friends, please include this in the form.

Rooms are subject to availability and at no additional cost. We will confirm whether you have been allocated a room by Monday 6 December 2021. If you are allocated a room, you must collect your key on Thursday 23 December from the West Accommodation Centre and return the key on or before Tuesday 4 January 2022. If you are currently living in University accommodation your normal rental for the period will still apply.

Contact us

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