A baby-free day in Bath!
A couple of weeks ago I headed down to Bath for a hen do. Becky, one of my best friends, is getting married next month and I am really looking forward to her big day – it is sure to be a lovely celebration!
It was very weird to be getting up before Georgie was even awake and leaving the house at 6, but I had really early (i.e. extremely cheap!) train tickets down to Bath on Saturday morning, with a couple of changes at Birmingham and Bristol to delight in too. Because I arrived in Bath early I decided to have a touristy morning exploring the city where my parents met.
I decided to spend some of my birthday money to go on the City Sightseeing open top bus, with a stop off at the Jane Austen Centre. I wish I’d had more time, as the tour was fascinating – I could have gone round twice quite happily, with plenty of stops to take photos and explore the city! I would have loved to go on their skyline tour as well, which was included in the ticket price.
I ended up rushing around the end of the Jane Austen centre a bit because I was a little worried about time – I could have spent all morning dawdling around the museum centre and browsing the shop! The talk about Jane Austen was really fascinating though, and worth the entry fee on its own – you could tell the girl who did the talk really knew and enjoyed the subject.
After I had finished the tour, I grabbed an incredibly overpriced pasty for lunch and met up with the girls at the Thermae Bath Spa, where we spent two hours blissfully floating around in the gorgeous pools. Some of the party had a go in the steam rooms too, as they were included in the price, and reported back that they were fantastic – they certainly smelled amazing when I went past!
I managed to get a bit of a tan floating about in the rooftop pool, cloud watching and eavesdropping on some very shallow minded (yet hilarious!) conversations! The spa staff were lovely and let us all hire a robe, towel & slippers for free when they found out that we were a hen party.
After the spa we headed to the Pump Room for a posh afternoon tea – I enjoyed some scrumptious scones with jam & clotted cream, along with some apple juice… and bullied Becky into having an extravagant champagne tea, whilst wearing the tiara we surprised her with! It was a lovely afternoon, and really a very sophisticated hen party!
I wasn’t feeling very well in the evening so I chilled out for a bit, FaceTimed with James & Georgie and then headed to bed early while the rest of the party headed out for a meal and cocktails, then headed back home the next morning with a local friend who drove down on Friday.
It was a really nice day, although I found it
a bit very weird to be away from Georgie for a whole day, and overnight for the first time! As I just stopped breastfeeding her two months ago I’ve never spent a night away from her before. I know I could have done if I had expressed but I rarely want to go away without James, like in this case, so it never really came up! It was a very freeing experience to just be on my own and not having to worry about Georgie (or James!) – especially the morning when I was completely on my own for hours. I rather enjoyed the solidarity, but I think a little goes a long way as I rather missed my little girl too!