Getting Christmas underway

Contractors are hard at work assembling over 170 chalets for this year’s  Bath Christmas Market.

Chalets going up on the north side of Bath Abbey.

This colourful annual event – which lines the streets surrounding Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths – opens on Thursday, November 24th and runs through to Sunday, December 11th.

Chalets going up in Abbey Courtyard

Opening times are 10 to 7 Monday to Wednesday, 10 to 8.30 Thursday to Saturday and 10 to 6 on Sundays.

Chalet bases in York Street.

This year they are having to re-arrange a couple of pitches near the shop entrance to Bath Abbey as hoarding has been erected for the start of excavation work as park of the  multi-million pound Footprint Project.

The hoarding going up in one corner of Bath Abbey for the start of excavation work.

This will restore the Abbey floor, introduce a heating system using Bath’s thermal waters as a source of energy and install educational facilities, meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces, toilets and much needed kitchens.

The hoarding for the start of work at Bath Abbey gives full information about the Heritage Lottery funded Footprint Project

Chalets normally at this point near the Abbey are taking up space outside the church office in Kingston buildings.

Find out more about the Footprint Project via and more information about this year’s Bath Christmas Market via

Meanwhile it is good to see B&NES replacing the bike hoops outside the Guildhall after their removal to make way for the annual Remembrance Day parade march by.

The hoops have gone back with removal notices – and the offending cycle lock cable  – STILL attached!

Shame the hoops are being returned with the notices of their removal still attached. A bike lock cable l mention to Council Connect months ago was also still attached when the hoops went back.

I noticed a B&NES lorry with the hoops onboard – waiting to be re-attached. You can see the notices and the cycle lock cable are still attached.

Some joined up communication needed here l think?