About Widcombe

Widcombe is a thriving community with excellent facilities and services. On the south-eastern fringes of Bath city centre, the area is only a few minutes walk via the the 'Halfpenny Bridge'(built in 1877 and restored in 2013) across the River Avon from the rear of the railway station. You can also approach from the centre of Bath along the riverside path from Argylle St or North Parade Bridge. The photo at left shows Widcombe landmarks as seen from North Parade Bridge in Bath City centre.

Widcombe boasts excellent eating and shopping, beautiful walks and spectacular scenery. Widcombe Association members enjoy discounts with local Widcombe traders - and you don't have to live in Widcombe to be a WA member!

Widcombe is a great place to live. For
 property in the Widcombe area, click here.

Historians of all kind will find much of interest in Widcombe's churches, cemeteries, historic houses and war memorials. For an overview of Widcombe's history, including many downloadable pamphlets produced by the Widcombe & Lyncome Local History Society, click here

Widcombe, with its unique blend of city and glorious countryside, is home to many artists and craftspeople. Every year the WA holds an Art Trail, where local artists and friends display their work in their homes and studios and local shops, pubs and restaurants. A Craft Fair is also held every November where local craftsmen and women including potters, jewellers and textile artists, present their own work, and you can buy Christmas gifts direct from the makers.

Top Sights in Widcombe

Where to Stay

Shopping

Eating & Drinking

Churches

Community Services

Doctors, Dentists & Vets

Schools

Properties for sale

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Top Sights in Widcombe

For informational on historical sights, see Historical Widcombe.

For a slide show of Widcombe sights, accompanied by the Beechen Cliff School Folk band playing their self-composed Widcombe Suite, click here.

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Where to Stay

Widcombe offers a wide range of accommodation, including the friendly and comfortable dormitories of and the Travelodge by the canal.

Portraits of welcoming Widcombe Traders
by
Andrew Ward

 

Where are the businesses in Widcombe Parade?

Widcombe's Shops

Many traders in Widcombe are members of the Widcombe Association and offer very worth-while
Discounts to WA members
. Details here.

Whilst Widcombe Parade can provide for every-day needs with shops like the convenience store and Pharmacy it is perhaps better known for its hostelries and specialist shops, which draw clientele from all over Bath and the surrounding area: The Aga Shop supplying Agas and all the accessories; for new and second-hand high quality curtains & fabric; Kindle Stoves, suppliers and installers of wood-burning stoves, , a fireplace provider; Print Room for prints and framing; Roundabout for high quality second-hand clothes etc for children and adults; portrait painter and landscape artist Catherine Beale's studio/gallery; supplying flowers, plants and shrubs, and Secondhand Rose for quality clothing.  On the south side of the parade you can find Widcombe Antiques, offering antiques and collectibles at a discount to WA members.

Around the corner in Prior Park Rd is , providing a vast array of trees and shrubs, garden and pet supplies, and a farm shop offering local fresh produce.

A short walk westward will take you to St Mark's Rd where tucked away behind St Mark's Church you will find , where his many fascinating architectural models can be seen and purchased.

Also living in St Mark's Rd is artist Jessica Palmer, an expert in intricate paper images, who conducts workshops in paper cutting, collaging, making cards or painting mini portraits at her home, and who offers a discount to WA members.
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Widcombe – The Place to Eat

Widcombe Parade hosts two excellent bistro-style dining venues for lunch and supper, each with a different atmosphere and high quality cuisine, a Chinese restaurant with well-deserved reputation, and Indian and American food takeaways.

is a bustling wine bar with scrubbed wooden tables and benches. The menu contains such dishes as baked red mullet and sea bass, with boulangère potatoes. There is also a good sized function room upstairs, ideal for a private party, dance or group activity. Sunday night is music night at this popular venue - for the gig list, click here.

has been converted from a traditional pub to a spacious, light, airy bar and restaurant with pleasant courtyard garden, serving choice dishes such as braised lamb shank with horseradish mash, or rib-eye steak with tarragon mustard butter. The White Hart offers discount to WA members.

The Hon Fusion Chinese Restaurant offers a wide range of Chinese food and a take-away service. (Note the discount offered to WA members!)

As well as these restaurants, there are also the traditional pubs: The Ram in Widcombe Parade which serves a wide range of pub favourites, such as homemade beef, bellringer and thyme pie; plus snacks and filled ciabattas; and in Pulteney Rd which boasts real ales, home-made food, a beer garden and a skittle alley.

Widcombe is also well-known for the , a centre for, amongst other things, Somerset skittles,Darts and folk music. The Club closed for redevelopment at the end of September 2012, when many of its sporting events were switched to Twerton's football ground.

The Parade also has two take-aways - The Manhattan serves burger-type food and the Ruposhi is an Indian curry house.

offers locally produced cakes, sandwiches and snacks with your coffee; and has an outside terrace for Summer days. Lennies Deli and Coffee Shop offers fresh bread daily, cream teas, fine wines and coffee and filled rolls to eat in or take away.

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Bath Lock & Key, opened in 2012, offers a large range of locksmith services including lock fitting, emergency call-out service, key cutting, master key systems, security bars and grills, and safes.

Widcombe Parade boasts two hairstylists: David Maxwell Hairdressing, opened in 2011, and who boast, among other things, a relaxed atmosphere and good coffee.

Within the Parade is also a doctors' surgery with a chiropodist, two dentists, including Widcombe Dental Practice,  Widcombe Pharmacy, two estate agents: , specialising in the management of student properties, and , who let and manage properties; a launderette, And if you're looking for a driving instructor based in Widcombe, try Widcombe Driving School on 444166.

2014 saw the arrival of veterinary surgeons Ashman Jones at No 5 Widcombe Parade, so Widcombe's pet lovers once again have a vet on the doorstep.
Ashman Jones offer WA members a 10% discount on their pet's first consultation

Amongst specialist companies is ,
                 providing consultancy and software support to the legal profession.

id homes - an interior design and development consultancy - is based in Widcombe.  Full details here.

Also resident in Widcombe is designer Anthony Paine - specialist in elegant buildings and interiors

Architect Jonathan Logsdon is based in Widcombe, off Pulteney Rd

Weighed down by clutter? Or moving home or dealing with the belongings of a loved one? Or simply needing help to get your home or office in order? Contact Widcombe-based professional
de-clutterers Lumen Domus. Lumen Domus offer a 10% discount to WA members

Tucked away behind Widcombe Infant School in Miles Court you can find Vibe Fitness offering training and workouts for all with the latest in fitness systems.

Also based in Widcombe is Swim and Smile, offering one on one swimming lessons to adults.

For Therapeutic Holistic Massage, visit Prior Park Practice at 29 Prior Park Rd. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

On the South side of Widcombe Parade, between the Aga Shop and Blazes is Millbrook Place where you will find the Widcombe Therapy Room, offering psychotherapy, counselling and holistic massage.

Widcombe is also home to two theatre companies, the world-famous , and the Zenith Youth Theatre Company whose home is in St Mark's Community Centre

The Naturals' proud boast is that they can take performances to parts that other companies cannot reach. They are specialists in everything from extreme street theatre to providing embarrassing guests to enliven your birthday or wedding celebration, and are responsible for the organization of the biennial Widcombe Rising, now Bath's premier street festival. The Naturals can be found in the old Church Institute at the bottom of Widcombe Hill, where they provide a home for Bath's best-loved minor Royal, Lady Margaret (below).   

       

         Lady Margaret 'switches on' Widcombe's Christmas lights - 1st Dec 2011

 

Discounts for WA members

Ashman Jones Veterinary Surgeons - 10% off first consultation for your pet

Bath Lock & Key -10%

Bath Property Shop - 10% on agency fees

Bath Spa Florists - 10% - but not Interflora, sales less than £10 & reduced items

Blazes - 5% on goods purchased - but not installations

Core-Works Pilates – 10% off 1:1 lessons

David Maxwell Hairdressing - 10%

FAB! Event Management - 10% on tickets to any FAB! event

Hon Fusion Chinese Restaurant - 10% on eat-in food

id homes - 10% discount on fabrics and free design consultation

Jessica Palmer Art Workshops - 10%

Kindle Stoves - 15% on logs and accessories

Kindling Coffee - Double Loyalty Stamps per hot drink

Kitchens - 10% on kitchens over £3000

Lennies - coffee for £1.50

Lumen Domus   de-clutterers 10%

Prior Park Garden Centre - 4%

Royal Oak - 10% on main courses - not on Sundays

Swim & Smile - 25% on first lesson

St Mark's Community Centre - 10% on hall hirings

Timothy Richards Architecture Gallery - 5%+

Vibe Fitness - 10%

White Hart Restaurant - 10% off lunch & dinner Monday - Thursday

Widcombe Antiques - 10%

Widcombe Dental Practice - 5% on routine treatments (excluding check-ups)

Widcombe Driving School- 10%

Widcombe Pharmacy - 10% (not NHS prescriptions, medicines and promotional items)

Widcombe Therapy Room - 10%

Not a member? - click here - you don't have to live in Widcombe!

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Schools

Widcombe is home to excellent schools, in both state and private sectors.

The state primary schools are Widcombe Infant School and . The excellent Beechen Cliff School falls within Widcombe's western boundary. It is single-sex for boys, but takes in girls in the 6th Form. Both of these schools have been rated 'outstanding' by OFSTED.

In the private sector, the Paragon School in Lyncombe Vale feeds the high-achieving , whose main building is Ralph Allen's old mansion in a wonderful position overlooking the city.


Churches

Just up Widcombe Hill from Widcombe Parade is St Matthew’s Church and a little further on, turn right along Church Street to find the original parish church of St Thomas à Becket. These two churches make up The Benefice of Widcombe. Regular Sunday Services are no longer held in St Matthew's, but it does provide excellent spaces which are available for hire for events.

St Thomas à Becket Church and

Widcombe Baptist Church is found at the east end of Widcombe Parade opposite Prior Park Rd, and the Christian Science Church at the corner of St Mark’s Road and Claverton Street. The Chapel of St Mary Magdalen in Holloway holds Sunday services and occasional cultural events.

Community Services

St Mark’s Community Centre (a large converted church) in St Mark’s Road is used by the Acorns Pre-School, providing full day-care for children between 3 years and statutory school age. and hosts various classes and a packed programme of events. Their well-equipped Hall is available for hire.

Widcombe’s local police Beat Officer is Malcolm Webley and he is the man to contact about any incidents in Widcombe. He can be contacted on 01225 842496. If you observe a crime in progress, dial 999 but if you want to talk to Bath Police about a non-urgent matter the number is 101.

More information can be found on the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website under ‘Widcombe Beat News’.

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Last modified on 17th August 2013
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