You’re a specialist day tour company – in a nutshell, can you tell us a bit more about what Around And About Bath does?
Good question. Around and About Bath is taking the idea of what a day tour or local travel experience should be and turning it on its head. We’re pioneering a completely new approach focused entirely on providing our guests with a truly extraordinary, unhurried and engaging experience by creating immersive in-depth journeys of discovery into the ‘England’ we as passionate locals know and love, yet few others, even other locals, encounter or experience.
Tell Us More…
Each ‘Curated Experience’ (day tour) or ‘Historical Dining Experience’ (dining tour) is a chocolate-box adventure for 2-8 guests and shares the must-sees, but also the gems, forgotten stories, remarkable connections, history, food, drink, people, places, routes & experiences that delight & amaze, but are well away from the well-worn and well-known… We cover every cost and are door-to-door so our guests can focus on the experience. We don’t share our itineraries because the surprises & discoveries are part of the ‘Wow!’ factor. Also, we’re keen to protect the communities & environments we visit from over-exposure and mass-tourism.
You’re the founder of the company – when and why did you start it up?
We’ve just turned two – our first tour was in August 2016. My wife and I had been teaching & setting up schools in Zambia for several years but decided to come back in 2016. I’ve never known what I wanted to do with my life but I had wanted to change careers for some time. After years of agonising about what to do, I had an epiphany – stop thinking about what I should do, and think about what I enjoy. I love to travel, history, the local region, meeting people, exchanging thoughts & ideas and exploring. Suddenly, it seemed obvious…
You’re a former history teacher – why did you change careers?
Because I have to believe in what I do. I’m passionate about education, but education should be about building young people to have the confidence, skills and self-awareness to carve their own, meaningful path through life. That’s not the philosophy that governs education today in my opinion.
What sets AAAB apart?
Everything. Our approach, our staff, our commitment to our guests, our structure, our depth. Our passion.
How’s business at the moment?
Tough but encouraging! Just over two years ago, I was launching my very first tour with no idea whether the concept would even work, and now we’re a team of five. We’ve grown quickly because the feedback we’ve had has been so consistently outstanding, but I’m having to learn fast and making lots of mistakes in the process. However, my prime concern is always that our guests’ experience is exceptional every time, and I’m so proud of how our fabulous team continues to ensure we get this right every time!
What sort of tour packages do you offer?
We offer day ‘tours’ such as our ‘Stonehenge & Secret Somerset’ or ‘Hidden Cotswolds & Kings’ Experiences which offer much more than simply sightseeing and include unique insights into culture, history, literature, places, food and drink. We also offer evening dining packages that include transport to and from Bath, outstanding dining, drinks in unique locations but also share some of the most incredible but often unknown local stories, revelations and discoveries… and of course great conversation and a lot of laughter! Finally, we’ve launched some great on-foot city tours this year that offer so much more than a ‘walking tour’ and include encounters with some of Bath’s most intriguing hidden gems, world-renowned specialists, forgotten stories and refreshments in tucked away gems.
What might a typical Bath tour entail?