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Published July 7th 2017
Shopping, sunshine and sustenance
Made up of stylish shops, food and drink establishments, accommodation and public recreation areas, Southgate is a lively and fun place to visit. Offering a tempting carousel of street vendors all year round, the open square area at the end of St Lawrence Street also frequently screens major sporting and music events on huge projectors. Deckchairs and beanbags are also provided for shoppers who would like to have a quiet few moments. Just steps away from the railway and bus stations, it is also a perfect place to meet up if you are new to Bath.
This June and July, the space above St Lawrence Street has been transformed into a multi-colour Art installation. Upended umbrellas smile down upon shoppers, suspended in mid-air. There are other little surprises too, such as the flower-bedecked red telephone boxes around the square.
Southgate is a major draw to those coming to shop in Bath and offers a modern and stylish retail experience. Nevertheless, clad in Bath stone to mimic the heritage of the city, it is also a very pleasant place to spend some time. It is also a creative space, and a playful one at that. Today, I enjoyed hopping from shadow to shadow beneath the displays and watching people marvel at the art installations.
Southgate sits directly above the largest and most accessible Car Park in Bath. Parking can be a time-consuming experience in Bath, but Southgate is virtually never full. The wheelchair-friendly facilities also bring visitors directly up to the main Southgate concourse, via brightly decorated elevators. A major suntrap in the Summer months, the concourse is a lovely, social and vibrant part of Bath, and worth visiting even if you are just passing through.