Mike James

Mike James

Profile updated 15/04/18

Regional Qualification(s):

South West

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07956 877268

Email:

mike@mikejames.org

Introduction:

There is a strong sense of community in Bath... and I feel very ensconced in it! A Yorkshireman by birth, I have lived in Bath since 2010 and developed strong relationships here with so many businesses that experiential tours are now my speciality, especially food tours ( http://www.savouringbath.com)!
Having toured extensively across the UK with student groups from North America on educational tours, I also worked for many years with adult groups touring the UK & Ireland. I have since continued to provide enlightening experiences of Bath, Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Wiltshire, and Somerset for clients from across the world, ensuring that everyone I work with takes away wonderful memories of the true beauty of our region.
I love to bring the simplest things alive for visitors - whether it be making what looks like a simple art work taking on new meaning, or revealing the extraordinary in what looks very ordinary, my passion and joy is to share the 'wow' factor with my clients when I provide an experience of changing perceptions from something seeming mundane to something becoming a fascinating focal point!
While food tours in Bath have become a speciality I also really enjoy literary tours in Bath, highlighting how the likes of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Charles Dickens helped put the city on the map of literary Britain!
I've also developed a repertoire of ghost tours in the Cotswolds ( http://www.cotswoldsghosttours.co.uk) and walking/hiking tours are a passion of mine, especially in Windsor Great Park, and the area around Bath, where there are some amazing views across the area and some stunningly beautiful hidden locations!

Personal Interests:

Ghost walk (Cheltenham)
Railways
Walking/Hiking
Canals
Art & Architecture
Prehistory
Ghost walk (Prestbury)
Castle & Cathedrals
Food tours of Bath
Literature tour of Bath
Jane Austen's Bath
Charles Dickens in Bath
Hiking in Windsor Great Park

Special Interests:

Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries

Discover what makes Cheltenham go bump in the night on this 2 hour walk of the town, and hear the mysterious stories of apparitions and strange occurrences from further afield in the nearby Cotswolds! Ghost walks and talks also available in Prestbury - England's most haunted village!

Conferences & Incentives

My past work includes working with travellers on corporate incentives, and conferences. Having previously worked for a Tour Operator managing a team of 400 Tour Managers across Europe, I am well placed with the contacts you need to organise your major event.

Churches & Cathedrals

Bristol Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral... or smaller historic churches such as Cheltenham Minster; St Peter & St Paul (Northleach); St John the Baptist (Cirencester); St Nicholas (Bathampton); or the Lord Mayor's Chapel (Bristol) ...there are huge amounts of religious buildings steeped in history in the South West.

Stately Homes & Country Houses

From National Trust properties to stunning, privately owned country manors, and elegant town houses, the South West has a plethora of stately homes to explore. I can arrange visits for groups, individuals, or corporate visits with a guided tour or something extra special!
Dyrham Park, Montacute House, Chavenage (home to TV's Poldark!), Tyntesfield, Longleat, Bowood, Stourhead, Stanway House, Athelhampton, and Minterne Magna are some of the stately homes I've enjoyed sharing with groups in the past.

Shopping

Whether you prefer the boutique style shops of the market town of Stroud (the 'Covent Garden' of the Cotswolds), the markets of Cirencester and Bath, or high street shopping in the metropolitan centres of Bristol or Exeter, I can plan and lead an itinerary for you which will fulfil your every need when it comes to finding that special purchase! I can also offer tours of Christmas Markets in the south west - Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Salisbury and others!

Walking Tours

I can provide walking tours tailored to your needs, in the city and countryside surrounding Bath. Special themed tours include: Jane Austen themed tours of Bath; 'Georgian Fare' (sample flavours from Baths culinary history and learn about local produce); explore the site of the Battle of Lansdowne, and the Woolley Valley, or experience views of the city from above on the Bath Skyline. I can also provide highlights tours of Bristol, Cheltenham, Salisbury, and other cities in the region, and ghost walks in Cheltenham and Prestbury

Food & Drink

Experience 'Georgian Fare' by following a foodie trail around the city and hearing the stories behind foods unique to this Georgian gem: Bath Chaps; Bath Olivers; Sally Lunn's Buns; and Bath Buns. Sample some of these, plus other morsels of local produce, and learn about some of the great places to eat and drink in the UK's UNESCO World Heritage city!

Endorsements:

York Minster, Windsor & Eton

Driver Guide:

No