Events diary

8:30 AM08:30

Jumper for joy and jazz it up in a more sustainable way!

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Has anyone noticed yet? It is nearly Christmas.... And, as it is the beginning of December, it is the ideal time to start thinking about pulling out the annual sweater for Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December. Or if you prefer perhaps a more sustainable option?

Some Christmas jumper inspiration can be found on loveyourclothes with ideas for decorating a preexisting jumper or swapping or sharing last year's jumper. Also see Jane's blogpost that she wrote last year here, which gives ideas about obtaining your Christmas jumper and disposing of it.  

Whatever you decide, let's have some fun wearing the daftest and most wonderful woollies for a day and raising a little money for Save the Children! There will be a box on reception to drop your £2 into. 

Here's some inspiration from last year......






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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
6:30 PM18:30

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces


The Bristol Young Urbanists are pleased to invite you to an urbanism film night, with subsequent discussion and networking.

They will be screening the film “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” that documents the work of William ‘Holly’ Whyte and The Street Life Project who operated in New York city in the 1970s (synopsis and full event information below).

Location and time

The film night will take place at the Salt Café on St George’s Road on Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 6.30 PM - 9.30 PM.

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To book

If you’d like to join them please click here to go to the official event page on the Academy of Urbanism webpage, which provides a link to the Eventbrite event. 

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

This seminal and classic film documents the work of William ‘Holly’ Whyte and The Street Life Project who operated in New York city in the 1970s.

Whyte and his team were the first to use anthropological-style observation techniques in the city environment, revealing new insights into human dynamics in urban spaces.

Central to their research was one simple question: 'what made some city spaces attractive to people and others less so?'

Their findings were detailed in a book by the same name, published in 1980 and this companion film is a synthesis of the main conclusions. It documents the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, offering an intuitive critique of how urban spaces can be improved.

In the preface of the book, Whyte explains:

 ‘What has fascinated us most is the behaviour of ordinary people on city streets — their rituals in street encounters, for example, the regularity of chance meetings, the tendency to reciprocal gestures in street conferences, the rhythms of the three-phase goodbye’



18.30    Drinks / Nibbles

19.00   Welcome / Introduction to film

19.15     Film Showing

20.15    Discussion

20.30   Drinks / Networking




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7:30 PM19:30

Bath United rugby match


Bath United have a match on Monday 27th November against London Irish B Team at the Rec. It’s free entry, kick off is at 19.30, anyone interested? More information here.

These matches usually feature reserve players, some first team players who are returning from injury and some of the younger academy players.

Please contact Ewan if you would like to go. 

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12:00 AM00:00

Women in Property site visit

Airbus Wing Testing Facility, Bristol


Site visit to tour the £40m Airbus Wing Integration Centre facility specifically designed to provide the most advanced working environment and tools for Airbus, their suppliers, partners & academia, to deliver the next generation of aircraft wing, landing gear system and fuel system designs. Galliford Try are inviting Women in Property to see the strong floor anchor system before concrete is poured.

The building will house Airbus aerospace engineers working in early stage research right through to in service aircraft improvements as well as emerging technologies.


Please arrive by 12:00 noon for site tour, light lunch and networking. Finishes 14.00.

NB: PPE will be required (this includes Hi-Viz, hard hat & site boots).

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6:00 PM18:00

An evening with the Bath Model-Maker

Places are limited, so register quickly!

Alex has caught wind of an interesting event that is being hosted at Combe Grove Hotel on the 21st November.

Join Bath's world-famous architectural model-maker, Timothy Richards. Recently featured on the cover of Bath Life magazine, Tim is the owner and master-craftsman behind the only business in the world of its kind, and will be speaking in the Drawing Room, about the models, his craft and what it is to run a busy traditional workshop.

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There is no charge to attend the event and the organiser instead suggest guests make a donation to the charity of Tim's choosing: Send a Cow

Stay on for supper with Tim at 7pm in the Library. There is a cost associated with this, read more details on the web link below. 

How to register

Places are limited, to register for one please contact our Sales Manager, / 01225 834 644 and let her know if you would like to book supper too.


Combe Grove Hotel, Brassknocker Hill, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7HU


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7:00 PM19:00

SpeedQuizzing Social!

Put your wits (and reaction times) to the test with this fast-paced smartphone pub quiz which has a Disney theme on Thursday 16th November. 

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Lizzie is organising a team social with a few post work drinks followed by SpeedQuizzing from 7pm at Revolution in Bath. 

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1st Prize: £50 bar tab.

It costs £1 per person to play, up to 6 players per team are permitted. 

Look out for more details from Lizzie later in the week. 


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7:00 PM19:00

Architecture Club

Ten points with David Kohn

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Ten Points’ sets out the position of David Kohn Architects towards questions of collaboration, comfort and adaptation within contemporary practice, illustrated by past and current office projects. DKA is London-based and established in 2007, currently working internationally on arts, education and residential projects. Current work includes major projects for the V&A, New College Oxford, and the ICA. Past projects include A Room for London in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, the White Building in Hackney Wick and an award-winning restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts.

David Kohn is Director of London-based practice David Kohn Architects.


Rook Lane Chapel
Bath Street
BA11 1DN
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10:30 AM10:30

Shoebox time!

Operation Christmas child

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Last year we had a really good response to the shoe box appeal. Is anyone interested to pack a shoe box again this year?

How to pack a shoebox

More information can be found at Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes need to be delivered to collection points between 1st and 18th November and Emma has suggested we aim for all shoeboxes to be finished and in the office by 6th November.


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to Nov 12

New name and look for Bath film festival


After 27 years as the Bath Film Festival, the organising charity is changing its title to FilmBath to recognise that its activities now also include:

  • rolling out The F-Rating, championing films directed &/or written by or starring women;
  • a year-round programme of pop-up screenings in outlying places in and around the city;
  • the IMDb New Filmmaker and Script to Screen Awards, for emerging talent,
  • and FilmScore, a competition for young screen composers.
Bring an open mind and prepare to be engaged: Bath Film Festival is not somewhere you go to be neutral, it’s somewhere you go to participate.
— Ken Loach – FilmBath patron

Bookings open Friday 13th October

Full details of all screenings will be available on 6th October 2017, and general bookings open on Friday 13th October 2017.

Visit the FilmBath Festival website for all the latest news and updates and join the mailing list to receive priority booking.

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1:00 PM13:00

Pumpkin (or something else?) carving!

Lunchtime fun

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Last year, there was a great turn-out for a lunchtime session of pumpkin carving. Emma Mc took on the humble coconut with truly refreshing results! What creations will emerge this time around?

If you would like to join in the lunchtime fun on 31st October, bring along a pumpkin or similar to carve and some design tools! And for the crocheters among us..... how about a crochet pumpkin?? 

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7:00 PM19:00

Harry Potter quiz night

Smartfone quiz at Revolution in #Bath

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We are giving Bath Brew House a bit of a breather, and looking for a quiz that is a bit easier!  Lizzie has been scouting around and discovered the Smartfone quiz at Revolution in Bath. 

The general knowledge quiz runs weekly on a Thursday from 7pm and played on your Smartphone or Tablet. We are running a team social on 26th October for a Harry Potter themed quiz night. So get your wizard hats and crystal balls ready as we are aiming to win!

1st Prize: £50 bar tab. £1 per person, 6 per team max. All proceeds to the cash pot prize game after the quiz.

Lizzie will send more details about where we are all meeting on closer to the event. 

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3:30 PM15:30

Spooks on the loose!

The school term break is looming. Fancy a spooky stamp around with the kids? 


You can check-in from 3.30pm at the Temple of Minerva in Royal Victoria Park's botanical gardens on Wednesday 25th October 2017.  The event is free and will close at 5pm.

When you check-in to the event you can pick up your spooky stamp card ready to do the trail. 

The trail is a short walk around the Great Dell with eleven pin stampers fixed in locations along the way. 

More details here.

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Festival of the Future City Bath
to Oct 21

Festival of the Future City Bath



Festival of Ideas is working with partners in Bath to extend the festival to neighbouring areas.

In an ever-changing economic and political climate, Festival of the Future City Bath will inspire new thinking on urban habitation and planning. Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most cherished architectural landscapes, and with a focus on urban development in the twenty-first century, it will explore three principal themes: housing, the artist and the city, and great architecture, both locally and globally.

Three days of talks, workshops and walks exploring architectural gems will address the
question: ‘Whose City is It?’, taking in the complexities of a place like Bath, one of only
two cities in the world with UNESCO world heritage status (the other being Venice). How
should cities reinvigorate their character and economy when looking to the future?

For tickets and booking and full programme information visit The Edge website.

Festival highlights

Image credit: Antwerp Port Authority HQ, Zaha Hadid Architects

Image credit: Antwerp Port Authority HQ, Zaha Hadid Architects

Thurs 19 Oct
3 – 9pm, Various locations
Events suggesting how utopian thinking could develop our cities, and what utopian aspects are already in place. Including ‘Walking Utopia’ a walk around Bath with writer and critic Owen Hatherley – author of A Guide To The New Ruins Of Great Britain and an evening of PechaKucha presentations on ‘Liveable Cities’.

Fri 20 Oct
1pm – 6.30pm Assembly Rooms Bath
Taking in the complexities of a place like Bath we look at the local question of future city. What are the best ways to develop an ecosystem for all to contribute economically, and benefit by return? Is public space an answer? Explore the challenges of preserving architectural heritage whilst creating new buildings and welcoming new populations with leading architect Alison Brooks’ (Bath Western Riverside housing scheme), Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Andrew Vines of Historic England, Jim Heverin, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects and more.

Sat 21 Oct
12.30 – 5.30pm, The Edge, University of Bath
What makes a city a great place to live? Explore radical housing solutions, the city as artistic inspiration and and 21st Century design. Speakers during the day include Stuart Woods (Thomas Heatherwick Studio, Garden Bridge project) Anna Minton (Big Capital), Alex Vasudevan (The Autonomous City), The Design Museum’s Justin McGuirk and artist Rut Blees Luxemburg a photographer and installation artist focusing on urban space.

Produced in association with Modern Culture and

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to Oct 20

Festival of the Future City

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Click to download the festival event bochure

How do we make the cities that we really want to live in? The future of cities is fraught with challenges, but full of possibility.

The second Festival of the Future City takes place 18-20 October 2017. Set over three days the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders and more. Join them to explore the key issues for the future of our cities: how we can solve growing inequality and segregation; build healthy cities and places; foster sustainable cities; and explore a future of devolved powers.

Key speakers include: Sir David King (UK permanent Special Representative for Climate Change September 2013 until March 2017; previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007); Ben Derbyshire (president, RIBA); Ricky Burdett (LSE); Claudia Rankine (Harvard); Lord Heseltine; Saskia Sassen (Columbia); Simon Stevens (NHS England); Julia Unwin (Civil Society Commission); Geoff Mulgan (NESTA); Rachel Cooper (University of Lancaster); Anna Lisa Boni (Eurocities); Alaina Harkness (Brookings), Mark Cousins (filmmaker); Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation); Kit de Waal (writer); Liane Hartley (Urbanistas); Gavin Kelly (Resolution Trust); Molly Crabapple (artist); David Olusoga (historian and broadcaster); Ben Rogers (Centre for London); Afua Hirsch (broadcaster); Martin Green (Director, Hull City of Culture 2017); Charles Landry (Comedia); Sunder Katwala (British Future); Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol); Caroline Lucas MP; Claire Craig (former deputy Government Office for Science, now Royal Society) and George Monbiot (journalist).

Download the brochure here. For further details of all events, biographies of speakers, news, updates and booking links please go to

The first Festival of the Future City 2014/2015 was an 18-month programme of work that culminated in a major series of 69 events over four days from 17 to 20 November 2015 – including the buildup there were 139 events in total with over 20,000 participants. Details of the first festival are here. Much of the festival was filmed and a book has been published.

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7:00 PM19:00

If women built cities: young women's workshop


Young women from across the city and its surrounding areas are invited to an interactive panel discussion and networking event to debate how different cities would be if women built them. The event – which features speakers including Cllr Nicola Beech (Bristol City Council), Sian Norris (Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, pictured), Louise Ponting (EY UK) and Christine Skaar (Women in Property SW) – will develop and share ideas which will be fed into the festival as a whole, as well as the panel ‘If Women Built Cities‘ on Thursday 19 October.

Young illustrator Jasmine Thompson will capture the themes of the evening with a live sketch.


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Online booking is via Eventbrite and managed by Festival of Ideas. Please use the contact function in Eventbrite or get in touch with any online booking queries. Please note: booking opens Monday 11 September 2017.


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to Oct 15

Exhibition: Achieve - health and well-being inspiration!

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Be inspired to achieve your health, wealth and happiness goals. Martin Roberts, TV Property Expert, star of ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ invites you to his new Achieve exhibition in Bath this Autumn. Visit over 50 leading brands and choose from 14 leading celebrity speakers to motivate and equip you with practical tips to help you on your way.

Taking small steps can lead to big changes

Martin Roberts kicked off his own lifestyle transformation while in the Australian jungle as a contestant on the popular ITV show I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of Here. Some of it was forced on him due to the quality of the food provided… However, Martin’s work schedule and family commitments over the last decade has meant that time to focus on his own personal health and wellbeing was not always a top priority.

For the weekend of 14th- 15th October, Martin is taking over the Assembly Rooms in Bath and organising an exhibition and seminar programme showcasing the best from the worlds of health, nutrition, wealth creation, mindfulness and positivity. 

The exhibition is free of charge to register for an early bird offer before October 1st, but there is a charge to be part of the audience with the speakers. 

Check out the website and register to attend

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5:30 PM17:30

RIBA annual lecture 2017

Eric Parry

Eric Parry has developed a strong reputation for delivering beautifully crafted and high-quality contemporary buildings that respond to their context. 

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Eric’s approach is particularly sensitive to dense urban contexts, such as the City of London’s, the use of materials – including innovative uses of ceramic – as well as the integration of art within his buildings, engaging with artists from the early stages of the design process.


The Edge Lecture Theatre
The Edge
University of Bath


RIBA Members - Free
RIBA Student Member - Free
Non Member - £6+VAT

Read more about Eric Parry and book your ticket here

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9:00 AM09:00

Dragon Boat Racing team event

Sunday 10th September 2017

Bath Riverside

SRA have sponsored a Dragon Boat to help support the Wizzybug Loan Scheme, which provides fun, powered wheel chairs to disabled children under 5 in the UK.

Now we need to build our crew, grab our paddles and have some fun! 

What is required from the team?

  • Eleven people to volunteer to be part of the crew. 
  • Up to eleven people will paddle a 30' boat with a drummer up front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course over 200m. 
  • There are 14 teams going head to head to have a bit of fun and try to come out as top dragons and bag the winner's trophy!
  • It will be be great if everyone can get involved in helping raise the necessary sponsorship of £600.


An SRA team JustGiving page is set-up which can be found here:

Here are two stories to inspire you in your fundraising efforts:

On the day

The event is free to attend as a spectator, please invite friends and family to come and watch the racing. Drinks and nibbles will be available. Further details about timings and logistics for the day will follow in due course. 


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Talk: Brutalist Energy
10:00 AM10:00

Talk: Brutalist Energy

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Discuss the relationship between energy, play, society and Brutalism.

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Speakers include; Barnabas Calder,  historian of architecture and author of Raw Concrete, The Beauty of Brutalism Liverpool University, Ken Worpole one of Britain’s most influential writers on architecture, landscape and public policy and Martin Gledhill, Senior Teaching Fellow in Architecture, University of Bath.

The symposium is followed by an opportunity to discover the brutalist architecture of University of Bath in a walking tour with Dr Amy Frost curator at Museum of Bath Architecture. The tour will include a look at ‘6East’ the architecture building designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, key proponents of the Brutalist movement in the UK and featured in the Museum of Bath.

£5, £3 Concs & EAC
Limited tickets
Recommended 14 years+

Book online now
Box Office: open from 9.50 am on Sat 9 Sep to collect tickets
Box Office: 01225 386777

Location: Fine Art Studio, The Edge, University of Bath

Presented in association with Architecture Is… opening up conversations about architecture in the city of Bath. Heritage tour also presented in association with Heritage Open Days


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6:00 PM18:00

Bristol DoorsOpenDays 2017

Launched last week, the festival is a citywide celebration of Bristol's architecture, history and culture. Free for everyone, festival goers have four days to explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours, listen to inspiring talks, and enjoy a range of creative events and activities. 

Read all about the festival and check if you need to pre-book where you would like to visit, as a lot of the pre-book events are going fast!

Check out the festival website

See what's near you

Follow on Twitter: @ArchCentre

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4:00 PM16:00

Ladies, learn to drive a digger!

Women in Property event

Have you always wanted to drive a digger? Now is your chance!

The event starts with networking and snacks so you are advised to arrive promptly at 4pm. 


Opposite MJ Church Offices, Star farm, Marshfield, Nr Chippenham SN14 8LH.

Members: £12
Non-members: £22

If you go - please take some photographs for the blog - thanks!

To apply:
Please email Natasha Cottell to reserve your place and return the PDF form together with a cheque (payable to 'Women in Property').

Further details and reservation form

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to Sep 2

The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett

Special offer for the latest Theatre Royal summer season play!

Creative Bath have teamed up with the Theatre Royal to offer their readers a special offer on their summer season play: 'The Lady in the Van'. A touching, uplifting and wonderfully funny comedy. 

All you need to do is head over to Creative Bath's website to get the special offer. You'll save yourself £5 and get the best seats in the house for £20. 

Find out more here - enjoy!

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10:00 AM10:00

Instagram Architecture photo competition

Instagram Architecture photo competition

'Capture your city'

#ribacaptureyourcity by 31st July!

How to enter:

  1. Take a snap of the architecture you feel captures the essence of your city of Bath or Bristol.
  2. Upload your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ribacaptureyourcity by 31st July 2017.
  3. Include your Name and Architecture Practice, so RIBA can contact you.

    Be in with a chance to win £100 first prize!

Please let Karen and Jacob know if you are entering. Thanks. 

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11:00 AM11:00

Picnic in the Park

A summer celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Crescent where everyone is invited to bring a picnic to the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent and enjoy the view without any cars.  The Natural Theatre Company will be entertaining visitors with performances along the Royal Crescent based on the stories of people who have lived in this world famous building. Showing what the crescent might have been like in the day, with gentry, tradespeople and servants, and perhaps even a sedan chair or two. Georgian ice creams will be on offer too!


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5:00 PM17:00

RIBA private view and talks

Smithson snapshots: architectural photography

The Royal Institute of British Architects host a special private view of Smithson Snapshots: Architectural photography from the Smithson Family Collection, in association with The Edge at Bath University on 27 July. 

This exclusive event celebrates the launch of the Smithson Snapshot exhibition and the RIBA has invited some special guest speakers to discuss their interpretation of Brutalism and the affect on communities, what it means now and how this has played a part in architecture.

Keynotes from; Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane's Museum, and Architectural Writer and Lecturer Andrew Higgot. Both speakers will join a panel discussion, chaired by Eleanor Young, Executive Editor at the RIBA Journal. 

  • Time: from 5pm to 8pm
  • RIBA members, RIBA student members and architects or individuals interested in joining the RIBA
  • Location: Weston Studio, The Edge, University of Bath

To book click here

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to Jul 23

Bristol Harbour Festival

Free event

Bristol Harbour Festival will take place on 21-23 July 2017. If you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, nautical capers, good food and drink and general enjoyment - make sure to put this weekend in your diary!

The official programme is available at the festival and can also be brought from a number of outlets throughout the city. Read more details.

Getting to Bristol Harbour Festival

Festival map

Read more about the festival and all the events that are happening




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5:00 PM17:00

Bath's archaeology by torch light

A special evening of archaeological discovery

The Roman Baths will host a special evening of archaeological discovery, ‘Bath’s Archaeology by Torchlight’, on Monday 17 July, 5-9pm. The event is part of the national Festival of Archaeology (

Visitors of all ages will be able to explore the Roman Baths museum and see the tourchlit Great Bath. There’ll be a range of archaeology themed activities to try, including having a go at identifying archaeological objects.

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Bath carnival time!
to Jul 16

Bath carnival time!


Bath carnival drop-in workshops

Dates: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July
Times: 14:00 - 20:30
Theme: Colourful Creatures

The market square at Green Park Station is being turned into a Carnival hub, where there will be free workshops on offer including: drumming, dance and costume to members of the public every day!

You will have the chance to create full body carnival costumes as well as learn from the professional costume makers how to make your own outfit for the big carnival day.

5 minutes walk from the office, next to Sainsbury's
Green Park Road, BA1 1JB

Bath carnival party procession & after party

Dates: Saturday 15 July
Times: 10:00 - 04:00

There is a 12 hour free party in Sydney Gardens featuring:

  • Loads of live music
  • Interactive children's play zone throughout the day
  • A mouth watering selection of food and drink 
  • Tropical tea party team for the after party in Moles Nightclub.
    (Tickets need to be purchased)

Read more details on the bath carnival website.

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