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World Heritage Day went digital!

Saturday 18th April is UNESCO World Heritage Day. Each year since 2009 we have held a big community event at which we promote the city’s World Heritage Site status, and celebrate being part of the wider World Heritage family.  This year was different. We were unable to welcome visitors to the event we had planned so Bath World Heritage Day went digital instead!  You can still celebrate with us by joining in with our special activities at home. We have art, craft and science activities themed around Bath's unique qualities. You can test your World Heritage knowledge with a range of quizzes, find out about conservation projects taking place in the city and download our World Heritage Site City Trail to add interest to your daily walk. Head to our Learning page now. We would love to see how you get on with our activities and see your creations. You can tweet us @BathWHS, contact us on Facebook or send us an email.

Heritage Events, 2020-2021

A programme of family events, adult learning opportunities and community events is planned every year by the Bath and North East Somerset Heritage Services team. Things are a bit different at the moment, but some events are taking place online instead.  Details can be found on the individual 'What's On' pages and social media feeds for the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and Bath Record Office and may also be listed on the Heritage Events web page.  Look out for new exhibitions later this year and in Spring 2021.

Museums Week

Every year during the Autumn half term holiday, museums and heritage sites in Bath and North East Somerset offer special events and free entry to local residents of all ages as part of Museums Week (formerly known as Heritage Open Week). Unfortunately there will not be a centrally co-ordinated programme in 2020 but lots of individual museums and attractions in the district have organised displays, screenings and special trails for the half term week. Take a look at individual museum websites and social media posts for further details of activities.

Heritage Open Days

Every year in September many buildings and places of interest in Bath and the surrounding area take part in Heritage Open Days, the national 'open doors' festival.  During the event residents and visitors have opportunities to visit interesting places free of charge that are usually closed to the public or difficult to access.  A brochure listing local openings is produced each year and can be picked up at local libraries, attractions and Council offices nearer the time.  From July each year you can also search the national Heritage Open Days website to find places open to visit.

World Heritage Day has a different venue and theme each year...  

In 2019 we highlighted Bath's amazing architecture and exceptional engineering at Green Park Station - 2019 event report.

In 2018 the Romans invaded the Royal Crescent lawn - 2018 event report.

In 2017 we took over Bath's Parade Gardens to explore the 'Waters of Bath' - 2017 event report

In 2016 we celebrated the splendour of Georgian Society at the Assembly Rooms - 2016 event report.

In 2015 we highlighted Bath's green setting with a landscape-themed day at Prior Park Landscape Garden - 2015 event report.