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Thousands enjoy a Roman invasion at Bath World Heritage Day!

Over 3,500 visitors enjoyed activities in the sunshine on the Royal Crescent lawn on Sunday 22 April at this year’s World Heritage Day celebration.

This is the 10th year the event has been held in Bath.  Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council in association with local heritage partners, the day promotes Bath’s UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’ status and enables people to explore and enjoy Bath’s heritage and history.

Entertainment was provided by the Roman soldiers of the re-enactment group, The Ermine Street Guard, who set up their military camp and delighted the crowds with demonstrations of marching, authentic battle formations and Roman weapons.

The Mayor’s Guides took over 100 people out on guided tours – both around the Georgian architecture in Bath’s ‘upper town’ and for information-packed strolls along the Royal Crescent.

There was plenty for all ages to see and do with displays and activities provided by Bath Preservation Trust, the Roman Baths, the National Trust, Cleveland Pools Trust, the Herschel Museum, the Archway project, Bath Abbey Footprint project and Minerva’s Owls of Bath.

Visitors were able to see real owls, dress up as Georgians, handle real Roman objects and view the sun using solar telescopes.

Lots of people took advantage of the fine weather to picnic on the grass and soak up the festival atmosphere. 

Many local residents took advantage of free entry at No. 1 Royal Crescent to see how the Georgians lived, and visited the Assembly Rooms nearby to see how the Georgians socialised!

The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Ian Gilchrist, inspected the Guard and talked to stall-holders about their projects and heritage sites.

Bath World Heritage Day again proved to be a real attraction for local people and visitors to the city.

For a flavour of the day download the World Heritage Day 2018 leaflet.

Heritage Events, May to August 2018

Download the current Heritage Events leaflet to find out about family events, adult events and community events taking place in Bath and North East Somerset this year.  All forthcoming events and learning opportunities organised by the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and Bath Record Office are also listed on the Heritage Events webpage.

Heritage Open Days, 6 - 16 September 2018

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 in 2018 is available here.  You can also search the Heritage Open Days website to find places to visit.

Museums Week, 27 October - 4 November 2018

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).  In 2018 events will take place from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November.  Full details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry will be published in a brochure and will be posted on the Museums Week website.

Waters and Wonder at World Heritage Day!

Image of World Heritage Day event in Parade GardensBath’s annual celebration of International World Heritage Day took place on Sunday 23 April 2017 in the sunshine at a beautifully blooming Parade Gardens.

The ‘Waters of Bath’ was the theme for the day and free activities exploring the history and use of Bath’s hot springs, canal network and River Avon were enjoyed by over 1400 visitors of all ages.

The gardens came alive with the sound of music courtesy of Bath Spa Band and Bath City Jubilee Waits, who also accompanied the Widcombe Mummers in their colourful ‘St George and the Dragon’ play to mark St George’s Day.


Special guided walks are an ever popular feature of the annual event.  Various routes and subjects were covered, from the history and features of Parade Gardens to waterside tours.  These were led by the Mayor’s Honorary Guides, Cleveland Pools Trust and the National Trust.

This year, for the first time, World Heritage Day featured a programme of mini talks.  These focused on the history of Bath’s waters as well as updates from projects and initiatives across the World Heritage City including Bath Abbey Footprint, the Bathscape landscape partnership, Bath Medical Museum and the restoration of Cleveland Pools.

A record-breaking number of heritage displays and activity stands were present on the day offering opportunities to find out more about local canals, river safety, Bath’s best green views, Lottery-funded projects and heritage initiatives.  Location knowledge was tested with the ‘Great Spas of Europe’ picture quiz and flags were added to a giant world map to show the far-flung World Heritage Sites people had visited.  Visitors were treated to the Bath Record Office Roadshow and the chance to see real objects associated with the spa from the Roman Baths collection.  They even got to meet Paralympic champion swimmer Stephanie Millward and try on her medals at the Cleveland Pools stall!  It was wonderful to bring together so many (27!) of the City’s key heritage organisations, who enjoyed catching up with each other as well as enthusing visitors.

There were lots of family-friendly activities to keep younger visitors entertained including craft activities, World Heritage dominoes, historic maps, colouring competitions and a bookmark stamp trail.  Special mention must be made of the amazing Pulteney Bridge model-building activities offered by Bath Preservation Trust. Robert Adam, the original Georgian architect, was wandering round the site all day and was most impressed with the efforts of budding designers and engineers.  He also posed for many selfies with his physician in tow in front of his world-famous bridge.

All in all the day was a great way to kick off the 30th anniversary celebrations of Bath becoming a World Heritage Site.  Watch this space for a series of special talks in the Autumn as we continue to celebrate this milestone.

You can download the World Heritage Day 2017 full programme for the day using this link (PDF, 1.2MB)

World Heritage Day takes place at a different venue and with a different theme each year.  In 2016 we celebrated the splendour of Georgian Society at the Assembly Rooms, find out more in the event report.