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Roman soldiers demonstrating weaponry outside the Royal Crescent



The Romans are Coming! - World Heritage Day, Sunday 22 April 2018

Every April we celebrate Bath's unique heritage and the reasons for our city's World Heritage Site status at Bath World Heritage Day.  This year's free community event takes place from 11am-3pm on Sunday 22 April on the lawn in front of the Royal Crescent.  We will be joined by the expert Roman re-enactment group, The Ermine Street Guard, who will be setting up a Roman camp for visitors to explore and demonstrating Roman military tactics.  Along with watching the action, you can chat to the Roman soldiers and investigate how Romans lived through original objects from the Roman Baths collection. 

As well as celebrating Bath's Roman past there will be the opportunity to find out more about the city's Georgian heritage.  The Mayor of Bath's Honorary Guides will be leading free walks around the Upper Town and shorter guided strolls along the Royal Crescent.  The National Trust will be celebrating 25 years of looking after Ralph Allen's landscape garden at Prior Park.  Volunteers from the Herschel Museum of Astronomy will have solar telescopes for visitors to safely view the sun.  There will also be the chance to dress up at the famous Georgian astronomers, William and Caroline Herschel.  No. 1 Royal Crescent will be offering free admission to Bath and North East Somerset Discovery Card holders on the day, with the opportunity to meet costumed characters and handle 18th Century objects. To appreciate one of Bath's Georgian gems, visitors are invited to view Bath's Assembly Rooms, which opened in 1771 to offer entertainment for fashionable visitors to the spa city.  The rooms will be open free of charge from 10.30am-5pm.

Bath World Heritage Day also offers a chance to find out the latest news from major heritage projects in the city.  Teams from the Archway Project, Bath Abbey Footprint and the Cleveland Pools Trust will be at the event with displays about their plans.

Elsewhere in the city you can visit the Sydney Gardens Community Day from 2-5pm to find out more about another of Bath's Heritage Lottery Fund projects to improve and development the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens.  There will be lots for visitors of all ages to see and do. 

For further information download the World Heritage Day leaflet and the Sydney Gardens Community Day flyer.  We look forward to seeing you outside the Royal Crescent on Sunday 22 April!

Heritage Events, January to April 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, 13 - 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 four day 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 will be published nearer the time.  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.