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Bath World Heritage Day, Thursday 18 April 2019

We will be putting architecture and engineering in Bath under the spotlight as we celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Day with a free event at Green Park Station on Thursday 18 April, from 11am to 3pm.  

Visitors of all ages will be able to take part in activities exploring the city’s exceptional architectural and engineering achievements: past, present and future. There will be themed talks, guided walks, hands-on activities, displays and a chance to meet costumed characters from Bath's past.

Last year more than 3,500 people came to celebrate World Heritage Day in the sunshine on the Royal Crescent lawn. We hope that this year’s event, which falls during the Easter school holidays, will be just as popular with local residents and visitors to the city. The event provides the perfect opportunity for all to learn about why ‘The City of Bath’ was designated a World Heritage Site.

Highlights of the day will include:

  • Themed talks on subjects including Roman building and engineering innovations, Bath’s bridges across the river, the 18th-century expansion of the city, and present and future architectural development in Bath
  • Walking tours around the Green Park area with the Mayor’s Honorary Guides
  • Guided walks along Bath riverside with Bath Preservation Trust
  • Letter-carving demonstrations and a chance to try your hand at stone carving
  • Original Roman building and engineering objects from the Roman Baths collection
  • Arch, aqueduct and pillar-building challenges
  • Hands-on problem-solving for budding engineers of all ages with BuroHappold Engineering
  • Activities and news from exciting heritage projects in Bath such as Bath Abbey Footprint and the National Trust’s restoration of the dams at Prior Park

Historical characters that helped shape the World Heritage city will be in attendance: 18th-century architect John Wood; a Georgian builder; and Major Charles Davis, the Victorian city surveyor and architect who was instrumental in the excavation of the Roman Baths.

Local residents will be able to find out more about the history of where they live and add their home to a giant map of Bath.

As well as celebrating Bath’s past, World Heritage Day will look to the future, with a chance to hear the latest updates from major heritage projects in the city, including the Archway Project which is due to open a World Heritage Visitor Centre and Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre in 2020.

To see a full list of the activities on offer download the Bath World Heritage Day 2019 event leaflet (PDF). You can download the event poster here (PDF).

Heritage Events, January to June 2019

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 - 22 September 2019

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 2019 will be available nearer the time, but to get a flavour of the event see the 2018 brochure for reference.  From Summer 2019 you can also search the Heritage Open Days website to find places to visit.

Museums Week, 26 October - 3 November 2019

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 2019 events will take place from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November.  Nearer the time full details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry will be listed in a Museums Week brochure and will be posted on the Museums Week website. For a flavour of events from 2018 see the 2018 Museums Week brochure.

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.

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

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.