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World Heritage Day - POSTPONED

It is with regret that Bath's World Heritage Day celebration, due take place at Bath College on Sunday 19 April, has been postponed due to the current health situation.  We hope to bring you this celebration of Bath as a centre for healing, health and wellbeing in Bath from the 1st to 21st century another time.  We were due to be joined by heritage and local organisations from across Bath to explore this theme at our free, community event.  If we are able to re-schedule the event details will appear on this page and will be shared via our social media accounts.  We would like to thank our many partners for their support and all of the effort they have already put in to plans for the day.  We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused, and hope to be able to offer our full programme at a later date.

Heritage Events, January to June 2020

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.

Museums Week, 24 October - 1 November 2020

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 2020 events will take place from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November.  Details of events including workshops, screenings, trails, special exhibitions and dates for free entry will be listed in a Museums Week brochure and posted on the Museums Week website. 

Heritage Open Days, 11 - 20 September 2020

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 2020 can be picked up at local libraries, attractions and Council offices nearer the time.  From July 2020 you can also search the national Heritage Open Days website to find places to visit.

Bath’s Amazing Architecture and Exceptional Engineering Celebrated on World Heritage Day

Around 700 visitors enjoyed activities themed around Bath’s buildings and structures at Green Park Station on Thursday 18 April - International World Heritage Day.

The annual event has been held in Bath since 2009, at various venues in the city.  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.

This year visitors had the opportunity to find out about Bath’s architecture from Roman times right through to the 21st century through talks, walks, displays, crafts and hands-on activities. 

They were joined by characters influential in shaping Bath – Georgian architect John Wood accompanied by one of his builders, and Major Charles Davis, Bath Corporation’s Surveyor and Architect from 1863 to 1902, who initiated the building of the Empire Hotel and the excavation of the Roman Baths. 

The Mayor’s Honorary Guides led guided tours for visitors to discover more about the history of the Green Park and Avon Street area and its residents.  Conservation specialists from Bath Preservation Trust took walking groups out along the riverside to look at recent and planned developments.

The subjects for the themed talks spanned 2000 years of Bath’s architectural and engineering past, from Roman innovations to 21st century trends. 

There was a unique opportunity to watch stone masons at work using traditional skills and techniques, as well as have a go at carving guided by expert masons and apprentices. 

There was plenty to see and do with themed displays and activities provided by Bath Preservation Trust, the Roman Baths, the National Trust, Nicholas Pearson Associates, BuroHappold Engineering, Bath Record Office, Historic England, Bath Abbey Footprint, the Archway project, the Victorian Spa Quarter team and the World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed building arches, working an aqueduct, designing a temple, drawing houses for a giant map of Bath, exploring Prior Park’s lakes using Virtual Reality and Bath Abbey’s plans using Augmented Reality, solving engineering challenges with Plasticine and Lego, researching their homes and streets, replicating the repair of Bath Abbey’s stone floor with biscuits and icing and going round the site on a stamp trail.

The Victorian Grade II Listed Green Park Station was the perfect setting for a day celebrating Bath’s engineering and buildings through the ages.  World Heritage Day 2019, once again, proved to be a real attraction for local people and visitors to the city.

For a flavour of the day download our event report including images (PDF) and the Bath World Heritage Day 2019 event leaflet (PDF).

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

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.