All that Jazz – Roman style

The Great Roman Bath

Visitors to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Roman Baths can enjoy a torch-lit evening of music from across the ages, as part of the Museums at Night celebrations later this month.

People of all ages are welcome to enjoy a musical tour through history – featuring early music on an ancient lyre, medieval hurdy gurdy and modern jazz – on Saturday 18 May, from 6pm to 9pm (last entry 8pm).

The Roman Baths.
The Roman Baths.

The enchanting music performances will take place around the magnificent setting of the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths – illuminated by the light of flickering torches. Enjoy the sound of the lyre by the Temple Pediment, smooth jazz at the side of the Great Bath and medieval tunes by the King’s Bath.

Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-DemCombe Down), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “As darkness falls, the remains of the vast Roman complex take on a unique atmosphere. Bath & North East Somerset Council is delighted to offer this wonderful experience for people to enjoy and learn more about this magnificent piece of history. With its steaming waters and Roman artefacts, the Roman Baths is a truly magical place to visit at nightfall.

The King's Bath or Sacred Spring - fed by three-quarters of a million litres of natural water a day.
The King’s Bath or Sacred Spring – fed by three-quarters of a million litres of naturally heated water a day.

“We hope our residents and visitors will take this special opportunity to explore the Roman Baths along with the whole host of other local heritage attractions taking part in Museums at Night 2013.”

The Pump Room will be open for dinner on Saturday 18 May for Museums at Night (last orders 9pm). Tables can be reserved by ringing 01225 444477. For music lovers, the restaurant will continue to open in the evenings during the Bath International Music Festival (22 May – 2 June).

The Pump Room is on the right of this picture of Abbey Churchyard.
The Pump Room is on the right of this picture of Abbey Churchyard.

Admission to the Roman Baths is free to local residents on production of a Bath & North East Somerset Council Discovery Card. Normal admission charges apply to everyone else – to book in advance, please visitwww.romanbaths.co.uk.

Residents of Bath and North East Somerset can apply for a Discovery Card by taking along two forms of ID to the following Council buildings: the Roman Baths; Riverside in Keynsham; The Hollies in Midsomer Norton and the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street, Bath.

As part of Museums at Night 2013, hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites across the country will unlock their doors for special evening events from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 May. For more details of the events taking place locally, visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk.