Holiday boredom? Bath museums getting crafty!

Families are being invited to get involved in a range of craft and learning activities this summer at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s museums.

Activities range from learning about Roman coins at the Roman Baths; creating designs at the Fashion Museum, or letting children channel their inspiration into art at the Victoria Art Gallery. Details are as follows:

Fashion Museum

One of the displays at the Bath Museum of Costume
One of the displays at the Bath Museum of Costume

Colour it
Tuesday August 5: 10.30am – 12 noon & 1.30 – 3.30pm
Investigate the jewel colours in the Georgians exhibition and use in a design of your own. Family drop-in session.

Get started with rag rugs
Wednesday August 6: 10am – 12 noon
Learn how to make a rag rug. 11-16-year-olds, pre-booking required.

Weave it

Tuesday 12 August: 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm

Explore some techniques from the museum’s displays and find out about weaving. Have a go at simple weaving. Family drop-in session.

Get started with decorating bags
Wednesday August 13: 10am – 12 noon
Learn simple hand sewing techniques and decorate a bag. 11-16-year-olds, pre-booking required.

Make it

Tuesday August 19: 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm

Explore decorative techniques including knotting, braiding and bows. Family drop-in session.

Get started with fashion recycling
Wednesday August 20, 10am – 12 noon
Get started with fashion recycling. Bring along an old t-shirt and discover simple techniques to reuse. 11-16-year-olds, pre-booking required.

The Great Bath
The Great Bath

Roman Baths

A head of the game
Monday August 4: 10am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
What did a Roman’s hairstyle say about them? Find out more and have a go at making a wig. Family drop-in.

Rome wasn’t built in a day
Monday August 11: 10am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
Examine Roman coins, discover more Roman buildings and have a go at building.

When Rome was 1000 years old
Monday August 18: 10am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
Explore Roman coins to find out more about the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus

Victoria Art Gallery

Friday August 1: 10.30am – 12 noon
Explore the gallery’s special exhibition, invent a mythical creature and print your own design. For 6 – 11-year-olds.

Animals went in two by two
Wednesday August 6: 10.30 – 11.30 am
Search for special animals with magnifying glasses and explore Noah’s ark. Make animal pictures using pastels and paint. For 3 – 5-year-olds. Squash and biscuits included.

Pop up Pilu
Friday August 8: 10.30am – 12 noon
Find out about the most popular dog in the galley and make pop-ups. For 6-11-year-olds.

Fruit medley
Wednesday August 13: 10.30 – 11.30am
Explore fruits of the season, make fruit and vegetable prints and make fruity fridge magnets. For 3 to 5-year-olds. Squash and biscuits included.

Friday August 15: 10.30am – 12 noon
Explore how artists use colour and create a series of mini colour collages using a variety of media including oil pastels, pencils and papers. For 6 to 11-year-olds.

Teddy bears’ picnic
Wednesday August 20: 10.30 – 11.30am
Bring your favourite cuddly toy to visit the Gallery and discover pets from the past in the paintings. Make a spoon puppet to take home. For 3 – 5-year-olds. Squash and biscuits included.

Friday August 22: 10.30am – 12 noon
Use pens, lines and collage to create portraits of people and animals. For 6 to 11-year-olds.

victoria art gallery
Victoria Art Gallery

All Victoria Art Gallery art club sessions cost £4.00 per child and places can be booked on 01225 477233.

Normal admission prices apply to all Roman Baths and Fashion Museum family drop-in events, but are free to resident Discovery Card holders. Special craft sessions at the Fashion Museum for 11-16 year olds are £5 per participant. Please book at the Fashion Museum reception or call 01225 477789.

All Victoria Art Gallery events cost £4 per participant and must be booked in advance on 01225 477244. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Residents 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 also the Discovery Card point in the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street, Bath.

For more details of heritage events including listings, the online leaflet and website links for the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, visit or pick up a leaflet in your local library.