Residents and visitors to Bath and North East Somerset will be able to learn more about the area’s fantastic heritage next month as venues across the district open their doors for Heritage Open Days (8-11 September 2016).
The nationwide celebration of history, architecture and culture is a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all for free.
Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to explore interesting buildings and places across Bath and North East Somerset for free, and see behind the scenes at venues that are normally closed to the public.”
There will be something for all ages and interests during the four-day celebration, for example:
Take a tour of Bath Record Office, explore the strong rooms and see the earliest document, which dates back to Richard the Lionheart
Go inside No. 4 The Circus and admire the restored Georgian garden – the first of its kind in Britain
Find out what happens to your recycling after it is collected from your home at the Kier Recycling Depot
See historic spa equipment and read original Victorian spa treatment visitor books at St John’s Local History Store
Visit Cleveland Pools, the oldest open-air swimming pool in the country, and find out about the latest restoration plans
Discover Fairfield House, home of Haile Selassie and his family from 1936 to 1941
Explore Pixash Lane Archaeology Store, where you can see archaeological finds from Keynsham and have a go at making your own Roman mosaic or medieval tile.
Opening dates and times vary. – For Bath and North East Somerset event listings, download the leaflet from www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/heritageopendays.
Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more information.