Bringing the past to life

Museums Week in Bath and North East Somerset this October half-term 

More than 100 activities will take place across 23 venues when museums in Bath and North East Somerset  host an array of special events and activities this October half-term. It is part of Museums Week which is held each year from  21-29 October.


Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Museums Week celebrates the unique collections and activities in our local museums. All activities are free for local residents with a Discovery Card.

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Just one of the many displays at the Roman Baths

Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “There will be something for everyone, from children’s craft sessions to guided tours, film showings to food tastings. It’s great news that local residents can enjoy all of these events for free with a Discovery Card.”

There will be more than 100 activities taking place across 23 venues during the nine-day celebration.

  • Discover 800 years of history at the Mayor’s Parlour and see Bath’s Royal Charters, gold, silver and sword
  • Look at fancy dress from the 1920s at the Fashion Museum Bath, and make a colourful headdress
  • Make a Roman actor’s mask at the Roman Baths
  • Create pictures using oil pastels and find out about complementary colours and how they work at the Victoria Art Gallery
  • Join a family-friendly tour of the floor at Bath Abbey and learn about the 1,500+ memorials and the lives of the people they commemorate
  • Experience what life was like for Victorian children at the Radstock Museum
  • Watch the Forged Line Dance Company bring the story of William and Caroline Herschel to life at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy
  • Take a tour of Beckford’s Tower and Lansdown Cemetery, which was once Beckford’s garden
  • Enjoy daily bun tastings at Sally Lunn’s
  • Follow the clues on the Children’s Trail and collect stickers at each museum
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    Some  of the ancient ledger stones on the Abbey floor. 

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