Should Bath have a ‘mind and body’ zone?

We’re getting used to hearing about Bath’s proposed ‘Clean Air Zone’ but local architect Rob Delius is amongst a group of talented people asking how we would feel about defining ‘an urban wellbeing zone?’

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Architect, Rob Delius who is Head of Sustainability at Stride Treglown.

Whether the city – in its continued development – should include a provision for creating places that contribute to our physical and mental wellbeing – is a major question that is going to be explored in Bath’s first Therapeutic Festival which opens on Friday, September 20th and includes seven days of walks, talks and events in and around Bath.

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We have a history of attracting those seeking help for their health – with our thermal waters and beautiful setting. So, with two thousand years plus of being a place of healing, this festival will argue that – as the UK’s original wellbeing city – it’s very appropriate for it to be leading the discussion on how our cities can be good for body, mind and soul.

Plenty of local, UK and international speakers coming to the city to share their views but the organisers want Bath’s resident community to come and have their say – from students to senior citizens.

Another local expert involved in organising things is historian Dr Amy Frost – who is the Architectural curator of Bath Preservation Trust.

She is well aware of Bath’s healing history and how its archaeology and architecture attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from home and abroad. But, she says, this festival is more concerned about us locals.


The festival launches in the Brunswick Room at the Bath Guildhall on Friday, September 20th – between 6 and 8pm.

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