Festive line up at city museums.

Staff at three of the council’s cultural attractions are gearing up for the festive season and B&NES has issued a list of activities in December at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.

Kids can get crafty and make Christmas fairies, Roman lamps and multi-coloured star ornaments, and there will be a chance for shoppers to sample honey mead and other locally made produce in the Roman Baths Shop as part of Museum Shop Sunday.

Look out for the Christmas tree in the Victoria Art Gallery foyer, organised each year by the Friends of the Gallery. This year the tree will celebrate the Gallery’s wonderful exhibition programme with the Trustees of the Friends creating colourful, recycled decorations using surplus promotional material and postcards.

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Christmas family activities at the Victoria Art Gallery

Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “December is a great time to visit our museums, whether you are taking part in festive family activities, searching for original gifts in the museum shops, or simply exploring the fantastic exhibitions and displays. If you are a local resident, you can visit our museums and enjoy regular family activities for free with a Discovery Card.”

Museum Shop Sunday
The Roman Baths Shop
Sunday 1 December, 10am-6pm
Free

Each Christmas the Roman Baths Shop welcomes local shoppers and Bath visitors alike, offering a carefully curated collection of divine decorations for the home and stylish gifts inspired by the Roman and Georgian history of our city.

On Museum Shop Sunday, be entertained by our costumed Roman characters while you browse and sample a selection of goods made by local and artisanal producers, from festively flavoured fudge to warming honey mead – perfect for presents!

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Mead tasting at Museum Shop Sunday

For more information about Museum Shop Sunday, visit www.culturalenterprises.org.uk/museum-shop-sunday

Fairy Christmas
Victoria Art Gallery
Saturday 14 December, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Free

Create fairies and angels using inspiration from the characters in the amazing Lichfield Clock.

Lighting up the Season
The Roman Baths
Saturday 14-Sunday 15 December, 11.30am-3pm
Included in ticket price (free for local Discovery Card holders)

Celebrate the festive season by creating mini Roman lamps using model magic.

On a Starry NightFashion Museum Bath
Sunday 15 December, 11.30am-3pm
Included in ticket price (free for local Discovery Card holders)

Create multi-coloured star ornaments for the festive season using yarn.

Family activities are suitable for children aged three and over. Just turn up – advance booking not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discovery Cards

Discovery Cards are simple to get and allow local people to visit Council attractions for free and enjoy a range of discounts at other outlets, shops and cafés.

They are available to Bath & North East Somerset residents at no cost, from any of the following locations:

  • Bath One Stop Shop
  • The Fashion Museum
  • The Roman Baths
  • Victoria Art Gallery
  • Keynsham Library & Information Service
  • Midsomer Norton Library & Information Service

Applicants must bring proof of ID such as a passport or photocard driving licence, and proof of residence such as a recent Council Tax or utility bill. For more information visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard.