Half term fun at Bath’s museums

A child at the Roman Baths

There’s lots going on in Bath this May half-term – at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery – for families to enjoy a programme of special craft activities to celebrate the Jubilee week.

Make a Roman crown at the Roman Baths, design your own coronation cape at the Fashion Museum, or create a self-portrait worthy of a king or queen at the Victoria Art Gallery.

There’s also a chance to take a tour of the Local History Centre in Lansdown, which is normally closed to the public, and find out about the weird and wonderful spa objects stored there.

Cllr Richard Samuel, Deputy Leader of the Council & Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Resources, said: “We hope lots of families will come and enjoy our museums over the half-term holidays, whether taking part in Jubilee-themed craft sessions, exploring the Local History Centre, or simply looking around the museum displays. If you’re a local resident, you can get free admission to the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery – though it’s still advisable to book in advance.”

Activities are suitable for children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Crowning Glory
The Roman BathsMonday 30 May to Friday 3 June10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm

Explore coins and medals celebrating special events through the ages and make a Roman crown.

Included in admission price. Book online in advance to avoid disappointment.

All Dressed Up
The Fashion MuseumTuesday 31 May10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm

Make a coronation cape using special papers, fabric scraps and sequins.

Free drop-in activity in the Assembly Rooms. Tickets required to visit the Fashion Museum.

Superior Selfie
Victoria Art GalleryWednesday 1 June, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm

Create a right royal self-portrait using drawing and collage.

Free drop-in activity in the Upper Gallery. Tickets required to visit the Bath Society of Artists exhibition in the Lower Gallery.

Local History Centre Tour
Tuesday 31 May 2022

Explore the weird and wonderful objects from the spa collection at the Local History Centre in Lansdown. Among the objects you’ll see are:

  • Victorian needle douche showers
  • A Vichy bath ­– a wet table on which Victorian spa-goers would lie to be showered with water and receive some of the latest spa treatments of the time
  • Original Victorian spa visitor books
  • The City of Bath’s weights and measures
  • Historic furniture from the Pump Room and Guildhall

Join a tour at 10am, midday or 2pm.

Free but booking essential. Please email romanbaths_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk to book.




For your further information.

Bath and North East Somerset residents

Admission to the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery is free for residents of Bath and North East Somerset with a Discovery Card, or with photo ID (passport/driver’s licence) together with:

  • Council tax bill (preferred)
  • Latest utility bill showing your current address
  • Bank/mobile phone statement

For more information, visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/tourism-and-heritage/discovery-card.