There have to be some perks to being a B&NES ratepayer and the Discovery Card is most certainly one of them! Good to hear that it has been re-launched!
It’s something that gives residents of Bath and North East Somerset free access to Council-owned Heritage Sites, including the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Parade Gardens and Victoria Art Gallery, as well discounts with participating local attractions and businesses; a full list of partners can be found here.
Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader of the Council, said: “We are delighted that the Discovery Card programme will be returning in June. The scheme forms an important part of the Council’s mission to improve people’s lives, and offering everyone who lives in Bath and North East Somerset free access to local history and heritage sites is an important part of how we achieve this.
“While we were unable to issue cards during the Covid-19 pandemic, our team has taken the time to develop many improvements to the Discovery Card programme ahead of its relaunch. Residents will now be able to order their cards online, and will have the choice of ordering an e-card or physical card (made from recycled plastic). We’ve also developed some new partnerships and discounts with more local businesses.”
Residents who have previously held a Discovery Card are now being asked to register for their new card by applying online through the Council website. When ordering their card they will need to schedule an appointment to have their card validated at one of the Council’s collection locations, where staff will check proof of ID and address and take a photo to display on the card.
For those who are unable to book online, they can apply by calling Council Connect (01225 39 40 41) or applying in person at one of the council’s collection locations.
Cards that do not have a photo or have not been validated will not be accepted at participating sites.
Until the end of December 2022, residents will be able to continue to use old or expired Discovery Cards, or ID and proof of address, to access their Discovery Card benefits. From 1 January 2023, all residents will need a new Discovery Card to continue receiving their benefits.
For more information visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard