Events and activities in Sydney Gardens
We ran lots of activities in the park from the Autumn of 2017 to the Summer of 2018, from wildflower sowing to Tai Chi, from wildlife walks to a very popular Spring Community Day in partnership with the Friends of Sydney Gardens, as part of the Development Phase for our Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery 'Parks for People' Fund, with news of a £2.7million grant from the HLF. This success means that we have secured a total of £3.4 million of funding to improve the historic park, and to run a packed activity and events programme for people of all ages and abilities from 2019 to 2021. More news on this page to follow early in 2019!
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Past events and activities in Sydney Gardens: 2017 to 2018
Bat Walk + Talk (Bathscape Walking Festival - September 2018)
Led by Laura Mullholland, ecologist with Canal & River Trust on Tuesday 18th September at 7pm - all info and free tix here.
Walk and talk for people with memory loss and their carers (Bathscape Walking Festival - September 2018)
Led by Mary Coran-McCoutney (Holburne Museum Education Team) and Sue Palmer (Community Ranger) on Wednesday 19th September at 11am - go here for all the information and to reserve a free place
Early Birds Walk and Talk
Sunday 13th May, from 5am to 6:30am led by Lucy Delve.
Up to 12 places - book your free ticket here.
Stone Conservation Talk and Tour with Sally Strachey Associates
Thursday 26th April from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.
Up to 20 places - book your free ticket through our Eventbrite site.
Learn to prune! - free training session.
Saturday 28th April from 10am to 12 noon, a basic training in how, when and what to prune, led by horticultural trainer Martin Palfrey. Free - but only 10 places. Email Sue Palmer to reserve a place.
Tree Walk and Talk
Wednesday 9th May, from 6pm to 7.15pm, led by James Nash (Tree Officer, BATHNES Parks Service)
Up to 15 places - book your free ticket through our Eventbrite site.
Sunday 22nd April 2018: Friends of Sydney Gardens Community Day, 2pm to 5pm
Stone carving demonstration in the Loggia, The Park Bench Reader live! Bath Area Play Project with games and sports. Arts activities at the Gardener’s Lodge, Avon Wildllife Trust making seed balls. Stalls including Bath Bees, and an Avon and Somerset Fire Engine on site from 2.30pm to 3.30pm!
Plus a special drop in taster session of Tai Chi in the Park with Paddy Nisbett from 12 noon til 1pm. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne.
An exhibition of the updated design plans for Sydney Gardens Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project will be on display by the Temple of Minerva, with the project team on hand too.
Saturday 21st April 2018: Bath Natural Neighbourhood Watch
Led by Dr Alan Rayner - prepare to be amazed by the miniscule!
Up to 25 places - book your free ticket through our Eventbrite site.
Sunday 8th April 2018: Wildflower sowing!
Meet from 10am to 12 noon for this learning session, led by Paul Pearce from the Parks Service. All welcome! Meet at the entrance to the park behind the Holburne.
Thursday 8th March 2018: 'Bath, Slavery and Memoryscape', a talk by Dr Olivette Otele
In partnership with The Holburne Museum, this talk looks at the legacies and memories of Bath's colonial past in the urban landscape, inlcuding Sydney Gardens. Further information and tickets here. Please note: This event is now sold out.
Sunday 11th February 2018: Volunteer gardening - help create a wildflower border (and learn how to make your own!)
These are part of the regular volunteer gardening sessions run by Friends of Sydney Gardens, every second Sunday of the month.
Thursday 1st February 2018
Hosting visits from Year 4 of Bathwick Primary School, a group of Bath Home Educators and a class from Kingswood Nursery for learning sessions in the park led by artist-educator Lucia Harley, to research future self-led downloadable learning resources for schools, children and families.
Saturday 25th November 2017: Public consultation on Sydney Gardens design updates
Drop in anytime between 11.30am and 4.30pm at the Gardener's Lodge down by the main entrance to the park. Come and see the updated design plans, give feedback and share your ideas with the project team. The project Landscape Architects LDA Design will also be there to answer questions and discuss the plans.
The historic Gents toilet will also be opened up for a few people at a time to take a closer look and discuss conservation options. And our recently recreated Labyrinth which has been mown into the overgrown former Bowls Club Lawn will also be open for you to explore.
Sunday 19th November 2017: Recreating the Labyrinth on the former Bowls Club Lawn
Join the project team to help mark out the historic Labyrinth pattern ready for mowing into the overgrown Bowls Club Lawn. We are recreating (as closely as we can) the design of the historical labyrinth that was an attraction of Georgian Sydney Gardens.
Drop in or come for the whole session from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Meet at the the old Bowls Club pavilion which will be open for us to make hot drinks and for toilets. Wear warm clothing! If it's the odd shower of rain, we'll be there, but if it's pouring, we'll postpone! All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This activity isn't suitable for very young children as it's a lot of measuring and pegs! - although you're welcome to drop by and have a look, and we will have some drawing activity so all ages can contribute. Any questions, contact our community ranger Sue Palmer.
Take a look at how we got on!
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017: 'House of imagination' pop up
10am to 5pm every day at the Gardener’s Lodge, Sydney Gardens / Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
No need to book - drop in workshop - all welcome - hosted by 5x5x5=creativity
A space for children and their families to make art alongside artists Helen Lawrence, Catharine Naylor, Clare Day and Edwina Bridgeman.
This event is part of the city wide ‘Hot Springs of Art and Design’ celebrating 160 years of art and design teaching in Bath.
Saturday 16th September 2017: Walks and Tours in Sydney Gardens
We partnered with Bathscape Walking Festival to host a day of walks on the first day of the Festival in Sydney Gardens on Saturday 16th September, as well as a drop wildlife related activities hosted by Avon Wildlife Trust.
Mindfulness Walk led by Huw Griffiths
A one hour introduction to mindfulness, at 11am. Further info and booking.
'No Swinging on Sundays' - historic tours of the Pleasure Gardens
And Sydney Gardens will welcome The Bath Interfaith Iron Age to Iron Age Pilgrimage arrival in time for ...
Launch of the Walking Festival at 4pm
Come and join in a 'collective foot forward' - no need to book, all welcome, all ages, come and find us on the lower lawn. See you there!