The historic Labyrinth in Sydney Gardens

Events and activities in Sydney Gardens 

Something for everyone over the next few months in the park from wildflowers to walks and talks, and a Community Day.

The historic Labyrinth that was an original feature of the 18th century Pleasure Garden has been recreated! - with the help of Friends of Sydney Gardens and volunteers, we've mown it into the old Bowls Club Lawn. Go and explore - see if you can find the centre.

Volunteer gardening - help create a wildflower border (and learn how to make your own!)

Sunday 8th April from 10am to 12 noon, led by Paul Pearce. These are part of the regular volunteer gardening sessions run by Friends of Sydney Gardens, every second Sunday of the month. Meet at the entrance to the park behind the Holburne.

Bath Natural Neighbourhood Watch

Saturday 21st April from 2pm to 4pm, led by Dr Alan Rayner.

Up to 25 places - book your free ticket through our Eventbrite site.

Friends of Sydney Gardens Community Day in the park

Sunday 22nd April from 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 bird boxes and 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 in the former Bowls Club in the park, with the project team on hand too.

Before coming to Sydney Gardens, you can visit the Bath World Heritage Day activities in front of the Royal Crescent from 11am to 3pm.

Stone Conservation Talk and Tour with Sally Strachey Associates

Thursday 26th April from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

Up to 25 places - book your free ticket through our Eventbrite site.

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.

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 through our Eventbrite site.


Past Events in Sydney Gardens

Learn to prune! - free training session.

Sunday 18th March 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. Please note: this training session is now fully booked.

'Bath, Slavery and Memoryscape', a talk by Dr Olivette Otele

Thursday 8th March at 7pm (in partnership with The Holburne Museum) looking 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

Find out about the fascinating history of Sydney Gardens on a tour led by Kirsten Elliott. Choose either a 12.30pm or 2.30pm tour (one hour)

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!

Read all about the day on the Bathscape Walking Festival website

Bathscape Walking Festival hosted at Sydney Gardens Bath


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