(A brief at a glance list can be downloaded from the Welcome page)
BATH BACHFEST, Thurs 22, Fri 23 & Sat 24 February. 5-concert celebration of the music of J S Bach and his Baroque contemporaries taking place in the Assembly Rooms, Guildhall and Abbey. In addition to the standard 50% discount for Discovery Card holders for last minute ticket purchases, the Bachfest team are offering 10% off all except top price tickets. Last year every ticket for every concert was sold, so be sure to buy yours NOW. See website for more details. Box Office: 01225 463362.
THINGS TO DO & SEE:
Behind the Scenes - The Historic Collection. Visitors can see a series of chronological display installations showcasing historic fashions from the museum collection and all arranged like the museum stores. Includes fashions for men and women from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Until 1 January 2019, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. Presenting 100 'star' objects showcasing a history of fashion from the 1600s to the present day. Until 28 April 2019, Royal Women. Looking at dress worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Family Drop-in Activities: All 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, included in admission price. Thurs 15 February, Top It Off. Top off your outfit with a tiara, crown or sash. Explore our new exhibition on royal fashion. Tues 27 March, 1980s Geometric. Enjoy geometric designs and create a design using big paper and bright collage paper. Base your design on a 1980s outfit. Tues 29 May, Get Knitted. Find out about 'messy knitting' in our Dress of the Year from 2016, then use finger knitting to make a 'cuff', neck piece, or something from your imagination. Contact 01225 477789 for more details.
Above and Below Tours: Explore the hidden Roman, Georgian and Victorian history of the site. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, the tour will involve a number of steps and uneven walkways. Wednesdays at 11am: 21 February; 7, 21 March; 11, 25 April; 9, 23 May; 13 June. Wed 27 June, 6pm. Free with your Discovery Card. Booking essential - 01225 477773.
Behind the Scenes Tours: Discover why and how we care for our collections. Handle fascinating objects perhaps from your local area and find out more about archaeology. Tues 10 April, 2pm; Thurs 10 May, 10am; Fri 8 June, 2pm. Booking is essential - 01225 477779.
Family Drop-in Activities, All activities included in admission price, no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Mon 12-Fri 16 February, Caesar's Secrets. Find out about Julius Caesar. Use his secret code to create a laurel crown. Sat 17 March, Science Busking at the Roman Baths. Investigate Roman science and technology in our amazing archaeological site. Mon 26 March, Glorious Gardens. Celebrate Spring by creating a mini Roman garden. Sat 26-Sun 27 May, Sat 2-Sun 3 June, Togas and Tunics. Discover how the Romans dressed and try your hand at wearing a toga. Mon 28 May-Fri 1 June, Treasuring the Past. Make a Roman inspired treasure chest to keep your previous things in. Sun 22 April, World Heritage Day. Enjoy a festival of events to celebrate World Heritage Day. See link for more information. Fri 18 May, Party in the City - Museums at Night. Enjoy live music, find out more about the Roman Baths and experience the torchlit Great Bath. Wed 30 May, Local History Open Day at Lansdown North Store, 11am-3pm. Come along to Lansdown Playing Fields North to find out more about the Council's collection of historic objects. No need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Until 14 March, Entertainment in Bath. Celebrating the city's cultural heyday with a huge variety of prints and watercolours from the Gallery's own collection. Until 14 March, Mo Lancaster: Ladies at Leisure. Mo draws and observes women together and is amused by the way they interact: to have a laugh and good time, or just be quietly introspective together. She is interested in shape, line and blocks of colour. These uplifting linocuts offer a logical continuation to the Entertainment in Bath exhibition. 24 March-12 May, Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhbition. Showcasing the best of the region's artistic talent; a must for art lovers and collectors alike. 19 May-2 September, A Celebration of Flowers: Kaffe Fassett with Candace Bahouth. Internationally renowned colour expert and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett makes a welcome return to Bath. He has been associated with the city since the 1960s when he moved to England from San Francisco. Inspired by flowers his entire life, this new exhibition brings his full creative flair to bear, featuring items including quilets, needlepoints and paintings with the addition of mosaics and other works by Candace Bahouth.
Twelve Month Exhibition Pass available with unlimited visits in 12 months for £12, would make an ideal gift - 01225 477233. www.victoriagal.org.uk
Lunchtime Exhibition Tours: Thursdays, 12.30pm-1pm. Free. Check website for details.
Art on Mondays: Free talks for the partially sighted, 19 February, Mo Lancaster; 12 March, Entertainment in Bath, Part Two; 16 April, Bath Society of Artists; 14 May, First Floor Gallery Paintings; 18 June, A Celebration of Flowers. 10am-11.30am.
Art Store Tours: Join a curator and explore the permanent collection housed in our art stores. Free but book in advance on 01225 477232. Wednesdays, 21 February, 14 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 12pm-12.45pm.
Collection Highlight Tours: Discover the stories behind our principal treasures with Dr Chris Davies. Wednesdays, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 1pm-1.45pm. Free, no booking required, but check website beforehand.
Activities for Children: all activities 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm. Wed 14 February, Hats Off to Bath. Turn yourself Georgian with hats and head-gear. Ages 3-7. Fri 16 February, Go Out in Style. Create a sedan chair fit for a king. Ages 6-11. Wed 28 March, Easter Eggstravaganza. Create eggy crafts and cards. Ages 3-11. Wed 4 April, Picture Me. Use simple collage to create a historical portrait. Ages 3-11. Wed 30 May, Spring Blossoms. Enjoy creating a blossom picture using mixed media. Ages 3-7. Fri 1 June, Trees R Green. Create paper craft 3D trees. Ages 6-11. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Unless otherwise stated, book on 01225 477233.
NO. 1 ROYAL CRESCENT, BA1 2LR. 50% discount. 01225 428126. Re-opens 10 February. Open daily 10am-5pm, (last entry 4pm). Step into the past and experience what life was like 240 years ago for Bath's rich and fashionable residents - and their servants. Dress up before you wander the 10 decorated rooms and corridors. Award-winning disability features. Women's Suffrage 100: Freedom & Fight in Bath. www.no1royalcrescent.org.uk
PULTENEY PRINCESS, £2 off adult return fare. Scheduled boat trips to Bathampton Mill. 1 hour round trip, just turn up at Pulteney Weir. See website for departure times. 07791 910650.
RIVER ADVENTURES - River trips in Bath on the Lady Pamela, with soft top cockpit for sunny days and a cosy real stove heated saloon for those cooler days. Trips start from £7 and private hire for up to 8 people. Departing from Broad Quay, next to Avon Street Car Park. 25% off whole booking. Book online and enter 'DISCOVERY' as coupon code. www.riveradventures.co.uk
STONEBURY LEARNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - Send your kids on a forest adventure this Summer holiday. Forest School is a weekly outdoor activity for families, giving children the chance to explore and learn about their natural environment in secluded woodland on the outskirts of Bristol (near Warmley). Practice fire lighting, play on the woodland obstacles, do crafts with natural objects, cook on the campfire, build dens, play games, explore the woods and make new friends! Discovery Card holders are entitled to 25% off school holiday club fees - clubs run Spring, Summer and half term holidays. Also valid for Summer Holidays full and half day camps. Mention your Discovery Card when emailing. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bath & North East Somerset Council's Heritage Services also runs a full programme of adult, children’s and family activities throughout the year, culminating in Museums Week during the autumn half-term. In Open Week, dozens of independent organisations join us in providing a programme of heritage-based activities for all ages, most of which are free. Your Resident's Discovery Card will be recognised as proof of residence at events during Open Week. Download the programme on the Welcome page.