Coronavirus Update:

Due to the Coronavirus situation and in response to government guidance, we have cancelled or postponed all our public events and activities for the foreseeable future in Sydney Gardens as of Tuesday 17th March. We are currently re-designing some of our activities, training and volunteering to be delivered online or in smaller groups, and will update our programme in early Autumn.

Read our August 2020 e-newsletter 

Read our June 2020 e-newsletter

Mindfulness in Sydney Gardens - free audio guide for a self-led session - Summer 2020

Go on a journey through Sydney Gardens in Bath, learning about and practicing Mindfulness, using this 40 minute audio guide created by Huw Griffths from Mindfulness Bath.

Pick up your smart phone and a pair of headphones. Make sure you take things you might need - perhaps some water, a hat if it's hot, something to sit on. Please follow government guidance in relation to Covid-19 and use social distancing. As the Mindfulness Walk takes place in a public park, please remain aware of your surroundings and environment throughout the session - this is all part of being mindful!

Listen online through SoundCloud or download the track for offline listening (41Mbs MP3).


Historic Tours of Sydney Gardens - Every Second Sunday of the Month, 2.30pm – 3.15pm - Cancelled until further notice

Led by the Friends of Sydney Gardens. Free - all welcome. Come and here about the fascinating history of this unique Georgian Pleasure Garden. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne.

How to lead a guided tour - Friday 20th March, 10am - 12pm - Postponed

If you are new to giving tours, already experienced or want to gain more confidence, join Luke Scoging for training on how to lead a guided tour. Luke is a Blue Badge Guide for the SW England and has experienc ein delievring tours in some of the UK's most popular visitor attractions. This training will cover how to research, write and deliver a tour:

- reserve a place on Friday 20th March training session - Postponed

Nature Tots - 4 x Mondays through March, 9th March - 30th March, 10am—11.30am - Cancelled for the rest of March, will be rescheduled

Bring your under-5s along to explore Sydney Gardens and discover the magic of Spring, led by Rowan Wynne-Jones of Dig & Delve. These sessions are free of charge and have been organized especially for parents and carers who haven’t had the chance to take their toddlers to outdoor play before, for whatever reason. Book your place through Eventbrite here.

Currently fully booked - please add your name to the waitlist (on the link above) and we will contact you when the next set of sessions are available starting 20th April.

Birdsong and Bird Id Walk & Talk - Wednesday 1st April And / Or Monday 6th April, 9am - 10.30am - Postponed

Learn how to identify birds by their song, and learn about the birds and their habitats in Sydney Gardens and along the canal, led by RSPB & Bath Nats birder Lucy Delve. Come to one or both of the free sessions. Open to ages 12yrs+. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  For all the information and to book a place:

reserve a place on Wednesday 1st April
- reserve a place on Monday 6th April


Podcasting (second stage training) - Wednesday 8th April, 10am - 4pm - Postponed

Over the park restoration project, we will be creating podcasts about the past and present of Sydney Gardens.  
This free on day training is the follow up to the first session we had in 2019. Limited capacity. Email the Community Ranger for details.


Tai Chi in the park - Sundays, 12.30pm - 1.30pm starting Sunday 14th June - Postponed 

These FREE sessions are led by teacher Paddy Nisbett. Meet at the fallen London Plane Tree Trunk on the lower lawn. Please arrive 5 minutes early to register and ensure the session can start on time. Please wear a hat to protect against the sun, and bring a bottle of water.

14 yrs+ Any under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book. Sessions take up to 25 people. No experience needed - beginners welcome! Tai Chi on Sundays runs until Sunday 16th August 2020.

 

Looking for information about volunteer gardening and free horticultural training activities? - go to Sydney Gardening

 


Past events in 2020

How to lead a guided tour - Friday 6th March, 10am - 12pm

If you are new to giving tours, already experienced or want to gain more confidence, join Luke Scoging for training on how to lead a guided tour. Luke is a Blue Badge Guide for the SW England and has experienc ein delievring tours in some of the UK's most popular visitor attractions. This training will cover how to research, write and deliver a tour:

- reserve a place on Friday 6th March training session

Digital photography workshop - Friday 13th March, 9am - 12pm

Learn how to take better photos in this session led by professional photographer Emma Rachel Sherab. Do you like taking photos, have your own camera (basic or advanced) and would like to learn how to take better images?  Can you help us photograph Sydney Gardens Bath before our National Lottery funded restoration project begins? For all the information and to book a place go to our Eventbrite site.  Currently fully booked - please add your name to the waitlist.


Past events in 2019

Bird song and calls - Monday 6th May from 8am to 10.30am

A wander in Sydney Gardens and along the Canal to Bathwick led by Lucy Delve, (FoSG, Bath Nats, RSPB)

Book your free place here Age 12 yrs +, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tai Chi in the park - Sundays, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Every Sunday until 11th August (except in rain).

These FREE sessions are led by teacher Paddy Nisbett.

Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne Museum. You will then go to another area in the park for the session. Please arrive 5 minutes early to register and ensure the session can start on time. Please wear a hat to protect against the sun, and bring a bottle of water.

14 yrs+ Any under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book. Sessions take up to 25 people. No experience needed - beginners welcome!

 

Garden Trust Tour of Sydney Gardens - Wednesday 15th May, 4.15pm - 5.00pm

Preceding the Garden Trust Talk with Dr Marion Harney at the Bath Museum of Architecture

Forest of Imagination 2019 - 20th to 24th June at the Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens

Discover a free, fantastical forest and outdoor gallery right in the heart of the city - for all ages.

Visit the Forest of Imagination website for the full programme. Come and play!

The 100th Anniversary of the Peace Oak in Sydney Gardens in Bath - Saturday 6th July, 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Join us to celebrate the planting of the Golden Oak on the 'Queen of the West Lawn' as part of the Peace Celebrations in Bath marking the end of the First World War.

Free tea and buns for all! Bath Classical Musicians play music that was played 100 years ago in Sydney Gardens. Display of Artwork made by Year 4 children from Bathwick St Mary's Primary School. Make a Peace Tree out of clay workshop with Elise Menghini. Make an Origami Paper Crane workshop with Akiko Wakefield.  A new stone plaque will be unveiled by Deputy Mayor Manda Rigby. Take away a peace crane and a souvenir booklet all about the history of the Peace Oak.

 

Bath Carnival - Saturday 13th July

Join the annual splendour of this great free celebratory event in the city of Bath.

 

Festival of Archaeology - Saturday 20th July - 11am to 3pm - a partnership project between the Sydney Gardens Project and The Roman Baths

In 1793 the tombstone of a Roman priest was discovered in Sydney Gardens.  Join us as we explore the park's past as a Roman burial ground. Discover what we know about Roman death practices, handle objects and become an archaeologist! - see how many bones of the body you can identify and play 'Rot or Not'.  Family craft activities with flowers, and learn stonecarving too. Plus you can help mark out the spot where the Roman Coffins were found in the Gardens... 

*Special Talk* at 1.30pm in the Clore Room of the Holburne Museum: Burial Rituals and Rites with Dr Helen Frisby

In this talk historian Dr Helen Frisby will explore English funeral customs since the medieval era, and how we continue nowadays to relate to death, dying and the dead. Dr Helen Frisby is an internationally recognised expert on the history, folklore and material culture of death, dying and bereavement.  Book your free place here.

Play Day with Bath Area Play Project - Wednesday 31st July from 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Build a giant castle from cardboard! And use a ballista to check out it's defences!  Make a giant swing together and build a pipe maze.  Activities are inspired by the heritage of the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens. Join in creative, sensory play, and try out the paint bike!

Mindfulness Walks in the park, FRIDAYS from 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Fridays in May, July & August.  

Interested in learning about Mindfulness? Take time in green space with Huw Griffiths of Mindfulness Bath. Come to just one or all four of the sessions - book your place here.  14yrs+ Any under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. 

After School Play for children and young people, Wednesdays, 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Led by play rangers from Bath Area Play Project with games and general fun!

The Wednesdays sessions restart on 4th September and run until 9th October.

For children aged 5yrs+ - under 8's need to be accompanied by an 18+yr old. Meet at the London Plane Tree trunk on the Lower Lawn.

Grand Regency Costumed Promenade setting out from Sydney Gardens - Saturday 14th September, 11am

Watch 500+ people dressed in Regency style promenade through the city, which this year departs from Sydney Gardens, in this world famous, spectacular official opening to the Jane Austen Festival, Bath.

The Park Keepers’ model railway of Sydney Gardens - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September, (Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm)

Clore Room, Holburne Museum - Free entry

Come and see an amazing working model of the mainline railway as it passes through Sydney Gardens (OO gauge). Built by The Park Keepers - five friends all based locally - the trains are typical of a normal day in the park between 1956 and 1966. This event is a partnership between the Holburne and the Sydney Gardens Project.

 

Friends of Sydney Gardens Community Day - Sunday 15th September from 1.00pm - 4.00pm

The gardens will be a hive of activity with plenty to enjoy for everyone - a working forge with IronArt, stalls including Bath Bees, games and play with Bath Area Play Project, art activities led by the Holburne, talks and tours with a special tour about Jane Austen, Donkeys and a Fire Engine! 

This event is a partnership between the Friends and the Sydney Gardens Project.

 

Events in the park as part of the Bathscape Walking festival

Traversing Sydney Gardens and beyond, making the return - Sunday 15th September, 9.30am

Artist and investigative walker Richard White leads a thoughtful walk traversing Sydney Gardens and beyond, considering people, plants and placenames, sensing lives and tracing presences. This 2 hour walk explores aspects of the reluctant heritage of slave-ownership and empire manifested in this verdant corner of a World Heritage City. This event is part of the Bathscape Walking Festival.  Find out more and reserve your free place here.

Walk & Talk for those with memory loss and their carers - Tuesday 17th September from 11.00am to 12.30pm

Come along for an enjoyable and relaxing wander around the park taking in the fascinating natural and historic heritage of this beautiful green space.  This event is part of the Bathscape Walking Festival. Find out more and reserve your free place here.

Mindfulness Walk - Wednesday 18th September from 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Interested in learning about Mindfulness? Take time in green space with Huw Griffiths of Mindfulness Bath. This event is part of the Bathscape Walking Festival. Find out more and reserve your free place here.

Nature Tots - Outdoor Parent & Toddler Group, Mondays from October 7th

Bring your under-5s along to explore Sydney Gardens and discover the magic of autumn, led by Rowan Wynne-Jones of Dig & Delve, with Crafts - Stories - Play - Nature - Songs.

Mondays : 10am—11.30am : 7th, 14th & 21st October & 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November

These sessions are FREE of charge and have been organized specially for parents and carers who haven’t had the chance to take their toddlers to outdoor play before.  Go to Eventbrite for further details. Update: all the sessions are currently fully booked.

Archaeology GPR survey - drop in and have a look! - Monday 28th October, 10.00am - 3.00pm

The project Archaeologist Susana Parker is working with SUMO Services undertaking a first stage Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey on the area near the park's main entrance. Don't miss the chance to see under the ground on the radar screen - they'll be searching for spaces that may indicate finds.  The team will be based in the Gardener's Lodge and near the Bathwick entrance. 
Drop in between 10am and 3pm. All ages welcome. Ask for Susanna Parker or Richard Fleming.

Cameraless Film Workshop: make an organic looped film collage in Sydney Gardens - Saturday 2nd November, 10.30am - 12.30pm OR 1.30pm - 4.00pm

Join us for a free experimental workshop making organic films by hand without a camera in a workshop led by James and Arepo (Frome Film Farm).  This workshop uses 16mm motion picture film as a canvas to embed organic material which becomes a moving natural film collage when looped through the projector, enabling participants to make personal and experimental films by hand. The film loops made will have the leaves of Sydney Gardens in them!  Further details and book your free place here.

A History of Georgian Pleasure - a talk with author Lucy Inglis - Thursday 14th November, 7.00pm - 8.00pm

The Georgians were the first British people to have a concept of leisure and personal freedom. Sources tell us about the ways they viewed sexual pleasure and relationships and strived to live in ways true to themselves. This talk addresses these details of leisure, and pleasure in the long eighteenth century. Lucy Inglis is a historian, novelist, speaker, television presenter and voice in the radio. Don't miss what promises to be a fascinating talk. 

This is a Sydney Gardens Project and Holburne Museum partnership event.

How To Make A Podcast - training workshop with Eliza Lomas - Friday 22nd November, 10.30am - 5.00pm

Over the park restoration project, we will be creating podcasts about the past and present of Sydney Gardens.  And to do that, we need to learn how ...
Take part in this free one day workshop. After the training, we will be inviting participants to help create short podcasts with us in 2020, with further training available. Limited capacity and you'll need your own laptop. Book your place here.

Traversing Sydney Gardens and beyond, making the return - Sunday 24th November, 9.30am - 12 noon

Artist and investigative walker Richard White leads an exploratory walk traversing Sydney Gardens and beyond, considering people, plants and placenames, sensing lives and tracing presences. This 2 hour walk explores aspects of the reluctant heritage of slave-ownership and empire manifested in this verdant corner of a World Heritage City. Reserve your free place here.

Sydney Gardens' Trees - a lunchtime tour - Tuesday 26th November, 1pm - 1.50pm - part of National Tree Week

Learn about the magnificent trees in Sydney Gardens in this lunchtime walk and talk, led by James Nash (Tree Officer, Parks Service, B&NES Council).  You will find out about the different species in the park including the London Planes, the Giant Sequoia and our special champion trees. Reserve your free place here.

 

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