Read our latest e-newsletter online - August 2019


Regular activities in August - all free!


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

Starting Friday 9th August for four consecutive weeks until Friday 30th August.  

Interested in learning about Mindfulness? Take time in green space with Huw Griffiths of Mindfulness Bath.

You can come to just one or all four of the sessions - book your place here. Meeting location on registration. More Mindfulness sessions will be run through the summer.

14yrs+ Any under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. 


Historic Tours of Sydney Gardens - Every Second Sunday of the Month from 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Led by the Friends of Sydney Gardens. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne.


Volunteer Gardening - Every Second Sunday of the Month from 10am – 12 noon

Led by the the Friends of Sydney Gardens. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne - all welcome! All tools are provided. Bring your own gardening gloves if you can, but the Friends have some too..


Events in the park from September onwards - something for everyone!

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

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

The Wednesdays sessions start 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.

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.

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.


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.

Frome Film Farm in Sydney Gardens - Saturday 2nd November - morning / afternoon

A workshop using nature and plant materials found in the park and 16mm film to make ‘nature film loops’ for projection and digitisation. Details to follow.

A History of Georgian Pleasure - a talk with author Lucy Inglis - Thursday 14th November 2019

This 'Hidden History' Talk is in partnership with the Holburne Museum. Details to follow.


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, EVERY SUNDAY from 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 from 4.15pm to 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 3.45pm

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!

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund


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