We have created learning resources and self-led trails as part of the Sydney Gardens Project:

For children:


Heritage Activity Trail for Kids - for primary aged children

Download the PDF, print at home and have a wonderful adventure around the park. Take a pen or pencil with you!

Download the Heritage Trail Teacher's Pack (KS2)

Tree Activity Trail for Kids - for primary aged children

Download the PDF, print at home and find out all about some of the amazing trees in Sydney Gardens. Take a pen or pencil with you!

Download the Tree Trail Teacher's Pack (KS2).

Roman Burials in Sydney Gardens - a special resource for young history detectives

This learning resources has been created by Susana Parker, Associate Director (Heritage) at RPS.  Susana worked as the project archaeologist on the Sydney Gardens Project, and has drawn together all the different finds in the Gardens. Download the PDF and find out about all the Roman burials.

For 16 years +:

A sarcophagus and other Roman finds - recent archaeology in Sydney Gardens Bath - watch on YouTube

This talk by Kelly Madigan from L-P Archaeology took place in July 2021 in the Clore Room, Holburne Museum, Sydney Gardens Bath.  Kelly recounts the story of the discoveries, and the methods and techniques used in the process of exploring this significant find.

Sydney Gardens: Botany, empire, and deep time

Find out what the park can tell us about our history and heritage, about how it is connected to other places around the world across time. This series of essays were created by Dr Richard White, a writer, artist and lecturer at Bath Spa University. 

Read Part 1 - Botany, Empire and Deep Time 1 - Sydney Gardens, a reluctant history

Read Part 2 - Botany, Empire and Deep Time 2 - from Bath to Vellore, tangled dates, loot and two rebellions

Read Part 3 - Botany, Empire and Deep Time 3 - of horses, names, mechanical toys and some loose ends

The Garden Chronicle - the Sydney Gardens Newspaper

In the Autumn of 2021, Bath Spa University student Emma Moseley created this beautiful newspaper. We printed 500 coipies and sent them out to people who couldn't visit the Gardens in person.  View a PDF of the Garden Chronicle.

Learn about Bird song with Lucy Starling - listen to our podcast

Learn how to identify birds through their song in this podcast made with bird listener Lucy Starling and wildlife sound recordist Gary Moore. Sue Palmer, the Community Ranger met up with Lucy and Gary, who are both local to Sydney Gardens Bath, at 6am on Wednesday 21 April 2021 to record this podcast.  Lucy Starling is a member of Bath Natural History Society & RSPB Bath District. Lucy's talks are full of insights and wonderful information about birds. Gary Moore is a sound recordist whose work can usually be heard on BBCSpringwatch.

Listen / download the podcast at our Soundcloud site

Lucy Starling smiles at us holding a copy of a Bird Guide book

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

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, a thick coat if it's cold, and something to sit on. 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 / download the audio guide at our SoundCloud site

For Under 5s / Early Years:

Here are three nature-filled activities that you can do in the park, in your garden or out on a walk, made by our Nature Tots Activity provider Foxglove Forest School in Sydney Gardens Bath.

Watch the videos and download the activity sheets, and off you go on your nature adventure!

Remember to follow the social distancing guidance, and also ... no picking, no licking!

1. Colour

- Watch the video about Colour

- Download the activty sheet about Colour

2. Size

- Watch the video about Size

- Download the activity sheet about Size

3. Sound

- Watch the Sound video

- Download the activity sheet about Sound

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