Monthly Archives: January 2019

Bath bids for rare UNESCO status

Bath bids for rare UNESCO status

Bath’s bid for a rare double-listing as a World Heritage Site, ranking it alongside cities like Bruges and Barcelona, will be made to UNESCO on 31 January.

The city is joining ten other European spa towns in seeking UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) recognition for their role as leading historic spa towns which changed the culture of Europe.

The group includes Spa in Belgium, Vichy in France and Baden Baden in Germany which all developed as open air resorts, providing beautiful surroundings and a thermal water cure for the benefit of visitors.

The aim is for the ten cities to work together to market to the whole world Europe’s finest spa towns in terms of not just heritage, but wellbeing, both now and into the future.

If the bid, put forward by the International Great Spas of Europe project, is successful Bath would be the only double-nominated World Heritage Site in the UK.

Councillor Paul Myers, cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “It has been fascinating to see how all the various European spas market their cities. UNESCO World Heritage status remains the most prestigious and highly coveted accolade bestowed on any heritage site and marks a place as being of global significance. If Bath is successful and awarded a rare double-listing it will rank alongside such cities as Barcelona and Bruges, raising global awareness of the city and giving it a distinct tourism marketing edge.”

Ahead of the nomination to UNESCO, Bath & North East Somerset Council is hosting a workshop with representatives from the partner European sites on 24 and 25 January. They will explore how to maximise opportunities created by UNESCO recognition and capitalise on the growing market for wellness tourism.

The nomination to UNESCO will be made on 31 January and a result should be known in mid-2020.

Family Skating Fun at Farrington’s!

Family Skating Fun at Farrington’s!

February Half Term is a tricky one – we’re still in the midst of winter and so finding weatherproof activities for the family can sometimes be a challenge. Farrington’s are known for their seasonal events and for February Half Term, they’re hosting a skating experience minus the chill factor! From Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th… Read More…

Could your family take on the SUGAR SMART challenge?

Could your family take on the SUGAR SMART challenge?

Bath & North East Somerset Council is searching for families who want to reduce their sugar intake and would like support in making healthier choices. Too much sugar in our diets contributes to obesity, tooth decay and puts people at risk of Type 2 diabetes. Earlier this month Public Health England revealed that children in… Read More…

Young Stars finalists announced

Young Stars finalists announced

Fifteen finalists have been selected for Bath & North East Somerset Council’s inaugural Our Young Stars Awards. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people from across the district. A panel of judges selected the finalists after reviewing 70 nominations received from family members, friends, teachers, sports coaches and third sector organisations. The winners… Read More…

Deadline for Primary school applications is January 15th

Deadline for Primary school applications is January 15th

Parents across Bath and North East Somerset whose children are due to start primary school in September are being reminded that the deadline for applications is fast approaching. Applications must be received by midnight on Tuesday 15 January.  Any applications submitted after this time will be considered as ‘late applications’ and will be dealt with… Read More…

Children in England to be taught CPR

Children in England to be taught CPR

News today has revealed that all secondary school pupils will learn first aid and how to use a defibrillator from 2020. Government plans state that basic lifesaving skills and health education will be provided in every secondary school meaning that all pupils will be taught how to administer CPR, the use and purpose of a… Read More…

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