Families can look forward to a summer holiday crammed full of fun activities at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.
At the Roman Baths, young visitors will be able to investigate Roman hairstyles, have a go at weaving or try on a Roman toga.
The Fashion Museum will have a range of crafty activities on offer – from making a miniature origami outfit to designing futuristic fashions.
At the Victoria Art Gallery, kids will be able to create a street scene inspired by those in the Gallery using a wax-resist technique, or produce a ‘junk portrait’ using mixed media.
In total there will be 20 different activities happening across the three museums, and all will be free for Bath & North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “There is no reason for kids to be bored this summer as there’s so much going on in our museums, and everything is free for local families with a Discovery Card. I hope our younger residents will enjoy all of the creative activities on offer.”
Discovery Cards are available to Bath & North East Somerset residents at no cost, from any of the following locations:
- Bath One Stop Shop
- The Fashion Museum
- The Roman Baths
- Victoria Art Gallery
- Keynsham Library & Information Service
- Midsomer Norton Library & Information Service
Applicants must bring proof of ID such as a passport or photocard driving licence, and proof of residence such as a recent Council Tax or utility bill.
For more details please visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard.
All activities included in the admission price (free for Discovery Card holders). Suitable for children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Roman Baths
Monday 29-Friday 2 August, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Have you seen the big Roman arches? Have a go with our wooden model and create a pop-up arch using card and pens.
A Head of the Game
Monday 5 August-Friday 9 August, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
What did a Roman’s hairstyle say about them? Find out and make a wiggy wonder.
Measure for Measure
Monday 12-Friday 16 August, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
How did the Romans weigh and measure objects? Explore ancient weights and measures and create a Roman measuring ruler.
Monday 19 August-Friday 23 August, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
What is the connection between Bath and pigs? Explore the founding myth of the city of Bath – and help us to bring the story right up to date.
Monday 26 August-Friday 30 August, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
How did the Romans make their clothes? Investigate how they made fabrics and have a go at weaving.
Words on Wednesdays
Join us for a series of evening sessions looking at objects from the Roman Baths’ collections. Handle objects at our touch tables and discover which Wednesday Word has inspired us.
17, 24, 31 July
7, 14, 21 August
All sessions run from 6pm-8pm.
Togas and Tunics
Discover how the Romans dressed and transform yourself by trying on a toga! Sessions take place at 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm.
Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 July
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August
Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September
Fashion Museum Bath
Tuesday 23 July, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
We have some beautiful beaded dresses on display in the Fashion Museum. Use beads and sequins to create a special design of your own.
Folded Fancies from the 60s and 70s
Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Take a look at 20th-century fashion displays and use origami to create special miniature outfits from the 1960s and 1970s.
Tuesday 6 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
There are some interesting crochet designs in the Fashion Museum’s collection. Use a cardboard frame and wool to create a crochet-effect design.
Fashion of the Future
Tuesday 13 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Fashion designers are always creating designs that are one step ahead of the clothes we see on the high street. Look at our Dress of the Year collection and use unusual materials to create something really different.
Tuesday 20 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Have you explored the gloves on display in our Glove Stories exhibition? Use magazine collage to create a design in the style of John Galliano’s amazing newsprint gloves.
Cloche Hat, Posh Hat
Tuesday 27 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Decorate and accessorise traditional hat designs into something modern by adding colour, pattern and 3D elements.
Victoria Art Gallery
Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 July, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Explore bugs and insects in our ceramics collection. Use collage papers to create 2D and 3D bugs, snails and caterpillars.
Stamp a Story
Wednesday 31 July and Friday 2 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Investigate one of the most popular paintings in the Gallery, The Watersplash, and create a story about taking a goose for a walk. What happens on the way? Use stamps and special papers to illustrate it.
Me, Myself and I
Wednesday 7 and Friday 9 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Explore our amazing pictures of people in the First Floor Gallery displays. Create a junk portrait using a range of mixed media.
Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Enjoy exploring our wonderful pictures of Bath houses on display in the First Floor Gallery. Create house interiors and exteriors using pastel, pen and card.
Reflecting my World
Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Create a street scene featuring reflections. Use watercolours and a wax resist technique.
Wednesday 28 August, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Draw some furry friends. Use pastels and special paper to make drawings of rabbits, dogs and birds in the First Floor Gallery art collection.