(A brief at a glance list can be downloaded from the Welcome page)
THINGS TO DO & SEE:
Behind the Scenes - The Historic Collection. Visitors can see a series of chronological display installations showcasing historic fashions from the museum collection and all arranged like the museum stores. Includes fashions for men and women from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Until 1 January 2019, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. Presenting 100 'star' objects showcasing a history of fashion from the 1600s to the present day. Until 28 April 2019, Royal Women. Looking at dress worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Family Drop-in Activities: All 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, included in admission price. Contact 01225 477789 for more details.
Above and Below Tours: Explore the hidden Roman, Georgian and Victorian history of the site. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, the tour will involve a number of steps and uneven walkways. Wednesdays at 11am: Free with your Discovery Card. Booking essential - 01225 477773.
Behind the Scenes Tours: Discover why and how we care for our collections. Handle fascinating objects perhaps from your local area and find out more about archaeology. Booking is essential - 01225 477779.
Family Drop-in Activities, All activities included in admission price, no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. No need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Until 25 November, Making Art Matter, 1931-85: Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Husband and wife team Clifford and Rosemary designed bold, colourful posters and book jackets for clients including London Transport, Shell and Collins. This is the first show to profile the couple's joint artistic work, spanning over 50 years, much of it reflecting their love of nature. Their valuable artistic record of the Bath Blitz forms part of the display.
Until 25 November, Adela Breton: Travels with a Paintbrush. In 1887 Adela set off from her Bath home, eager to see the world after spending decades as a dutiful daughter nursing ageing parents. Over the next 25 years Breton explored the world and became an expert on Mexican archaeology. She documented her travels around Europe, the Americas and Japan in a series of beautiful watercolours. After her death these works were donated to the Gallery.
Twelve Month Exhibition Pass available with unlimited visits in 12 months for £12, would make an ideal gift - 01225 477233. www.victoriagal.org.uk
Lunchtime Exhibition Tours: A Celebration of Flowers: Every Thursday until 23 August, 12.30pm-1pm. Making Art Matter: Every Thursday until 15 November, 12.30pm-1pm. Free. Check website for details.
Art on Mondays: Free talks for the partially sighted, 10am-11.30am. 19 November, 19th Century Paintings; 10 December, Bath Night Paintings.
Art Store Tours: Join a curator and explore the permanent collection housed in our art stores. Free but book in advance on 01225 477232. Wednesdays, Tuesday 16 October, Thursday 15 November, 12pm-12.45pm.
Collection Highlight Tours: Discover the stories behind our principal treasures with Dr Chris Davies. Wednesdays, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December, 1pm-1.45pm. Free, no booking required, but check website beforehand.
Activities for Children: all activities 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm. Book on 01225 477233. Sat 27 October, Big Draw - It's a Cover Up, Mon 29 October-Fri 2 November, Gallery Trail: Special Shapes and Silhouettes; Mon 29 October, Tues 30 October, Thurs 1 November, Picturesque Pots; Fri 2 November, Marvellous Masks; Sat 15 December, Paper Puddings.
PULTENEY PRINCESS, £2 off adult return fare. Scheduled boat trips to Bathampton Mill. 1 hour round trip, just turn up at Pulteney Weir. See website for departure times. 07791 910650.
RIVER ADVENTURES - River trips in Bath on the Lady Pamela, with soft top cockpit for sunny days and a cosy real stove heated saloon for those cooler days. Trips start from £7 and private hire for up to 8 people. Departing from Broad Quay, next to Avon Street Car Park. 25% off whole booking. Book online and enter 'DISCOVERY' as coupon code. www.riveradventures.co.uk
STONEBURY LEARNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - Send your kids on a forest adventure this Summer holiday. Forest School is a weekly outdoor activity for families, giving children the chance to explore and learn about their natural environment in secluded woodland on the outskirts of Bristol (near Warmley). Practice fire lighting, play on the woodland obstacles, do crafts with natural objects, cook on the campfire, build dens, play games, explore the woods and make new friends! Discovery Card holders are entitled to 25% off school holiday club fees - clubs run Spring, Summer and half term holidays. Also valid for Summer Holidays full and half day camps. Mention your Discovery Card when emailing. email@example.com.
THERMAE BATH SPA, Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ – Discovery Card holders can enjoy a significant price reduction in your visit to Thermae Bath Spa. Thermae Welcome, featuring a 2hr spa session with use of towel, robe and slippers, will be reduced for Discovery Card holders from £36 to £27 (Mon-Fri) and from £40 to £30 (Sat and Sun), giving full access to the thermal waters of the indoor Minerva Bath, a new Wellness Suite, the Springs Cafe Restaurant and the open-air rooftop pool with its wonderful views over Bath (children under 16 not permitted). The new Wellness Suite includes Roman and Georgian inspired steam rooms, an infrared sauna, an invigorating ice chamber and a Celestial Relaxing Room. Enjoy also a 50% discount for a 1.5hr spa session in the Cross Bath. Open daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) from 9am until 9.30pm, pools and Wellness Suite close at 9pm. Enjoy the quieter times at the Spa mid-week rather than at weekends. The intimate, stand-alone Cross Bath can be hired out for exclusive use by a small group of family and friends (children under 12 not permitted). Tel: 01225 331234. www.thermaebathspa.com.
Bath & North East Somerset Council's Heritage Services also runs a full programme of adult, children’s and family activities throughout the year, culminating in Museums Week during the autumn half-term. In Open Week, dozens of independent organisations join us in providing a programme of heritage-based activities for all ages, most of which are free. Your Resident's Discovery Card will be recognised as proof of residence at events during Open Week. Download the programme on the Welcome page.