Premium half-term activities for families

Withdrawal room at No1 Royal Crescent Picture: No 1 Royal Crescent

Withdrawal room at No1 Royal Crescent Picture: No 1 Royal Crescent

Parents have the opportunity to expand their children’s minds this half of the term with an out-of-this-world experience at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.

It is one of Bath’s many attractions and offers a range of activities.

The museum is located in the home where brother and sister pioneer William and Caroline Herschel lived, worked and made a series of remarkable discoveries – the most famous being the first sighting of the planet Uranus in 1781, from their back garden and use. Homemade telescope.

During half term, visitors are invited to create a free pinhole camera in the museum exhibit.

There will also be a special Planetarium Show on October 24 at Bath Central Library where they can enjoy the wonders of the solar system and discover more about the amazing discoveries of the Herschel family.

On October 29, between 6:15 and 10:30 p.m., there’s a chance to get into the Halloween mood early with a series of talks about the myths and legends surrounding the night sky, as well as learning about the moon itself. If the skies were clear, telescopes would be available to spot distant stars and planets, with some intimidating astronomers out there to guide you through the galaxy.

At No.1 Royal Crescent, visitors to the exquisitely restored Townhouse Museum can explore and experience modern life in 18th-century Bath. A special workshop will introduce people to entertainment and dining in the Georgian style.

They can see great examples of the different types of kitchen and cutlery used in some of the day’s most extravagant and dazzling meals with a special presentation of fine Regency porcelain and a chance to design a plate at a free workshop on October 26.

An amateur spy can trace a series of clues to Bickford Tower in the countryside just outside the city.

Built by William Pickford between 1826 and 1827 and paying for it with the fortune he gained from owning plantations and slaves, it once housed one of the greatest collections of books, furniture, and art in Georgian England.

Now it is the only surviving example of his architectural vision. Join professional artist, outdoor educator and storyteller Holly Dabbs on October 27, between 11am and 3pm, on a mission to discover the truth behind a puzzling series of events. Valuables disappeared and strange sounds were heard.

Follow the clues to find out what happens? As members of the team of trained detectives at Detective Dabbs, you’ll find and follow clues that will send you a path of discovery around the tower, before creating your very own mementos of your day.

The Museum of Architecture in Bath reveals how 18th-century engineers and craftsmen helped create the preferred destination for Georgian high society, and how they contributed to the city of Bath becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Among her collection is a 1:500 scale model of the Bath, allowing visitors to see a miniature bird’s eye view of the entire city.

On October 25, amid these architectural masterpieces and treasures, kids can have fun using modeling and craft materials to create their own designs of wallpaper and plaster.

Claire Dixon, director of museums for the Bath Conservation Trust, says: “Participating in Museum Week and being able to offer such a rich program to families during this school holiday is a very important part of our work. We really appreciate the opportunity to welcome younger audiences and find creative ways to ensure that our collections are accessible. And our stories are for everyone.”

Visit,, and for information on booking and admission.

Leave a Comment