The first Bathscape Walking Festival sets off on Saturday 16th September. To mark this special occasion, Bathscape has joined forces with the Sydney Gardens ‘Parks for People’ Project, a restoration project inspired by the unique history of this 18th century pleasure garden.

Join a Guided Walk Around Sydney Gardens

Our first walk, led by Bath Interfaith Group, starts at the University of Bath and finishes in Sydney Gardens. To celebrate Sydney Gardens as a place to walk and relax, we are hosting three guided walks. A Mindfulness Walk led by Huw Griffiths is running from 11am to 12 noon, followed by two tours in the afternoon led by historian and writer Kirsten Elliott (12.30pm and 2.30pm). Kirsten will bring the 18th century garden to life through her walking tour ‘No Swinging on Sundays’. In it she’ll tell the stories of the extraordinary entertainments that took place in Sydney Gardens during Georgian times. These three events are very much in keeping with the heritage of Sydney Gardens as somewhere to come and walk for the health benefits and be in nature. The walking tours have limited places, so please sign up in advance on Eventbrite.

Family Fun

Bathscape Partner, Avon Wildlife Trust, will also be joining us between 1pm and 3.30pm. They will be leading activities in the Gardens for families, exploring the wildlife on offer in an urban park. There’s no need to book for this activity – you can just turn up and join in.

One Foot Forward

Following the arrival of the Iron Age Pilgrimage walkers at 4pm, we will launch the Walking Festival with a collective ‘one foot forward’! Everyone is welcome to join in – the more feet the merrier!

Sydney Gardens Restoration Project

So why not use the 16th September as a good reason to visit Sydney Gardens in Bath? Sue Palmer, the Sydney Gardens Community Ranger, will be at the Gardens from 11am to 4pm. Come and speak to her if you want to find out more about the restoration project. Planned improvements include restoring the historic buildings, creating new play areas for people of all ages, new landscaping and planting, plus a varied programme of activities and events. Sue would love to hear your views whether you are a resident or a visitor to Bath, as part of the public consultation. This partnership project between Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks Team, the Friends of Sydney Gardens, local residents’ groups and the Holburne Museum is aiming to secure a £3.6 million grant for the restoration project creating a beautiful 21st Century Pleasure Garden for all ages.