PARENTS have the chance to broaden their children’s minds this semester with an out-of-the-ordinary experience at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.
This is one of many Bath attractions offering a range of activities.
The museum is in the house where pioneer brother and sister William and Caroline Herschel lived, worked and made a series of remarkable discoveries – the most famous of which was the very first sighting of the planet Uranus in 1781, from their garden. back and using a homemade telescope.
During the midterm, visitors are invited to create a pinhole camera in the museum gallery for free.
There will also be a special planetarium show on October 24 at Bath Central Library where they can marvel at the wonders of the solar system and learn about the amazing discoveries of the Herschel family.
On October 29, between 6:15 and 10:30 p.m., you can get into the Halloween spirit early with a series of lectures on the myths and legends surrounding the night sky, as well as the moon itself. If the skies are clear, telescopes will be available to observe distant stars and planets, with some spooky stargazers on hand to guide you through the galaxy.
At No. 1 Royal Crescent, the beautifully restored townhouse museum, visitors can explore and learn about fashionable life in Bath in the 18th century. A special workshop will introduce people to Georgian-style entertaining and dining.
They can see superb examples of the different types of cuisine and tableware used for some of the most extravagant and showy meals of the day with a special display of fine Regency china and the chance to design a plate in a free workshop on the 26th. october.
Amateur sleuths can follow a trail of clues at Beckford’s Tower in the countryside just outside of town.
Built by William Beckford between 1826 and 1827 and financed by the wealth he acquired from owning plantations and slaves, it once housed one of the greatest collections of books, furniture and art in Georgian England.
Today it is the only surviving example of his architectural vision. Join professional artist, outdoor educator, and storyteller Holly Dabbs on October 27, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., on a mission to uncover the truth behind a series of puzzling events. Valuable items disappeared and strange noises were heard.
Follow the clues to figure out what’s going on? As members of Detective Dabbs’ trainee detective team, you will find and follow clues that will send you on a path of discovery around the tower, before creating your own very special memory of your day.
The Bath Architecture Museum reveals how 18th-century architects and craftsmen helped create the destination of choice for Georgia’s high society and how they helped make Bath a UNESCO World Heritage city.
Among its collection is a 1:500 scale model of Bath, giving visitors a miniature bird’s-eye view of the entire city.
On October 25, surrounded by these trinkets and architectural treasures, youngsters can have fun using modeling and craft materials to create their own Georgian-inspired wallpaper and plaster designs.
Claire Dixon, Director of Museums for Bath Preservation Trust, said: “Participating in Museum Week and being able to provide such a rich program for families during these school holidays is a very important part of our job. We really appreciate the opportunity to welcome a younger audience and find creative ways to ensure our collections and stories are accessible to everyone.
Visit herschelmuseum.org.uk, no1royalcresecent.org.uk, beckfordstower.org and museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk for more information on booking and admission.