Family Arts Day

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Parade Gardens
Entrance to Parade Gardens: £1.50 adults / £0.80 concessions. FREE to Discovery Card Holders.
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The Family Arts Day is a wonderful opportunity for families to explore music, art and creative writing in a relaxed and informal environment in the heart of the city in Parade Gardens. We are building on the successful Family Music Days we have held over the last two years, this year embracing more art forms to follow the development of The Bath Festival.

We have three activity stations each with its own small marquee so that families can explore different types of creative activities between 11am to 3pm. Parade Gardens is a popular place for families in Bath and they are encouraged to stay for the whole afternoon, bring a picnic and take part in the improvised performance on the bandstand at the end of the afternoon.

About the activities:

Exploring Instruments with musician Sarah Moody

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a cello or violin? Sarah Moody will be bringing along a whole range of instruments for you to try out. Have a go at a new instrument and create some exciting sounds, then Join Sarah to create a new piece of improvised music and perform it on the bandstand. Be part of the Family Arts Day scratch orchestra and create a World Premiere!

Dare to Write Library with Lily Green from Book Kernel and writer Alice Maddicott

The Dare to Write Library is an installation of creative writing and bookmaking drop-in workshops. Children, young people and their families pick from a selection of dares or extracts to inspire their own story, transforming that tale into booklets. As the library grows, young storymakers can swap their own booklets for the tales of others, and even create their own writing dares for future storymakers taking up the Dare to Write Library challenge!

As part of the Dare to Write drop in workshop, writer Alice Maddicott will be running short creative explores to hunt for inspiration and ideas, discover the stories just waiting to be discovered in the gardens and help children create their own imaginary world full of magical words.

Experiment with clay with artist Claire Loder

Construct, model, draw, print and more – what can you make and do with raw clay? Get your hands dirty and explore the possibilities of this wonderfully versatile material in combination with all sorts of other stuff!

Live Music on the Bandstand 

Relax and enjoy local choirs and musicians sharing their talents with you.

Musical Treasure Hunt

Musical notes are hidden on a trail around Parade Gardens – children have to follow the clues in order to find the notes. They then use the notes they have gathered to play a tune on a keyboard, guess the tune and correct answers can go into a draw to win tickets to the Children’s Literature Festival.