Most of Bath’s Georgian pleasure gardens have vanished, but, against all the odds, the grandest of them, Sydney Gardens survives as a public park. Shorn of its attractions, cut in two by the railway, it takes imagination to conjure up the image of revellers treading its gravelled paths in search of excitement and exercise.
‘With lamplit groves and labyrinths, grottoes and supper boxes, and a seemingly never-ending round of concerts and circus acts, balloon ascents and firework displays, they were loud and lively’
On this tour, Kirsten Elliott will make that glorious past come to life as well as casting light on its darker side and dispelling some long-cherished myths.
NB This walk will leave promptly at 10.30, to return to the bookshop by 12.30.