We were Venue 33 in Bristol Open Doors 2018. Which door did you come through -
MENS WARM BATHS AND SWIMMING BATHS or LADIES WARM BATHS? Lights are usually off
when you pass this Victorian Queen Anne Revival Grade 2 listed building. Built
in grand style for working poor, it probably influenced the style of later
pools nationally. Read more about the history on this website.
Visitors saw the banner “Saving the Baths Just in Time” produced by Craft Hub
They saw the the fragile glazed roofs, spotted the leaks, saw everything it is
safe to see: the cavernous pool hall with sprung hardwood floor and pool still
underneath, warm baths areas, boiler room where spring water was stored in
overhead cast iron tanks. They heard about its urgent restoration, starting on 1st
They could bring smartphones and headphones to download and listen to an audio
file. A wifi password was provided on site. Also they or
their young people could build a lego baths, inspired by the building and share
We also had a fun activity for very young people, playmate for babies and tea for the not so young. Even dogs seemed to feel at home.
This was our second year. We had absolutely packed guided tours every hour throughout the two days, led by Judy. This year as a special bonus, Francis took people through the entrance to St Peters House, to view the dilapidated state of the roofs from the fire escape. Thanks to residents for allowing this.
Buddleia and broken panes
Last year 700 people came on the only open day, this year over 1,500, from as far away as Pennsylvania, Catalonia,Germany and Sweden. They came from all over the British Isles as well as closer to home. We were in need of volunteers to help make everyone’s experience fun. 10 extra people stepped forward and some even spent full days with us. Many thanks to them.