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BACAS Summer 2017 Excursions

Please print out and complete the Booking Form and send to Roger Wilkes (address on form).

Please note that excursions are only available to members of the Society. Click here for details on becoming a member.

Revised Schedule

25th April – Bath Blitz/Bombing Walk (early evening)  In April 1942 Bath was subjected to a succession of night-time air raids by the German Air Force.  On April 25th  2017, 75 years later, one of the Mayor’s guides will take us on a walk to commemorate the event. The walk will take about 2 hours , and visit about 12 key sites. It will include photographs to illustrate the destruction caused by the raids.

14th May Old Fonthill Abbey and Gardens (all day) – Fonthill Abbey was a very large Gothic revival style country house built by William Beckford between 1796 and 1813. The Abbey featured a 300ft high tower that collapsed in 1825, leading to the demolition of the entire building. Dr Amy Frost, Curator of Beckford’s Tower on Lansdown, Bath, will be guiding us on a walk around the grounds and woods of the Abbey estate to see the site of ‘Beckford’s Folly’ during a charity Abbey Open Day.

27th May Lansdown LEAP Project Walk (all day) – Stephen Bird, Head of Heritage Services, B&NES will repeat the 2014 BACAS Walk around the archaeological sites on Lansdown but with special emphasis on sites that BACAS may get involved with in the future.

10th June Keynsham Town Walk (afternoon) – The Local History Society will take us on a guided walk around parts of this important historic market  town which the Romans established at a crossing point on the River Avon and where later was built a very large Abbey, later demolished.  The town was granted a market in 1307, which continues to the present day.

10th August Frome Area Churches (evening) -  Michael McGarvie has already led four excellent and popular visits to Frome and Mendip churches for BACAS; this year he has agreed to lead a fifth and final excursion to three more churches, this time South of Frome.

2nd September Marlborough Town Walk (all day) – Nick Baxter from the Marlborough History Society will lead a two-part walk around this important and historic Wiltshire town.  From a tumulus dating from 2400BC to the present busy market town with the second widest High Street in Britain, the town has seen plenty of colourful action in its long history.

Please note: regrettably, it has been necessary to drop the previously proposed excursions to Salisbury Museum, and the Quarry Walks in the Corsham area, but they have been replaced by the Lansdown and Marlborough excursions, which we hope will be of equal interest.