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Holburne Up Late
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Drawn to the Holburne

Discover the art of drawing in this vibrant Up Late curated by students and staff from the Bath School of Art and Design. Join us for an eclectic mix of pop-up talks, life drawing, hands-on art demos and art showcases. Enjoy after-hours access to our world-class exhibition, Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust Housesenjoy tunes from our resident DJ Pablo Tinte, and relax over a glass of wine in our Garden Café.

Take advantage of our special offer: Enjoy a cocktail in the cafe and admission to our special exhibition for just £10.


Drink and Draw: Grab a glass and try your hand at drawing a costumed model in our Garden Café.

Masters Draw: Meet BSU postgraduate students, see their artwork, and hear about how drawing relates to their practice as they plan for their final degree show.

Elastic Space: See the future of drawing in 3D space! Try your hand at drawing using the latest computer technology.

Pop up talks: Hear from Tim Vyner, official illustrator for the London Olympics, about his drawing work for the Moscow World Cup, as well as other BSU artists and tutors about the future of drawing in the School.

Tania Kovats ‘Talking Drawing‘: Leading British artist Tania Kovats discusses the role of drawing in her work, before leading a walk-through of the Museum that explores the drawings to be found in its galleries.

In Partnership with Bath Spa University

Consonant Connections
Jul 3 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Consonant Connections @ The Holburne Museum

Consonant Connections: A musical perspective on 17th century Anglo-Dutch relationships

Explore seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch music in this lunchtime recital. In honour of our temporary exhibition, Prized Possessions, this recital looks at Constantijn Huygens – musician, poet, art connoisseur and statesman (and discoverer of Rembrandt) – who, during his visits to the Jacobean Court, met London-based musicians Lanier (himself an artist and Royal art procurer), Gaultier and Foscarini. As well as songs and solos for lute and baroque guitar by these composers (and by Huygens himself), this programme includes works by Peter Philips and Richard Dering, English Catholics exiled in the Netherlands, and also by Henry Purcell during the reign of William and Mary who arrived in the Glorious Revolution.

Wiltshire-based lutenist/luthier Din Ghani formed Musicke in the Ayre in 2011 to explore and perform the vast repertoire of music for voice and plucked strings from the 16/17th centuries, working with an evolving team of singers and other instrumentalists. They have since given over a hundred concerts across the country and on the Continent. Gillian Wormley is a freelance soprano recitalist, singing teacher and vocal coach who embraces new technology to provide vocal coaching online, as well as running vocal workshop weekends at Dartington Hall. This is Gillian’s fourth performance with Din, who will be using instruments he made himself.

Ring in a Day
Jul 14 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Ring in a Day  @ The Holburne Museum

This one-day silversmithing course will introduce you to some of the basic techniques of silversmithing. Led by Penelope Makower, Principle of the Bishopsland Educational Trust, you will create a unique hall-marked silver ring of your own design.

Bishopsland is a very small postgraduate college teaching silversmithing. It is the only private college of its kind in England. Since it started, 185 silversmiths have passed through its course and about 70% are still working in silversmithing or jewellery.

Holburne Up Late
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm. Join Bath Spa curatorial students for a performance painting intervention on the Holburne front lawn! Then relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening. Discover the treasures from our Collection and experience our exhibition Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust Houses.

Special offer: Enjoy a cocktail in the cafe and admission to our special exhibition for just £10.







Pop Up Cinema
Aug 9 – Aug 12 all-day
Pop Up Cinema @ The Holburne Museum

One of the best things in life has to be enjoying a fabulous film framed by a backdrop of stars, surrounded by the horticultural heaven of the Holburne’s grounds. This August The Little goes free range, as we bring four terrific films to a huge screen set under the summer firmament.

Doors open at 7.30pm, with the film playing at around 9pm – as soon as it gets dark.

The screenings take place in the open, cardboard bumbox seating will be for sale but feel free to bring along cushions, blankets or small picnic chairs – however these must be placed towards the rear of the grass area.

This is a fully licensed and catered event so we cannot accept any alcohol, food and drink to be brought in from outside. The Holburne will provide full bar and catering facilities.

You can book tickets from the Picture House Pop Up Cinema

Top Gun
Thursday 9 August 2018 7:30 PM (105 Minutes)
12A Contains one use of strong language and moderate sex and sex references
Director: Tony Scott. Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer. USA 1986. 109 mins.
Maverick (Cruise) aspires to be top gun at the Top Gun, the US Navy Fighters Weapons School in San Diego. Maverick climbs the ladder of fly-boy success and falls in love with his aeronautics instructor.

Withnail & I
Friday 10 August  2018 7:30 PM (107 Minutes)
15 very strong language, drug use, strong sex references
Director: Bruce Robinson. Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann UK 1987. 107 mins.
The finest cult comedy known to humanity! Fed up with London, two ‘resting’ (i.e. unemployed) actors – a drifter (McGann) and his outrageous flatmate Withnail (Grant) – embark on a weekend in the countryside that soon turns into a hilarious disaster, especially when Withnail’s terrible Uncle Monty (Griffiths) turns up. Screening in a newly restored version that returns the look of the original 35mm print.

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine
Saturday 11 August 2018 7:30 PM (85 Minutes)
Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques. Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long
Sunday 12 August 2018 7:30 PM (105 Minutes)
PG Brief mild threat, violence
The Greatest Showman is an original musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman. Barnum was a visionary who rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.

You can book tickets from the Picture House Pop Up Cinema

Aug 20 – Aug 29 all-day
Colourscape @ The Holburne Museum

Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in a new world made up of soft curved edges filled with intense colour, and discover performance spaces filled with music and dancing.

NEW – Virtual Queue

Due to the huge popularity of our Colourscape Festival at the Holburne there have been long queues.

To alleviate queuing time for visitors we have created a new “virtual queuing” system. When you arrive you will be given your number in the queue and a time for you to return to ensure your place in the “invisible” queue is maintained.

We do recommend that you come early in the day to guarantee entry to Colourscape. We will start issuing entry times at 10.30am. It is likely that all places will be allocated by 1pm, so do come early and then you can leave to enjoy all of the other great summer activities at the Holburne.

Colourscape has a maximum daily capacity of 450 people.

Whilst waiting for your entry time don’t forget to visit the Museum, we have lots for you to see and do. You can also purchase refreshments from the Museums Garden Café.

Tickets for Colourscape cannot be purchased in advance, online or from inside the Museum. All entry is sold at the entrance to Colourscape on the day.

If you, or anyone in your group, has specific questions relating to how your experience of Colourscape might be affected by an autism spectrum disorder please contact Spencer Hancock:

Monday Aug 20 to Thurs Aug 23 – Michael Ormiston presents Family-friendly free-flowing workshops and performances. Mongolian Overtone Singing, Tibetan Singing Bowls and instruments from around the world. You can join in on an extraordinary range of unusual instruments. Great for all ages from babies to grandparents!

Friday Aug 24: Symphony of the Senses: Music based on sounds of the human body and dancers PLUS fragrances weave all the senses into a Symphony taking place in the intense colour labyrinth

Saturday Aug 25: Sylvia Hallett plays Musical Bicycle Wheel (the spokes tuned and bowed!) with many unusual instruments of slate, shells and wood played by local musician Mike Adcock

Sunday Aug 26: Consortium return to the Holburne Colourscape with a range of music for recorders from very small to very large

Monday Aug 27: Flutes of the World: Shakuhachi, Thai flutes, piccolo, bass flute and even a giant Sub-contrabass create a whole orchestra of flutes in Colourscape

Tues Aug 28 to Wed Aug 29 – Michael Ormiston concludes the festival and you, the public, can join in a final feast of music and colour.

Holburne Up Late
Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening. Discover the treasures from our Collection and experience our exhibition Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust Houses.. Take advantage of our special offer: Enjoy a cocktail in the cafe and admission to our special exhibition for just £10.

SPECIAL EVENT: What is Creativity?Join students from Bath Spa School of Art and  Design as they explore what it means to be creative.







Craft a Bold Beaded Necklace
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Craft a Bold Beaded Necklace @ The Holburne Museum

Craft your own stylish wooden bead necklace. Learn how to paint a variety of minimalist designs and quirky patterns in bold colours, and choose from a selection of beautiful ribbons and cords to create fastenings.

Beaded necklace workshop

Gin Garden
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gin Garden @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom

Tasting Note
Join Great Western Wine at the Holburne Museum for the inaugural Gin Garden! An opportunity to taste and discuss a wide range of exceptional artisanal and batch gins from around Britain showcasing some of the wonderful gins now available at Great Western Wine.

This is your chance to meet the creators, movers and shakers, who will be pouring their exceptional Gins for your enjoyment as well as helping you find your perfect G&T. Huge Holburne thanks to GWW for donating the proceeds of the event to the Museum.

Now with BBQ! Provided by Benugo (please note they are only able to accept cash).

Tickets £25. Bookings from 21 June, Tel 01225 388569

The list of suppliers currently includes


Warner Edwards:
Melissa Gin (Limited Edition)

Cornish Dry
Sea Dog

Gin 77


Pink Pepper:
Pink Pepper
Old Mas

6 O’clock:
London Dry
Jekka’s Edition
Brunel Edition
Sloe Gin

Martin Millers:
Westbourne Strength
9 Moons
Dry Gin

Garden Tiger



GB Gin
Elegant 48
Seville Marmalade
Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo

Batch n0.1
Batch no.2
Barrel Aged

Music of the Georgian Theatre
Oct 3 @ 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm
Music of the Georgian Theatre @ The Holburne Museum

Experience the music of the Georgian stage! Florentine Arts Ensemble present an invigorating programme of music that explores the challenges faced by 18th-century performing artists.  Discover the public’s attitude toward music and the theatre, and the development of what became accepted as ‘culture’ in English society.

Florentine Arts Ensemble is an exciting and highly innovative venture which explores the relationship between music and the visual arts at some of the U.K’s leading concert venues, art galleries and museums. The Florentine Arts Ensemble engages the audience through the discussion and performance of related music to enlighten, inform, and inspire.