Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds
Bath Grounds Footpath and
Exciting heritage activities on and around the Bath Grounds summer 2016
Funded by grants of £40,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £20,000 from North West Leicestershire District Council, the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds' Improved Accessibility and Heritage Project has improved awareness of the Grounds’ fascinating history and increased their use by the public and visitors to Ashby.
The Project commenced in September 2015 and is now complete. It has included construction of a new footpath and heritage trail around the Bath Grounds and a host of community heritage education activities - "Have a Go" archaeology; community mosaics; walks and talks; children's education boxes; a new film and ballad; and a revised book on the Ivanhoe Baths and Spa.
Public Exhibition now available as PDF file.
The Project closing exhibition at Ashby Library was a great success. You can see all the images from the exhibition by downloading this PDF file.
Film of Project Activities to July 2016 made by Pudding Bag Productions
As well as construction of the new footpath and heritage trail, exciting heritage activities took place throughout last summer, including;
- 'Have a Go' Archaeology
- Community Mosaics
- Premiere of ‘Polkas and Pustules’ – a short dramatic film on the Ivanhoe Spa
- Guided walks around the new Bath Grounds Heritage Trail
- Talks on the history of the Bath Grounds and Ashby’s Ivanhoe Spa
- Performance of the Ballad of the Bath Grounds
- Education Boxes
Lots more details on each activity can be found on the Links above.
The final Project activity was a Free Public Exhibition in Ashby Library, which was held from January 21st to February 11th 2017. This showed all the great events that have taken place over the year as part of the Project, including the key results from the 'Have a Go' Archaeology. The Exhibition was opened by Ashby Mayor, Mike Ball.
Footpath construction video courtesy of Pudding Bag Productions.