Swim for Restoration - Sat
7 Sep 2019 11:00 -16:00
This is a great opportunity to explore Victoria Baths, and, on this rare occasion, experience it being used for its original purpose, swimming!
Entry for visitors this weekend is FREE of charge. No booking is required for entering the building, just turn up.
Everyone who comes to the visit the building will be able to view the swimmers from the seats on the Gala Pool balcony.
And there's much much more going on besides:
Islington Mill Arts Academy exhibition - brand new, original artworks by six artists, all inspired by Victoria Baths, will be on show in the Females pool, including painting, drawings, performance, film and print
South Manchester Camera Club exhibition - on the Sports Hall balcony - a selection of work by their members on a watery theme, cards and prints for sale
Free Drop-in Art Workshops - create your own artwork inspired by the Baths, guided by the artists from Islington Mill
Guided film making workshop - with Donna Wood. No previous experience needed, suitable for those aged 11yrs upwards - 1.30-3.00pm. Pre-book (£2.00) - see Links below
Yoga with Sally - free yoga workshops for children (11.15am) and adults (3.30pm) in the Turkish Baths Rest Room - donations welcome (all proceeds to Victoria Baths Trust)
Ordsall A Capella Singers - performing in the Sports Hall at 1pm and 2.30pm
Splash Fiction Award and Readings - hosted by Sarah-Clare Conlon, Victoria Baths' Writer-in-Residence. Sarah-Clare will be announcing the winner of the Splash Fiction Awards 2019 and will also read some of the work she's produced this year during her residency at the Baths - at 1pm in the Turkish Baths Rest Room
Tea Room - with sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks. Hot Vimto and Bovril available for swimmers!
Margot's Pizza and The Ice Cream Ladies (vegan ice-cream)
Gift Shop selling a great variety of items including books, souvenirs and handmade crafts
History Displays telling the story of Victoria Baths, its closure and restoration, with features about swimming in the Baths and some notable swimmers
Guided Building Tours will take place throughout the day - book in advance or arrange a tour at the entrance when you arrive (£5.00) - choose from Discover Victoria Baths at 11.45am and 2.00pm or Off Limits (behind the scenes of the Baths) at 1.30pm
SWIMMING SHOWCASE EVENT
We also have a special Swimming Showcase Event on Saturday evening - with fun relays and a Water Polo demonstration - full details and tickets via link below. All profits for ongoing restoration work.
Note: tickets for swimming went on sale in June and are now SOLD OUT. If you'd like to add your name to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org