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Swim for Restoration - Sun

8 Sep 2019 11:00 -16:00

Adults: FREE

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)

Manchester's SHE Choir - performing in the Sports Hall at 1pm and 2.30pm

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 (see Links below) or arrange a tour at the entrance when you arrive (£5.00) - choose from Discover Victoria Baths at 11.15am, 11.45am or 2.00pm or Off Limits (behind the scenes of the Baths) at 1.30pm




We also have a special Swimming Showcase Event on Saturday evening - with fun relays and a Water Polo demonstration - full details and tickets via Links 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





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