Episode 11

Published on:

1st Dec 2022

Tourism in Bath, Past and Present

This month we're celebrating tourism in Bath - discovering what has drawn people to live in or visit Bath since neolithic times.

Paul Simons is the man who brought Thermae Baths to the city and is now Chair of the Trustees of the Cleveland Pools Project. In addition he is also the Secretary General of the Great Spa Towns of Europe! This is a world heritage site covering 7 countries and 11 internationally famous spa towns. He tells us about this and how Bath Spa has been re-invented 5 times in its history.

Kirsten Elliott, historian and Mayor Guide Emeritus, takes me on a walk around Georgian Bath to find out what the Georgians might expect when visiting. And we discover what they did when they weren’t bathing... 

The Bath Christmas markets are in full flow, drawing thousands of visitors to the city and enchanting their senses with the beauty of the lights, sounds and the smells.

Kathryn Davis, Director of Tourism at Visit West, brings us right up to date and tells us about what they’re doing now to attract visitors. 


Music: Audionautix

Bath City Jubilee Waits

"Cathedral Bells" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org

Produced by Pommy Harmar







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About the Podcast

This podcast is designed to inspire you to get out and explore the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the city of Bath, with its hills and valleys, grasslands and woodlands.

Season 1 brought a monthly flavour of the September walking festival through interviews with special guests, a recorded local walk and a 'top-tip' section with festival organiser Lucy Bartlett.

Season 2 delves deep into the rich diversity of the Bathscape, its culture, heritage, landscape and people.

Hosted by walking and podcasting enthusiast Pommy Harmar. Get in touch with us through Facebook or Twitter or visit our website: www.bathscape.co.uk

About your hosts

Pommy Harmar

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Freelance Journalist, radio producer, podcaster and walker. Pommy has been working in radio since 2013. She has produced and hosted podcasts including Sleeping with the Moon, Footprints, The Bristol Walkfest Podcast, The Quarantini, and Follow The Sun.

"It was excellent, really interesting and informative. The details and the way it was done, with three women farmers as key players, was really refreshing. I liked the voiceover and all the interviews." (Footprints, season 2 listener)

"All your topics on the Footprints podcast were relevant and fascinating to me as an older, female solo walker for the first time in the U.K." (Footprints season 1 listener)

Email: pommyharmar@yahoo.co.uk

Lucy Bartlett

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Lucy is the Bathscape Community Projects Officer and a keen walker. She organises the annual Bathscape Walking Festival which aims to encourage people to discover the beautiful landscape around Bath.
Bathscape is very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery who fund our work.