October 19 we took a mini break down to Gloucestershire to meet up with family. Whenever we go we alway look for somewhere to go learn something new or build on our previous study, luckily the Cotswolds is full of Roman history.
We used Airbnb to find accommodation and ended up in a barn conversion in Nailsworth. The location was perfect for getting into the surrounding towns of Bath, Bristol, Cirencester and the beautiful Cotswold favourites of Bibury, Burford and Broadway (We got engaged in Broadway so it’s one of our favourites ❤)
Day 1 – We headed into Bath, about an hour away from Nailsworth, and we parked right in the centre. As it was Halloween the kids were dead set on dressing up so they swept through Bath in hooded cloaks (handmade by me but that’s another blog post) and skeleton suits.
Although the weather was dry it was blinking freezing cold so we took the opportunity to warm up at Bill’s restaurant/bar on Cheap St before heading to the Roman Baths. We only stayed for drinks but the menu looked great with lots of veggie/vegan options and trendy decor.
The Roman Baths is a World Heritage Site, and consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water, which you can see and feel down on the site.
The whole experience at the Roman Baths was fantastic. We used the free audio guide machines that they provide and the kids even had their own age appropriate information to listen to as we explored.
We met some Roman characters on our way around the Baths who taught us how to converse in Roman slang.
All in all we loved this attraction and would definitely recommend for anyone interested in Roman History. We had previously looked at the Romans with the kids during their study and visited a couple of other ruins elsewhere so this was a great addition to our research and lead us to dig out all our favourite resource books when we got home.
See some of our recommendations below including our favourite Usborne lift the flap books which never seem to date.
Wandering the streets of Bath afterwards we stumbled across a street performer juggling fire and promising all manner of dangerous tricks. He was fantastic entertainment, very funny and talented. He worked the crowd like a proffessional comedian whilst juggling with three fire sticks on a tall unicycle in the middle of the city dressed in a Superdry t-shirt and a pair of shorts!
Adults and children alike were captivated. Kids! He said, look at me juggling in the street… go to school, get educated, go to college, hell go to University and get a degree!… I DID and look at me now performing in the street for cash! Lol
Day 2 – We headed into Cirencester and to the Corinium museum
Right in the centre of Cirencester the museum houses a collection of highly significant finds from when the Romans occupied the town, then called Corinium Dobunnorum.
The museum was laid out in a great way using a timeline that was easy to follow and charted the historical development of the Cotswolds from its Prehistoric landscape to modern day.
The Corinium museum was full of things to keep the kids happy, with interactive displays, puzzles and a ‘Where’s Wally‘ treasure hunt. We found kid friendly snippets of information at the bottom of each board which simplified the context and kept the children interested.
We usually get the kids to read out from some of the boards to practice their reading aloud and ask them questions that provoke relevant discussion to make sure they are taking it all in.
If you are planning a visit allow at least 1-2hrs as there is lots to read and interesting artefacts to see.
For more info or to plan a visit see Coriniummuseum.org
The museum also has a nice shop and cafe which is a bonus.
As you can see this trip unintentionally took on a Roman feel and did lead to further study afterwards which we love. Some of our favourite Roman books are listed below: