News, events and schools' information for families across Bath and West Wiltshire

The BRLSI (The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution) is throwing open its doors and taking over Queen Square for a family friendly weekend to celebrate its 200th anniversary!

Taking place on Saturday 29th June (10am-8pm) and Sunday 30th June (11am-4pm), the weekend will be jam-packed with free science and crafting activities, live music and performances, exhibits, outdoor games and refreshments

BRLSI, which can be found on Queen Square in Bath, is a place where science, literature and art come together to fire up imaginations, while also showcasing amazing collections of treasures from around the world. It was founded way back in 1824 and now it wants YOU to come and help wish it a happy birthday.

FREE Highlights over the weekend include:

  • Brick tower challenge – Join a master builder from Bricks McGee and take part in the tower-building challenge for all of the family! Grab a handful of LEGO bricks and build the tallest tower you can – fun for LEGO fans  4+.
  • Brilliant music on a special outdoor stage with Music Workshop (Saturday) and Orchestra of Everything (Sunday) showcasing a range of performances.
  • Come and get stuck into some drop-in science and crafting activities in the Queen Square stretch tent!
  • Pop over to the BRLSI building to check out their new exhibition, The World Revealed, featuring jurassic fossils collected by the famous Mary Anning, an ivory figurine from the ruins of Pompeii and relics from the lost Franklin Arctic expedition.
  • Help make BRLSI Birthday Bunting with your chance to create your own piece of bunting with ink, stamps and fabric pens.
  • Challenge yourself, your friends and your family with giant outdoor games of Jenga, Kerrplunk and Connect 4.

The team from the BRLSI would love to see as many of you as possible over the June weekend. And don’t forget to come back to BRLSI on October 18th and 19th for Bath Taps into Science, a fabulous chance to let kids try lots of different taster sessions, encouraging them to dip into the fascinating world of science with two days of exhibits, experiments and exploration.

Plus… plans are already in place for Brilliantly Engineered 2025, a February expo showcasing the very best of the South West’s engineering talent across four days. You can expect a whole host of workshops and activities – in previous years budding young engineers from local schools built robots run by The James Dyson Foundation whilst the weekend saw children of all ages enjoying free sessions including making and floating paper boats, skewering balloons without popping them and taking part in a racing driver reaction test!

Visit for more information and follow them at @BRLSI