The Therapeutic City Festival launching in Bath

21st August 2019

This September, The Therapeutic City Festival comes to Bath. A week of walks, talks and events in and around the city will look to answer the question: How can we create places that are good for our body, mind and soul?

Rob Delius – our Head of Sustainable Design – along with Architecture IS, has launched this new festival to explore why health and wellbeing are essential to good city design and management. The festival focuses on Bath’s history as a ‘therapeutic city’ and its bid to become a UNESCO Great Spa of Europe.

The exciting, week-long programme offers something for everyone; from policy makers and placemakers right through to Bath residents and those with a general interest in making our cities more people and nature friendly.

Festival highlights

Fri 20 Sept / Therapeutic City Launch A pecha kucha style event with a series of thought-provoking talks on the past, present and future of Bath as a therapeutic city. Speakers from Historic England, National Trust, University of Bath and Bath Preservation Trust.

Sat 21-Sun 22 Sept / Healthy Living, Healthy City Weekend A weekend of healthy and creative activities, explorations and exercise, including the Love Milsom Street car free weekend.

Mon 23-Weds 25 Sept / Café salons A takeover of some of the city’s cafés for relaxed and lively evenings as residents and professionals debate how to shape a therapeutic and healthy city.

Fri 27 Sept / Therapeutic City Conference Bringing together international policymakers, designers and developers to explore how to create a city that promotes and supports wellbeing. Speakers include RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire; The Design Council; Icelandic architects, Basalt; Invisible Studio; Tonkin Liu; UWE and our very own Rob Delius!

The full festival programme can be viewed here and tickets for individual events can be purchased via Bath Box Office. Follow @therapeuticity and @Archit_Is on Twitter for updates.