As the flames of BathIRON die down, join us in Parade Gardens for one final fiery burst when we celebrate the opening of the newly installed bandstand balustrade* on Sunday 26th May 2019 with FIREFOLK – a family-friendly evening event featuring local folk bands and fiery fun for all.

* the new hand-crafted balustrade is due to be installed in April 2019 – thank you once again to all the wonderful people who have made it happen by sponsoring a note!

Watch this space …


THANK YOU! From the small and exhausted organising team…. we had an absolute blast and we hope you did too.

BathIRON 2018 was a triumphant collaborative effort – and its success a testament to the strong community of craftspeople who are willing to pool resources and share skills for the common good.  One of the festival highlights was the involvement of young people, including 20 student volunteers from Hereford College who worked solidly for 6 days and gave glowing reports of their experience, which included the opportunity to forge with Masters.

The forging area set up around the bandstand in Parade Gardens was the hub of the festival.  A hive of purposeful activity and happy camaraderie, it reached peaks of excitement towards the end of each two-day stint, as the teams raced to the finish line to complete their bandstand panels in time.  To watch these fantastic works of art gradually brought to life under the hammer, to see each completely unique design emerge from the flames, was a thrilling experience for everyone who passed through BathIRON.  You can read more about the bandstand balustrade project HERE, view all the individual panels HERE, and donate to the project HERE.

Our original ambition to install the balustrade in time for a late summer opening party has proved too ambitious – we’re all still recovering.  So now it’s going to be a Spring party – date to be published shortly.  Watch this space and we’ll try to keep you up to date as the balustrade comes together.

You can read the full write-up on BathIRON HERE.  And browse the photo gallery below.

A big thank you to Arwel Hughes who took some great shots that really captured the spirit of the event (credited below).

And remember – there’s still time to SUPPORT OUR CROWDFUNDING APPEAL and help bring the new bandstand to life.




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