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Picnic in the Pool

16 August 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun and games with our FREE family-friendly (and weatherproof) ‘Picnic in the Pool’!

Picnic in the Pool

Free family-friendly event this Summer

Visit an iconic Manchester landmark for free and enjoy a family-friendly acitvity filled picnic in our Gala Pool!

Join Us for a Picnic with a difference…

🌞 Family-Friendly Picnic in an Empty Pool 🌞


🍔 Bring Your Own Food and Beverages (or enjoy snacks and drinks from our tea room 🍉

🧺 Pack Your Picnic Essentials: Blankets & Cushions needed for a tiled floor! 🧺

🎈 Enjoy a day of laughter and games with our free games and activity areas! 🎈

📍 Venue: Gala Pool – Victoria Baths

🗓️ Date: Wednesday 16 August

⏰ Time: 12noon – 3pm

Dive into an afternoon of family fun as we transform our (empty) Gala Pool into a weatherproof picnic paradise! Bring your tastiest treats, coziest blankets, and snuggly cushions for a day of good food and great company. Plus free activity areas that guarantee fun for all ages!

Activities include:

🏓 Lawn Games

🎨 Craft area

🕵 Building trail

🚸 Kids Zone: a dedicated area for smaller adventurers to play with toys, books and mini kitchen

Soak up the sun without a chance of rain as you picnic under our glorious glass roof, and create cherished memories with your loved ones at our family-friendly Picnic! Everyone is welcome.

The event is Free but booking is advised to avoid dissapointment as spaces may be limited on the day.

See you there! 🌞🌊🎉

This event is part of our weekly Welcome Wednesday which includes:

  • Our entertaining and informative Discover Victoria Baths tour is led by an experienced volunteer guide. Doors open at 11am for free general entry and the guided tour starts at 1pm, lasting approximately 1¼ hours.
  • Browse and buy souvenirs and gifts in our wonderful Gift Shop and visit our beautiful Tea Room with its stained glass windows and elaborate wrought iron ceiling, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks.
  • Explore the Grade II* listed building which is remarkably intact, with beautiful stained glass windows, amazing wall tiles and incredible mosaic flooring behind the imposing exterior.

Picnic in the Pool is a free event, but booking a free ticket is advised

The Gala Pool is a large space but does have a max capacity, please book a free ticket to secure your picnic, places may be limited on the day.


  • 11am   Doors open, Tea Room and Gift Shop open
  • 12noon Picnic in the Pool starts
  • 1pm    Tour starts
  • 2.15pm   Tour ends
  • 2pm    Last Entry
  • 3pm  Building closes

For more information on Welcome Wednesday vist VBtour-wed.eventbrite.co.uk

Victoria Baths Trust is a registered charity and relies on the support of the public to continue its work preserving the building for everyone to enjoy and explore.

Top image of Victoria Baths © Andrew Billington Photography


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Ring the Victoria Baths office on +44 (0)161 224 2020 or email enquiries@victoriabaths.org.uk.

Can I take photographs?

Photography and filming for personal use is permitted anywhere in the building. Personal photos and films/videos may not be used or sold for commercial gain. Please contact the office for information about professional or commercial shoots.

What’s the refund policy?

This is a free event, if you can no longer make it please let us know by emailing enquiries@victoriabaths.org.uk or call 0161 224 2020

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No we will take your full name on arrival.

Do I have to book an online ticket?

Yes please, there is a set capacity for the space, to avoid dissapointment please book a free ticket.

Is Victoria Baths accessible?

The Gala Pool is accessed by 6 steps, so is not fully accesible. For this event there will be a small pool-side area accesible for people who may not be able to enter the pool basin.

There is an access ramp at the main entrance and an accessible toilet and baby change facilities. The ground floor is completely accessible, including the Tea Room and Gift Shop. Currently we do not have first floor lift access. If you need help during your visit, please speak to the staff or a volunteer, who all wear name badges. Blue Badge holders can park directly in front of the building.


16 August 2023
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Victoria Baths
Hathersage Road
Chorlton-on-Medlock, Greater Manchester M13 0FE United Kingdom
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Victoria Baths
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