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ON May 19, 1767, al­most 250 years ago to the day, the foun­da­tion stone was laid for Bath’s iconic Royal Cres­cent. The el­e­gant arc of 30 Ge­or­gian ter­raced houses, over­look­ing Royal Vic­to­ria Park, with its im­pres­sive ha-ha, has since be­come syn­ony­mous with the city it­self, which is also mark­ing 30 years since it be­came a UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

This Sun­day (May 21), a Nat­u­ral The­atre Com­pany troupe will lead a pro­ces­sion, trans­port­ing a piece of Bath stone from the quarry through the city, col­lect­ing rev­ellers on the way, to lay at the foot of the No 1 Royal Cres­cent mu­seum. Foun­da­tion Stone Day is free to at­tend.

Other cel­e­bra­tions in­clude A Day in the Life of the Royal Cres­cent (also free) on July 29, which will fea­ture teth­ered bal­loon rides from the lawn, cos­tumed char­ac­ters per­form­ing the sto­ries of peo­ple who lived on the cres­cent and Ge­or­gian ice cream. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to bring a pic­nic.

Ex­hi­bi­tions across Bath this sum­mer to fur­ther mark the oc­ca­sion in­clude ‘A View from the Cres­cent’ at No 1 Royal Cres­cent, show­ing how artists have por­trayed the land­mark (June 24 to Novem­ber 19), and ‘Past, Present, Fu­ture: Bath, Mod­ernism and the Smith­sons’ at the Mu­seum of Bath Ar­chi­tec­ture, ex­plor­ing how the Royal Cres­cent in­spired Eng­land’s most in­flu­en­tial post­sec­ond World War ar­chi­tects and other mod­ern de­sign­ers (June 24 to Novem­ber 26).

Bath’s Royal Cres­cent is cel­e­brat­ing its 250th birth­day this year

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