The Big Splash at Victoria Baths

The Big Splash
Victoria Baths
9th September 2022 – 10th September 2022

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People swimming at The Big Splash
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The Big Splash is a rare opportunity to dive into Manchester’s history.

When it opened in 1906, Victoria Baths was described as “the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country” and “a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester can be proud.” Today, Victoria Baths is a must-see, one of the city’s most beautiful heritage sites that matches its stunning architecture with an ambitious events programme.

Since its partial restoration, Victoria Baths has hosted numerous events including a Hacienda acid house pool party with The Warehouse Project, it’s been a backdrop for many filming projects and, in 2014, was the stage for HOME’s trailblazer production of Romeo and Juliet.

However, since 1993, public swimming has only taken place three times at Victoria Baths. Taking place this September, The Big Splash is a rare opportunity for you to join the few people alive today who has ever swum in the Mancunian landmark.

Swim sessions are 45-minutes long, this includes changing time in a historic curtained poolside cubicle. As ever the Tea Room will be open and there will be opportunities to join guided tours of the building.

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