Bath Parade Guides has been providing walking and coach tours of Bath, Bristol and environs for over 40 years.
Our guides are all Blue Badge Tourist Guides – the highest qualification in the guiding world – accredited to guide throughout the South West of England.
Our guides come from all walks of life – from actors, teachers and journalists to zoologists and museum managers. Many of us have further academic and other specialist qualifications to make your tour extra special, and some of our members can guide in foreign languages.
Val Atkinson has been a Blue Badge Guide since 2000, taking walking and coach tours in Bath, Bristol to Stonehenge and Salisbury, days out to Wells, the Somerset and Dorset countryside and the Dorset coast.
Victoria qualified as a Blue Badge Guide in 2018 but for many years was curator of two of Bath’s leading museums where she organised exhibitions, wrote catalogues and researched aspects of Bath’s history. Her walking tours include all things art and architecture, literary Bath and Jane Austen, and the edgy street art scene of Banksy’s Bristol. Further afield are the Gothic wonders of Wells with its magnificent Cathedral or the hidden historic gem of Bradford on Avon.
When not guiding Victoria loves visiting historic houses and gardens and admits to a serious addiction to second -hand bookshops.
Joy has been guiding for over 30 years and is a member of the Institute of Tourist Guides. Her interests cover a wide range from Jane Austen to guiding in our wonderful cathedrals, particularly Salisbury, Wells and Bristol. The countryside also draws her with the wonderful pre-historic sites of Avebury and Stonehenge and the famous and not so famous corners of the Cotswolds.
The Southwest is steeped in myth and legend and it was her love of the area that inspired Cheryl to become a Blue Badge Guide in 2010. She is passionate about pagans and poets, riveted by royalty and rebels, amazed by ancestors and artists. Oh and she loves historical gossip, all of which she is keen to share with you on the streets of Bath and Bristol and throughout the Southwest.
Mike Dean qualified as a Blue Badge tour guide in 1987. He lives in Keynsham, between Bristol and Bath, and has guided extensively in both cities, together with much of the west country. He is a retired teacher and graduate of Bristol University, and his hobbies include walking, music, travel and writing. He is the author of two books on the local area.
Rodger successfully completed his training as a Blue Badge guide in 1996, and immediately started guiding on the Open Top bus in Bristol. Walking tours of the old city (including ghost tours), the harbour side, and Clifton soon followed. He then went on to join Bath Parade Guides where he still provides guided walking and coach tours.
Over the years he has acquired a wealth of information and knowledge of two very contrasting cities – Bath with its Georgian and Roman heritage, and Bristol with its maritime connections. Bradford-on-Avon is also a favourite town of his for a guided tour.
Barbara Holmes has been a qualified Blue Badge Guide for over 10 years. Having studied Art History, in her career in Education she taught all age groups from pre-school to over 60s. Her current work in the tourist industry now takes her all over the world, but she enjoys nothing more than sharing her love of the City of Bath, and the West Country region, with visitors and residents alike. She also works part time at the Roman Baths Museum.
Whether your interests are in history, archaeology and the arts, or you prefer to find out about films, food and drink and shopping, she will find something to interest everyone.
Fred Mawer has been a Blue Badge qualified tour guide since 2018. He lives in Bath, and as well as guiding in and around Bath he takes visitors on tours of Bristol, especially covering the city’s colourful street art. He guides all over the South West region. Fred is also a long-established travel journalist. He writes for newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph, for whom he is the resident Bath ‘expert’.
When not guiding or writing, he can often be found walking his dog in the countryside around Bath or playing tennis.
Terry is a Blue Badge Guide of 25 years’ experience. Originally he covered most places in the South West but now concentrates on Bath and Bristol. Over the years he has researched many different aspects of Bath from ‘Bath and the Blitz’ to ‘River, Canal and Gardens’. Whether you want to explore one of the lesser known villages of Bath such as ‘Widcombe and Lyncombe’ or discover Medieval or Victorian Bath, Terry is your man.
He is very proud to have been the Mayor’s officer for 18 years and can be seen leading the processions on Ceremonial Occasions.
Sue qualified as a West Country Tourist Guide in 1986 and joined Bath Parade Guides shortly afterwards. For many years she also worked as a Tour Manager in the British Isles and later worked on cruise ships looking after groups. Since 2016 Sue has focused on guiding in the City of Bath and the local area. She enjoys sharing the history of this beautiful city with visitors from all over the world. The towns and villages of the Cotswolds are also among her favourite tours.
When not guiding Sue likes to visit local attractions to update her knowledge. For leisure she enjoys travel and cruising.
Angela enjoys tour guiding anywhere in the West Country, and works mainly in Bristol (where I live), Bath, and The Cotswolds. she has a Masters degree in Garden History, has led extended garden tours, and especially likes opportunities to show the wonderful historic gardens and landscapes of the area, as well as some of the historic houses. She qualified as a Blue Badge guide in 2001.
She has worked in charity administration, children’s social care, and further education teaching. She enjoys sharing her interest in the region and its history – and also the present day – with visitors of any age or nationality.
Luke Scoging was born and raised in Bath and was inspired by the history of the city from an early age. Through a degree in Ancient History, Luke has a specialty in the Roman and Neolithic periods that so shape the story of the South West from Bath to Stonehenge and beyond! He has been a Blue Badge Guide since 2015, while also working at the Roman Baths Museum and Ghost Walks of Bath.
When not guiding, he enjoys reading and walking in the countryside, looking for more stories to uncover.