Paul. A. Rabbitts    

Author, Parks Historian & Public Speaker

Thanks for visiting!

Welcome to my website and hope you find it useful, whether to book me as a speaker, check out my books or perhaps wanting to share my strange fascination with Victorian bandstand architecture. I have put this together really to promote my real passions in life which are wonderful legacy of public parks and the bandstands that often used to sit within them and in many cases still do. This has led to a number of books I have written as well as developing the ultimate database of bandstands in the UK.  I now also have a new website promoting the use of the bandstand - all on here. 
The book writing is progressing well and now have 14 published with "Great British Parks - A Celebration" - celebrating 20 years of HLF restoration projects and Green Flag Awards now available and "Parkitecture - Buildings and Monuments of Public Parks" also available. Another is well underway with Historic England on the cultural history of the bandstand focussing on their usage and architectural heritage called "Bandstands - Pavilions for Music, Entertainment and Leisure". I have also started a book on the life and works of Sir Christopher Wren, due in 2018. These all excite me! I am also considering one on the life of Decimus Burton, one of our greatest architects. Not much written about him but he is a fascinating man. I have also started a novel too but progress is slow as this is a true challenge. The imagination has to flow and you need time to do. 
I continue to work on an initiative to bring bandstands back to life through my sister website, www.pavilionsformusic.co.uk which I formally launched in May 2015 and have updated and refreshed in October 2016. . The database of contacts is certainly proving useful with good feedback. However, at the end of the day it is up to Local Authorities to take ownership of these once again. I am also looking at a partnership project with Brass Band England too. So do take a further look at the site, book me as a speaker (wonderful reviews too) and check out the bandstands and books.