The Assembly Rooms
The Assembly Rooms is a stunning Grade I listed building in the heart of Bath, dating back to 1771. Its original purpose was for a particular eighteenth century form of entertainment, the assembly; ‘a stated and general meeting of the polite persons of both sexes for the sake of conversation, gallantry, news and play’. Guests would gather in the rooms in the evening for balls, concerts and other social functions. Jane Austen wrote about the Assembly Rooms in her novels and a number of historic figures have given book readings in the building, including Charles Dickens and Sir Winston Churchill. Today, the Assembly Rooms remains at the social heart of the city and is integral to Bath’s rich history.
Each of the four rooms, the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room and Card Room, had a specific purpose, as their names suggest, but they could all adapt for other functions, as they still do today. Guests can move easily, behind closed doors, from room to room and there is a small formal garden, well suited to drinks receptions. The world-renowned Fashion Museum, located on the lower ground floor, is another interesting place to visit or hold an event.
In addition to the Assembly Rooms being an inspiring location for a conference or exhibition, it is also perfectly suited to dinners and weddings and it has recently been voted the UK’s top City Wedding Venue in the UK Wedding Awards 2017.
We know it can be difficult for attendees at exhibitions and events to find time to exercise, so we have mapped out a 20 minute circular walk that will not only benefit your body and mind, but also allow you to see some key, iconic sites of Bath.
The walk begins at the Assembly Rooms and will take you through The Circus, past the Royal Crescent and along the edge of Royal Victoria Park. Walking tour postcard maps will be available from the Assembly Rooms and additional interesting, historical facts about these locations can be found on our website.
Healthier conferences at Bath’s Historic Venues
Revitalise your guests in the UK’s number one Feel Good city. Searcys – the caterers at Bath’s Historic Venues, have launched new seasonal day delegate menus for conferences and events, bursting with fresh produce, to energise and satisfy hungry appetites and minds throughout the day. With an exclusive recipe smoothie from ‘Clean Eating Alice’ along with delicious meat and vegetarian menus, wholefood salad bar and fresh fruit pots, you’ll be spoilt for choice (don’t worry, treats including muffins, freshly baked pastries and a post event tipple are still available!).
The menu is available for conferences and events at the Assembly Rooms, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Guildhall and Victoria Art Gallery and is priced from £24.50 plus VAT per person (includes a Kick Start Breakfast, Mid-Morning Pick Me Up, Energiser Lunch and Mid-afternoon Recharge). For full menu, optional boosts and venue information, call us on 01225 444477 or visit the website page.
Bath’s Historic Venues