Events diary

9:00 am09:00

Back to the 80s Friday

On Friday 30th June you are invited to rewind the 30 years that the local charity, Julian House, has been supporting homeless and excluded men and women, and celebrate their anniversary in true 1980s style!

Join in the fun and help support a local charity by bringing £1 to the office and wearing your best 80s outfit on Friday 30th June. 

The 80s was by far one of the most memorable decades when it came to fashion. Get started on your outfit by checking the ideas on the following web link:

8:00 am08:00

Bike Bath set to return in July

Bike Bath, the cycling event which sees over 1,000 participants come together to take on three challenging but beautiful routes through the countryside round Bath city, will return on Sunday 2nd July.


Bike Bath is a day of marked rides of 25, 50 and 80 miles taking in the best scenery of Bath and the surrounding countryside.

2017 Costs

  •   80 miles £35
  •   50 miles £35
  •   25 miles £22

There is also an online booking fee per rider.

Click here to book your place online.

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6:30 pm18:30

A Talk with Nils Norman

Nils Norman works across art, architecture and urban planning. His projects challenge notions of public art, the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration.

Hear Nils discuss his Future Perfect public art commission in Hengrove.


16 Narrow Quay

Wed 5 July 2017
18:30 - 20:00

£7 / £5

Book here


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Jul 9

Studio in the woods

The original 'making' workshop

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Sinead is booking a place on this 3 day workshop in July and thought that it might be of interest to others on the team. The workshop is open to all - architects, students and any other interested participants.

The workshop will be held in a 100 acre woodland 4 miles north of Bath.

Postcode: SN14 8AW.

Workshop details and booking

Read more about Invisible Studio

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Jul 23

Bristol Harbour Festival

Free event

Bristol Harbour Festival will take place on 21-23 July 2017. If you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, nautical capers, good food and drink and general enjoyment - make sure to put this weekend in your diary!

The official programme is available at the festival and can also be brought from a number of outlets throughout the city. Read more details.

Getting to Bristol Harbour Festival

Festival map

Read more about the festival and all the events that are happening




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5:00 pm17:00

RIBA private view and talks

Smithson snapshots: architectural photography

The Royal Institute of British Architects host a special private view of Smithson Snapshots: Architectural photography from the Smithson Family Collection, in association with The Edge at Bath University on 27 July. 

This exclusive event celebrates the launch of the Smithson Snapshot exhibition and the RIBA has invited some special guest speakers to discuss their interpretation of Brutalism and the affect on communities, what it means now and how this has played a part in architecture.

Keynotes from; Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane's Museum, and Architectural Writer and Lecturer Andrew Higgot. Both speakers will join a panel discussion, chaired by Eleanor Young, Executive Editor at the RIBA Journal. 

  • Time: from 5pm to 8pm
  • RIBA members, RIBA student members and architects or individuals interested in joining the RIBA
  • Location: Weston Studio, The Edge, University of Bath

To book click here

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10:00 am10:00

Instagram Architecture photo competition

Instagram Architecture photo competition

'Capture your city'

#ribacaptureyourcity by 31st July!

How to enter:

  1. Take a snap of the architecture you feel captures the essence of your city of Bath or Bristol.
  2. Upload your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ribacaptureyourcity by 31st July 2017.
  3. Include your Name and Architecture Practice, so RIBA can contact you.

    Be in with a chance to win £100 first prize!

Please let Karen and Jacob know if you are entering. Thanks. 

Jun 24

First lego league international open championship in Bath!

Whether you are 5 years old or 65 years old, Lego has its appeal.

The University of Bath is delighted to be hosting this vibrant and prestigious international robotics competition to celebrate young talent and inspire the next generation of leaders in science, engineering, technology and maths.

Over 90 teams from 35 countries across the world will be taking part, bringing together 700 children (11-16 year olds) and 500 teachers and mentors. The competitors will showcase their skills in construction, programming, real world problem-solving and presentation of ideas and solutions, while also sharing their culture, core values, making friends and having fun!

Book your free tickets for the robot game shows!


Sports Training Village
University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY



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9:30 am09:30

Team charity event - Bath Boules 2017

Come and join us for some summer fun and chill time.

SRA are one of the sponsors of this year's popular Bath Boules event in Queen Square. 

The whole event is running from June 9th to June 11th. Our team pitch is booked for Saturday 10th June! Come along and join in the fun and frolics with family, friends, kids, pets etc!! It is a very relaxed event.

View the team invite here.

As the date gets closer, perhaps we can arrange some lunchtime outings to practice and get in the mood? 

The Bath Boules is a great party in the name of raising money for worthy local causes. The game is deceptively simple, where everybody can be quite good and a few splendidly terrific!  The first game will start around 10am. Three people play in each game and we will rotate team members as necessary.

Alongside the Boules tournament there is a cafe, bar, street food, giant marquee, evening party, entertainment and kids activities.

Last year's Bath Boules raised just under £42K for local charities in Bath. Read more about the charities that have benefitted.

To inspire you, some pictures from last year...

7:30 pm19:30

Architecture Club presents.... Alison Brookes

Architecture and its Side Effects

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Alison Brooks has earned global reputation for her achievements in the field of design and architecture: from her first one off houses to her work in urban regeneration and housing, arts and education projects. Her work is driven by a passion for cultural context, expressive materiality, and for architecture that embodies social ideals. She will discuss her most recent work in London and Oxford, including the Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford and her award winning housing scheme in London, Ely Court, which is one of five finalists for the prestigious EU Mies van der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture 2017.


Standard £6/Concessions £4
Under-25s FREE


Rook Lane
Rook Lane Chapel
Bath Street
Frome, Somerset
BA11 1DN

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I’ve been to her talks before and she is very good, so I would recommend it!
— Claire Miller




Jun 11

Bath Fringe Festival

Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival is the city's only visual arts festival.  The festival actively promotes and celebrates contemporary art in the Bath area and beyond, showcasing early career artists and curators, and those who find it difficult to break into (or prefer to operate outside of) the gallery based art scene.

Download the festival programme here.

Look on the festival website to browse the whole event.


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7:30 am07:30

Tour series round 6 in Bath on Saturday

Saturday 20th May - Bath hosts round 6 of the ITV4 televised Tour Series (men) and Matrix Women’s Grand Prix races. Fans can look forward to seeing Britain's fastest teams from both the men and women's peloton in action, with the sixth round of the women's Matrix Fitness GP Series before Round Six of the Tour Series takes to the circuit.

Click here to view more details including the event schedule.

Tune in to ITV4 for exclusive coverage of the Tour Series during May 2017.

View television programme schedule.

Local info here (including course and road closures etc.)


Free family rides on the city centre closed road course.

If you fancy starting the day with something more challenging, there are two morning cycle Sportives (billed as short or long!).

Details here.

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3:30 pm15:30

Free seminar, networking & dinner - Bristol

For anymore who may be interested.
— Alex

Specifi Landscape makes its visit to Bristol on 18th May 2017.  This must-attend event for Landscape Architects, Architects involved in Landscape, Civil Engineers and other landscape specifiers begins with a brilliant seminar by a world class speaker, continues with our “Networking and Expo” with a complimentary bar, before we sit down for our relaxed Specifi Dinner.

More details including registration

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6:30 pm18:30

Film about Jane Jacobs

Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

92 min

Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.

Closest viewing to Bath is:

The Cube Microplex, Bristol
Dove Street South, King Square, Bristol, Avon, BS2 8NQ

Claire is going along to see this film and as it will probably sell out fast, you may want to get tickets soon! Do get in touch with Claire you fancy going along.


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8:30 am08:30

Next Two Tunnels race is 14th May!

There are four dates in this year's race series. And there are a range of events over the summer which have different names according to the route. 

Two Tunnels series events (26th Feb/14th May/9th July/20th Aug)

5km, 10km, half and full marathon

  • The 'Return Ticket' 5km and 10km events are out and back within the Two Tunnels (on all four dates above)
  • The 'Hilly Tickets' go out through the Two Tunnels and come back over the hills that the tunnels pass through. (only happening 14th May and part of the Beast of Bath Challenge Series)
  • Half Marathon Looped Course (14th May or 9th July)
  • Marathon (20th Aug)

Read all about the course descriptions and challenges


Prices and Registration

(Date 2 of 4) - 14th May

A few of the team from SRA are taking part in the Two Tunnels event on 14th May. Everybody is welcome to join us! Chat to Amy, Karen or Emma B for more details. 

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7:30 pm19:30

Free Entry - Bath United v UK Armed Forces

Wednesday 10th May, kick-off 19.30

Bath United are playing the UK Armed Forces at the Recreation Ground on Wednesday 10th May. What's more, it's free entry!

It should be a great atmosphere - as these matches are a great run-out for 1st team players getting back to top level fitness. 

There will be no tickets issued for this match - instead a suggested £5.00 donation will be asked for at the gages in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Fiona may be attending so do get in touch with her if you are also planning to pop along.

6:30 pm18:30

Talk - RIBA house of the year: Richard Murphy

Architect Richard Murphy talks about his
award-winning house and forthcoming book

Richard Murphy founded his practice in 1991. Its early reputation was built on highly crafted and innovative domestic work in the Edinburgh area.

The practice has since won an unprecedented 21 RIBA Awards, and has considerable experience in the Arts, Education, Housing, Health, Public and Community use and Masterplanning.

In 2016 Murphy’s own house, ‘a quarter Soane, a quarter Scarpa, a quarter eco-house and a quarter Wallace and Gromit’, was awarded the RIBA House of the Year.

In this talk Murphy will describe the series of accidents that resulted in a life in architecture

Book a place

16 Narrow Quay

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11:00 am11:00

Free Bath University community festival

Bath University are throwing open their doors on Saturday 6th May for local residents of the BANES area to enjoy an action packed day.

The free Festival will be packed full with activities, talks, music, food and fun.

You don’t need a ticket, just turn up on the day!

  • All activities are free
  • You do need to register and book for some of the activities. Check here for more details.
  • There are age restrictions on some activities - these will be clearly highlighted
  • There will be lots for children to do, including a sticker trail. Grab your gorgon's head mask and map when you arrive.
  • The Red Devils parachute display will be at midday - don't miss it!

Travelling to the Festival

The best way to get to the event will be on the free Uni bus service U1, to and from Bath City Centre.

You can also walk or cycle to campus.

A limited amount of parking will be available on site at East Car Park, but it will be very busy.


The University of Bath
Claverton Down

Make a plan for the day - read more here.

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5:30 pm17:30

Lecture: Engineering in light of great, and unknowable, forces

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) is hosting an inaugural lecture series. The theme of the lecture series is ‘Sustaining innovation in an uncertain World’ and marks the 10th anniversary of the BRE CICM and also the 50th anniversary year of the University of Bath. The lecture series includes leading research and industry figures.

On Thursday 4th May, Janet Lees (University of Cambridge) will give a lecture in Chancellors’ Building room 2.6 at 5.30pm.  The title of the lecture is Engineering in light of great, and unknowable, forces. 

Book a place

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7:00 pm19:00

Next team quiz night

Bath Brew House

Join us for the next team quiz night on 2nd May. Most of us taking part aren't really quiz wizards, but between us all, we have a bit of fun, food, and manage to avoid coming last!


Location: Bath Brew House, James St w, Bath, BA1 2BX (about 2 minutes walk from SRA)

  • 6 people per team
  • Quiz kicks off at 7.30 pm
  • Great food available before and during the quiz
  • £1 to enter on the night 
  • Winning team collects the pot 

Please contact Lizzie for more details and to join the team!

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5:30 pm17:30

Citizen Jane: Battle for the city

Claire has flagged a new film that is coming out on May 8th about Jane Jacobs.

Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Rober Moses in the 1960s.

It looks to be viewing in The Cube Microplex, Bristol on 15th May only: details here. 

If you spot other viewings in Bath please can you let everyone know? Thanks!

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Apr 17

Afternoon tea in the pump room

10% Discount for Bath Discovery Card holders

Enjoy afternoon tea for longer throughout April on the following dates. Walk-in tables are available daily. 10% discount. For reservation times and details on how to book please visit the Roman Baths website >

  • Saturday 8 April
  • Friday 14 April
  • Saturday 15 April
  • Sunday 16 April
  • Monday 17 April

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6:00 pm18:00

Private view invitation: AJ small projects 2017

Architecture Centre's Spring exhibition

Long Drop by Invisible Studio © PiersTaylor

Long Drop by Invisible Studio © PiersTaylor

The annual Architects' Journal Small Projects Awards celebrates design ingenuity and excellence on a budget of less than £250,000.

Join them for a drinks reception to hear more about the exhibition and to say farewell to Christine Davis who leaves after five years leading the Centre.

RSVP via Eventbrite

For more about the exhibition and related programme visit:

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5:30 pm17:30

Lecture series: sustaining innovation in an uncertain world

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) is hosting an inaugural lecture series. The theme of the lecture series is ‘Sustaining innovation in an uncertain World’ and marks the 10th anniversary of the BRE CICM and also the 50th anniversary year of the University of Bath. The lecture series includes leading research and industry figures.

The next lecture will be given by Professor Luke Bisby on Monday 3rd April at 17:30 for 18:00 in Chancellors’ Building 1.12.  The title of the lecture is Structural Fire Resilience – How we’re getting it wrong, and why.

Book a place


Chancellors' Building 1.12
University of Bath

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Mar 19

Ride to work week

#YearoftheBike event - Ride to Work Week!

There will be a bunch of great prizes up for grabs too!

The days are getting longer, the weather's getting better and the clocks spring forward at the end of March. So there's no better time to start riding to work - it will make you happier, healthier and wealthier, plus you are in with a chance to win and go into the draw for some amazing prizes!

Read a short post about how riding to work can make you happier, healthier and wealthier.

Register with Love to Ride today and grab your chance to win a prize.

Top prize: win a £6,000 cycling holiday to Cuba for two. Check out the rest of the prizes.

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8:00 am08:00

Vitality Bath Half Marathon

The award-winning Vitality Bath Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 12th March 2017. Entries to this iconic race, which is one of the longest established city centre road racing events in the UK, are now nearly sold out.

If you are intending to run in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon, please let Karen know - thanks!

The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath. The two-lap 13.1 mile course is enjoyed for being fast and flat, making it ideal for beginners, charity runners and athletes looking for a PB. Each year the race sees a strong British elite field and a large number of celebrities who are attracted by the stunning setting, fantastic crowd support and promise of a good finishing time.

The Vitality Bath Half Marathon is also the largest single day charity fundraising event in the South West and one of the top three fundraising road races in the UK. 

Cancer Research UK is the Lead Charity for 2017, with Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens the official Family Fun Run Charity and Dorothy House Hospice Care the official Local Charity

For further race details and to see whether there are still places left please visit the Vitality Bath Half Marathon website

Keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter: @bathhalf #bathhalf or via the blog

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5:00 pm17:00

Women in Property - InPlay Golf

Following the success of the last InPlay Golf event, Women in Property are running this event again to provide you with a relaxed environment in which to practice your swing or pick up a golf club for the very first time. More details to follow soon.

6:15 pm18:15

Invitation to Andrew Heath's inaugural lecture

Open Lecture at University of Bath: Building with the ground

Professor Andrew Heath, Professor in Geomaterials, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, would like to invite you to his Inaugural Lecture which will be given at the University of Bath in the Chancellors’ Building 1.12. 


A drinks reception will take place after the lecture.

If you would like to attend please contact Claire Hogg, the Department Coordinator at the University of Bath:

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 385394

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6:00 pm18:00

RIBA Bristol & Bath

Annual meeting and building tour: Bristol Steiner Academy

Explore the new Bristol Steiner Academy at Fishponds by Hatcher Prichard (Bristol) in this exclusive RIBA member opportunity led by architect Simon Hatcher and members of the client and project team. More....


Bristol Steiner Academy
St Matthias Campus
Elfin Road
BS16 2JP     View Map

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