Events diary

Jun
24
to Nov 25

Past, Present, Future, Bath & the Smithsons

Museum of Bath Architecture

200 years after the Royal Crescent was built, Alison and Peter Smithson, England’s most influential post-war architects, looked to the historic city to inspire their modern designs.  As the 250th anniversary of the Royal Crescent is marked, this exhibition explores the extraordinary connection between old and new in the Smithson’s work, and the buildings they designed for Bath.

LOCATION
Museum of Bath Architecture, The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards, Paragon, Bath BA1 5NA. Map

OPENING TIMES
Tuesday – Friday: 2pm -5pm
Weekends: 10:30am – 5pm

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Aug
17
to Sep 2

The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett

Special offer for the latest Theatre Royal summer season play!

Creative Bath have teamed up with the Theatre Royal to offer their readers a special offer on their summer season play: 'The Lady in the Van'. A touching, uplifting and wonderfully funny comedy. 

All you need to do is head over to Creative Bath's website to get the special offer. You'll save yourself £5 and get the best seats in the house for £20. 

Find out more here - enjoy!

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Aug
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

Ladies, learn to drive a digger!

Women in Property event

Have you always wanted to drive a digger? Now is your chance!

The event starts with networking and snacks so you are advised to arrive promptly at 4pm. 

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Location:
Opposite MJ Church Offices, Star farm, Marshfield, Nr Chippenham SN14 8LH.

Cost:
Members: £12
Non-members: £22

If you go - please take some photographs for the blog - thanks!

To apply:
Please email Natasha Cottell to reserve your place and return the PDF form together with a cheque (payable to 'Women in Property').

Further details and reservation form

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Sep
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bristol DoorsOpenDays 2017

Launched last week, the festival is a citywide celebration of Bristol's architecture, history and culture. Free for everyone, festival goers have four days to explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours, listen to inspiring talks, and enjoy a range of creative events and activities. 

Read all about the festival and check if you need to pre-book where you would like to visit, as a lot of the pre-book events are going fast!

Check out the festival website

See what's near you

Follow on Twitter: @ArchCentre

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Sep
10
9:00am 9:00am

Dragon Boat Racing team event

Sunday 10th September 2017

Bath Riverside

SRA have sponsored a Dragon Boat to help support the Wizzybug Loan Scheme, which provides fun, powered wheel chairs to disabled children under 5 in the UK.

Now we need to build our crew, grab our paddles and have some fun! 

What is required from the team?

  • Eleven people to volunteer to be part of the crew. 
  • Up to eleven people will paddle a 30' boat with a drummer up front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course over 200m. 
  • There are 14 teams going head to head to have a bit of fun and try to come out as top dragons and bag the winner's trophy!
  • It will be be great if everyone can get involved in helping raise the necessary sponsorship of £600.

Fundraising

An SRA team JustGiving page is set-up which can be found here:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sraarchitects

Here are two stories to inspire you in your fundraising efforts:

On the day

The event is free to attend as a spectator, please invite friends and family to come and watch the racing. Drinks and nibbles will be available. Further details about timings and logistics for the day will follow in due course. 

 

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Jul
31
10:00am10:00am

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. 

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Jul
29
11:00am11:00am

Picnic in the Park

A summer celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Crescent where everyone is invited to bring a picnic to the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent and enjoy the view without any cars.  The Natural Theatre Company will be entertaining visitors with performances along the Royal Crescent based on the stories of people who have lived in this world famous building. Showing what the crescent might have been like in the day, with gentry, tradespeople and servants, and perhaps even a sedan chair or two. Georgian ice creams will be on offer too!

 

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Jul
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

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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Jul
21
to 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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Jul
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bath's archaeology by torch light

A special evening of archaeological discovery

The Roman Baths will host a special evening of archaeological discovery, ‘Bath’s Archaeology by Torchlight’, on Monday 17 July, 5-9pm. The event is part of the national Festival of Archaeology (www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk).

Visitors of all ages will be able to explore the Roman Baths museum and see the tourchlit Great Bath. There’ll be a range of archaeology themed activities to try, including having a go at identifying archaeological objects.

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Bath carnival time!
Jul
10
to Jul 16

Bath carnival time!

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Bath carnival drop-in workshops

Dates: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July
Times: 14:00 - 20:30
Theme: Colourful Creatures

The market square at Green Park Station is being turned into a Carnival hub, where there will be free workshops on offer including: drumming, dance and costume to members of the public every day!

You will have the chance to create full body carnival costumes as well as learn from the professional costume makers how to make your own outfit for the big carnival day.

Location: 
5 minutes walk from the office, next to Sainsbury's
Green Park Road, BA1 1JB

Bath carnival party procession & after party

Dates: Saturday 15 July
Times: 10:00 - 04:00

There is a 12 hour free party in Sydney Gardens featuring:

  • Loads of live music
  • Interactive children's play zone throughout the day
  • A mouth watering selection of food and drink 
  • Tropical tea party team for the after party in Moles Nightclub.
    (Tickets need to be purchased)

Read more details on the bath carnival website.

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Jul
6
to 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
2
8:00am 8:00am

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.

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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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Jun
30
9:00am 9:00am

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:

http://www.wikihow.com/Dress-80s-Style


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Jun
21
to 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!

Location

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

 

 

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Jun
10
9:30am 9:30am

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...


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Jun
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.

Admission:

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

Location:

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

Directions
Book ticket

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

 

 

 

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May
26
to 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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May
20
7:30am 7:30am

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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May
18
3:30pm 3:30pm

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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May
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

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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May
14
8:30am 8:30am

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

Routes

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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May
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.


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May
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

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

Location:
Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA

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May
6
11:00am11:00am

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.

Address:

The University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7BA

Make a plan for the day - read more here.

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May
4
5:30pm 5:30pm

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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May
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

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!

Logistics

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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May
2
5:30pm 5:30pm

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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