Host your business events at the Assembly Rooms

Awards event in the Ball Rom
Bath Life Awards in the Great Octagon
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Introducing the Assembly Rooms

Centrally located, but away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the award-winning Assembly Rooms is effortlessly elegant, and home to the largest Georgian interior in Bath.  

The venue opened in 1771, and with its nine Whitefriars crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and intricate plasterwork, the building wows its guests today as it did then.

PERFECTLY SUITED TO
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Conferences
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Dinners
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Drinks receptions
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Breakfast meetings
WITH CAPACITY FOR
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Theatre style: 500
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Dinner with dancing: 280
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Dinner: 50 - 310
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Reception: 40 - 450
Call

Call us on 01225 477786 or fill out our quick enquiry form to get started.

Virtual Tour
Call

Let us know if you'd like a guided virtual venue visit. We will join you on a virtual tour, answer your questions in real time, and highlight the key points of interest relevant to your event. Email [email protected] to get started.

Exhibition in the Great Octagon, Lee Niel
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Exhibition in the Great Octagon, Lee Niel
Supporting you

With our help your event can be both enjoyable and hugely rewarding. 

We know that hosting a conference or large dinner, with delegates from far and wide has the potential to be a stressful and time-consuming affair. Let us take the strain - our team has extensive experience and has previously worked with associations, corporate and government clients including HSBC, Statoil, Mastercard, Mars, Royal Osteoporosis Society and the Ministry of Defence.  Don't just take our word for it, read testimonials from previous clients and view our corporate case studies for further information.

Contact our planning team to discuss your event
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What are you organising?

The flexible space at the Assembly Rooms make this venue perfect for many types of business event.

Conferences & meetings

Hold your next conference or meeting in one of the most elegant and inspiring venues in Bath.

KEY FEATURES
Capacity
Conferencing for 80 – 500 delegates
Spaces
766 square metres of exhibition space
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Natural daylight, full blackout
Wifi
High capacity Wi-Fi
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Range of catering options provided by Searcys

With a stunning Georgian interior and airy rooms with capacity for 500 delegates, the Assembly Rooms is the perfect business venue. We can take the stress out of conference organising, by leading on set-up requirements, timings to guarantee punctuality and flow, menus and special diets and helping with quality services and suppliers.

Call

For conference and meeting enquiries please call us on 01225 477786 or fill out our quick enquiry form.

Venue plan, pricing & capacities

Assembly Rooms venue plan

With four interlinking rooms, the Assembly Rooms offer our clients a great deal of flexibility. Some of the rooms may be hired individually, or for a larger conference, the whole venue may be used exclusively. The venue layout makes it ideal for clients looking for conference and exhibition space, or for two parallel meeting sessions.

Ball Room
From £2240 Inc. VAT
Five beautiful chandeliers adorn the impressive Ball Room, which is most suited to larger conferences and is frequently used as an exhibition area. A small adjoining room is suitable as a green room.
Capacity
Theatre style: 500
Capacity
Cabaret style: 220
Dimensions
30m x 12m
Great Octagon
From £1175 Inc. VAT
At the centre of the venue, and linking with the other three rooms, the sunny yellow Great Octagon is ideal for registration and catering.
Capacity
Theatre style: 120
Capacity
Cabaret style: 80
Tea Room
From £2105 Inc. VAT
The elegant Tea Room can accommodate smaller conferences and meetings, or work in partnership with the Ball Room as a catering and hospitality area.
Capacity
Theatre: 250 (rear projection 200)
Capacity
Cabaret: 100
Capacity
Classroom: 84
Dimensions
17.5m x 12m
Card Room
Not available for hire on its own
At the rear of the building, the Card Room is a useful syndicate room but is most frequently used for refreshments. It may also be used as a café.
Capacity
Theatre style: 80
Capacity
Drinks reception: 100

Conference planning & catering information

Our friendly team are here to help!

We can recommend trusted suppliers or work closely with your chosen team to ensure that nothing is left to chance, which includes advising on room layouts, preparing detailed schedules, and arranging venue visits  A dedicated Function Manager will be on hand on the day itself along with a Banqueting Manager and catering staff from Searcys, our contracted caterers at the Assembly Rooms. This will allow your conference or meeting to run seamlessly so you can relax and enjoy every minute.

Whilst you concentrate on arranging speakers and liaising with your delegates, we will complete a full venue and catering checklist including:

  • Bespoke room set up plans, including furniture, AV and staging
  • Timings to guarantee punctuality and flow of the event
  • Supplier logistics
  • Accurate guest numbers noting any guest or accessibility requirements
  • Full menu planning with dietary requirements

We can also:

  • Help you design a bespoke event tailored to your individual needs, or those of your client
  • Recommend trusted AV partners, including those with specialist hybrid event knowledge
  • Suggest additional services and suppliers from photographers to entertainers

Equipment included

Included as part of your venue hire fee:comprehensive AV; staging; easels; poster boards; lecterns; flip charts.  At the Assembly Rooms we have expectionally good connectivity with fast WiFi, hardwired broadband available and three phase power to ensure your event streaming needs are met.  Contact us for more details.

Last minute events

We often have late availability and are experienced at managing bookings with short lead times without compromising the quality of your event.  Please contact us with your requirements and we will do our best to help

Location

Our city centre location means we are easily accessible via public transport (both train and park and ride bus) and within a short walking distance of various long and short stay car parks.  Bath also boasts an enviable selection of hotels, B&Bs and self-catered accommodation, all just a stones thrown away.

Networking & social events

If you are holding a daytime conference or meeting, why not extend the day with a networking drinks reception, dinner or tour.  A dinner at the atmospheric Roman Baths following an Assembly Rooms conference creates the perfect Bath experience. 

Delegate gifts

We can provide a wide range of delegate gifts to suit your event, from guidebooks and chocolates, to scarves and artworks.  Please enquire for more details.

Catering for conferences & meetings

Searcys seasonal day delegate menus, for conferences and events, are bursting with fresh produce to energise and satisfy hungry appetites and minds throughout the day. With fruit burst muffins and smoothies along with delicious meat and vegetarian menus, wholefood salad bar and fresh fruit pots, you'll be spoilt for choice. The menu is available for all conferences and events at The Assembly Rooms.

Searcys Feel-Good Conferencing Menu starts from £26 + VAT per person.

For more assistance please call 01225 477786.

For catering enquiries, please contact our caterers Searcys on 01225 444477 or email [email protected].

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VET Index event in the Great Octagon
CASE STUDY
VetIndex chose the Assembly Rooms for their VetCPD Congress, an educational meeting aimed at small animal vets and vet nurses.
Exhibitions & trade shows

The Assembly Rooms provide a stunning backdrop for a trade show or exhibition, as part of a conference or as a stand-alone event. 

KEY FEATURES
Spaces
Ball Room 360sqm exhibition space
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Tea Room 210 sqm of exhibition space
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On-site cafe

For exhibition and trade show enquiries please call us on 01225 477786 or fill in our quick enquiry form.

Venue plan, capacities & pricing

Assembly Rooms venue plan

When using the whole building, there are 766 square metres of exhibition space available. The venue also benefits from its own on-site café, in the Card Room. The Card Room may be hired privately it you would like to use it exclusively for your delegates or visitors. Both the Tea Room and the Ball Room benefit from level off-street access for unloading.

Ball Room
From £2150 Inc. VAT
A large and beautifully versatile space. Many clients use the room for exhibition displays and also refreshments.
Dimensions
30m x 12m
Spaces
360sqm exhibition space
Great Octagon
From £1175 Inc. VAT
The Great Octagon is suitable for smaller exhibitions. At the centre of the venue, it is most frequently used for registration.
Dimensions
14m x 14m
Tea Room
From £2105 Inc. VAT
Depending on the size of your event, the Tea Room may be used also, or in conjunction with other rooms.
Dimensions
17.5m x 12m
Spaces
210 sqm of exhibition space

Exhibition planning & catering information

If you are arranging an exhibition at the Assembly Rooms, our helpful team will be on hand to help you.

Prior to your event we will meet with you to discuss your plans so we can agree on a schedule of timings and produce tailored room layouts. As part of the hire fee we include trestle tables, chairs and staging if required. You’ll also have an event manager on the day, to ensure that the event runs smoothly. All exhibition rooms are easily accessible on the ground floor and unloading is possible via large double doors onto the street.

Catering
At the Assembly Rooms all food and beverages are provided by our contracted caterers Searcys. Founded in 1847, Searcys cater in a whole host of historic venues, including Blenheim Palace, Inner Temple and Vinters’ Hall. With their excellent reputation, innovative menus, and use of the finest local ingredients, Searcys are the perfect choice for any event.

We work very closely with Searcys’ professional and dedicated staff and together, we will guide you through every detailed step of the journey to ensure your event runs smoothly.  Their experienced and competent team of professional chefs and service staff will provide peace of mind and a seamless service.

Last Minute Events
We often have late availability and are experienced at managing bookings with short lead times.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with your requirements and we will do our best to help.  A short lead time will not compromise the quality of your event in one of our venues.

Location
Our city centre location means we are easily accessible via public transport (both train and park and ride bus) and within a short walking distance of various long and short stay car parks.  Bath also boasts an enviable selection of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation, suited to a variety of tastes and budgets, all just a stone’s thrown away.

For more information please call 01225 477786

For catering enquiries, please contact our caterers Searcys on 01225 444477 or email [email protected]

Dinners & receptions

Those looking for a venue that is quintessentially Bath will be delighted with the Assembly Rooms. This Grade II listed venue is spacious and sophisticated, perfect for dinners and drinks receptions.

KEY FEATURES
Capacity
Dining for 40 - 450
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Stunning Grade I listed Georgian venue
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Catering provided by our esteemed contractor Searcys

For dinner and reception enquiries please call us on 01225 477786 or fill out our quick enquiry form.

Four interconnecting rooms allow guests to move seamlessly from arrival reception to dinner, as the Georgians would have done when they attended balls or concerts. With entertainment at the heart of its design, the Assembly Rooms today offer practical, flexible and stunning space: rooms may be used individually, or in combination to provide hospitality for up to 450 guests.

Venue plan, pricing & capacities

Assembly Rooms venue plan
Ball Room
From £2,150 Inc. VAT
The characteristically Georgian room Ball Room once played host to balls for over 800 guests, its high ceiling providing ventilation, and high windows providing privacy. This magnificent room is ideal for large scale events, such as awards ceremonies, company celebrations and conference dinners. The room has natural daylight as well as full blackout, and the five chandeliers are dimmable. It may be paired with the Tea Room or Great Octagon for an event that is sure to impress your guests. Available all day.
310 guests for dinner/ 280 guests dinner & dancing
Capacity
500 guests drinks reception
Great Octagon
From £1,175 inc VAT (or £235 per hour pre-dinner)
At the heart of the venue, with doors leading to the Ball Room, Tea Room and Card Room, the Great Octagon is the perfect place to start your event. It’s ideally paired with either the Ball Room or Tea Room for pre-dinner drinks but is also a lovely location in its own right for smaller dinners. It is home to the largest chandelier in the collection, and its yellow colour is warm and inviting. Available all day.
Capacity
Up to 120 guests for a dinner
Capacity
Up to 250 guests for a drinks reception
Tea Room
From £2105 Inc. VAT
If you visit the Tea Room, you will understand why it is one of the most popular rooms in our collection. It is elegant in its simplicity, with a double columned balcony, three chandeliers and original fireplaces. Its south facing location means it always feels bright, airy and welcoming and its neutral colour suits many event themes. Available all day.
Capacity
60 - 120 guests for dinner/dancing
Capacity
250 guests for a drinks reception

Dinner planning & catering

Whilst you concentrate on creating your perfect dinner guestlist, we will complete a full venue and catering checklist including:

  • Bespoke room set up requirements in CAD, including furniture, AV
  • Timings to guarantee your event flows and guests have a great time
  • Supplier logistics
  • Accurate guest numbers noting any guest requirements
  • Full menu planning with dietary requirements

We can also:

  • Help you design a bespoke event tailored to your individual needs, or those of your client
  • Suggest additional services and suppliers from photographers to entertainers

Equipment included in venue hire
Included as part of your venue hire fee is comprehensive AV, staging, easels, lecterns and all furniture. Contact us for more details.

Catering
At the Assembly Rooms all food and beverages are provided by our contracted caterers Searcys. Founded in 1847, Searcys cater in a whole host of historic venues, including Blenheim Palace, Inner Temple and Vinters’ Hall. With their excellent reputation, innovative menus, and use of the finest local ingredients, Searcys are the perfect choice for any event.

We work very closely with Searcys’ professional and dedicated staff and together, we will guide you through every detailed step of the journey to ensure your dinner runs smoothly.  Whether you are looking for an informal cocktail reception with canapés, or a dinner for 300 guests, Searcys will discuss every element of the food and drink in order to deliver your preferred, bespoke menu. Their experienced and competent team of professional chefs and service staff will provide peace of mind and a seamless service.

Dinner menus start from £40.50 + VAT per person.

Last Minute Events
We often have late availability and are experienced at managing bookings with short lead times.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with your requirements and we will do our best to help.  A short lead time will not compromise the quality of your event in one of our venues.

Location
Our city centre location means we are easily accessible via public transport (both train and park and ride bus) and within a short walking distance of various long and short stay car parks.  Bath also boasts an enviable selection of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation, suited to a variety of tastes and budgets, all just a stones thrown away.

For more assistance please call 01225 477786 or visit our useful planning information page.

For catering enquiries, please contact our caterers Searcys on 01225 444477 or email [email protected].

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Why choose Bath?

Bath is a stunning city and a fantastic destination for a variety of business events, where delegates and guests can enjoy the rich mix of culture, history and leisure facilities.

Luxuriate in the natural hot springs at Thermae Bath Spa, indulge in boutique shopping, sports events or discover quirky bars and restaurants on Bath's cobbled streets. All of this, only 85 minutes from London and 65 minutes from Cardiff. 

View our short film for a taste of what you can expect at the Assembly Rooms & Roman Baths.

Speak to our helpful team and learn more about this incredible venue. Call us on 01225 477786 or complete our short enquiry form.

Discounted train fares

Find out about discounted train fares on GWR for conference attendees.

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FIVE REASONS TO BRING YOUR NEXT BUSINESS EVENT TO BATH
Don’t overlook Bath when you are planning your next business event. It might be small, but it’s perfectly formed, welcoming and business focused.
The stunning setting of the rooms such as the Great Octagon, helps towards the ambience and atmosphere of the occasion that our delegates always remark upon with enthusiasm. We’re also very pleased to confirm that we’ll be using the venue again for 2019 as it meets our requirements perfectly and the catering is top notch too!
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Assembly Rooms in the 18th Century
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Assembly Rooms in the 18th Century
Venue history

Find out more about the eventful history of the Assembly Rooms, which remains the most elegant meeting place in Bath.

A short history of the Assembly Rooms

For centuries Bath has been a centre of fashion, attracting visitors to its spa and social diversions.

The Assembly Rooms, one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings, was purpose built in 1771 for a particular 18th 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, or simply to play cards and socialise.  

Scenes such as this feature in the novels of Jane Austen, who lived in Bath from 1801-1805.  Her two novels set in Bath, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion both mention the Assembly Rooms, which she called the “Upper Rooms”.  Charles Dickens visited Bath on several occasions and gave public readings in the building.  Adaptations of several historic novels have also been filmed in the Assembly Rooms, in addition to films such as The Duchess with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

Since Georgian times, the Assembly Rooms has had a turbulent history.  During the nineteenth century Bath lost its pre-eminence amongst the fashionable resorts, such as Brighton, and this decline was reflected in the fortunes of the Assembly Rooms.  During the First World War the building was occupied by the Royal Flying Corps and subsequently the Ball Room became a cinema before extensive restoration and redecoration was completed and the building re-opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1938.  Unfortunately, only four years later on 25 April 1942 the Assembly Rooms was heavily bombed during the Baedecker raids and reduced to a roofless shell.

Bath’s Assembly Rooms also claims the invention of the ‘screw shot’. Billiards and gambling were popular pastimes and in the early 1800's a dedicated billiards room was built in the Assembly Rooms.  In the 1820’s Mr Bentley, proprietor of the tables, developed a new shot, the ‘side twist’, by striking the ball on one side.  John Carr, who worked as a marker perfected the stroke and convinced his admirers the secret was to use a special ‘twisting chalk’ thus inventing the screw shot and commercial cue chalk, which was in fact only standard chalk which Carr ground down and sold in small pill boxes for 2s and 6d. 

Following further programmes of restoration after the war, the American government in 1950 requested to buy the Assembly Rooms' chandeliers, the finest set of 18th century chandeliers in the world, for the White House. Luckily this was never agreed by the National Trust or Bath City Council and the Whitefriars chandeliers remain in-situ.   In 1963, it was decided that the world-famous Fashion Museum be located at the Assembly Rooms and it is now one of the world’s great museum collections of historical and contemporary dress.

After extensive restoration in the 1970s, the Assembly Rooms once again became the grand building that it is today and is now owned by the National Trust and managed by Bath and North East Somerset Council. 

Tea Room, 18th Century
The Ball Room
World War 2 bomb damage

For more information about availability, fill out our short enquiry form or call us on 01225 477786.


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