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The Forum

The Forum

Bath’s biggest Music Venue with a capacity of 1,640 seated or mixed standing/seated

1A Forum Buildings , Bath , BA1 1UG

The Heritage City is an indisputable world class leader in the field of historical architecture. But even the longest-established residents are aware that, away from the iconic heritage trail, there’s always a new old treasure to discover - and The Forum is one such hidden gem.

Having opened its doors to the public as a cinema in 1934, this remarkable venue celebrated its 80th birthday in May 2014. The cinema remained in operation until 1969 and the building has since accommodated a bingo hall and a dance school before Bath City Church took the building over in 1989. “Many people don’t realise that The Forum is Bath’s biggest venue and the third largest seated auditorium in the south west of England,” says Daniel Hogston, who is justifiably proud of managing this unique venture. But for many years, the building was overlooked, unloved and allowed to slip into a state of careworn disarray. “When Bath City Church took The Forum over, it had been allowed to crumble into a sorry state of disrepair,” says Dan. “Thankfully, the church restored it to its former glory and recently set up a company called Bath Forum Ltd to manage the venue and deliver a new programme of events and to look at refurbishment as an ongoing project”. 

Today, The Forum represents a true reflection of typical Art Deco-era splendour including lacquered wood fixtures and fittings and gold-leafed flourishes all subtly vying for your attention. In the elegant auditorium, the iconic green cinema seats offer a spacious, luxurious audience experience.


By Melissa Blease (The Source, Bath, November 2013)

We welcome all guests to The Forum and do our best to cater to all ranges of accessibility. Please inform the Box Office (located at the main doors on the day of the show/ event) or a member of the Forum staff if you require any special assistance. Wheelchair spaces are available but do need to be pre-booked to ensure availability. We have various access points in the building to make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from Reception to the Lower Foyer with access to the Stalls.

There is a second lift with access to the Upper Foyer and Ballroom bars.

The Balcony/Circle is stair access only.

Wheelchairs can be accommodated next to the end of row seats of rows F to K in the Stalls only. Wheelchair companion seats are located in the last seat of the relevant row directly next to the wheelchair spaces.

Also available are Disabled Carer tickets to accompany Registered Disabled patrons who are not wheelchair bound.

Please call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 to discuss your requirements and find out more about how they are assisting us with making access bookings as easy as possible.

The Forum does not have a designated Buggy Park nor does it have a cloak room or luggage storage facilities. We encourage you to only bring the essentials you need to an event at The Forum, if you don't need to bring luggage, buggies or big coats, please don't. There is very generous leg room between our seats and often a jacket / coat can be folded and sit comfortably on the floor in front of you. If you bring a buggy or suitcase, we will ask you to leave it in our foyer at your own risk, however we have limited space and may not be able to do so.

By Car:
The Forum is a minutes walk from the Southgate complex multi-storey car park which is open 24hrs a day.

By Train:
The Forum is a short walk from the Train Station. Bath Spa Railway Station is on a direct line from London Paddington to the West Country and Wales.

By Bus:
Bath offers a number of bus services which go not only around Bath but to Bristol, Salisbury, Wells and many more. Bus services generally terminate at 11pm departing from Bath Bus Station. The bus station is also a minutes walk from The Forum.

Key Service Numbers:
X39 (Bath-Bristol) 338/339 (Bath-Bristol via Keynsham) National Express (Bath- London Victoria) 319 (Bath-Cribbs Causeway via Filton & UWE) 15 (Bath-Bath Spa Uni) 18 (Bath-Bath Uni) 332 (Bath-Bristol via Bitton) For more bus service information go to firstbus.co.uk

By Air:
Our nearest Airport is at Bristol (15 miles). From London Heathrow Airport we are about 2 hours by car traveling west along the M4 motorway.

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