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Chapel Arts Centre

Chapel Arts Centre

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Chapel Arts Centre

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  • Atmospheric performance venue
  • Ideal for cosy wedding receptions
  • Cabaret receptions for a maximum of 105 people
  • Excellent live music facilities
  • Yamaha G1 Baby Grand Piano available for hire
  • Permanent bar featuring local beers and ciders

The Chapel Arts Centre is a down-to-earth, cost-effective intimate reception venue, ideal for those wishing to marry in the heart of Bath. Located in Saint James' Memorial Hall on Lower Borough Walls and within easy walking distance of the city centre, this venue has a great deal to offer.

As a facility intended to promote the Performing and Visual Arts in the local area by day (and often at the weekends), and an ideal evening reception venue by night, this fantastic building exudes a charm which many other city-centre establishments cannot match. It also presents an ideal platform for live bands - so if music is due to play an important role at your reception, The Chapel Arts Centre is perfect for you!


Previously operating under sundry guises, such as Invention Studios, The Central Club and The Window Arts Centre, the not-for-profit Chapel Arts Centre acts as a convenient focal point for the local population. As a community arts centre, it often showcases a diverse number of Bath's essential projects or offers a space for local 'creatives', in addition to featuring national up-and-coming bands, ensembles, live music, film and dance - for instance, The Flaming Feathers.

The building housing The Chapel Arts Centre is known as Saint James' Memorial Hall, and is snugly and unobtrusively cloistered at the back of a beautiful bijou park.


The Chapel Arts Centre can accommodate up to 105 people, who can celebrate in the high-ceilinged Auditorium, which can be laid out with cabaret-style tables for up to 105 without a buffet. If you want a buffet to be included in the space, then the hall can accommodate up to 80 guests.

This sprung smooth oak-floored room has showcased a wide variety of acts including film, theatre and live music over the years, and its strength lies in its flexibility as a space.

The Chapel Arts Centre can readily provide experienced serving staff if you decide to take advantage of their in-house buffet catering option, and can also provide bar staff and evening personnel to ensure the smooth running of your event.

Room Hire Prices

Evening Reception - (Monday-Thursday) from £600

Evening Reception - (Friday and Saturday) from £700

These prices include lighting, sound and bar staff for the night – there may be more costs involved, so please get in touch with the venue to firm this up.

Live Music and Other Entertainment

The Chapel Arts Centre's Auditorium is absolutely perfect for live music and other entertainment. This is mainly thanks to the room's fantastic acoustics (the best in Bath), and also the modern live performance technology, such as top-of-the-range lighting and a brand new 28:8:2 multi-channel Soundcraft mixing desk.

Catering and More

Catering at The Chapel Arts Centre is run by the lower-floor cafe, which during normal operating hours serves up mouthwatering treats such as made-to-order vegetarian artisan breads and flatbreads (with various toppings), savoury French tarts, homemade soups, a diverse range of platters and a variety of homemade cakes and desserts.

If you are looking for some more ambitious catering options, then you are more than welcome to bring in an independent catering company!

Permanent Bar

The Chapel Arts Centre features a permanent and well-stocked bar which serves many local and organic beers, ciders and wines.

Chapel Arts Centre
St James' Memorial Hall
Lower Borough Walls
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