Local Events Bath

ASD Families & Education Day (Bath)
9am - 5pm

Relaxed and Informative Events about Autistic Adults and Children
Visit our website for more information.
Buy tickets for any of the sessions or save money with the all day ticket:

Talk 1 (1hr): The essentials of Autism are explained in an accessible and enjoyable way
Talk 2 (1hr): Learn the importance of recognising and managing emotions
Talk 3 (1hr): Discover 10 strategies for managing anxiety
Workshop (2hr): Develop an understanding of the challenges faced by ASD children in school and discuss reasonable adjustments and support strategies in primary and secondary education

Who should attend?

Families and carers
Teachers and school staff
Education and family professionals
Anyone working with autistic adults and children
Those with or without a diagnosis who would like to know more

Child tickets are FREE—recommended minimum age is 10 for talks and 14 for workshops
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9:00am: Doors Open
9:15am Talk 1: Essential Guide to ASD
10:45am Talk 2: ASD & Emotions
12:00pm Free Time
1:00pm Talk 3: Strategies for Anxiety
2:30pm Workshop: Supporting Autism in Primary & Secondary Education

Use the Free Time to do what you want – talk to others, find out more information, or have quiet time by yourself
Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food or we can order a packed lunch from a local caterer in advance (cost tbc)
Under 16s FREE tickets must be booked online. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Only older children (aged 10+) who are able to listen or self-occupy should attend, sessions aren’t suitable for younger children
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About Us
The Curly hair Project (CHP) is an award-wining social enterprise founded by author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe.
On behalf of CHP, the speaker Helen Eaton (MSc, PGCE) has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wiltshire, and has featured in Wiltshire Gazette & Herald, Dorset Echo and Swindon Advertiser.
Helen has extensive experience of Autism within her own family and has run over 50 CHP workshops.
She gained a Primary teaching qualification in 2012 and has over 20 years of management training experience, working with leading IT companies, banks and public sector organisations.
Bath Treasure Hunt with 20% off at the finishing Treasure (the pub)
10am - 10pm

The Great Game is a daily exciting Treasure Hunt that you do on your own time when ever you want around the beautiful City of Bath. Upon purchasing your ticket please email info@ggtreasurehunts.com to redeem. There a different tickets for different groups of people. 
Single route - for 1-2 people or 3-4 people is great for seeing the sights and using your brain.
Once the ticket is redeemed via email your treasure hunt pack will be mailed out to you so please provided your address in your email. Each pack includes discount wrist bands for each player, a clipboard, a real compass, a map, the clues sheet, a prize sheet, a brief history of Bath and a pen.
Let us know the time you wish to begin your hunt and we will book you a table at the finishing "Treasure" a historic Bath Pub steeped in History, where you will 20% off your food and drink bill.
The Hunt starts at Bath Train Station and takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete, solving clues and riddles and puzzles as you wind through Bath viewing the sites of the city and trying to find the "Treasure" - The pub, where you simply show your Treasure Hunt wrist band to the staff to get your 20% discount on your food and drink bill.
You will be sure to have a fantastic half day or evening out!
Marketing Essentials for Small Businesses - Bath
10am - 1pm

Marketing Essentials for Small Businesses
Free of Charge thanks to the European Regional development Fund, Bath and North East Somerset Council and other members of the Enterprising West of England consortium
Please Note this workshop is restricted to businesses based in Bath and North East Somerset.  If you are based elsewhere please call us to discuss how else we may be able to help
This 3 hour workshop will take you through the principles of how to come up with a good marketing strategy for your business. It is suitable for both start up and existing businesses who would like to check that they have not missed any of the essentials.
During the workshop, we will cover key topics such as:

Market positioning

Customer profiling
Your business image
The key elements of a marketing strategy
Developing your marketing strategy
Action planning & next steps

The workshop is being run by Dr Emma Smith who runs her own business and has a number of years experience of advising individuals and to start and run successful business.
Please bring 1 or 2 pieces of your own marketing material along e.g business cards. We will be running a structured activity where you can receive constructive feedback on your marketing materials.
 #wegrowthhub #marketing #governmentsupport #startup #business
Focus Group - Recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor
10:15am - 11:15am

The Committee on the Office of Vice-Chancellor is keen to engage as many people as possible in determining the context and requirements for the recruitment exercise. This will include a survey, letters to external stakeholders and a range of focus groups for staff and students. These 1 hour discussions will enable small groups to express and discuss their views and give the Committee feedback on what will be required of the next Vice-Chancellor of this University.
This set of focus group dates are for Senior Lecturers, Senior Teaching Fellows, Readers, Professors and equivalent. 
Family Ranger Day
11am - 3pm

Join us at Newbridge Slopes in Bath to find out what it takes to look after a nature reserve, for people and wildlife. As we move towards the end of winter families are invited to join us for a walk around the site, to get stuck into some winter woodland practical work and enjoy a warming lunch around the campfire.
A great way to get active and outdoors in the half term!
Free. Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 7 years and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome, on a lead.
Meet by the toilets in the Newbridge Road Park and Ride. Dress for the weather on the day and bring a picnic lunch, we will supply gloves, tools and marshmallows for cooking on the fire. For more information contact Hannah Welsh - 0117 980 0391, hannah.welsh@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk
Focus Group - Recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor
1:15pm - 2:15pm

The Committee on the Office of Vice-Chancellor is keen to engage as many people as possible in determining the context and requirements for the recruitment exercise. This will include a survey, letters to external stakeholders and a range of focus groups for staff and students. These 1 hour discussions will enable small groups to express and discuss their views and give the Committee feedback on what will be required of the next Vice-Chancellor of this University.
This set of focus group dates are for Postgraduate Students.

Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy
5:15pm - 7pm

Professor Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake illuminate some of the important changes that have occurred in the global economy over recent decades.
Abstract: Early in the twenty-first century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, and software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.
But this is not just a familiar story of the so-called new economy. Capitalism without Capital shows that the growing importance of intangible assets has also played a role in some of the big economic changes of the last decade. The rise of intangible investment is, Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake argue, an underappreciated cause of phenomena from economic inequality to stagnating productivity.
Haskel and Westlake bring together a decade of research on how to measure intangible investment and its impact on national accounts, showing the amount different countries invest in intangibles, how this has changed over time, and the latest thinking on how to assess this. They explore the unusual economic characteristics of intangible investment, and discuss how these features make an intangible-rich economy fundamentally different from one based on tangibles.
Capitalism without Capital concludes by presenting three possible scenarios for what the future of an intangible world might be like, and by outlining how managers, investors, and policymakers can exploit the characteristics of an intangible age to grow their businesses, portfolios, and economies.
Speaker Profiles
Professor Jonathan Haskel is Professor of Economics and Director of the Doctoral Programme at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, having previously taught at Queen Mary, University of London, Dartmouth College and New York University. He has a number of publications in academic Economics journals on productivity, growth and the intangible/knowledge economy. He is a member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) and a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, and the IZA, Bonn. He is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority Competition Decisions Committee and a Non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority. Between 2001-2010 was a Member of the Competition and Markets Authority, on market inquiries into Mobile Phones, Home Credit and Airports. He has been on the editorial boards of Economica, Journal of Industrial Economics and Economic Policy and was on the Council of the Royal Economic Society and the "Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts" group advising the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.
Stian Westlake is a senior fellow at Nesta, the UK’s national foundation for innovation.
Stian joined Nesta in 2009. Before Nesta, he worked in social investment at The Young Foundation, as a consultant at McKinsey&Company in Silicon Valley and London (where his work focused on healthcare, private equity and infrastructure), and as a policy adviser in HM Treasury. He also founded Healthy Incentives, a healthcare social enterprise. Stian was educated at the University of Oxford, Harvard University and London Business School. He can be found on Twitter at @StianWestlake.
Pop Up University - The Entrepreneur's Journey
5:30pm - 8pm

Join us for an evening in Bath to hear two entrepreneurs talking about their journey in relation to different areas of a start up: from concept generation, growing the idea and presenting to an incubator. This will be followed by a panel discussing these three topics. Throughout the evening there will be networking opportunities with students and entrepreneurs alike, between each panel and after the event.

Panellists will include:
- James Courtney from Lux rewards.
- Dana Lattouf, co-founder of Service Crew AE.
- Peter Keevil from SetSquared.
- Richard Turner from Catalyst Venture Partners.

There will be 2 free drinks per person and canapés provided.
Visit Bath Members' visit to The Holburne Museum
6pm - 7:30pm

Join the Director of the Holburne Museum, Chris Stephens, and his team for an exclusive Visit Bath members’ networking evening.
The Holburne is showing the first museum retrospective of the painter Anthony Fry who enjoyed huge commercial success in Britain and America during his lifetime but has not previously been recognised by a major exhibition. Comprising works lent from prestigious private collections, the show reveals the considerable extent of his talent. Fry was an artist who lived and worked near Bath for sixty years but who made pictures that expressed his principal inspiration of travel. His early work, dominated by dancing figures, reflects the landscape of Tuscany. From the late 1980s his painting is characterised by strong, intense colour, influenced by the landscapes and culture of India, Morocco and the Sahara Desert, and Andalucía.
6pm: Welcome drink in the Ballroom Gallery
6.30pm: Welcome and introduction to the new exhibition Anthony Fry: A Retrospective, with Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne
6.40pm: Exhibition view in the Roper Gallery (also on display Lighting up the Stage: Stars of the Georgian Theatre in the Wirth Gallery)
7.30pm: Event close
Wine courtesy of Quoins Vineyard
Online Security and Cybercrime
6:30pm - 10pm

Our focus for February is online security and cyber-crime and we have three great speakers.

*** If the meetup is full, please add yourself to the waiting list anyway as we regularly have dropouts***

Lisa Forte - "It’s time to start learning lessons from cyber crime victims". Lisa has spent her career working in the security industry. She spent time working in Counter Terrorism Intelligence and then moved into the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit. Whilst there she saw the same cyber attack methodologies being employed in many of the cases. Lisa will discuss some of the these methodologies as well as some recent cyber crime cases that she has dealt with. Lisa recently left the Cyber Crime Unit to start her own business.

Susan Thomson of Scott Logic - Susan will be giving a beginners guide to cryptography. In the last decades cryptography has become ever more pervasive and important in our lives, from securing websites and messaging platforms, encrypting phones and hard-drives, and forming the bedrock of modern payment systems. Susan will introduce the basics of the ideas that keep us secure, online and off.

Paul Mutton - Paul is a security penetration tester and researcher at Bath based Netcraft. Paul will be talking about some of the ways systems are hacked and giving an insight into just how far people will go to get into systems or get hold of your data.

Talks will begin from about 7pm, doors will be open from 6.30 at the latest.

**Code of Conduct**

tl;dr: Be nice or go home

BathCamp is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, orientation or background. BathCamp is run by volunteers, we don't charge, and we aim to make our events as accessible and welcoming as possible for both attendees and speakers. BathCamp has always been a friendly and welcoming environment, we intend to keep it that way.

This concise Code of Conduct sets out in broad terms what is not appropriate. Anyone who behaves in a way that is not in the spirit of BathCamp will be asked to stop. If they don't they will be asked to leave. Anyone who harasses or behaves aggressively towards other attendees will be removed immediately.

The Rules

Be nice: We don't tolerate aggression or harassment of any form, either at BathCamp events or through the Meetup group.
Keep it clean: Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate within talks, demos, workshops or Q&A sessions after talks.
Be welcoming and generous to other attendees, especially new and less experienced ones. BathCamp is about learning, there are no stupid questions at a BathCamp. We will intervene in Q&A sessions if people are using them to buff their own egos or are putting other people down.

If you experience or witness inappropriate behaviour at a BathCamp event, or within the Meetup group, please talk to a volunteer (mainly myself Paul Leader, or Jamie Middleton) and we will deal with the issue.
Introducing the Philosophers
7:30pm - 9:50pm

Important: First please read about the aims and requirements of this group in What we're about. To find it click on blue Introducing the Philosophers above.

Many consider Wittgenstein a genious and the most significant philosopher of the 20th century and his work on the philosophy of language revolutionary. This meetup will concentrate on the ideas he expressed in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) and much later in the Philosophical Investigations (1953) on the workings and importance of language. The ideas can be abstract and sometimes difficult to understand. Given that the aim of this group is for all of us to learn more about philosophers and what they had to say I feel we should have a go.
I have chosen the following link as a guide for our discussion. I found it the most concise, clear and accessible.


Note: In part 2 The Later Wittgenstein Brent Silby is talking about Wittgenstein's ideas in the Philosophical Investigations but for some reason he doesn't mention the name of the book.

The following notes and questions are intended to help us concentrate on the most important aspects of Wittgenstein's ideas as discussed in the article. However, do bring up anything you consider signigicant which is not included here.

Descartes' cogito and Wittgenstein's view of it. Perhaps we should decide on that at the end of the discussion.

Wittgenstein later decided that language did not mirror reality. It is more likely the case that reality is dependent on our use of language.

The meaning of words should be understood by the way in which they are used within their social context. Do you agree? What are the implications of this in the way we use language and understand each other?

What do you make of his example of pointing to a paper, its shape and colour?

The example with the word 'pain' illustrates Wittgenstein's claim that the meaning we attach to it is linked to public events and behaviour, it is not a mental act. If this is true, does it ensure we all mean/understand the same thing with the word 'pain'? Or for that matter with other 'non-physical' words like love, joy, despair, hope etc?

Language by its very nature is public and cannot be private.

Can we represent the world without language? What about painting?

The 'language' of infants and animals?

Mental life vs emotional life. Is there a difference when it comes to language?

Ability to identify objects for oneself vs ability to communicate to others the concept of the object.

Which do you subscribe to? Which does Wittgenstein subscribe to?
As Neanderthal man's view of the world became more complex so did his language.
As Neanderthal man's language became more complex so did his view of the world.

Wittgenstein later refuted his early thoughts in the Tractatus. Should this be held against him?

What do you think of the absence of a comprehensive philosophical theory behind his views of language? Should this undermine the validity of the views?

Those who have time could aslo watch this discussion on Youtube:
Mindfulness with Minerva Women's Institute Bath
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us for an evening of mindfulness, and of course more cake and socialising. We'll be given a 45 minute session on mindfulness practice, and how to use these practices to calm the mind in everyday life. Membership is still open for £41 for the full year, or guest rate at £4.50 on the door. Cash or cheque. Looking forward to seeing you all there. 
Badminton (Bristol)
The Bath & Bristol Everything Meetup Group
8pm - 9pm


Badminton is booked for 8:00pm on Thursday 15th February (Main Hall court 1) at Kingsdown Sports Centre, Portland Street, BS2 8HL. All are welcome, it's a 60 minute long session and we may head to a nearby pub afterwards.

Please let me know if you are going to attend by Wednesday at the latest. I would prefer that we have at least 4 players, otherwise I may cancel the booking.

Note: When arriving at reception you will need to say that you're attending a badminton session in my name (Matthew Barker). Also, they may require that you to sign up for a (free) Everyone Active membership.

See you there,
Matt ([masked])


Q: How does it work?
A: It's pretty informal, but I would like to know in advance if you are going to attend. (If, by the day before the booking, fewer than 4 people say they are going, I may cancel the booking.) On the day, just turn up in the sports hall with your kit at the booked time and we'll play as many games as we can in the time, rotating through the available players after each one. Usually we play doubles up to 11 points, but this can vary depending on the number of players. Afterwards, we often go to a nearby pub afterwards for a drink and a chat.

Q: How often do you play?
A: Usually every two weeks.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Between £1 and £5 per session, depending on how many people turn up, but usually between £1.50 and £2.50.

Q: What is the standard of play?
A: This is hard to specify, but it's mixed and generally not high, so a novice shouldn't find it too challenging.

Q: How many courts are booked?
A: Only one court is booked, but if there are more than 4 people we play to 11 points (rather than the usual 21) to allow waiting players to get a game more often.

Q: Who can attend?
A: It is open to all (and usually has a combination of men and women). Come along and see if it suits you.

Q: I'm new to the group, how can I find you?
A: Sometimes the expected court number will be specified in advance, otherwise if you don't fancy asking around, you can let me know you'll be coming and I can arrange to meet you.

Q: What parking facilities are there?
A: The sports centre has its own car parks and there is usually on-street parking nearby. There are also bicycle stands outside the entrance.

Q: Can I just turn up for the pub afterwards?
A: Of course, though we don't always go and the choice of pub can vary so it's best to let me know in advance.

Q: Do I need my own racquet?
A: Preferably, though you can hire one from the sports centre (currently for £2 with £5 deposit). For newcomers, I can sometimes bring a spare on request.

Q: What type of shuttles are used?
A: Feather shuttles are provided and included in the session cost.

Q: What rules do you play with?
A: We usually play using 'rally point scoring', i.e. points are scored regardless of who serves, and when the serving side loses a rally, the serve changes immediately to the opponents. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton#Scoring_system_and_service.
CHARITY PUB QUIZ- St. James' Wine Vaults BATH
Bath And District- Anything-goes Social Society
8:15pm - 10:30pm

CHARITY PUB QUIZ - By popular demand


ARRIVE EARLY to grab seats please - 8pm would be good for those who can.

Starts 9pm sharp.

Each team member pays £1.

1st place - £25.
2nd place - bottle of wine or a box of chocolates.
3rd place - a box of chocolates.

BONUS: Snowball at the end with rolling cash prize if not won.

This is a good quality quiz with variety.

Full details: http://www.stjameswinevaults.co.uk/Charity.html

Supporting Dorothy House & Julian House Charities.
BATH Club Night: Join us on our weekly Thursday Night Out
Simply Social
8:30pm - 11:30pm


"Simply Social" is a friendly well-established social club. We use "Meetup" to introduce you to our club and invite you to come along to one of our regular informal Thursday evening "Club Nights" for a drink or two in a pub location in Bath to meet us.

As well as Thursday Club Night drinks, our Simply Social events and activities include organised walks, cycle rides, meals out, weekends away, overseas holidays, badminton, reading group, music and dance nights. The list goes on, and to see more take a look at our website. http://www.simplysocial.org.uk

We take time to get to know each other and always welcome new members to join our club. All our events are organised by our members. We have no age limits but most of us are aged 40+. There is no fee to attend our events except where costs such as entrance fees or food and drinks are involved.

After you have been to a Club Night or two and you are ready to become a member of the Simply Social Club, you can join via our website www.simplysocial.org.uk.

The very modest three month trial membership is just £7.00. Once you are signed up member, you will be able to log in to our website, browse our events and start filling up your Simply Social calendar.

Long Running Events:

Feb Half-term
13th February - 15th February

CRICKET & FOOTBALL camps for children ages 7-12 years

Each day on our camps is themed on a character quality that is taught experientially and helps explore the Christian faith. We care about developing a child as a person as well as a player. 
> Technical skills with daily themes
> Tactical decision making & mental preparation
> Game based learning
> Competitions and prizes
Camp times: 9-4pm *extended care available
MORE INFO AT www.getsported.org

6 Week Balance the Scales
22nd January - 1st March

This 6 week course gives you all the motivation you need to start making positive changes in your health and fitness post xmas.
The package includes 
1x45 minute PT session per week
Motivational consultations
Handouts and workouts that can be done at home
As many group fitness sessions as you can manage
Monday 6:30-7:15pm
Tuesday 12.30-1pm 
Wednesday 6:15-7pm
Thursday 6:30-7:15pm
Friday 7am-7.45am
Friday 12.30-1pm
Sat 9.30-10.15am
Can be made on site at Vibe Fitness HQ
6 Week Ski Fitness
8th January - 15th February

The 6 week Course will get those Ski Legs back in no time
The Package includes:
1x 45 Minute PT session per week (fixed slot)
Fitness Tips for skiing, and recovery handouts for the slopes 
3 x Group Fitness Sessions per week including:
HIIT session and Legs/Core Strength
Can be made at Vibe Fitness HQ