Saint Swithins Church - Parish of Walcot

Venues & Facilities

Our vision is to open our doors to welcome people in. St Swithin’s Church is a beautiful venue for hosting community groups, as a wedding venue, or for events and conferences: making use of the stunning building, the exceptional acoustics and excellent facilities. Over the past year we have hosted performances and workshops from the Minerva Choir; Opera Piccola; Cappella Nova; Handful of Singers; Silver Ring Choir; Bath Choral Society, as well as readings and book signings as part of the Toppings book shop calendar.  A team from the church host these events, opening up both the heart of the church and the venue to welcome those who may not have come before.

For your information, you may be interested to read a review of a production held at St Swithin's from the Bristol Evening Post, which emphasises some of the benefits of the church as a venue for dramatic and musical events.

In addition, The Gateway at Snow Hill, with its spacious hall/meeting room and well-equipped kitchen, is available for community groups to hire for meetings; birthday parties; training events; cookery courses.

For further information about hiring our venues and facilities, or to make a booking please contact our Operations Manager

Janet Cornish on 01225 789168;
Email:janet@stswithinswalcot.org.uk

As an established events manager, I was invited a few years ago to look at the newly refurbished St Swithin’s Church. At that point, the crypt had not been renovated, nor had the gallery, but it was clear that this could be a wonderful venue for our smaller concerts. From the outset, booking the church was trouble-free and the charge reasonable. Penny Gibson has always been very helpful indeed.

We have now performed twice in St Swithin’s and have also used the church for occasional evening rehearsals. Our first concert was a fundraising event with international trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins performing to an extremely large audience which almost exceeded the church’s capacity. However, the St Swithin’s people on duty, which included Simon Holland, the Rector, did sterling work to bring more chairs up from the crypt and to make sure that everyone was comfortably seated. We had a very prestigious audience on that occasion and they were all delighted with the church and the facilities available in the crypt. Crispian Steele-Perkins particularly praised the acoustic. Our second performance was our Christmas concert last December, when we had a choir of about 95 and Bath Philharmonia orchestra. This again was a great success and we cannot say enough to thank all the St Swithin’s staff concerned.

Apart from the simple beauty of the church, the acoustic is wonderful and this adds greatly to the success of our performances. The facilities in the crypt, with the availability of the cafe, the excellent toilet facilities and the helpful people involved, all add to our events and make organising such events much easier. That it is a place of worship cannot fail to affect our events and it is important that it does so. Since we usually perform sacred music, the beauty and ambience of the building add greatly to the atmosphere we hope to create.

We would indeed recommend the use of St Swithin’s to other organisations and have indeed done so.

Joanna Wiesner – Bath Minerva Choir