Who are you?

We are Bath Skeptics and we organise Bath Skeptics in the Pub – monthly talks from an invited speaker, organised with the rational and curious people of Bath and its rural surroundings in mind. Events are open to everybody, no matter what your personal beliefs and opinions on a subject are, and we welcome good natured debate.

Talks take place on the second Tuesday of every month at The Westgate on Westgate Street in Bath. Entry is based on a suggested donation of £3. All donations help fund speakers travel costs and allow the committee to bring in speakers for future events.

Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) started in London in 1999 and has since spread across the globe – growing especially well in the UK over the last few years. Bath Skeptics in the Pub was formed in May ’11.

What happens at these events?

Our talks take place in the upstairs bar of The West Gate in Bath. The events start at 7:30pm and people can start arriving from around 7pm. There will be signs up so that you can find the room easily, or you can ask the bar staff who are very helpful.

What do these events cost?

Each regional group has its own system in place regarding cost. Some collect a set amount on the door, others sell tickets in advance. At Bath Skeptics we simply ask for an optional donation of around £3 – £4. We ask for donations as these events do have a cost attached to them (speakers costs, equipment costs etc.) and having a small donation from attendees can help us keep these events running and help us bring in speakers from further afield.

What actually happens?

The host for the evening will introduce the invited speaker. The speaker will then give their talk that will last approx. 1 hour (may be a bit less or more, it varies from person to person). Then there will be a 25 minute break so that people can grab a drink and stretch their legs and then there will be a Q&A session in which you can put any questions you may have to our speaker.

What is the no heckling policy?

Not agreeing with somebody is fine, raising points that don’t fit with their opinions is also fine. Being rude, abusive and interrupting a speaker is not fine. Our ‘no heckling policy’ is in place to not only stop our speaker being abused, but to make sure that the event is not ruined for other attendees too.

When a talk comes to a close there will be a short break for people to refresh their drinks and stretch their legs and then we will carry on with a Q&A session with the speaker. We ask that attendees hold any questions that may have until this Q&A session to ensure the talk is not disturbed.

Abusive and rude questions or comments may result in you being asked to leave.

I’ve never been to your events before

Well, now is the perfect time to remedy this! Attending a Skeptics in the Pub event for the first time can make people a bit nervous – especially if they are attending on their own but it is not compulsory to join in with the Question and Answer sessions and we ask that our invited speakers make their talks as accessible to the general public as possible in the hope that people won’t leave feeling baffled by technical terminology. If you’re coming for your first time please feel free to say hello to our volunteer organisers and don’t feel put off by a room full of strangers. Skeptics are a friendly bunch, honest!