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Whilst regular scheduled lessons are not currently being heldin the Autumn of 2013 small group teaching at mutually agreed times continues.

Costs are £10 per person per session. Topics are by agreement but are in three categories:


Recent Beginners, Returners or Social Players wanting to have more structure and understanding of the bidding

Beyond Basic Acol
Of most interest to those playing duplicate and wanting to enhance their bidding system

To Discuss Individual Lessons call Phil Cooke on 01225 310232 or send an email


Bath Bridge School offers opportunities to play and learn bridge in central Bath and is based at The Museum of Bath at Work in Julian Road. All teaching is by Phil Cooke, an experienced lecturer and tutor, and a member of the English Bridge Union (EBU) Teachers Association.

Bridge at The Museum

Gentle Duplicate on Monday Afternoons

No need to come with a partner. And help available.

Computer dealt hands- Results with hand records on the web

Also electronic scoring using Bridgemates

Play Starts at 1.45 so please try to arrive by 1.30

Ideal for Social Players or Anyone Wanting to Improve their Bridge

Every Monday EXCEPT Bank Holidays

Table money of £3 includes refreshments


About Bath Bridge School

Bath Bridge School was formed in 2007, More


Course are given by Phil Cooke. He has many years of experience in teaching challenging subjects in an easy to understand and informal way. Phil is also a member of The Association of Wine Educators. He is an EBU (English Bridge Union) qualified Bridge Teacher & Tournament Director.

Whilst the teaching conforms to the recommendations of the EBU, the philosophy and aim is slightly different. The first year course aims to get everyone to a level where they can play bridge with pleasure. The second year aims to consolidate, bidding, play and defence, with just sufficient extensions to cover Standard English Acol at Foundation level. Above all the aim is to teach the basics in a way that will enable you to play with virtually anyone that can play Acol. This is the system of choice for almost all social players in the UK. So if you can play basic Acol you can play with virtually anyone.

For those that fall in love with the game, and want to engage in highly competitive bridge at a club there is much more to learn. For instance all sorts of conventions that are frequently played in clubs, e.g. Weak Twos, Benji, ASPTRO, and there are lots of others. But most of these conventions are not played by social bridge players. Moreover, to use an analogy with car driving: you are best advised to become a competent driver on the left hand side before venturing to using cars or roads with different standards, i.e. there is much to be said for delaying moving on until the basics are almost subconscious/common sense. So teaching for years 1 and 2 sticks to the basics that have to be mastered if you want to play bridge at any level, and with anyone.

Play & Learn

You cannot learn to play bridge without playing it. The more you play, the more you learn. And if you do not start playing ASAP subsequent lessons will not be as helpful as they could be. There main reasons for this are:

  • When you have experienced a specific problem, the mind is pre-prepared and waiting for the answer
  • It takes time for the mind to learn to recognise important patterns and situations
  • Lessons give you guidelines. Practice converts them to bridge commonsense.

The Monday afternoon bridge sessions are the ideal way of practicing your bridge.


Over the last few years the first year bridge courses, second year bridge lessons, and Monday afternoon bridge sessions have catered for beginners plus many who were already playing bridge, but wanted to improve and extend their playing circle. The backgrounds of those attending include:

  • Complete novices wanting to learn this fascinating game
  • Playing with friends but wanting to improve their bridge
  • Playing social bridge, and wanting to move onto club play
  • Returning to bridge after a gap
  • Wanting to adapt to the Acol system
  • Those new to the area and wanting to meet other bridge players
  • Recent learners wanting to improve


Courses and Monday bridge are held at The Museum of Bath at Work in central Bath, near to the Assembly Rooms and Park & Ride bus stops. Some of those attending previous courses and the social bridge on a Monday live within walking distance, but many come from the surrounding area, including, Frome, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Keynsham, Bathford, Corsham, Norton St Philips, Freshford, Beckington, Coombe Hay, and as far afield as Sherborne, Mere & Chippenham