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Friday 15th September 2023

Jane Austen's Bath - driver guided tour

9am (duration 3 hours)

Meet: Outside the Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, BA1 2NT

A combination of walking and driving visiting outdoor locations in Austen's Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Includes Charlcombe, described by Jane 'as being sweetly situated in a little green valley', and finishes with the best view of Bath from that 'Noble Hill'.

Tickets £48

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Dressing Jane Austen's Gentlemen

10am (duration 1 hour)

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn St, BA1 1UF

Join Ben Townsend, author of Fashion Regulation, for an imaginary recreation of the clothes Jane Austen’s male protagonists might have worn. Austen’s descriptions of the clothes worn by her male characters never progress past the colour of their coats, even in the case of Sir Walter Elliot, so notoriously vain of his person. With reference to contemporary sources, this talk makes good that deficiency.

Tickets £13 or £35 for a Fashion Friday Ticket (x3 fashion talks)

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Kill or Cure? - walking tour

10am (duration 2 hours)

Meet: Outside the main door of Bath Abbey, BA1 1LT

People came to Bath with a catalogue of illnesses, hoping to mend their health. But how successful were the cures offered? Were doctors at the time reputable? - or mere 'quacks'? Not surprisingly, health and ill-health were concerns of Jane Austen throughout her life, her letters, and her novels. Walk with Bath Parade Guides to hear some of the (somewhat grisly?) details of Regency medicine and what Bath could offer.

Tickets £13

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Croquet Game

10am & 11.30am (duration 1hr 30mins)

Venue: Bath Croquet Club, Recreation Ground, BA2 4DS (entrance via William Street)

Try out the Regency sport of "Pall-Mall" with an outdoor croquet game at Bath Croquet Club. Equipment and introductory instruction provided, enjoy a relaxed or competitive croquet match at your own speed, followed by post-match refreshments in the Croquet Club Pavilion.
(refreshments included in the ticket price)

Tickets £16

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Courtship with Kim Hicks

11.30am (duration 1 hour)

Venue: Theatre Royal Bath, Saw Close, BA1 1ET

Bristol-based actor Kim Hicks returns to the Jane Austen Festival to perform her internationally acclaimed one woman show, the longest running Jane Austen show in the world! With wonderful renditions of both well-known passages from the novels and less familiar pieces from the minor works, Kim reacquaints you with Austen's beautifully drawn characters.

Tickets £17.50 from Theatre Royal Box Office, theatreroyal.org.uk

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Interactive Fashion - A Unique Recreation from Dr Lindsay Holmes

11.30am (duration 1hr 30mins)

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn St, Bath BA1 1UF

Costume designer, author and London College of Fashion alumnus, Dr Lindsay Holmes presents a unique interactive 18th Century Georgian dress.
This recreation of the garment worn by The Honourable Mary Graham has been painstakingly recreated stitch by stitch and embedded with sound spots, through which actors recreate the story of her life. Listen as Lindsay leads you though the tragic life history of this consumptive woman, and explore the parallels with Jane Austen’s own life.
This session will include time for you to explore the interactive dress itself up close, and investigate the hands-on elements of this project.

Tickets £13 or £35 for a Fashion Friday Ticket (x3 fashion talks)

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Carriages to Meryton & Longbourn- driver guided tour

1.15pm (duration 4 hours)

Meet: Outside the Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, BA1 2NT

Starting with a driving tour of Austen’s Bath, then onto the village of Luckington to visit the St Mary with St Ethelbert Church and walk in the footsteps of the P&P 1995 cast. Next Lacock – a village trapped in time and the location for Meryton & Highbury. Then back to Bath to finish with the best view of Bath from ‘that Noble Hill’.

Tickets £58

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Inside-Out Regency Costume Construction - Fig Leaf Patterns

2pm (duration 1 hour)

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn St, Bath BA1 1UF

Fig Leaf Patterns join the Jane Austen Festival for the first time to bring us their expertise on the evolving styles of stays from the 1790s to the 1820s.
Using images from extant museum examples, this talk will give you a deeper understanding of how to create your own undergarment, whilst exploring how the changing manufacturers’ methods influenced the construction of the outer layers of clothing during Jane Austen’s lifetime. It is not just a conversation about clothing, but also a look at the socio-political world that influenced the changes that Austen weaves into her novels.

Tickets £13 or £35 for a Fashion Friday Ticket (x3 fashion talks)

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Draw back the Curtain

4pm (duration 1 hour)

Meet: In Foyer of Theatre Royal, Saw Close BA1 1ET

Join Jane Tapley, Special Events Organiser at the Theatre Royal, for an illustrated talk on the theatre in Georgian times and its influence on Jane Austen's novels. The talk will take place in Bath's Georgian theatre built in 1805, the year Austen left Bath for the delights of Clifton.

Tickets £12.50 from Theatre Royal Box Office, theatreroyal.org.uk

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Singing with Jane Austen - workshop

4pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

Venue: City of Bath Scouts, 7 Grove St, Bathwick, BA2 6PJ

Regency Rum Bluffers will lead an energetic and engaging singing workshop with songs heard in Jane Austen’s lifetime. Join them to explore songs she would have known as a child, to later in her life. There is no need to read music, everything will be taught by ear and lyrics provided. Everyone is welcome!

Tickets £25

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Sense & Sensibility -theatrical adaptation

7.30pm (duration 2 hours)

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn St, Bath BA1 1UF

The social season is upon us! Heartbreak Productions cordially invites you to this year’s theatrical, The ‘Sense and Sensibility’ Matchmaker’s Ball. Ladies Elinor and Marianne Dashwood each seek to meet an honourable man of good fortune (and handsome countenance, if possible) by whatever means necessary. If you’re eager to partake in the ups and downs of this Regency romance, don your finery and join Heartbreak Productions for their theatrical adaptation of literary classic Sense and Sensibility, but with a Heartbreak twist. Rumours abound that royalty may even be amongst our number…

Tickets £26

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