Friday 16th September

In Pursuit of Jane Austen - guided tour to Hampshire

Meet at 8.15am (return 4.30pm)

Meet: 8.15am outside the Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, BA1 2NT 

All day tour to Hampshire tracing Jane's footsteps and life. First her birthplace Steventon then Chawton where much of her writing took place. Visiting Winchester, King Alfred's capital of England and Jane's final resting place in the cathedral. Meander with guide Adge, through the ancient streets, impressive Peninsula Barracks and castle ruins. An unforgettable and atmospheric tour.

Tickets £90 (excludes entrance fees)


The Oldest Profession - Walking Tour

10am (duration 2 hours)

Meet: 10am outside the main door of Bath Abbey, BA1 1LT

This walking tour is about the darker themes hidden within Jane Austen's novels, including nightlife and prostitution in the 18th Century Bath. How much did Jane know about it? Stroll with Bath Parade guides to find the places and characters of dubious reputation and what might be hidden under the surface of beautiful Georgian Bath.  

Tickets £12


The Anatomy of an Austen novel: Northanger Abbey

10am (duration 1 hour)

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

A writers workshop with Dr Gabrielle Malcom (author and academic) that considers what makes Jane Austen's novels so effective and how you too could discover a formula for success in your writing. 

Tickets £12


To be fond of Dancing...

11.30am (duration 1 hour)

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

All of Austen’s characters attend a dance at some point in the novels. But what did that entail? Did they have to memorise every dance? How was the Netherfield Ball different from the Meryton Assembly, or the ball at the Crown Inn? And why couldn’t Catherine Morland just refuse to dance with John Thorpe?? Join Charlotte Cumper, of the Jane Austen Dancers, to find out what it meant to be fond of dancing in Jane Austen's world.

Tickets £10


Pastimes and Pleasures in the Time of Jane Austen

2pm (duration 1 hour)

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

Celebrating her new book, Pastimes and Pleasures in the Time of Jane Austen, Sarah Jane Downing (author of the best-selling Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen) presents a talk illustrated with a gallery of the beautiful and rare Regency fashion plates that feature in her new book. Pastimes and Pleasures offers a unique insight into the most fashionable, popular, and even disreputable pursuits and preoccupations of Jane and her contemporaries. It explores the birth of women’s fashion magazines, engagement with Regency literature, art and theatre and the enjoyment of the natural environment that frame the context for Austen’s literature. 

Tickets £12


Draw back the Curtain

4pm (duration 1 hour)

Venue: 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.

Tickets £12.50 from Theatre Royal Box Office,


Beastly Bath

5.30pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

A light-hearted, unconventional walk through the city’s history. Including descriptions of some of the more sordid and disagreeable aspects of C18th life plus original Georgian remedies are demonstrated on this mischievous stroll! See all the main sights including Pump Room, Abbey, Theatre Royal, Queen Square, Circus and Royal Crescent.

Tickets £14


Almost Austen

8pm (duration 2 hours)

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

Catherine is a modern girl in love with Jane Austen’s world. She can’t believe her luck when she meets her very own ‘Mr Tilney’. Through passages from Northanger Abbey, and songs from Musicals and Opera, we follow Catherine’s romantic adventures as real life and fantasy collide in this theatrical from Louise Geller. 

Tickets £19


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