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Friday 20th September 2024

Jane Austen's Bath - minibus tour

9:00 (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'.
For this event you will travel in a small luxury 21st Century minibus driven by your tour guide Adge Secker.

Tickets £48

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Regency Hand Sewing Workshop

9:30 (duration 3 hours)

Venue: Lonsdale Room, BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

Learn to hand sew various different Regency appropriate stitches with Mackenzie of Fig Leaf Patterns during this hands-on workshop. A period correct sewing kit with a small booklet of stitches & useful information will be provided, for you to use during the class and to keep afterwards. All attendees will need to bring their own scissors and dressmaking pins to use. 
This class is suitable for those with little to no sewing experience, a basic starter session to begin your Regency costuming journey.

Tickets £95

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Lets Talk About Love

10:00 (duration 1 hour)

Venue: Bath Elim Church, Charlotte St, BA1 2ND

“Love must be authentic, complete, and wholehearted”
Join the Queen of Hearts for an amusing but informative look at the rules of society regarding Love, Courtship, Marriage and matters of the heart in Miss Austen’s time. Also explore the gestures of the Language of the Fan as you prepare for conversations across the dance floor! Ticket entitles you to a discount on the purchase of your very own fan and language of the fan booklet.

Tickets £18 from

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A Very Private Public Breakfast

10:00 (duration 1hr 30mins)

Venue: Kinwarton, 3 Upper Camden Place, (part of) Camden Rd, BA1 5HX (20 mins walk)

Sample the delights of an 18th Century public breakfast just as Jane Austen did in Bath. Bread rolls, toasted fruit bread, cake, tea (Jane Austen blend) or coffee - all in the private dining room of a typical Regency Bath house. Breakfast is accompanied by a talk from Jane Tapley.

Tickets £16

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Mansfield Park Book Club

10:00 (duration 1hr 30mins)

Venue: Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, BA1 5AN

You are welcomed to Jane Austen Festival book club at Bath Library, to discuss "the one nobody likes", Mansfield Park.
Please reserve a place to indicate you will be attending. You can also suggest a question or point to discuss during the session when booking.

Free Event - please reserve a place

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The Gothic Novel - walking tour

10:00 (duration 2 hours)

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

Were you a fan of the Friday night horror movies, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Fall of the House of Usher? Dark tales that included the paranormal, omens, innocent maidens locked in dark and gloomy castles. Well Jane Austen certainly would have been a fan. The gothic novel has its roots in the 1700s and was all the rage. Jane would have been familiar with The Castle of Otranto and the Mysteries of Udolpho and we can see the influence of the later in Northanger Abbey. Join Bath Parade Guides to discover how this genre developed.

Tickets £13

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Croquet Game

10:00 & 12 noon (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

Spend 1 hour experiencing the Regency sport of "Pall-Mall" with an outdoor croquet game at Bath Croquet Club. Equipment and introductory instructions provided, enjoy a relaxed game of croquet, followed by post-match refreshments in the Croquet Pavilion.
Refreshments included in the ticket price.

Tickets £25

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Austen's Arcadia

13:00 (duration 1 hour)

Meet: in foyer of Theatre Royal, Saw Close, BA1 1ET

Jane Tapley follows the career of one of the earliest and greatest female writers of the 18th century, if not of all time. Hear about her quiet private life as an unmarried vicar's daughter and her personal struggle for independence, and how her novels gathered momentum and appreciation after her death. Talk followed by a Q&A.

Tickets £12.50 from Theatre Royal Box Office,

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"Carriages" to Meryton & Longbourn- minibus tour

13:15 (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’.
For this event you will travel in a small luxury 21st Century minibus driven by your tour guide Adge Secker.

Tickets £58

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Drawstring Spencer Toile Workshop

13:30 (duration 3 hours)

Venue: Lonsdale Room, BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

Join this workshop and learn to assemble and fit a toile mock-up of this Drawstring Spencer (pattern 123) from Fig Leaf Patterns. The printed pattern will be supplied for you.

When booking please choose from either the size 8-18 or 18-28 pattern, using your high waistband measurement as a guide. All attendees will need to bring their own fabric scissors and dressmaking pins. You will also need to supply your own cheaper fabric for the toile, and own fashion fabric and lining fabric. 

This workshop will be all hand sewing, so a good level of basic hand sewing is required for this workshop.
Please also note it is unlikely that you will end the workshop with a completely finished garment, the aim of the session is to learn how to fit the spencer jacket to yourself for future use. It will be a good opportunity to learn general garment fitting skills.

Tickets £95

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Ladies & Gentlemen on Parade

13:30 (duration 4 hours)

Meet: outside the taxi rank entrance of Bath Spa Train Station, Dorchester Street, BA1 1SU

Enjoy a unique Regency Costumed event at one of Wiltshire’s finest Georgian buildings. Dressed in your own Regency finery, you’ll be escorted by "Mr Darcy" on a short 18 min train journey through the beautiful scenic countryside to the magnificent Parade House in Trowbridge.
Your ticket includes train travel, a House History Tour by the owners, a delicious Full Afternoon Cream Tea with a glass of Champagne in the grand Ballroom, Regency Parlour Games and Theatrical Entertainment.

Tickets £120

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Mr Bennet's Jig - Regency dance workshop

14:00 (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

Join our own Mr Bennet of the Jane Austen Dancers and jig your way through some of his favourite dances, suited to all levels of experience. Mr Bennet's dance class will set you up for dancing like the members of polished society who frequented the balls of Miss Austen's era.
Period costume welcome but not essential, flat shoes and a drink recommended. Please note that no seating is provided, and a good understanding of English is necessary to understand the teaching.

Tickets £18

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Courtship with Kim Hicks

14:30 (duration 1 hour)

Meet: in foyer of Theatre Royal, 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,

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Draw back the Curtain

16:00 (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,

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Lady Susan Theatrical

Evening event

Venue: TBC

This event still has details to be confirmed....check back soon! - a newsletter announcement will alert you when this event has further details confirmed.

Tickets £ TBC

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