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Saturday 17th September

Jane Austen's Bath Driver Guided Tour

Meet at 9am (duration 3hrs 15mins)

Meet: 9am 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 £45

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A very private public breakfast

10am (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

Sample the delights of an 18th Century public breakfast just as Jane Austen did in Sydney Gardens. 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 with a talk by Jane Tapley.

Tickets £15

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Jane Austen’s Alpha Girls: How Box Hill Makes Mean Girls of Us All

10am (duration 1 hour)

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

Emma Woodhouse is far from a flawless heroine. In Jane Austen’s portrayal of the spoiled rich girl’s defensive behaviour towards the new girl in town, she teaches us that black is never truly black, and white is often just a shade of grey. Join author Sarah Makowski to explore why we shouldn't write off Austen's less-likeable characters. 

Tickets £12

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Jane Austen's Weather

11.30am (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

John Mullan is a favourite amongst festival audiences and is a highly entertaining speaker, who is fantastic at highlighting the most subtle and brilliant parts of Austen's work. For this talk he will be exploring the implications of the weather within Austen's works. 

Tickets £16

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To Meryton and Highbury – driver guided tour 

Meet 1.15pm (duration 4hrs 15mins)

Meet: 1:15pm outside the Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, BA1 2NT

Starting with a driving/walking tour of Austen’s Bath, then on to charming Corsham, to stroll the remarkably unspoilt High Street where Ross Poldark first saw Demelza. Next Lacock - a village trapped in time and location for Meryton and Highbury. Then back to Bath and finishing with the best view of Bath from ‘that Noble Hill’.

Tickets £55

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Love in Jane Austen's novels

2.30pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

As a professor of English at University College London for over 25 years, few are more qualified than John Mullan to speak about one of the most important elements of any Austen novel - love. 

Tickets £16

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Rummaging through the Reticule 

4pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

What did Jane Austen and her characters keep in their reticules? All will be revealed when the contents of this C18th handbag are spilt in the privacy of a Regency drawing room. Jane Tapley’s talk is followed by refreshments, a traditional cream tea – scones, jam, and cream and, of course, tea.

Tickets £15

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The Natural Theatre Company

8pm (duration 1 hour)

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

What would happen if the Bennets had 5 sons, and the heir to the Darcy estate was a woman? Join the Natural Theatre Company on a hilarious journey through Austen’s most well-known novel Pride and Prejudice with the traditional Regency gender roles swapped!

Tickets £26

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