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Tuesday 17th September 2024

In Pursuit of Jane Austen - minibus tour to Hampshire

8:15 (return 16:30)

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

All-day minibus 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.
For this event you will travel in a small luxury 21st Century minibus driven by your tour guide Adge Secker.

Tickets £95 (excludes entrance fees)

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Let's 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.

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Fencing Workshop

 10:00 & 11.30 (duration 1hr 15mins)

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

Join a Fencing taster workshop with Bath Sword Club and enjoy a taste of the sport rumoured to be Mr Darcy’s favourite. Learn offensive & defensive stances, putting them into choreographed non-contact sequences to experience your own ‘duel’.
Regency costume very welcome, but please be aware that protective safety equipment will be worn including a full head mask and glove. Flat shoes advised.

Tickets £25

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Sew Chatty

10:00 (duration 2 hours)

Meet: The Bath Townhouse, Coppa Club, 18-19 Old Bond St, BA1 1BP

Bring along your sewing, last-minute hemming, embroidery, or latest bonnet in need of trimming to The Bath Townhouse Coppa Club for a morning session of sewing, chatting and sharing sewing advice (or sewing woes!) with other like-minded Austen friends.
This non-guided, free event will take place in the upstairs of the Coppa Club, who are offering a free hot drink with any breakfast or brunch dish purchased during the event.

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Jane Austen's Bath Homes - walking tour

10:00 (duration 2hr 15mins)

Meet: at the entrance to Green Park Park, Green Park Buildings, BA1 1HZ

Mrs Austen, accompanied by Jane, came to Bath in 1801, looking for suitable accommodation to rent; eventually living at four different addresses in the city. So where did Jane Austen actually live? Walk with Bath Parade Guides to find the locations of her Bath homes and other houses associated with her. The tour ends at 4 Sydney Place, opposite the Holburne Museum where refreshments are available.

Tickets £13

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Turban Making Workshop

10:00 (duration 3 hours)

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

Add the finishing touch to your exquisite outfit. Under the expert guidance of Sylvia Spilsbury from Bath Theatrical Costume Hire, using vintage sewing machines, create your very own turban.
Pre-select your fabric and choose from an assortment of fabrics to complement your costume. You’ll take home a beautiful personally designed creation.
All materials included along with complimentary tea and cake.

Tickets £170 from

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Regency Health, Wellbeing, Medicine and 'The Waters'

10:30 & 11:30 (duration 20 minutes)

Venue: Bath Medical Museum, Hetling Pump Room, 1 Hetling Court BA1 1SH

A unique opportunity to visit The Hetling Pump Room, pre-eminent location for taking The Waters in 18th century Bath before the Grand Pump Room opened. It was here the Austens came on one of their early visits in 1799 so that Edward could take the waters. Share the experience and listen to a short talk explaining the etiquette, effectiveness and expense of ‘taking the waters’ in the 18th century. There will also be an opportunity to share stories and scandal!

Free Event - please reserve your place 

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Croquet Game

13:00 & 15:00 (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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Fabric Dyeing Workshop

 13:30 & 16:00 (duration 2 hours each)

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

Led by Dr Lindsey Holmes, this workshop allows you to try your hand at dyeing fabrics using plants and flowers, exploring both period and modern techniques. You will create a range of swatches and a guide on how to repeat these processes once you get home, with advice suited to your local plants and flowers.
Feel free to bring small samples of fabrics you want to dye, although everything you need will be provided!

Tickets £35

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Parasol Making Workshop

 14:00 (duration 3 hours)

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

Under the expert guidance of Sylvia Spilsbury from Bath Theatrical Costume Hire, create and cover your own parasol with an exclusively designed canopy.
Pre-select your fabric to complement your costume. The parasol comes with a longer, detachable handle and matching storage sleeve. Leave with a completed parasol, a pattern, and the knowledge of how to create your own canopy to change as you please.
All materials included along with complimentary tea and cake.

Tickets £180

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Regency Games Night

18:00 & 20:00 (duration 2 hours each)

Venue: The Botanist Bath, 46a Milsom St, BA1 1DN

Jane Austen was known to be particularly adept at both cup & ball, and spillikins. Enjoy an evening or late-night session trying your skills (or luck) at these, as well as lottery tickets, whist, hazard and other Regency-era games, provided by John White of Select Society.
This year taking place in the vaulted basement events space of The Botanist Bath, formally The Octagon Chapel where Jane Austen is said to have reserved a pew whenever she visited Bath. The bar will be open for participants to purchase their own drinks.

Tickets £11

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Ghost Walk

19:45 (duration 1hr 30 mins)

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

Take a leisurely night-time stroll through the haunted streets of Bath - listen to eerie stories of murder, mystery, mayhem and ghosts. Including tales of execution areas, haunted pubs, the old hospital, theatre and, of course, the duelling ground where so many met a grisly fate. A scary and fun evening out! 

Tickets £17

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Stargazing at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy with the Bath Astronomers

20:00 & 21:05 (duration 1 hour each)

Venue: Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, BA1 2BL

Join the Bath Astronomers to stargaze from the back garden of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, where the Planet Uranus was discovered from by William Herschel on 13th March 1781. There will also be a chance to explore the house where brother and sister musicians turned astronomers, William and Caroline Herschel, lived from 1777 to 1782.

Please note: in the event of poor weather the event will go ahead even if stargazing is not possible, as a tour and talk around the museum will be provided from Bath Astronomers.

Tickets £20

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