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Wednesday 13th 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


Mr Bennet's Jig - Regency dance workshop

10am (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 reccomended. No seating provided.

Tickets £18


Beechan Cliff & The Bath Landscape - walking tour

10am (duration 2hrs 30mins)

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

Climb to the top of 'that noble hill, whose beautiful verdure and hanging coppice render it so striking an object from almost every opening in Bath.' Includes a stop to explore St Mary Magdalene's Chapel. Stout shoes and a sturdy constitution are required as there are numerous steps, but wonderful views.

Tickets £13


HatsPeriod Bonnets - headwear workshop

10am & 1.30pm (duration 3 hours)

Venue: Sydney Gardens Community Pavilion, Sydney Place, Bathwick, BA2 6NH

Spend an session learning about and creating your own unique Regency headwear with tuition from Jane Walton. Pre-select your base choice of headwear of either a Felt Bonnet, Straw Bonnet, Ball Feather Headdress or Floral Crown, to trim during the workshop.
There will be a wide selection of sizes and colours from each category to choose from on the day. Additional trimming items can either be purchased from the workshop ‘shop’, during the session, or you are welcome to bring your own trimmings from home.

Tickets: £35 Floral Crown - £75 Ball Feather Headdress - £75 Straw Bonnet - £90 Felt Bonnet


Embroider like Jane Austen

10.30am (duration 2 hours)

Venue: Percy Community Centre, New King Street, BA1 2BN

Using historical designs from the Regency era, embroider your choice of handkerchiefs or a fichu to wear proudly with your Regency outfit.
All materials included, with a small talk on ‘Stitching in the time of Jane Austen’ and full instruction provided by Abigail Rose, assisted by Sophie Andrews of Laughing With Lizzie.
Beginners welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Tickets £60 from Abigail Rose Creative, email

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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


Ladies On Parade

1.45pm (return 5.36pm)

Meet: Outside taxi rank entrance of Bath Spa Train Station, BA1 1SU

Enjoy a unique Regency Costumed afternoon at one of Wiltshire’s finest Georgian buildings. Dressed in your Regency finery you will be escorted by Mr Darcy on a short train journey through the beautiful scenic countryside to the magnificent Parade House in Trowbridge.
Your ticket includes return travel, a private history tour of the house, a delicious Champagne Afternoon Cream Tea in the grand Ballroom, Regency Parlour Games, and a special Workshop on the Language of The Fan instructed by none other The Queen of Hearts.

Tickets £105 (own costume) from


Beastly Bath - walking tour

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 the Pump Room, Circus and Royal Crescent.

Tickets £15


Regency Hair Demonstration

5.30pm (duration 2 hours)

Venue: Cafe Upstairs - The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

Do you hate your hair? Haven’t a clue what to do with it?? Do you look at pictures of yourself and think, “My dress is great, but, OH! My HAIR!”? Well, this class is for you. We will teach you how to make your own clip-in-curls at home.
Join Juliana Bradley with Angela Grimes to find out just how easy it is to make these curls and start to love your Regency hair. 

Tickets £10


Waterstones Regency Assembly

6.30pm (duration 2hrs 30mins)

Venue: Waterstones, 4 - 5 Milsom Street, BA1 1DA

You are cordially invited to an evening of dancing, poetry and performance. Regency costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes for the diamonds of the season! There will be music, dancing and photo opportunities! With the ticket, you will receive a glass of bubbly and some nibbles in the café.
OPEN MIC: Bring your regency-themed poems, stories, letters or songs. We want to hear them all!

Tickets £10 from

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Christian Brighty: Playboy - Regency Romance Comedy

9pm (duration 1 hour)

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

Lord Christian Brighty is the country’s most notorious rake. He puts the pro in reprobate, the don in hedonism, and the key in chastity belts. But when this saucy libertine falls for a Duchess, can he reform himself?
An absurd, physical comedy spectacular packed with ballroom dances and deadly duels, this Playboy is sure to make the whole town swoon, and then elope with their daughters. Lampooning all your favourite period dramas, before forcing you to reconsider your penchants, Playboy was one of the best reviewed comedy shows at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Christian Brighty is an actor, comedian and student of legendary clown school Ecole Phillipe Gaulier. In 2021, his TikTok sketches based on Bridgerton, Poldark and Jane Austen catapulted him to viral stardom, racking up a combined 50 million views, quickly securing his place as the internet’s answer to Mr Darcy.

This performance is only suitable for viewers aged 18+ as it contains scenes of a sexual nature, language & partial nudity. The Jane Austen Festival takes no responsibility for anyone swooning for lack of smelling salts; you have been warned!

Tickets £16


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