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Sunday 10th September 2023

In Pursuit of Jane Austen - driver guided tour to Hampshire

8.15am (return 4.30pm)

Meet: Outside 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.

Tickets £95 (excludes entrance fees)

SOLD OUT - waiting list full

A Very Private Public Breakfast

10am (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

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

SOLD OUT - waiting list full

Jane Austen & Bath - walking tour

10am (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

'Oh! Who could ever be tired of Bath?’ So said Jane Austen’s character Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, which (along with her novel Persuasion) is set in Bath. Through family links and having visited and lived in the city, Austen knew Bath very well indeed. Come and find out more on this walking tour led by Mr Knightley of The Jane Austen Centre.

Tickets £13

SOLD OUT 

Cleveland Pools Heritage Open Day

10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm (duration up to 1hr 30mins per session)

Venue: Cleveland Pools, Hampton Row, BA2 6QS

Visit Cleveland Pools, the UK’s oldest outdoor swimming pool as part of their Heritage Open Day. Built in 1815, it has recently been restored to its former glory by the Cleveland Pools Trust.
The Jane Austen Festival has secured limited free tickets for 1hr 30min timed sessions throughout the day, so booking is essential to visit or swim in these historic pools. Regency costume welcome, however 21st century swimwear must be worn beneath!

Free Event > Reservations essential: Festival tickets now full. You can also book tickets via the Cleveland Pools website using their Heritage Open Day system. 
This booking system will OPEN FROM 10am on 1st September 2023. 

Festival reservations full - please see Cleveland Pools website from 1st September 2023

Austen Authors Symposium 

11am (duration 2 hours)

Venue: Waterstones Events Room, Basement, 4-5 Milsom St, BA1 1DA

Join Austen inspired authors over two Q&A sessions to discover what inspired them to write themselves.
Murder Mystery: Lynn Shepherd - The Mansfield Park Murder. Ben Townsend – Blood & Fireflies. Jessica Bull – Miss Austen Investigates.
Romance & Comedy: Felicity George – A Debutant’s Desire. Syrie James – Various Austen themed novels.

Free Event > please click below to reserve your seat for the 11.15am Q&A (Murder Mysteries), or the 12.15pm Q&A (Romance).

Murder Mystery Authors - reserve your free seat (11.15am)Romance Authors - reserve your free seat (12.15pm)

Regency Picnic

12 noon - 3pm

Venue: Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LX

Join other Austen lovers for an informal bring-your-own picnic in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Crescent. Promenade along paths Jane Austen herself would have walked and discuss any scandalous antics of the previous evening's entertainment.
(Weather permitting event)

Free Event 

Croquet Game

1pm & 2.30pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

Venue: Bath Croquet Club, Recreation Ground, BA2 4DS (Entrance via William Street)

Try out the Regency sport of "Pall-Mall" with an outdoor croquet game at Bath Croquet Club. Equipment and introductory instruction provided, enjoy a relaxed or competitive croquet match at your own speed, followed by post-match refreshments in the Croquet Club Pavilion.
(Refreshments included in the ticket price)

Tickets £16

SOLD OUT 

Ladies on Parade

1.30pm (return 5.46pm)

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 than The Queen of Hearts.

Tickets £105 (own costume) from enquiries@baththeatrical.com

SOLD OUT

Austen's Lost & Found - theatrical walking tour

1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm SOLD OUT, 3pm, 3.30pm (duration 1 hour each)

Meet: At the top of Gravel Walk opposite No1 Royal Crescent, BA1 2LW

The Natural Theatre Company returns with an hilarious new immersive walking show following on from the sell-out success of Austen Undone.
Another lost Jane Austen novel has been unearthed in Bath, revealing more recognisable plotlines, familiar characters and just a little bit of nonsense. Immerse yourself in wooing, weeping and wagers as we wander around Bath, and watch this joyful story come to life around you!

Tickets £19

Limited tickets available - buy from steward at the start of the tour.

The Jane Austen Letter: tools & techniques workshop

2pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

In Jane Austen's day, personal communication options were limited. You either spoke in-person, or you wrote a letter. This is why letter writing skills were so crucial, and the tools and methods so ubiquitous. In this workshop you will get hands-on experience in all the essential components: paper, pounce, quill, ink, sand, then fold, seal, and post! And, if you are particularly ambitious (and have a lot to say, but not a lot to spend) we might even try 'cross-writing'!

Tickets £16

SOLD OUT

Rummaging Through The Reticule

4pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

What did Jane 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 £16

SOLD OUT 

Jane Austen's Troublesome Mums

4.30pm (duration 1 hour)

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

Why are the mothers in Jane Austen’s novels sensible and dead or alive and unreasonable? How much do characters like Lady Bertram and Mrs. Bennet reflect Austen’s experience? This talk from Dr Sarah J. Makowski explores Regency motherhood in fact and fiction.

Tickets £13

SOLD OUT 

From Page to Stage - Austen musical recital

8pm (duration 1hr 30mins)

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

Besides being a popular subject for cinematic adaptations, Jane Austen’s novels have also inspired stage plays and musical theatre adaptations. Enjoy a costumed concert presentation of songs by vocalist Angela Milton, and some excerpts from the novels that inspired them, from stage adaptations of ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

Tickets £16

SOLD OUT 

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