Jane Austen Festival

Feb 2 | Posts

This September a packed schedule of events from 13th to 22nd September is taking place across the city famous for being the acclaimed novelist’s home from 1801 to 1806. An absolute favourite spa city was also Jane Austen’s inspiration, being featured in her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

This September a packed schedule of events from 13th to 22nd September is taking place across the city famous for being the acclaimed novelist’s home from 1801 to 1806. An absolute favourite spa city was also Jane Austen’s inspiration, being featured in her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

What Are The Highlights Of This Year’s Festival?

Although the event is 10 days long, here is a snippet of what we think are the best 5, not to miss, days.

Grand Regency Costumed Promenade – Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sydney Gardens

A real grand parade of hundreds of Jane Austen fans in fabulous regency costume. It’s a real sight to watch them walk among the historic Georgian buildings such as the Royal Crescent. You can let your mind wander and it will be like stepping back in time. A world famous, spectacular official opening to the Festival is accompanied by His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot and led by our own town crier, stroll through this beautiful city to Parade Gardens near Bath Abbey. Meet at Sydney Gardens 11am through to 12.30pm £14.00 if you want to take part in the costumed parade but free to watch.

Austen Undone! Saturday 14th September 1.30pm / 2pm / 2.30pm / 3pm / 3.30pm / 4pm at the Assembly Rooms.

This highly entertaining, theatrical walkabout performance, by the Natural Theatre Company is back this year by popular demand. It will be an exploration of the literary life and adventures of our heroine, Jane Austen. Interactive, witty and a charming piece of comedy that takes place anywhere there is an audience excepting in a traditional theatre! Austen Undone! is for around 20 people at a time and is around 60 minutes long so book your place it will be well worth the £16.50 price tag with tickets available from Bath Box Office.

The Festival Fayre – Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 11:30 am – 3:30 pm – The Guildhall

In the magnificent C18th Banqueting Room, stalls include: hats, fans, gloves, dresses, jewellery, reticules, masks, haberdashery, plus fortunes told and Silhouettes cut. The Festival pop-up café will provide tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes.
For anyone with mobility difficulties the Banqueting Room on the first floor can be accessed by lift.

Courtship with Kim Hicks – Friday, September 13, 2019 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Theatre Royal Bath

This internationally acclaimed one woman show includes delightful renditions of well-known and less familiar passages from Austen’s novels. Enjoy the beautifully drawn characters of, amongst others, Miss Bates (Emma), Mr Collins and Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice). Kim’s lifelong love of Austen’s words is affectionately rediscovered in each performance. Tickets: £10 from Theatre Royal Box Office, theatreroyal.org.uk

Regency Costume Masked Ball Friday, September 20, 2019 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm – Roman Baths & Pump Room

This extravagant ball is the jewel in the festival’s crown, the last big event in the packed schedule. It’s the perfect way to finish, with reception drinks, hot supper and dancing late into the evening, all taking place in the Pump Room. All attendees will be dressed to the nines in their very best Regency gowns or breeches, with glittering accessories and of course, Venetian-style masks. Snap up tickets for this one early if you want to go, as they sell out quickly!

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