Explore Jane Austen Regency Week 2016

Jane Austen, portrait
Jane Austen, from a drawing by her sister Cassandra

Bag a bonnet and pull on that Empire line dress – Jane Austen Regency Week kicks off in Hampshire this Saturday.

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If you’ve dreamed of stepping into the amazing world of Jane Austen’s novels, then look no further than the Jane Austen Regency Weekend.

Between 18 and 26 June, Alton in Hampshire – where Jane shopped, banked, collected and delivered post, visited her friends and caught the stagecoach to London –  and the nearby village of Chawton – which is home to the Jane Austen’s House Museum and where Jane spent the last eight years of her life and produced six great novels – host the Jane Austen Regency Week.

The festival boasts a fantastic line-up of activities and events and, as donning Regency dress is encouraged at many of the events, it’s the ideal excuse to dust of the bonnet and Empire line dress and get dressed up.

Things kick off on Saturday June 18 with the Regency Day in Alton, featuring carriage rides, a swordsmanship display, costumes, market stalls, dancing and other entertainment. The celebrations continue with a dancing workshop and then into the evening with a sumptuous Regency Ball.

After a week packed with fascinating and fun events, the finale comes in the shape of a Victorian Cricket Match and entertainment for all the family on The Butts Green on June 26, followed by a Regency Supper at the Alton House Hotel, celebrating cuisine of the period.

For more information, visit Jane Austen Regency Week.

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