Jane Austen Festival

The Jane Austen Festival is set to see streets filled with enthusiasts of the regency author in Bath, the city she once called home.

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Fans of Jane Austen will don bonnets, long boots and other regency costume to celebrate her life and works for nine days next month.

The 13th annual Jane Austen Festival will run from 13-21 of September and will include unique events in honour of the 18th-century author such as etiquette lessons, dancing lessons, walking tours and workshops explaining how best to dress in the Regency style on a budget.

There will also be theatre performances of Austen’s most famous novel, Pride & Prejudice, as well as a Regency costume fashion show. However, the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade, which sees the centre of Bath come to a standstill as festival-goers walk through in droves, is perhaps the most exciting spectacle. Soldiers fire muskets in the famous Royal Crescent, while dancers can be seen in Parade Gardens.

The festival concludes with the Jane Austen Festival Regency Costumed Masked Ball, which boasts a reception in the world-famous Roman Baths followed by the ball in the Pump Rooms.

There is also, of course, the opportunity to visit the Jane Austen Centre, which houses a permanent exhibition of costumes, maps and books, curated with the help of local members of the Jane Austen Society. Situated on Gay Street, the same street where Austen herself once lived, the centre is in an exciting part of town between two triumphs of Georgian architecture, The Circus and Queen Square.

All of the events require tickets, available here.

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