Bath has to be one of my favourite cities and a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to see it host the Jane Austen festival. There was a teaser in my previous post showing a wonderful group of re-enactors in full military uniform; but there was more! Wherever you looked there were Jane Austen enthusiasts, many of them dressed in spectacular Regency costumes, and helpfully for spectators they all gathered in Queen’s Square before the Grand Promenade; perfect for taking photographs!
As promised, here’s a little something for you to enjoy from the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. It was the day of the Grand Regency Parade yesterday which saw hundreds of Jane Austen fans dress up in period costume and take to the streets of Bath in honour of the author. They were led by the 32nd Cornwall Regiment and the Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry who all looked very becoming in their regimentals 😉
You might recognise the music; it’s from the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice and is called Meryton Townhall by Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Plenty of photos to show you in my next posts too! I hope you enjoy.
Just a quick blog post as the Jane Austen Festival in Bath starts tomorrow! How I only came to know about this last weekend, I have no idea (I imagine most Jane Austen fans have known about this for months!) but suffice to say I’ve been in suspense all week!
The festival lasts 9 days so there’s plenty of time to get down there (or up!) and enjoy everything Austen! There are 68 events in total with highlights being the Grand Regency Promenade on Saturday 15th and An Evening with Mr Wickham on Sunday 16th. Adrian Lukis, aka Mr Wickham from the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice will be there; I wish I could be too!
500 Jane Austen fans are expected to dress up in period costume on Saturday and promenade along the streets of Bath so that’s one not to be missed. There are also plays, talks, walks and more!
To check out what’s happening when, visit: http://www.janeausten.co.uk/festivalhome/ and start getting excited!
The photos I’ve seen from last year look amazing and I’m sure this year will be the same. Fingers crossed for sunshine as we wouldn’t want the girls petticoats to be six inches deep in mud… Either way, I will bring you some photos next week!
I hope you enjoy it if you’re going, and if you meet Adrian Lukis, please tell me what he’s like!
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Consult the Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England and you won’t put a foot wrong in any social occasion. Divided into short, easily digestible chapters, there is a how-to guide for practically any situation you stand to encounter; from choosing the right company, writing letters and planning a dinner party to how you might spend your leisure time, attending a ball and even carrying on a secret engagement, there are tips and hints aplenty so you can pass yourself off with a very respectable degree of credit.