The Jane Austen Festival takes place in Bath between Friday 9th September through to Sunday 18th September and is a ten day celebration of all things Austen.

The festival is packed full with concerts, performances, food events, balls, promenades, talks, tours and workshops going on at different significant locations throughout the historic city.

The festival officially opens with the world famous, record breaking Grand Regency Costumed Promenade on Saturday 10th September. It is a procession through the streets with over 500 people all in 18th Century costumes taking park. People of all ages take part, with red coats, dancers and Bath’s very own town crier. Tickets are £10 and free for 16 year olds and under if with a participating adult in costume. All participants must be in costume but of course you can just go along on the day and watch the spectacle.

Tickets to participate can be purchased from the website:

Fancy getting involved in a different way? There are many workshops going on throughout the city including:

– Masquerade making masks
– Silhouette cutting
– The War and Peace Waltz dance workshop
– The Art of Social Grace
– Dance from the Fans dance workshop
– As danced in 1816 Regency dance workshop

Want to see the city or go behind the scenes? Join one of the many tours:

– Draw back the curtain theatre tour
– Austen Undone theatrical comedy walks
– Tour of Beckford’s Tower
– Day trip to Salisbury & Mompesson House in Austen’s footsteps
– Draw back the curtain – behind the scenes theatre tour
– Prospects of summer by the sea – day trip to Lyme and Sidmouth

This is just a sample of all the events going on, please go the website to find out more and to book tickets:

The festival’s chosen charity is The Forever Friends Appeal RUH cancer care campaign. £1 from every ticket sold is donated to this charity.

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