The 15th annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath with over 100 events over the course of ten days is the biggest ever.
The spectacular Grand Regency Costumed Promenade with over 500 participants opens the Festival on Saturday 12th September. It is necessary to wear Regency costume to be part of the Promenade but not to watch!
The Festival is celebrating the bicentenary of Austen’s novel Emma with an additional Ball, the ‘Highbury’ Country Dance. Taking place at Bath Pavilion it is a less formal affair, where Regency costume is not obligatory unlike the celebrated Masked Ball at the Pump Rooms on the second weekend.
Other events include walks, talks, minibus tours and day trips, musical recitals and concerts, workshops on playing the harp, bonnet making, Regency dancing, and even archery. There are food events in a Bath Regency townhouse and an actor’s view of the historic film Waterloo.
The Finale is ‘Jane Austen the interview’, a brand new piece commissioned by the Festival.