The next day (Saturday the 19th) was the biggest day really, the day of the Grand Regency Promenade (amongst other things)!
As soon as I had finished my breakfast I hurried up to my room to get changed into my costume. For the first time I had a complete outfit to wear! As I came downstairs on my way out I ran in to my hostess, who after seeing me insisted on her husband taking some pictures of me in their garden. Which was very sweet of them I think!
From where I was staying to where I was going (everyone who was to take part in the promenade were to meet outside the Pump Room) there was about a 10 minute walk. And I can tell you, I got a lot of attention during those 10 minutes! Everyone stared, several people asked what the occasion was. Someone even rolled down the window to his car to ask! It was pretty fun actually!
I did however finally arrive at the Pump Room, and there I was far from being the only one in costume!
I met Karin and Dortie again, my friends from last night, and we had this picture taken of us. (See, told you it would end up here on my blog!:))
Karin, me and Dortie
I also met some of the people from the Sense & Sensibility forum, who were there on the costume tour. (If you want to read about their trip in more detail, what they did and where they went, you can check out this blog here.) I was very excited to finally meet some of them, and they were all such lovely people (though of course, I knew they would be!)!
Lily, Elizabeth, Scott, Joanna and Karen.
So then at “eleven of the clock” (as the man with the megaphone kept saying) we started. I must say it was quite and experience taking part in this! As we made our way, walking two and two in a looooong line (at least, we were supposed to walk two and two) we were drawing quite a lot of attention to ourselves. The street was completely lined with people! They were like two walls, one on either side of our line, all of them with flashing cameras! It felt like we were celebrities or something!
A lovely mix of modern and historic things!
We promenaded around some of the streets there and then made our way to the Assembly Rooms (yes, the very same Assembly Rooms that are featured in the books and films!). Because that was where the Guinness World Record attempt was to take place. For those of you who perhaps don’t know what record we were trying to break, it was the record for “biggest gathering of people in Regency costume”. I think the record we wanted to break was 200 something.
Waiting in line to get into the Assembly Rooms
Amusing ourselves while we waited
So we were all ushered into the Ballroom, where we had to stay for a while. There was a dance display and some music. In the end, when everyone had been counted, we finally got to hear how it had gone (or actually we didn’t, because it was so extremely hard to hear what that guy was saying, so everyone was going “what did he say?”, “did you hear?” to their neighbors). Our attempt was successful, a new record was set; 409 people!! Huzzah!
Me with some of the lovely Sense & Sensibility ladies
From there we made our way to the Royal Crescent, where a photo was to be taken of all of us. It was supposed to be some special photo, 83 feet long or something. Don’t ask me how it works, because I have no idea. However we had to stand there for ages, in the blazing sun (it really was very warm!) in all our layers of clothes. And in the end we, that is me and the group of people I was with, sort of gave up. Instead made our way to the fair in Queen Square, together with all the other people who had given up.
Promenading along the Circus
And the Royal Crescent
Half of the all the people lined up for the photo…
…and the other half
As we came there we quickly found a shady spot to sit down in, and some water to refresh ourselves with. Promenading in full costume and in warm weather really is rather exhausting! But also, oh, so fun!!!!
Here is a youtube video from the promenade. It sums it all up quite well I think.
Even more coming up!