So, to make up for last posts lack of photos I have now made a rather picture heave post here. I was going to include the evenings ball in the same post, but after seeing how many photos I ended up chosing for this I think I’ll split them in two.
Saturday morning came and to everyone’s delight and relief it was NOT raining! It was a lovely dry though not terribly warm day. Perfect for a promenade in other words. We all got into our parading outfits (for the first time I wore an outfit I’d already worn to the promenade, the same one as last year. Will make something new for next year thought, promise) and headed over to where we were to start.
Jeanette and Isabel, with the rest of my group behind them, walking towards the start of the promenade
Rob and Claire
Albert, Lyze and Rob walking along the Circus
The start this year was from the Royal Crescent where in previous years we have usually ended. So it was almost a reversed route to what it was the first years I was there. I love the moment before we actually start walking, everybody gathering around and meeting and greeting each other. After so many times attending (this was my 5th time in case I haven’t already mentioned that haha) I now know or recognize quite a few people there so it’s such fun to just run around saying hi to all those people I haven’t met for a year perhaps (or more). One of my favorite parts of the festival!
Gathering at the Royal Crescent
Me and Alexia
Me and Justin
We then set off. I didn’t quite know who to walk with, my friends were spread out all along the line of promenaders, and I wanted to walk with them all! So in the end what happened was me and my good friend Isabel ran up and down the line walking with these people here for a little while and then those people there. Was rather a good solution I thoutght.
And we’re off. Note the line of photographers along the road, as always
The young gentleman to the right in this picture is called Darcy as a first name. Really. His mum, as you can imagine, is quite the Jane Austen fan
One always has to include a picture of lace parasols. Just because.
Like last year we ended the promenade at the lovely Parade Gardens (I believe it’s called….? For some reason I can never completely remember this). It is such a nice place. And it has the advantage of you having to pay to get in normally, so the general public (in other words, those not in costume) don’t get as close with their cameras. Not that I mind posing for photos or tourists asking questions, of course not! It’s part of it. But it is kinda nice in a way to just be all us costume people in one place. The tourists stand along the walls with their cameras instead haha.
Now isn’t that a fine-looking group of people?!
Oliver and Robert posing for photos with a lady. I have to say gentlemen attending are probably the ones who have to pose for most pictures!
I have no idea who this couple is but I just love her pelisse!
Ok, I admit, I do like to take photos of people in costume from behind. I just think there is something that looks so nice about it.
Possibly the one to rival all the gentlemen in being the most photographed participant would be this little chap. I so admire Jennifer for bringing her adorable little boy to take part in this. When/if I have children of my own I am so going to do the same!
The Sense & Sensibility costume group. A lovely group of people!
It was a lovely promenade, as it always is. And it grows every year it seems. I don’t know the exact number of participants, I’ve heard accounts ranging from 450 to 600. So I would guess somewhere in between those too.
After all that it was time for lunch, and what better place to have lunch than at the gorgeous Pump Rooms? Beautiful room, good food and delightful company, what more could you ask for?
The rest of the day was spent looking through the Regency fair at the Guildhall (I found the most gorgeous hat that I really wanted to buy but it was a tad bit too pricy.. I will atempt to make something similar myself instead I think), having tea at a charming little vintage tea room and then heading back to where I was staying to get ready for the ball at the Assembly Rooms.