Bath part 5 – An evening soiree

In the evening that day we went back to the house where we’d had the harp workshop because there was an evening soiree to be held there.

Let me tell you about this house first of all. The house is known as Beckford’s Tower, and the “tower” part of the name is there for a reason. Basically because this place is a house, not a massive house but with a BIG tower. William Beckford was a novelist who lived in Bath in the early 19th century and he had a fondness for towers. So he built this house. It is a strange place. Lovely, but strange. The tower is very dominant to the building. And the whole house is situated right in the middle of a graveyard creating a very gothic feeling around the whole place.

Beckford’s Tower, picture from their website as it was dark when we got there

So this is where we had our sioree. Once again this was organized by Helena from our group. She really did a great job putting everything together for this weekend!

To start off with we all had to climb the tower of course. It was quite a climb up these beautiful swirly staris. We used no electric lights so the whole thing was made even more atmospheric by our footman who walked first carrying a candelabra. It made such a perfect light and cast amazing shaddows on the walls. I was so sad that my camera hates places that are not completely lit up so it wouldn’t work to take pictures, because it was really amazing when we walked up all in a row and to see the others. There was Luke (our footman) going first with his wig and his candelabra, then came Rob in his redcoat uniform, after him Oliver in his tailcoat and fourth Ian in a top hat, and just that, going up those stairs in that light looked amazing! It was one of those movie like moments.

At the top it was crowded but cool. Even though it was dark you could see a nice view over Bath and we spent a long time up there taking pictures of each other.

Me and Claire at the top of the tower (once again I’ve borrowerd pictures from Claire, Jeanette and Noora). I love this picture of us!

Me and Isabel

Doing reflection shots like this was lots of fun, we all had ours this way

Once down there was a whole score of activities planned. First out there was food of course. Mike entertanied us with lovely harp music and we, his pupils from earlier in the day even got to perform all together a very simple little piece we had tried out. So I’ve played the harp once and already performed! 😉 We had a little dancing. A lovely fun little dance which sadly I don’t remember the name of which is a pity because it was lots of fun. Then we had games. There were all kinds of games, blind man’s buff, pin the tail on the Emperor (which resulted in roars of laughters from everyone participating), a treasure hunt (which did involve going out in the graveyard in the dark and the rain…) and a score of other games that I don’t know the names of. We also had readings and singing performances.

Food! (wow, clever caption eh? 😛 )

Oliver being the blind man

Love this action shot. Some of us *cough* were hiding behind the curtains 

Luke had to “wear” the picture for “pin the tail on the Emperor”. He did it splendidly though! Sooo much fun!

Another game where we all had to copy whatever Helena (who is sitting on the chair) was doing

Zach reading to us from one of William Beckford’s novels

Napoleonic songs!

It was a lovely evening and a tired group of people who left long after midnight.

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8 Responses to Bath part 5 – An evening soiree

  1. Quinn says:

    That looks lovely! What fun, to play games late into the night. The pictures look beautiful, especially the one in the tower with the mirror. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Molly J. says:

    It looks like you had a lot of fun! I love all of the pictures!!

  3. Emily says:

    It looks like you had way more fun than is fair for anyone to have! It makes me want to come join in all the escapades! I love your dress and hair too, and your reflection shot was absolutely lovely!

  4. Jennifer Devine says:

    Wow! Looks like wonderful trip!

    I love your new red Spencer, too, very pretty.

    Those harps are so beautiful. I hope you will be able to have one some day.

    I really enjoyed those tower pictures. That party was so interesting, full of variety.


  5. Janey says:

    Thanks for sharing ! It seems great 🙂

  6. LadyD says:

    It looks like you stepped back in time.
    If I had money and planning permission I’d build a house with a tower…well with a turret so I could have a library room right at the top. Books and window seats. *sigh*

  7. Priscilla .W says:

    Ohh! What an elegant Soiree. Looks like such fun! I especially like all the beautiful candlelight photos. They came out stunningly. Everyone appears to be having such alot of fun and just looking at these makes me smile. What a trip!

    P.S. Thanks for the information that you posted in your other response. The website was very helpful and I was able to find several other events closer to home.

  8. Kirk says:

    This is a wonderful deigsn! I know whom I would make this for–my daughter in a far away city, thinking of coming back closer to home. I have her hooked on Jane Austen novels and she really loves Pride and Prejudice! Love your updates!

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