Bath part 7 – not one but TWO Regency Balls!

Tweet Last post for this years Jane Austen Festival. The Friday dawned and there was excitement in the air, the ball day had arrived! Last year, some of you may remember, the Farthingale ball in the Assembly Rooms was on the first day of the festival, the same day as the promenade, and then the masked ball in the Pump Room was towards the end of the week. This year they were both at the end of the week, one after the other. On Friday evening first was the masked ball in the Pump Room. I really loved this ball … Continue reading

Bath part 6 – Dancing and playing games

Tweet Finally on the Thursday it was time for some dancing! There really is something special about dancing, it’s fun and makes you feel good! This event was called “As danced in 1812” and it was the Jane Austen Dancers of Bath who taught this workshop. They did a similar workshop last year which I attended and which was very fun, if terribly, terribly hot due to the fact that it was then held in a far too small room (for the number of people who were attending) in the basement of an old church. The ventilation in this room … Continue reading

Bath part 5 – Shoes and Musicals

Tweet We have now reached the Wednesday at the festival. I feel I must get a move on writing these updates now since it is now already more than a month since this festival took place! Get writing Aurora! My first event this day was another music one. A concert entiteld “Sweet Smells the Briar” where Soprano Gilian Dooley sang and Mike Parker played the harp. Performing songs taken from Jane Austen’s own collection it was quite a lovely concert. I do believe a harp must be one of the prettiest instruments ever created! Not quite beating the grand piano, … Continue reading

Bath part 4 – Stourhead House and Gardens

Tweet So, Stourhead House and Gardens. I said in my previous post that I’d do a separate on just for this, because I have quite a few pictures I’d like to show you. Now I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Stourhead. I wasn’t. Not before this trip. The Jane Austen festival had arranged a coach trip there on this day, but me and Jeanette and Nelleke decided to go on our own, in a rental car. The house is a big nice house some 45 minutes outside Bath. The connection it has to Jane Austen is … Continue reading

Bath part 3 – Corsets, costume talks and music recitals

Tweet The Monday was a relatively quiet day for me in Bath. I had ‘only’ one event to attend so spent the rest of the day wandering around the city, shopping and just browsing shops. The event I was going to attend was a talk entitled “All Laced Up!”, and, as you might be able to guess from the name, was a talk about corsets! Those who have read my blog for a while know that I’m a bit of a sucker for corsets, so this talk was a must for me to attend. Corsetière Charlotte Raine (who’s website you … Continue reading

Bath part 2 – More promenading, embroidery and… Mr Wickham!!

Tweet Day two of the festival actually started off in rather a similar manner as the day before, with another promenade! This was a “mini promenade” and it was the first time, to my knowledge at least, that they’ve had this. It wasn’t nearly as big or as exciting as the big promenade the day before, but then it was called a ‘mini’ one, so I guess that was to be expected. But that said I still had a lovely time walking around chatting with people, admiring beautiful houses and gorgeous costumes. I have also come to the conclusion that living … Continue reading

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