Jane Austen Festival
Throughout the city events are organised by the Festival team under the guidance of Jackie Herring the Festival Director. The most spectacular day each year is the first Saturday, when the festival officially ‘opens’ with the Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath. Promenaders from all over the world dress in 18th Century attire led by our Town Crier and accompanied by soldiers and sailors adding extra colour to the proceedings.
Following the Promenade there is a traditional Fayre inside the magnificent 18th Century Guildhall where not only promenaders but also the general public can purchase that all important ribbon or bonnet, have their silhouette cut, their palm read or find a rare book from one of the various stalls we even have a set of stocks to try for size!
Small soirees, theatre, concerts, walking tours, food, talks and of course dancing plus the opportunity to dress throughout the week, if you wish, in 18th century costume. These are some of the attractions of the Jane Austen Festival.
The Manor House hotel is under 40 minutes drive from the centre of Bath, so you can easily enjoy all the delights of the Jane Austen Festival, returning to an enchanting manor house, nestled within the beautiful Cotswold village of Castle Combe. With Michelin starred dining, croquet on the lawns, and the Full Glass Bar with over 180 gins to try, you may be tempted to don the early 19th century attire and imagine yourself in one of Austen's novels.