Jane Austin 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.

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