2017 Programme

The 2017 Jane Austen Festival – Events

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of what was going on at the Festival in 2017.

The 2018 programme will be different and will not include all the events listed below.

 

 

Friday 8 September

12 noon – The Genius of Jane Austen – Paula Byrne – book signing
6.30pm – Pre-Festival Get Together


 
Saturday 9 September

9am – A very private public breakfast – food
11am – Grand Regency Costumed Charity Promenade – Royal Crescent Lawn
12noon – Festival Fayre – in the Guildhall
12.15pm hourly – Pride and Prejudice – the 20 minute version
1.30pm half-hourly – Austen Undone! – Theatrical Comedy walks
4pm – Rummaging through the reticule – talk and food
6pm – The story of Pride & Prejudice with music by Carl Davis
8.30pm – The Bicentenary Country Dance – Ball

Sunday 10 September

10am – A very private public breakfast – food
10am – Beaux & Bells, Breakfasts & Balls – walk
11.30am – Tour of Beckford’s tower – Dr Amy Frost
1.30pm half-hourly – Austen Undone! – Theatrical comedy walks
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
2.30pm – Jane Austen and the pleasure garden – walk
3pm – Meet the director – Simon Langton – (1995 Pride & Prejudice)
4pm – Rummaging through the reticule – talk and food
7.30pm – Mr Wickham and an Evening with Jane Austen
9.15pm – Ghost walk of Bath –  with Laugh at Bath tours

Monday 11 September

9.30am – Your carriage awaits – minibus tour of Bath
10am – Taking an airing – walking tour
11am – Austen and the architectural imagination in Northanger Abbey – Dr Amy Frost
12.30pm – Jane Austen and the King of Bling! – Catherine Curzon
1.30pm – Meryton tour to Lacock and Devizes – Minibus tour
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
2.30pm – As Danced in Austen’s lifetime – Regency dance workshop
8pm – Grave Robbers are afoot! – John White of Select Society

Tuesday 12 September

8.30am – Day trip to Chawton House Library and Cottage – coach trip with Theatre Royal
9.30am – Your carriage awaits – minibus tour of Bath
10am – Beechen Cliff and the Bath Landscape – walk
11am – Excessively diverted! – talk
1.30pm – Meryton tour to Lacock and Devizes – Minibus tour
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
3.30pm – Engraving the £5 notes – Graham Short presentation
8pm – Chatter Broth – presentation by Select Society

 
Wednesday 13 September

9.30am – Your carriage awaits – minibus tour of Bath
10am – The Gothic novel – walking tour
1.30pm – Meryton tour to Lacock and Devizes – Minibus tour
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
2.30pm – Northanger Abbey – theatrical (matinee)
7.30pm – Northanger Abbey – theatrical (evening)


 
Thursday 14 September

9am – Day trip to Bristol, Clifton and Blaise Castle Estate – Coach trip
9am – Austen’s Hampshire Haunts – minibus tour
Day of Dance and Music in the Assembly Rooms
10.30am – Regency Dance Workshop 1 – Beginners
11am – Austen, Fact or Fiction? – discussion
Day of Dance and Music in the Assembly Rooms
1.30pm – Regency Dance Workshop 2 – Improvers
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
Day of Dance and Music in the Assembly Rooms
3.30pm – Dancing with Jane Austen – narrated performance
5.30pm – Beastly Bath! – walking tour
Day of Dance and Music in the Assembly Rooms
8pm – The musical world of Jane Austen – Austen trio

Friday 15 September

9am – Austen’s Hampshire Haunts – guided minibus tour
10am – The oldest profession – walking tour
11am – Calligraphy workshop, write a letter like Jane Austen
12noon – Lunch at Longbourne with Moonstone Theatre Company – food
1.30pm – Pre-Ball dance workshop – for those attending the Masked Ball
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
3pm – The rise and fall of the Bath Stagecoach – talk with Dickon Povey
4pm – Draw back the curtain – theatre tour
7pm – (4 entry times) Exclusive Twilight tour of No 1 Royal Crescent – tour and nibbles
7pm – Regency Costumed Masked Ball – Pump Room, with reception by the Roman Baths

 
Saturday 16 September

10am – A very private public breakfast – food
10am – Calligraphy workshop, write a letter like Jane Austen
11.30am – Considering Northanger Abbey – with Prof John Mullan
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
2pm – Unveiling Northanger Abbey – Lauren Nixon
3.30pm – Miss Morland’s Guide to Bath – walk
4pm – Rummaging through the reticule – talk
6pm – Gothic for Girls – History Wardrobe, presentation with Lucy Adlington
8.45pm – More pride, more prejudice! – improvised theatrical

 
Sunday 17 September

11am – Jane Austen her home and her friends – walking tour
12.30pm – Mini-promenade to the Holburne
2pm – Reading Northanger Abbey, the novel in Waterstones
4pm – Finale – Jane Austen’s Will – Jackie Herring