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April 2019 – Newsletter

A lot goes on in Austen in April…

In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet receives her first disastrous proposal from Mr. Darcy. In Sense and Sensibility, April finds Marianne Dashwood falling victim to a dangerous fever, and in the Jane Austen Festival office, wristbands for our 2019 Regency Costumed Promenade go on sale for £14 from the Jane Austen Centre online gift shop on Saturday 13th April!

This year, we will be starting our Promenade in Sydney Gardens, and travelling around Bath to finish in Parade Gardens. The route will be step-free, and there will be an option for people who don’t want to walk any further to cut short the route and go straight from the end of Great Pulteney Street to Parade Gardens. Our hope is that this means as many people as possible feel able and welcome to join us at 11am on Saturday 14th September.

The £14 wristband not only pays for marshalls to close the roads of Bath, allowing attendees to walk about the city Jane Austen set two of her books in with hundreds of fellow devotees, the hire of both the start and finish location, and a charitable donation to Bath’s local Cancer Care Campaign, but also gives a discount of 10% off a visit to the Jane Austen Centre during the 2019 Festival.

If you just can’t wait until September for your next Regency experience, tickets to our Summer Ball are on sale now. There will be dancing, a two course dinner, and the opportunity to play cards… you can find out more and buy tickets here

All our events are announced first to our Festival Friends, who also get priority booking once tickets for the 2019 Festival go on sale. If you’d like to find out more or to subscribe you can do so here

March 2019 news from the Jane Austen Festival office

Spring has arrived here in Bath, and we are already looking ahead to summer… Tickets to our 2019 Summer Ball are on sale now!

Join us on Saturday 29th of June in the 18th Century Banqueting Room of Bath’s Guildhall. There will be a two course buffet dinner, dancing and cards. Tickets for the Ball are £54 each, and there is a separate Pre-Ball Dance Workshop, tickets at £15 each.

You can find more details about the Summer Ball here.

For those of you who can’t wait for more details about the 2019 Festival, I have news- this year we are building more hands-on activities into the Festival, including:

– plenty of dance workshops, as part of the Day of Dance, as well as throughout the Festival.

– a Georgian Ice Cream Making demonstration

– a practical workshop on acting Regency characters with performer Karen Eterovich, who will also be presenting Cheer from Chawton on Saturday 21st September.

– a beginners archery session, in partnership with Bath Archers.

…more workshops to be revealed when our programme goes live!

Details about all our events are released first to our Festival Friends, who also get priority booking. Tickets will go on sale to Festival Friends on 17th June this year, then go on sale to the general public on 1st July. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Festival Friend or buy membership you can do so here.

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