2018 Festival Programme

The 18th Jane Austen Festival was Ten wonderful days of celebrating all things Austen in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.

…This is what we did in 2018 – next year there will be different events
Friday 14th September 2018
12 noon  – Jane Austen & Marriage*
4pm        – Draw back the curtain*
6pm        – Pre-Festival Get Together
Saturday 15th September 2018
9am         – A private public breakfast
10am       – 33rd Regiment of Foot
11am       – Regency Costumed Promenade
12noon   – Festival Fayre
12.15pm – Pride & Prejudice at the Fayre
1.30pm (6 tours) Austen Undone!
4pm        – Where’s Jane?
4pm        – Rummaging through the reticule
8pm        – Country Dance Ball
Sunday 16th September 2018
10am       – A private public breakfast
10am       – 33rd Regiment of Foot
11am        – Jane Austen & Bath walk
11.30am  – Tour of Beckford’s Tower
1.30pm (5 tours) Austen Undone!
2pm         – Reading Persuasion
2.30pm   – Austen & the pleasure garden walk
4pm         – Rummaging through the reticule
6pm         – Northanger Abbey
8pm         – Ghost walk of Bath
8.30pm   – One last song – Rosie Lomas
Monday 17th September 2018
9.30am     – Your carriage awaits minibus tour
10am         – Where to find that man – walk
10.30am   – All aboard Laconia – dance workshop
11am          – Bath v Lyme Dr Amy Frost
12.15pm    – Mr Wickham & Mrs Clarke – talk
1.30pm     – Meryton tour to Lacock & Devizes
1.30pm     – As dance at Bath – dance workshop
2pm           – Austen Sisters – Rowan Suart
2pm           – Reading Persuasion
3.30pm     – Jane Austen’s Assemblies – Performance
6.30pm     – Jane Austen The Radical – Helena Kelly
8pm           – The apothecary to send for – John White
Tuesday 18th September 2018
9.30am      – Outing to Stourhead – day trip*
9.30am      – Your carriage awaits – minibus tour
10am          – Life’s Lottery – walk
11.30am     – I never wish to offend – etiquette
1.30pm      – Meryton tour to Lacock & Devizes
2pm           – Reading Persuasion
2pm           – Jane Austen’s England – talk Cancelled by performer
8pm           – The Admiralty entertains – John White
Wednesday 19th September 2018
9.30am      – Your carriage awaits – minibus tour
10am          – United at last! – walk
1.30pm      – Meryton tour of Lacock & Devizes
2pm           – Reading Persuasion
2.30pm     – Jane Austen & Bath – walk
7.30pm     – Jane Austen’s Persuasion – A Musical Drama  
Thursday 20th September 2018
9am           – Austen’s Hampshire haunts – tour
10am         – Gambling – walk
10.30am   – As danced in 1818 – dance workshop
12noon     – Lunch at Longbourn – Theatre Royal Bath*
2pm          – Reading Persuasion
3pm          – Jane Austen’s Persuasion – A Musical Drama
5.30pm    – Beastly Bath – walk
8pm          – Rational Creatures – spoken word performance
Friday 21st September 2018
9am          – Austen’s Hampshire haunts – tour
10am        – Grand walk to Weston – walk
11am         – The Longbourn letters – talk
12noon     – The importance of aunts – Angela Barlow*
12.3pm     – Conversation with Adrian Lukis (Wickham)
2pm          – Spirituality of Jane Austen – Bath Abbey
2pm          – Pre-Ball Dance Workshop
2pm          – Reading Persuasion
4pm          – Draw back the curtain – tour*
6.30pm    – Twilight tour of No.1 Royal Crescent
(4 tours)
7pm          – Regency Costumed Masked Ball
Saturday 22nd September 2018
8.30am    – Day trip to Lyme Regis & Sidmouth
10am        – A private public breakfast
11.30am   – Persuasion with John Mullan Now On Sunday
11.45am   – Building Austen’s world: architectural fact and fiction
                   in Jane Austen – with Dr Amy Frost
2pm          – Reading Persuasion
2pm          – Underwear in Georgian England
3.30pm    – Anne Elliot’s guide to Bath – walk
4pm          – Rummaging through the reticule
6pm          – One wish to air and liberty – gardens talk
8pm          – Darcy’s Ball

Sunday 23rd September 2018

10.30am  – Persuasion with John Mullan
11am         – Jane Austen her home and her friends – walk
12.30pm  – Mini-Promenade from Bath Abbey

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