Jane Austen Day

Friday 16th December 2016

This year, as we have had such a busy time, the Festival team are celebrating Jane Austen’s birthday with a night in watching Sense & Sensibility the Emma Thompson version. There may be the odd glass or two to toast our favourite author but after all it is a Friday night!

Happy Birthday Jane Austen, 241 years old.


Wednesday 16th December 2015

large logois Jane Austen Day and will be 240 years since the author’s birth. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate:-

Afternoon tea at the Jane Austen Centre Regency Tea Rooms

Watch your favourite Austen adaptation (the time spent doing this will of course depend on the adaptation!)

Wear Regency costume for the day – or perhaps just carry a reticule instead of a handbag

Go for a long walk in the countryside

Sit by the fire and drink a glass of wine!

Happy Birthday Jane Austen.



With Adrian Lukis and Caroline Langrishe
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Tuesday 16th December 2014

The Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU

We met Mr Wickham, heard Mr Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet and others…

We had a fabulous time joining Adrian Lukis and Caroline Langrishe for an evening of Austen delights in the original Theatre Royal in Bath. It was such a relaxed and harmonious evening Jane would have been proud to have her work read so beautifully. The Masonic Hall is a wonderful old building, formerly the theatre Jane Austen knew well, wrote about in Northanger Abbey and attended in 1799.

With the gorgeous voice of Rosie Lomas and superb keyboard accompaniment of Katarzyna Kowalik on both piano and organ,  mince pies and mulled wine this one off event was not to be missed. A truly enchanting evening in an historic and magical setting.
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There is a playbill from the old theatre in the archives at Bath Central Library from 1803 advertising the following:-

This present Saturday, December 17th, 1803
Will be presented, a COMEDY, in three Acts, called

(Jane Austen’s actual birthday is 16th December and she was in Bath when the above was performed!)




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