Festive greetings from Bath!

December is an exciting month here in the Jane Austen Festival office. Not only do we celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday, and Christmas, but we are also starting to see the 2019 Jane Austen Festival take shape.

From the New Year onwards, we will be announcing some of the Festival events we have booked for 2019 – some are completely new, some are old friends returning, and some are familiar events with a new twist or new venues… you’ll have to wait and see, but we are fantastically excited about what we have planned, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

All our events are announced first to our Festival Friends, who also get priority booking once tickets for the 2019 Festival go on sale. Festival Friends membership is on sale now, and would make a perfect Christmas present for yourself or for any fellow Austen-fans you have in your life.   If you’d like to find out more or buy membership you can do so here.

We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas time, from all of us in the Jane Austen Festival Office, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.

What the 2018 volunteers said about the Festival –

Stewarding the Jane Austen Festival has become a highlight of my year, and something I look forward to time and time again. It’s not just the amazing events and costumes that keep me coming back, it’s also the people – the friends I have made here, and the feeling of being part of a warm, supportive, silly, but efficient and trusting ‘family’.

– Amy

Stewarding the festival was so much fun! I met some wonderful people and was made to feel so welcome, despite being the only man on the team! Would definitely do it again.

– Paul

“It’s no exaggeration to say that stewarding the Jane Austen Festival has changed my life. I’ve made so many great friends, have grown so much in confidence and have found where I belong. It’s a wonderful experience and I keep coming back year after year!”

– Charlotte

‘One of the best experiences of my life, all the stewards are so wonderful and supportive throughout the festival. I will continue to return every year to meet new people and find others who love Jane Austen!’

– Christine

‘Stewarding the festival was one of the most incredible experiences in my life. It was like going through a door to a different magical world. A world full of kindness, beauty and new friends to know.’

– Julia, Spain

Ten busy days of fun and interesting events, making new friends for life, getting to explore the beautiful city of Bath, while wearing Regency dress, and all in the name of one of the greatest English writers ever!

– Tasha, Australia

Message from Jackie Herring – Festival Director

I feel very honoured to work with these truly generous spirited people who give their time for free and with their help the 2018 Festival was one of the best.


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