Due to the uncertainty over Covid-19, we have had to cancel the 2020 Festival and the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade. Below are the details from last year.
Video of The Jane Austen Festival Promenade 2019.
The Grand Regency Costumed Promenade will not now take place on
Saturday 12th September 2020 CANCELLED
For Festival 2019 : NEW ROUTE of the Regency Costumed Promenade!
This year Promenaders will gather in Sydney Gardens behind the Holburne Museum, before processing down the length of Great Pulteney Street and continuing around central Bath. Walking in Jane Austen’s footsteps we will take in many of Bath’s famous landmarks following the 33rd Regiment of Foot, finishing approximately 1 hour later in Parade Gardens.
The Jane Austen Festival officially opens with the world famous Regency Costumed Charity Promenade. The Promenade is a procession of over 500 people all in 18th Century costume and is a record breaking event. All sorts of people from all over the world participate, from the very young to the young at heart plus red coats, dancers and the official town crier.
All participants wear their own costumes, purchase and display a wristband to take part in the Promenade. The wristband includes free entry to the Promenader’s Fayre in the Guildhall from 11.30am. New for 2019 the wristband also includes a discount on entry to the Jane Austen Centre, for the duration of the 2019 Festival. (Wristbands must be shown when purchasing tickets to the Jane Austen Centre) Children under 16 are free to walk in the promenade but must be accompanied by a participating adult in COSTUME.
The route for the Promenade in 2019 is completely step free.
(£1 per wristband sold is donated to RUH Cancer Care Campaign)
Wristbands are not required to watch.