Mrs Elton’s Strawberry PicnicYou are cordially invited to join us for a very special picnic in the beautiful cottage garden at Jane Austen’s House…
Saturday 17 July
4:00pm — 5:30pm
‘Donwell was famous for its strawberry-beds, which seemed a plea for the invitation: but no plea was necessary; cabbage-beds would have been enough to tempt the lady, who only wanted to be going somewhere’
Join us for a very special picnic in celebration of Jane Austen’s Emma, often considered the perfect English novel.
We’ll begin with tea on the lawn. Defy Mr Woodhouse’s concern and enjoy fresh strawberries and cream while you bask in the heady scent of the roses in Jane Austen’s beautiful cottage garden.
We’ll then move into the House for a unique guided tour. Walking in Jane Austen’s footsteps, you’ll discover the rooms where Emma was written and learn about her inspirations for the novel.
We’ll finish with an object-in-focus session, looking at our First Edition of Emma up close. Hear the story of the novel’s publication, Jane Austen’s dedication to the Prince Regent, and her correspondence with the Royal librarian.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy, examine and discuss Emma with staff and fellow Jane Austen enthusiasts – and to indulge our love of the well-meaning but misguided heroine of whom Jane Austen famously declared ‘no one but myself will much like.’
Date: Saturday 17 July
Timed entry at 4pm/4.30pm; duration 90 minutes
Your ticket includes a House tour, object viewing and strawberries and cream and tea or coffee served on the lawn.
Capacity will be kept very low to make this a truly special experience.
This event is part of our weekend celebrating the life of Jane Austen, who died in Winchester on 18 July 1817.