Jane Austen Regency Week returns!In less than a month, the Jane Austen Regency Week festival returns to Hampshire and we have a busy line-up of talks, tours and workshops to keep you entertained!
Dust off those bonnets! After a two year break, we’re delighted that Jane Austen Regency Week will be returning to Alton and Chawton in June! In order to make the week extra special after such a long absence, we’ve put together a bumper programme of events to make it a truly unforgettable week! The full programme is now available on our Events page – and a few of our favourites are below!
👒 Please note: whilst Regency dress is always encouraged, it is by no means essential!
📅 Jane Austen Regency Week runs from 18 – 26 June
GIN AUSTEN: An Evening at Jane Austen’s House
For one night only, join us for a journey into the past… Learn about the food and drink that would have been cooked and consumed by the Austen women, view Martha Lloyd’s Household Book up close, enjoy cocktails in the garden and bask in the melodious sound of the harp as it drifts out across the summer evening.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE TOUR
Walking in Jane Austen’s footsteps, you’ll discover the rooms where Pride & Prejudice was revised and edited, and where Jane Austen read the novel aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy. Moving from room to room, you’ll see portraits of people Jane knew who may have inspired characters in the novel, and objects that help the story come to life. This tour is naturally followed by tea and biscuits.
Discover the rooms where Emma was written and take a look 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. Followed by strawberries and cream (and tea!) on the lawn.
WAKING UP THE HOUSE
In this exclusive, early-morning tour, we’ll be unlocking doors, opening shutters and letting sunshine into the darkened rooms. We’ll take a peep into the attic, dust away cobwebs, and check that everything is in order to start the day. Along the way, we’ll share secrets and stories of this extraordinary house through the ages. After the tour, you’ll enjoy a light breakfast of tea and toast – just as Jane used to do!
We’re also running a fascinating line-up of talks during Regency Week. Join us to hear more about Jane Austen and London, Needlework, Martha Lloyd’s Household Book, Jane’s Teenage Writings and Jane’s family.
If you’re unable to join us in person for this year’s Regency Week, we have some fabulous virtual events to transport you to Chawton!
Join us for a live Virtual Piano Recital from Laura Klein, founder of The Jane Austen Playlist. Performing live from her home, Laura will entrance us with music from the Austen family music books, including pieces written out in Jane’s own hand. We’ll also be celebrating all things Emma with our special Virtual ‘Emma’ Tour and our Virtual Book Club.
💃You can find our full Events programme and book tickets to all of our Regency Week events via our Events page. We can’t wait to see you!
📖 There are lots of other Regency Week events taking place so do check out the Regency Week website to view the complete programme.