The Jane Austen Festival, Bath, England

By alison - August 2, 2011 (Updated: November 21, 2014)

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Today we are pleased to host this sponsored guest post about the Jane Austen festival in Bath, England. This post is brought to you by the nice folks at Holiday Extras.

Every year, Bath, England hosts the Jane Austen festival, a perfect escape for Austen and Regency history enthusiasts.  There are all sorts of events and shops, as well as costumed revellers. The event culminates in a wonderful ball at the end of the festival.

Visitors from Belgium can meet their friends at Heathrow Airport Parking‘s designated meet and greet area.  From there, the Austen festival is an easy drive west on the M4. A few hours later you’ll be in the midst of another era.

The Austen Festival is a unique experience all visitors to the UK should experience once.  Even if you are staying in one of the Airport Hotels, the drive is close enough to enjoy the day’s festivities and be back at your Stansted Airport Hotel at the end of the day.

The Jane Austen festival started in 2000, with the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and has grown larger each year.  Each year’s festival promises to be better than the last.  There are workshops to attend on various topics like how to how to sew a regency gown and how audio books are made into skits from the Regency era and of course, every year there is a theatrical production of one of Miss Austen’s famed novels.

Royal Crescent Bath England

While in Bath, visit the beautiful Royal Crescent (via Wiki)

Don’t miss the annual Regency Costumed Promenade, where over five hundred costumed people walk through the streets, starting at the Roman Baths, followed of course, by the town crier. The promenade takes over an hour and ends in the city centre, and is followed by a luncheon at the Guildhall.  The Jane Austen walk allows the traveller to follow the footsteps of Miss Austen and see places she was likely to visit while she stayed in Bath. The walk covers all the important places from her novels and her life.

Not to be forgotten are all the amazing shops and sellers, from regular Bath stores to the sellers who come just for the festival, with Regency gifts and trinkets.  It’s possible to end up needing an extra suitcase to take home with all the fun items to see.

The festival culminates in the once in a lifetime Regency Costumed Ball, where you can dance the night away in a scene that looks like it came straight from the big screen.  Fine gowns, and coiffed hair, men in suits from long ago, swirl and glide along the dance floor.  With masks to cover their faces, gossip and intrigue almost seems to fill the air.  It’s definitely not to be missed.

Another trip to Heathrow Airport Parking and you are on your way home with a one of kind holiday memories to share.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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