Has grown to be the largest and longest running Austen Festival
BATH: Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801 – 1806 and Visit Bath marks the anniversary of her death with a Festival. Today Bath is a vibrant city with great shopping, spa culture, dining and plenty to see and do.
The first Festival in Bath was held in September 2001 over the course of a weekend with events taking place at the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street.
Since then it has grown to be the largest and longest running Jane Austen Festival in the world with over 3500 people taking part over the course of the ten days.
Raising money – 80 events
The annual Jane Austen Festival expect nearly 4000 people to attend over 80 events, opening with a world-record setting Regency Costumed Promenade, raising money for the Cancer Care Campaign at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
They have a huge range of events for film fans and book buffs alike, including workshops, dances, balls, readings, talks, concerts and theatricals. The theme book for this year is Northanger Abbey, first published in 1817 and set in the city of Bath, so expect a touch of the gothic about the Festival this year! They offer Northanger Abbey themed tours, a theatrical production and will be reading through the book every day in Bath Central Library.
For those who love to dress up there will be plenty of opportunities to wear gorgeous costumes around the city at costumed Promenades.
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