Jane Austen's Bath with Diana White ~ a two day festive jaunt
With new lockdown measures in place we regretfully are having to postpone this event until 2021. Good new is that we will be offering Jane Austen events in Spring. The best way to stay informed is to sign up to our newsletter or follow us! Stay safe and well!
This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings...
Discover the Bath Jane Austen knew and join writer and historian Diana White for a fascinating insight into life as a woman writer in Georgian England. Coinciding with the start of the festive season, it is also a wonderful way to enjoy 'the gaieties which the season generally brings' .
Stay overnight in beautiful Bath
Your stay in the beautiful city of Bath includes one night B&B at the Hilton Doubletree, centrally located in the main shopping district and a short stroll from Bath Abbey. If you wish to extend your stay at either end of the tour, we would be happy to make arrangements for you at a supplementary cost. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day one, Friday
15:00 Meet at the newly refurbished Hilton by Doubletree Hotel in Bath. Someone from our team will be there to welcome you and help with checking you in.
15:30 Enjoy a cosy afternoon tea with delicious scone, jam, cream, finger sandwiches and tea or coffee. Historian, writer and local guide Diana White will join you.
17:00 Diana will walk you through some of Bath's most famous 'Jane Austen' streets to the beautiful Royal Crescent for an exclusive evening tour of No 1 Royal Crescent, the home of Mr. Henry Sandford, 'a gentleman of a most benevolent disposition'.
You will be the only visitors on this privately-arranged visit and will have chance to explore this fascinating Regency property to its full. Decorated and furnished in the style of the period 1776-1796, each room features historic furniture, objects and paintings, providing an authentic insight into what life was like for the most fashionable residents of Bath, both upstairs and down.
Diana will escort you and will share fascinating anecdotes on Jane Austen's life and times. She will also talk about some of the other famous people who lived in the Crescent at this time, including Mrs Austen's sister, Mrs Cooper, who lived at No.12 for a while, and the Linleys from No.11. (Thomas Linley was a singing master and conductor. His eldest daughter, Elizabeth Ann Linley, was also a singer in her own right and eloped with the playwright and poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan.)
20:00 Dinner is arranged at the hotel, and includes two courses (starter and main), plus a complementary glass of wine or soft drink. After dinner, you may like to explore Bath further at your leisure, or rest up for your walking tour tomorrow.
Day Two, Saturday
0815 Breakfast at the hotel and check out. If you would like to store your luggage, please ask at reception.
1030 for 10:45 start Diana White will come to the hotel for a lively and informative talk on the life and times of Jane Austen. This fascinating talk will cover Jane Austen as a woman living in an era when woman were third class citizens, looking at her early life at Steventon, her first writings, the upheaval of moving to Bath, her time in the city and how she could only display her inherent feminism in her writings. Diana will also discuss life in Bath during this period and how Jane related to it.
Diana will be delighted to sign copies of her book: ‘Jane Austen- The Life and Times of the Woman Behind the Books’ - a memento for yourself, or a wonderful Christmas present for a devoted Janeite! You can purchase a copy of her book now here.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served during the talk
12:00 A light sandwich lunch will be served
13:00 Diana will take you on a guided 'How Jane Austen saw the City' walk through Bath, bringing to life the author's time in this beautiful city.
image courtesy No1 Royal Crescent
£275 per person*
*Price is for two people sharing a twin room. Single room supplement £45
- Festive Afternoon welcome tea
- Welcome to Bath and introductory talk by Diana White, your Strictly Jane Austen guide
- Guided walking tour from Queens Square to the Royal Crescent
- Private visit to No.1 Royal Crescent
- 2 course dinner with a glass of house wine/soft drink
- One night B&B at Hilton Doubletree
- Special curated talk 'Life & Times of Jane Austen' by Diana White
- Light lunch
- 'How Jane saw the City' walking tour with Diana White