More and more brides-to-be are looking to celebrate their forthcoming marriage with a hands-on experience rather than a night in a bar. Tapping into this trend, ECT Travel is able to adapt its Strictly Jane Austen tours to suit groups of 10 or more looking for a hen party that will leave lasting memories.
We can arrange accommodation to suit your group’s budget and requirements, whether that is a charming 4* hotel in a picturesque market town just outside Bath or a luxurious 5* spa hotel in the city centre.
Here are some options you may wish to consider:
Expert Talks & Guided Visits
Would you like exclusive access to the fascinating Regency home museum No.1 The Royal Crescent? Then why not let us arrange an evening tour, complete with readings from Jane Austen’s novels? And to make the evening even more special, we can also add sparkling wine and a delicious selection of canapes.
- Hen groups keen to know more about Jane Austen and her world might enjoy a tailor-made talk from specialist historian Dr. Roberta Anderson, lecturer on the University of Bath’s MA Jane Austen’s England programme. Dr. Anderson can either meet your group at your hotel, or for an extra special focus, we can arrange for the talk to be held at No.1 The Royal Crescent.
- Regency Balls
If you’re looking for an immersive experience, there’s nothing like dressing up in Regency costume to eat, dance and play cards, just as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy would have done. We can organise tables at both the annual Farthingales Grand Regency Ball, held in the historic surroundings of the Assembly Rooms’ ballroom, and the Jane Austen Festival Ball which takes place in Bath each September. Both events are preceded by afternoon workshops where you can learn how to dance a Cotillion and Le Minuet like a member of 18th century Bath’s high society. We can assist with period dress hire, hair and make-up for both the workshop and the ball
- Regency Dining
Enhance a visit to Chawton House, home to Jane’s brother Edward, with a buffet lunch around the very table Jane herself would have dined at and sample recipes from a cookbook used by the family.
Indulge in an authentic Jane Austen afternoon tea of ham hock terrine, Bath buns and fruit fool at Bath’s historic Pump Room Restaurant.
We are able to help with Regency/Georgian costume hire, including day dresses, overcoats, parasols, jewellery, men’s suits, top hats and capes so that you can visit the key sites looking like a lady or gentleman of the period. We can also arrange for a photographer to join you so you have a wonderful memento of the day.
- Regency Dance Workshops
Learn to dance like a Regency lady or gentleman at a specialist dance demonstration and workshop held in one of Bath’s beautiful Georgian buildings. As well as mastering the key steps, you will also learn about the etiquette, fashion, history and social customs of the Regency and late Georgian period.
We can assist with period dress hire, hair and make-up for the workshop.