2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, so in honour of our heroine the Festival will be bigger and better than ever before!
From the 8th to the 17th of September they expect nearly 4000 people to attend over 80 events, opening with our world-record setting Regency Costumed Promenade, raising money for the Cancer Care Campaign at the Royal United Hospital here 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.
Our theme book for this year is Northanger Abbey (first published in December 1817 and set in our very own city of Bath), so expect a touch of the gothic about the Festival this year! They have Northanger Abbey themed tours, a theatrical production and will be reading through the book every day in Bath Central Library.
Lizzy Bennet loved walking and there are plenty of walking tours – both serious and scandalous – that allow everyone to enjoy Bath’s beautiful architecture and scenery while celebrating all things Austen.
For those who love to dress up there will be plenty of opportunities to wear gorgeous costumes around the city with our costumed Promenades, a country-dance at Bath’s Guildhall on the first weekend of the Festival, and our famous masked ball held in the Roman Baths and the Pump Rooms on the final Friday of the Festival.
With more events than ever before, and on such an important bicentenary year, make 2017 the year you come to Bath for the Jane Austen Festival!