Saturday 10 September 2022

Jane Austen Festival

The Jane Austen Festival is an annual event in Bath, attracting fans from all over the world. It started with a Grand Regency Promenade, where hundreds of people, all dressed in beautiful period costumes promenaded through the streets of Bath.

They are led by the 33rd Regiment of Foot, looking splendid in their red uniforms.

Promenading gracefully behind them were the great and good of Bath and beyond. 

They ended their walk at Queens Square, which seemed very apt today, and we wandered amongst them feeling extremely underdressed.

We could have stepped back in time to a more glamorous age, and the only way we knew that hadn't happened was because almost everyone taking photos.

By the way, Jane Austen did not grow up in Bath, but lived here with her parents and sister from 1801 to 1805 and attended many balls and society events. Later on in the Festival is a Grand Ball and I am guessing that Jane would be quite surprised that she is so famous over 200 years after she died.

We then went for a nice pub lunch nearby and it was lovely to see Admirals, Lords and ladies arriving for their burger and chips all around us.

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