Regency Week
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Jun
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25
Jun

Jane Austen Regency Week

Join us as we come together to celebrate Jane and her life in Alton and Chawton

2017 will be the 10th year of Jane Austen Regency Week, which was inaugurated not only to celebrate the time Jane Austen spent in Alton and Chawton but also to raise the profile of Alton in today’s world of Jane Austen Tourism.

2017 is a special year in the Jane Austen calendar as it is the 200th anniversary of her death. Hampshire Cultural Trust is leading the county’s commemorations with its “Jane Austen in Hampshire” theme and we are playing a full part with a special Jane Austen Regency Week - planning more events than ever before.

The Week commences on Saturday 17th June with Regency Day in the town featuring stalls, street entertainment, petting animals, carriage rides, and people parading in Regency Costume. In the evening there will be a Regency Ball.

The programme continues with Regency Choral Evensong, Walks around Chawton and Alton, Talks at Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton House Library, Gilbert White’s House, Alton Library and the Friends Meeting House. The talk at the Allen Gallery will discuss William Curtis, Jane’s apothecary. There will also be Garden Tours at Chawton House, an Evening Opening at Jane Austen’s House Museum and music and dining at the Alton House Hotel.

We are expecting more visitors than usual, especially from the USA, Europe and the rest of the UK. However, we know most of our support will be from local people proud to be part of our unique position in celebrating the life of Jane Austen.

For more information please go to www.janeaustenregencyweek.co.uk

All full list of events will be available shortly.

Events

17
Jun
Alton Regency Day
Saturday 17 June 2017, from 10am until 3pm, at Alton High Street, Alton
Start Regency Week by transporting yourself back to the Regency Period at this free event in Alton High Street
17
Jun
Regency Dancing Workshop
Saturday 17 June 2017, from 3.30pm until 5pm, at Alton Community Centre, Alton
If you would like to try your hand at Regency dancing, especially if you are booked to attend the Regency Ball later in the day, this is your chance to learn or remind yourself of the dance steps
17
Jun
Regency Ball
Saturday 17 June 2017, from 7.30pm until 10pm, at Alton Assembly Rooms, Alton
If you like Regency dancing and dressing in period costume, then this is the event for you
18
Jun
Antique, Vintage, Collectors and Craft Fair
Sunday 18 June 2017, at Chawton Village Hall, Chawton
Up to 30 stalls inside and outside offering a plethora of interesting and unusual items for you to purchase
18
Jun
Chawton Guided Walk
Sunday 18 June 2017, from 11am until 12.30pm, at Old Winchester Road, Chawton
Take a guided tour with Jane Hurst of the many buildings and former residents of Chawton who were connected with Jane Austen and her family
18
Jun
Chawton House Library Garden Tour
Sunday 18 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4.30pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
As part of Regency Week Garden Manager Andrew Bentley will be giving a guided tour of the garden. Cream Tea included in the ticket price
18
Jun
Choral Evensong
Sunday 18 June 2017, from 6.30pm until 8pm, at St. Lawrence Church, Alton
Enjoy a traditional choral evensong, with the added twist of a Regency theme
19
Jun
Tour of the Fickle Fortunes Exhibition
Monday 19 June 2017, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
Join a special curators tour of the Fickle Fortunes Exhibition as part of Jane Austen Regency Week. Cream Tea included in the ticket price
19
Jun
Discover the Jane Austen Collection
Monday 19 June 2017, from 2pm until 4pm, at Alton Library, Alton
Drop-in session where local historian Jane Hurst and Alton Library staff will be on hand to show you Hampshire Library Service's Jane Austen collection of books and talk about them
19
Jun
Jane Austen - a Local Heroine for 200 Years
Monday 19 June 2017, from 7.30pm until 9pm, at Friends Meeting House, Alton
A talk with slides by Deirdre Le Faye, offering an overview of Jane Austen's life and times, brought up to date to 2017 as much as possible
20
Jun
Embroidery Workshop
Tuesday 20 June 2017, from 10.30am until 12pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
Join Chawton House Library for a unique opportunity to get hands on with history and learn how to embroider a handkerchief using rare eighteenth-century patterns
20
Jun
Darcy then, now and forever
Tuesday 20 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4pm, at Alton Assembly Rooms, Alton
A talk by Dr Gabrielle Malcolm about the enduring popularity of the hero or archetype based on research for her new book
20
Jun
Evening Opening at JAHM
Tuesday 20 June 2017, from 5pm until 8pm, at Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton
This is your once-a-year opportunity to enjoy Jane Austen's House Museum in the evening. You can wander round the garden, see the attics, visit the kitchen and look round the house
21
Jun
Tour of the Fickle Fortunes Exhibition
Wednesday 21 June 2017, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
Join a special curators tour of the Fickle Fortunes Exhibition as part of Jane Austen Regency Week. Cream Tea included in the ticket price
21
Jun
The Importance of Aunts
Wednesday 21 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4pm, at Alton Assembly Rooms, Alton
Darcy’s aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Fanny Price’s Aunt Norris, and that most voluble of Austen aunts, Miss Bates, all appear in this lively talk by actress Angela Barlow
21
Jun
How Jane Austen loved the theatre
Wednesday 21 June 2017, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
Chawton House Library welcomes Dr Paula Byrne, author of the most recent biography of Jane Austen, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things (2013)
22
Jun
Embroidery Workshop
Thursday 22 June 2017, from 10.30am until 12pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
Join Chawton House Library for a unique opportunity to get hands on with history and learn how to embroider a handkerchief using rare eighteenth-century patterns
22
Jun
Wyards Tour & Cream Tea
Thursday 22 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4.30pm, at Wyards Farm B&B, Beech
Wyards Farm is a little-known eighteenth centrury gem of a house, hidden away in the fields between Alton and the village of Beech
22
Jun
'Jane Austen's Alton Apothecary'
Thursday 22 June 2017, from 7.30pm, at The Allen Gallery, Alton
A talk by local historian Jane Hurst on William Curtis, the man whom Jane Austen called 'My Alton Apothecary'.
23
Jun
Tour of the Fickle Fortunes Exhibition
Friday 23 June 2017, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, at Chawton House Library, Chawton
Join a special curators tour of the Fickle Fortunes Exhibition as part of Jane Austen Regency Week. Cream Tea included in the ticket price
23
Jun
Made a new bed for Aromatic Herbs
Friday 23 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4pm, at Gilbert White's House, Selborne
David Standing has been the head gardener at Gilbert White's house since 1979 and will be giving a short talk exploring herbal medicine in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
23
Jun
An Excursion to Sanditon
Friday 23 June 2017, from 7.30pm until 9pm, at Alton House Hotel, Alton
This Talk with Readings, presented by members of Alton Fringe Theatre (AFT), will focus on Jane’s last novel 'Sanditon'
24
Jun
Alton Town Tour
Saturday 24 June 2017, from 11am until 1pm, at Curtis Museum, Alton
Jane Hurst will be taking a party of people around Alton
24
Jun
Jane Austen at the BBC
Saturday 24 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4pm, at Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton
A celebration in film, TV and radio. A talk by Henrietta Foster
24
Jun
'Love & Friendship' Film
Saturday 24 June 2017, from 7pm until 9pm, at Alton College, Alton
Love & Friendship is a period comedy film written and directed by Whit Stillman. Based on Jane Austen's Lady Susan, it stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, and Stephen Fry
25
Jun
Victorian Charity Cricket Match
Sunday 25 June 2017, from 10am until 8pm, at The Butts Green, Alton
This will be the 34th year that this charity event has been run in Alton, pitting teams from local pubs and organisations against each other
25
Jun
A Partial, Prejudiced & Ignorant Historian
Sunday 25 June 2017, from 2.30pm until 4pm, at Friends Meeting House, Alton
Jane Austen’s ‘The History of England’ and the Role of Politics in the Late Eighteenth Century Female Education. A talk by Olga Palagina.
25
Jun
Regency Musical Soiree
Sunday 25 June 2017, from 6pm until 7.30pm, at Alton House Hotel, Alton
Full details to follow
25
Jun
Regency Supper
Sunday 25 June 2017, from 8pm until 10pm, at Alton House Hotel, Alton
Following the Regency Musical Soiree, with a half-hour interval, will be our traditional Regency Supper at the Alton House Hotel
Regency Week

Further information

The Jane Austen Regency Week is run on a non-commercial basis by a group of volunteers and participating organisations. It is funded through ticket sales, grants from Alton Town Council and East Hampshire District Council, and by advertisers in our programme.

Details of all Jane Austen Regency Week events are available on the website www.janeaustenregencyweek.co.uk

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