July 15

Celebrate all things Austen in Bath from 8th-17th

With the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death fast approaching on the 18th of July, what better way to remember one of the world's most famous authors than a trip to Bath.

A must-do for all book lovers is the annual Jane Austen Festival taking place in Bath from the 8th – 17th of September. 

In its 17th year, the festival will see nearly 4,000 in attendance and over 80 activities. With more events than ever before, there are plenty of things to do in Bath including workshops, dances, balls, readings, talks, concerts and theatricals.

Jane Austen made the beautiful city of Bath her home from 1801 to 1805 and set two of her six published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion here. The theme for this year’s festival is the much-loved Northanger Abbey novel which was published in December 1817. 

In Northanger Abbey Jane writes;

'They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight - her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel.”

Book buffs will see the novel come to life with Northanger Abbey themed tours, a theatrical production and daily readings in Bath Central Library. 

End the festival on a high and summon your favourite character for the famous masked ball held in the Roman Baths and the Pump Rooms on the final Friday of the Festival.

Find out more here

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