And finally . . .

The Branch’s Jane Austen Trip to Bath

Sunday 10 September 2017    

Leaving the Swansea Leisure Centre car park at 8.30am prompt.

Leaving Bath at 6.00pm, arriving back in Swansea at 8.00pm.

Cost for bus only: £14 for branch members; £16 for non-members.


Here are details of Jane Austen Festival events. These should be arranged by the individuals to suit themselves.


Jane Austen Festival: http://www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk/festival-programme-old/events/10th-september-2017/

Please note that the Festival has no cancellation policy.


11.30am-1.00pm: Beckford’s Tower. Tickets £8 each.

Join Dr Amy Frost on a special tour of Beckford’s Tower revealing the connections between Jane Austen and one of Bath’s most romantic characters, the eccentric collector William Beckford. The tower is an extraordinary building with an amazing collection.


1.30pm-5.00pm: Austen Undone! Theatrical Comedy Walk. At the Assembly Rooms. Tickets £16.50 each.

Performances (1 hour’s duration) at: 1.30pm; 2.00pm; 2.30pm; 3.00pm; 4.00pm.

The award-winning Natural Theatre Company returns to the streets of Bath with their highly entertaining promenade, wittily exploring the literary life, creative ideas and adventures of Jane Austen. Austen’s apocryphal Undone is her lost first novel (…according to a very intelligent person). Containing original attempts of many of her celebrated characters and ideas, this is a fabulous melange of Austen favourites – with a hilarious twist. Experience the novel first hand as it reveals itself in the passages and parades of Austen’s Bath with duels, romance and scandal guaranteed!


2.00pm-3.00pm: Reading Northanger Abbey, the Novel (Day One). At Waterstone’s Bookshop. Free admission.

‘No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine…’ So begins Austen’s first novel, though not published until after her death in 1817. Partly set in Bath, you can still find in the city today locations mentioned in the book.


2.30pm-4.30pm: Jane Austen and the Pleasure Garden. A walk from Holburne Museum. Tickets £9 each.

‘Jane Austen never liked Bath’. In this walk, guide Dr Moira Rudolf seeks to redress the balance and bring to life certain aspects of the city Jane enjoyed very much indeed: her home at 4 Sydney Place, the wonders and marvels of Sydney Gardens – sham castle, labyrinth, grotto, canal; the delightfully situated Spring Gardens and the pretty riverside location of Harrison’s Walks.


3.00pm-4.00pm: Meet the Director Simon Langton. At the Masonic Hall (Old Theatre Royal). Tickets £12 each.

Highly acclaimed director of not just the 1995 BBC’s Pride & Prejudice but also Smiley’s People, Mother Love,episodes of Rosemary and Thyme, Midsomer Murders, plus many many more. Simon has agreed to let us in on some behind the scenes secrets of filming costume drama and about the famous wet shirt scene in Pride & Prejudice.


4.00pm-5.30pm: Rummaging Through the Reticule. At Kinwarton. Tickets £12 each.

What did Jane Austen and her characters keep in their reticules? All will be revealed when the contents of this 18th-century handbag are spilt in the privacy of a Regency drawing room. Jane Tapley’s talk is followed by refreshments, a traditional cream tea – scones, jam and cream and, of course, tea.


To book your seat on the bus, please pay in full as soon as possible.

Cash to Caroline Franklin or Ray Savage at HA events.

Cheques (payable to The Historical Association) to be sent to: Ray Savage, 23 Birchwood Close, Bryncoch, Neath, SA10 7UP.