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.
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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Event details may be subject to change.