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Jane Austen Regency Week in Hampshire: Looking Back and Looking Forward by Cassandra Grafton — 29 Comments

  1. Lots of free time, Evie! The Regency Week has been developing slowly over the years, having started as just a weekend event, and although there’s always something happening each day, often it’s evening only leaving the day open.

    Next year may be a slightly fuller schedule though, as I know the Committee is keen to bring in new things to enhance the more traditionally held events.

  2. Lovely memories of a special few days, Cassandra! Gorgeous photos of events I didn’t get to see-love that salmon and platter of meat. Looking forward to next year!

  3. I wish there was room for more photos! The ones of the Hampshire countryside and of the Alton buildings Jane was familiar with are all lovely too! Here’s to next year, Jane!

  4. Touring the buildings, the dinner and the dancing sound so very lovely. I have to do this vicariously through those who get to go so the more you write and the more photos you include the more I enjoy a little trip with you. Thank you for sharing. What a fine group of friends for this trip!

  5. Thanks for sharing your trip and lovely pictures with us, Cassandra. It sounds like so much fun. I’m hungry right now so all that food really looks yummy!

    • Thanks, Diana! The cucumber and radish slices forming the ‘scales’ were SO finely cut, it was incredible! I sat right next to the salmon platter and couldn’t take my eyes off it!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and pictures. I most especially liked looking at the events calendar. I would so love to be there, but, hopefully in the future. Loved the fish…it looks beautiful! It sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

  7. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us, Cassandra. The pictures are stunning too. All the suggested activities sound fabulous and I wish I could attend. As I’m living far far away (GMT+8), I don’t know when I will get the opportunity to travel to England. If one of the you staying near there can host me, that would be fantastic but it’s just a thought though. I’ll most likely be travelling alone since I cannot find friends who loves Jane Austen as much as I do.

    • Luthien, if I was still based in England I’d be happy to have you stay and take you to any Jane Austen haunt you wished!

      However, there will be quite a few of us going next year to this festival and it may be someone has a spare bed in their accommodation they could share with you!

  8. What a wonderful post, Cassandra! It brought back lovely memories.
    It was wonderful to see you all there, though I’m very sorry to have missed the musical recital and that amazing display of skill that was the Regency dinner!
    Great to hear of the plans for next year and looking forward to seeing you all again in Alton/Chawton!

  9. Good to see you there, Joana! Likewise, I was sorry to miss certain events, particularly the open evening of music etc at Chawton Cottage you enjoyed attending with Sophie! I hope they have that on next year again so I can go!

  10. A wonderful post! It would be nice to be there next year. I think the writing workshop is a great idea. A meet and greet with some of you all would be nice, also. Maybe a needle work demo or workshop would be the icing for me. Needle work and “sewing” are mentioned so often in Austen, being one of the main occupations for women of the time. I find, at least in the states, it is becoming a lost art. I really enjoy your post about trips and events.

    • Ironically, before I even discovered JA and JAFF, I was and still am doing needlework. And I have done quilling. At present I am working crewel work on a Christmas tree skirt with the theme “T’was The Night Before Christmas”. And I have sewn many clothes, including dresses with smocking on the front for my daughters and have made sets of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for all my children and their cousins as well as felt Christmas stockings and birth samplers. So it is not entirely lost.

      • Sheila, that sounds so much fun! I hope you will post a picture to us somehow of the finished tree skirt!

        My daughter has taken up cross stitch (she’s a natural and produces some lovely work) and I envy her!

    • That’s interesting, Maggie. I noticed the Jane Austen House Museum has starting doing demos on needlecraft etc! I do hope you can be there next year – the more the merrier!

  11. My next international travel will be to see the important Austen sites. This sounds like a good option, with the addition of Bath. I would love to see Derbyshire but it is probably too expensive to add that on. Where does one stay in Alton?

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