Jane Austen In Somerset And Wiltshire

2 nights starting from
£449

  • Glorious Bath and its Jane Austen connections

  • No 1 Royal Crescent – an architectural gem

  • Behind the scenes at the Theatre Royal

  • One-woman show by Kim Hicks "Courtship"

Further to the enduring popularity of Jane Austen with TV adaptations and films and our tour exploring her life in Hampshire, we have added a second tour, looking at her time in the lovely city of Bath. Long-time resident and Theatre Royal fixture, Jane Tapley, will regale you with historical anecdotes to bring alive this period of English society that was the backdrop of much of Jane Austen's work.

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26 - September - 2021 £ 449.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY 

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Leigh Park Country House Hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Jane Tapley – ‘Jane Austen and Bath.’

Day 2: Bath and evening show by Kim Hicks
This morning we head to Jane Tapley's glorious home city of Bath to explore it and its connections to Jane Austen with a guided walk and visits to the Assembly Rooms, Fashion Museum and No 1 Royal Crescent. Built in 1773 by acclaimed architect John Wood, the 30 houses form a gentle arc overlooking Royal Victoria Park and are all grade 1 listed and rank amongst the finest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere. This evening there will be a one-woman show by Kim Hicks: "Courtship" portraying scenes from the novels of Jane Austen followed by dinner at the hotel (no wine).

Day 3: Theatre Royal, Bath and Lacock
This morning, we return to Bath and one of its most iconic buildings that Jane Austen would have known well, the Theatre Royal, where Jane Tapley has worked for more than 30 years with privileged behind the scenes access (theatre show programme permitting). It is one of the most important surviving examples of Georgian theatre architecture and has been entertaining residents and visitors since 1805. Our final visit is the picturesque village of Lacock, for a guided walking tour and visit to the abbey. The village is owned in its entirety by the National Trust, and many period dramas have been filmed here including adaptations of Austen's Emma and Pride and Prejudice.  Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions and itineray order may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 35 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the three-star Best Western Leigh Park Country House Hotel & Vineyard, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine
  • Performance by Kim Hicks and second dinner at the hotel
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Extra nights on half board basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Best Western Leigh Park Country House Hotel & Vineyard

A small (38-bedroom), traditional three-star hotel, set in extensive grounds on the edge of Bradford-on-Avon, just 5 miles from Bath. Facilities here include a bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.  The hotel even has its own vineyard producing an attractive dry white wine, exclusive to the hotel.

Parking: complimentary

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information.

Your host and guide is Jane Tapley, a Special Events Organiser at the Theatre Royal Bath for over thirty years – she frequently interviews and arranges events with authors to launch their books and has launched many with themes on Jane Austen. Jane arranges events during the annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath, including talks and period meals in her Georgian townhouse. She is a Blue Badge Guide and has taken many Austen fans all around the West Country in the footsteps of the famous female author.

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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