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This Friday will see the Jane Austen Festival return to Bath for ten days of events, celebrating the iconic author and her works. Taking place in the Georgian city, hundreds of people will be heading to Bath in elaborate costumes in order to enjoy the 14th instalment of the festival.

The official opening of the Jane Austen Festival takes place on Saturday 13 September and will include a fancy dress World Record attempt. The Grand Regency Costumed Promenade begins at 10am, with the ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed in Regency Costumes’ record to be attempted at 11am. Make sure to read the guidelines for costumes if you wish to take part, although fancy dress will continue throughout the event if you wish to take part on a different day.

A step back in time

During the festival, experience life as it would have been when the famous novelist lived in Bath, learning all about the city as Austen once knew it herself. Take guided walking tours or mini bus tours and see the wonderful sights that Bath is renowned for.

The Jane Austen Festival is not only a celebration of the author and her works, but also highlights the beauty of the city she once lived in. A highlight of the event is set to be the Masked Ball, which will take place in the unique Roman Baths and Pump Rooms.

Austen enthusiasts are invited to a number of fantastic events throughout the festival, ranging from book readings and breakfasts to performances and workshops. For those staying in holiday cottages in Wiltshire during the festival, Bath is easily reached by car, although it is advised that those looking to catch the bus book in advance.

For those searching for accommodation for the festival, we have a fantastic selection of English country cottages and apartments in Bath and the surrounding area, which make the perfect base for visiting this literary event.