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The Jane Austen Festival 2009 – Slideshow of the Regency Costume Promenade

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The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England opened on Friday, September 18th and runs for nine days until Sunday, September 27th, 2009. This year, the Grand Regency Costume Promenade began on Saturday the 19th as ladies and gentlemen in Regency finery walked through the streets of Bath, from the Roman Baths to the Assembly Rooms to Queen Square and into the record books, breaking the Guinness World Records™ for ‘The Largest Gathering of People Dressed in Regency Costume with 409 participants. 

Local photographer Owen Benson snapped these lovely photos of the promenade in progress, and also had the honor of being the official photographer for the real-life Regency inspired wedding of Kelly Walpole and Ian Charlesworth who tied the knot at the Guildhall at 4pm on Saturday. Wow, what a day for celebration!

A big thank you to Owen, who very generously shared these wonderful images with us. I am also happy to report that I can now brag that one person in this world has actually taken my advice! After the success of last years stunning photos of the JA Festival 2008, Owen has taken the leap and gone semi-professional. Next year, I expect him to be no less than the official photographer of the Jane Austen Festival 2010! He can now blame Jane for his jump start on his career.

Cheers, Laurel Ann

P.S. If you are impressed with my ability to add a high tech slideshow to my blog, don’t be. It only took 7 hours of sweat and 3 geeks to make it happen! I was the blonde screwing in the lightbulb backwards. ;-)

10 thoughts on “The Jane Austen Festival 2009 – Slideshow of the Regency Costume Promenade”

  1. Some day…..I am going to attend this glorious festival and revel in the celebration each and every day.

    Thank you for bringing the festival to me via the internet!


  2. I too hope to participate in this celebration of gentler times someday, these wonderful things you share serve as inspiration -thank you!
    Also- I totally relate to the tech inability thing!


  3. wouldn’t it be great to go to something like that!? Thanks for the pictures I really enjoyed them. We were going to go as a regency couple for Halloween this year but the navy has my hubby YET again!


  4. I was really hoping to travel to Bath this year for the festival but have just started a new course so thought it wouldn’t be the best idea! Thank you so much for bringing us some gorgeous highlights!

    One day I’ll make it in person…


  5. Oh, I’m fighting envy like a four-year-old passing a toy shop window. It looks lovely. I wrote a short story about the Jane Austen festival just so I could feed my desire to go. It looks like such fun.


  6. The picture of a girl in white pelisse & gauze bonnet beside the officer under a guard of honour appears a recontruction of a Regency wedding. How lovely Bath pays tribute to it’s Georgian past with this festival !


  7. My sister was at the festival this year and is still travelling so I haven’t seen her pictures yet. Thanks for the slide show–wonderful to see what I missed!


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