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The Gainsborough Bath Spa hosts Jane Austen celebration

04/07/2024 by .
Gainsborough Bath Spa hosts Jane Austen celebration

The Gainsborough Bath Spa and ECT Travel Unveil an Exciting Line-Up of Experiences for 2025 in Celebration of Jane Austen’s 250th Anniversary

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a series of exclusive events and experiences to honour the iconic writer, in partnership with Strictly Jane Austen, a division of Bath-based travel specialists ECT Travel.

Over the course of two six-day programmes in spring and autumn 2025, this elegant five-star hotel in the heart of Georgian Bath will be filled with the spirit of Jane Austen as guests look back on her life and times in the very surroundings where she shaped several of her most significant works, and in turn, the face of English literature.

The celebratory programmes will take place between the 7th- 12th April and the 13th- 18th October 2025, organised by Strictly Jane Austen Tours, Bath’s most Austen-tatious travel company known for its inspiring Regency adventures and close ties with local experts.

Literature enthusiasts from around the world are invited to take a deep dive into Jane Austen’s world in the luxurious surroundings of The Gainsborough Bath Spa. Guests can expect insightful talks from a variety of Jane Austen experts who will reveal fascinating stories of Austen’s life and writing.

The programmes feature guided tours to some of Bath’s most popular attractions, including the No.1 Royal Crescent Museum which celebrates the history of Bath in the 18th century. Other highlights include a visit to the village of Lacock, whose picturesque streets were seen in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of ‘Pride & Prejudice’, as well as many other popular films and TV shows.

Gainsborough Bath Spa hosts Jane Austen celebration

Gainsborough Bath Spa hosts Jane Austen celebration

Visitors will also be treated to day trips to destinations at the heart of English literature, such as Austen’s House in Hampshire, a cottage turned inspiring museum which marks the birthplace of her beloved novels, and Chawton House. Once thehome of Jane Austen’s brother, Chawton is referred to as the ‘Great House’ in her novels and is now home to a unique collection of women’s writing.

The talks and excursions are enhanced by an array of convivial experiences which capture the celebratory spirit of the Georgian era. There will be a Regency dance workshop complete with traditional piped music; an embroidery class for those looking to embrace their creativity; an extravagant celebratory dinner hosted by The Gainsborough Bath Spa and an indulgent Jane Austen themed Afternoon Tea where guests can toast the 250th anniversary with a glass of fizz in the quintessential setting of the hotel’s Canvas Room.

Gainsborough Bath Spa hosts Jane Austen celebration

For those looking for a fully immersive experience, Strictly Jane Austen is also able to arrange for guests to enjoy all these experiences in full Regency costume which will be delivered to the hotel at the start of the programme. Guests that have their own, are encouraged to bring them. Combining classic architecture and historical elegance, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is the perfect setting for this celebration of Jane Austen.

Andrew Jordan, Executive Vice President of YTL Hotels UK comments: “We are honoured to be partnering with ECT Travel to host these prestigious events at The Gainsborough Bath Spa. 2025 will be a special moment for Bath as we celebrate the remarkable works of Jane Austen, and our luxury hotel could not be better positioned for showcasing the wonders of our local history.

We are passionate about providing unparalleled experiences and look forward to welcoming guests from both near and afar to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion.”

Theresa McDermott, Chief Executive of Strictly Jane Austen Tours and ECT Travel also commented: “I am delighted to partner with The Gainsborough Bath Spa on this celebration of Jane Austen’s 250th anniversary- located within the historic Spa Quarter of Bath, referenced in so many journals from Jane Austen’s time in the city, and with the sacred site of the Cross Bath and spring close by, it is the perfect setting for our enticing anniversary events.

Curated by our expert team and led by Creative Director, Dr Gabrielle Malcolm, our rich programme of talks, visits, workshops, and activities will delight, educate and inspire. We invite Jane Austen fans old and new to come and learn something unexpected, enjoy the playfulness of hiring a beautiful Regency costume and take time to enjoy the beautiful City of Bath where the Georgian streetscapes are real, not film sets!”

Where to Book Tickets

The Celebrating Jane Austen 2025 programmes will run from 7th- 12th April and the 13th-18th October 2025 and are available to book now. Prices from £2,200 per person. To book, visit Strictly Jane Austen Tours. For more information, visit The Gainsborough Bath Spa and Strictly Jane Austen


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