Schedule 2015

2016’s schedule is yet to be confirmed, but last year’s schedule is below.
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Friday Evening
Meet for drinks.

Saturday Morning
Guided tour of Lyme Regis conducted by professional guide & owner of Literary Lyme Walking Tours, Natalie Manifold. The tour takes in the sites of Lyme, exploring it as Austen and her family would have done. The tour includes where Austen stayed, where she set Persuasion & see the very spot, often disputed, where Louisa Musgrove falls on the world famous Cobb harbour. This tour is rated 5* on Tripadvisor.

Saturday Lunch
Free time to take your pick of Lyme’s fine restaurants. Be sure to save some room for an afternoon treat, though!

Saturday Afternoon
Meet Jane Austen’s relation, either Diana Shervington or her daughter Caroline, & hear a talk by her. Diana is a truly delightful lady, who, over the years, has immersed herself in studying the life of Jane. Meeting either of these characters really is every Janeite’s dream and rest assured it will be a truly memorable occasion. Hear the story Diana tells of having walked around casually wearing one of Jane’s belongings –  the rose-coloured cockade of egret’s feathers that Austen wore to celebrate Nelson’s victory at the Nile – before realising who it had belonged to! Listen to & experience all this while enjoying a fine cream tea on us  provided by Lyme’s most prestigious hotel, Hotel Alexandra. What is completely unique about this weekend is the opportunity to go into the Cobb Harbour cottages – this will be the location of our talk and cream tea. These are the same cottages that are used as a green room during all filming on the Cobb and were used as the Harvilles’ house in the 1990s BBC adaptation of Persuasion with Amanda Root & Ciaran Hinds.
After the talk we will promenade back to the town.

For those who have already heard a talk & who might prefer another activity, I am very happy to arrange this for you. For example, you might want to explore The Marine Aquarium, Dinosaurland or take a walk along the coast west of Lyme.

Saturday Dinner
Regency dining at Belmont (subject to Belmont’s completion on time).
This will be followed by dancing (& drinks)!
Belmont is simply stunning & is the perfect venue for a gathering.

Sunday Brunch
If last year’s event is anything to go by, the lie in will be a welcome addition to the weekend, so the Sunday morning schedule will be a relaxed one with a late breakfast to prepare you for the rest of the day.

Sunday – Mid Day
Fossil Hunting tour with a professional  Geologist whose area of expertise is the wonderful Jurassic Coast.
Whilst there is no evidence that Jane Austen went fossil hunting, we do know that she met at least one member of the famous fossil hunting family ‘The Annings’, when she went to Mr Anning for a quotation to have some furniture mended. Lyme Regis is known as The Fossil Town – and that’s certainly not without reason. Mary Anning, the mother of paleontology was born in Lyme & made her living here studying, preparing & selling fossils. She has been hailed the ‘greatest fossil hunter’ by the Natural History Museum & it is her finds that help support the theory of evolution. This fossil walk includes entry into the Lyme Regis Museum. Recently, Tracy Chevalier (author of Girl with a Pearl Earring) wrote a book about Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter and, in the video below, Chevalier discusses Mary Anning & fossiling at Lyme.

Entry to Forde Abbey
Historic House & Garden.

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey is a privately owned former Cistercian monastery in Dorset. Much of the original monastery, including the abbey church was demolished in the period after the dissolution; only two statues, now on display in the Great Hall, have been found from the original church. The monastic parts of the current house are the Great Hall, the north side of the original square of the cloisters as well as the monk’s accommodation, the Upper Refectory and the Undercroft, which was the abbey’s working area, and the Chapter House, which has been converted into a chapel. Other rooms have been subsequently converted into State Rooms and show no evidence of their earlier use. Prideaux added some bedrooms and a reception area in the front of the building as part of his conversion of the abbey to a private house. Travel not included but can be arranged.

Sunday – Evening
Free time to explore this exquisite coastal town.

Monday – Dawn
Watch the sun rise from the beach (optional activity).

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2 thoughts on “Schedule 2015

  1. Is it possible to attend the dinner/dance (which I assume is costumed?). Sadly we can’t make the entire weekend but are free on the Saturday afternoon/evening and live locally. Will there be a caller? Thanks, Annemarie ps I hope I have posted this on the correct section, apologies if not!

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