Meet for drinks. We can either meet at Sundial House (overlooking the sea), or at one of the many hotels or pubs in Lyme Regis.
Saturday (Option 1): 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 (Option 1): Saturday Lunch
Free time to take your pick of Lyme’s fine restaurants.
Saturday (Option 1): 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! 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. it was also used during the filming of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (based on the novel by John Fowles)
After the talk we will promenade back to the town to the Lyme Regis Museum to see some of Austen’s belongings, donated by Diana Shervington, and to learn more about the town’s rich history.
Saturday (Option 2): Saturday Morning & Afternoon
Montacute House visit. Montacute is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its surrounding gardens it is a place of beauty and wonder.
Sir Edward Phelips, was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.
Come face to face with the past in the Long Gallery, which is the longest of its kind in England. The gallery houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.
Beautiful gardens surround Montacute, constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for a winter walk.
Please be aware that we cannot provide transport to Montacute, but we will help you to arrange lift shares with other people attending the event.
Saturday (Option 2): Saturday Lunch
Dinner & Regency dancing at the Bull Hotel, Bridport in their really rather lovely ballroom.
The Bull at Bridport is famous for 3 things: fine food, their beautiful ballroom & rather fine cocktails. They’ve won countless prizes for just about everything & they’re renowned for their luxury rooms & fines service too. We’re very lucky to be given the opportunity to use their ballroom. over the past 5 years I have asked several times butt hey have always said no. This year, we ARE going to the ball!
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 communal cup of tea at Sundial House, watching the morning sun over the Cobb Harbour. You can even have a mid morning snack on the terrace at Sundial, if you wish.
Sunday – Late Morning
Coastal walk along the staggeringly beautiful Jurassic Coast OR archery. the walk can either encompass the Golden Cap Estate (the highest point on the South Coast (own transport required) or the walk to Pinhay, which Jane Austen writes about in Persuasion:
‘with its green chasms between romantic rocks, where the scattered forest trees and orchards of luxuriant growth, declare that many a generation must have passed away since the first partial falling of the cliff prepared the ground for such a state, where a scene so wonderful and so lovely is exhibited, as may more than equal any of the resembling scenes of the far-famed Isle of Wight.’
Sunday – Evening
Free time to explore this exquisite coastal town, have a drink with us at Sundial and maybe have an evening outing.
Monday – Dawn
Watch the sun rise from the beach or Sundial House (optional activity, but really, sunrise from Sundial House is NOT to be missed)!
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