Enjoy a few days of stitching amidst the splendid surroundings of Bath in the company of professional expert Janice Gunner. The distinctive Georgian and Regency architecture makes Bath one of the UK’s most recognisable and charming cities and 2017 also marks the bi-centenary year of the death of Jane Austen, one of Bath’s most famous residents. Follow in her footsteps and soak up all the atmosphere of a past era of great elegance and charm.
This special break includes a walking tour of historic Bath and a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. You’ll also enjoy the exhibitions at the Bath Fashion Museum and a private guided tour of the American Museum, home of the finest collection of American folklore and decorative art outside of the United States. In the company of local history experts learn about the intricacies of costumes and accessories of the Georgian and Regency period and enjoy 2 hand stitching workshops hosted by Janice in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel.
Credit to Bailbrook House, Bath Museum, Jane Austen Festival and Jane Austen Centre for the images used.
After making your own way to Bath Spa Station, Janice will meet you at 14.30 for the transfer to the Bailbrook House Hotel. If you are travelling by car please make your own way to the hotel where there is ample complimentary parking. This evening join Janice and your fellow stitchers for a talk on the changes in fashion accessories during the lifetime of Jane Austen and throughout the Georgian and Regency period. Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant.
DAY 2Enjoy an introductory walking tour of Bath this morning. You’ll see the most important Georgian and Regency highlights and follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen too. The tour concludes with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. The exhibition here aims to be informative and illuminating and enjoys a reputation as one of the leading places to learn about one of English literature’s most beloved novelists. Your visit will be led by knowledgeable guides in Regency costume and there will also be the opportunity for you to try on costumes and accessories of the Regency era too. A visit to Country Threads, a dedicated patchwork and quilting shop, is also included. This afternoon join Janice for a hand stitching workshop. Dinner is included this evening.
DAY 3You’ll visit the American Museum this morning. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the hilltop site of the Museum’s home, Claverton Manor, takes full advantage of the spectacular views over the Limpley Stoke Valley and River Avon. This is the only museum of American folk and decorative art outside of the United States. You’ll enjoy a private tour led by a museum guide with a visit to the textile room included. In addition to carpets, embroideries, and furnishing fabrics, the museum also boasts an extensive collection of over 200 American quilts that range from the 18th through to the mid-20th century. There will also be time to meet and exchange ideas with a local quilting group who meet at the museum. This afternoon Janice will lead a hand stitching workshop at the hotel. This evening enjoy a talk on costumes and ball gowns of the Regency period given by a member of the Bath branch of the Jane Austen Society. Join your fellow stitchers for dinner and a “show and tell” this evening.
DAY 4This morning you’ll visit the Fashion Museum located in the Assembly Rooms. Enjoy a private guided tour around this superb exhibition which houses iconic attire from the 18th century to the modern day. Entrance to the Roman Baths and the Victoria Gallery is also included and you can visit both at your leisure after the museum tour and before your return journey home.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 3 nights’ half board accommodation at Bailbrook House Hotel
- Walking tour of Bath and a visit to the Jane Austen Centre
- Private guided tour of the American Museum
- Private guided tour of Bath Fashion Museum
- Entrance tickets to the Roman Baths and the Victoria Gallery
- Talk on Georgian and Regency fashion accessories by a historical costume expert
- Talk on Regency costumes by a member of the Bath branch of the Jane Austen Society
- Company of Janice Gunner throughout
- Two hand workshops led by Janice Gunner
- All transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Travel to/from Bath, drinks, meals other than those specified, travel insurance, and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.
Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
UK - £15
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Bailbrook House Hotel****
Set in 20 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Bath the 4 star Bailbrook House Hotel started life as a private residence in the early 1790’s and today retains all the glories of that era. Lounges and the Cloisters 2 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, conservatory bar and lounge are located in the historic Mansion. The contemporary, adjacent Bailbrook Court offers modern classic and executive accommodation and the Lansdown restaurant where breakfast is also served. A regular bus service runs from the top of the steep hotel drive into the centre of Bath. If you wish to walk it is approximately 50 minutes on foot into the city.
- Air-conditioning and individual heating
- DVD and CD player
- Flat-screen TV
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Iron and ironing board