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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jane austen festival, Bath - Regency Dress Outing - Part 2

And here is part 2. On the Monday we had signed up for the beginners dance workshop. But we had a few hours to pass before it started...and what can you do in Bath to pass the time while dressed in regency outfit.

Visit the pump rooms to take the waters. Got lots of people ask for photo's someone even thought we were the staff. lol!

Oh, dear....wonkey buttons

Have a cream tea. We went to the Bath Bun tearoom. A place discovered on a previous visit which does lovely lunches and cream teas. And I loved how the waitresses just took it as quite normal we were dressed up.
As you can see I was wearing open robe and 'regency turban' for the dancing.

We arrived at the venue for the workshop early but found others there so we had a little chat before doors opened. I joined in almost all of the dances. Despite my usual issues with 'heys' and 'strip the willow' in dances.

My favourites was the 'polonaise' with its funny step, and 'the duke of kents waltz' which I thought was very elegant.
It was a shame we couldn't stay for the 2nd workshop and learn Mr Beveridges Maggot.
I did get a quick video of the dancing though.


  1. The Maggot was great, we really enjoyed learning it, she's a great teacher!

    1. I think everyone had a giggle and I've discovered a tune I want to learn to play through it.

  2. What fun! Your dress - and everyone else's - looks fantastic!

    1. It was lots of fun. I can see why people stay dressed up the whole week.
      It was like going back in time. I certainly have a new insight into how to walk/dance in those dresses. You have to be dainty and ladylike with a narrow petticoat or else you end up getting caught up in your skirts. lol!