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Display Highlights

2020

Celebrating Nature

Experience Jane’s – and her characters’ – love of nature and the outdoors in 2020. A first edition of Pride and Prejudice will be on display in the Reading Room, celebrating Lizzie Bennet’s famous walk through muddy fields. The display will also feature a pair of Regency ladies’ walking boots and pattens, which nineteenth century ladies would wear to keep their feet dry.

 

For our family visitors, the historic Bakehouse will also feature a new chalkboard for children of all ages to record the wildlife they spot in the garden, encouraging them to keep an eye out for everything from birds, bees and insects to more elusive hedgehogs and bats.

Ongoing

Historic Replica Wallpaper in the Dining Parlour

Vibrant green, leaf-patterned replica wallpaper has transformed the Dining Parlour - where Jane Austen’s writing table holds pride of place. 

Created by specialists in historic and reproduction wallpapers, Hamilton Weston Wallpapers, the design is based on a wallpaper fragment found inside a cupboard in the Dining Parlour and can be dated to the period when the Austens were living at the cottage.
 
This project has been made possible thanks to generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Collecting Cultures scheme and the Jane Austen Society of North America (Washington, DC, Metropolitan Region).

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Events

Friday 20 March 2020

CANCELLED: Guided Village Walk: First Day of Spring

10:30am to 12:00pm

Event Cancelled

​Celebrate the first day of Spring with a stroll through Jane Austen’s country village of Chawton. Walk in Jane’s footsteps and learn about her love of nature, the village she lived in, and the importance of village life in shaping her writing. Throughout the walk, short readings from Austen’s letters and novels will bring her world to life

 

Suitable for all abilities, but please wear sturdy, sensible footwear.

 

Booking is essential . Price does not include admission to House.

Sunday 22 March 2020

CANCELLED: Mothering Sunday Visit and Cream Tea

10:30am to 4:30pm

Event cancelled

What better way to say thank you than to treat Mum to a day out at Jane Austen’s House and a cream tea at Cassandra’s Cup? Enjoy our Mothering Sunday package with a special cream tea at Cassandra’s Cup.

**TO REDEEM THE OFFER:

Present your Eventbrite ticket at the till for your discounted £7.00 admission.

For a £5.00 cream tea at Cassandra's Cup, please book separately via their website: https://cassandrascup.co.uk/

 

This offer is only valid on 22 March 2020 and is not applicable to group rates, concessions or in conjunction with any other offer.

Saturday 4 April 2020

CANCELLED: Young People's Workshop: Writing on Location

10:00am to 1:00pm

Event cancelled

Do you enjoy creative writing? Join novelist and creative writing tutor Rebecca Smith for this workshop designed especially for young people to help develop your writing skills. Taking inspiration from Jane Austen's House and garden, we will be using objects and aspects of Jane's work in a series of exercises to develop characters, plots and striking imagery. 

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca  is the author of three novels published by Bloomsbury, two books on Jane Austen and a picture book. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southampton and is happy chat to workshop participants about their work and plans for the future. 

 

Attendees must be aged between 16 and 25.

 

Booking is essential.

Wednesday 8 and 15 April 2020

CANCELLED: Family Walks: Easter Holiday

10:30 to 11:15 am

Event cancelled

‘Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on…’ Jane Austen

 

Join us on this fun family walk aimed at our younger visitors and their families.  Find out how the children of Chawton lived long ago and discover all about Jane Austen’s love of nature and the outdoors by spying trees, plants and animals along the way.  

 

Suitable for all ages, but aimed especially at the under 11s – the walk is gentle with plenty of stops on the way. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for April showers!

 

Booking is essential . Price does not include admission to House.

Saturday 2 May 2020

Guided Village Walk: In Jane Austen’s Footsteps

10:30am (walk will last approx. 1hr 30 mins)

Tickets: £15 + booking fee

This relaxed stroll through Jane Austen’s country village of Chawton takes you on a walk in Jane’s footsteps. Learn more about the village in which Austen lived; the people she knew, the places she visited and the importance of village life in shaping her writing. Throughout the walk, short readings from Austen’s letters and novels will bring her world to life. 

 

Suitable for all abilities, but please wear sturdy, sensible footwear.

Booking is essential . Price does not include admission to House.

Sunday 3 May 2020

Spring Flowers Workshop with The Blooming Workshop

10:00am to 1:00pm

Tickets: £55 + booking fee (includes materials, tea and coffee)

This practical and inspiring floristry workshop celebrates the joys of spring. Be inspired by the beautiful cottage garden at Jane Austen’s House as you learn to put together a hand-tied bouquet full of spring blooms.

 

Experienced florists from Winchester’s Blooming Workshop will guide you through the process of flower selection and arrangement, providing professional floristry tips and tricks along the way. Take home a hand-tied bouquet for your own home, or to give as a special gift!

Suitable for all levels.

Booking is essential. Ticket does not include entry to the House.

Monday 25 May 2020

Family Walk: May Bank Holiday

10:30 to 11:15 am

£2 each child, £3 each accompanying adult + booking fees

To celebrate National Walking Month, join us on this fun family walk aimed at our younger visitors and their families. Find out how the children of Chawton lived long ago and discover all about Jane Austen’s love of nature and the outdoors by spying trees, plants and animals along the way.  

 

Suitable for all ages, but aimed especially at the under 11s – the walk is gentle with plenty of stops on the way. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy shoes.

 

Booking is essential . Price does not include admission to House.

Friday 19 June 2020

Guided Village Walk: Summer Solstice

6:00 pm

Tickets: £15 + booking fee

Mark the arrival of summer with an evening stroll through Jane Austen’s country village of Chawton. Enjoy the long evening with a walk in Jane’s footsteps and learn more about her love of walking, nature and the village she lived in. Be inspired with short readings from Austen’s letters and novels throughout the walk, bringing her world to life. 

 

Suitable for all abilities, but please wear sturdy, sensible footwear.

Booking is essential . Price does not include admission to House.

Monday 22 June 2020

Be More Jane: an afternoon with Sophie Andrews

2:00pm to 4:30 pm

Included with House admission

Join Sophie Andrews, author of Be More Jane: Bring out your inner Austen to meet life’s challenges, for chats, laughs and readings in our beautiful garden. Drop in throughout the afternoon to meet Sophie and hear about her distinct take on Jane’s life lessons, and enjoy extracts from her fun, witty book.

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Embroidery workshop with Chrissie Juno Mann: Bullion Knot Roses

10:00am to 1:30pm

£65 + booking fee for a day ticket*

“Fanny cannot answer your question about buttonholes till she gets home.”

Jane Austen writing to her sister Cassandra, Sunday 6 March 1814

Join award-winning Royal School of Needlework tutor Chrissie Juno Mann for a relaxing and inspiring morning of hand embroidery. You will be creating – and taking home – a Regency inspired button with a beautiful Bullion Knot Rose as the centrepiece of the work, influenced by our own Chawton Cottage Rose launched in 2019. 

Suitable for all levels.

Part of the Jane Austen Regency Week programme.

 

Booking is essential. 

* Tickets for the workshop are only available as part of a day ticket.

Day ticket includes Embroidery Workshop + talk ‘In quest of two needlefuls of thread’: Jane Austen, Needlework and Character' + entrance to the House.

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Talk: ‘In quest of two needlefuls of thread’ - Jane Austen, Needlework and Character

3:00 to 4:00 pm

£15 + booking fee, OR £65 + booking fee for day ticket with embroidery workshop

An illustrated talk by Maggie Lane and Angela Barlow

It is well known that Jane Austen was clever with her needle, and several fine examples of her work can  be seen in the the House. But what role does needlework play in the plots of her novels and the depiction of her characters?  In this lively presentation, author and Jane Austen expert Maggie Lane and actor and writer Angela Barlow explore the ubiquity of sewing in women’s lives, the social as well as practical functions the activity fulfilled and, most fascinating of all, the purposes which Jane Austen made it serve in her fiction.

Part of the Jane Austen Regency Week programme.

 

Friday 26 June 2020

A Summer Evening with Gin Austen

6:00 to 8:00 pm

£25 + booking fee (includes House admission and a welcome cocktail/mocktail, strawberries and cream)

“What dreadful Hot weather we have! –It keeps one in a continual state of Inelegance.” - Jane Austen, writing to her sister Cassandra, Sunday 18 September 1796

 

Join us for a night to remember at Jane Austen’s House. Enjoy a hand-crafted Gin Austen cocktail (or mocktail) from Thirsty Forester's vintage horsebox - and celebrate summer with strawberries and cream in Jane’s cottage garden amid the heady scent of the roses. Visitors can explore the House and garden after hours, brought to life with pop up theatrical performances and live music from Jane Austen’s music books.

 

Part of the Jane Austen Regency Week programme.

 

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