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Past events of interest to the Georgian and Regency history enthusiast
Current events listed here.

Charlotte Brontë at the Soane
Celebrating 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë at Sir John Soane's Museum, London
15 March - 7 May 2016
Entrance free
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Charlotte Brontë
from Life of Charlotte Brontë by Mrs Gaskell (1862)
High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson
at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London
Friday 13 November 2015 to Sunday 14 February 2016 10am-5.30pm
An exhibition of the work of the great Georgian caricaturist, Thomas Rowlandson.
Cost: Adult £10.00; concessions £9.20; 5-17 year olds and disabled £5.20; under 5 free.
This price includes access to the other current exhibition:
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer 
More information
Read my review of the exhibition. 


Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015 at Windsor Castle
31 January 2015 to 13 January 2016 9.45am-4.15/5.15pmIn celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
Cost: Adult £18.50; Concessions £16.75; 5-17 years £11; Under 5s free.
More information
Read my review of the exhibition
 
Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle, from Windsor Castle and its environs by L Ritchie (1848)
Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle,
from Windsor Castle and its environs by L Ritchie (1848)
Jaunt with Jane - a Jane Austen themed weekend
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Friday 16 to Monday 19 October 2015
Cost: £135 which includes activities and Saturday dinner.
More information
This event is now SOLD OUT.

Advert for Jaunt with Jane weekend in October 2015


Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex
Dancing into battle: the Duchess of Richmond's ball
Monday 3 August to Monday 12 October 2015
Sun to Thurs 1-5pm in Aug; most Suns and Mons 1-5pm in Sept & Oct
An exhibition about the ball held on 15 June 1815 in Brussels just before the Battle of Waterloo
Cost: £9.50; 12-18 yr olds £4; under 12s free. Historic Houses Association members free.
Check website for up to date information about closures - closed 31 August.
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Goodwood House
Goodwood House © Andrew Knowles
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London
Friday 20 March to Sunday 11 October 2015, 10am-5.
An exhibition on the history of the garden.
Cost: Adults £10; Concessions £9.20; Under 17s and disabled £5.20; Under 5s free.
More information
My review

A view of the cascade, Bushy Park Water Gardens  by studio of Marco Ricci (c1715)  © The Royal Collection Trust; Photo © Andrew Knowles
A view of the cascade, Bushy Park Water Gardens
by studio of Marco Ricci (c1715)
© The Royal Collection Trust; Photo © Andrew Knowles

Jane Austen's Bath - art exhibition
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Saturday 4 July to Sunday 4 October 2015
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1.30-5pmCost: £3.50; Under 21s and Discovery Card holders free; National Art Pass 50% off
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A Royal Welcome - 2015 exhibition at Buckingham Palace, London
25 July to Sunday 27 September 2015
Daily 9.30am-7.30pm until 31 August; 9.30am-6.30pm in September
Cost: £20.50 or £35.60 to include Royal Mews and Queen's Gallery as well (concessions & family tickets available)
Read my blog about the exhibition

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Collage of photos from A Royal Welcome at Buckingham Palace  Photos © Andrew Knowles
Collage of photos from A Royal Welcome at Buckingham Palace
Photos © Andrew Knowles
Regency Michaelmas ball at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton, Canada
Sunday 27 September 2015, 5.30-11.30pm
A Pride and Prejudice style ball in Regency costume
Cost: $80 ($125 with dinner)
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A fascinating history of theatre scandal and fashion

Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London
Sunday 13 September 2015, 1-4pm
Tales of the 18th century stage from Adrian Teal of the Gin Lane Gazette and making your own fascinator with Jillian of Feather and Flask
Cost: £40 each or £70 for two
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Plaque outside Dr Johnson's house in Gough Square
Plaque outside Dr Johnson's house in Gough Square
Jane Austen Festival, Bath
Friday 11 to Sunday 20 September 2015
Various events, times and costs including:
Saturday 12 September 11am
Grand Regency Costumed Parade
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Grand Regency Costumed Parade 2014


Grand Regency Costumed Parade 2014
Grand Regency Costumed Parade 2014
Saturday 27 June 2015 7-11pm
Jane Austen Festival Regency Costumed Summer Ball
The Guildhall, Bath
Cost: £58 SOLD OUT
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Wednesday 24 June 2015 6.30pm for 7pm
Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire
Clothing in the time of Jane Austen
Talk by Eleanor Houghton of Southampton University
Cost: £11; Students/Friends £8.50 (includes drinks and canapés)
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12 March to 7 June 2015, 10am to 6pm (Thurs and Fri 9pm)
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
National Portrait Gallery, London
Exhibition about the Duke of Wellington to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Waterloo
Cost: Free
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Exhibition sign at NPG
Thursday 12 March to Sunday 7 June 2015, 10am-5pm
Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London
An exhibition of the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds showing the development of his creative process.
Cost: Admission free
More information
Read my review

Mrs Mary Robinson by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1783-4) © The Wallace Collection; Photo © Andrew Knowles
Mrs Mary Robinson by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1783-4)
© The Wallace Collection; Photo © Andrew Knowles

17 February to 9 May 2015 Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm (closed Good Friday)
Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client
Sir John Soane's Museum, London
Cost: Entry free, but donations very welcome.
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Sir John Soane's Museum, London
Sir John Soane's Museum, London
Friday 13 March 7pm
Jane Austen and Emma 1815 - A Celebratory Dinner
Winchester Cathedral
Dinner in the Cathedral refectory and lecture by Dr Nigel Paterson
Cost: £40
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Thursday 12 March, 6.30-8pm
The intrepid Mrs Graham, travel writer, intellectual and woman of letters
Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire
Talk by Dr Carl Thompson
Cost: £11, £8.50 for students and Friends of Chawton House Library including drinks and canapés
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Saturday 28 February 2015 2-5pm
Study day: Experiencing the Georgian garden
Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire
Talks arranged by the University of Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Cost: £20/£15 (students/unwaged)
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Saturday 21 February 2015 10.30am-4pm
Historic Food Workshop - Cooking with Jane Austen
Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire
Hands-on workshop led by Lesley Ward
Cost: £45 - includes all materials and tea and coffee but excludes lunch.
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Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton
Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton
Friday 20 February 2015 2-4pm
Travel and Ageing in Jane Austen's Works
Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire
Talks and book signings by Maggie Lane and Hazel Jones.
Cost: £11; Students/Friends £8.50 including refreshments
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Tuesday 3 February 2015 6-7.30pm
The Winner Takes it All? George IV and Memorabilia from Waterloo
Windsor Castle
A talk looking at the Royal Collection's wide range of Waterloo memorabilia
Cost: Includes a glass of wine - £15; Concessions £13.50.
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25 January 2014 to 1 January 2015 
Mar to Oct 10.30am-5pm; Nov to Feb 10.30am-4pm (exit 1 hour after these times)
Georgians: Dress for Polite Society
Fashion Museum, Bath
Cost: £8 adult/£7.25 concession/£6 child
Joint tickets with No 1 Royal Crescent and Roman Baths available.
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Assembly Rooms, Bath - home of the Fashion Museum
Assembly Rooms, Bath - home of the Fashion Museum
20 September 2014 to 11 January 2015
Sat to Thurs 10-5.30pm; Fri 10-9.30pm
Constable  - The Making of a Master
V&A Museum, London
Cost: £14 adult; £12 senior; £9 student/teen (in advance inc booking fee)
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17 April to 30 November
The Glorious Georges at Historic Royal Palaces
George I at Hampton Court Palace - more information

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
George II at Kensington Palace - more information

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
George III at Kew Palace - more information

Kew Palace
Kew Palace
Normal palace entry costs but if you are planning to visit all three, it is worth becoming a member of Historic Royal Palaces with unlimited entry during the year.
NB you do still have to pay entry to Kew Gardens to get to Kew Palace though!

Friday 11 April to Sunday 12 October 10am-5.30pm
The First Georgians, Art & Monarchy 1714-1760
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

Entrance to The First Georgians Exhibition in the Queen's Gallery
Entrance to The First Georgians Exhibition
in the Queen's Gallery
An exhibition exploring royal patronage and taste in the reigns of George I and George II.
Read about my visit to the preview here.
Cost: £9.50 (Concessions £8.75; Under 17 £4.80; Under 5 free)
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1 August to 31 October 2014
11am to 5pm (Below stairs, garden & shop open 10am)
Pride and Prejudice
Berrington Hall, Herefordshire
Cost: £8.63 adult/£4.31 child Family and group tickets available.
Costumes and accessories from the 1995 BBC adaptation.
Other costume exhibitions during the year.
Link to Berrington Hall, National Trust, website 

Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 October
10am-5.30pm
Jaunt with Jane - a Jane Austen themed weekend
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Cost: £199/£150 concessions (Students/OAPs/JAS/JASNA/DT7/DT6 postcodes) which includes Saturday lunch, cream tea and dinner and Sunday lunch.
The programme includes two tours, a talk by Jane Austen's relative Diana Shervington and a museum visit.
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Poster advertising Jaunt with Jane weekend in Lyme Regis

Friday 12 to Sunday 21 September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath
Various events, times and costs including:
Saturday 13 September 11am
Grand Regency Costumed Parade
More information
Read about how I got on 

Natalie Garbett and Rachel
at the Jane Austen Festival
Grand Regency Costumed Parade 2014
20 June to 13 September Tues to Sat 10am-5pm
Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the summer of 1814
Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

Cost: Free, but donations welcome.
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Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane's Museum
1 July to 31 August 2014
11am to 5pm (Below stairs, garden & shop open 10am)
Big Bottoms and Small Waists
Berrington Hall, Herefordshire
Cost: £8.63 adult/£4.31 child Family and group tickets available.
Undergarments through the ages.
Other costume exhibitions during the year.
Link to Berrington Hall, National Trust, website 

Tuesday 29 July 6-8pm 
Philip Astley, Circus Showman - From Westminster Bridge to the World - a talk by Mike Rendell (aka the Georgian Gentleman)
Guildhall, London
Cost: £5.95
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Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 July 2014
International symposium: Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World
Hampton Court Palace
3 day event including lectures and visits
Cost: £100
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Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
22 March to 13 July 
Sat to Thurs 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-9.30pm
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cost: £8 (Senior citizens £7; Students & under 18s £6; Under 12s free)
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Until 30 June 2014 11am to 5pm (Below stairs, garden & shop open 10am)
The Duchess at Berrington Hall
Berrington Hall, Herefordshire
Cost: £8.63 adult/£4.31 child Family and group tickets available.
Exhibition of costumes from The Duchess (2008).
Other costume exhibitions during the year.
Link to Berrington Hall, National Trust, website
Blog about the exhibition

Monday 23 to Sunday 29 June
Chalke Valley History Festival
Near Salisbury, Wiltshire
Cost: Talks - various times and prices
Sat and Sun entrance to showground including air display and reenactments:
£12/£5.50 child/£33 family(2+3) in advance;
£15/£7 child/£40 family(2+3) on door;
Under 5s free; £3 if have talk ticket for the day.
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7 February to 5 May 9.45am-5.15pm
Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby
Windsor Castle
It looks like the exhibition is included in the standard castle admission:
Adult  £18.50
Over 60/Student (with valid ID)  £16.75
Under 17  £11.00
Under 5  Free
Family  £48.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
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Saturday 29 March 9.30am-5.30pm
Landscape and Green Spaces: Garden History in the West Midlands at Birmingham University
Cost: £32 including lunch and refreshments
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Saturday 8 March 10am-4pm
Mansfield Park Symposium at Chawton House Library, Chawton, nr Alton, Hampshire
Cost: £40 (£33 concessions) including lunch and refreshments.
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8 November 2013 to 11 March 2014
Georgians Revealed - exhibition at the British Library
Cost: £9 (£4.50 with National Art Pass)
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The Great Room at the Royal Academy  from The Microcosm of London (1808-10)
The Great Room at the Royal Academy
from The Microcosm of London (1808-10)
22 November 2013 to 2 March 2014
High Spirits - the comic art of Thomas Rowlandson - exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Holyroodhouse Palace, Edinburgh
Cost: £6.25/Student and over 60 £5.70/Under 17 £3.15/Under 5 free/Family £16.
Or joint ticket with entry to Holyroodhouse Palace £15.50/£14.15/£8.80/free/£40.80.
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February 2014

Poster advertising Purbeck Literary Festival 2014

Friday 28 February 10.30am-1pm at Corfe Castle Village Hall
Successful blogging workshop
with Rachel Knowles
(writer of this blog)
Part of the Purbeck Literary Festival
Cost: £6
Tickets from:
Swanage Tourist Information Centre  Tel. 01929 422885
Discover Purbeck Information Centre  Tel. 01929 552740
For more information


Saturday 7 December:  Regency Dance
Selborne, Hampshire
Cost: £50 single ticket; £90 couple; £40 each for groups of 4 or more.
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The first quadrille at Almack's  from The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow (1889)
The first quadrille at Almack's
from The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow (1889)
Monday 2 December 6.30-8pm: Buying Luxury, Acquiring Style - Georgian Menswear
Conference centre, British Library
A talk on 18th century fashion by designer Patrick Grant and historian Hannah Greig.
Cost: £5 (£3 concessions)
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Sunday 17 November 2-3.15pm: Georgian Londoners: Into the Streets
Conference centre, British Library
A talk by Lucy Inglis based on her new book.
Cost: £7.50 (£5 concessions)
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Saturday 2 November and Sunday 3 November 11am-4pm: A reenactment of Frances Bankes' ball of 1791
Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, Dorset
Normal entry rates apply
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Reenactment of Frances Bankes' ball at Kingston Lacy
Reenactment of Frances Bankes' ball at Kingston Lacy

Friday 25 October to Sunday 27 October: International Living History Fair Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Bath Lane, Bruntingthorpe, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 5QS
The multi-period market place for re-enactors, historical interpreters and historical enthusiasts
Cost: £4.50 (Children £1.50)
Friday 12-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
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Royal Crescent, Bath
Royal Crescent, Bath

Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 September: Stamford Georgian Weekend in Stamford, Lincolnshire
Lots of events, some free, some with a charge.
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Sunday 29 September: Pride and Prejudice acting day at Campbell House Museum, Toronto
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Friday 13 September to Saturday 21 September: Jane Austen Festival in Bath
Lots of events with varying charges - more information.

Saturday 14 September: Grand Regency costume promenade in Bath as part of the Jane Austen Festival
Cost £10 per adult for wristband to take part in the parade, dressed in Regency costume. Under 16s free.
Free to watch!
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Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July: Jane Austen house party at Old Alresford Place, Hampshire.
Includes a Pride and Prejudice ball and a study morning on Regency costume.
Cost £295 per person full board
Saturday only (to include costume morning, lunch and ball) £70
Saturday ball and dance workshop only £40
Sunday only (to include Chawton, Winchester Cathedral, lunch and tea) £45
More information about itinerary
Booking information

Tuesday 23 July to Friday 26 July: Make a Georgian man's coat workshop in Leeds.
Make your own 1760s style man's coat in 4 days at a workshop with historical costume maker, Dawn Wood of Fabrication Crafts, Leeds.
Cost £400 + top fabric for your coat.
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Wednesday 24 July, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Georgian cookery at Hampton Court
One-day workshop in Georgian cookery, making a feast fit for a king.
Cost £49/£44 HRP members*, including light refreshments and entry to Hampton Court Palace.
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Saturday 27 July, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Georgian cookery at Hampton Court
One-day workshop in Georgian cookery, making a feast fit for a king.
Cost £49/£44 HRP members*, including light refreshments and entry to Hampton Court Palace.
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SOLD OUT

Sunday 28 July, 2pm to 4pm: Georgian fragrances at Hampton Court
Sample the smells of Georgian life and create your own Georgian-style perfume with Tanya Moulding, ‘The Perfume Mistress’.
Cost £30/£26 HRP members*, including light refreshments and entry to Hampton Court Palace.
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SOLD OUT

Sunday 28 July: Pride and Prejudice acting day at Campbell House Museum, Toronto
Mr Darcy makes an offer at Hunsford Parsonage
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Old Palace at Kew  from Memoirs of her late  majesty, Charlotte  by WC Oulton (1819)
Old Palace at Kew
from Memoirs of her late
majesty, Charlotte
by WC Oulton (1819)
Tuesday 9 July, 5pm to 6.45pm: Tea with the curator at Kew Palace
Meet curator Polly Putnam and learn about Kew Palace and its Georgian artefacts including a tape measure showing the heights of the royal princes in 1769.
Cost £30/£26 HRP members*, including refreshments and entry to Kew Palace and Gardens.
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Saturday 6 July: Dress like a Georgian day
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Sunday 30 June: Pride and Prejudice acting day at High Park, Toronto
Lady Catherine de Bourgh pays a visit to Miss Elizabeth Bennet in the grounds of Longbourne House.
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Monday 24 June to Sunday 30 June: Chalke Valley History Festival
A festival dedicated to history including talks by historical writers and living history displays with an airshow and battle re-enactments at the weekend. Held near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Cost Monday to Friday - talks £10-£18 per ticket
Saturday and Sunday - most talks £10-£15 per ticket but some 2 for 1 offers
Saturday - general entry inc airshow
Sunday - general entry inc reenactment of the Battle of Vitoria
£12.50 adult, £9 child, family ticket £40, family weekend ticket £75.
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Andrew and Rachel Knowles dressed as Mr Darcy and Eizabeth Bennet
Tuesday 25 June to Friday 29 June: Make a Georgian dress workshop in Leeds.
Make your own Georgian-style dress in 4 days at a workshop with historical costume maker, Dawn Wood of Fabrication Crafts, Leeds.
Cost £400 + top fabric for your dress.
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Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 11am to 5pm:
Crikey! It's Vintage at Killerton, Exeter
60 stalls offering a variety of vintage and retro fashion, antiques and more with vintage fairground rides, classic cars and a vintage wedding emporium.
Cost Adult £9.60 on door, £6 in advance; Child £4.60, £4 in advance; National Trust members free entry.
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Saturday 15 June 6.30pm to 11.30pm: Hampshire Regency Dancers "Pride and Prejudice Ball" at Chawton House, Chawton, Hampshire
Regency ball at Chawton where the BBC Netherfield Ball was held. Dancing in a marquee and supper in the manor house.
Music by greengingerband.co.uk and calling by Valerie Webster.
Cost £65
Optional Regency Dance workshop on 1 June: cost £10.
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Saturday 1 June, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Writing historical romantic fiction workshop at Kew Palace
A workshop run by Spread the Word with author Catherine King designed to help writers of all levels to research and plan a historical romantic novel.
Cost £49/£45 HRP members*, including refreshments and entry to Kew Gardens and Palace.
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May 2013

Monday 20 May 6.30pm to 8.15pm: "Fit to Rule" talk with Lucy Worsley at the Banqueting House
To accompany the BBC series - "Fit to Rule: How royal illness changed history".
Also with series producer, Emma Hindley.
Cost £18/£15 HRP members*, including drinks reception.
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April 2013

Tuesday 30 April 8pm: Jane Austen lecture by Professor Janet Todd OBE at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Surrey
Part of Trinity250 celebrating the the 250th anniversary of the largest Georgian church in Surrey.
Cost £8
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Old Palace at Kew  from Memoirs of her late  majesty, Charlotte  by WC Oulton (1819)
Old Palace at Kew
from Memoirs of her late
majesty, Charlotte
by WC Oulton (1819)
Thursday 11 April, 6.30pm to 8pm: An audience with the Prince Regent at Kew Palace
A question and answer session with the Prince Regent hosted by Past Pleasures – what would you ask Prinny?
Cost £18/£16 HRP members*, including wine reception and entry to Kew Palace.
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2012

26 November 2011 - 14 October 2012
Queens in Waiting: Charlotte and Victoria
An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
Read about the exhibition here.

23 June 2012 - 9 September 2012
Georgian Carlisle at Tullie House, Carlisle
Read about the exhibition here.

Compiled by Rachel Knowles
Photographs © Andrew Knowles - www.flickr.com/photos/dragontomato