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Certificate of Excellence for the Regency Tea Room

The Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre earns the 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Honoured as a Top Performing Tearoom as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site Bath, Uk – The Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. Lenka Winter, the Tea Room Manager is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said,“We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.” “TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on (more…)
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Airport Bus Video

The Jane Austen News is: Martin SalterOur ‘Airport bus Video’ Take a look at this little 1 minute video we made to show on the Airport Bus which runs from Bath city Centre to Bristol airport and back again. Its a bit of fun and shows Martin and Centre Guide Elle as well as the Regency Tea Room.   The Jane Austen Centre aims to be not only informative but exciting and illuminating. With knowledgeable staff, a lovely period atmosphere, exclusive film, costume, contemporary exhibits, maps and books. It is the perfect starting point to an exploration of Jane Austen’s Bath. The Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath houses a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane’s experience in the city between 1801 and 1806 and the effect that living here had on her and her writing.Gay Street is the ideal location for the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, set between two of Bath’s architectural masterpieces, Queen Square and the Circus. Enjoying a taste of Georgian England Jane Austen actually lived in Gay Street (higher up the hill on the same side, at No.25) for some months in 1805. Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident. “They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel. She was come to be happy, and she felt happy already. They were soon settled in comfortable lodgings in Pultney Street”. Northanger Abbey In Persuasion, (more…)
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Festival images 2012 Jane Austen Festival

Festival Images 2012 Our professional photographer Owen Benson has loaded all of his fantastic images to an online site for you to enjoy. Just go into the galleries and look around. Image Galleries If you would like to download high resolution images to print yourself or if you would like to order prints this is now possible. Owen has kept the cost to an absolute minimum. Prices range from 50p per download to prints from £1. The download site is a little awkward but if you follow the instructions you will be able to get what you want. Go to the Image Galleries where you can view the shots from each of the events. If you would like to purchase a print just click the image and ‘Add to Cart’. You can then choose the size and finish of the print. Simple If you would like to download an image to print later or send to friends there is an extra step. 1 Choose your image and then press ‘Add to Cart’   2 Press the ‘Downloads’ tab in the top right corner   3 Press the radio button 4 Press ‘Add to Cart’. When you checkout you will need to create an account in order to pay. I know you will enjoy these images. (more…)
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Pride and Prejudice Readathon

Readathon event to celebrate Jane Austen’s bi-centenary The Jane Austen Centre in Bath is to host an event that will be broadcast around the world -a 12 Hour International Readathon. January 28th 2013 sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and to mark this bicentenary the book will be read in its entirety during a twelve hour period. The half- day long ‘Readathon’ will take place at the Centre in Gay Street and will be streamed to eager fans all around the world. The book, which regularly tops polls as the nation’s favourite novel, will be read in short 10 minute segments by up to 140 celebrities, authors, politicians, musicians, Olympians, school children, competition winners and personalities. The Centre will also be welcoming internet streams from the various overseas Jane Austen societies and celebrities. David Baldock, Director of the Jane Austen Centre said, “This is such an important literary milestone that it cannot be allowed to pass without recognition. I have witnessed how Jane Austen’s talent unites people from all corners of the world and this ‘Readathon’ is one way we can celebrate this together.” The Centre is still deciding who should get the honour of reading the opening line, which is probably the most famous in English Literature. ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’. All of the readers at the Centre will be offered the opportunity to (more…)
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The Face of the Jane Austen Centre 2013

Jane Austen Centre guide ElleThe face of the Jane Austen Centre 2013 Every year at the Jane Austen Centre we select a member staff to represent us in marketing and advertising as the Face of The Jane Austen Centre. Our staff enjoy the process. We get in a professional photographer and spend quite a bit of time getting the look just right. Elle is wearing her guide costume plus a bonnet made from velvet. She is accessorised with a lace fan, lace gloves and a string of pearls. Normally our guides don’t use these accessories but we all now feel that they should! We will invest in a few more important items for everyone to wear. You might remember seeing other members of staff in the same role. 2 years ago it was Becca our Online Giftshop manager, last year it was Jennie the Centre Manager and this year it’s Elle one of our guides. She looks great don’t you think? Photo by Owen Benson   Colours in Regency Fashion Colours are always integral to fashion and the names given to the new shades of the season as imaginative as they are confusing. Where trend gurus of 2006 push aubergine, petrol, raspberry, mustard, and moss on us; their counterparts of two centuries ago were not slow in urging its female readership to wear coquelicot, canary, pomona, jonquil or puce. But what did the colours really look like? While ivory, rose, peach and lavender are quite easy to figure out, others are more obscure. Many (more…)
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Festival Promenade best ever

PromenadersIt was a beautiful day at the Festival Promenade Great weather plus brilliant costumes Bath was brought to a standstill on Saturday (15th September) as hundreds of costumed Jane Austen fans took part in the Grand Regency Promenade. The Promenade, which traditionally opens the Jane Austen Festival and holds the record for the largest costumed gathering, attracts people from all over the world to the city and this year was no different. The day began with a military display at the Royal Crescent, which included several volleys of shots being discharged in front of this historic landmark. At 11am, the biggest ever number of promenaders then set off from Queen Square to make their way through the celebrated streets of Bath. The route took in Milsom Street, which was closed to traffic for the event and also allowed a dance display to take place in this most famous of streets for the huge crowd of onlookers that had turned out to watch. Those fans that couldn’t make it to the event, however, were treated to live updates on our popular facebook page, which sent a series of images around the globe of the promenade as it was actually taking place. Among those that were taking part though was dedicated Janeite Hillary Marsh, who travelled from New York with her husband John and two children Sapphire, nine, and Felix, seven. She first found out about the festival when the family was on holiday in Bath in 2009 and have planned their (more…)
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Adrian Lukis (Wickham) to appear at Jane Austen Festival

Adrian LukisAmongst the 60 or so events crammed into this year’s annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath will be the special appearance by actor Adrian Lukis (George Wickham in the BBC 1995 adaptation of P&P). Very appropriate as this year marks the 200th anniversary of the sale of the copyright of Pride & Prejudice to the publisher Thomas Egerton. Jane Austen wrote excitedly in November 1812, “P & P is sold. – Egerton gives £110 for it. – I would rather have had £150, but we could not both be pleased, & I am not at all surprised that he should not chuse to hazard so much…”  Wow what a bargain! Jackie Herring the Festival Director says, “ We felt it right and correct to start celebrating what is probably the most popular book in the English language this year, rather than leave it until the anniversary of the actual publication date next year.” This year, the 12th annual Jane Austen Festival runs from Friday 14th to Saturday 22nd September 2012. A highlight of every Festival is the world famous, record breaking Grand Regency Promenade where 500+ fans in full Regency costume parade through the streets of Bath – it’s a rare delight and takes place on Saturday 15th of September. Information Full details of Festival events can be found here  Tickets are on sale now from Bath Box Office (more…)
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A proposal at the Centre

Marriage proposal witnessed by Martin SalterWe’ve just been sent some lovely photos of Zach’s proposal to Julie which happened recently in the Regency Tea Room. It’s so romantic. Here’s what they said; We cannot express our gratitude for all that you did to make sure that our special moment was perfect. We are so happy and we thank you with all of our hearts. (more…)