Jane Austen Festival 2015 – photos!

The official photos from the Jane Austen Festival 2015 are now online – here are all 1408 of them. I have organised them by event so you have a chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd! The 2015 Festival was a great success, despite some rain as we gathered for the Promenade. Hundreds of people, gorgeous costumes, fascinating events and we even got sunshine at the end of the Promenade – what more could one ask for? Roll on September 2016 when we can do it all again :)

Events included: Promenade, Masked Ball, Country Dance, Bonnet Workshop, Austen Undone!, A Taste of Bath and many more. As always, if I have included a photo of you which you don’t like please let me know and I will remove it.
Jane Austen Festival 2015 - Promenade

Jane Austen Festival in Bath

[UPDATE 13th Feb 2011] I’m now editing some of the video I shot, to make a promotional video for the festival, which will replace the one currently showing in the Jane Austen Centre. I will also make a trailer from that which will be online in a few weeks.

I’ve taken photos of the Jane Austen Festival promenade for the last couple of years and the Jane Austen Centre liked them so much that this year they have hired me to photograph most of the events during the week long festival.

The promenade was a great success again – glorious sunny weather and not too hot. We guess there were more people than last year’s world record of 409 people in Regency dress at one event – the procession held up the traffic in the centre of Bath for ten minutes or so. All ages, creeds, races, etc take part and many of the participants put a lot of effort into their costumes, all of which makes it great fun to photograph.

On the opening Saturday there was also a lunch and craft fair in the afternoon, then a gala evening with entertainment relevant to the era, including an entertaining pastiche of Austen’s works by Tongue Tied Theatre.

Sunday night was a Baroque dance performance by Bath Minuet followed by dancing for all with Bath Minuet teaching the participants some of the dances. Good music, and it was lovely to watch such dances performed well and by dancers in Baroque dress.

Monday night was about Regency food – what were some of the tastes and smells they were used to. I was hoping to get some good reaction shots of people tasting things they didn’t like but most foods were clearly at least “ok”.

I hope to have lots of photos available for people to see and print shortly – I will update this page with a link when they are ready.

I’m also shooting some video of the events and will put that online when I have had a chance to edit it.


womad - hulahoop girl

womad – hulahoop girl

Went to Womad at Charlton Park on Saturday. Wide range of music and food, with lots of colourful people. I took quite a few photos but I also shot another music video with Samantha Marais, on the steam powered carousel (part of Carter’s Steam fair). I will link that as soon as we’ve edited it (first I have to finish editing last week’s video of Memzee and the Sweetners playing live at the Canteen in Stokes Croft, Bristol).

This photo I felt summed up the spirit of Womad – a mix of ages and cultures and lots of colour. The gentlemen in the background are from the United Arab Emirates and played some great music.

Regency Ball in Bath

UPDATE: the video I shot is now online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8NTDs1F53Y

There were over 100 people at the Ball, all in costume, all having a wonderful time, which makes it easy to take good photos :)

I shall be photographing the Jane Austen Festival in Bath this September, on behalf of the Jane Austen Centre.

The Jane Austen Centre, Bath
Video of one dance