The Jane Austen Birthday Ball

16 Dec
  • Image of Hampshire Regency Dancers dancing
  • Image of Hampshire Regency Dancers dancing


Broadway, Winchester

SO23 9GH

It's Jane Austen's 242nd Birthday and in this 200th Anniversary year, you are invited to a rather special party!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester and The Hampshire Regency Dancers welcome you to a 'Grand Jane Austen Birthday Ball' in the Guildhall's stately King Charles suite. Join in some easy dances of the time which will be 'called' and walked through beforehand to live music. Learn to flirt with your fan and come as your favourite Jane Austen character.  You are encouraged to come in Regency costume (which can be hired locally) or Black Tie. Your ticket includes a reception drink, the ball and a variety of delicious canapés and of course, a piece of birthday cake! A cash bar will be provided for all other beverages.

7.00pm start time (reception) and ball begins at 7.30pm, finishing at 11.30pm.

There is a break from the dancing between 9pm and 10pm.

Tickets are £45 each and available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Guildhall.

 If you would like to learn more or improve your dancing moves why not come along to this workshop between 14:00-15:30 on Saturday 16th December in preparation for the evening ball. 

 Dances and dance steps will be practised, with live music and dances will of course be 'called'.

 Regency dancing is similar to Scottish or Ceilidh or barn dancing and is really very simple, but we advise low-heeled shoes and to bring a bottle of water, as some dances can be quite energetic!

You don't need a partner, as steps are the same for men as for women and it was not uncommon in Jane Austen's time for ladies (and men) to dance together, especially as men were often at war in the military and at sea.

The workshop will be £5.00 and tickets for the workshop are also available from the Tourist Information Centre.

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