AFTER two years without Jane Austen Regency Week because of Covid-19, the event returns to Alton and Chawton from June 18 to 26.

It begins on June 18 with a Regency Day and Parade in Alton, with carriage rides, market stalls, dancing, entertainment and a High Street parade of those wearing Regency costume. The day continues with a Regency dancing workshop followed by a Regency Ball at which guests can test their new dancing skills.

June 19 features ‘Waking up the House’ at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton (9am), a guided walk around Chawton with local historian Jane Hurst (10.30am), food historian Julienne Gehrer on Martha Lloyd’s household book at Jane Austen’s House (midday), an afternoon Regency picnic at Chawton House, and an Emma tour at Jane Austen’s House (3.30pm).

On June 19 in Alton, the Allen Gallery hosts Regency Tea and Cake (5.30pm to 6.15pm), followed by Regency choral evensong at the Church of St Lawrence (6.30pm).

June 20 starts with an Abigail Rose embroidered jewellery workshop at Chawton House. In the afternoon Wyards Farm hosts tours and cream teas. A talk on Jane Austen and scandal is at Chawton House (7pm).

On June 21 Jane Austen’s House hosts a talk on Jane Austen and London (11am) and a calligraphy workshop (2pm). The Friends Meeting House in Alton will host a discussion of Persuasion (2.30pm).

June 22 starts with a talk about Jane Austen and needlework at Jane Austen’s House (11am) and a Jane Austen guided walk from the Curtis Museum in Alton (11am).

For full details of these events and the rest of Regency Week visit To book tickets call 01420 85057.