JASNA has offered exclusive members-only tours of Jane Austen's England since 1997.
"You Pierce My Soul." Persuasion and the South Coast
Lyme Regis (photo © Carrie Bebris)
JASNA's 2018 Tour commemorated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion. Participants spent ten days with fellow JASNA members immersed in Jane Austen's England, visiting the towns and countryside most associated with her life—Steventon, Chawton, Bath and Winchester. The itinerary also included Lyme Regis and Portsmouth, locations that figured prominently in Persuasion and in Jane Austen’s life, as well as film locations used in the 1995 adaptation of the novel.
Commemorating Jane Austen – 200 Years
Winchester Cathedral (photo © Carol Moss)
To meet the demand from members who wished to mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death in England, JASNA offered two back-to-back tours in 2017. The itinerary included the houses, towns, and cities that shaped Jane Austen’s life and fiction: Steventon, Chawton, Bath, and Winchester, as well as locations related to Jane Austen’s family and areas associated with Pride and Prejudice: Derbyshire, the Midlands, and the Peak District. A major highlight of both tours was the Evensong ceremony conducted at Winchester Cathedral to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death on July 18, 1817. Tour participants also met with the Midlands Branch of the Jane Austen Society and attended special events and museum exhibits celebrating Austen's life.
Emma at 200: "Surrey has many beauties"
A View of Box-Hill, Surrey – George Lambert, 1733
The 2016 tour celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma. Members visited iconic Austen sites—Chawton, Winchester, Bath, and Lyme Regis—as well as places mentioned in Emma and period estates used in film adaptations, such as Loseley Park (Donwell Abbey in the film Emma, 2009) and Mapperton (Randalls in Emma, 1996 with Gwyneth Paltrow). The itinerary also included visits to villages and towns such as Great Bookham and Leatherhead (considered possible inspirations for Highbury), and a picnic on Box Hill. Other special events included the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of the UK and a gala dinner with Regency entertainment in an 18th-century Bath townhouse.
Jane Austen: Town and Country
The 2015 tour encompassed country estates and towns that shaped Jane Austen’s life and fiction, including Chawton, Bath, and Winchester. Members walked on the Cobb in Lyme Regis and toured the HMS Victory in Portsmouth, where Austen’s sailor brothers trained. They took a private tour of the Oxford college that her father and clergy brothers attended, visited Austen family estates in Kent (including Goodenstone House and Godmersham), and saw the Prince Regent’s exotic Royal Pavilion in Brighton.
Celebrating 200 Years of Mansfield Park
Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire (photo © Sue Forgue)
Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mansfield Park, members traveled to Northamptonshire, the setting of the Bertram estate; Portsmouth, where Fanny Price spent the winter; and Stoneleigh Abbey, the inspiration for Sotherton Court. They also toured Austen sites in Bath, Chawton, and Lyme Regis. In London they viewed Austen manuscripts in the British Library and Cassandra's portrait of Jane Austen in the National Portrait Gallery. And in Winchester they visited Austen’s grave and the private home where she died.
And More. . .
- Celebrating 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice, 2013
- The England of Jane Austen and Her Family, 2012
- Jane Austen: Celebrating 200 Years of Sense and Sensibility, 2011
- Jane Austen: Seascapes and Landscapes, 2010
- Houses of Jane Austen, 2009
- Jane Austen’s Great Houses in Fact and Fiction, 2008
- Life and Learning in Jane Austen’s Era, 2007
- Jane Austen: Beside the Sea, 2001
- Jane Austen: Pastimes & Pleasures, 1999
- Jane Austen: Great Houses & Gardens, 1998
- Jane Austen: Interpretations and Interactions, 1997