On Saturday 2nd September, Jane Austen fans and hopeless romantics alike will once again get a chance to spend the afternoon with the devilishly handsome Mr. Darcy at the Abbey Museum’s A Picnic at Pemberley. The grounds at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology are transformed into a picturesque Regency paradise, to raise funds to build a much needed art gallery an a long-awaited home for the invaluable ‘Old Masters’ copies and icons’ — part of the Abbey Museum’s collection not yet available for the public to view. And, as an added incentive to our wonderful Picnic at Pemberley fans, this year – for the first time – you will also have the unique opportunity to view some of these wonderful and very rare ‘Old Masters’ copies.
This year, also, we will also be hosting an optional morning regency dance workshop, commencing at 10.00am. We really encourage you to join us for this low impact but highly amusing ‘healthful sports’ workshop recreating leisurely activity as it was in the Regency era!
‘A moralist has said, with much reason, that the mind requires relaxation; and as it is necessary to seek employment, in order to preserve oneself from the evil habits which are the offspring of idleness, so it is equally requisite to relieve the fatigue of labour by recreation; a proper mixture of both keeps up the spirits, and preserves the health of the mind as well as that of the body. In mixing with society we lose the remembrance of past troubles, and even present ones weigh less heavily upon our spirits’ (M. St. Sernin).
Gates open for the afternoon’s festivities at 11.30am.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, or pre-purchase a picnic hamper.
Afternoon tea is included in admission. Tickets on sale now!
As guests to the Picnic at Pemberley, you can sip tea from the finest china, indulge in a wide selection of home made Regency treats, and participate in a variety of activities including Pall Mall – a simple form of croquet, Battledore -played with a shuttlecock and a small bat, Game of Graces and dancing.
Archery will be open to guests between 1pm and 4pm. The event will conclude with a display from our Noble Militia.
This year, you will also be able to reserve a table for a minimum of 10 people. Once your bookings have been secured, please contact Mr Darcy’s Event Coordinator at email@example.com, with the names of the members of your party and a table will be allocated for you.
While you are here, why not take a tour of the priceless collection of artefacts on display inside the Museum and view the magnificent Winchester Cathedral stained glass which is located in our Abbey Church!
We will also be running a raffle on the day! You may very well win yourself some beautiful regency themed goodies. Tickets will be $2 for one ticket, or 3 tickets for $5, or seven tickets for $10.
Or buy them online soon.