Worthing WOW (World of Words) brings Jane Austen back to Worthing after 210 years during the last week of May and the first week of June.
The Chatsworth Hotel, Steyne Gardens holds an exhibition in the Georgian Room from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm daily until Sunday June 7th (closed Monday June 1st).
Thursday May 28th – 7.00 pm: Film Event – ‘Bride and Prejudice’. A special screening of this Bollywood movie in association with Worthing Film Club, with an Indian snack buffet served from 7.00 pm. The film will start at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £12.00 adult, £6.00 child, to include snack buffet. Booking ahead essential.
Saturday May 30th – 3.00 pm: Historical Talk – Worthing in the age of Jane Austen. Antony Edmonds, author of Jane Austen’s Worthing: The Real Sanditon, describes the exciting, colourful and fast-growing town that Worthing was in the first two decades of the nineteenth century, and tells the story of some of its remarkable residents and visitors. Tickets are £3.00.
Sunday May 31st – 10.00 am to 3.00 pm: Free Family Fun Day. Bring the family along for children’s workshops celebrating Georgian Worthing and Jane Austen. All the activities are free, but signing up in advance at Worthing Museum is advised. The workshops include: 10.00 am – History Walk and Talk; 11.40 am – Arts & Crafts; 1.30 pm – Regency Dance class (open to both adults and children); 2.10 pm – Arts & Crafts and Regency Dance.
Sunday May 31st – 11.00 am to 3.30 pm: Carriage and Horses Experience. Maple Leaf Carriages will be providing a safe and professional 15-minute carriage ride around the heart of Worthing, starting from outside the Chatsworth Hotel at 20-minute intervals during the hours shown above. Experience the town as Jane Austen would have done! Tickets are £12.00, child £6.00. Must be booked in advance, as this event is expected to sell out quickly.
Sunday May 31st – 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: Georgian Concert and Dance Display. A trio of professional musicians, including a harpsichordist, cellist and viola player, will be playing classical music with which Jane Austen would have been familiar. A Georgian dance display will also take place – dress up if you have a Regency outfit at home! Tickets are £12.00 adult, £6.00 child, to include tea and cake.
Monday June 1st: Schools Day (closed to the public). All local schools have been offered places at this exciting event, which will include a historical treasure search around town, a Regency dance workshop, and English extension activities. Organised by Kevin Newman, from All-Inclusive History.
Wednesday June 3rd – 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: Art Workshop – Jane Austen Inspires! The Austen Artist in Residence will share their skills and ‘processes’ and explains what inspires them about the exhibition. What have local artists been working on over the past two weeks? Learn practical tips on how to develop your own artistic talents. Tickets are £6.00 to include tea and cake.
Thursday June 4th – 7.00 pm: Film Event – ‘Sense and Sensibility’. A special screening of Emma Thompson’s brilliant film version of Jane Austen’s novel, in association with Worthing Film Club, with a snack buffet served from 7.00 pm. The film will start at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £12.00 adult, £6.00 child, to include snack buffet. Booking ahead essential.
Saturday June 6th – 3.00 pm: Historical Talk – Jane Austen’s Visit and the Sanditon Connection. Antony Edmonds, author of Jane Austen’s Worthing: The Real Sanditon, describes Jane Austen’s visit of 1805, and discusses the many similarities between Worthing and the town of Sanditon in the novel she began writing in 1817, the year of her death. Tickets are £3.00.
Sunday June 7th – 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: End-of-Event Party. The final ‘Hurrah’! Festival organiser Melody Bridges will summarise the events that have taken place over the course of the festival and share the work of the Artist and Writer in Residence. Chris Hare and Ann Feloy from History People UK will be giving a talk about folk music of the Jane Austen era, and their small choir will perform songs of the period. Look out for a surprise visit from Mr Darcy! Tickets are £12.00 adult, child £6.00, to include wine and snacks. Booking ahead essential.
Tickets for all events are available from: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Chapel Road – telephone 01903 221448.