Jane Austen Festival | Courtesy of the Jane Austen Society
Jane Austen Festival | Courtesy of the Jane Austen Society

Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Jane Austen’s England” is the theme of this weekends’s eighth annual Jane Austen Festival. Sounds like a good time. And if you come in Regency-era garb at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, you could help break the Guinness Book of World Record for the number of people gathered while wearing Regency-era clothes.

Who knew Guinness got that specific?

The Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove is already the largest such gathering in North America and second largest in the world.

On Friday, June 15,  there is twilight shopping, food and music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m, and the event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.

According to a news release the event will feature: “A Regency style show, Regency emporium, Regency fashion display, four course afternoon tea ($25), a children’s tea ($20), Grand Ball ($25), workshops, a duel between gentleman, bare knuckle boxing demonstration, archery demonstration, bobbin lace-making demonstration, an encampment of His Majesty’s Royal Navy, Lord Nelson, as well as tours of the 1790s Georgian home.”

Empire waists and cap sleeves are really flattering, but you don’t have to dress up to come. They do prohibit people dressing like zombies from the movie “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies,” however.

Admission is $8 on Friday; Saturday and Sunday are $12 each day or you can buy a $20 two day-pass.

Advance registration is highly recommended for the tea, workshops and Grand Ball. More information and tickets available here.

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