Sunday, 21 April 2013

Jane Austen Tour in England

The Most Exciting News...
Jane Austen Tour in England, 2015

I have THE most exciting news to share with you... I have been asked to accompany a tour in England based around "The Life and Times of Jane Austen"!  This has come about from my interest in everything to do with Jane Austen and the Jane Austen Quilt Collection I have been working on for the past six years.

The tour is being organised by the lovely people at Whitecroft Traditional Tours who specialise in luxury tours designed for people interested in quilting and history.

To quote Helen Bertram:
“The aim of our tours is to find hidden treasures and offer highest quality hotels, the highest quality guides and the highest quality organisation.

We organise tours and workshops all over the country aimed at embroiderers, quilters, artists, historians, gardeners and photographers - anyone who has an interest in the wonderful heritage and experiences that we have all around us.”

The tour, "The Life and Times of Jane Austen" will take place from 27th September to 7th October, 2015

Highlights of the tour include:
* Jane Austen Centre, Bath
* The Museum of Costume, Bath
* The Vyne, near Basingstoke
* Jane Austen's House, Chawton
* Winchester Cathedral
* Hereford City Museum
* Stoneleigh Abbey
* Victoria & Albert Museum
* Lacock & Lacock Abbey
* Lyme Regis
* The American Museum in Britain
* The Roman Baths
* Workshop with Katrina Hadjimichael 

The tour is based around an interest in patchwork and quilting from the time of Jane Austen and will also include private visits to museum and quilt collections, most notably the Victoria and Albert Museum!!!  
Wow, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some absolutely fabulous quilts and artefacts to inspire our future handiwork.  If you have been drooling over your books of antique quilts this is a chance to see them in reality!

The tour is based at a magnificent Spa Hotel in the spectacular Georgian city of Bath.  Tours will branch out from this location to see many places associated with Jane Austen.  

Imagine seeing the village of Steventon where Jane was born, "Chawton" the house where she lived the last and most productive years of her life and her final resting place in Winchester Cathedral.  At Chawton we will see the diamond medallion quilt Jane made with her mother and sister.

We will also visit Lyme Regis on the coast where segments of her novels were set and the Heritage listed town of Lacock which was the film set location for Meryton in the 1995 BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice".

The tour price will include all accommodation, 26 meals, entry fees, guides, workshop requirements and tuition, tips and a Tour Director throughout.
If you are interested in being part of this fabulous experience, please email Helen Bertram directly at to receive a full itinerary and to book your tour.  The tour has limited numbers so although it is over two years away, you will need to book and then you will have time to save!

I am sure we will have the most amazing experience on this tour.  I cannot wait to meet all the people on the tour who share my love of everything Jane Austen and the style of patchwork quilting from her time.

The link to Whitecroft Traditional Tours is here.

If you would like to discuss the tour with me please feel free to email me at

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