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A Regency Picnic in Bath

October 8, 2011

One end of Royal Crescent

The other end of Royal Crescent

On the Tuesday after the Promenade, Robert and I headed back to Bath in costume to meet friends for a picnic, on the green in front of Royal Crescent.

Again, the weather was not very promising, with grey skies and a bit of a cool breeze, but at least it hadn’t rained yet!  We arrived, parked in the car park below Royal Avenue, and headed up to join Scott and Jo who were already there. 

Jo and Scott

As we wandered across the grass I noticed that Eileen had also come to meet us, as she said she might do during her lunch break.

Robert and Eileen

Eileen only stopped for a short while, but it was lovely to see her again after so long…it was the 2009 Promenade when we met Eileen, Rachel and Natalia for the first time in person…and I treasure special memories of that Promenade.

It was fun to watch people’s reactions to seeing us as usual, especially when we could see cameras pointed in our direction from some distance away.  Some people wandered over, unsure whether to ask if they could take photos, others just came over and spoke to us and posed with us.  Here’s a picture that Robert took by setting the timer…

Myself, Jo, Scott, and Robert

Just look at those clouds!!  It didn’t rain though.

After a while, Aurora and Justin joined us, and we had a very pleasant couple of hours…apart from the large group of school children who came tramping across the grass with their teachers, and settled down noisily right behind us!!  Oh well…

A few spots of rain began to fall, so we decided to pack up and take the picnic stuff back to the cars, before wandering up to the Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum…more of that in the next blog.

Heading for the carpark

The few spots of rain were just that…a few spots.

When we emerged from the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms, we saw that it was raining a bit more, so it was time to leave Bath.  Aurora and Justin left us at this point.

Scott and Jo were camping at a picturesque place that we had passed on several occasions, and people had mentioned their cream teas, so this was our next stop.  

Leaving Bath in the rain

We arrived at Stowford Manor Farm, and tip-toed through the puddles to the tea-rooms…what a loveley place it is…

Stowford Manor Farm


While we waited for our cream teas, we had a look around the room at the lovely old fireplace, the beams, the windows, and the items displayed therein including…a Wurlitzer jukebox!!

Isn't this cosy!


I do apologise for not taking any photos of the cream teas, but when they arrived we were too busy tucking in and enjoying them!!

We had a wonderful afternoon, despite the ‘iffy’ weather, and we hope that next year we can arrange to do more than just the promenade.  Scott has mentioned organising another picnic, but next time arranging it properly, well in advance, so that more people can join in.  We look forward to it!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2011 6:43 pm

    Your blue and white spencer is truly amazing! I saw you in a group photo on another blog and thought, “whoa, who is THAT with the blue spencer?” Now I know 🙂 It’s splendid work!

    • October 9, 2011 7:23 pm

      Hi Lauren
      The young lady in the lovely blue spencer is Jo. We met her and her husband Scott in Bath at a previous Promenade, and took photos of them. They tagged themselves on Facebook, and that was when we found out that they also come from Lincoln (UK)
      Everyone loves that spencer.

  2. October 10, 2011 1:57 pm

    It was lovely to see you both again too – you all looked spectacular! 🙂

    • October 10, 2011 10:41 pm

      Thanks Eileen. We hope to repeat the picnic again next year, but organise and advertise well in advance so more people can join us.

  3. October 11, 2011 4:45 pm

    Looks like a nice picnic…even an authentic looking kettle for tea too.

    • October 15, 2011 4:38 pm

      Note the lovely china cups and saucers too. We should have hidden the plastic bags though! :-S

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