Aylwen, Lucca, John

Christmas Carol Ball, 20 December 2014

I am planning to wear a Regency costume to the Christmas Carol Ball on 20 December - as if I was attending Mr Fezziwig's Party. Not sure if I'm brave enough to test out the regency court train I'm working on - that might have to wait until our Battle of Waterloo Ball on the 11 April 2015.

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Spring cleaning

My sewing is on hold for two days while I spring clean the attic before the poplar fluff starts coming down (and in). I'm making sure all my fabrics and event stuff are in sealed plastic boxes - and John found some cheap ones to add to my collection. We've had some insect damage in the feathers and masks and some melted candles - otherwise the next biggest problem is dust and fluff. Getting rid of children's toys, fruit dehydrator, baskets, suitcases, heaters, clothing and stuff this week. Right now I can hear the boys popping bubble wrap - even big boys love it!


Last night I danced at a Versailles Ball in the Albert Hall in Canberra. We had been working for 7 weeks with primary students from Telopea Park School - and on the night they danced their minuets beautifully!
This morning my feet are dead, but I enjoyed displaying Menuet à deux, Aimable Vainqueur, La Bourgogne, La Bourrée d’Achille, L’Allemande, Menuet à quatre, Le Bohaimiene, Menuet de la cour, Les Quadrilles.
I'm looking forward to our workshops in England - if you are not on our tour you can still join our workshops - tickets are only available online - see http://www.eventbrite.com/org/473387679 . We have 5 places left on our Historic Costume & Dance Tour of England this September - please finalise bookings as soon as possible. We have guests on tour from Australia, Netherlands, USA and England. A very merry bunch :)

Historic Costume & Dance Tour of England, September 2013

Join Aylwen & John Gardiner-Garden for these tours—filled with the most wonderful destinations, costumes, accommodations and entertainments.
We’d love to have you with us!
TOUR 1 - HISTORIC LONDON, 1-8 September 2013

Tour the sights of London and attend an evening viewing of Midsummer Nights Dream at the Globe Theatre. See Kensington Palace, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College, The Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Fan Museum. Spend time at special costume study tables in the Museum of London, the Queen's own embroiderers and the Chertsey Museum. Drink in the sights of more costumes than you can imagine at the Victoria and Albert Museum and enjoy a guided tour around Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition. Spend a few hours stepping back in time at Dennis Severs House and enjoy special guests, discussions and historical dancing throughout the tour.



TOUR 2 - JANE AUSTEN'S ENGLAND, 8-15 September 2013

Travel through the English countryside by private luxury coach and enjoy the glorious views of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. Visit Jane Austen's House Museum and enjoy a guided tour of Chawton House Library. Stay in specially selected bed & breakfast accommodation, stroll through 'must-visit' towns of Lyme Regis, Basingstoke, Winchester and Lacock Village. Dress up and learn some historical dances in Winchester and Taunton, spend time breathing in the history of some of England's glorious buildings and gardens - Montacute House, Barrington Court, Stourhead and view some historical fashions up close atKillerton House and Bath Fashion Museum. Promenade in Regency costume at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and attend a Costumed Regency Ball in the Assembly Rooms


Stay on in Bath with us until the 22 September 2013 (the end of the Jane Austen Festival). As a special treat Aylwen has arranged a special day-tour to view costumes from the Snowshill Collection in Leominster on 17 September 2013 and is taking expressions of interest from those who wish to join her.

Tour leaders, Aylwen & John Gardiner-Garden

Tour Leaders
Mrs Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, Historical Costumer, Dancer, Event & Tour Manager
joined by her husband, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, Historian, Dance Leader, Dance Historian, Musician.

Historic Costume & Dance Tour of England, September 2013

I've spent the last two years preparing for this tour - and it's turning out rather grand. John and I will be running it together, and if anyone remembers meeting our youngest son on our last two tours - he's joining us again. As I write I'm still confirming details and booking venues - even planning to hold some events of our own! To tempt you, here is our poster - and it only mentions a third of what we have planned. You can choose to join us for the whole three weeks or just one week.
The difference this time around is that this tour is for you. We are inviting you to join us, and I've already booked gorgeous accommodation in London and on-route to Bath. You will not be disappointed - it will ooze history, spill out with costumes and dance your socks off. I've been booking twin rooms - so if you are a couple and wish to have a double bed get in early as I can sometimes swap rooms across but not for much longer. We'll be providing you with a travel card for the stay in London so you can travel by bus, train etc without any worries - and a private luxury coach for our journey across the countryside to Bath, where we arrive in time for the start of the Jane Austen Festival - said to be the largest one planned yet to celebrate 200 years of Pride & Prejudice.