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Derwent Regency Festival 2019

Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December

Hobart and New Norfolk, Tasmania


Session and discounted weekend tickets are available.

Draft programme – subject to minor changes. Download printable version of the weekend’s programme here and the Regency House and Garden Party programme here.

Friday 29th November
Georgian and Regency Evening at Narryna Heritage Museum5-7:30pmRegency costume showings, botanical drawings exhibition, tours of Narryna house (1830s merchant house), refreshments in the garden, maypole dancing and live music, meet and greet other festival goersNarryna Heritage Museum, 103 Hampden Rd, Battery Point$15
Possible Communal Dinner7:30pm+Let us know if you are interestedA restaurant in Battery Point or SalamancaPay the venue
Saturday 30th November
Regency Dance Workshop11:30am-1:30pm (time to visit Salamanca Markets beforehand)With live period music and Dancing Master David Wanless. Learn or refresh the basics of Regency dancing for the evening ball, or just have fun with some easy Regency dances. No partner or dancing experience required. Note that you are welcome to attend the evening ball whether or not you have attended this workshop.St James Church Hall, 462 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Ave, opposite Blue Gum, behind church)$10/$8
Intermediate Regency and Georgian Dances2:30-4:30pmWith live period music and Dancing Master David Wanless. Have fun with a variety of lively dances, some for the evening ball and some just because they’re exciting dances. No partner or dancing experience required but if you can make it to the earlier workshop first that would be good. Learn Mundy’s Quadrille for an informal display at the ball.St James Church Hall, as above$10/$8
Grand Regency Ball7:30-11:30pmGrand Regency Ball – dance or enjoy the spectacle
Divine period music including many Tasmanian pieces, by Van Diemen’s Angels (harp, piano, fiddle and flute)
Dancing Master David Wanless will lead you through an evening of fun and lively dances. No partner or dancing experience required, though attending the morning workshop would make it even more fun. Dress in something period or formal if you can.
St James Church Hall, as above$18/$16/$15/$9
Sunday 1st December
Regency House and Garden Party10:30am-4pm, with possible after party A day of Regency activities, fine food and tea at the historic Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat in the lovely Derwent valley. Your ticket includes all-day delicious period sweet and savoury food and hot and cold drinks as well as Regency dancing, a new play by the Derwent Valley Players, live music, croquet, historic tours, maypole dancing, roses, peacocks and heritage sheep to view in the gorgeous grounds and period games to play. Period alcoholic drinks available at bar prices. Period attire admired but not required.
See detailed programme here.
Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat, 44 Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk$45/$39/$30/$15
Monday 2nd December
TasContra Dance7:30-9:30pmOur regular contra dance, which is not Regency dancing but is great fun, and we will do one or two “chestnut” contras which are versions of Regency dances.  Live music by Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony.St James Church Hall, as above$10/$8

Discounted weekend and early bird tickets are available.

Information about finding the venues, and reducing our environmental impact in transport and at the events, is at

There are many other lovely things to do in Hobart and surrounds.  Some places to visit with some Regency relevance are Port Arthur, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or simply wandering through Battery Point.

Cathy and David, 03 6273 2127,

Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc,

Facebook/Meetup: Dance Folk Tasmania

Regency House & Garden Party – Activities

Regency House & Garden Party at Glen Derwent – a festival of delights

SUN 25th NOV 2018



Your ticket includes Glen Derwent’s lovely hospitality and all-day delicious period sweet and savoury food and hot and cold drinks, as well as all the activities.

Activities – all included

See grid version here

Tours of the historic property: On the hour, 11-3

Roses from the Heart (Convict bonnets): All day. Christina Henri, of the Roses from the Heart project which remembers all of the 25,566 women who were transported to Australia and their children. Some of these women would have worked at Glen Derwent. The Cullens family who built Glen Derwent were originally convicts. Christina will be present with a display of bonnets and available to talk about the project.

Croquet – a quintessential English game:
‘Come and try’ anytime 11-11:30, 12-12:30, 1-1:30
‘Play a game’ 11:30, 12:30, 1:30

Photos with the horse and cart – any time

The game of Graces and other Regency outdoor games – available to play any time, with guidance provided by Masters Liam and Lachlan.  Special sessions: Graces or Quoits, on the hour; Skittles or Boules at half past the hour, 10:30-3:30.  The game of Graces is a Regency outdoor game for two or more people, designed to teach people gracefulness, however it is great fun whatever one’s level of dexterity.

Indoor games – with the friends you brought, or make some new ones (cards, backgammon, chess, draughts)

Maypole dancing for all – weave a creative pattern around the pole to the lively music of Fiddle and Squeeze, who will help you avoid getting tangled and have fun, 12:30, 1:30, 3pm

Birthday cake: 1:50pm. Celebrate Glen Derwent’s 200th birthday

Regency dance for all: 2-3pm.  No partner or dancing experience required.  Wonderful live period music by Van Diemen’s Angels.

Connoisseur’s Regency dance workshop: 11-12:30.  Onlookers welcome.  With Dancing Master Dr John Gardiner-Garden and wonderful live period music by Van Diemen’s Angels.  For those with some dancing experience or an adventurous spirit.  Some slightly more complicated dances, including a reprise of some from the ball the night before and some new adventures.  From 1803, comes the lively dance Elegance and Simplicity.  If fortune favours us we may then enjoy the Downfall of Paris and Allemande Suisse or even, if the numbers suit, the glorious Meditation Chinois.

All-day delicious period sweet and savoury food and hot and cold drinks


This is an all weather event.

Grid listing of activities here