Derwent Regency Festival 2020

Friday 27th November – Monday 30th November

Hobart and New Norfolk, Tasmania


Session, early bird and discounted weekend tickets are available.

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

Friday 27th November
Possible costumed outingTBAIdeas: promenade to Sphinx Rock / promenade to the Organ Pipes / tour and cream tea at a local attraction / gathering at the Tasmanian Museum / picnic at the Botanical Gardens TBA
Georgian and Regency Evening at Narryna Heritage Museum5-7:30pmRegency costume showings, exhibition, tours of Narryna house (1830s merchant house), convict women stories, refreshments in the garden, maypole dancing and live music, meet and greet other festival goersNarryna Heritage Museum, 103 Hampden Rd, Battery Point$20
Possible Communal Dinner7:30pm+Let us know if you are interestedA restaurant in North HobartPay the venue
Saturday 28th 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.North Hobart Uniting Church Hall, $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.North Hobart Uniting 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$18/$16/$15/$9
Sunday 29th November
Regency House and Garden Party10:30am-4pmA 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, live music, croquet, historic tours, maypole dancing, roses, peacocks and heritage sheep to view in the gorgeous grounds and period games to play. Period attire admired but not required.
Detailed programme TBC.
Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat, 44 Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk$47/$41/$30/$15
After Party4pm onwardsInformal party at Glen Derwent, for weekend or Sunday ticket holders, includes vegetarian dinner and refreshments.Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat, 44 Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk$20 (for weekend or Sunday ticket holders)
Monday 30th November
Lady Nelson sailing2pmAfternoon sail on the Derwent river on the replica Lady Nelson (subject to enough bookings), 2pm. Ticket not included in weekend ticket.$39/$34/$15
Special Extra Dance7:30-9:30pmDetails to be confirmed – band and tradition, but could well be contra. Ticket not included in weekend ticket.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,

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