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

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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.

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