Chawton House is taking part in East Hampshire’s first ever literary festival!
Between 2 and 10 October the area’s first nature and literary festival will celebrate local literary greats and their love of the East Hampshire countryside.
Follow in the footsteps of author Jane Austen, our first ecologist and naturalist Gilbert White, the wartime poet Edward Thomas and more with the Creative Footsteps festival.
Enjoy short guided nature walks, writing and poetry workshops, garden tours, trails, yoga and more.
Saturday 2 October
Mindful autumn nature walk and poetry-writing workshop at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton.
10am–12.30pm, £25 per person.
Storytelling nature walk around Selborne.
10.30am–12pm, or 1.30–3pm, suitable for ages 5+, £5 per person.
Edward Thomas Literary Festival at Petersfield Museum.
A wide range of events.
Sunday 3 October
Walk in the footsteps of the First World War-time poet Edward Thomas, starting at Bedales School.
10am–1pm, from £6 per person.
2–3.30pm, £5 per person.
Monday 4 October
Walk and discussion starting at Gilbert White’s House with nature writer, conservationist and composer Laurence Rose.
Estate walk at Chawton House.
Tuesday 5 October
Photography workshop at Chawton House.
Wednesday 6 October
Autumnal flora ‘Selborniensis Walk’ around Gilbert White’s Selborne.
11am–1pm, £10 per person.
2.30pm–3.30pm, £12 per person, includes House admission.
Thursday 7 October
An introduction to Jane Austen in Chawton.
Learn about Gilbert White’s Alton from local historian Jane Hurst at the Allen Gallery.
7.30–9pm, £6.50 per person.
An introduction to Obstinate Headstrong Girls, led by Jane Austen’s House Museum.
Friday 8 October
Walking tour of Gilbert White’s Alton.
Yoga workshop hosted by Chawton House.
Saturday 9 October
An introduction to Jane Austen in Alton.
11am–12.30pm, £5 per person.
Autumn Walk and Workshop: Persuasion at Jane Austen’s House.
Sunday 10 October
Book launch for Nicola Chester’s On Gallows Down.
All events may be subject to change. Check the website for details.
For more information and event bookings, visit: easthants.gov.uk/creative-footsteps
Creative Footsteps and the Welcome Back campaign are brought to you by East Hampshire District Council with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the government.