On the Friday evening we attended a Gothic Soiree at Oxcombe Hall. The actual performance part of the evening was held in the small family chapel in the grounds of the house. It was a lovely little chapel.
The musicians for the evening were a wonderful guitar trio who were so jolly and were lovely to listen to. They were great musicians but I think the concert went on for a bit too long especially as we were all sitting on rather hard church pews. Quite a few of audience were lagging by the end.
Interspersed between the music were a few poem readings, and one newspaper article.
The newspaper article was one from the Regency era and mentioned Horncastle. It was quite funny. :)
The chapel - not a great photo but everyone was trying to get out of the chapel as I took it.
Gorgeous countryside - view from the house
After the concert we went to the main house and had a delicious feast.
Emily, Claire and Jackie eating the feast
After eating I went for a little wonder around the ground floor of the house - I am terribly nosy!!! :)
The staircase - this photo makes it look rather narrow but it is actually quite wide.
Another view of the Dining Room
A slightly blurry photo of the Hall. I loved the wallpaper
The green baize door leading into a former servants corridor.
After supper the gentlemen and ladies were separated into two rooms (we stayed in the dining room with the food :) ), and we then went head to head in a quiz on all things Regency. Sadly the men won, and oh did they gloat about it!!! :( Despite the results of the quiz, we all had a wonderful evening.
The following day began with a Promenade around the town. We were rather late in leaving the hotel to get to the place where the promenade was starting, so we were only a small group and didn't really know where we were going, but we finally found it and only ended up missing about 5 mins of it. However, it was a rather nerve-wracking experience walking through the streets of Horncastle, in Regency clothing, to meet up with fellow festival goers. Unlike Bath where the locals are used to seeing Regency-clad persons wondering through the streets, the residents of Horncastle didn't know what to think. Quite a few of them seemed to be stunned into silence, uncontrollable laughter or just complete bewilderment!!
The first stop on the promenade was a lovely private garden. The garden did have some historical significance but sadly I have completely forgotten what it was. Anyway it was pretty and rather secret-gardenish with all is different levels and small paths.
Admiring the garden. I actually took this photo to get the back of the gorgeous green open robe. It is based on Marianne's yellow one in S&S 95.
We then moved onto the local church
I love Claire's spencer!!!
The adorable children from the picnic trying on the "Prince Regent's" hat.
The youngest member of the family who was dressed in full regency baby clothes - so adorable.
After the church we wondered round the town, stopping at one house to have a glass of water (sadly the lemonade promised didn't appear but it was still lovely to have a refreshing beverage as it was rather a hot day), then finally ending up in a cafe where we were given sandwiches and slices of delicious chocolate cake. :)
Next: Antiquing (well more like rummaging), the Regency Ball, and Lady Catherine de Burgh's country pile. :)