A Very Georgian Soirée

Home Event A Very Georgian Soirée
Party like its 1799! Experience a night of Georgian revelry, gossip and scandal as we transport the Holburne Museum back to its Georgian roots.

For one night only, immerse yourself in the colourful world of the Sydney Hotel, the Holburne’s original manifestation in the late 1700s* and experience an eclectic mix of live music, dance and card games in our galleries. Sample gin cocktails in our ‘Pleasure Garden’ Café, pose for a portrait by our satirical illustrator, and dabble in the occult with our mystical fortune-teller.

*The Sydney Hotel was built in 1794 as a gateway to the 18th-century pleasure gardens (the Sydney Gardens) where Bath ladies and gentlemen promenaded, danced and enjoyed breakfasts, fireworks and evening galas. The Hotel offered daytime and evening dining, dance and gambling and issued all visitors with a silver token upon arrival.

This night of Georgian jollity will raise vital funds for the Museum – so come along and bring your friends!
Optional dress code: Georgian-inspired glamour. Think: beauty spots, pastels and powdered wigs; Lady Georgianna, Beau Brummell and Marie Antoinette…

Artist’s Studio: Have your portrait sketched, Georgian-style, by talented illustrator Sam Church
‘Pleasure Garden’ Café: Savour gin cocktails amidst the twinkling lights of our relaxing café
Dance and Music Hall: Get your boogie on Georgian style with Bath Minuet Group and Matthew Spring and his Georgian band
Card Games in the Ballroom: Get a taste for competitive Georgian card games in the same gallery where Bath high society historically gambled the night away…
Opera on the Mezzanine: Courtesy of Bath Spa University’s graduate singers
Fates foretold with Mystic Fortune-teller: Discover our secret fortune-teller in the hidden corners of the Museum…