Our Inspiration-Jane Austen Festival Australia, run by John and Aylwen Gardiner Garden, and held every year in Canberra. Many of our dances  are from John's excellent books on historic dance, and I thoroughly recommend attending their festival:http://janeaustenfestival.com/

Find us on Facebook: Wentworth Falls Regency Weekends  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1354690801285887/


Wentworth Falls School of arts

217 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, parking off Adele Ave behind hall

Provisional Programme 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

  Location Wentworth Falls School of Arts- Registration from 10.00am,

10.00 -12.00 Workshop-  cost additional: Silk Ribbon Embroidery with Aylwen Gardiner Garden-Aylwen  will be teaching a silk ribbon workshop - where you will make a decorative pincushion covered in daisies, leaves and lavender. You will learn how to do the palestrina knot stitch, loop stitch daisies, ribbon stitch leaves, stem stitch, straight stitch daisies, bullion knots and colonial knots.

Each kit provided ( Cost to be advised) includes a full set of instructions, colour pictures, fabric, silk ribbons, embroidery threads, and needles.

Aylwen studied embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court in the UK. She particularly enjoyed silk embroidery and looks forward to sharing her love with you.

Please RSVP for this workshop.

Leuralla tour optional with Dianne,cost additional, more details to come.

 Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum is the Southern Hemisphere's largest collection of toys, trains and associated memorabilia. Whether you're a family or a serious collector, the world class displays of 20th century toys, from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland will captivate and entertain. The displays are housed in an historic early 20th century mansion, set in lush, 5 hectare award-winning gardens filled with interactive displays and picturesque scenes.Open 10am - 5 pm

Pre-ball dance workshop 2 to 5pm with Caroline Barrell -wear comfortable clothing to dance in.

Ball: 7.00 for 7.30 for Jane Austen Era and Regency Ball with local Regency band Mr Wentworth's Fancy. Dress- historic admired but not required. Formal.

Calling by Caroline and Duncan Barrell, (Guest callers welcome on prior notice.)

The 2017 dance program from last year ( 2018 to be advised-please see the home page as I am having trouble moving 2017 dances)

7.30 Grand March –and Cotillion - La Chasse d’Amour. Dances will be selected from the following:The Chase, The Baulk, Philip’s dog, Port Jackson, Salamanca Castanets, Waltzing- Union waltz tunes Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz, The Duke of Kent’s Waltz extended version, La Maison du Bois, Mungo’s delight (Not the same as the youtube interpretation.),  Lindrindod Lasses, Dance in the Forty Thieves, The Black Dance, The Comical Fellow, The Savage Dance, Playford’s Upon a Summer’s Day ; The Black Nag, My Lord Byron’s Maggot, Hole in the Wall, Sir Roger de Coverley, Spare dances Thady you Gander, Country Bumpkin , Haste to the Wedding, Strawberries and Cream

Naomi will make her famous Venison pies and white soup amongst other delights for supper..

Cost is $50 for the Ball, which includes the pre ball workshop. Prepayment required.

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Sunday morning optional activity is a Guided tour of the Carrington Hotel, $12, 10.30-11.45, with a local expert on the Carrington's History Paul Innes. More details later. This will finish at the Carrington Cellars, where local wine and deli produce is available to purchase.

Lunch is at your own discretion. There is a pleasant park at Mount Victoria, and The Victoria & Albert hotel ( recently refurbished, new owners, accommodation, meals, ) is just around the corner from the theatre. The Historical Museum at the Railway station has been refurbished as it is 150 years Anniversary.There is a cottage plant nursery. There is an original section of Cox's road for the more intrepid with walking shoes, 10" drive away.

Sunday Afternoon-Mt Vic Flicks 1.45 arrival for the film Sense & Sensibility with organ recital Theatre Organist Wendy Hambly, and talk " Recreating Jane Austen's Pelisse" prior by Costume and Textile Historian Hilary Davidson

Bookings can be made direct with Mt Vic Flicks, (quoting code BMHDG) Use: http://mountvicflicks.com.au/sessions/sense-and-sensibility-special-screening/
They would love us to demonstrate a dance or two, I am sure we will have some volunteers for perhaps the Savage Dance and the Duke of Kent's waltz, which we did in the Carrington last year. 5.15 finish. They make excellent choctop icecreams.

Refreshments may be indulged in at the Hydro Majestic Hotel Medlow Bath, or the Carrington Hotel Katoomba at your discretion afterwards.


, 2019 21-22 September, may not be held owing to other committments, or perhaps just an English Country Dance evening.


More information regarding the 2017 Dance program: Sources include the meticulously researched Historic dance volumes of John Gardiner Garden which feature facsimiles of the original dance instructions, http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/about-us/john-gardiner-garden ; the research of Heather Clarke at http://www.colonialdance.com.au/ ; the dances of Ignatius Sancho https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_Sancho  , Take your Partners by Shirley Andrews , Playford dances, and watching youtube videos.



2016 Lorna, the Tailor's Apprentice    Mt Victoria Historical Museum                                    Exhibit at the museum


Mount Victoria Historical Museum, https://www.facebook.com/MountVictoriaMuseum, 

Ball Programme 2016 is below the Registration form on this page.

Other activities include exploring the local antique and old book shops, and local walks.



Sunday 11th September 2016 -Location KATOOMBA Carrington Hotel Ballroom-

Dance workshop 10.00-1.00 to recorded music,  featuring Triple Minor dances, with some Playford dances to start, selecting from the following,:

(Upon a Summer's Day, The Comical Fellow, The Black Nag, The Lasses of Portsmouth, La Maison du Bois, Wakefield Hunt, Mungo's delight, The Royal Bishop, Lord Dalkeith's Reel, Duke of Kent's Waltz, Dance in the Forty Thieves, Downfall of Paris)

Promenade through the Hotel Public Rooms, stroll outdoors through the garden if the weather is clement .

Musical Recital with Soprano Chloe Gillespie and Multi-instrumentalist Ben Hurley, Carrington Hotel Ballroom 2.00-3.00 

Chloe’s expressive voice and celtic harp playing has been described as a “feast for the soul”.

Ben Hurley is a talented player of Uilleann Pipes, Guitar and whistles.Together they bring to life lovely folk tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

The recital is open to the public @ $20 each, but is included for attendees of the Regency Weekend.

Lunch may purchased along with other refreshments from the Carrington bar or dining room,  or there are many eating establishments along Katoomba St. The Ballroom is a charming room, with adjacent enclosed Verandah, and the public Lounge has areas suitable for a quiet game of whist by a roaring fire. The Games and Fish counters will be available.

Cost is $30 for morning dance workshop, and  music recital

Cost for the weekend is $90


From 2015 experience, book your accommodation early, especially if budget accommodation needed (eg the nearest to the venue: http://www.thegrandviewhotel.com/accommodation ). Limited billets also available-please advise asap if you will need a billet.

http://www.moniques.com.au/ Moniques B&B in Falls Rd near the venue will offer a discount if advised you are attending the Regency Weekend

The Carrington offers a discount for accommodation for this function, guests will need to quote account number MA- 165277

Contact Us for Registration form, and for any further information.

Where did you hear of event? Thank you for responding.

ACCOMMODATION includes, but is not limited to:

http://www.thegrandviewhotel.com/accommodation Wentworth Falls- guesthouse style with shared bathrooms.

http://metropolekatoomba.com.au/-budget beauty

http://www.thecarrington.com.au/-Victorian Splendour, mention the Sunday Ballroom booking for a discount-.  quote MA- 165277

 Regency Ball Program Saturday 10th September 2016

Wentworth Falls School of Arts

(Provisional programme,-dances will be selected from the following:)

 7.20 Minuet de la Coeur

7.30 Grand March ( March)

Cotillion La Chasse d’Amour

Country dances

The Chase

Port Jackson

Lady Mary Douglas’ Reel

 Thady you Gander

Mr Beveridge's Maggot


Country dances

The Black Dance

Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz

Dance in the Forty Thieves

Haste to the Wedding

Strawberries and Cream

Finishing Dance Sir Roger de Coverley

Extra dances

The Baulk

My Lord Byron’s Maggot

Duke of Kent’s Waltz

Savage Dance

And SUPPER somewhere in the middle

Sample Programme from 2015 weekend-

Saturday 2015

08.45 Darwin Walkers assemble at School of Arts Highway porch.

10.00 Registration available

11.00 Talk- Fashion in a time of Revolution, Lorna McKenzie

(12-2.00-lunch may be purchased in the village)

2.00-5.00 Dance Workshop

(5.00 - 7.00 time to change and possibly have a light dinner in village)

7.30-11.30 Regency Assembly Ball with Hot & Cold buffet Supper

 Regency Board games available during day & evening for non dancers.

Participation in extended bushwalks may mean missing other activities.


10.00 Morning Tea and Talk -Andrew White : Australia's first native born returned serviceman, Mike Crowther, plus Tour of Tarella Cottage

12.00 Picnic lunch (BYO) at Wentworth Falls Lake

Our speakers 2015

Mike Crowther-Mike studied Australian Colonial History at Macquarie University in the 1980's. He has just completed a Masters in Military History at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and is currently employed at the Australian Defence College in Canberra. He conducts regular (free) weekly tours of the National War Memorial and is a devilishly handsome fellow to boot. " 

Mike is a re-enactor with the 95th Rifles  http://www.95thriflesaustralia.com/

This is the regiment that Bernard Cornwell's character Richard Sharpe serves in during the Napoleonic wars.





 Lorna McKenzie, The Tailor’s Apprentice, teaches vintage and historical sewing in the beautiful Blue Mountains outside of Sydney in NSW, Australia. I'm the Tailor and you're my Apprentice and together we make your time traveler’s wardrobe. I present at conferences, run historically themed events and workshops such as Regency balls, period fashion parades, Mr Darcy or Miss Elizabeth Bennet gets Dressed, workshops on making simple Regency dance slippers, et al. I am happy to talk with you about creating a unique event for your special or historical occasion. Classes are run throughout the year in my Blue Mountains studio. I can also run group classes at your event. Contact me for more information: Email: enquiries@thetailorsapprentice.com Website: www.thetailorsapprentice.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thetailorsapprentice Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTailorsApprentice

One of our Saturday morning 10/9/2016 activities is the Jane Austen’s Quilt-and English Paper piecing workshop with Lorna MacKenzie
Saturday 10th September 2016 10.00-12.30. 
LIMITED to 10 participants, please advise if you are interested.

Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra were accomplished seamstress, sewing the household linens, trimming their bonnets and gowns. They both enjoyed the creativity of English paper piecing, a form of quilting still in use today, with it they created a beautiful patchwork coverlet that outlived them both. In May 1811, Jane asked her sister Cassandra, “... have you remembered to collect pieces for the Patchwork? — we are now at a standstill!" Made at the time Jane was writing Emma and Mansfield Park, as well as revising Pride and Prejudice, the patchwork now hangs in Jane Austen’s former home in Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, England.

In this workshop Lorna will walk you through the creation of Jane and Cassandra's coverlet and introduce you to the pleasures of English paper piecing, it's a pastime that you can take with you everywhere and can become quite addictive! You will learn how to create the three main shapes in Jane and Cassandra's patchwork quilt, a hexagon, a diamond and a rectangle, once you have mastered these simple techniques, you can go onto create your own version of Jane and Cassandra's patchwork quilt.

Requirements: Attendees need to know how to hand stitch.

Resources required: 
Hand sewing needles, thread that matches your fabric, pins, snips, fabric scissors, a few different coloured/patterned cotton fat quarters or fabric cotton scrapes, a couple of sheets of light weight paper, printer paper is AOK, a sheet of firm cardboard or template plastic, lead pencil, pen, notebook. Fabric colours to choose are those of the Regency, pastels, small prints, etc.

Registration form -please USE "contact us" REQUEST section ABOVE.

DANCES 2015  

Dances 2016 will be called by Caroline Barrell, and will include some from 2015, and on Sunday, Triple Minors in abundance.

Dances will be drawn from the Napoleonic and Regency periods, also with some much earlier dances, and a later Quadrille.

Most are suitable for beginners, and every dance will be walked through and called. A partner is not essential, but do wear shoes you can skip and sidestep in comfortably.

Provisional Program 2015-Grand March;Port Jackson;Country Bumpkin;Strawberries and Cream;Thady you Gander;The Savage dance;The Baulk;The Strathy Lancers; Duke of Kent’s Waltz;The Union Waltz;Hole in the Wall;Mr Beveridge’s Maggot;My Lord Byron’s Maggot;The Black Dance;Sir Roger de Coverley.

Spare dances-the Chase,Lady Mary Douglas’ reel,Haste to the Wedding.


Dress for the Regency (1811-1820) Weekend is from 1788 to 1820. Otherwise if you do not have suitable costume, you may be able to hire, make or adapt.

The Regency Ball-wear your fine evening attire from 1788 to 1820, or as close as you can improvise; and your dancing shoes.

Expect Mountains' Spring Weather-anything from balmy sunshine to sleet, snow, and rain. The School of Arts has heaters, the Carrington has a cosy fire.

Some useful sites for what to wear, hair etc- http://janeaustenfestival.com/  Annual Jane Austen Festival in Canberra

http://www.songsmyth.com/images.html Jessamyn’s Regency Costume Companion-lots of ideas, and useful links

Meals in Wentworth Falls village-

Canton Palace-Chinese Restaurant

Hotel Grand View

La Famiglia

Pizza Pizza.

Also the many village cafés- Postinos; Fed deli; Café B21; Blue Mist café; Schwarze’s Patisserie; Falls Charcoal Chicken takeaway. And a short drive away-booking needed as it gets very busy-the Conservation Hut, near the Cliff walking tracks. Mountain High pies are a short walk in the direction of Leura along the highway.