Jane Austen BookBench Trail 2017

Stay in Basingstoke and explore Jane Austen country this summer

Commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death and celebrate her unique place in literary history

Jane Austen fans from far and wide will travel to Hampshire this summer to enjoy a creative celebration of Jane Austen’s heritage in and around this beautiful corner of Britain.

Born in Steventon in 1775 (10 minute drive from Basingstoke), Jane lived in the area for over half her life and wrote drafts for Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Northanger Abbey there.

The Four Star Apollo Hotel in Basingstoke provides the ideal base from which to explore a variety of local attractions connected to the life and work of one of the most famous English novelists of all time. Our comfortable Basingstoke hotel is very accessible  - one hour by train from London Waterloo and just 45 minutes by car from London Heathrow Airport.

Offers at Apollo Hotel - 17th June - 31st August 2017

  • Two for one coffee and soft drinks (terms and conditions apply)
  • 10% discount from best available B&B rate (terms and conditions apply) 

We’re proud sponsors of the Sitting with Jane BookBench Trail

Running in and around Basingstoke and nearby Alton, Chawton and Winchester from 17th June to 31st August 2017, the Sitting with Jane public art trail takes you around a selection of important landmarks in Jane’s history.

From her quaint village birthplace to the stately homes where she socialised, take a seat on 24 reading benches created especially for this occasion by professional artists and imagine the world as Jane saw and wrote it. Apollo Hotel is proud to be a sponsor of one of these benches.

Stay at Apollo Hotel and Discover Jane’s Hampshire Roots

  • Stroll where Jane spent time with friends and family - The Vyne, 3 miles and Oakley Hall, 6 miles
  • See where Jane loved to dance - The Willis Museum, Basingstoke. A new Jane Austen statue will be unveiled in Basingstoke during July 2017
  • Visit the place where Jane was christened - St Nicholas Church, Steventon, 9 miles
  • Explore the cottage and garden where she lived and wrote - Jane Austen’s House Museum, 15 miles
  • Pay tribute where Jane was laid to rest on 24th July 1817 - Winchester Cathedral, 23 miles (accessible by train too)
  • The stunning city of Bath where Jane also lived and worked is approximately 90 minutes away by car. 

Other Jane Austen Links to visit
With plenty more special exhibitions, talks, walks and performances also happening around the local area this summer, now is the time to visit The Apollo Hotel and immerse yourself in Jane Austen’s world.

For bookings or more information call +44 (0) 1256 796795

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