Join Aylwen & John Gardiner-Garden for special historic costume tours and retreats—filled with the most wonderful destinations, costumes, accommodations and entertainments. 


Spend three days in Canberra, the National Capital, celebrating the life and times of Jane Austen and celebrate 200 years of the Battle of Waterloo. Follow this wonderful early 1800s immersion with another immersion of the late Victorian era at the Yarrangobilly Caves House in the Koziusko National Park, NSW. Festival entry and accommodation included, separate fees for transport and meals. Only 43 places available - the Retreat was fully booked in 2013 and 2014.

Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter's England - September 2015

Please join us for a Historic Costume Tour of Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter's England next September - expressions of interest being taken at There are only 11 guest places available, please contact me by email if you’re interested in joining us! 

We start in Beatrix Potter's north country, in an exploration of the life of this remarkable lady. See and visit the places and sites associated with her in the Lake District - admire beautiful Lakeland scenery, visit the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, enjoy afternoon tea at the lovely Lindeth Howe Hotel, relax on a Lake Windermere cruise and ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

Designed for couples and/or mother/daughter or sister/friend combinations in twin share or double accommodation.


HISTORIC LONDON, 1-8 September 2013

Tour the sights of London and attend an evening viewing of Midsummer Nights Dream at the Globe Theatre. See Kensington Palace, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College, The Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Fan Museum. Spend time at special costume study tables in the Museum of London, the Queen's own embroiderers and the Chertsey Museum. Drink in the sights of more costumes than you can imagine at the Victoria and Albert Museum and enjoy a guided tour around Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition. Spend a few hours stepping back in time at Dennis Severs House and enjoy special guests, discussions and historical dancing throughout the tour. No dance experience necessary.  VIEW ILLUSTRATED ITINERARY

JANE AUSTEN'S ENGLAND, 8-15 September 2013

Travel through the English countryside by private luxury coach and enjoy the glorious views of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. Visit Jane Austen's House Museum and enjoy a guided tour of Chawton House Library. Stay in specially selected bed & breakfast accommodation, stroll through 'must-visit' towns of Lyme Regis, Steventon, Basingstoke, Winchester and Lacock Village. Dress up and learn some historical dances in Winchester and Taunton, spend time breathing in the history of some of England's glorious buildings and gardens - Montacute House, Barrington Court, Stourhead and view some historical fashions up close at Killerton House and Bath Fashion Museum. Promenade in Regency costume at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and attend a Costumed Regency Ball in the Assembly Rooms. No dance experience necessary. VIEW ILLUSTRATED ITINERARY 

Tour Leader, Mrs Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, Historical Costumer, Dancer, Event & Tour Manager, joined in 2013 by her husband, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, Historian, Dance Leader, Dance Historian, Musician.