A REGENCY Ball marking the 200th anniversary of the Royal Pump Rooms is set to be the highlight of this year’s Leamington Looks Back festival.
The annual celebration of the town’s heritage and culture – now in its third year – will feature around 40 events from saturday (June 21) until July 6.
A World War One day with an adult’s poetry workshop, live re-enactments and information on researching military family history takes place on Saturday June 21.
And on Sunday June 29, the Pump Room Gardens will step back to the Victorian era with Punch and Judy shows, a Victorian-style picnic and bands playing on the bandstand.
The Ball – taking place at the Royal Pump Rooms on Friday June 27 – will include a Regency-inspired supper and Regency dress is recommended.
Senior Curator Vicki Slade said: “In 1964 the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Pump Rooms with a spectacular Regency Ball. It seems only right that we mark the 200th anniversary with an equally grand event.
“The Ball will provide a fantastic opportunity to dress up, have a dance and experience the Royal Pump Rooms as people would have done when the building first opened 200 years ago.”
Other activities include a guided walk around Foundry Wood, a live performance of Macbeth in the Pump Room Gardens and a look back at the 1960s at the County Record Office in Warwick.
An exhibition exploring the 200 year history of the Royal Pump Rooms will be open at the Art Gallery and Museum throughout the festival and will remain open until August 25.
Visit www.leamingtonlooksback.co.uk for more information and the full calender of events.
* The Pump Rooms has been awarded a certificate of excellence by travel website TripAdvisor for its outstanding feedback from visitors.