Picnic at Pemberley

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that people with a penchant for period costume will dress up at the drop of a hat … or bonnet.

I confess I entertain no such sensibility – but, on rare occasions, am open to persuasion.

And so, dear reader, I found myself at Picnic at Pemberley, an annual spring soiree held in the grounds of Caboolture’s historic Abbey Museum.

Hosted by a dapper Mr Darcy, the picnic was a pageant of Jane Austen characters come to life.

Austen is famously known for her witty novels about life, love and the English landed gentry. And their contemporary incarnations turn out in force every year – toting parasols, playing croquet, tipping top hats and making elegant small talk over tea and cake.









Admission included a bountiful spread of delectable pastries, scones, cakes, biscuits and those delicate little sandwiches favoured in refined society.

You could try your hand at archery, watercolour and Maypole dancing. An afternoon highlight was the handsome regimental officers performing firearm drills and the order of the horse.

Regrettably, this year’s Picnic at Pemberley was beset by a modicum of typically English precipitation. But, in no way, did it dampen the mood of innocent diversion.

In other words, it rained – but everyone had a good time anyway.

Written & photographed by Carole Horne