Visit Keats House for a Romantic Weekend

Thursday 9 February 2017 by

Keats House, Writing Table, Romance, Poetry, Valentine's Day

Whether you’re in a relationship or single, the country is gearing up for Valentine’s Day, and you can’t avoid it. But no matter your relationship status, you can indulge your inner romantic this weekend at Keats House. The House on Hampstead Heath – originally known as Wentworth Place – is the place where the master of romance stayed when writing some of his most famous poems, and where he fell in love with Fanny Brawne. In fact, he only stayed there for 17 months, but his impact has been felt ever since.

This weekend, Keats House are putting on a series of events for Valentine’s Day. This Saturday, you can stay late for a special evening viewing of the house. You can make a Regency-inspired Valentine’s card, listen to Keats’ poems and love letters, and relax at the pop-up bar to some live jazz. Tickets are £15, from 6.30pm to 9pm, and include a complimentary glass of fizz.

Can’t make it on Saturday? No problem, this Sunday Keats House are putting on afternoon poems from 2pm to 3pm around the subject “Love is…” Poems include Keats and Byron, of course. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so you should book online.

Alternatively, going along for their Valentine’s guided tour, “Love is my religion”. The tour tells the full story of Keats and Fanny Brawne, and their fateful meeting in the House. Tours are free, again, and there are three this Sunday – 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Booking is essential.

“My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you … I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.”

 

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