Buxton Crescent on the Net Online Talk – ‘Taking the Waters’: An historical and Fictional take on English Spa History

Online Talk: 'Taking the Waters'

With Lesley Sainty

Online Talk: 'Taking the Waters'

If you loved Bridgerton, escape to Regency Cheltenham and discover the town’s unexplored history in Taking the Waters with author, Lesley Sainty. Delve into Cheltenham’s fascinating Regency past, which takes centre stage in her historical novel Taking the Waters. First published in November 2020, Lesley’s debut novel, Taking the Waters was inspired by her passion for Cheltenham’s rich – and largely unexplored – history and untold stories. The novel is set in 1827 at the height of its Regency boom and the peak of its popularity among wealthy visitors, who would flock to Gloucestershire for the spa town’s pleasures and healing spring waters. Based on real events, places and characters, Taking the Waters tells the story of Alice Elliot, an unmarried glove trade heiress, who arrives in Cheltenham to find herself caught between two powerful men. Join Lesley for readings from the novel and accompanied history.

About Lesley…

Lesley Sainty’s first novel is inspired by her passion for Cheltenham history and a desire to tell the untold stories of the Cotswold town’s fascinating past.

She lives in Cheltenham and has written historical articles for Cotswold Life magazine. When not reading, researching and writing history/historical fiction, Lesley is Marketing Lead at Gloucester BID.


This is an online talk. You will be emailed a link to the online presentation space and instructions for joining the talk in advance of the event. We politely ask that you refrain from sharing the link with other non-ticket holders unless by prior arrangement. For more details please email hello@buxtoncrescenttrust.org Call: 01298 214577


You can book tickets for this event online (via the link above) or in person at the Buxton Visitor Centre in the Pump Room. Details of how to log on to the event will be sent to ticket holders on the week of the event. If you would like to book a free group ticket for a High Peak residential or nursing home (and you haven't heard from us yet) please email us at hello@buxtoncrescenttrust.org.


Wednesday 16th February Log on from 6.45pm Welcome at 7pm Talk at 7.05pm The talk will last around 45 minutes, and there will be time for questions and discussion at the end. We aim to finish by 8pm.


£5 full price adult tickets £3 concessions - 65+ / Full time student / / in receipt of benefits Free for friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust £10 for all three winter online talks - (buy two get one free!) only available until Wednesday 8th December.


We will do our best to make the presentation accessible by sharing illustrated examples and using subtitles during presentations (where possible). We recommend viewing the talk on a desktop computer or large screen for best results.

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