Places of Pleasure
Where and what are the leisure spaces in our towns today? Do you visit a leisure park complete with cinema, bowling alley and restaurants? Maybe you prefer the theatre district or an art gallery? Or perhaps you love a physical challenge? The Georgian town and city devoted spaces to the pursuit of pleasure – opera houses, theatres, fairs, assembly rooms, coffee houses and pleasure gardens were just some of the places dedicated to leisure and fun. Discover these places of pleasure right here…
Bedlam: tourist attraction? For the price of a penny the curious onlooker could peer into the cells and view inmates in their pitiful misery.
Music was a pleasurable leisure and communal activity in the Georgian era, enjoyed across the social spectrum. One of the principal ways in which people experienced music was through domestic music-making.
The excitement of the fairground, with its diverse attractions and spectacles, refreshment stands and hundreds of stalls, saw a cross section of society join together in the pursuit of pleasure.
Dancing was an opportunity to display one’s graceful manners, deportment and refined taste. In a society where the inability to dance was associated with vulgarity, rusticity and bad manners, the scrutiny of the crowd could be intense.
The Coffee House: a colourful mix of conversation and debate, food and drink, transactions and deals, with a dash of the extraordinary – the perfect recipe for Georgian sociability.
High and low, polite and impolite: Georgian Theatre brought society across the classes together in one place to experience the magic of the stage.