Entertainment in Georgian Britain

Lesson Rationale

The concept of leisure and entertainment really took off in the Georgian period. Leisure pursuits varied in affordability, from card games, gambling, sports, theatre and walking to painting, exhibition-going and prestigious dances. Being able to afford the more expensive activities became a sign of one’s social status. This activity, aimed at key stage 3 students, explores the kinds of entertainments on offer in the Georgian period through primary source material and assumes students have a basic understanding of the period.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What constituted entertainment for the Georgians?