Anne Brontë is loved the world over, so it’s great to see that Anne’s birthday weekend is being marked overseas too – and in a perfect location: Brussels.
Anne never left England, indeed her journey to London with Charlotte in July 1848 was the only time she left Yorkshire, but her family were well acquainted with the Belgian capital. Charlotte and Emily Brontë travelled to the Pensionnat Heger, with their father Patrick alongside them, in February 1842 and Charlotte remained there for nearly two years (Emily had stayed in Haworth after returning with Charlotte for the funeral of Aunt Branwell in November 1842).
Brussels made a big impression on Charlotte, as we can see in her great novel Villette and in all her work, and the Brontës made a big impression on Brussels – there are two Brontë plaques in the city today. There is also an active Brussels Brontë Group and they’re honouring Anne in style to celebrate her 200th birthday. They’re hosting a birthday tea party for Anne Brontë on Saturday 18th January. Contact them directly for time and venue details – it should be a splendid event!