For centuries tea has been a beverage at the very heart of life in Britain and during August Norwich Cathedral is holding a ‘real tea’ festival to celebrate this popular drink.
With tea the second most consumed beverage on earth and a vital part of everyday life for so many people, the festival provides the perfect opportunity for tea drinkers to come together and celebrate the origins and evolving flavours of this great British institution.
The month-long festival will feature several events both ticketed and free to attend, including a traditional afternoon tea served in the beauty of the cloister on Saturday 24 August.
A number of tea providers will be involved and the popular brand of Teapigs will be on special offer throughout the month in the restaurant and coffee shop. Visitors will be able to choose from a wide range of their teas whether it be the popular English breakfast or Earl Grey varieties or for the more adventurous there will be popcorn tea, chilli tea and other unusual flavours available to try.
One of the greatest collections of British teapots is on display in the Twining Tea Pot Gallery at Norwich Castle Museum and manager Dr Francesca Vanke will be giving a talk on the vast collection of over 3,000 teapots which date from the 1730s in the Weston Room at the Cathedral on Friday 16 August.
The celebrations will come to a close with a Bluegrass Music Night on Friday 30 August where the Broad Cut Drifters perform Acoustic, Bluegrass, Folk and Americana acoustic music blending vocals and melodic lines alike.