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Festival at Gyllyngdune was everyone's cup of tea: PICTURES
1:00pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
Some committed coffee drinkers were converted to the delights of arguably Britain’s favourite cuppa after attending the third annual Gyllyngdune Tea Festival in Falmouth.
Visitors were invited to try a whole variety of different teas on offer as the festival celebrated all things tea. As well as the tastings, there were talks, tea dances, poetry bingo and, of course, traditional afternoon tea.
For the children there was the Mad Hatter’s Tea Trail which ran through the garden with the youngsters guided by a band of circus performers. The children also had their faces painted and came away with a balloon model.
Entertainment was provided by acoustic buskers positioned around the site, Aaron the pop-up poet, Sally Crabtree and Jane Spurr as Wandering Daphne. Artwork by Penny Macbeth and Amy Dewars was on display and Gyllyngdune’s artist in residence, Ruth Purdy, helped people design their own tea bag which they got to take away with them.
Jonathan Jones, from the Tregothnan Estate, which boasts its very own tea plantation, gave a talk and brought some samples. There were also plenty of arts and craft stalls for people to browse around and pick up a unique gift or memento.
Gyllygndune’s visitor and education officer, Jacqui Owen, said: “It was a really good day, especially considering the weather and the number of other things that were going on elsewhere. A few hundred people turned out and everybody who came really enjoyed it. There is a real renaissance with tea at the moment.”
The festival will be back next year, but there are suggestions it could be moved to form part of the Falmouth Splash arts and literature festival.
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