Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey 28th August new

The English custom of taking afternoon tea was popularised in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford. A Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria, Anna Maria began the custom of taking afternoon tea at around 5.00pm and it became a popular part of the day at Woburn Abbey and the Royal Palaces.

Enjoy a glimpse into history and find out, through entertaining anecdotes how Duchesses past and present like to take their afternoon tea.

The talk is given by Simon Pestell, Head Housekeeper at Woburn Abbey and formerly Head Butler to the Duke and Duchess. Simon’s in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day running of great stately homes, including the custom of afternoon tea has been gained through years of experience as a butler.

Event Itinerary-  28th August. 

  • Arrival at Woburn Abbey and Gardens any time from 11am
  • Visit the Abbey and Gardens at your own leisure
  • Arrive at The Sculpture Gallery at 2.30pm for a 3pm start of Simon's talk
  • 3pm Illustrated talk on History of Afternoon
  • 4pm Sitting for Afternoon Tea in The Sculpture Gallery

Ticket price is £40.00 per person including full afternoon tea and entry to Woburn Abbey and Gardens.

Should you wish to stay overnight, the Estate’s four AA star hotel The Woburn Hotel is located in the heart of Woburn and offers 48 bedrooms and seven cottages and is home to the two AA Rosette restaurant Olivier’s. A special rate of £95.00 bed & breakfast, per room, per night is available for the 28th August and is based on two people sharing.

Tickets can be purchased online via the following link