It is open to everyone and profits go straight to the Tea Leaf Trust working on tea farms in Sri Lanka.
This extra special event will celebrate Afternoon Tea Week 2021, which runs from 9th-15th August.
Join us on 10th August at 6pm UK Time, Jane will be taking afternoon tea and we hope you will also prepare your own and enjoy it during the party.
Whilst you sup your afternoon tea, Jane will teach a short history of the teapot:
Every tea lover has a favourite teapot! Or maybe more than one favourite? Maybe you love them all? But where did the idea of steeping tea leaves in a squat, chummy, round-bodied pot come from? Jane will tell us all about the teapot’s journey from Yixing and China’s early porcelain works to tea tables all around the world. It will make your favourite pot seem even more special.
The Virtual Tea Party is intended to give anyone who has attended Jane’s live Webinars on The History and Etiquette of Afternoon Tea, or anyone else who is interested, an understanding of how a tea party happens in a real situation.
Jane will take tea in her living room at home using all her traditional tea wares. She will have ready a pot of tea, a selection of sandwiches, some scones, jam and clotted cream and a few small pastries.
She will position her computer so that those attending can see exactly how she has set the table and arranged the food; how she pours the tea; holds her cup; how she uses her small tea knife to eat the scones; and how she uses the small pastry fork to eat the pastries.
She will talk in detail about every stage of the experience and take questions from those attending after each section of the tea party.
NEW! Are you the proud owner of some interesting pieces of teaware such as toasting forks, muffin dishes, old tea jars or caddies, boxed sets of teaspoons or tea knives, maybe an unusual teapot, or a favourite cosy? Bring them along to our next virtual tea party for a fun ‘show and tell’ session over afternoon tea. Jane will host the gathering while seated at her tea table and she would love to hear your stories of favourite and unusual tea treasures.
This will be a fun but also instructional experience.
A 90 minute webinar with Jane Pettigrew, exploring the history of the Tea Dance.
THE STORY OF THE TEA DANCE
This 90-minute Academy Extra webinar is open to everyone interested in the social history of tea or dance history.
Presented by UK Tea Academy's Director of Studies and author of sixteen books on tea - world-renowned tea master Jane Pettigrew.
Tickets £18 each
The Story of The Tea Dance starts with the introduction of entertainment (including 'dancing on the carpet') to afternoon tea in the 1880s, then traces the gradual rise in popularity of dancing at tea-time. We will discuss the arrival of the Tango in London in 1913 and the subsequent craze for Tango Tea Dances; moving on to tea dances in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Finally, we will consider the resurgence of interest in tea dances since the 1980s.
The connection between afternoon tea and dancing dates back to the second half of the 19th century, and Jane Pettigrew will begin by explaining the earliest literary references to 'carpet dances'. She will then present how the arrival of the Tango in London caused a surge in popularity of tea-time dancing, bringing colour, music and fashion to the city's hotels.
This 90-minute Academy Extra webinar, held on the zoom platform, will include images from a variety of sources and Jane's own engaging presentation, ending with time for questions.
Our Academy Extra virtual event is open to everyone interested in the social history of tea or dance history and is presented by UK Tea Academy's Director of Studies and author of sixteen books on tea - world-renowned tea master Jane Pettigrew.
WHAT WILL I NEED?
Just your phone, tablet or computer to join the webinar.