A giant tea festival is coming to London and it’s going to be tea-riffic.
A list of things Brits are good at:
• talking about the weather
• passive aggression
• avoiding eye contact
• generally being awkward
• drinking tea
But it’s that latter one that’s important here. We are excellent at drinking tea. There’s been some sacrilegious talk recently about whether coffee has overtaken tea as Britain’s national drink, but to that we say, Nope! You’re wrong, you idiots! (Although, actually, we’d probably just leave it on an anonymous post-it note.)
Anyway, back to the point. National Tea Day takes place on April 21st so, naturally, they’re throwing a big party to celebrate. (It also happens to fall on the Queen’s birthday, and we don’t think that’s a coincidence.) The celebration is happening a week earlier, on April 13 and 14, and, of course, they’ve named it Fes-TEA-val. It’s set to be the most British weekend of the year; combining the nation’s favourite drink with lots of fun activiteas.
There’ll be so much happening over the weekend: join in with some group meditation, pop oolong to a blind tea tasting, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, have a laugh at a comedy show, or pose against the Ins-tea-gram wall (because obviously there’s one of those).
This year, National Tea Day is launching the “Brew More. Do More” campaign, which recognises that “tea makes everything better” is more than just a jovial phrase. Tea has a long history of bringing people together and, with depression and loneliness on the rise, the “Brew More. Do More” campaign aims to encourage people to put down their phones and connect with others over a cuppa. National Tea Day have partnered up with the mental health charity Mind, and 10% of every ticket purchase will go towards their fantastic work.
Fes-TEA-val takes place on April 13 and 14 at Tobacco Dock in Wapping, and will be open from 12-8pm on Saturday, and 10am–6pm on Sunday. Day tea-ckets (too much?) cost £15 and you can bag yourself one here.
Images courtesy of Marco Geraghty.