Gyllyngdune Tea Festival celebrating more than just a cuppa
GYLLYNGDUNE Gardens renewed its longstanding association with the nation's favourite drink for the third annual Falmouth Tea Festival.
Visitors personalised tea plates, took part in tea dances and enjoyed local entertainment in the exotic gardens of Princess Pavilion.
There was also a variety of stalls, tea-inspired art and a nature trail for children.
The highlight of the event was a talk about tea production from Jonathon Jones, garden director for Tregothnan, Cornwall's own plantation.
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Jacqui Owen, visitor education officer at Gyllyngdune Gardens, said: "It has been a wonderful celebration of our longstanding links with tea.
"It is fantastic to see the gardens full of so many smiling faces.
"This is the third year we have held the festival and it has grown in its popularity each time. We will definitely be back next year."
The gardens were once owned by Victorian tea trader Fredrick Horniman.
Princess Pavilion has also hosted tea dances during the 100 years that it has been open to the public.
That tradition was carried on at the last tea festival as Walter Wonderful led tea dances in the theatre, assisted by Wandering Daphne.
Performance poet and songwriter Sally Crabtree also helped visitors create poetry and write a tea song.
Tea enthusiasts also had the opportunity to buy unusual gifts.