Tea Treats

Children enjoying tea treats

Tea Treat was once a very special occasion when families and friends got together and laid on a special tea.

Throughout Cornwall, many churches and chapels, towns and villages have celebrated an annual get together.  The local community held a parade in their best clothes and then had a tea party or tea treats.  Parades followed by tea treats were typically scheduled during the summer months, with the most popular time being the Monday following Whitsun. This often coincided with the Sunday school anniversary service.

Tea Treats and parades were first established in the eighteenth century, and remained popular into the late twentieth century throughout the UK.


Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of C Collins held by the Geevor Archive

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