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Aquatic Tea Party by the West Pier. Print of an aquatic tea party by Brighton's West Pier, late 19th century. A seated man on a raft pours tea while swimmers, and people riding on mock horses made from barrels gather around.

Shadows of Empire: Taking Tea at Preston Manor

Preston Manor & Gardens
24 May to 27 October 2024

Shadows of Empire: Taking Tea at Preston Manor

Friday 24, Saturday 25, & Sunday 26 May
Slots available between 12pm – 2pm & 2pm – 4pm

Saturdays & Sundays from 1 June to 27 October
Slots available between 11am & 4pm

Admission: £20 (the ticket price includes a souvenir guide and a cup of tea) members £15, book in advance. Age 12+

Dying for a cuppa? From theft to drug smuggling to war, the history of tea holds shocking secrets.

This new interactive experience unwraps the story through hands-on interactive puzzles, previously unseen images and curios including the newly restored mechanical Edwardian Dream Machine.

Discover how past inhabitants and guests of Preston Manor enjoyed their cuppas oblivious to the human cost of teatime.

Thought-provoking with challenging adult themes including addiction, the experience concludes with a sit-down cup of tea in a real Victorian Kitchen.

Please note: this exhibition deals with adult themes, including addiction.

Image: Aquatic Tea Party by the West Pier © Brighton Swimming Club

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