Tea’s up at The Cowper & Newton Museum

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The Cowper & Newton Museum is inviting you over for tea on Saturday.

Not a boring mug of something from the supermarket shelves, mind – but a Georgian tea party.

They held an event like this last year, and people supped with a smile.

The whole day – and the tea – went down well, they’ve decided to brew it up again.

Dressed in costume, staff at the Olney museum will take visitors back in time some 250 years – to an era when the house was home to the celebrated poet William Cowper.

Visitors will relax and drink blended teas to remember the significance of the drink during the 18th century – but in those days, ladies were only allowed to drink the tea in their homes, while men were allowed to sup in tea houses.

Can you imagine that today?!

Cake is cake, whether then or now, and Teapots of Olney will be catering for the Georgian day with sweet treats made to authentic recipes from the era.

Baroque Dance was the ‘in’ dance of Europe between 1650 and 1750, or thereabouts.

Sometimes referred to as the forerunner of classical ballet, it originated at the court of Louis XIV. A dance of elegance and grace, its popularity soon spread across Europe.

On Saturday Barbara Segal, an expert in Baroque Dance, and her group will give performances as you enjoy your day at the beautiful house.

It’s not obligatory, but staff at the museum are encouraging visitors to dress Georgian for the day too.

The event will run between 10.30am and 4.30pm and admission is £5.

To book, or for more information call 01234 711516.

> If you haven’t paid a recent visit to Milton Keynes Museum, hold your excuses and make amends instead.

Pop along this weekend for a special Forties affair.

The history centre – a terrific excuse to pull the family together and spend a few hours enjoying the way things used to be – will be giving children an introduction to the reality of life in 1940s Britain.

A very, very, very long time before One Direction became the choice of teens, wartime Britain was used to a different sort of music – jazz was still popular, but boogie-woogie was all the rage.

Music and dance will jolly things along this weekend too, along with a delightful array of food demonstrations, and remember – wartime meant rations for households across the land.

Children will get a taste of what that involved, with the opportunity to use ration books in the museum’s real street of shops.

Elsewhere, there will be a parade by the Home Guard.

“Helping young people understand the world their grandparents grew up in is a way of explaining why the world looks the way it does today,” said a spokesman for the museum.

“But as well as connecting the generations, this event is also great fun.

“One of the loveliest things is seeing the wartime generation sharing their stories with young family members.”

Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill (below, left) might even be making an appearance, and if the weather stays fine, two Lancaster Bombers will be flying in on Sunday.

For more details visit www.mkmuseum.org.uk