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Annual Afternoon Tea

August 12 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


We want you to celebrate the buzz with us at our tea party! Dressing up in your finest is highly encouraged for a re-enactment of the visit of His Royal Highness Edward, Prince of Wales when he came through Creston as part of his tour of Western Canada in 1919!

Join us on the patio for served tea and dainties while enjoying special performance! All ages welcome. Seatings at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM. $10 per person; reservations highly recommended. For reservations, call 250-428-9262 or email crestonmuseum@telus.net

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are all the best-dressed people wearing in 1919?

Gentlemen: The three-piece suit is appropriate for an informal visit of His Royal Highness – trousers, vest, and jacket, and of course a spotlessly clean, crisp, white shirt with a well-starched collar. You will want to wear a hat, as a properly-attired gentleman never goes out without one, though naturally you will remove this out of respect for His Highness when he steps off the train. Gloves and a walking stick would be very appropriate touches.

Ladies: Of course you will want to wear your Sunday best – you will be greeting a member of the Royal Family, after all. To be sure, we have just come through a terrible war, and many of you have been working in factories and on the farms so your hemlines have been getting shorter and many of you have begun going without your (ahem) corsets (though naturally we do not mention those in polite company!). Nevertheless, your skirt should be ankle length at least and your bodice modest. A hat is an absolute must – even in this freer day and age, well-dressed ladies are never seen in public without a hat. Gloves are appropriate even for this informal visit.

Do we have to dress up?

Many of our guests choose to dress up – it adds to the fun! But no, it is not required, and above all we want you to be comfortable. If the thought of wearing a full-length, high-necked, long-sleeved dress or a three-piece suit on an August afternoon makes you cringe, please feel free to come in a pretty summer dress or shirt and slacks/shorts. And, if you do choose to dress up, please remember you don’t need to adhere to the formal requirements of a real royal visit – gentlemen are perfectly welcome to remove their suit jackets, for example!

Seating availability as of 9:30, on 12 August:

1:00: two tables for eight, two tables for four.

2:00: five tables for four.

3:00: two tables for eight, three tables for four.



August 12
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM