Award Winning local literary organisation Wordsmithery and Paint The Town Festival partner on this brilliant new historical event taking place at the Lower Lines, Gillingham this July.
In the early 1900s, the Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Gerard Noel would host fabulous tea parties on the lawn overlooking the river in the Lower Lines Park, and on the 8th July one of these tea parties will be recreated for an afternoon of family fun.
The Admirals Tea Party takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017, between 2 – 4pm, at the Lower Lines Park in Gillingham. It is a free event but booking is required for the interactive walks which take place every 30 minutes.
Bring along a picnic, take a seat under the gazebo and enjoy live music & poetry with your tea and cakes. Then join us on an interactive historical walk around the grounds, where characters from throughout history will tell you their stories.
Natalie, co-producer of Paint The Town Festival says, “Initial talks about a site-specific project with Wordsmithery took place so long ago, and we are so pleased that the Admirals Tea Party is finally taking place. This is an event celebrating Medway’s history, taking place in Medway and created by people from Medway. It really is a celebration of the local area and its residents throughout the ages”.
Sam Hall of Wordsmithery explains the idea behind the project, “There are so many places of historical interest in Medway, but we’ve always wanted to tell some stories about the less well known ones. I first visited the Lower Lines Park some years ago, and was astonished to find that only a few of my Medway-born friends knew about the site’s history.
Then when I was researching ideas, I saw a photo from the 1930s of the now demolished Admiralty House with a grand tea party taking place – that’s where the idea came from. We’re so excited for the event and it’s big thanks to Paint The Town Festival for commissioning it. ”