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Afternoon Tea at Woburn

The English social custom of taking Afternoon Tea was popularised in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends at Woburn Abbey. The Duchess is credited with popularising the custom of afternoon tea in the court of Queen Victoria. The Duchess and her friends would have enjoyed afternoon tea in the comfortable surroundings of the Abbey. 

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers

All vouchers purchased in 2018 are valid until 1st September 2019.

Due to popular demand for our afternoon tea, we are now unable to offer for sale gift vouchers for redemption during 2019. Please kindly note that existing gift vouchers will now only be able to be redeemed in the Bedford Room between 5th April and 1st September 2019, or at The Woburn Hotel, upon request.

Please note that there is a very high demand for Afternoon Tea as such it must be booked in advance. Afternoon Tea bookings are most popular at weekends, please book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

Duchess Anna Maria Afternoon tea is £18.50 per person 

> Download The Bedford Room Afternoon Tea Menu

Please telephone 01525 290333 or click to contact us to make your reservation within available dates.

If you don't have an existing voucher and wish to enquire about Afternoon Tea, please telephone for availability in The Duchess' Tea Room

Afternooon Tea Vouchers already purchased include:

  • A pot of Suki tea or coffee of your choice
  • A delicious selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam
  • Served within the beautiful setting of The Bedford Room in the historic North Court of Woburn Abbey.
  • Entry to the Gardens or Abbey and Gardens
    • Humphry Repton Afternoon Tea - includes admission the Gardens.
    • Anna Maria Afternoon Tea - includes admission to Woburn Abbey and Gardens (Abbey open 5th April to 1st September 2019)

 

Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea Events

Join us at the home of afternoon tea for a fascinating illustrated talk, with full afternoon tea included, which covers how tea drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution. 

The talk is given by Simon Pestell, Head Housekeeper at Woburn Abbey and formerly Butler to the Duke and Duchess of Bedford.

Dates; 24th July and 28th August, click the dates for further information and to book.

 

Events & Exhibitions

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VIP Carriage Tour and Alfresco Dining Experience

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Celebrate your special occasion with a Woburn Carriage Tour and your choice of brunch, lunch or Duchess Anna Maria Afternoon Tea in the Park.
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Humphry Repton: Art & Nature for the Duke of Bedford

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Open to the public between 5th April and 1st September 2019, this exhibition explores the fascinating relationship between Repton and one of his greatest clients.
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May Half Term Children's Activities

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There's plenty to keep younger visitors entertained at Woburn Abbey during May Half Term, two trails and nature crafts!
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Teddy Bear Festival

Leading collectors, experts and the top names in the industry will be bringing along a fine selection of rare and famous teddy bears. There will be antique artist and modern bears for you to browse and buy.
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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 22nd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2019

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Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and within 42 acres of Abbey Gardens, "The Gardener’s Garden Show" offers one of the best locations of any show in the UK.
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VIP Garden Show package Sunday 23rd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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How to Run a Stately Home: Talk and Lunch

Join Simon Pestell, former Butler to The Duke and Duchess and now the Abbey’s Head Housekeeper, to find out ‘How to Run a Stately Home’.
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Open Air Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream

This summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, are celebrating their 15th birthday and an amazing 425 years since the original company was created. To celebrate this special anniversary, they are touring one of Shakespeare’s most popular and best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Carriage Tours

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey

Join us at the home of afternoon tea for this fascinating illustrated talk, with full afternoon tea included, which covers how tea drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
Image for Twilight Parkland Tour

Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
Image for Carriage Tours

Carriage Tours

and
An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
Image for Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey

Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey

Join us at the home of afternoon tea for this fascinating illustrated talk, with full afternoon tea included, which covers how tea drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive evening tour and learn all about the species of bats living in Woburn Abbey Gardens. Then, using bat detectors, you will learn to listen and identify the echo location signals bats use to navigate and hunt.
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Woburn Abbey Honey Festival

Join us in a celebration of everything honey, set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and Gardens.