What is a Capabili-Tea?

The Capability Brown Festival 2016 marks the extraordinary life, work and legacy of 18th century landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and we are encouraging as many people as possible to join in celebrating the 300th anniversary since his birth with a Capabili-Tea.

Tea was introduced to England in the late 1600s. It was very expensive and so only wealthy people could afford to drink it. However, tea became cheaper and more easily available during the Georgian period in the 1700s, and it quickly become the nation’s favourite beverage. Tea was served in cafes, coffee houses and tea rooms, and tea gardens reached the height of their popularity in the mid-18th century. Tea drinking also became a popular pastime at home during this period.

Capabili-Teas are a fun way of commemorating Capability Brown, by giving the great British teatime tradition an 18th century twist, and have been developed by the Festival and Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens.

Join in

Anyone can join in a Capabili-Tea.

Whether you are taking time for tea with family, hosting a community event, or providing catering at a Capability Brown landscape, hosting a Capabili-Tea is easy!

We’ve put everything you need for your Capabili-Tea, from authentic 18th century recipe ideas to posters which you can personalise, below.

Let us know about your Capabilli-Tea by following us on social media and sharing your stories and photos. Join in on Twitter by tweeting us @BrownCapability and using #CapabiliTea.