Sunday 14 June 2015
11am – 4pm, national tea-drinking moment at 3pm
On Sunday 14 June as a part of The Commandery's 'Year of Liberty and Democracy' Worcester is joining in with the national programme of LiberTeas with a LiberTea at The Commandery and Fort Royal Park. Costumed reenactors will reflect on, debate and celebrate the rights that we enjoy today and bring to life the key characters of Worcester's democratic story. At 3pm we will be joining in national celebrations with a mass tea drinking moment when tea cups will clink across the country.
At the Worcester LiberTea at The Commandery visitors can meet 17th century US president John Adams and hear the famous speech he delivered on Fort Royal Hill. They can also encounter other characters from Worcester's democratic history such as the Royalists and Parliamentarians of the English Civil War. In keeping with the theme of the day visitors can taste teas from the 17th and 18th centuries and throughout the event can enjoy the peal of bells from nearby Worcester Cathedral, also celebrating the Magna Carta anniversary. At 3pm The Commandery joins in the national 'tea-drinking' moment with a free celebratory cup of tea for all visitors. There will be traditional games and activities throughout the day plus dancing and tea-duelling.
Worcester plays a special part in the story of England's development of parliament and constitutional rights and has played host to several key points in history including the first and last battles of the English Civil War and the visit to Worcester of future American Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1786, who were keen to see where the constitutional liberties of Great Britain were bloodily fought for. The Commandery was the Royalist Headquarters during the Battle of Worcester and this story is told throughout the building.
LiberTeas, which is organised by the Houses of Parliament in partnership with the National Trust, encourages people across the UK to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on the freedoms and rights we enjoy today.
Kerry Whitehouse, event organiser at The Commandery, said: "We hope that residents of the faithful city and visitors to Worcester alike will join us at The Commandery for our LiberTea. As well as marking the historic signing of the Magna Carta through portraying Worcester's role in England's democracy there will be traditional games and fun for all the family and of course the great British pastime of tea-drinking at 3pm."
As events at The Commandery draw to a close visitors can process up Fort Royal Hill to join in more celebrations which have been organised by the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens.
Entry to the Worcester LiberTea at The Commandery is free for Worcester City residents. For those outside the city entry to The Commandery is just £5.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. For more information contact The Commandery on 01905 361821 or for event details and visitor information see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk