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Sadia’s Tea Party at the Fairlop Fair

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On Saturday 6th July sees the return of the historic Fairlop Fair and we’ll be there hosting two tea parties in our very own special tea tent!

Enjoy entertainments in the spirit of the original fair; with traditional swing boats and rides, old English games, folk music, traditional dance, rowing boats, cup cake decorating, a pooch tent, street entertainers and Sadia’s tea party!

Join us at the Fairlop Fair for afternoon tea, fancy snacks and Fairlop-themed parlour games including the ‘Fairlop Quiz’. Share your memories and experiences of Fairlop and contribute to the installation ‘Fairlop Memories’ which will grow as the day progresses.

To book your free tickets check out these links:

Noon tea party:

3pm tea party:

We hope to see you there!

Barkingside Takeover: Sadia’s Mad Hatter Tea Parties

On Saturday 15th June, we took over Barkingside High Street to host 2 very special Mad Hatter’s tea parties. To promote the forthcoming Fairlop Fair, we created a bit of buzz and some interesting presence as our tea party took place amongst the usual hustle and bustle of a high street full of shoppers and locals going about their daily business. We were lucky with some sunshine in the morning for our tea party with families from the local area! Here are some snaps:

Tea party guests were lucky enough to play our bespoke parlour games including ‘The Barkingside Question Round’ and others exploring and responding to their local area. By the afternoon, the skies had unfortunately opened and it rained and rained and rained. We had to retreat into Rowan’s Cafe and set up our second tea party in there. Nevertheless folks had  a great time exploring Barkingside and what it means to them.

We will be hosting two bespoke tea parties at the Fairlop Fair on Saturday 6th July at Fairlop Waters, book your free tickets here:

Tea parties commissioned by Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure.

Photo credits: Mikey Knott

‘Better Barkingside’ Tea Parties

Did you know that King Solomon High School in Barkingside was opened by King Hussein of Jordan? Or did you know that Kathy Kirby (singer from the 60’s) was born in Barkingside? Her big hit was “Secret Love” originally made popular by Doris Day.

This Thursday we’ll be hosting two customised tea parties at Fullwell Cross Library for local residents as part of the Better Barkingside project.

Join artist and tea hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman on Thursday 20th June at 11am and 3pm for tea, fancy snacks and Barkingside-themed parlour games including the ‘Barkingside Quiz’. Share your memories and experiences of your local area and contribute to the wider Better Barkingside project delivered by the London borough of Redbridge.

Suitable for adults aged 16+, only 25 places available for each tea party.

Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite:

Sadia’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties in Barkingside

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Hot of the press, were excited to announce that in the run up to the historic Fairlop Fair, we’ll be hosting 2 very special pop-up ‘Mad Hatter Tea Parties’. ‘Tumble down the rabbit hole’ and join artist Sadia Ur-Rehman for 2 unique tea parties on Saturday 15th June at 11am (for families) and 2.30pm (for adults) outside Rowan’s Café on Barkingside High Street. Explore the history of your local area with specially designed games, fancy snacks and tea.


To book a free ticket here are the following links:



Only 20 tickets available for each tea party, so get booking!

Community Dialogues: Tea Party with the Brazilian Educational & Cultural Centre

On Saturday 11th May, we hosted a bespoke tea party for the Brazilian Educational & Cultural Centre at Kew Gardens as part of the project ‘Community Dialogues’. The project aims to engage and bring together groups of different, diverse cultural backgrounds to creatively explore and exchange dialogues on edible plants. Our Brazilian tea party guests were a lively bunch with lots of stories to tell and yummy recipes to share! We looked in detail at four edible plants, these were; coffee, tea, chillies and cocoa, and of course these are grown directly at Kew Gardens. The group also talked of edible plants native to Brazil and other countries in South America, it was fascinating to hear about these plants and how they were eaten, and one only wished we could have had a taste!

We captured some lovely stories in our ‘Stories Studio, looking forward to editing the film that comes out of all of the tea parties. Here are some photos from the day.

(c) Photo credits: Mikey Knott