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Following in historic footsteps - conference & booking agents take tea at Woburn Abbey

Afternoon tea
Conference and Booking agents from the Milton Keynes area are following in the footsteps of Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford  at Woburn Abbey next week by taking Afternoon Tea as part of an Independent Venue Showcase. Staged by the Meetings Industry’s CHS Group. The Independent Venue Showcase is being held on Monday 18th November.

The tradition of taking Afternoon Tea is said to have been started by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford during the 1840s. She felt that it was a long time between luncheon and dinner and that taking tea and delicate sandwiches, cakes and biscuits at 5 o’clock helped bridge the gap.

Guests are also being introduced to the etiquette associated with taking Afternoon Tea by Jane Malyon, founder of The English Cream Tea company. Jane is passionate about Afternoon tea and formed her company in 2012 to deliver the perfect cream tea to the corporate world. She is visiting Woburn to explain to guests at the Showcase the do’s and don’ts of partaking in this great British tradition.

After Afternoon Tea, guests will then be able to meet with over 30 privately owned venues from across the UK.  A wide range of venues is represented from country house estates such as Weston Park in Shropshire and  5 red star hotel Rockliffe Hall, to large conference centres such as Telford International Centre , academic venues such as Robinson College Cambridge, sporting venues such as Newbury Racecourse, theme parks and unusual venues. Dinner will also be served in the historic Sculpture Gallery at Woburn.

Emma Cartmell, Director of CHS Group explained: “We are delighted to be following in these historic footsteps, our Independent Venue Showcases are a great way for Agents to meet with privately owned hotels and venues in one evening and the presentation by Jane will make the event even more entertaining”.

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