Victorian values with a duel over tea and biccies

Rich Tea who will perform at A Splendid Day Out.
Rich Tea who will perform at A Splendid Day Out.

Ever heard of the civilised Victorian art of tea duelling?

Steampunks are experts in it, and will be engaging in this noble practice this Saturday (October 18) in Morecambe.

Steampunk is a movement which is growing in momentum in Morecambe, and their ‘A Splendid Day Out’ gathering at the Platform (noon to 5pm) will be a craft fair like you’ve never seen before.

High quality artisans will show off everything from jewellery to leather goods and beyond, musicians Steven ‘Brickdust’ Thoughtful and Rich Tea, and wizard magician Kevin Cunliffe will provide entertainment, and there will be a lovely tea shop and of course tea duelling.

Tea duelling is a game where two ‘dunkers’ battle to be the last to eat a biscuit which has been dunked in hot tea.

Under the watchful eyes of adjudicators The Pot Master and The Tiffin Master, the adversaries must select their biscuit of choice, which could be a chocolate digestive, a custard cream, or even a Hob Nob. The key is in choosing the most resilient biscuit!

On the Tiffin Master’s command of ‘dunk’, opponents lower their biscuit into the tea and hold it in the hot beverage. After five seconds, they raise their soggy biscuits and attempt to eat them before they crumble and drop – but who will be last to eat?

You can enter the world of the Steampunks, otherwise known as the League of Splendid, a group of outrageous characters who love dressing up in Victorian fashions, for just £3 admission, payable on the door.

All welcome.