As the Union Jack begins to line our streets, the National Trust is busy preparing for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend in the most British of ways – with almost 200,000 cups of tea.
Based on previous Bank Holiday figures the National Trust is making provisions for its Summer of Celebration with over 70 tea parties planned across the country where they expect almost 40,000 litres of tea to be drunk, and over 30,000 scones to be scoffed. The nation is also likely to put away around 85,000 cream teas and more than 11,000 sandwiches as the country celebrates in true British style.
The National Trust will be proudly displaying 7.3km of bunting (more than 4.5 miles) across the Jubilee weekend – enough to wrap around Buckingham Palace 16 times.
More than 23,000* picnic rugs are expected to be sold over the weekend of celebrations – which would cover an area of 41,812 square meters, the equivalent of six Wembley football pitches.
Tony Berry, Visitor Experience Director of the National Trust, said: “Properties all over the UK have spent months getting ready for the National Trust’s ‘Summer of Celebrations’ and there’s a real buzz in the air. Our good pals Wallace and Gromit will being taking part in our celebrations as we debut an exclusive Jubilee-themed mini-animation on outdoor screens and children will get the chance to make their very own Gromit during one of our animation workshops.
“Trust visitors, old and young, will be able to celebrate the Jubilee surrounded by everything they love about Britain and we want to make sure everyone relaxes and enjoys some simple pleasures during the long weekend – whether that is a freshly made scone topped with home-made jam or a picnic with the family in the open countryside.”