No matter where we go in the world, tea is always on our mind. In our Des-tea-nations blog we’ll bring you the tea experiences worth travelling for. Last time we focused on London. For parts 2 and 3 of Des-tea-nations UK we’re going nationwide.

Bird and Blend, various locations

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Hands up if you’ve ever dreamed of being a tea designer, creating your very own blends? Enter Bird & Blend’s Tea Blending workshops! Learn about and taste different teas and herbs before creating yours to take home with you.

Belvoir Castle, Grantham

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A must-do for any Afternoon Tea fanatic! This is where it all began in the 1840s when Anna, Duchess of Bedford visited. She ordered tea and a light snack mid-afternoon to keep her hunger at bay until dinner. Thank you, Anna!

Tregothnan, Cornwall

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Visit a beautiful tea garden right here in the UK! Tregothnan is the UK’s first ever tea garden. Take a tea masterclass and learn all about tea’s history, cultivation as well as tasting.

Cardiff Pottery Workshops, Cardiff

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a potter? Throw some clay and have a go at making your very own teapot, mug or storage jar at Cardiff Pottery Workshops. 

The Scottish Tea Factory, Perthshire

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Did you know that tea grows in Scotland? This micro tea factory and tea garden offers tea tasting and tea blending courses as well as factory visits where you can learn all about small-scale tea making. 

Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

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Another pilgrimage for any Afternoon Tea lover is Woburn Abbey. The home of Anna, Duchess of Bedford and creator of the Afternoon Tea. It’s here where her initial afternoon snack was perfected into the Afternoon Tea ritual we all know and love today!

We’d love to hear what your top tips are for unique tea experiences in your area! Let us know in the comments below.

Coming up: 7 unique tea rooms around the UK

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