A Brief History
Discover the ancient origins and fascinating history of tea!
2nd Apr '20 - UKTIA
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This Competition is now closed. Thank you to all who entered (see https://www.tea.co.uk/tea-gallery)
We Brits have been drinking tea for over 350 years, but tea has been around a lot longer, and its origins are far from the British Isles. Legend has it that in 2737BCE, Chinese Emperor and renowned herbalist Shen Nung was sitting under a tree while his servant was boiling drinking water. Chinese mythology states that a leaf from a Camellia sinensis, or tea plant, fell into the water and Shen Nung decided to taste the concoction. And so, tea was born.
You can read more about the amazing history of tea on BBC Bitesize https://bbc.in/3bHM5Ib and also on our website www tea.co.uk/history-of-tea. Or why not learn about tea ceremonies practiced around the world https //www.tea.co.uk/tea-ceremonies?
To celebrate this iconic drink, we need your help and there are some fantastic prizes to win! If you are 11 years of age or under, it’s time to get ‘art-tea’ with your tea-inspired creations! Use any media you fancy - it could be a drawing of The Mad Hatter’s tea party; a collage of a tea plant; a Chinese brush painting or even art with actual tea! The more original the better!
Please email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, using Tea Competition in the subject line. Tell us your name and age and your art will be entered into the competition to win an art set donated by our member Camellia PLC. Runners up will receive hot chocolate and biscuit goodie bags donated by our member Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.
Check out Arabella's lovely drawing; the inspiration for this competition. Thank you Arabella!
Entries receievd so far can be viewed here: https://www.tea.co.uk/tea-gallery
Rules can be found here. Closing date 29th May 2020