PublI must admit, although I can appreciate the beauty of the ballet, I’ve never been a massive fan. But when I was lucky enough to be invited to the world’s first ballet on water for the launch of Taylors of Harrogate Fruit and Herbal Infusions, in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, it was too good an opportunity to miss!
To celebrate the launch we invited Sheila Eggleston from Dewberry Redpoint and Charlie Whitting from H2O Publishing along with us, and headed off to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for a magical evening. Greeted by a Flower Fairy, we began with tea tasting in the Palm House. So often I find that fruit and herbal teas have quite a weak taste but I’m happy to report this new range is bursting with flavour. The range includes Blackberry & Elderflower; Sweet Rhubarb; Chamomile & Vanilla; Peppermint Leaf; Spiced Apple and Lemongrass & Ginger. My personal favourites are the Sweet Rhubarb and the Lemongrass & Ginger, although I’m sure I’ll be converting to the Spiced Apple when the cold weather creeps in!
Once we had tried all the flavours and heard a bit about the process behind creating the range, we headed outside to the lake and took our seats ready for the unique, moonlit performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream on water (at this point we were also treated to more tea and sweet-treats from the fabulous Bettys of Harrogate – yum).
As the music started (via wireless headphones), it’s quite possible I became a ballet convert. It was INCREDIBLE. The two fairy ballerinas, from the Northern Ballet, were absolutely stunning and the whole performance was really clever – it was a hologram projection but it truly looked as though they were dancing on water. A magical end to a wonderful evening.
Tea, cake and ballet on the lake – what could be more quintessentially British?
To watch a video of the evening’s events including the world’s first ballet on water, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4_Bo4MKe4E
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