Cornwall LivingIssue #97

Bring the title home

How to celebrate 40 years of adult hospice care in Cornwall? Attempt a world record!

How do you fancy being a record breaker? All you have to do is eat a scone and clotted cream, with jam first of course, and drink a cup of tea. Hopefully, 1,199 other people will join you for the biggest tea party of the year!

The Guiness World RecordTM attempt is being organised by Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. The team is running a host of special events throughout 2020, but the biggest of them all will be this extraordinary attempt to break a record.

At present, the record for the Largest Cream Tea Party is held by Mercedes Benz in China who, in November 2019, sat 1,088 down to enjoy a jam and cream scone with a cup of tea. The record had previously been broken in October 2019 by the National Lottery with 1,054 people and prior to that by Cath Kidston in July 2018, with 978 people present. As Judy Lawton from Cornwall Hospice Care explains: “This just doesn’t feel right; the home of the cream tea is Cornwall and we need to bring this world record back as soon as possible, and with jam first!”

The charity needs to sit at least 1,200 people down for the cream tea that will be held on Saturday 20th June in the Exhibition Hall at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. You can dress up too, as Judy explains: “As our charity is 40, we’re theming the party in 1940s style and there’ll be music and dancing with Company B and the Liberty Sisters. The rules for this attempt are very strict, so the event will run from 2pm to 5pm, with everyone sitting down to eat at 3pm. We’ve already had enormous support from many Cornish businesses who’re sponsoring the event, and with their help it’s going to be a fantastic occasion. Please join us and let’s bring the record back to where it belongs!”

For full details of the event and to book your ticket to be a record breaker, be sure to visit the charity’s website at


Cornwall Hospice Care

01726 839156