Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, requests the pleasure of your company for music, crafting, food and drink, historical talks, storytelling and more in the estate at Chiswick House.
Inspired by the ‘breakfast’ or fête, held on 5th July 1800, organised by Georgiana, 5th Duchess of Devonshire as a birthday celebration for her eldest daughter, Georgiana, known as Little G, we invite you to join us for a fun day out for all the family.
This rural fete was what is called a public breakfast. It consisted of feasting, music, and dancing, from two o’clock till dusk – Morning Post and Gazeteer, July 7 1800.
Georgiana and Little G will be meeting and greeting guests to show them around the gardens. Coming for lunch? Enjoy a selection of food and drink to buy from the Chiswick House café using delicious produce grown onsite in our kitchen garden, or bring your own picnic. Watch the cricket, play giant garden games or just relax on the lawn.
Chiswick House curator Esme Whittaker will be giving short historical talks about the fabulous ladies of Chiswick House, their lives and loves, and their influence on this amazing estate.
Grab a squishy cushion and join with the Pumpkin Players for a performance of ‘Little Ida’s Flowers’. Fun, interactive with live music and suitable for all the family, this story is based on a fairy-tale by Hans Christian Anderson where flowers come to life and go to a ball. Performances throughout the day.
There is a Temple which was destin’d to be the Prince’s Entertainment and was very prettily decorated with flowers – Lady Jerningham, 7 July 1800.
Georgiana and Little G would have decorated with paper flowers, so join our family crafting activity to make your own! Make and embellish colourful paper flowers to be displayed in the festivities and to take home. Drop-in sessions throughout the day.
Several Bands of Musick were very well placed in the garden, so that as soon as you were out of the hearing of one Band, you began to catch the notes of another; thus Harmony always met your ears. – Lady Jerningham, 7 July 1800.
A selection of musical entertainment will be going on throughout the day in various areas of the gardens. A full schedule will be available closer to the time.
Among the amusements, besides that of viewing in all parts a crowd of beautiful women, elegantly dressed…there were cricketing for the athletic youths, and dancing for the lively Misses. – Morning Post and Gazeteer, July 8 1800
The original guest list comprised Dukes and Duchesses, Earls, Viscounts and Viscountesses, Lords and Ladies. In addition to the Prince of Wales, the breakfast was attended by Prince William of Gloucester, the Prince of Orange, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, and the Bishops of Winchester and Ely. We can’t wait to welcome you!
Part of our season of the Women who made Chiswick
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