Roaring Twenties themed talks and teas at Blenheim Palace

For those groups thinking of a trip to Blenheim Palace over the next few months, the Oxfordshire attraction is giving you the chance to travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties with the new exhibition ‘Let’s Misbehave – Blenheim Palace in the 1920s’ then enjoy an insightful talk in the Indian Room followed by a themed afternoon tea in the Orangery Restaurant.

Running until 13th April, ‘Let’s Misbehave – Blenheim Palace in the 1920s’ is a fascinating insight into the heady world of the upper classes in a time of great social, artistic and political change. Discover the aesthetic, and often shocking, world of Strachey, Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Maynard Keynes and Adrian Stephen as you see portraits around the exhibition.

The themed talks and teas will be running on Wednesdays at 2.30pm until 8th April. Speakers include, on Wednesday 1st April, Blenheim Palace’s own researcher, Antonia Keaney, who will be talking about ‘A Passion for (Twenties) Fashion’. She will explore how the Marlboroughs and their friends embraced 1920s fashions and quickly adapted to the exciting changes in both outerwear and underwear, moving swiftly away from the extreme constrictions of the Victorian era to fall upon the styles of the liberated 1920s.

On Wednesday 8th April, Michael Waterhouse, author of ‘The Churchill Who Saved Blenheim’, will be talking about the 9th Duke of Marlborough who married Consuelo Vanderbilt, famously known as the Dollar Princess, to secure the fortunes of the Oxfordshire Palace.

Each talk will be followed by a Twenties-themed Afternoon Tea, bringing to life the delicious elements of the decadent decade and all-time favourite dishes. These include savoury bites of Chicken Croquettes, inspired by the Ybor City cigar factory workers’ strike, and the Oxford Savoury – crayfish and cod roe butter on toast.  Sweet treats include boozy cakes, custard and rhubarb; all of which became popular in the age of decadence. Guests can indulge on a selection of cakes and pastries, such as a pineapple ‘Upside down’ cake, a Lime financier, Rhubarb and custard delice, a Rose and white chocolate pistachio macaron, and the Black Forest tart.

To celebrate the age of wild, boozy parties, mixologists at the palace have created the ‘Gin Rickey cocktail’, a heady concoction made with Oxford Toad Gin. A perfect match to sip whilst enjoying the afternoon tea, the cocktail also made an appearance in Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic The Great Gatsby. A non-alcoholic version made with Seedlip Garden 108 is also available. For the champagne afternoon tea traditionalists, guests can experience the glamour of 1920s with a Taittinger Brut Reserve, served in beautiful champagne coupes.

Themed talks and teas must be booked in advance; visit blenheimpalace.com/letsmisbehave for full details and booking.