The Great Walrus Tea Party

The Great Walrus Tea Party is back and the walrus needs your help more than ever!

The walrus is as close to royalty as you get in south east London so who better to help you celebrate her majesty! Throw a Tea Party this June to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and raise some much-needed “dough” for the Horniman.

From the comfort of your own home, garden or local picnic spot, gather your family and round up your friends and colleagues and raise donations for the Horniman with your Great Walrus Tea Party. Every penny will help the Horniman inspire future generations of London’s families and schoolchildren.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens have always been a wonderful resource for all of the local community and last year we celebrated the Horniman’s 120th anniversary.

This year we’re asking you to join in the Jubilee celebrations on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June by hosting a tea party to help raise money for the Horniman.

This past year has seen our Gardens play a really important role in helping people’s mental health and wellbeing. Many of you told us how much you have appreciated our outdoor space as a place to exercise, de-stress and to see your friends and family.

We’re proud to have kept our Gardens open but the legacy of the pandemic is long-lasting and we still need your support to make up the income we lost during lockdowns to help care for our animals and aquarium residents and to continue to maintain our Gardens and all our Collections.

By hosting a Great Walrus Tea Party and raising some much-needed money, you can help the Horniman to continue being there for the local community as a resource of inspiration and lifelong learning, all whilst enjoying some fabulous cakes!

Your party could have walrus-shaped cakes and ocean-themed biscuits and even some savoury seafood snacks – from fish finger sandwiches to prawn cocktail crisps. Throughout your party, simply ask your guests to make donations in return for cupcakes or party packs. Or simply ask them to donate directly on this page.

You can host your party on any day in June to suit you or celebrate with us online at home, in the Horniman Gardens, at your local park over the Jubilee bank holiday on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June.

The Horniman walrus will be tweeting ‘live’ from his iceberg to celebrate the Great Walrus Tea Party. There are some prizes to give away and he will be reviewing his favourite cakes, bakes and makes. To be in with a chance of winning make sure you share your pictures, tagging @HornimanMuseum and using #walrusteaparty.

Apparently, there’s a bigger icon than me living in South London, who wants your cakes and baked offerings to help raise money for the Horniman. If you love the walrus and the Horniman Museum and Gardens as much as I do, why not join in by hosting a Great Walrus Tea Party?

Bake your walrus-themed cakes and invite your friends along to have fun and raise some money. Every penny will help the Horniman inspire future generations of London’s families and school children to love and protect nature.
Jo Brand, Horniman Ambassador

Follow us on Twitter @HornimanMuseum to join in the fun.


Host your Great Walrus Tea Party over the Jubilee bank holiday or on any day in June to suit you.


Invite your guests for an outdoor picnic or hold your virtual Great Walrus Tea Party in the comfort of your home or garden.

What do I need to do?

Register your Great Walrus Tea Party with us to receive your fundraising pack for great ideas and fundraising materials. Simply email and we’ll be in touch.

In your Great Walrus Tea Party pack you will find everything you need to inspire you. There is an e-poster to fill in and email to your friends and family, recipes and ideas for some great walrus-themed cakes and bakes, plus some interesting facts about walruses and a word search.

What’s next?

  1. Invite your bubble guests to join you for a tea party or host your virtual party online.
  2. Bake (or buy!) some cakes, biscuits and savoury treats.
  3. Enjoy some time catching up with friends, family, colleagues or classmates whilst raising money for the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
  4. Ask your guests to make a donation in return for cake or simply donate directly through our website, using the link on this page.

If you have any questions about the Great Walrus Tea Party or would like to chat about your tea party, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

Contact the fundraising team at

Great Walrus Tea Party Competition

Enter our Great Walrus Tea Party competition to be in with a chance to win one of two fantastic prizes.

To enter, share photos of your bakes by tagging us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and using #WalrusTeaParty. We can’t wait to see your bakes!

The two prizes on offer are:

  • Most creative cake A Horniman Family Membership OR a Horniman Gift Membership, valid for one year.
  • Most creative biscuit or cookie A £50 Museum gift shop voucher, valid for one year.

The closing date for entries is 11.59 pm on 6 July 2022.

See full terms and conditions of the competition.

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