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A table full of cakes, sandwiches and treats all with walruses or sunderwater themed shapes on a table

The Great Walrus Tea Party

The walrus needs your help! Throw a virtual Great Walrus Tea Party on Wednesday 24 June to support the Horniman.

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

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 virtual party, simply ask your guests to donate directly on this page.

You can host your party on any day in June to suit you or celebrate with us at home or online on Wednesday 24 June. On the day, 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.

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


Host your virtual Great Walrus Tea Party on Wednesday 24 June or on any day in June to suit you.


Hold your virtual Great Walrus Tea Party in the comfort of your home or garden.

What do I need to do?

Register your virtual Great Walrus Tea Party with us to receive your fundraising pack for great ideas and fundraising materials. Simply click the link below to register or email and we’ll be in touch.

Register for the Great Walrus Tea Party

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 wordsearch.

What’s next?

        1. Invite your guests to join 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 virtually whilst raising money for the Horniman Museum and Gardens
        4. Ask your virtual guests to make a donation directly through our website, using the link on this page or in the form below.

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 from when the Museum reopens.
  • Most creative biscuit or cookie
    A £50 Museum gift shop voucher, valid for one year from when the Museum reopens.

The closing date for entries is 11.58 pm on 1 July 2020.

See full terms and conditions of the competition.


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!