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Brain Watkins Garden Party 2021

Ticket Information

  • General Admission: $5.00 each
  • House Museum Tour: $5.00 each
  • Afternoon tea: $10.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Sun 7 Mar 2021, 1:30pm–4:00pm


All Ages

Gather your friends - don your finery - listen to live music - browse the stalls - promenade the grounds - mix & mingle - enjoy afternoon tea - take a house tour.

Brought to you for the 42nd year in a row by Tauranga Historical Society, come help us invoke the fun-loving and sociable spirit of the original Brain family. They built this Category II listed kauri villa and made it their home throughout the generations for 98 years, until Elva Brain-Watkins kindly gifted it along with all its original contents to the Tauranga Historical Society in 1979.

Bring a fistful of fivers and have some fun!
- Classic Jazz Quartet,
- Costume Competition: Winners announced at 3pm!
- Tauranga Historical Society Membership: $40 per year.

Vintage Café: Tea and coffee will be served from vintage china and silverware on tables lovingly adorned with antique linens and floral displays. There will be a gluten free option available, but those with severe allergies please note that other items containing gluten and nuts are prepared in the kitchen.

Our fabulous First Ladies of Costume Judging this year are:
- Jolene James,
- Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell,
- Sarah Webb.

Proceeds from the garden party go towards the upkeep of Brain Watkins House Museum.

FREE parking is available in First Avenue West behind ANZ.

Please note: There will be a Covid-19 QR code to scan at the gate, please take all precautions necessary to keep you and your loved ones safe, including sun protection. Please also help us with waste minimisation and remember that we are all volunteers working for the good of our community

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