After the destruction of Mellor Mill by fire in 1892, the
millponds that now form the Roman
Lakes were transformed
into a late nineteenth century pleasure resort. Hordes of
visitors came from the surrounding towns to go boating on
the lake, play little penny slot machines, visit the
tearooms and to take part in quite genteel tea dances.
These early tea dances in the 1920s, 30s and 40s have proved
the inspiration for our monthly live music events. Though
the original dances were open air and could boast a large
dance floor and full Roman Lakes Orchestra, our modern-day
Tea Dances are a more modest affair and, for the winter
months at least, have been taking place undercover within
the Roman Lakes Tea Rooms.
Tea Dances during Covid
Please note that whilst the current covid situation
continues we are taking the following precautions:
the Tea Dances at reduced capacity
ensuring there is spacing between booked groups. If you wish
to be seated with friends who have booked separately
(without social distancing) please request when booking.
hand sanitiser and face masks are available
ventilation is maximised with windows and fans
be taken on the night in cash or by contactless card payment
TEA DANCE PROGRAMME 2022
have been running since September 2012 – always the last
Saturday of the month – and we have been fortunate enough to
host some wonderful bands from the UK and further abroad.
£16 each and include an evening meal. There is also a raffle
with funds going to the Friends
of Our Valley community
group that do work within the valley.
invited to bring their own alcohol, glasses provided. We ask
everyone to arrive at 5.30pm to allow time to be seated. We
dine at 7pm and the evening concludes around 8.30/9pm.
please advise of any food allergies or dietary requirements.
has been fully attended, with tickets selling out
increasingly quickly, so pre-booking is essential to ensure
a place. 0161-427 2039