Historic Stewart Farm set to host royal party

Royal Victorian Party set for noon to 3 p.m. on May 19 in South Surrey

The Historic Stewart Farm will host a Royal Victorian Party this weekend, to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday.

The festivities are set for noon to 3 p.m. on May 19, and are part of an annual tradition of celebrating the Queen’s life.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the scenic grounds. They will be treated to tea and lemonade in the garden, tours through the farmhouse led by volunteers in period costume and an array of old-time games such as croquet, badminton and sack races. Children are encouraged to come dressed as kings and queens. They will have the opportunity to make their own crown and enjoy other royalty-themed crafts and activities.

Queen Victoria will make appearances during the party to cut her birthday cake and take royal portraits with children and families.

The Vancouver Morris Men are scheduled to perform between 1 and 3 p.m. Morris Dancing is a traditional English folk dance that dates back nearly 500 years. The dancers, dressed in white shirts and coloured ribbons, carry hankies or sticks and wear bells on their legs to emphasize their movements.

The Historic Stewart Farm is located at 13723 Crescent Rd. Regular hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays (May 5- Sept.1), noon to 4 p.m. Entrance is by donation.

For more, call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage