Clever cakes and creative cookies could win you a prize in the Great Walrus Tea Party on 24 June.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London is looking for keen bakers and Horniman Walrus fans to host their own socially-distanced Great Walrus Tea Party – at home or online – and is offering two prizes for their favourites.

The most creative cake will win a year’s Family or Gift Membership to the Horniman – giving free entry to paid attractions and access to special Members’ only events. The most creative biscuit or cookie wins a £50 voucher for the Horniman’s gift shop. Both prizes will be valid for one year from when the Museum reopens.

The Great Walrus Tea Party invites people to bake walrus-themed and ocean-inspired cakes and biscuits, add in some fishy treats such as sustainably-sourced fish finger sandwiches, and hold a tea party for their household, or online with family and friends. Inspired by the Horniman’s iconic taxidermy walrus, the Great Walrus Tea Party is also asking for donations to support the Horniman, which is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comedian, actor and writer Jo Brand says: ‘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 fabulous Horniman Museum and Gardens.

‘If you love the Horniman as much as I do why don’t you join in by holding a virtual Great Walrus Tea Party? Bake your walrus-themed cakes, invite your friends to join in online and make a donation. Every penny will help the Horniman inspire future generations of London’s families and school children with lifelong curiosity.’

To take part on 24 June or anytime this month, sign up and get your Great Walrus Tea Party fundraising packs online or by emailing

To enter your creative cakes and cookies into the competition, share photos of your bakes by tagging the Horniman on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and using #walrusteaparty. The closing date for entries is 11.58 pm on 1 July 2020. See full terms and conditions of the competition.

Photo: Emily Lovell