Tea at Three

Taking place on Sunday 12th August 2018 from 3pm, this wonderful summer event features our annual butterfly release in remembrance of our loved ones. Held in the Hospice grounds, we enjoy live music, tea and refreshments as well as stalls from local exhibitors. The butterfly release is a fantastic way to lend our thoughts to those we hold dear who are no longer with us.



Butterflies can be purchased for £12 each and will be available to pick up during the event in time for the butterfly release.

Advance butterfly purchases have now closed. There will be very limited number of butterflies available to buy on the day and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Please bring cash or cheque to pay as we cannot accept card payments.

The butterfly release will take place during Tea at Three at an expected time of approximately 5.20pm (although this time is subject to change). It will coincide with a performance of Gareth Heesom’s stunning song, A Million Butterflies, which was written about our butterfly release.




Tea at Three will continue to play host to a selection of music, including live performances from local bands and musician Gareth Heesom playing his incredible charity single A Million Butterflies which was inspired by the butterfly release at Tea at Three.

We are also delighted to confirm that Axel the owl will be at Tea at Three. Axel often visits the Hospice as part of our pet therapy programme, but on 12th August he and his human Anita will be pottering around the event, saying hello and generally being a superb owl.

Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Club will be present on the day, running children’s entertainments and being on hand to chat to anyone interested in ice hockey or the club.

The amazing Party Squad will be offering face painting for all the youngsters (or the young at heart!) whilst the wonderful Sarah Andrews will be doing nails for the grown-ups!

Palacefields Ukulele Group will be in attendance, and we’ll have games on site for children to play.



You can expect a range of stalls on the day, with craft items, pet goodies, raffles, cakes, books, Hospice merchandise and carefully selected items from our high street shops.



You will be able to purchase tea, coffee, squash, sweets, chocolate and other refreshments on the day.

We are thrilled that Cheeky Ice Cream will be in attendance on the day! These local dessert geniuses will be serving up their treats for us all and we cannot wait!



Tea at Three takes place outdoors within the Halton Haven Hospice grounds. The Hospice is located on Barnfield Avenue, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6EP .



There is no parking available on site for Tea at Three. Please park at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy and Brookvale Leisure Centre, roughly 100 yards away from the Hospice on Barnfield Avenue.

There will be space to pull up to the entrance of the Hospice to drop people off.



Tea at Three will be open to the public from 3pm. The butterfly release is expected to take place at approximately 5.15pm but an exact time cannot be guaranteed.

Provisional timings are as follows (please note these are a guide and may change on the day):

  • Event opens @ 3pm
  • Palacefields Ukulele Group @ 3.20pm
  • Doggy mascot competition judging @ 3.50
  • Gareth Heesom @ 4.20
  • Pick up butterflies @ 4.45-5.15
  • Butterfly release @ 5.20
  • Palacefields Ukulele Group @ 5.25
  • Raffle draw @ 5.50
  • Ends @ approx 6pm

Confirmed timings will be posted around the Hospice grounds on the day.



We expect Tea at Three to go ahead regardless of weather conditions. (In the case of extreme weather, there is a chance the event may be postponed or cancelled.) As an outdoor event, there will be little to no shelter available on the day so please dress and prepare for the weather conditions.



In the lead up to Tea at Three, Halton Haven’s CEO Viv Culleton has been running a competition for the dogs of the area! Local dogs have been given the opportunity to act as the Hospice mascot at various events and occasions throughout the year!

A shortlist of six dogs has been created and all will be invited to attend Tea at Three where the winner will be chosen by an independent judge. As well as being the doggy face of the Haven, the winner will receive a gift hamper!

For more information about this competition, please contact Viv on viv.culleton@haltonhaven.co.uk.

The deadline for entries was Friday 27th July 2018.



For more information about Tea at Three, please contact the Halton Haven fundraising team on 01928 712 728 or fundraising@haltonhaven.co.uk. You can visit the ticket sale website at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tea-at-three-2018-tickets-47299882221 and join the facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/225623871561292.