Nation's Tea Habits Revealed

Wednesday, June 17 2015

A new UK survey by children’s charity Dreams Come True has revealed that we really are a nation of tea addicts, with each person drinking on average 17 cups of tea a week. Those aged over 55 drink two-and-a-half times the amount of those aged 16–24. This means the average person drinks 265 litres of tea a year – enough to have three baths full of tea.

Dream Tea Week 2015

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted to mark Dream Tea Week for children’s charity, Dreams Come True, a fundraising campaign that asks the nation to turn their tea into a fun afternoon with friends, family and colleagues and raise money to help children with life-limiting conditions.

Dream Tea ambassador and tea expert, Malcolm Ferris Lay, says, “We are seeing a rise in the popularity of flavoured teas as more people are becoming experimental and looking for healthier alternatives to the ‘builder’s tea’. We are a country that loves tea and we aren’t about to be cutting down anytime soon. It is part of our culture.”

  • Total tea drunk in the UK in one year would fill 5,300 Olympic swimming pools
  • Average person drinks enough to have three baths full of tea a year
  • As we’re becoming more experimental with our tea, one in eight admit to being unable to pronounce the name of the team they are drinking
  • Average person spends £12,500 on tea over their lifetime, enough to purchase a family car (based on the average life expectancy of 81 years in the UK, from the age of 16 up)
  • London drinks the least, but spends the most on tea

Dream Tea Week (15th–21st June) provides the perfect opportunity to host your own afternoon tea event to raise money for the charity and try out plenty of different types of tea!

Peter Newman, Chief Executive of Dreams Come True, says, “The Dream Tea has a simple goal; to raise money to fulfil the dreams of children and young people with life-limiting conditions. We want to make their dreams come true and create a positive impact not just on the children, but on their mums, dads, brothers, sisters, family and friends. The power of dream fulfilment on these individuals and families cannot be underestimated. Every single person who organises or takes part in a Dream Tea will be helping to release that power into the lives of some very special children. So do join us – who can say “no” to a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake?”

Visit to find out more about how to host your own Dream Tea, including a fundraising pack, recipes and everything you need to make it a success.


Enough to fill 5,300 Olympic swimming pools