Ladies' Nail-Driving Competition

ATTENTION all you fans and competitors:

The Ladies' Nail Driving Competition is a Tea Party favourite!

This event has been around as long as the Tea Party and was originally sponsored by Vicki & Frank Hagel, the owner/operators of the Do It Centre.  Now the Ladies' Nail Driving Competition is sponsored by Castle Building Centres, which are owned and operated by Vicki & Frank Hagel.  Not only this but we now have their son, Jordan Hagel, taking over the event. 

The competition takes place on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and is free to participants and a great spectator sport too!


Posted on: May 12, 2017

Amusement Rides

The Oak Bay Tea Party is pleased to welcome back SHOOTING STAR AMUSEMENTS, based in Langley, BC. Shooting Star will be making it's eleventh appearance at the Tea Party. We had so many positive comments the last ten years, how could we not keep having them back!

Lots of rides for the younger set, and more room to move around. We expect to see the Kamikaze, the Sizzler, the Zipper, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Tilt A Whirl and lots of kiddie rides.

If you have any questions about the rides, please check out Shooting Star's website at

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Kayak Rides Are Back

Saturday aftrenoon on the beach, all it takes is a donation to the OAK BAY CASTAWAY WANDERERS JUNIOR GIRLS' RUGBY CLUB for their youth program and you can try your hand at paddling a kayak.

The Oak Bay Tea Party welcomes back and thanks Brian Henry of OCEAN RIVER SPORTS for bringing his kayaks and staff to Willows Beach, Saturday, June 3rd in the afternoon, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Floating Tea Cup Challenge

Mayor Nils Jensen will be facing challenger(s) each year in the Floating Tea Cup Race.  Made of fibre glass and powered by mis-matched oars, it's a race of skill and daring.  Pull too hard on the oars and your saucer may dip into the water and you're sunk!  Not to fear, the Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society rescue boat is close by.

Past challengers have included: former Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe, Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard, former Esquimalt Mayor Darwin Robinson, publican Matt McNeill, Olympic rower Silken Laumann,  MLA Ida Chong, David Hahn, former President of B.C. Ferries, the Q's Ed Bain, NHL hockey star Geoff Courtnall, actor and author Meg Tilly, former Oak Bay Mayor Christopher Causton, MP Murray Rankin, Police Chief Frank Elsner of Victoria, Police Chief Bob Downie of Saanich and Deputy Police Chief Kent Thom of Oak Bay, 2010 Firefighter Calendar "Mr. May", Duane Adsett, Band Directors: Jeff Weaver from Oak Bay High, Jamie Davis from Spectrum Community School, and Dave Flello from Reynolds Secondary School.

2017 is going to be a little different!  We have: Present Mayor, Nils Jensen, and Present Chair, Sandy Germain, v.  Past Mayor, Chris Causton, and Past Chair, Bill Murphy-Dyson.  This should make for a most entertaining race!  The race takes place Sunday, June 4th at 3:00 p.m. at Willows Beach.  See you there!

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Parking Restrictions

Please note there are parking restrictions in effect all around Willows Park during the Oak Bay Tea Party weekend. These parking restrictions are in place in order to permit emergency vehicles easy access to and from Willows Park. Look out for signs. Tow trucks are working overtime! It is suggested that you either be prepared to walk several blocks, ride your bike and use our secure bike facility or, take the bus.  B.C. Transit will have regular Saturday and Sunday service on the Tea Party weekend and extra buses on the Saturday night.

Click to open a map showing Road Closures during the Tea Party weekend. 

Click to open the BC Transit Bulletin for the Tea Party weekend.

We also have a secure bike facility.  Bike to the Tea Party with the family....beat the traffic and avoid the parking headaches!

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Mad Hatter Fun Run

The Mad Hatter Fun Run originally started by ROB REID of FRONTRUNNERS, followed by ST. PATRICK's ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,  will not take place this year. 


Posted on: May 12, 2017

We Have a Dance Floor!

The DANCE FLOOR is back by popular demand for your dancing pleasure on Saturday and Sunday.

Posted on: February 24, 2016

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