Great Scone Bake

We're inviting you to bake for what you believe in, and host your own Great Scone Bake fundraising party for the National Trust.

Sign up for your fundraising pack and get your jam and cream at the ready. Let's eat scones together, for special places.

It’s time to pick a side in the great debate dividing the nation (no, not that one) – which is better, jam or cream first? Join people across the nation and fly the flag for your favourite way to serve a scone - Devon or Cornish style - by hosting your own cream tea fundraiser.

Rally your friends, family and colleagues to make, sell and scoff scones to support the National Trust and raise money to protect the places you love. You'll find all the ingredients you need to whip-up a successful bake sale with our fundraising kit and tips below.

And if you've already taken part in a Great Scone Bake, we'd like to say a big thank you for your support in helping to protect special places.

Let's raise some dough

The money you raise could help keep coastal paths safe or conserve a medieval tapestry. Your efforts could help restore the landscape to its natural state, so animals and plants can thrive. Rest assured that donations raised will ensure special places stay special, forever, for everyone.

Fundraise for the places you love

The kit includes:

  • a fundraising guide packed with ideas, hints and tips
  • stickers to proudly shout about what you’ve done
  • a pledge card to help keep you motivated and on target
  • Posters to ensure as many people know as possible
  • and a collection box to gather those important donations

Complete the online form to receive your fundraising kit >

Inspiration for your Great Scone Bake

Our top fundraising tips

  • Set the tone Brunch, afternoon tea or midnight feast? The choice is yours
  • Spread the word Share your event on social media with #GreatSconeBake
  • Raise more Host a tea sweepstake or jam tombola. The scone's the limit!

A dollop of scone history

Where was the first scone baked?

We might associate scones with the South West, but they hail from much further north – Scotland. Scones are closely related to the Scottish bannocks and other quick breads like soda bread and pancakes.

Originally, they were baked on a griddle over a fire. You’ll still find griddle scones in Scottish bakeries, but nowadays scones are usually baked in an oven.

How long have we been eating scones?

Scones became popular in Edwardian times. The first advert was for a café in Scotland, boasting an ‘Afternoon Scone Variety’ with eight different scone bakes. That’s our kind of café.

What’s the correct pronunciation?

Scones have been pronounced in different ways for more than a century, as this rhyme from 1913 shows:

I asked the maid, in a dulcet tone,
To order me a buttered scone.
The silly girl has been and gone,
And ordered me a buttered scon!

Punch (Punch Publications Ltd, 1913)