Win entry to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and more...

Stuck for fun things to do with the kids? Why not visit Hampton Court Palace in its 500th anniversary year and celebrate 500 years of drama. Here are just a few of all the activities available this year...


Movie Maker Mission

To celebrate the anniversary, Historic Royal Palaces has teamed up with Aardman Animations to animate 500 years of history into a fun, five-minute film. However, they need your help!

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It's a huge mission and they need your drawings to make it happen. Why not book one of their animation workshops (available on selected dates between June - August) for families and 11-19 year-olds at Hampton Court Palace?

Discover the history of the palace, meet characters from the past, learn animation techniques and contribute a drawing for the film. Find out more

Don't worry if you can't make the workshops, children can still get involved at home by exploring the interactive timeline and entering a drawing into the online competition. Find out more

Have you submitted a drawing for the film? Come and see if it's made the cut 

View the rip roaring yarn by Aardman Animations, created to celebrate 500 years of Hampton Court history, this October half-term. 

Explore the past through storytelling and hands-on activities. Find out more.

Here is a selection of other activities to look out for throughout the year...


Queen Anne’s Summer Palace (8-9 August)

Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch, loved art, music, ceremony and ritual., Step back into the 18th century court with music from the magnificent Gabrieli Consort & Players, dancing in the Privy Garden and lessons in the dining and court etiquette. 


Family trail (All day, every day)

Be inspired by the palace's interior design and create your very own dream family home. Pick up a trail on the day of your visit and get designing.

There are lots of other exciting events for the whole family during the 500 year anniversary, from actors performing a series of micro plays to Tudor chefs roasting meat on the open fire in the Tudor Kitchens.  




To celebrate Hampton Court Palace's 500 year anniversary, Historic Royal Palaces is giving away one annual family membership - offering free and unlimited access to not only Hampton Court Palace but also to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after these palaces. Its aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

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WIN! One lucky MNer and family will receive a Historic Royal Palaces membership for two adults and up to six children.  

Competition closing date: 3 September 2015


Additional terms and conditions: 1. No cash alternative will be provided. 2. The competition is not open to employees of Historic Royal Palaces, Mumsnet and their sponsors or their immediate families. 3. The prize can be used for a family of up to 2 adults and 6 children. 4. Travel to the palaces is excluded.







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