Member events

Member events

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As a member of Historic Royal Palaces, enjoy exclusive member-only events all year round.

Member events at Hampton Court Palace

Wolsey and Cromwell – Cardinal and commoner with Dr Tracy Borman
Date: 6 July, doors open at 18.30 starting at 19.00 in the Great Hall
Price: £20 including a drinks reception
Thomas Cromwell has gained new-found fame through the acclaimed novels and the recent BBC adaption by Hilary Mantel. Join Cromwell’s official biographer Dr Tracy Borman as she delves into the murky court of both Thomas’s (Wolsey and Cromwell) to find out more about both cardinal and commoner. Wolsey’s legacy is being celebrated in fantastic style this year and perhaps we should all take time to get to know the men behind Henry’s throne a bit better? 

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The Prince Expected in Due Season’: Henry VIII’S Quest for a Son with Alison Weir
Date: 18 May, doors open at 18.30 starting at 19.00 in the Great Hall
Price: £20 including a drinks reception
Alison Weir will speak about the problems of the Tudor succession, and recount the moving tale of Edward’s birth and its tragic aftermath.

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The long awaited son – Hampton Court Palace and Edward VI
Dates: 11, 18 and 25 April and 2 May starting promptly at 11.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 10.50. (SOLD OUT)
Price: £10.
Henry VIII’s long-awaited son Edward Tudor was born at Hampton Court Palace. We are delighted to offer members the chance to see behind the scenes and go into the apartment where he was born. This exclusive talk will also visit spaces in the palace which were used either as his nursery and play areas. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the areas used in the recent BBC programme with Lucy Worsley and go into spaces never seen by the day visitor.

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Grace and Favour through the ages
Dates: 14, 21 and 28 May starting promptly at 11.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 10.50 respectively. (SOLD OUT)
Price: £10.
This tour will give members a history of Grace and Favour as well as a sneak peek into some of the long forgotten spaces.

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Rooftop Tours of Hampton Court Palace – May Bank Holiday weekends
Dates: 2, 3, 4 May and 23, 24, 25 May at 14.00 and 16.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 13.50 and 15.50 respectively.
Price: £25 – over 12s only. 
One of the highlights of each year is the opportunity to get up on the roof of Hampton Court Palace and have a palace experience like no other. These tours show the palace off to absolute best advantage and there is an expert guide to lead the group round making sure the occasion is as spectacular as the view! We have two tours taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend starting at 14.00 and 16.00, meeting in the Members’ Room at Hampton Court Palace. As you can imagine demand for these tours is extremely high and as the roof is a delicate conservation area we can only take small groups up at a time. Sensible, closed toe footwear MUST be worn and admittance will be refused if footwear is deemed unsafe.

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Member-only Evensong – Service of Thanksgiving for 500 years
Date: 9 May, doors open at 16.30 for a 17.00 start.
Price: £10 for adults, £5 for children under 15.
Choral Evensong is one of the most evocative services held in the Chapel Royal and we are delighted to be able to welcome members in for a celebratory service of Thanksgiving. Come and revel in the glorious music and enjoy an afternoon of peace and tranquillity as part of our Hampton Court Palace 500 celebrations.

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The history of the Chapel Royal guest – starring the Chapel Choristers
Dates: 21 April and 9 June doors open at 16.30 for a 17.00 start.
Price: £15 for adults, £5 for children under 15.
The Chapel Royal is one of the most historic and captivating parts of the palace however we rarely spend time to get to know its history better. As part of Hampton Court’s anniversary celebrations we are hosting two talks by the Reverend Canon Denis Mulliner LVO and Michele Price, Head of Development at the Choral Foundation, who will talk about the history of the Chapel Royal and give tours behind the scenes. The group will also be treated to an impromptu visit by the Choristers who practise in the Song School every Tuesday.

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The Hampton Court Lectures
Cost: £10

The Hampton Court Lectures are a series of talks hosted by members of the curatorial team based at the palace. Experts in all and sundry, these enlightening lectures will give members an insight into the intricate study being done to ensure Historic Royal Palaces stays at the forefront of both buildings and collections research. These stories loved by us all are born out of the work done by this fascinating group of specialists. All lectures will take place in the Garden Room at Hampton Court Palace and the ticket price includes a buffet lunch. 

27 April – Brett Dolman, Art at the Palace
18 May – Alden Gregory, Tiltyard and Tudor tournaments
15 June – Polly Putnam, Chocolate Kitchens and Royal chocolate drinking
13 July – Fiona Keith-Lucas, 500 years of archaeology at Hampton Court Palace

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Lunchtime lectures

These monthly lunch lectures are a favourite among many members and the staff who have taken part. We have some super lectures coming up in the summer.

14 April – Vicki Cooke will be updating members on the Royal Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palaces

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11 May – Preventative Conservationist Laurie Gibbs will be talking about her work at the palace

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9 June – Guy Arnall and Tracy Simmons update members on the White Tower Steps project at the Tower of London.

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All the lectures start at 12noon and tickets are £6, including a light lunch buffet. Please note these lunchtime events are extremely popular so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

NB: The lecture in June will take place in the New Armouries at the Tower of London.

Book club
Our spring meeting dates are:

15 April - ‘Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court’ by Victoria Sylvia
13 May - 'The Sun King' by Nancy Mitford
10 June - TBC

The meetings start at 18.30 and are held in the Clore centre at Hampton Court Palace. Please email members@hrp.org.uk if you would like to be part of the group and receive emails about the books we are discussing.
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Meet a State Apartment Warder in the Members’ Room
Dates: 26 March, 25 April, 21 May and 20 June 2015 – tours start at 11.00 and 14.00 respectively, from the Members’ Room.
Price: FREE for new members (suitable for children of all ages).
Members are lucky enough to have the services of a State Apartment Warder for one day a month in the Members’ Room to show members around, answer any questions or tell you about the ghosts and characters inhabiting the palace.

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See details of events happening at our other palaces check our exclusive member-only events calendar.
 

Booking information

You can book tickets for members' events online or by calling 0844 482 7788 (unless otherwise stated). Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00. If buying tickets online please use your login details and click 'buy member events tickets'.

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