What's on

What's on

George I with the future George II and Queen Caroline

The Georgian Court and its intriguing cast of royal characters are brought to life at Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Kew Palaces this year with a series of events, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British throne.

17 April - 30 November 2014

The Glorious Georges

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The Glorious Georges at the palaces

We are marking the 300 year anniversary of George I's accession to the British throne with The Glorious Georges, a season of events and entertainments across three palaces, exploring the lives of the Hanoverian monarchs.

Watch The Glorious Georges film

Special events at the palaces

The arrival of George I
18 – 21 April
Hampton Court Palace
Join the crowds as Great Britain’s new king, George I, arrives to visit his palace by magnificent barge. His red coat soldiers, the white horses of his native Hanover, military displays and festivities combine to make the arrival truly glorious.

The Glorious Georgian Sleepover
2 May, 18.30 – overnight
Hampton Court Palace
A rare chance to spend the night in the palace. As George I settles down for the night, his troubled family have other ideas… Tickets: £100. 

31 May – 1 June
Kew Palace
Celebrate Queen Charlotte’s birthday with lots of jelly fun! The Georgians loved jelly and food historian Annie Gray will be at Kew to reveal some of the extraordinary and fun things they used to get up to with jelly.

Really useful guides to Georgians
Discover the joys of Georgian food (Hampton Court, 14 June), and the wonders of Georgian science (Kew, 2 August), in these light-hearted introductory talks on the theme; from tea drinking to chocolate kitchens to exotic fruit, and George III’s microscope to a female 18th-century astronomer.

Glorious Georges family festivals
Kensington Palace: 28-29 June
Hampton Court Palace: 26-27 July
Kew Palace: 30-31 August
Experience the latest Georgian fashions, take part in family games and meet characters from the royal court. Get ready to picnic with the king himself!

At the King’s table: Georgian royal dining

14 August, 18.30 – 20.00
Kew Palace
Join Susanne Groom, author of ‘At the King’s table’, in the Royal Kitchens at Kew for a look at lavish royal dining and a behind-the scenes glimpse of the servants who made it all happen. Tickets: £12, £10 HRP members.

BBC Good Food Festival
23 – 25 August
Hampton Court Palace
Experience live demonstrations from top TV chefs and discover delicacies from hundreds of the UK’s finest producers. Explore Georgian cookery with our Hampton Court experts as we cook up food fit for a king. 

Handel’s Fireworks Music and illuminations
14 September, 19.30 – 21.30 (gates open 18.30)
Hampton Court Palace
Arcangelo’s 30-piece orchestra play a repertoire of Handel’s music, culminating in his 'Fireworks Music' with fireworks inspired by royal Georgian displays. Tickets: £35, £20 concessions. 


Portrait of George I and his eldest son the future George II, and his wife, Caroline of Anspach © The Trustees of the British Museum

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