Community and groups

Community and groups

Community and groups learning event at Hampton Court Palace


We work with the communities on our doorstep, throughout Richmond, Kingston, Elmbridge and Hounslow, to create a shared sense of belonging and ownership of our palaces and help us stay better connected to our audiences and locality.

Please contact us if you wish to be involved in future activities and projects: 

Past projects

Find out more about the range of projects and special events our team hosted at Hampton Court Palace in recent years.

Sing 500

Throughout 2015 we marked 500 years of Hampton Court Palace with local community projects all about song and performance.

A Chorus of Choirs

650 local choir members performed in the palace over two weekends in October and November. Over 3,000 audience members watched on, including several rousing renditions of our specially commissioned ‘Celebration Song’ in Base Court at Hampton Court.

Under the Hammerbeam Roof

A brand new opera telling Hampton Court Palace's 500 year history was created in partnership with English Touring Opera and five local community groups. Through a series of creative workshops with ETO specialists, 60 community group members devised the songs, lyrics and choreography. The project culminated in a triumphant performance in the Great Hall on 14 November 2015 to an enthusiastic and sell-out crowd.

Watch the film below to find out more about the project.


Citizenship ceremonies, 2008-14

Since 2008, we have worked in partnership with registrar offices in Tower Hamlets, Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, to host citizenship ceremonies in our palaces. It has been a privilege sharing in these life changing moments as we have witnessed hundreds of people becoming new British citizens in our iconic spaces.


Bedtime stories and Community Bed, 2013

Hampton Court has the largest collection of state beds in the country. These magnificent beds and their stories inspired a community group project in which participants of all ages created their very own ‘Community Bed’ for display in the palace during the ‘Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber’ exhibition. Artist Sofie Layton worked with participants to screen-print, gild, emboss and embroider the intricate details of this beautiful bed.

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