Member events at Hampton Court Palace
Please note, the Magic Garden will close on Monday 8th May, Monday 9th June and Monday 11th September for essential maintenance. The Magic garden will close on Sunday 29th October for the winter, reopening in 2018.
Meet a State Apartment Warder in the Members’ Room
Dates: 6 May, 1 June and 1 July – tours start at 11.00 and 14.00 respectively
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 new members around, answer any questions or tell you about the ghosts and characters inhabiting the palace.
Tickets are not available online. To book please call +44 (0)20 3166 6327
Tickets and more information
Our next meeting dates are:
18 May - George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father
14 June - Helen Rappaport, A magnificent obsession, V&A and the death that changed British Monarchy
12 July - Linda Porter, Royal Renegades
The meetings start at 18.30 and are held in the Clore centre at Hampton Court Palace. Please email email@example.com if you would like to be part of the group and receive emails about the books we are discussing. No need for a ticket but please let us know you’re attending, £5 payable on the night. Find out more by visiting the members blog.
Rooftop Tours of Hampton Court Palace – May Bank Holiday weekends
Dates: 29 (sold out) and 30 April (sold out), 1, 27 (2pm tour sold out), 28 (2pm sold out) and 29 May at 14.00 and 16.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 13.50 and 15.50 respectively
Price: £30 – 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 both the May Bank Holiday weekends 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.
These monthly lunch lectures are a favourite among many members and the staff who have taken part. We have some super lectures coming up, we hope you can join us.
15 May (sold out) : Brett Dolman, Curator, talking about the State Apartments at Hampton Court Palace in the 18th and 19th centuries, taking place in Apartment 3
30 May (sold out) : Jo Cooper, State Apartment Warder, talking about the work of Ben Jonson, taking place in Apartment 33.
3 July: Laurie Gibbs, Preventive Conservation Co-ordinator, talking about the six acres of interiors and the varied life of a conservator, taking place in the Garden Room.
All the lectures start at 12noon and tickets are £8, including a light lunch buffet. Please note these lunchtime events are extremely popular so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Fatal Rivalry: Henry VIII, James IV and the battle for Renaissance Britain – Flodden 1513 by George Goodwin
Date: 19 June, doors open 13.45 for a 14.00 start
In 1509, the young Henry VIII renewed his father’s Treaty of Perpetual Peace with Scotland, and yet by 1511 he was already planning an invasion of France, Scotland’s traditional ally. In this talk, based on his book Fatal Rivalry, George Goodwin describes the vibrant Renaissance splendour of the royal courts of Henry VIII’s England and James IV’s Scotland, with their new wealth, innovation and artistic expression. As England and Scotland move towards their biggest ever battle, we meet manoeuvring ministers, cynical foreign allies, contrasting queens in Katherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor and – above all – the two competing kings.
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