Tiny Explorers

Tiny Explorers


Explore and play in the palace together! Discover the stories of Hampton Court Palace in our multi-sensory sessions for under 5's.

Selected Thursdays and Saturdays.

Through music, movement, messy play and more, you and your little one will be transported into a magical world of stories.

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Session timings

Babies 0+ 10.30 – 11.30
Toddlers - 4yrs 13.00 – 14.00
Toddlers - 4yrs 14.30 - 15.30

Please note: spaces are limited and booking is essential.

Our Tiny Explorers sessions have been designed so you and your little one can explore the palace together, guided by a specialist facilitator.

Session dates

Tiny Explorers runs during term time:

Spring   Feb-March
Summer  May-June
Autumn   Oct-Nov

Next season will begin on Thursday 11 February. Please check the website closer to the time for session dates and information on how to book. 

We offer 6 different session types which run on selected Thursdays and Saturdays.

Sensory Storytelling Immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of history.
Touch the Past Discover the stories and hold the trinkets and treasures of those who lived and worked in the palace.
Rhythm and Sound Play with instruments, explore new sounds and listen to music from the past.
Movement and Drama Palace stories and colourful characters are bought to life through songs, dance and role-play.

Meet a Monarch Explore the palace through stories and song and get ready to meet the king or queen in their home.
Messy Play Squish and splash your way into history, exploring colour, taste and texture. Nb. Messy play is messy - bring a change of clothes!


Please note: tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Tickets are only available to book over the phone Monday to Friday. £6 per session (£5 for members)
Each ticket allows entry for one child and up to two adults.
Tiny Explorer tickets do not include full palace entry.

For more information please call: 0203 166 6646 or to join our mailing list contact learning.info@hrp.org.uk for a reminder when bookings reopen in February 2016.

More information

Tiny adventures in BIG palaces! Our specially designed creative play sessions are active: encouraging both adult and child to play and learn together. The central focus is always on stories - you'll hear the amazing stories of the palaces and people who lived in them. 

Each 45 to 60min Tiny Explorer session takes place both in our education rooms and in the palace itself. There is lots of moving around involved! Participants are guided from room to room – singing, exploring, playing and smiling - by the session leader and our team of volunteers and assistants. Due to the delicate nature of the buildings and furnishings, we ask that everyone join us in helping to take care of the historic spaces as we move through them.

Check the details on this page to find out what kind of session is running on what date. Come along to a few different ones to get a taste of different creative play approaches. Please note that the session fee does not include full palace entry: you will be greeted at the meeting point and guided to and from your session by our team. 

For more information about the Tiny Explorer programme, or to join our mailing list, please contact the Learning & Engagement department’s 0-11 team at Historic Royal Palaces: learning.info@hrp.org.uk

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