Enjoy an ‘eggcellent’ Easter and May Bank Holiday weekend with Historic Royal Palaces

Enjoy an ‘eggcellent’ Easter and May Bank Holiday weekend with Historic Royal Palaces

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There are plenty of events and activites the whole family can enjoy!

Press release

Explore the palaces this Easter holiday (9-25 April) and May Bank Holiday weekend (29 April – 2 May) for a fun-filled family day out. Witness the attempted stealing of the spectacular Crown Jewels and meet the Beefeaters and infamous ravens at the Tower of London; experience Tudor merrymaking on a grand scale at Hampton Court Palace; and discover Kensington’s Enchanted Palace and be amused by caricatures of George III at Kew Palace.

Don’t forget Historic Royal Palaces family membership is the most cost-effective way to visit our palaces, giving your family unlimited free entry to all five palaces for a whole year! Prices start at only £56.00. Visit www.hrp.org.uk for information.

EVENTS

Dark tales of the Tower
Tower of London
1-21 April
Soldiers, prisoners and courtiers invite you to share their experiences, if you dare! Live costumed interpreters bring the mighty fortress to life and will keep children enthralled as they uncover tales from the Tower of London’s past.

The secret garden
Kensington Palace
9-21 April, 11.00-16.00
Make your own enchanted animal mask and help us create a secret magical garden using craft materials and your imagination. Inspired by the Enchanted Palace and recommended for children aged 5-13 years it’s an ideal way to entertain the kids this Easter.

Afterwards explore the Enchanted Palace - a unique multisensory exhibition combining fashion, live performance, music, film and dazzling spectacle to show the palace in a magical light. Intriguing and mysterious characters lead visitors on a journey through the spellbound palace to discover its tales of love and hate, surprise and sadness, secrets and jealousy. This is a secret Kensington Palace – one you’ve never seen before.

Colonel Blood and the great Crown Jewels robbery
Tower of London
22-25 April
It is 1671. Will the sinister Colonel Blood and his gang pull of the greatest heist of all time? Enter the world of Charles II, the Merry Monarch. Will you help or foil the dastardly Colonel Blood and his gang as they attempt to steal the Crown Jewels? Lively fun for all the family with re-enactments from live costumed interpreters.

A son and heir?
Hampton Court Palace
22-25 April
Expect merrymaking and celebrations on a grand scale as King Henry VIII waits to find out if at last he has been granted his dearest wish: a baby boy to succeed to the throne of England. Henry VIII’s Tudor Kitchens will be at full swing, preparing for the happy event. Costumed interpreters will bring the palace to life this Easter and there is even the chance to meet the King himself!

Tudor Cookery
Hampton Court Palace
22-25 April, 29 April – 2 May
Which recipes rumbled a Tudor tummy? Come in from the cold, be warmed by the fire in our Tudor kitchens and experience for yourself first-hand the smells and sounds of 500 years ago as our intrepid team of Tudor cooks experiment with recipes, ingredients and cooking methods to prepare a feast fit for a king.

Courtly love
Hampton Court Palace
29 April-2 May
Henry VIII has finally found the love of his life. Join the happy King as he shows his mastery of the rules of courtly love and chivalrous romance, to win the heart of Jane Seymour. Whilst the King works up an appetite wooing the young Jane, his cooks are preparing a feast for him in the Tudor Kitchens. Live costumed interpreters will bring the palace to life this Easter and there is even the chance to meet the mighty King himself.

Kew Palace - Kids go free!
Daily until 25 September 2011
Kew Palace, once home to George III and his family, opens its doors for the 2011 season. The tiny royal palace in the heart of Kew Gardens will welcome visitors coming to discover its secrets and stories and uncover more about Britain’s longest reigning male monarch. Kids get free admission to the palace if accompanied by a paying adult.

Among the many items relating to George and his family on display at the palace we will be showcasing, especially for the 2011 season, an exhibition of caricatures depicting the King and his family in various topical situations of the period.  Among them caricatures from the artist James Gillray who ensured the phenomena of this form of satire was well fed throughout the late 18th century.

Banqueting House – Kids go free!
Daily
Discover bloody history where it happened! See the plaque which commemorates the site of the execution of King Charles I, the only English Monarch ever to be executed, who was famously beheaded in public view in 1649 then marvel at the magnificent Rubens ceiling in the main hall, one of the last sights seen by the King before he lost his head.

Enchanted Palace
Kensington Palace
Daily until 3 January 2012

Kensington transformation as the Enchanted Palace - a unique multisensory exhibition combining fashion, live performance, music, film and dazzling spectacle – continues throughout 2011. From May, a series of new contemporary art works will be revealed for the third and final phase of this innovative exhibition: details to be announced shortly.

Inside the Enchanted Palace intriguing and mysterious characters lead visitors on a journey through the spellbound palace to discover its tales of love and hate, surprise and sadness, secrets and jealousy. As they travel through the magnificent State Apartments visitors will encounter a series of stunning installations featuring contemporary fashion by leading designers such as Paul Costelloe, Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood inspired by the palace’s Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and woven into fascinating stories from the palace's history. This is a secret Kensington Palace – one you’ve never seen before!

 

Exhibition: Power House (in partnership with the Royal Armouries)
Tower of London
Daily   
Discover the stories and personalities behind the major organisations of state, who took care of Royal business behind the mighty Tower walls, from 1100 to the present day, in a new permanent exhibition opening on the White Tower’s top floor.

The exhibition, in partnership with the Royal Armouries, will showcase the roles of the major organisations that provided the bedrock of England’s power throughout the centuries. Great institutions include the Ordnance Office, Ordnance Survey, the Royal Mint, Record Office, the Jewel House, Menagerie and Royal Observatory. Power House will also put the spotlight on other Tower of London functions, ranging from royal residence to state prison.

Exhibition: Fit for a King (in partnership with the Royal Armouries)
Tower of London  
Daily   
Discover 500 years of spectacular arms and armour worn by kings and royal princes in this stunning exhibition in the White Tower, in partnership with the Royal Armouries. Learn about the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings, from the Tudors, and the notorious Henry VIII, to today’s royal family.

Escape from the Tower app                                                                          
Tower of London      
Meet the prisoners (virtually of course!)                                                                        Bring your iPhone or iPod Touch to the Tower and you can help the virtual prisoners escape from the real locations they were held.
Can you help four worthy prisoners escape from the infamous Tower of London be re-enacting their real-life events? Play Escape from the Tower, our exciting new free app for iPhone and iPod Touch, and re-enact some of the Tower’s most famous escapes during your visit.

Players who complete all four missions can register their score and will be eligible for entry into a prize draw to win free entry to all the palaces.

Escape from the Tower app is free and available for download on iPhone and iPod Touch only.The app can be downloaded at home or on site at the Tower wi-fi hotspot in front of the Tower shop at the main gate

 

Notes to editors

All events and materials are included in the general admission ticket price for each palace unless stated otherwise that a separate ticket is needed.

All events are subject to change, please check www.hrp.org.uk for up-to-date information on prices, opening times and details on event booking.

For further information about events and listings please contact Historic Royal Palaces Press Office on 020 3166 6166 or email press@hrp.org.uk or visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/  

For images, please register on http://hrp.newsteam.co.uk/ which holds our gallery of images. You can browse and download hi-res images from this site. Usage is free for editorial.

Prices from 1 March 2011

Palace

Adult

Conc

Child

Family

Historic Royal Palaces Memebrship (free admission to the palaces for a year)   

£43.00 (1 adult)

£65.00 (2 adults)

n/a    

n/a

£56 (1 adult)

£83 (2 adults)

Tower of London*

£19.80    

£17.05

£10.45

£55.00

Hampton Court Palace*

£15.95

£13.20

£8.00

£43.45

Kensington Palace*

£13.75

£12.10

£6.90

TBC

Banqueting House*

£5.50

£4.40

Free

n/a

Kew Palace*

£5.83

£4.95

Free

n/a


*All individual ticket prices include a voluntary donation

NB: ticket for Kew Palace does not include admission ticket to Kew Gardens which must also be purchased.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.                                                                                                                    http://www.hrp.org.uk/      registered charity number 1068852 -ends-

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