Florimania: celebrating 500 years of Hampton Court Palace
This Mothers’ Day weekend, experience all the pomp and pageantry of 500 years of history in flowers, as Hampton Court Palace once again plays host to Florimania.
In the palace’s 500th anniversary year, the King’s State Apartments will be brought to life with a rich tapestry of colourful floral displays, showcasing half a millennium of flowering fashions and artistry in stunning style. Spring will truly begin amidst some of England’s most beautiful surviving Baroque interiors, as visitors will discover arrangements inspired by designs popular in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian eras, crafted in a riot of exotic florals and foliage.
Throughout the weekend visitors will also be able to pick up some tips from the experts, with flower arranging demonstrations from the organisation behind the displays: the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.
After enjoying the flowers inside the palace, the 60 acres of glorious gardens await: from the perfect order and symmetry of the Privy Garden to the world’s oldest (and most famous) puzzle maze. Stroll amidst fountains, statues, and blooming spring flowers of the gardens where centuries of monarchs and their courtiers once promenaded, and experience the dramatic landscapes created by some of the finest gardeners in British history.
Those with a sweet tooth may also wish to indulge in a visit to the recently opened Georgian Chocolate Kitchen. Explore the re-discovered kitchen, once home to George l’s private chocolate chef, Thomas Tosier, which opened to the public in 2014 for the first time in over 300 years. On both Saturday and Sunday there’s even the chance to take tea in the neighbouring Fountain Court Café, where you can treat your mum to a traditional afternoon tea and a glass of fizz at the very heart of the palace.
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Florimania is included in the cost of admission to Hampton Court Palace.
Adult: £19.30 / £18.20 online, Child: £9.70 / £9.10 online, Concessions: £16.00 / £14.90 online, Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £48.20 / £44.90 online.
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, 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. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk
Registered charity number 1068852