Dusk 'til Dawn sleepover

The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour

When

  • 03-04 November 2018
Overnight (18:30 Saturday to 10:00 Sunday)

Ticketing information

Over 18s only.

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'By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes…'

Immerse yourself in the 17th Century and delve into the dark past of witchcraft and sorcery during an overnight stay at Hampton Court Palace.

Suspicion and fear are brewing. Witches and all things wicked have cast their spell over the land. To the King and his subjects, this is the work of Satan and it must be stopped.

Explore the palace by night and learn about this frightening time in European History.

Event schedule

Saturday evening

Upon arrival at 18:30, you will encounter a number of historic characters who will welcome you to Court, before you indulge in a hearty meal.

Your evening's entertainment will include live interpretation and a tour of the palace before you settle in for the night in one of the King's State Apartments.

Saturday night and sleeping arrangements

We will provide you with a sleeping mat but encourage you to bring your own sleeping equipment such as air beds, camp beds, sleeping bags and duvets. It can get quite chilly so cosy pyjamas and socks are highly recommended.

We will also provide you with a complimentary set of earplugs. We know you don’t snore, but others have a cheeky habit of it!

Sunday morning

Awaken on Sunday morning and be seated for breakfast before you return to the 21st Century. Enjoy the palace at your own leisure with a complimentary ticket.

Important information

Your ticket includes:

  • A hearty dinner on Saturday evening
  • Evening entertainment with tours
  • An overnight stay in the palace (communal sleeping arrangements in the King’s State Apartments) with sleeping mat and earplugs
  • A hot breakfast on Sunday
  • Complimentary entry to the palace
  • Free parking

As this is a special evening, you are invited to arrive in historical costume if you wish, but we ask that your outfit has returned to the 21st century for Sunday.

We politely request that no alcohol, professional photographic equipment or ghost-hunting apparatus are brought to this event.

The minimum age for this event is 18.

Two people sit in sleeping bags on the floor of a historic room in Hampton Court Palace, in front of a fireplace
The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court, looking west.
Things to see

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.
Highlights Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace