Food and cooking from Christmases past

When

  • Start date: 01 December 2018
  • End date: 06 January 2019
Drop in throughout the day

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free) Buy Hampton Court tickets

Did there used to be mince in mince pies? How did the Georgians roast their potatoes? And what’s the history behind the lucky sixpence?

Visit Henry VIII's Kitchens to find out the answers to these questions and help our history cooks create festive fare fit for the season.

From the Tudors to the present day, discover the history behind some of our favourite seasonal fare and see how festive food has changed through the years.

Ask our cooks for a historic Christmas recipe

As Christmas is a time for sharing, why not let our history cooks know what your favourite festive food is and see if they can find an historic version of it.

You might even take away some ideas to bring a taste of Christmas past to your own dinner tables this December.

Try a Tudor Christmas recipe at home

People skating on the ice rink outside the front of Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace as the stunning ice rink returns for another year.

23 November 2018 to 06 January 2019 (closed 25 December)

Hampton Court Palace

Monday-Friday: 11:00-21:00; Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-21:00

Separate ticket

Child Christmas wreath making at the palace
Families

Take part in our weekend craft activities and add a personal touch to your Christmas preparations.

Weekends throughout December

Hampton Court Palace

Drop in at times listed

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join our storyteller for the seasonal favourite 'The Night Before Christmas'.

Sunday 02 December 2018 and Sunday 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

11:30, 13:30, 14:30 (20 minutes)

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tudor Kitchens:  The Taste Of The Fire book

Tudor kitchens: The taste of the fire

An illustrated book, written by palace curators and food archaeologists, explores eating at court and the Tudor diet.

£4.99

This fun apron is inspired by the suit of armour made for Henry VIII in 1540, on display in the Tower of London armouries.

Henry VIII armour apron

This fun apron is inspired by the suit of armour made for Henry VIII in 1540, on display in the Tower of London armouries.

£14.99

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove made from Cotton twill with polyester thermal

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove

This fun oven glove has been inspired by a suit of armour made for Henry VIII in 1540, which is on display at the Tower of London.

12.99