On 27 June the Magic Garden will close at 17.00. Last entry will be at 16.00.


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Booking info

Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. If you are interested in booking a space on an upcoming session, please emailsensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk to arrange a phone discussion. 

People living with dementia must come to sessions with a carer.

Free (advanced booking required)

Sensory Palaces programme engages participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.

Sensory Palaces sessions

Each Sensory Palaces session provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun, sensory activities and build social connections. Sessions are designed to enhance mental health and wellbeing, encouraging new learning opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment.

Sessions are free for participants. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers.

Booking a session

Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. We welcome bookings from individuals or organisations wishing to block-book clients or service users

All participants are required to speak to a member of the Sensory Palaces team prior to their first booking. This is to help us assess individual needs in confidence and ensure the programme meets the expectations and needs for all participants.

Please note sessions are suitable for people with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society here.

Session dates and times

Heard it through the Grapevine

Tues 6 and Tues 20 Jun 2017 


Get up-close with the famous Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace and make a unique timeline artwork.

Ground floor access.


A courtier’s commentary

Tues 11 and Tues 18 Jul 2017


Learn about and reflect on events that divided the George I’s court and family through diary writing and music making.

First floor level, lift access available on request.

Advanced booking necessary.

Movement and Music in the Baroque Palace

Tues 1 and Tues 22 Aug 2017


Discover the influence and impact Mary II had on Hampton Court Palace through discussion and movement/dance exercises.

Ground floor access.

Tudor symbolism, from painting to planting

Tues 5 and Tues 19 Sept 2017


Learn how animals and plants were used to convey messages during the Tudor period and create your own symbolic artwork.

Ground floor access.

Dementia-friendly palaces

We are committed to Historic Royal Palaces being a ‘Dementia-friendly’ heritage organisation.

We deliver the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions for our staff and volunteers to raise awareness and understanding of the disease so that we are better able to support people living with dementia at our palaces and in our communities. We are members of the Dementia Action Alliance in Richmond.

Dementia-friendly heritage group

We lead the Dementia-friendly heritage group, a peer network comprise of 18 heritage sites across the UK who are committed to developing and sharing dementia-friendly heritage best practice. New contacts are more than welcome!

Research partners

We are embarking on an academic research project in 2017-18. We aim to measure the impact of the heritage environment on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers. Researchers will be part of some of the 2017 sessions. You can help us to understand the impact of the programme!