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Booking info

Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. Should you be interested in booking a space for person with dementia and a carer please get in touch with us on: sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk with the following details:

- Name
- Mobile number
- Arrival information (minibus/taxi, car registration for free parking, public transportation)
- And any Special requirements (mobility concerns, allergies, etc.)

We are looking forward to seeing you again in any of the sessions at Hampton Court Palace

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

Movement and Music in the Baroque Palace

Tues 22 Aug 2017

10:30-12:30

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

10:30-12:30

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

Ground floor access.

Chocolate Court

Tues 3 and Tues 17 Oct 2017

10:30-12:30

Discover the history of chocolate at court. Explore the Hampton Court Chocolate Kitchen and taken part in tasting of chocolate!

Ground floor access.

William III: Music of the Battlefield

Tues 7 and Tues 21 Nov 2017

10:30-12:30

Explore William's apartment in a music making session. Learn about the military drumming traditions of the Stuart period.

Ground floor access.

Tudor Feast

Tues 5 and Tues 12 Dec 2017

Experience the great Hampton Court Palace kitchens in a sensory tour, learning about the favourite Tudor feasting food. Create and decorate your own piece of craft inspired by the palace.

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!