Sensory Palaces

When

  • Now taking bookings for March, April and May sessions

Booking information

Advanced booking only.

People living with dementia and carers must attend together.

Contact the Sensory Palaces team by email to arrange a short conversation before your first session. This helps us ensure individuals’ needs and expectations are understood.

To book please email sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk with these details:

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

Free (advanced booking required)

A wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers

Sensory Palaces sessions engage participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.

Each session provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun 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 as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Our next sessions

Tudor Music and Dance

Date: 19 March 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

Learn about the traditional Tudor music and dance at Henry VIII's Court and below the royal stairs. This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with movement and music.

First floor access-via stairs. 
Lift access can be arranged.

Tudor Symbolism: from painting to planting

Date: 02 April 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

Learn how animals and plants were used to convey messages during the Tudor period. Participants create their own ‘Tudor calling card’.

Ground floor access.

William Inside Out

Date: 07 May 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30
           
Music making inspired by the private apartments of William III and his later life at Hampton Court Palace.

Ground floor access.

Sensory Palaces Programme Evaluation 2018

An evaluation of the benefits for people living with dementia and their carers and the impact of the heritage setting.

Download summary report Download full report

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 comprising 18 heritage sites across the UK who are committed to developing and sharing dementia-friendly heritage best practice. New contacts are more than welcome!

Things to see Families

There's lots for families to see and do together at Hampton Court Palace.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in during the day

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Mary of Modena bed in the Queen's Bedroom at Kensington Palace
Tours and talks

Helping blind or partially sighted visitors enjoy more of Kensington Palace, describer tours are available to book at no extra cost.

Selected dates - advance booking required

Kensington Palace

10:00 and 15:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

British Sign Language (BSL) guide in the King's Guard Chamber of Hampton Court Palace explaining/guiding to a visitor
Tours and talks

Book a place on a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Hampton Court Palace and discover its wonderful stories.

Next session: 20 - 21 April 2019

Hampton Court Palace

10:30-12:30 and 13:30-15:30

Included in palace admission (members go free)