A royal Christmas celebration

About this session

KS1 and KS2 (suitable for Reception)| Subjects: History, R.E. | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians | Session Type: Seasonal

Experience Christmas like the royals! Find out how celebrations changed through the ages.

Children will find out how Christmas was celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in the past, to use the palace as evidence for unlocking the past and to explore through games, storytelling, art and craft. 

The session includes a tour of the Tudor palace and the opportunity to make a crown to take home. 

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Learn that Christmas hasn’t always been celebrated the way we celebrate it now.
  • Discover that some of our modern Christmas traditions have their beginnings a long time ago, and some are much more recent in origin.
  • Find out that in the past, Christmas was a celebration more centred around religion than it is now.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

History

  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

  • Understanding significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Booking information

Availability
11 November to 6 December 2019
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration
60 minutes
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission (KS1 and KS2)
£95 (Reception)

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Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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Costumed guide tour by Henry VIII in Base Court
Tours and talks

Take an introductory tour with one of our costumed guides through the courtyards of Hampton Court Palace.

03 June - 31 July 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 10:30 in Clock Court. Duration 30 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Pond Gardens, looking north. Summer bedding is displayed in the flower beds.
Things to see

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Aerial view of Great Fountain Garden at Hampton Court Palace showing Baroque East Front of palace
Things to see

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Historic Royal Palaces retail product- Queen Anne Boleyn merchandise

Shop Anne Boleyn gifts

Shop our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts. Anne Boleyn's letter jewellery, including her 'B' necklace and 'AB' brooch, are believed to have been passed down to her daughter Elizabeth I.

From £9.99

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Made from Sheffield pewter, this polished pint tankard features Henry VIII on one side and a brief history of Hampton Court Palace on the other.

£40.00

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration. Handmade using traditional techniques this luxury hanging decoration features Henry VIII in his arms and armour

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration

Take home your very own knight in shining armour with this Henry VIII hanging decoration.

£12.99