A Royal Christmas Celebration

About this session

KS1 and KS2 | Subjects: History, English | 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. 


English

  • Participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Booking information

Availability
12-30 November 2018 
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration
One hour
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission

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Session Notes for Teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.
Highlights Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

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

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

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Visitors enjoy the food festival in Base Court at Hampton Court Palace
Events Highlights

Enjoy a big helping of festive spirit as the Festive Fayre returns to the magical Hampton Court Palace this winter.

07-09 December 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Friday and Saturday: 10:00-18:00; Sunday: 10:00-16.30

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

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

Tudor Rose tree decoration -  the national flower of England is the rose which was adopted as England's emblem during the time of the Wars of the Roses

Tudor Rose tree decoration

This stunning Tudor rose decoration is double-sided and is beautifully handmade using metal and silk threads on a satin background with a foam filling.

£12.99