A Royal Tudor Christening

About this session

Key Stage 1 | Subject: History, English (spoken language) | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

It’s 1537 and King Henry VIII’s baby son Edward is soon to be christened at Hampton Court! The palace is a hive of activity as servants and courtiers prepare for the celebrated event. 

Led by a costumed presenter, this session encourages pupils to think about the preparations that would have taken place in the lead up to the royal christening through discussion, role play and improvisations. Replica objects and costume encourage children to find out about Tudor courtly celebrations.

Learning Objectives

Children will:

  • Compare and contrast Tudor life with the present day.
  • Investigate different aspects of Tudor life at Hampton Court Palace.
  • Find out what life as one of Henry VIII’s servants was like at Hampton Court Palace.

National Curriculum Links

This session supports:


  • Exploring the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements (Henry VIII).
  • Investigating significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Booking information

Thursday & Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
One hour
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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