Tudor fun and games

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History| Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Object handling

Explore the fascinating world of Tudor sports and pastimes. Find out what it was like to be a child growing up in the Tudor era.

Delivered by a costumed interpreter, this session encourages children to develop their historical perspective and judgement skills through object handling and trying out games and activities. The session focuses on developing children’s historical enquiry skills through active participation.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Understand that rich and poor people enjoyed some pursuits that were exclusive to their status.
  • Explore similarities and differences between the pastimes of people of different ranks.
  • Make links between the toys and games people used to enjoy, and those of modern day.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry and how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (changing power of the monarch as a case study).
  • Understanding historical concepts and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions.

Booking information

Monday, Tuesday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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