Elizabethan Christmas cookery


  • 21 December 2019 – 05 January 2020 (excluding 24, 25, 26 December)
Drop-in from 10:00-16:00

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Join our team of history cooks as they create tasty Christmas treats for Elizabeth I

This Christmas in the Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace, our history cooks will recreate some of the tastiest Tudor treats served at Queen Elizabeth I’s court.

Although famous for having been built for King Henry VIII, the Kitchens continued to be used by his daughter, Elizabeth I, to feed her courtiers and staff, and Christmas time would see this food factory running at full capacity.

From roast beef and shred pie to spiced marchpane and buttered beer, come and discover how festive food fashions have changed at Elizabeth I’s palace.

Important information

This event takes place in King Henry VIII's Kitchens

Member of the kitchen cooks roasting meat at Hampton Court Palace
Food displayed in Hampton Court Palace kitchens
Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Things to see

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Festive Fayre in Base Court at Hampton Court Palace. Large white tents cover the court and visitors can be seen looking at produce. The red-brick Tudor palace can be seen in the background.

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

06-08 December 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Friday and Saturday: 10:00-18:00; Sunday: 10:00-16:30

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Choristers from the Chapel Royal choir skate on the ice at the Hampton Court Palace ice rinks in front of the Tudor west gate
Families Highlights

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace this Christmas as the ice rink returns for another year.

22 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day)

Hampton Court Palace

09:00 until late (10:00 until late on weekdays)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)