Elizabethan confectionery cookery

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When

Weekends from 11 January - 09 February

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Join our history cooks at Hampton Court Palace this February half term as they create Elizabethan sweets

This February half term, watch our team of history cooks at Hampton Court Palace create Tudor knot garden made from sugar. Sugar was an expensive luxury at the start of the 16th century, but by Elizabeth I's reign the price had fallen and many more recipes included sugar, so much so that German traveller Paul Hentzner described the English in 1598 as 'having black teeth from great use of sugar'!

From box hedging to gravel paths, architectural obelisks to sugar fountains, this confectionery creation will look at the cookery methods Elizabeth I’s cooks would have used to create elaborate table centrepieces fit for the Queen.

Important information

This event takes place in King Henry VIII's 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

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The Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace under a bright blue sky. Showing varieties of planting in the foreground and the Tudor palace in the background
Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Free

The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
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

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Food and drink category

Shop Food & Drink

Feast your eyes on our wonderful selection of food inspired by our royal kitchen. Shop chocolates, preserves, jam, chocolate coins and the finest liqueurs.

From £3.99

Gift collection of Medieval inspired gifts from Historic Royal Palaces Shop

Shop medieval gifts

Explore one of the most exciting times in history with our high end range of arms and armour and medieval fancy dress.

From £6.99

Tankard, flask and goblet gift selection from Historic Royal Palaces Shop.

Shop goblets & tankards

Discover our decadent range of goblets and tankards inspired by our Historic Royal Palaces. The perfect gift for a medieval fan our goblets are made in a selection of leathers, glass and pewter.

From £17.99