Family activities for May half term

When

  • Start date: 25 May 2019
  • End date: 02 June 2019
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Included in palace admission (members go free)

Join in the family fun at Hampton Court Palace this May half term

Drop in on our interactive family activities during the May half term holidays. Have a go at dressing up like a Tudor and discover the mysteries behind Hampton Court Palace's marvellous astronomical clock.

Dress like a Tudor
Date: Saturday 25 May – Sunday 02 June
Time: 11.00-16.00 (15 mins)
Location: Clock Court
Step back in time and discover what it would have been like to wear the clothes that Henry VIII and his court would have worn.

A Royal Invitation
Date: Saturday 25 May – Sunday 02 June
Time: 13.00 (20 mins)
Location: Great Watching Chamber
Come face to face with King Henry VIII and find out what he is really like!

 

Discover the astronomical clock

It’s about time!
Date: Saturday 25 May – Sunday 02 June
Time: 11.00, 11.45, 13.45, 14.45 (15 mins)
Location: Clock Court
The astronomical clock is no ordinary clock! Join Henry VIII’s clock maker’s assistant to find out all about it and help to recreate this beautiful clock in Clock Court.

Tick tock, design your own clock!
Date: Saturday 25 May – Monday 27 May
Time: 11.00-16.00 (15 mins)
Location: Clock Court
Taking inspiration from the astronomical clock and patterns from around Hampton Court Palace, design your own clock to take home with you as a memento of your visit.

 

The astronomical clock in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace
Children doing Digital Missions at Hampton Court Palace

More activities for families

Packed with fun quizzes, activities, facts and illustrations, our free family trails are the perfect way to explore Hampton Court Palace as a family. 

Or download the free Time Explorers app to your mobile device before you visit and try our digital missions. You can also borrow a device from the Information Centre to play.

A toddler exploring Hampton Court Palace with her family
A family exploring Hampton Court Palace with a family trail

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Georgian architect stands in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace, looking up at the Tudor building
Families Tours and talks

Shh! You're invited on a special mission… meet characters from history and explore the palace with the Time Explorers app.

Daily

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A boy holds up a toy sword and shouts as children play in the background at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

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Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine under a blue sky. Trees and other parkland can be seen in the background.
Highlights Things to see

Lose yourself in the most famous maze in the world. The Hampton Court Maze is still baffling visitors after 300 years.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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