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Henry VIII on Tour

Landscapes, Communities and Performance

Landscapes, Communities and Performance

Join Henry VIII on Tour, a programme of various events held up and down the country as part of a research project led by Historic Royal Palaces.

This fascinating research delves into Henry's roots and celebrates the legacy of the Tudors. Discover Henry's progresses, the journeys he made around his realm and their significance. 

Held in partnership with National Trust, English Heritage and individual private owners who are members of the Historic Houses Trust, these events span across multiple locations and dates across the year.

Mapping out Henry VIII's journey, including where he visited and the routes he took, embark on an adventure and discover more about his life as Monarch. 

When

Start date: 13 June 2024
End date: 04 August 2024


Event information

See the individual events for information on how to book at the event venues.


Find out more at Henry VIII on Tour Research Project

Hosting Henry VIII (Exeter)

13 - 15 June

A 'Civic Welcome' will be staged for Henry VIII (with the Mayor, earl of Devon, Dean of Exeter and other dignitaries) as part of 'Hosting Henry VIII at Exeter' with a concert of early sixteenth century music with the Exeter Cathedral Choir and the period instrumental ensemble, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts.

Talks and demonstrations will take place for schools and visitors at other heritage sites across the city (St Nicholas' Priory, Tuckers' Hall and the Guildhall), Tudor dress-making and a VIP Royal Banquet ('Feasting with a King') based on a menu for Henry's visit to West Horsley (unearthed by the project lead).

Find out more about Hosting Henry VIII in Exeter
Tudor food is prepared on a table in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace

Archaeological Dig (Sussex)

18 - 31 July

This will take place at Petworth House in Sussex and coincides with the International Festival of Archaeology being held there by Historic Royal Palace's community archaeology partners Digventures in association with the National Turst and is open to volunteers are families.

Part of this research includes attempting to find out the dimensions of the 'lost' North Wing of Henry's palace and uncovering his Grandstand or Banqueting House up on Lawn Hill. 

Visitors and participants will have the opportunity to handle some of the finds and look at the deed evidencing Henry's ownership of the manor and other archives that relate to the former royal residence. 

Find out more about Digventures

Henry VIII Week (West Horsley)

27 July - 01 August

West Horsley Place was originally visited by Henry in 1533 and then owned (and extended) by him once he acquired it in 1538 following the execution of Henry Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter (and earl of Devon). 

As part of the Hosting Henry VIII Festival, there will be a multi-sensory installation in the house and Tudor craftspeople outside, along with jousting. In the week following there will be a concert by Ensemble Pro Victoria, talks including one by Anthony Musson, Head of Research at Historic Royal Palaces and a Tudor food installation.

Find out more about Henry VIII Week

Tudor Living History Day (Gloucestershire)

04 August: 11:00 - 17:00

This event will take place at Berkeley Castle, with spectacular Tudor music and dancing. There will be a special visit from Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and other characters from the Royal Court, visiting on their royal progress. 

Discover Henry VIII on Tour at Berkeley Castle

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Henry VIII's Joust

Experience the thrill of the Tudor joust as the country's greatest knights battling it out at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 13-14 and 20-21 July 2024
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Henry VIII's Kitchens

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

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Families
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Meet the Tudors

Join us each weekend at Hampton Court Palace and meet the Tudors that made the court of Henry VIII tick.

  • Weekends
  • 10.00 - 16.00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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