October half term activities

Become a spy master for Queen Elizabeth and enjoy performances by the Rose Theatre Kingston's Young Company

Become a spy master for Queen Elizabeth and enjoy performances by the Rose Theatre Kingston's Young Company

When

  • Start date: 26 October 2019
  • End date: 03 November 2019
Drop-in activities throughout the day

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Elizabeth I and her spy masters

Elizabeth I’s court has become a dangerous place and the Queen is not sure who to trust.

Become a spy, meet the suspects in her court and listen in on secret conversations. Can you help the queen to keep an eye on her wayward courtiers?

Collect your special spy masters character card from the Information Centre with details of all the activities.  

The Queen awakes

Meet members of Elizabeth I’s court and be introduced to the Queen.
Time: 11:00 (25 mins)
Location: Base Court. If you have access requirements, meet in the Great Watching Chamber.

Spy School

There are untrustworthy people in the court of Elizabeth and things are not quite what they seem. Meet the Queen’s best spy and learn how to become a spy master!
Time: 11:30 (20 mins)
Location: Queen’s Guard Chamber

All eyes and ears

Join spy master Phellipes to see if you can discover anything suspicious happening in the courtyards of the palace.
Time: 12:30 (30 mins)
Location: Clock Court (30 mins)

Spy School

Things are still not quite what they seem in Elizabeth’s court. Meet the Queen’s best spy again to practice your spying skills!
Time: 13:30 (15 mins)
Location: Queen’s Guard Chamber

It’s tricky to be a queen

Told by the Queen herself, enjoy stories about the reign of Elizabeth I and how some of her favourite courtiers are now under suspicion for plotting against her!
Time: 13:30 (Drop in up to 60 mins)
Location: Council Chamber

How to entertain the Queen

Help the courtiers as they prepare to try to gain back the favour of Elizabeth I. Will it work or will they get themselves into even more trouble?
Time: 15:00 (15 minutes)
Location: Great Watching Chamber

Elizabeth finds out the truth!

The courtiers try to impress the queen with a special pageant but her new spy masters have important information to share with her. What will the queen do?
Time: 15:15 (25 minutes)
Location: Great Hall

Contemporary performances on the life of Elizabeth I by Rose Theatre Kingston’s Young Company

Elizabeth Redressed

A fresh perspective on Elizabeth I and her many complexities, including reflections on her parents and a humorous guide to Elizabethan make-up.

Devised and performed by the Young Company from the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Date: Monday 28 October - Friday 01 November
Time: 13:00-18:00

A family of two women, a boy and a girl look around them in Base Court of Hampton Court Palace
Families

Your adventure awaits! Explore Hampton Court Palace together with one of our activity trails or try a digital mission.

Available daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Historic cooks preparing food in Henry VIII's Kitchens
Things to see Highlights

Experience what it takes to be a cook in the kitchens that served Queen Elizabeth I and her court.

Weekends 07 September - 20 October 2019. Weekends 09 November - 15 December 2019.

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in daily 10:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)