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The Queen's Reading Room

At Hampton Court Palace

At Hampton Court Palace

After the stellar success of the inaugural event, The Queen's Reading Room Festival returns by popular demand to Hampton Court Palace. Coming for one day only, don't miss out on this star-studded event.

The Festival will be even bigger and better than last year’s event. It will once again gather authors, experts, actors and literature lovers for a day celebrating the written word, set against the magical backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

The line-up

Whilst the line-up is yet to be announced, in 2023 Dame Judi Dench and West End Austen improvisation group ‘Austentatious’ took to the stage. The previous event also saw live shows with the likes of much-loved authors Ken Follett, Peter James and Kate Mosse. Check back on this webpage for further details including the highly anticipated line-up in early 2024.

Tickets available soon. For those wishing to treat the book and theatre-lovers in their life, vouchers for the Festival are now available – purchase now.


Saturday 08 June 2024

Ticketing information

Vouchers available for £5, £10 or £15. 

Tickets on sale soon.

Separate ticket

Buy Festival vouchers now

About The Queen's Reading Room

The Queen’s Reading Room is a charity led by Her Majesty Queen Camilla to celebrate and promote the power and benefits of reading. It is on a mission to help more people find and connect with books which enrich their lives. 

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  • Events

Hampton Court Palace Festival

A series of open-air summer concerts in the spectacular and iconic Tudor courtyard at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 11-22 June 2024 (selected dates)
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Exhibition
  • Things to see

The Indian Army at the Palace

Explore the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century, through a new exhibition of previously unseen objects, photographs, film and personal stories.

  • Until 29 September 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks

Audio guide tour

Explore the palace as a film set with our Film and TV Location tour. Hold the stories of Hampton Court Palace in your hands with an audio guide tour.

  • Available
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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