Family activities for May half term

Meet the new Queen Victoria

Meet the new Queen Victoria


  • Start date: 25 May 2019
  • End date: 02 June 2019
Drop in 11:00-17:00

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

Experience Queen Victoria's life as a teenager at Kensington Palace

Young Victoria has become Queen and is about leave her childhood home for Buckingham Palace. Meet with her before she leaves and offer her your advice as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.

Wander the rooms where she grew up as a princess and discover what life was like for her at Kensington. Victoria loves dressing-up, going to the theatre and telling stories to amuse herself. Take part in her pastimes and escape into her magical make believe worlds. 

Catch the puppet theatre performance playing in her rooms, then create your own stories and perform them with your very own puppet theatre.

Daily family activities

Meet the new Queen
Time: 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15 and 16:15 (15 mins)
Location: Queen Victoria’s Bedroom
Victoria has just become Queen at the age of 18. Find out what her life has been like so far growing up as a princess at Kensington Palace, and how different her life will be now as Queen. Help her decide what type of Queen she should be, as she begins this new chapter.

Create a puppet theatre
Time: 11:00-13:00, 13:45-17:00
Location: Battenberg Room
Visit our newly represented rooms where Victoria grew up, see the puppet theatre and dress up like one of the characters on stage. Then come to the Battenberg Room and create your own story to perform in your own puppet theatre to take home.

Story Time

The Parrot and the Merchant by Rumi
Date: Monday 27 May
Time: 11:45, 12:45, 13:30 and 14:45 (20 mins)
Location: Victoria: A Royal Childhood route
Join in with a fun re-telling of an ancient fable by the poet Rumi and see if Victoria and her pet parrot may have had more in common than you might think.

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
Date: Friday 31 May
Time: 11:45, 12:45, 13:30 and 14:45 (20 mins)
Location: Victoria: A Royal Childhood route
Go on a flight of imagination and see where the paper dolls will take you, just like Princess Victoria did with her paper dolls growing up at Kensington.


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 mission.

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A family looking at pigments at an object handling table

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


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Meet a character from history, explore the palace, complete challenges and win a badge in your digital mission.


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