Parties, poetry and pride
Discover what life was like at the Georgian court. Create your own costume ready for a court party and find out about the life of the royal favourite and head courtier, Lord Hervey.
Meet the two most popular and powerful people at court, the Queen and her closest friend, Lord Hervey. However, being popular at court is not without its challenges. Can you help them solve a problem that has arisen around some poetry that was recently written?
Time: 12:30 and 13:30 in the King's Gallery (20 mins)
Story Time is a regular monthly activity for families with children aged 3-7. We explore palace stories through well-known picture books. Join Drag King and Queen, Adam All and Apple Derrieres, as they tell stories exploring life at the court of George II.
Thursday 20 February
'Olive the dog who was really a frog’ by Simon Toby Browne
Discover the story of lead courtier Lord Hervey through this picture book about Olive the dog who was really a frog, and find out how both characters celebrated being themselves.
Time: 12:00 in the Kings Gallery (20 mins)
‘10,000 Dresses’ by Marcus Ewert
The royal court was a place to show off and be seen, by wearing incredibly beautiful and creative outfits. Take inspiration from Bailey and see what amazing dresses you could dream up.
Time: 13:00 in the Kings Gallery (20 mins)
Create your own court look, ready for the King's birthday party, with help from artists and try on your fashion creation with our 18th century dress-up costume.
Time: 11:00–12:45 and 13:30–15:30 in the State Bedchamber