October half term activities


  • Start date: 19 October 2019
  • End date: 27 October 2019
Drop-in activities throughout the day

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Join Queen Victoria this half term and express yourself through photography, music and fashion

Meet Queen Victoria and her daughter Princess Louise

Queen Victoria is paying a visit to her daughter Louise at Kensington Palace. It is Louise’s first time living away from her mother, and Victoria is keen to make sure that Louise is behaving herself like a Princess should.

However, Louise has got a plan up her sleeve and it is definitely not Princess like! Can she manage to persuade the Queen to let her have her way?

Location: Drawing Room, Kings State Apartments, Level 2
Time: 11:15, 13:15, 14:15 and 15:00 (20 mins)

Victoria’s story trail

Pick up a trail and go on a hunt for special objects belonging to Queen Victoria located around the palace.

Walk through the rooms where Victoria grew up, read The Naughty Book, look at her sketch books and see how she expressed herself through some of her most treasured possessions.

Collect your prize when you have found them all.

Free creative workshops

Rap music workshop

Write your own rhymes over beats ready to perform with help from rap artists from Student of Life. 

Queen Victoria wrote in her diary everyday throughout her life. This was where she recorded important events and what she honestly felt. Go with your flow and explore this contemporary music style, where being yourself and speaking the truth is what’s important.

Time: 12:00-13:00 and 14:00-15:00 
Location: Sign up at Family Desk, Clore Entrance Hall, Ground Floor

Photo portraits workshop

Compose your own family photo portraits or selfies with help from photographers from Sharp Shot Photo Club.

Victoria was the first monarch ever to have her photo taken. She used painted portraits and photographs of herself to show the world the type of Queen she wanted to be.

Time: 10:30-12:45 and 13:30-15:30
Location: Battenberg Room, Level 1, opposite the lift

Fashion designs workshop

Create your own fashion piece with help from artist facilitators to express what is important to you.

Victoria and her daughter Louise both used clothing to express their opinions, personal experiences and tastes. Find out more about how they cleverly used clothing to send messages and how we still do this today.

Time: 10:30-12:45 and 13:30-15:30
Location: Clore Learning Centre, Ground Floor

A family taking part in a creative workshop at Kensington Palace
Artist character who appears in the digital mission activity at Kensington Palace

More family activities

Activity bags for children aged 0-8 years old

Pick up a self-directed activity bag and explore the King's State Apartments. We have a range of bags aimed at babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 8.

Time: 10:00-15:00
Location: Family Desk, Clore Entrance Hall, Ground Floor

Digital mission – The Artist’s Perfect Painting

Go on an interactive adventure around the King's State Apartments. Meet a character from history, explore all around you, do challenges on your mobile device and win a badge!

Download the 'Time Explorers' app from the App Store or Google Play Store using free Palace Wi-Fi.


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

Available daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

An artist character stood painting in Kensington Palace

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


Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.

Join in our lively, interactive storytelling sessions for under 7's and their families at Kensington Palace.

Second Sunday of every month

Kensington Palace

11:45, 12:45, 13:45 and 14:45. Duration 20 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)