14 August 2018
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
Vanquish the beasts unleashed throughout the palace in this brand new immersive family experience
20 - 28 October 2018
Meet phoenixes, dragons, wizards, griffins and more this October half term, as the best-selling fantasy children’s book series and gaming brand, Beast Quest takes over Henry VIII’s famous former home. For the first time ever, Hampton Court Palace will be transformed into a mythical Beast Quest world in this interactive experience, which will see families pitted against a host of strange and magical beasts that have been unleashed from the famous Beast Quest homeland of Avantia throughout this historic building.
The evil Malvel has cast a spell over the palace, bringing the fantasy Beast Quest world to life. The beasts are under his wicked spell and he must be defeated! From the phoenix on the roof of the Great Watching Chamber, to the Royal Lion in the Chapel Court Garden, it’s time to experience these impressive beasts like never before. Leading visitors on a quest throughout the palace, families will be challenged to make a ‘team’ and complete a variety of tasks, putting bravery, quick-thinking and new-found skills to the test.
Meet the heroes from the magical Beast Quest series, Tom and Elenna, at the starting portal in Hampton Court’s Tudor palace, where they’ll explain how Malvel has brought the beasts to life and is trying to break through the portal between our world and Avantia. Use the ‘Quester’s Codex’ to navigate the different challenges, and expect twists and turns around every corner…
The tasks will take visitors on a real-life Beast Quest right through Hampton Court Palace, from the 500-year-old Tudor apartments, to the elegant and colourful interiors of the Baroque palace. Head to Henry VIII’s Kitchens, where cooks will be preparing the mysterious cockentrice for roasting on the fire, before discovering the dragon that lurks in the darkness of the palace’s wine cellar! Along the way, teams will encounter a multitude of characters from the palace’s past who can aid intrepid Beast Questers-in-training on their journey to break Malvel’s spell. As families race from room to room, they’ll stumble across Jane Seymour’s wet nurse, meet Sir Isaac Newton, and talk to Sir Christopher Wren; designer of the stunning Baroque part of Hampton Court. Finally, it’s time to come face to face with Malvel himself, and use the tools and knowledge collected along the way to defeat him once and for all! All plucky participants also go home with a hard-earned Beast Quest reward!
Once you’ve completed the quest in the palace, head to the Magic Garden to meet even more mythical beasts, including Hampton Court Palaces’ very own fire-breathing dragon! The imaginative play garden is located on the site of Henry VIII’s former jousting tiltyard, offering little ones a chance to besiege the battlements and storm the Tiltyard Towers. Especially for Halloween, there’ll even be Beast Quest-themed carved pumpkins to greet every visitor.
The Beast Quest experience is suitable for all the family and takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. The experience runs daily between 20 - 28 October 2018 and is included in palace admission.
Notes to editors
For further information and images, please contact Sophie Lemagnen in the Historic Royal Palaces press office: 020 3166 6304 / [email protected]
For more information on Beast Quest, please contact:
Marie-Clare Scott, Sundae Communications
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852.
For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk.
ABOUT BEAST QUEST
Beast Quest is the internationally popular fiction book series by Adam Blade for 7-10 year-olds. The series has sold over 20 million copies globally, across 120 titles, and has been translated into over 30 languages. The stories are developed and created by Working Partners, a Coolabi Group company.
In the UK the series is published by Orchard Books (Hachette) and in 2017 celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The series focuses on friendship, heroism, fantasy and adventure across a far-reaching, epic and multi-layered narrative. Children relate to the central characters of Tom and Elenna as they battle against dark forces of magic and, of course, Beasts!
Brand extensions include the firstBeast Quest mobile-gaming app, co-produced by Minclip and Coolabi. The game featured on iTunes “Best New Game” in over 120 countries and, to date, has achieved over 12 million global downloads, and continues to attract several hundred thousand new downloads every month. In addition the Beast Quest console game for Xbox One and PlayStation4, developed by leading video game publisher Maximum Games, was released early this year and is already receiving repeat retail orders.
A brand new mobile-gaming app, currently in development with Animoca Brands, is due for release in 2019.
For more information, please visit: www.beast-quest.com