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
Hillsborough Castle & Gardens Food Festival: 5 – 7 July 2019
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival: 24 – 26 August 2019
Tower of London Food Festival: 12 – 15 September 2019
It’s set to be a foodie extravaganza this summer across Historic Royal Palaces, with the hugely popular Hampton Court Palace and Tower of London Food Festivals returning alongside a brand-new festival at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland. Hosted in partnership with River Street Events, tickets are now on sale for all three festivals, with visitors guaranteed a delicious day out combined with spectacular regal settings.
New for 2019, the transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland will play host to its first ever food festival. Hosted in partnership with BBC Good Food and supported by Tourism Northern Ireland, the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival will offer visitors the chance to discover an array of local flavours and aromas set in the Castle’s stunning grounds. Visitors can enjoy the Discover Northern Ireland Tasting Theatre hosted by leading Northern Ireland chef Paula McIntyre and explore a host of artisan produce, street food and pop-up bars, all with the stunning Castle as a backdrop.
For those wanting to brush up on their culinary knowledge, all three festivals will be offering live cookery demonstrations from a star-studded line-up of well-known chefs, including former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain (Hillsborough Castle and Gardens and Hampton Court Palace), kitchen pioneer Melissa Hemsley (Tower of London) and cooking legend Michel Roux Jr (Hampton Court Palace). They’ll be joined by many other cooking experts on stage in The Kitchen throughout the weekend as part of both free and ticketed sessions. After feeling inspired by the professionals, visitors can get hands-on themselves at the Hampton Court Palace and Tower of London Food Festivals with one of many masterclasses in The Classroom. New to the Tower this year, visitors can enjoy a Jamón and sherry tasting with José Pizarro, or try all new wine tasting sessions with Le Cordon Bleu.
Offering up a range of artisan producers, this year sees even more exhibitors added to the line-up. From sweet treats to grab and go street food, the wide range of stalls on offer at the Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals will ensure everyone will go home with a full belly. At the Tower of London, Delivita will be running children’s pizza making classes from their stand, as well as serving up fresh, hot pizza, while Hampton Court Palace will see a brand-new Thatcher’s Cider bar and Jeffrey’s Tonic gin bar popping up. The fun doesn’t stop there, with kid’s entertainment available across both sites, including circus performances and dance classes at Hampton Court Palace. The popular Bandstand will also return, with visitors able to relax on deckchairs, enjoy live music performances and soak up the festival atmosphere.
A visit to the Food Festivals wouldn’t be complete without heading inside the beautiful historic sites playing host for the weekend. At Hampton Court Palace - the former home of one of history’s most notorious foodies, King Henry VIII - visitors will be encouraged to explore the magnificent surroundings, with the world’s oldest puzzle maze, the fun-filled Magic Garden, and the famous Tudor Kitchens all waiting to be discovered. With the Tower of London Food Festival set in the fortress’s historic dry moat, there’s no better time to pay a visit to this iconic site. Home of the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels, ravens and Yeoman Warders, there are over 900 years of history for visitors to explore within the walls of the capital’s formidable fortress. Located a short drive from central Belfast, explore Hillsborough Castle’s rich heritage by booking onto a tour of the exquisite State Rooms that have been majestically re-presented for 2019, or soak up the beautiful gardens that form part of the Castle’s stunning 100 acre estate. Both Hampton Court Palace and Tower of London admission tickets include free entry to the Food Festivals, while Historic Royal Palaces members can enjoy free entry across the sites throughout the year.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hrpfoodfestivals.com
For further information about Hampton Court Palace or the Tower of London, please contact the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office on 020 3166 6166 or email [email protected]
Please note: not all chefs will appear at both festivals, see website for full details – hrpfoodfestivals.com
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 and Gardens. 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 and Gardens, 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. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk