The Great Tudor Schools Festival

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Monday 15 to Friday 19 June 2020

Come and help prepare for the ultimate Tudor extravaganza!

500 years ago in June 1520 King Henry VIII of England and King Francois I of France held a magnificent tournament at the Field of Cloth of Gold in France. Each king tried to outshine the other with lavish displays of wealth such as grand feasts, jousts and games.

To mark the anniversary of this most dazzling of royal occasions, Hampton Court Palace is hosting its first ever day festival for schools. The festival will be a multi-sensory experience of history where students can immerse themselves in a Tudor world that captures the excitement of preparing for the Field of Cloth of Gold tournament.

Schools can take part in a wide range of activities, including: watching the armouring of a knight, practicing for a joust, observing real Tudor crafts, watching a performance and playing games.

Your full-day experience at The Great Tudor Schools Festival will include:

  • Allocated time to explore the festival site and take part in the various activities available
  • A timed Tudor performance by our costumed presenters
  • Time to explore the palace with your group independently
  • An allocated lunch slot/time to picnic in the gardens (lunchrooms cannot be guaranteed)

Booking information

Suitable for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and Special Schools.

The festival is now fully booked.

We have good availability for self-led visits and school sessions at Hampton Court Palace in the summer term.

Please see our school sessions pages for further details.


A taste of what's to come at the festival

Important terms and conditions

Please note the below in addition to our usual booking terms and conditions:

  • The Great Tudor Schools Festival has been carefully timetabled for all groups taking part. It is important to stick to your allocated time slots to avoid disrupting other groups and maximise your students learning and enjoyment during the day. Due to the nature of the event, we will be unable to rearrange your scheduled timetable; please plan your transport accordingly.  
  • We cannot rearrange your timetable to accommodate lateness. Should your group arrive late to an activity you may not be admitted.
  • A large portion of the festival is scheduled to take place outdoors in our gardens. In the event of bad/extreme weather conditions HRP reserves the right to cancel/amend activities at short notice if deemed necessary for the safety of visitors or to protect the site from damage.