A royal Christmas celebration

About this session

KS1 and KS2 (suitable for Reception) | Subjects: History, R.E. | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Seasonal

Experience Christmas like the royals! Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas.

Children will find out how Christmas was celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in the past, to use the palace as evidence for unlocking the past and to explore through games, storytelling, art and craft. 

The session includes a tour of the Tudor palace and the opportunity to make a crown to take home. 

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Learn that Christmas hasn’t always been celebrated the way we celebrate it now.
  • Discover that some of our modern Christmas traditions have their beginnings a long time ago, and some are much more recent in origin.
  • Find out that in the past, Christmas was a celebration more centred around religion than it is now.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

History

  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

  • Understanding significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Booking information

Availability
11 November to 6 December 2019
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration
60 minutes
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission (KS1 and KS2)
£95 (Reception)

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Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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The Festive Fayre in Base Court at Hampton Court Palace. Large white tents cover the court and visitors can be seen looking at produce. The red-brick Tudor palace can be seen in the background.
Events Christmas

Enjoy a big helping of festive spirit as the Festive Fayre returns to the magical Hampton Court Palace this winter.

06-08 December 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Friday and Saturday: 10:00-18:00; Sunday: 10:00-16:30

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Choristers from the Chapel Royal choir skate on the ice at the Hampton Court Palace ice rinks in front of the Tudor west gate
Families Highlights

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace this Christmas as the ice rink returns for another year.

22 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day)

Hampton Court Palace

09:00 until late (10:00 until late on weekdays)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Elizabeth Barton and Alice Wolfe, imprisoned in the Tower of London under Henry VIII, 1533
Families

Meet two of the Tower of London's prisoners during the turbulent times of King Henry VIII. Listen to their stories and decide if you should help them escape.

28 October - 23 December

Tower of London

Daily at 11:30, 13:00, 15:30

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tudor Rose Cushion - Perfect for a history lover, this Tudor rose cushion symbolises the joining of two rival houses, York and Lancaster.

Tudor Rose cushion

Perfect for a history lover, this Tudor rose cushion symbolises the joining of two rival houses, York and Lancaster.

£40.00

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial necklace is arguably one of the most famous pieces of Tudor jewellery and is visible in many Anne Boleyn portraits. This exquisite stoneware mug features a unique interpretation of Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial pendant on a dramatic black glaze.

£9.99

Anne Boleyn initial hanging decoration

Anne Boleyn initial hanging decoration

Inspired by Anne Boleyn's famous initial necklace, this luxury hanging decoration features a B initial suspended from faux pearls.

12.99