Fit for a queen

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 1 | Subjects: History, Science, Art, English, Design & Technology | Topics: Stuarts  | Session Type: Seasonal

It’s 1689 and William III and Mary II are transforming the palace, inside and out, and a fashionable new Kitchen Garden is just the thing to ensure that their large court is catered for!

Based in the reconstructed Stuart-era Kitchen Garden, children will  learn about the life-cycle and anatomy of plants and find out which parts of different plants are good to eat, within the setting of an historical garden.

Please note that this is an outdoor session so pupils will need to bring appropriate outdoor wear. The session will still take place outdoors unless weather conditions are extreme, in which case it will take place inside a classroom.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Find out when, where and why the Kitchen Gardens were established.
  • Understand the key parts of plants and what they need to grow.
  • Learn about the link between food and where it comes from.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Investigating significant historical people and places in their locality.


  • Identifying and describing the basic structure of flowering plants.


  • Participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Art & Design

  • Producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Design & Technology - Cooking and Nutrition

  • Finding out where food comes from.


01-05 June 2020 
10.45, 12.45
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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