A royal Christmas celebration

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 and Key Stage 2 | Subjects: History | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians | Session Type: Seasonal

Experience Christmas like the royals! Find out how celebrations changed through the ages.

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

  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • A local history study.

Booking information

Availability
2020 dates to be announced shortly.
Duration
60 minutes
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission

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Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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Three suits of armour in cases in the Line of Kings Exhibition in the White Tower of the Tower of London. The two on the left were made for King Henry VIII (as a young boy and as an older man) and the one on the right was made for King Charles I.
Things to see

Marvel at the historic armour of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II in the Line of Kings at the White Tower.

Open

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tower Green and scaffold site with the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and the Beauchamp Tower in the background
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of those condemned to execution at the Tower of London on Tower Green and the Scaffold Site.

Open

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527, by LUCAS HORENBOUT (C. 1490/5-1544)
Things to see

Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.

Postponed

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Embroidered and hand painted Tudor rose, displayed in a wooden frame.

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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

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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.

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