A royal Christmas celebration

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
11 November to 6 December 2019
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
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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Visitors meet the Shire Horses in the East Front Gardens at Hampton Court Palace. The baroque palace can be seen in the background
Events Things to see

An opportunity to meet the palace Shire Horses in the East Front Gardens.

17 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

15:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I exhibition, showing curator Eleri Lynn looking at the Bacton Altar Cloth in a case. The Rainbow Portrait hangs in the background of the green exhibition space.
Highlights Things to see

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I, and the iconic Rainbow Portrait at Hampton Court Palace.

12 October 2019 - 23 February 2020

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

British Sign Language (BSL) guide in the King's Guard Chamber of Hampton Court Palace explaining/guiding to a visitor
Tours and talks

Book a place on a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Hampton Court Palace and discover its wonderful stories.

Next sessions: 09-11 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Historic Royal Palaces retail product- Queen Anne Boleyn merchandise

Shop Anne Boleyn gifts

Shop our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts. Anne Boleyn's letter jewellery, including her 'B' necklace and 'AB' brooch, are believed to have been passed down to her daughter Elizabeth I.

From £9.99

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Made from Sheffield pewter, this polished pint tankard features Henry VIII on one side and a brief history of Hampton Court Palace on the other.

£40.00

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration. Handmade using traditional techniques this luxury hanging decoration features Henry VIII in his arms and armour

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration

Take home your very own knight in shining armour with this Henry VIII hanging decoration.

£12.99