From field to fork

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

Key Stage 2 | Subjects: History, Science, Art, English, Design & Technology | Topics: Stuarts | Session Type: Seasonal

It’s 1689 and King William III and Queen 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 the palace.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Find out when, where and why the Kitchen Gardens were established.
  • Identify the key parts of plants and their functions, what they need to grow, and how they can be classified.
  • Understand the link between seasonality, food and how it’s produced.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • A local history study.


  • Identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants.
  • Exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth.


  • 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

  • Understanding seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

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

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