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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 on weekdays)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

A boy holds up a toy sword and shouts as children play in the background at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily until 03 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Families Tours and talks

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

Weekends only

Hillsborough Castle

11:15 and 15:15

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join in our lively, interactive storytelling sessions for under 7's and their families at Kensington Palace.

Second Sunday of every month

Kensington Palace

11:45, 12:45, 13:45 and 14:45. Duration 20 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Families

Explore the palace gardens this summer and discover the colourful dragons lurking among the trees and plants.

Daily until 03 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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.

01 September - 18 October and 28 October - 23 December

Tower of London

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

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Photo of a family enjoying half term family fun
Families

Meet Queen Victoria and Princess Louise this October half term and express yourself through photography, music and fashion.

19 October - 27 October 2019

Kensington Palace

Drop-in activities throughout the day

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Actor and children in front of the White Tower
Families

Visit the Tower of London together with your family this autumn and meet four women prisoners locked up by Henry VIII. Can you guess their fate?

19 October - 27 October 2019

Tower of London

Drop-in activities and performances

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Events Families

A quiet session aimed at children and young people with Autism, and their families and carers.

20 October 2019

Hampton Court Palace

09:00-10:30

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Illustration of Queen Elizabeth I, head and shoulders
Families Highlights

Discover the world of Elizabeth I this half term at Hampton Court Palace. Become a spy master for the Queen and enjoy performances by the Rose Theatre Kingston's Young Company.

26 October - 03 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in activities throughout the day

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A mother and two children the Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Families

Discover our Wonder Weekends together this Halloween! Enjoy some spooky storytelling and get hands-on with fascinating objects and craft activities.

Selected dates in October and November

Hillsborough Castle

Drop in throughout the day

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

View of Hillsborough Castle gardens lit with colourful lights at night
Families Tours and talks

Take the family on a magical 'sound and light' walk through the gardens this Halloween and discover a spooky side to Hillsborough Castle.

31 October - 03 November 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Walks last 25 minutes

Separate ticket (advance booking required)