Attraction review: Why visit Hampton Court Palace with the kids
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 11:01
- Last Updated on 20 May 2018
- Monica Costa
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During the Easter break I took my 11 year old son and some of his friends to Hampton Court Palace as part of our discovery tours of all historical landmarks that are important within the national curriculum in both primary and secondary schools.
We went back in time and walked around the home and gardens of Henry VIII and enjoyed the family activities particularly the Maze and the Magic Garden.
We loved get truly lost in the maze. This activity takes around 20 minutes (on average) including reaching the central point inside the maze.
I had given up finding the exit of the maze earlier than that! But the kids seemed much cleverer about it until they really got lost. You could buy a ticket for the Maze without including the Palace.
The Magic Garden
We enjoyed letting the kids run wild in the Magic Garden (which has just reopened), which is a modern enclosed park with activities for kids and a huge dragon inspired by the old secret gardens.
The children did not want to leave. We had to drag them out after almost two hours of fun in there.
If you take them there as the first activity, you won’t be able to visit the Palace.
But you can buy a ticket to just visit the Magic Garden without including the Palace.
Hampton Court Spring events
During May half term (26 May – 2 June 2018) the Palace will become the set for the Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians, with a live stage production of Horrible Histories. From the long line of King Georges to a deadly outbreak of cholera in Victorian London, children will be transported back in time to the most gruesome parts of British history, all within the palatial gardens of which the Georgian kings called home.
The show runs for one hour and is an outdoor performance in the palace gardens, with guests encouraged to bring a blanket and food for the ultimate historical picnic in the grounds of Henry VIII’s pleasure palace. It sounds really exciting!
The Digital Missions
Before heading to the Palace I downloaded the free Time Explorers App so the kids could choose their digital missions/adventures around the palace and become secret spies at the Tudor court. That was fun and incorporated a bit of modern technology with learning history in a enjoyable way.
The Chocolate workshop
We learnt how chocolate was made and discovered the story of royal chocolate with lots of hands-on activities including a Royal Chocolate tasting where we concocted our own Georgian style chocolate drink to our taste.
Then we decorated our own ceramic chocolate cup to enjoy our favourite drink at home.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums