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It's going to be a Wonderful World at Historic Royal Palaces

During half-term (22 - 30 October 2016), families visiting the Historic Palaces can explore biology and botany from across the globe and develop their drawing skills at the same time.

The 'Wonderful World' activities are taking place at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.

At Kensington Palace families can help Queen Mary decorate the palace by re-creating her vast collection of porcelain vases. Families can find out more about paint pigment in the 18th century at the object handling desk and complete a simple ‘around the world’ trail. Families can also visit the Diana Memorial Playground and explore the Gardens for free after their visit to the Palace. Kids go free at Kensington.

At Hampton Court, plants will be the focus - families can join free activities to develop their botanical drawing skills through a Garden Adventure and visit the Magic Garden before it closes for the winter. At the Tower of London, families can explore the history of animals at the Tower, from Ravens to Polar Bears, and contribute to a group ‘Menagerie Artwork’. Residents from London Borough of Tower Hamlets can visit for just £1 (with proof of residency).

Lisa Vernon, from the learning and engagement team explains:

“Historic Royal Palaces recognise the importance of families learning together and the significant role that Historic Buildings can play in enabling families to learn about their society and their past. We offer exciting and engaging spaces, games and activities for families to learn together whilst having fun. This year’s theme is a great opportunity to discover the ‘wild world’ that inspired the art, gardens and daily life of the people in our palaces.”

Other Half Terms events include: Norman Conquest: 950 years ago this year, England faced two merciless invaders. Vikings attacked the north while Normans waited to invade the South. Who will conquer? Horrible Hampton: Could you pull rotten teeth or diagnose the King’s illness? The Tudor Court is recruiting apprentices for the dirty jobs needed to make sure the palace runs smoothly. Tiny Explorers: Families with young children can discover the stories of Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace through music, movement messy play on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Places are limited so families can book tickets online at or call 0844 482 7777. For more information on all the Palaces' events, families can visit or call +44 (0)20 3166 6000.

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