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Who fancies joining us at Hampton Court ..... there is still time to make a last minute plan and come along! I know at this time of year its hard to plan ahead, and make commitments too far in advance. So if you are at a loose end this weekend and fancy joining us you are most welcome.
The details are:
Join us for a visit to the beautiful Hampton Court Place and finish off the day with some skating at Hampton Court Ice Rink.
Henry VIII had many homes, but this one positively oozes historical drama. Shakespeare performed here and Cromwell made it his home after the Civil War. The ghost of Henry's fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was executed for adultery at the Tower of London, is said to shriek around in the Haunted Gallery. Bluff King Hal is always a favourite monarch with children, who are fascinated by his portly appearance, eccentric ways and six wives, but although Henry VIII has a reputation as a tyrant, Hampton Court was for the most part a pleasure palace. Archaeologists recently found the remains of a wine fountain in the largest of the courtyards, and a lovingly crafted four-metre-tall reconstruction started serving wine from spring 2010. In Henry's time, there were tournaments and feasts, musical entertainment, plays, dances and more. The world famous gardens are truly wonderful, with the maze taking centre stage in any child's itinerary. It's the oldest in the country, having been planted between 1689 and 1694. The various Tudor and Baroque buildings sprawl across six acres, with costumed guides adding a lively dimension to the state apartments, courtyards and cloisters.
Entrance to Hampton Court Palace is £16.95 per person and this is payable on the day.
Your ticket includes access to the palace, maze and gardens, plus a multi-language audio guide, costumed guided tours, entry to a living Tudor world, the Young Henry VIII exhibition and much more!
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink will return for six weeks of winter fun.
Glide around the ice in royal style within the setting of the magnificent Palace. Enjoy the winter sun as it glistens on the ice, and after dark, skate under the stars. The Palace will be illuminated after the sun goes down, providing a magical fairytale scene to delight young and old!
Skating costs £12.50 per person and this will need to be booked in advance.
What happens if you don't want to skate?
If you don't wish to skate thats fine, you are welcome to come along and watch us, take pictures, laugh at us wobbling around or just go home after the Hampton Court Place visit. Its entirely up to you. If you are not wanting to skate simply amend the payment on paypal to be just the £3 event fee. You can do this when you sign up and make the initial payment.
Event Fee - Our usual £3 event fee applies for this event.
Getting to Hampton Court
South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey only takes 35 minutes and the palace is a 200 metre walk across the bridge from the station.
Trains also call at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton. On arrival at Hampton Court station there is a large step down to the platform from the train.
Hampton Court is in Travel Zone 6 so travelcards that include zone 6 may be used.
I think in this instance its best for us to meet outside Hampton Court Palace as I imagine people will want to catch the most convenient train for them, rather than all meet at Waterloo Station.
The Money Bit
Event fee £3 - payable when you sign up
Hampton Court Palace, Maze & Gardens- £16.95 - payable on the day
Ice Skating - £12.50 - payable when you sign up
Obviously you'll also need pennies for food, drinks and souvenirs!