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Kingston to Hampton Court Walk, Garden Party and shake heaven - summer adventure

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Price: £5.50 /per person

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Have you missed out on the hike this Sunday? Don't worry, I have a great plan for next Saturday. :)

So we will meet in Kingston train station and walk leisurely through the Bushy park to Hampton Court.

Her Majesty the Queen has invited us to her garden party so we will join in the celebrations and have a picninc there (please bring some picnic style food with you to share, i will take care of the plastic cups, plates and cutlery). After the picnic we will walk back to Kingston by the river and visit Shakeaway, the home of over 170 different flavours of milkshakes. The lovely Manager of the place, Ana, has also offered us a 10% discount. :)

Please read some more about the Garden Party at Hampton Court:

It’s time to dig out the picnic hamper, gather your friends and family and head over to Hampton Court Palace for a vintage 1950s British garden party. Pack the strawberries and scones and pop the fizz to celebrate the 60-year reign of The Queen. Join us to recreate the classic street party of yesteryear as the long tables, Union Jacks and bunting are out in force in the East Front Gardens.

There will be free entertainment in the gardens for all the family throughout the day, including:
- A snazzy brass band performing classic 1950s hits to get you up on your feet
- A classic Sooty and Sweep show for you to laugh along with
- The chance to meet intriguing characters from the 1950s including past grace-and-favour residents of the palace
- Materials to create your very own celebratory bunting and other art and craft activities
- Retro village fête games including egg and spoon and sack races for all the family
- A right royal children’s fancy dress competition, come as your favourite monarch!

All together now, God save the Queen!

Our catering partners, Ampersand, will be on hand throughout the day to provide retro picnic boxes filled with 1950s inspired delights, whilst ice cream and cappuccino carts, a delicious candy floss stall and a succulent hog roast will add to the perfect street party atmosphere.

A true taste of the 1950s will also be available in The Tiltyard, with a retro food counter serving a Jubilee inspired menu.

There will be free entry to the palace gardens throughout the day, the palace and maze will be open as usual and normal ticket prices apply.

The Royal School of Needlework will also be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a special Royal Connections exhibition in their Studio, including the Coronation Train sampler from 1953. Click here to find out more. (

For those who wish to visit the palace, our historic cooks will be demonstrating austerity cooking in the Tudor Kitchens.


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