Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace offers so much more than an awe-inspiring flamboyant showcase of kingship, being one of the two surviving palaces owned by King Henry VIII. During 2020 groups can immerse themselves in events that celebrate specific historic moments in time at the Palace.
Field of Cloth of Gold - 10th April to 31st August 2020
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, the Grand European Summit held between Henry VIII and Francois I of France, Hampton Court Palace will be the place to be for all things Tudor.
A landmark exhibition, Gold and Glory, focuses on the events of 1520, revealing the characters and stories behind the organisation and festivities.
10am - 6pm
The Rematch - 23rd to 31st May 2020
Cheer on Henry VIII or Francois I in a replay of the greatest showdown in history.
500 years ago, Henry VIII and Francois I’s bid to outdo each other ended in a draw. Fresh from the Field of Cloth of Gold summit, join both Kings as they arrive in the palace gardens for a second chance at glory.
Support your chosen champion from the English and French camps as both Kings compete to up the stakes in everything from jousting, wrestling and foot combat, to courtly dance and quick-wit. Which King will win and how will the loser soothe his bruised ego?
Party like a Tudor as you dance with courtiers, practise your combat skills and explore Henry’s tent.
10am – 6pm
The Great Tudor Games - 25th July - 23rd August 2020
From combat to cooking, wrestling to revelling, throw yourself into the competition of Henry VIII’s court. Can the great King’s skills be rivalled?
Have a go at sword fighting, crossbow, 16th-century football and a ‘Tudor dance off’ during a summer of sporting activities for all visitors.
Experience falconry and wrestling and see Tudor cooking demonstrations.
Let the games begin!
10am – 6pm