Historic Royal Palaces offer a series of events between January and March, including The People’s Revolt, Ghost Tours and Twilight Tours.
The People’s Revolt
Selected dates in March
18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.25, 19.50
Tower of London
Infiltrate the Tower of London after hours – The People’s Revolt is an immersive, interactive experience from ground-breaking theatre company differencEngine in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. Experience what it’s like to be at the centre of a present day ‘Peasants’ Revolt’. Live the build-up through digital storytelling then blur the lines between history and reality as you storm the Tower and decide the fate of the nation.
Tickets: £22.50/ £20.50
Saturdays and Sundays to 26 February, 18:30 and 19:15
Hampton Court Palace
Visit the spot where two bodies were discovered in shallow graves in the 1870s, hear the tale of the Tudor royal nurse whose spirit is said to stalk her former apartments, and decide for yourself the origin of the mysterious figure caught on CCTV in the palace in the dead of night as you experience the unique atmosphere of Hampton Court after dark…if you dare.
Selected Sundays to 2 April
Tower of London
The Tower’s Yeoman Warders give an exclusive twilight tour of the Tower. Take in world famous sights such as Traitor’s Gate, the scaffold site and the Bloody Tower, and be appalled and amazed by tales of prisoners and past residents.
Tickets: £27.50 / £25 Historic Royal Palaces members
Eerie Evening Tours
6, 13, 20 and 27 January and 3, 10, 17 and 24 February, 18.45
When all the gates are locked and the lights are out, is the palace truly asleep? Explore the weird and wonderful world of Victorian spiritualism and the 19th century obsession with life after death. Be guided through the shadowy state apartments to relive the sorrow of heartbroken Kings and frustrated future Queens.
Tickets: £27.50/ £24.75 HRP members, unsuitable for persons aged under the age of 16.
Brunchtime Lecture: Panto and performance
Saturday 14 January, 11:00 – 12:30
He’s behind you! This lecture gives an insight into the world of Victorian pantomime, music hall, theatre and performance. Find out more about cross-dressing actors and backstage shenanigans in an era that brought entertainment to the masses. Hear from Kate Howard, historian and Creative Director for the UK’s oldest professional costumed historical interpretation company, Past Pleasures Ltd.
Tickets: £15 / £12 members and concessions (includes glass of Bucks Fizz)
Curious Connections… Jewish History of the Tower
Tuesday 24 January, 19:00-20:30
Tower of London
The Jewish community has played an important part in the City of London ever since their arrival with William the Conqueror in 1066, but it has not always been easy or straightforward. The tumultuous relationship with the crown has ranged from Jews being valued as advisors to vilified as criminals. Listen in on the panel as they explore the part the Tower played in Jewish history and the important role the Jewish community continues to play in London today.
Tickets: £10 / £9 members and concessions (includes glass of wine)
Palace Pub Quiz
Friday 3 February, 18:00-21:30
Back for the second year, Banqueting House will host a for a pub quiz with a difference. Sit under the beautiful ceiling painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens and test your knowledge on current affairs, sport, art, food and film There will be a few rounds for the history lovers but plenty of other subjects as well, so pick your team wisely for this fun, fast-paced quiz, with prizes, drinks and some surprises!
Tower of Love: Romance is Dead
13 February, 18.30-21.00An anti-Valentines sketching special, dedicated to those who died at the Tower in the name of love. Enter the drama and tragedy of the Tudor court, and explore Henry VIII’s doomed love affair with Anne Boleyn. Sketch our costumed models, posing as their ghosts at the site of her burial in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Plus create miniature love tokens with guest artist Lozzy Bones, in the Chapel’s crypt.
Tickets: £24/£20 concessions
If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the HRP website here
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