On Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 August, a two-day Family Festival at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery will be packed with drop-in activities for children, from arts and crafts activities and dance workshops to storytelling sessions and dressing up opportunities.
For the first time, visitors to the Family Festival will have the chance to join special Garden Storytelling Adventure tours and discover the fascinating stories hidden around every corner of the famous Buckingham Palace garden.
In the Palace’s Family Pavilion, activities are inspired by Turquoise Mountain, one of the three charities founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. Turquoise Mountain is based in Afghanistan, where kite flying is a famous children’s pastime, and children will have the opportunity to create and decorate their own colourful kites to take home and fly.
The Family Pavilion is also full of activities exploring the working life of Buckingham Palace, including a quiet area with books, colouring sheets and listening stations, and a soft-play area for under-fives. Children of all ages can try on the uniform of The Queen’s Guards or dress up as princes and princesses and pose on a recreation of the Palace’s famous balcony.
Families visiting the Royal Mews will see the Ascot Landau carriage that transported TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex through the streets of Windsor after their wedding ceremony in May 2018, which is on display for the summer period. Children will also be able to meet some of the royal horses that live at the Mews. Drop-in activities throughout the weekend will include storytelling and arts and crafts sessions, and opportunities for children to dress up as a footman in specially created livery, learn how to harness a horse, and find out what it really feels like to ride in a royal carriage.
Activities at The Queen’s Gallery are inspired by the exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent, which will form a glittering backdrop for Indian dance workshops with the South Asian dance company Akademi. Families can try on sparkling pieces of replica Indian jewellery, before creating their own decorative motifs using sticky gems, sequins and gold ribbon.
Families visiting all three venues with a combined Royal Day Out ticket will have the chance to enter a competition to win a cuddly corgi.
The Buckingham Palace Family Festival is at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 August, 11:00 – 15:00.
For more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Collection website here
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