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Hampton Court Palace
13 – 15 May 2022

Family Fun

There was plenty of fun for all the family in the East Gardens this June, from traditional fête games, Shire Horse Rides and vintage gramophones playing the sounds of the 1930s.

The Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival will be back next year from 13 - 15 May 2022 but if you can’t wait that long, we’ll be returning to the palace for our Food Festival from 28 – 30 August for another fantastic family day out! Tickets are now on sale so join us for a summer celebration of food and drink. Click here to book today.

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Nearly 500 years ago, Henry VIII started the process to acquire the ultimate war horse, and so the Shire Horse was born. His desire to produce a war horse that could carry a man in heavy armour to battle also resulted in a great agricultural work horse that met a new demand in the Industrial Revolution. To this day, the Shire Horse is still the largest horse in the world with some standing as tall as 20 hands (compared to the average race horse which is 16 hands). Unfortunately, these magnificent creatures have now been designated as being at risk by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and are rarer than the giant panda!

Today, the Shire Horses are not just simply used for carriage rides, they are also vitally important for the work they do on the 60 acres of land at Hampton Court as well as all the Royal Parks and many other surrounding areas of London. The Shire Horses at Hampton Court Palace are part of a small herd that are the last working Shires in London, a suitable tribute to King Henry VIII’s plans all those years ago.

Shire Horse carriage rides will be back at the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival from 28 - 30 August. Find out more and book your tickets here. 

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It’s a wind up! but not in the usual sense as DJs Matt and Annabel spun the discs on their 1930’s picnic wind up gramophones. These two shellac jockeys collect old 78rpm discs and play from their vast collection of over 20,000 records and 15 gramophone players.

Their eclectic collection of 78s and broad musical tastes mean visitors heard a fantastic set of the best 20th Century sounds. One moment they were swaying to a calypso, the next swinging to the big band sound and then boogying down to some rare RnB and blues.

Visitors danced the day away as these vintage gramophones provided the perfect soundtrack to the Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

Visit their website for more details www.vintage78dj.co.uk


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