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Family Festival Weekend

Girl dressed as a queen holding a toy Corgi
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Map & directions

Visitor entrance (Gate C) is on the south side of the Palace, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

  • Buckingham Palace
    The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
    The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • Daily (Saturday, 4 Aug 2018 - Sunday, 5 Aug 2018)
  • 11:00 - 15:00
  • Free with standard admission. Tickets for all 3 locations can be bought together as a 'Royal Day Out' ticket.

On the 4 and 5 August, join us for an incredible Family Festival Weekend!

All three London sites of Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery will be filled with workshops, activities, trails and arts and crafts, all especially designed for families. There will also be a chance for you to win your very own big cuddly corgi toy named Rex.

Children taking part in a dance lesson with a lady in traditional Indian dress


The Queen's Gallery

Come and discover the beauty of Indian dance and jewellery at The Queen's Gallery. There will be workshops led by Akademi, a pioneering South Asian dance company who have been creating and delivering exceptional dance experiences for nearly 40 years. These workshops are kindly funded by The Bagri Foundation.

In these workshops you will learn about Indian dance and see a superb performance, as well as having lots of opportunity to ask questions and try on striking and sparkling Indian jewellery. The dance pieces will be performed in the gallery, against the glittering backdrop of our extraordinary exhibition, Splendours of the Subcontinent.

Once you have been inspired by the performance and the exhibition, head to the Millar Learning Room to see an amazing piece of artwork made especially for Royal Collection Trust and create your own decorative motif using sticky gems, sequins, gold ribbon and much more beside.

The dance performances will run throughout the day, and the decorative motif making will take place between 11:00 - 15:00.

Child dressing up in livery


The Royal Mews

At the Royal Mews, discover the world of royal animals past and present!

Join our storyteller in the State Stables to find out more about the animals who have lived and worked at the Palace. There is Burmese, The Queen's favourite horse, Susan, a naughty corgi and much more besides - even alligators! Afterwards, help us create a huge banner printed with the footsteps of all the Royal animals in our printing arts and crafts session.

You will also be able to meet some of The Queen's royal horses who live and work at the Royal Mews, including some of the horses who took part in the carriage procession at the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May. To celebrate this, you will have the chance to create your own coat of arms just like The Duchess of Sussex did. Use a huge variety of arts and crafts techniques and let your imagination run wild!

You can also take part in our Horse Trail. Two of the royal horses, Scout and Majesty, have very cheekily hidden cutout pictures of themselves all over the Royal Mews. Take on the challenge and see if you can find all of them - remember, some may be hidden in very unusual places so you'll have to look carefully.

Storytelling will be taking place at 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

Printing the banner and making your own coat of arms will run between 11:00 - 15:00.

Child dressed as a princess at Buckingham Palace

Dress up in the Family Pavilion ©

Buckingham Palace Family Pavilion

At the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening this year we are celebrating the work of some of HRH The Prince of Wales's charities, including Turquoise Mountain which is based in Afghanistan. You will be able to explore some of the art of Afghanistan by making your very own kite, which you can decorate and take away with you to fly! Kite flying is one of the most famous children's pasttime in Afghanistan, and kite running is a very popular game for children and adults! Take inspiration from all the beautiful bright colours of the kites to create your own unique kite to enjoy all summer.

Kite making will be occuring between 11:00 - 15:00.

There will also be three family Garden Storytelling Adventures running during the Family Festival.

Tickets for all three locations can be bought together as a 'Royal Day Out' ticket. All activities, with the exception of the Garden Storytelling Adventures, are included in the standard admission fee.