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Victoria and Albert 200: Hooves and horses family Saturdays

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Map & directions

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1W 1QH
By train

London Victoria. 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.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

  • The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
  • Next event: Saturday, 29 Jun 2019
    On the last Saturday of Mar, Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov (Saturday, 30 Mar 2019 - Saturday, 30 Nov 2019)
    Excl dates: Saturday, 25 May 2019
  • 11:00 - 15:00
  • Free with standard admission
  • Family Saturdays are on 30 March, 27 April, 29 June, 27 July, 31 August, 28 September, 26 October and 30 November 2019. There are no Hooves and Horses Family Saturdays in January, May or December due to the Royal Mews being closed.
  • Children / Families

2019 marks the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and we will be celebrating all year at the Royal Mews.

Each month we will be exploring a different aspect of Victoria and Albert's lives, from royal animals to art to Victorian London. We will be joined by artists, musicians and storytellers throughout the year. More information about each event will be added throughout the year, so please do keep checking back for detailed information about each month's celebration.

Make sure you convert your ticket to a 1 Year Pass to return for free throughout the year to attend all of these brilliant celebrations.


Princess Alice with a rescue dog

Princess Alice with Skippy, her rescue dog from Battersea Home for Dogs ©

27 April

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert loved animals very much, with Victoria owning 88 dogs over her long life. To start our celebrations of Victoria and Albert's birthday we will be finding out more about animals.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) will be running two brilliant workshops in the State Stables. In 'Animal Heroes', discover all about the brave animals who have saved lives, like Diesel who alerted his family to a fire. They will also be teaching us how to bandage up our poorly dogs safely for all the young budding veterinarians out there.

You can also work with our artist Gemma Lowe as she begins our amazing year of celebrations by using interesting art techniques to make printed birthday cards for the royal couple, featuring some of their favourite pets. 


29 June

Royal Ascot has been one of the most important dates in the royal calendar for the royal horses for many years, including the horses which call the Mews home today. We will be exploring the long links between Kings, Queens and their horses as well as discovering some of the secret facts about the Royal Mews, which was completed by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for their horses and the staff who looked after them.


27 July

Queen Victoria loved watercolour painting. When she was a little girl she would paint dancers and performers she had seen at the ballet or the opera. Once she got older and had children of her own, she created lovely images of them when they were small. Families will get the opportunity to learn how to draw one another, and can transform these sketches into their own watercolours to take home.


31 August

Prince Albert was born on 26 August 1819, so for his birthday month we will be looking at two of his favourite art forms, photography and etching.


28 September

The Victorian era was a time of lots of change in London, as amazing and fascinating inventions changed the lives of many people. Our storyteller will be investigating these inventions and encouraging you to create your own ingenious invention.


24 - 26 October

In October we will be taking part in The Big Draw, bringing our year of celebrations to a grand finale!


30 November

Join us for the last of our Victoria and Albert 200 celebrations as we celebrate a Victorian Christmas, with music, storytelling and festive arts and crafts.