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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, 26 Oct 2019
    On the last Saturday of Mar, Apr, Jun, Jul, 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 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.


The Queen riding a grey horse named Surprise on the racecourse at Ascot, Berkshire. ©

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 celebrating the long link between the Royal family and their love of horses with fun arts and crafts activities for the whole family. There will be rosettes to create and magical thaumatrophes to make!


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 can draw one another, then transform these sketches into their own watercolours to take home. Families can also use their artistic talents to create fans to keep them cool in the hot London weather. When London grew too warm for Queen Victoria, she and her family would travel up to Scotland . We will also be exploring Queen Victoria's love of Scotland, where she and Prince Albert would go during the summer months, and which is a tradition which our Queen continues today! 


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

Have a go at designing and making your own thaumatrophe, a fantastic Victorian toy which combines art and science. You can also visit Queen Victoria's birthday table to discover more about her with multisensory activities including finding out what her favourite perfume may have smelt like! It is also your last opportunity to create a birthday card for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to be displayed in our Big Draw celebration during the October Half Term.



24 - 26 October

In October we will be taking part in The Big Draw, bringing our year of celebrations to a grand finale! Work with an artist to help make a fantastic collaborative piece of art in the State Stables which celebrates the lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the many pets which lived with them in Buckingham Palace. Experiment with different art techniques and materials to find your favourite way of bringing the royal dogs, cats, parakeets and even cows of the Victorian era to life. If you have visited earlier in the year and made a birthday card for Queen Victoria or Prince Albert, you could see if you can spot your card in our celebratory display.


30 November

Join Dash and Rex in a musical storytelling tour around the Royal Mews to help save Christmas! We will also close our year of celebrations for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 200th birthdays by making Christmas cards and singing carols.