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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, 31 Aug 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

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.