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Half-term activities at the Official Royal Residences

Release date: Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Half-term activities at the Royal Mews

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This October half-term, families can enjoy a host of fun activities across the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen in London, Windsor and Edinburgh, from 3D design and animation workshops for older children to music recitals and storytelling for little ones.

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Family Saturday: watercolour drawing. Saturday, 21 October, 11:00–15:00

After a tour of the world's finest working stables, families can relax in the Learning Room at the Royal Mews and create watercolours of horses and carriages to take home.

Little trekkers. Tuesday, 24 October, 11:00, 12:30 and 13:30

Activities for under-5s will help them learn about colours and shapes while hearing stories about the magnificent carriages and horses at the Mews.

The Big Draw. Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 October, 11:00–15:00

The Big Draw, the world's biggest festival of art and drawing, is back at the Royal Mews. This year children can become animators for the day by designing their own unique horse and backdrop and watching their creations come to life as an animated short film that they can keep forever.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Family day: Canaletto & the Art of Venice. Monday, 23 October, 10:30–15:00

Children are invited to embark on a storytelling journey through the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice, design their own sparkling carnival masks and 3D Venetian cityscapes, and have a go at composing opera music using historical instruments.

Little stories for under-5s. Monday, 23 October, 10:30–11:00

This storytelling session for under-5s is inspired by the colourful works of art in The Queen's Gallery.

Windsor Castle

The Big Draw. Every Saturday in October and half-term (21–29 October), 11:00–15:00

This year is the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Windsor Castle following the devastating fire of 1992. After touring the beautifully restored State Apartments, children can head to drop-in art workshops and create colourful phoenix capes and collages inspired by Windsor's rise from the ashes. On 23, 25 and 27 October, a local professional artist will be on hand to introduce little artists to new printing techniques and tricks of the trade.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Big Draw. Monday, 16 – Friday, 20 October, 12:00–15:00

Arts-and-crafts and object-handling activities will encourage children to explore what life was like at the Palace hundreds of years ago, when it was home to Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Recitals for Wrigglers. Sunday, 22 October, 12:00–12:40

Young children can roam around, dance and enjoy classical music and popular nursery rhymes in this family recital in the Palace's spectacular Great Gallery.


All activities are included in the price of admission to the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery in London, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Tickets and visitor information: royalcollection.org.uk, T. +44 (0)303 123 7339.