Visit London Blog » eltham palace Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 30 November-2 December 2012 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:54:48 +0000 This weekend affords an opportunity to go straight from the sublime to the ridiculous, as the gorgeous new Valentino exhibition and the zany Great Christmas Pudding Race are within a five minute walk of each other. Elsewhere, this weekend also boasts great family activities and a chance to see Jason Mraz live at The O2.

Valentino: Master of Couture, Somerset House

Fans of Valentino’s exquisite dresses will be in seventh heaven, as this new exhibition displays more than 130 of his stunning pieces. Not only will visitors walk along a specially designed catwalk to view gowns worn by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly, but they will also learn more about the Italian designer and the painstaking process involved in creating one of his masterpieces. Tickets are £12. 29 Nov-3 Mar

Roman Festival of Light Celebrations, Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre

Head to the Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre for a free family fun day in celebration of Saturnalia, the ancient Roman festival which honoured the god Saturn. Visitors will make their own Roman-style hats, lanterns and mosaics before handling a selection of real artefacts which evoke the carnival spirit of this ancient winter festival. 12pm-4pm, 2 Dec

Great Christmas Pudding Race, Covent Garden

For the 32nd year teams will compete in this frenetic charity race around Covent Garden, in which participants must safely carry Christmas Puddings over a tricky but entertaining obstacle course. As well as enjoying the spectacle, onlookers can watch live entertainment and special guest appearances, or browse the area’s unique shops. 11am, 1 Dec

Jason Mraz at The O2

American pop/folk singer Jason Mraz brings his world tour to London for just one night, treating audiences to renditions of hits such as “I’m Yours” as well as tracks from his new album “Love is a Four Letter Word”. Mraz will be supported by the multi-talented English musician Gregory Page. Tickets are £37.25. 1 Dec

The Courtaulds at Christmas, Eltham Palace

Inject a bit of 1930s glamour into your Christmas at Eltham Palace, where you can experience the thrill of setting up a grand house for the festive season. Costumed characters will be roaming the building, and you can also get involved by singing carols and learning about period Christmas decorations. Tickets are £9.60, which includes entry to the house and grounds. 11am-4pm, 2 Dec

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Kids Travel Back in Time at Eltham Palace Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:41:04 +0000 Eltham Palace Time Travellers Go at Eltham Palace Time Travellers Go - Princess There’s no doubt we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to taking the kids out and about in London.  However, a full day at a stately home or palace can sometimes be a bit too much for children. English Heritage has the answer with its Time Travellers Go activities.

Our group of two adults and four kids (aged one to three years) went along to Eltham Palace recently for a fun and informative day out with a Knights and Princesses theme. Fantastic costumed guides entertained the little ones in the beautiful grounds of the palace. Many of the kids had come prepared in their dressing-up outfits but there were plenty of props available so everyone could get involved.

First, a storytelling session was brought to life as children, picked from the small crowd, acted out a tale of chivalry. Next, we learned how youngsters served their lords and ladies in medieval times and then had a quick dance lesson.  Finally, it was over to a knight for (super safe) sword fighting and jousting -using a trusty hobby horse! 

While the under fives there were fascinated, activities are primarily aimed at older children. This is reflected in a £1 surcharge for over fives on Time Travellers Go event days.  A good thing about Eltham Palace is that you can opt to pay only for entry to the grounds rather than both palace and grounds.

The next Time Traveller Go activities at Eltham Palace take place on 21 -23 Aug (Medieval) and 28-30 Aug (Gruesome!).

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Photo of the Week: Pigeon at Eltham Palace Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:00:37 +0000

A rather bizarre photo this week, a parachuting pigeon who will be demonstrating his unusual hobby as part of the Etham at War! weekend at Eltham Palace.

On Saturday and Sunday, the palace grounds will commemorate Eltham Palace’s role during WWII, with military vehicles, war-time music and dancing, fun activities for kids and a look into the wartime role of animals – dogs who can rescue survivors from rubble and falcons who intercepted carrier pigeons like this little chap in the picture.

It’s a perfect day out for Father’s Day!

If you pop along, don’t forget to share your photos with the Visit London Flickr Pool.

Eltham at War, 19-20 June, 10:00 – 17:00, adult £6-£12, child £3-£10.20.

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