ABOVE: The Hampton Court Music Festival
features international stars like Nigel Kennedy, Van Morrison, and Joaquín
Hampton Court Palace offers special performances, exhibitions,
and festivals throughout the year. Two of the most famous take place annually:
Hampton Court Palace Festival appeals to a variety of
musical tastes, with
nightly performances that range from Baroque chamber music with fireworks to opera to
jazz, blues, and soul.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world's largest horticultural show,
with displays from more 150 British nurseries. The Royal Horticultural Society
boasts that the show has "of the greatest annual gatherings of roses in full
bloom in the world."
Christmas season: From December until early January,
Hampton Court Palace has special holiday events. There's even a
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
where you can skate with the palace's Tudor walls and battlements as a backdrop.
Each year, the Historic Royal Palace staff introduce themes that
might range from "Jacobean
Cookery" to "Shakespeare
at Hampton Court Palace" to "The
Year of the Garden." Special events are built around these themes. To see
what's during the current year, visit the Hampton Court Palace
section of www.hrp.org.uk.
How to reach the palace
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