February Half Term 2020

There’s plenty to do along the River Thames during the February Half Term. Knight School at the Tower of London returns

What's on during February Half Term?

1. Hooves and Horses Family Saturdays

Viscount Cruises Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews

The Royal Mews were built in 1825 & are a working part of Buckingham Palace. The Royal Mews are responsible for all of the travel arrangements of the Queen & the Royal Family whether it be by horse-drawn carriage or motor car. Families can explore the Royal Mews with a family multimedia guide & take part in interactive activities including dressing up & tacking a wooden pony.

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Hooves and Horses Family Saturdays take place on the last Saturday of every month & are included with admission to the Royal Mews. Hooves and Horses includes a range of activities including handling collections & trails inspired by the Royal Mews history & the people who call the Mews home.

1. Enrol in Knight School at the Tower of London

Viscount Cruises Tower of London

The Tower of London takes its name from the White Tower which was constructed in around 1078 by William the Conqueror. Over the last 900 years the Tower of London has served a number of uses including a fortress, armoury, royal palace, royal mint, treasury, menagerie, prison & more recently the home to the crown jewels. The Tower is guarded by the Yeoman Warders who were formed by King Henry VII in 1485.

Tower of London, The White Tower

The White Tower, Tower of London

Tower of London, The White Tower

The White Tower, Tower of London

During half term children can enrol at Knight School & learn about the skills needed to become a medieval knight. Children can also decorate helmets & shields before finally being knighted.

Walking Distance  18 Min / 0.9 Miles from Westminster Pier

15th February 2020 – 23rd February 2020

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2. Explore Cars, Carriages and Crafts at the Royal Mews

Viscount Cruises Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews

The Royal Mews were built in 1825 & are a working part of Buckingham Palace. The Royal Mews are responsible for all of the travel arrangements of the Queen & the Royal Family whether it be by horse-drawn carriage or motor car. Families can explore the Royal Mews with a family multimedia guide & take part in interactive activities including dressing up & tacking a wooden pony.

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Visit the magnificent carriages of the Royal Mews & as a family, design your own grand carriage or motor car. Listen to the storyteller to discover stories behind the carriage at the mews.

3. Crowns and Coronations

Viscount Cruises Buckingham Palace: The Queens Gallery

The Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace displays regular exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection. Families can explore the exhibitions with family activity bags & visit the family activity room.

The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Learn about the coronations of the kings & queens of England & create your own crown & commemorative medal. The Queens Gallery also has family activities in the Millar Learning Room & family trails & bags to explore the galleries exhibitions.

Walking Distance  18 Min / 0.9 Miles from Westminster Pier

Thursday 20th February 2020 & Friday 21st February 2020

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4. Digital Making: Mini Monuments

Viscount Cruises Tate Modern

The Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott & constructed in two stages between 1947 & 1963. The power station closed in 1981 & is now home to one of the largest museums of modern & contemporary art in the world, the Tate Modern.
Tate Modern, Bankside

Tate Modern, Bankside

Tate Modern, Bankside

Tate Modern, Bankside

A free drop in session developed by Tate & Institute of Imagination. Families can explore sustainability & design a public monument using Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

Walking Distance  3 Min / 0.1 Miles from Bankside Pier

18 Febraury 2020 – 22 February 2020

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5. George IV: Art & Spectacle

Viscount Cruises Buckingham Palace: The Queens Gallery

The Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace displays regular exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection. Families can explore the exhibitions with family activity bags & visit the family activity room.

George IV: Art & Spectacle at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Coronation portrait of George IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1821

George IV: Art & Spectacle at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Coronation portrait of George IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1821

George IV had the shortest reign of the Georgian Kings, just 10 years (1820-1830). At the time of his accession in 1820 he had already ruled for 9 years during his fathers illness, a period known as the Regency. George is often remembered as an excessive drinker who spent vast sums of money & accumulated enormous debt during a time of great austerity. He is also remembered for his poor relationship with his with, Queen Caroline of Brunswick. Despite these faults George had excellent taste in the arts & allowed the change to a constitutional government.

During George’s time as Prince of Wales he amassed such vast collections of art including Dutch & Flemish masters, porcelain, intricate goldsmiths work, books, prints & weapons that he could barely fit all of the items in his London home at Carlton House. After George’s accession he set about transforming Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle to house his prized collections & he also built the magnificent Brighton Pavilion. George IV: Art & Spectacle is a special exhibition curated by Royal Collection Trust which brings together items created by the finest artists & craftsmen to tell the story of one of our most magnificent kings.

Walking Distance  18 Min / 0.9 Miles from Westminster Pier

 15th November 2019 – 3rd May 2020

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Include: 15th February 2020- 23rd February 2020