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The Glorious Georges Season

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According to historian, Dr. Lucy Worsley, the most the average person seems to know about the Georgians is that there was 'the mad one, the bad one, the fat one, and the sad one.' Surely these kings were more memorable than that?

The Georgian period last seventy-six years, from 1714-1830, but this fascinating era of history often gets overshadowed by our interest in the Tudors and the Victorians. Worsley wants to change that, and seeing as 2014 is the three hundredth anniversary since George I took the throne, what better time to curate a fully comprehensive season of exhibitions.

With a whole range of talks, tours, interactive learning, and family activities, The Glorious Georgians comes to life across the Historic Royal Palaces of London.

Hampton Court

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The Queen's State Apartments - see objects, artwork, costumes, and a close-up of the royal court from George I's reign, all brought to life with Georgian characters.

The Chocolate Kitchen - Meet the King's chocolatier on the first weekend of every month.

Maze - Take a Georgian selfie in the centre of the Baroque inspired maze.

Georgian Kitchen Garden (from 25th June) - discover the plants and vegetables grown in the Georgian era.

Baroque Music Recitals - lunchtime recitals at 1pm

Prince of Wales Tours (from 14th July) - Daily tours of the Prince of Wales' apartments

Special Events

Echo to the Vaulted Sky Concert - 24th-26th May
Choral Foundation Concert - 6th June
Salacious Gossip Tours - 1st July - 28th September
Family Festival - 26th & 27th July
BBC Good Food Festival - 23rd - 25th August
Handel's Fireworks Music and Illuminations - 14th September

Kensington Palace

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The King's State Apartments - Visit the court and characters of George II's reign.

Special Events

The Kids Sleepover - 10th May
Georgin Fashion Remix - 9th July
Family Festival - 28th & 29th June

Kew Palace

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The Palace - Discover what the palace was like during the reign of George III
The Royal Kitchen - Meet the servants cooking in the kitchen
Queen Charlotte's Cottage - Explore the rustic retreat at weekends only
Georgian Cookery - On the last weekend of every month, the cooks whip up Georgian meals

Special Events

Evening Tour - 15th May
Jellymania - 31st May & 1st June
Kew Snooze Georgian Sleepover - 6th June
Gin & Cake Tasting Evening - 21st June
Designing Kew Gardens - 26th June
Family Festival - 30th & 31st August
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When: Until 30th Nov
Phone: 0844 482 7799
Where: Hampton Court, Kew Palace, Kensington Palace, Tower of London
Cost: 14.50 - 60
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