Jolly Day Out

Jolly Day Out – Hampton Court’s Summer Festival

Dates: 26-29th August 2011

Where: Hampton Court Green (opposite the palace), Surrey, KT8 9AU


PWR Events and Historic Royal Palaces are delighted to announce a new Summer Festival for the whole family – Jolly Day Out, which will take place from Friday 26th – Monday 29th August 2011, on Hampton Court Green. Kids under 12 go free and tickets go on sale on Friday 13th May.

Jolly Day Out provides an eclectic array of Summer Festival fun, top bands, award-winning kids’ shows with unexpected pleasures hidden around every corner.

Each day a headline act will take to the main stage and we are delighted to confirm Imelda May (26th), Bjorn Again (27th) and McFly (28th) will be performing and on Monday 29th August, families will be entertained on the main stage by Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Throughout the day there will also be a great mix of bands and activities on the stage for everyone.

Jolly Day Out is all about the family so that means keeping the kids entertained. We will have live shows in the theatre every day with Charlie & Lola’s Best Bestest Play* from the BBC hit TV series and the stage show of the BAFTA Award-winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES. We have more Festival Fun planned with hourly story- telling from The Roald Dahl Museum as well as hands-on interactive demos with the coolest experiments from the Science Museum. Kids of all ages can monkey around recreating all the excitement of a Royal Tournament in Henry the Apes Arena, learn circus skills in our very own Big Top, make arts & crafts, have their faces painted and jump on our traditional funfair rides keeping them entertained for hours.

There will also be the chance to bet on your favourite Pig, with Pig Racing every hour and see the special Dancing Sheep, get stuck in with Welly Wanging and play a game of Crazy Golf. In addition to the fun and games there will be a delightful Summer Market with over 30 stalls jam packed with arts & crafts, gifts & jewellery as well as delicious homemade cakes and fudge.

And finally, we haven’t forgotten about the adults… Whilst the kids are off being entertained, the parents can relax with a well-deserved drink of their choice. There will be Pimms, beer and Champagne tents, for starters.  We are also delighted that Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will be at the Festival, providing delicious food for all the family, a Pizza Express, Maggies Farm, SoulFoods Co and Flaming Cactus to name a few.

All this and much more will be available in an afternoon of fun packed family tomfoolery!


£25 for 13 years and over

Tickets are free for kids 12 and under (each adult ticket entitles you to 2 free kids tickets)


Doors open at 1200, headline act on stage at 8pm

Box Office:

0844 888 9991 /


Extra information – Theatre Tent tickets:

Tickets for each of the Charlie and Lola shows and Horrible Histories shows need to be booked in addition to your Festival Tickets and as numbers are limited, advanced booking is highly recommended.  Tickets for these shows are only £4.50 per person so simply select the date you have booked for the Festival and the Theatre Tent show and time to ensure you are there.

Show times are as follows each day:

Charlie and Lola – 12.30, 3.00 and 5.30
Horrible Histories – 1.45, 4.15, 6.45


Charlie and Lola

Watershed Productions present the BBC Worldwide and Polka Theatre production of Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play based on the characters created by Lauren Child (adapted by Jonathan Lloyd)

I have this little sister Lola.  She is small and very funny…

Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, in their extremely everso wonderful stage show! The stars of the hit BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppets, live action and music.

Find out if Charlie will ever get Lola to sleep, even though she is not sleepy and will not go to bed.  The Tigers want their bedtime milk, the Dancing Dogs have borrowed Lola’s pyjamas – not to mention the Ogre in the wardrobe!  Who’d have known there were so many problems to overcome?

Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play is ideal for ages 3+.

Horrible Histories

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s lucky that The Birmingham Stage Company are performing scenes from their amazing production of HORRIBLE HISTORIES! From Roman Britain to Victoria’s Empire, Britain has heaps of horrible stories to tell. Where is that Roman putting that brush? Will Henry VIII marry again? And what has Mrs Dyer been doing with all those babies? It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

 Science Museum

Launch your own exploding rocket, fire a vortex of air, stand inside a bubble or take on the challenge of the human buzzer. Learn the science behind some of the Science Museum’s coolest experiments with these hands-on, interactive demos.

 Roald Dahl Museum

Roald Dahl is one of Britain’s best loved children’s writers and what better way to bring his stories to life than having four storytellers from the Roald Dahl Museum at the Festival.  On the hour every hour they will bring his stories to life.  In addition to this throughout the day there will be arts and crafts workshops in the theme of the stories in their tent.

 Pig Racing

Get ready for the race of your life!  If you have never seen pig racing it is not to be missed as the pigs charging down a 65m race track.  Not much form to study but select your favourite one before the race, place your bet and shout as loud as you can for your favourite! It is going to be a squeal!

(Please note this is Friday and Saturday only)

Sheep Show

The 30 minute show is cleverly devised and is highly entertaining and extremely informative, a rare combination. The highlight of the show is the “The sheep show Hustle” Dancing sheep!!

Set on its own stage trailer with sound and lighting, The Sheep show can be performed up to 4 times daily and back stage, the stars can be seen throughout the day.

(Please note this is Friday and Saturday only)

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will be at the festival with Jamie Oliver’s ‘One Pot Wonder’.  These pots are made up of pasta or couscous with a choice of delicious stews or casseroles on top. There will also have a ‘Sweet Treat’ offering which will be Jamie Oliver’s Victoria Sponges, Brownies and Muffins. Yum!

Historic Royal Palaces

is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. We believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world. Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work. (Registered charity number 1068852)