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Free Family Events at Westminster Abbey - Summer 2015

Photo credit: Amy Murrell

Event preview

WESTMINSTER Abbey’s popular family events return this summer, running on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 28 to August 20.

All activities are suitable for children aged 5+, accompanied by an adult. Events are held outside in the beautiful setting of College Garden (or the Education Centre if wet).

All events are free to attend but as places are limited, booking is recommended. Contact


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Tuesday, July 28 at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.

Help famous author Lewis Carroll as he attempts to solve riddles set by his famous creations – The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts. Will you escape from Wonderland – or is it all just a dream?!

Make like a Monarch – Thursday, July 30 at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.

Find out what happened in some of the more memorable Coronation services and decorate a crown to take home.

Abbey Through Time – Tuesday, August 4 at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.

Travel back through nearly a thousand years of the Abbey’s past and play games to discover what happened there.

Who stole the Crown Jewels? – Thursday, August 6 at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.

The Crown Jewels are Missing! Help Brother William uncover the mystery of the biggest heist of all time. Discover how the monks at Westminster Abbey managed to ‘misplace’ Edward I’s treasure and use your sleuthing skills to reveal the culprit before it’s too late.

Victory Tea Dance – Tuesday, August 11 at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.

Dance the afternoon away at a street party to celebrate 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

Edward, the Musical! (for under 7s) – Thursday, August 13 at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

Discover the fascinating life of the founder of Westminster Abbey, St. Edward the Confessor, through songs and drama. Performances by Theatre Tots Ltd last 30 minutes each.

Knight School – Tuesday, August 18 at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.

Squire William returns to the grounds of Westminster Abbey to put new recruits through their paces. The Kingdom is on the verge of war, so only the bravest should apply. Weaponry provided.

Punch & Judy visit the Abbey – Thursday, August 20 at 12.30pm and 3pm.

That’s the way to do it! Traditional Victorian seaside entertainment comes to the gardens of Westminster Abbey in the form of Mr Punch, Judy, Joey the Clown, and a host of colourful characters. With shows at 12.30pm and 3pm, as well as Victorian Games in the garden, there’ll be something for everyone. Just watch out for that crocodile!