Essential Information

Type Family fun
Queen's House → Ground floor → Great Hall
Date and Times Monday 14, Wednesday 16 and Friday 18 February
Prices Free | Drop in | all ages and abilities

This February half-term, bring your little ones to a fantastic storytelling workshop and discover incredible facts about the Queen’s House architecture, characters and collections.

Mistress Babbington 

Monday 14th February

Meet Mistress Babbington, in charge of the running of the Queen's House after The Restoration in 1660, discover the history of the building and how life looked like living in the Royal House back in the days. 

Times: 12:00 | 13:00 | 14:00 | 15:00

Learn more about the Queen's House 

The Parting Cheer Storytelling

Wednesday 16 February

Join Olivia's storytelling sessions inspired by The Parting Cheer, a large-scale painting on display in the Queen's House. Created by artist Henry Nelson O'Neil in 1861, the painting address topics such as emigration.

Through role-play and folklore, as well as history and art history, you and your family can explore an exciting narrative and spot lots of hidden details in the painting!

Times: 11:00 | 12:00 | 13:00


(Source of The Parting Cheer painting Image)

Learn more about the painting

Sea Maidens Storytelling

Friday 18 February

Come and explore mermaids in this interactive, sensory storytelling run by storyteller Dani. Inspired by Evelyn De Morgan's painting The Sea Maidens, which is on display in the Queen's House, the session will take you on an adventure with these mythical creatures. During the workshop, you will find out why the mermaid is a symbol used by the transgender community.

Times: 11:00 | 12:00 | 13:00


(Source of Sea Maidens painting image)

Discover more about the artwork

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