With so much available for you to enjoy before the performances at Hampton Court Palace Festival, make the most of your evening and review these tips to make your experience unforgettable!
We open the gates at 5.30pm, so come down early and ease yourself into the summer evening. Relax and soak up the atmosphere in the beautiful East Front Gardens with a drink and something to eat.
To find out your best route to the Palace, please look at our travel information here.
Download the site map to see which is the closest entrance for your arrival in order to maximise your time within the Palace grounds.
East Front Entertainment
Ease your way into the evening and enjoy the acoustic performances taking place on our new Garden Stage.
Why not try your hand at the unique experience of sabrage taking place at the Champagne PIAFF Bar.
Enjoy a range of refreshments available at the Garden Bar. Unfortunately, guests are unable to take drinks through the Palace due to conservation reasons. However, drinks bought at the Theatre Bar, located in Clock Court, can be taken into the auditorium. Pre-purchase your drinks tokens at the Garden Bar for faster service at the Theatre Bar.
From picnic stools & blankets to fleeces & rain jackets, don't forget to pick up your festival essentials from the on-site Regatta Shop.
Reminisce on your unique experience at the Palace, and purchase a Festival Programme. These will be sold in the East Front and within the auditorium.
Food & Drinks
Whilst you're enjoying the evening's performance, feel at ease with your picnic safely stored in our very own Picnic Crèche, located to the left of the Palace before you go through.
This year we have a delicious selection of Street Food offerings, including Fuocos Pizza, Truffle Brothers London, Bohemian Wrapsody, The Nosh Box and a sweet treat of Panache Ice Cream. We are certain you won't be going hungry with our range of pre-concert options.
Enjoy a chilled glass of bubbles from the Champagne PIAFF Bar or a gin & tonic from The Indah Gin Box. We've got you covered for an unforgettable night at the Palace.
It's not too late!
Picnics: Start your summer evening in style and order a Fortnum & Mason picnic to enjoy within the Palace grounds. Packed with summer-ready tipples, there's still time to order as cut off closes 3 days before your chosen show. BOOK NOW
Waterside Gazebos: Entertain in splendour with a group of friends or colleagues, against the backdrop of the Palace's East Front Gardens. BOOK NOW
VIP & Hospitality: If you want a really lavish evening, you can dine before the show with after-hours access to the Palace's State Apartments. If you've already purchased standard tickets, it's not too late to upgrade to this unforgettable experience. BOOK NOW