Family Friendly Open Day

**** Get your tickets for the day here! ****

A rare opportunity to go deep behind the front lines of the Household Cavalry in the very building we protect- Horse Guards, official entrance to Buckingham Palace. Meet the Queen’s bodyguard, go toe-to-hoof with their famous horses, dress up like the soldiers, and see if you’ve got what it takes to protect the Monarch.

Meet&Greet with the Queen’s Cavalry, uniform dress up, quizzes, trails & family challenges throughout the day as well as:
10.00am: Front doors open
10.30am: Talk: The Queen’s Cavalry – how to go from zero to hero
11.00am: Mounted Guard Change   on  Horse Guards Parade
11.30am: Fun for foals:  Messy Play and Arts&Crafts in the Stables Gallery
11.45am: Tour: Heads, hooves & horror stories – a horse-hair-raising history of the Household Cavalry (family friendly)*
12.15pm: Stable Yard   visit: meet a Cavalry Black horse*
1:15pm: Stable Yard demonstration: Cavalry Farrier display*
1.30pm: Fun for foals:  Messy Play  and  Arts&Crafts in the  Stables Gallery
2.15pm:  Stable Yard  visit: meet a Cavalry Black horse*
3.15pm: Talk: Obeying Queen Victoria – preparing for a 125 year old punishment
4.00pm: Garrison Inspection in the  Front Yard, Whitehall
5.00pm: Last entry to Museum
6.00pm: Museum closes

**** Get your tickets for the day here! ****

 

Housekeeping:

  1. 1. All activities are included in  your day’s Museum ticket which is valid for all day entry: advanced booking is recommended- please   buy your tickets here.
    2. Activities marked with a * will require visitors to sign up on arrival on the day; priority will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.
    3. There is one fully accessible washroom and a shop on site, but no catering facilities; we recommend you combine your day at the Museum with a visit to St James’s Park which offers picnic areas, a cafe and washroom facilities.
  2. For any further queries please contact: museum@householdcavalry.co.uk or call 020 7930 3070.

Half Term Arts&Crafts – Wednesday

Join us this half term as we enjoy arts and crafts activities in our Stables Gallery.
Be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells (!) around you- draw horses, troopers, design uniforms and challenge yourself with our trails and quizzes.

 

Wednesday 29 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
10am See the horses being prepared for Guard Change
10.30am-12noon Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
11am Guard Change
2pm-3.30pm Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
4pm Garrison Inspection

Half Term – Tuesday – Arts&Crafts – Soldier Q&A

Join us this half term as we enjoy arts and crafts activities in our Stables Gallery.
Be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells (!) around you- draw horses, troopers, design uniforms and challenge yourself with our trails and quizzes.

 

Tuesday 28 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
10am See the horses being prepared for Guard Change
10.30am-12noon Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
11am Guard Change
2pm-3.30pm Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
3.30pm Serving Soldier Q&A, Stables Gallery
4pm Garrison Inspection

 

Half Term activities (full week information)

Half Term Arts&Crafts
Join us this half term as we enjoy arts and crafts activities in our Stables Gallery.
Be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells (!) around you- draw horses, troopers, design uniforms and challenge yourself with our trails and quizzes.

PLUS: Meet a serving soldier and ask him ANYTHING on Tuesday at 3.30pm
THEN: head outside and watch the 4pm Garrison Inspection
DON’T FORGET: Mounted Guard Change daily at 11am (excluding Monday 27 May)

Full week information:
Monday 27 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
(no 11am Guard Change)
4pm Garrison Inspection
4.15pm

Tuesday 28 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
10am See the horses being prepared for Guard Change
10.30am-12noon Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
11am Guard Change
2pm-3.30pm Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
3.30pm Serving Soldier Q&A, Stables Gallery
4pm Garrison Inspection

Wednesday 29 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
10am See the horses being prepared for Guard Change
10.30am-12noon Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
11am Guard Change
2pm-3.30pm Arts and Crafts activities, Stables Gallery
4pm Garrison Inspection

Thursday 30 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
10am See the horses being prepared for Guard Change
11am Guard Change
4pm Garrison Inspection

Friday 31 May:
Self guided trails and uniform dressing up available all day
10am See the horses being prepared for Guard Change
11am Guard Change
4pm Garrison Inspection

In Memoriam

Today is a rather sombre memory for the Household Cavalry. On this day 35 years ago, four members of the Regiment and seven horses lost their lives when the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a car bomb at 10:40am in Hyde Park. The Blues and Royals, riding down from Knightsbridge Barracks to perform the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade, were caught in the ensuing explosion.

The blast was one of two attacks that day in London (a second bomb blast at 12:55pm in Regent’s Park claimed the lives of seven members of the Royal Green Jackets).

Four members of the Blues and Royals (Lieutenant Anthony Daly, Corporal Major Roy Bright, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young and Trooper Simon Tipper) were killed, while seven of the Regiment’s horses (Cedric, Epaulette, Falcon, Rochester, Waterford, Yeastvite and Zara) either died in the blast or were put down due to the severity of their injuries.

The Museum has in its collection several items connected to this tragic event, including the helmet worn by Trooper Simon Tipper on that day, a letter of condolence from the Queen Mother to the commander of the regiment at the time, as well as the hoof and damaged bridle of cavalry horse Sefton.

Sefton’s wounds from the bomb blast were so severe, it was believed he would not survive. He endured 8 hours of surgery, a record in veterinary terms at that time, treating over 34 injuries, all of them potentially life threatening. After the surgery he was given a 50/50 chance of survival, but he made an amazing recovery that turned him into a national symbol of defiance. He returned to active duty with the Regiment, being awarded Horse of the Year that October.

Sefton retired from active service on 29th August 1984 and lived out the remainder of his life at a rest home for horses in Buckinghamshire. He died at the age of 30 from health complications believed to be related to the injuries he sustained in the bombing.

Remembrance

Helmet of Trooper Simon Tipper of the Blues and Royals, who died 20th July 1982 in an IRA car bombing.