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

Drum Horse in the Fountain – book signing – Evesham Festival of Words

From politicians to Archbishops and even Oscar winners, meet some of the most fascinating and eccentric men ever to have been let loose on the public.

The DRUM HORSE in the FOUNTAIN & Other Tales of Heroes & Rogues in the Guards By Christopher Joll and Anthony Weldon – talk and book signing, Wednesday 17 April.

The public perception of the Guards is of soldiers used for ceremonial duties and State pageantry and officered, in the words of Lord Mandelson, by “chinless wonders”. But, The Drum Horse in the Fountain demonstrates how far from the mark is this image.

Christopher Joll and Anthony Weldon have captured the careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of over three hundred of the officers and men, many of whom have been forgotten or overlooked, who, since King Charles II, have served in the seven Regiments (two Household Cavalry and five Foot Guards) of the sovereign’s personal troops.

Christopher Joll, a former officer in The Life Guards, is now an author and event director, and Anthony Weldon is a former Irish Guards officer turned author and publisher. The two of them have combined forces to produce a riveting account of characters who served in the Household Cavalry and the Foot Guards since 1660, drawing on their extensive experience of both arms of the Sovereign’s Household troops.

Join Christopher Joll for a talk and book signing on Wednesday 17th April at Evesham Festival of Words.

Drum Horse in the Fountain – book signing – National Army Museum

From politicians to Archbishops and even Oscar winners, meet some of the most fascinating and eccentric men ever to have been let loose on the public.

The DRUM HORSE in the FOUNTAIN & Other Tales of Heroes & Rogues in the Guards By Christopher Joll and Anthony Weldon – talk and book signing, Friday 1 March.

The public perception of the Guards is of soldiers used for ceremonial duties and State pageantry and officered, in the words of Lord Mandelson, by “chinless wonders”. But, The Drum Horse in the Fountain demonstrates how far from the mark is this image.

Christopher Joll and Anthony Weldon have captured the careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of over three hundred of the officers and men, many of whom have been forgotten or overlooked, who, since King Charles II, have served in the seven Regiments (two Household Cavalry and five Foot Guards) of the sovereign’s personal troops.

Christopher Joll, a former officer in The Life Guards, is now an author and event director, and Anthony Weldon is a former Irish Guards officer turned author and publisher. The two of them have combined forces to produce a riveting account of characters who served in the Household Cavalry and the Foot Guards since 1660, drawing on their extensive experience of both arms of the Sovereign’s Household troops.

Join Christopher Joll for a talk and book signing on Friday 1st March at the National Army Museum.