Ever wanted to know how Charles I kept himself entertained? This Banqueting House exhibition (included in the normal entry fee) will enlighten you, with a look at the extravagantly costumed Royal Masques. And that's not a masked ball – a classic Stuart masque was a cross between a ball and theatre, with fancy dress involved, to entertain the king. Visitors will have a chance to see the remnants of the original Palace of Whitehall, try on costumes (including a wolf head dress), learn a masque dance and witness what happened backstage at these events. Also meet characters form the era and learn about King Charles, or stop by the 'chill-out' room, where traditional songs (performed by period musicians at the weekends) will be played while you relax on beanbags. For a full programme of the live performances and family events, visit www.hrp.org.uk.
Performing for the King: The Making of a Court Masque