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Summer Holiday Activities

We love to welcome visitors of all ages and we have plenty going on throughout the summer to entertain the whole family. The Old Brewery pub has a delicious children’s menu and we have baby changing facilities at the Painted Hall and Visitor Centre. Children under 16 can visit the Painted Hall for free with paying adults (up to four children per adult).

Painted Hall Family Trail

Included in your ticket and created especially for the Old Royal Naval College, the beautifully illustrated Family Trail is packed full of activities to bring the Painted Hall to life for younger visitors (aimed at 7-11 year olds). Pick one up from the Painted Hall ticket desk. Our interactive multimedia guides are also a fun way for older children to learn more about the Painted Hall’s fascinating history, available from our Visitor Experience Team.

Buy tickets here.

First Sunday Storytelling

1 August
11:30am-12pm / 1:30pm-2pm

As part of our First Sundays initiative, where you can buy an adult ticket for just £5, bring your kids to be inspired by the amazing artwork in the Painted Hall with interactive storytelling sessions. Aimed at children from 5-10 but all ages are welcome.

Be sure to also look out for History Riot‘s costumed characters, bringing history to life with interactive moments across our grounds. Don’t forget to show us who you meet when you tag us on our social media channels!

Outdoor Games for Families

11, 18, 25 August, 1 September
11am-1pm / 2pm-4pm

Join our 19th century Greenwich Pensioner and Nurse on the lawns throughout the summer holidays for some old-fashioned garden games. Learn about life at the Greenwich Hospital while playing quoits and skittles. Available on a first come/first served basis.

Free Art and Craft Workshops with Nick Ellwood

3, 4, 17, 18 August
11am-1pm / 2pm-4pm

Award-winning illustrator Nick Ellwood, whose wonderfully mischievous drawings feature in the Painted Hall Family Trail, presents his exhibition 500 Years of Mischief and Mayhem in Greenwich in the Visitor Centre, featuring tales of astronomers, architects, royals, gods and goddesses and figures from the Navy.

Alongside this free exhibition, Nick Ellwood is running a series of free drop-in workshops for children aged 5-12 years old throughout August, and spaces are available on a first come/first served basis.

Find out more.

Afternoon Tea on the Colonnades

18 July, 15 August

For selected Sundays only this summer, indulge in the most sumptuous afternoon tea offering a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, a selection of cakes and sweet treats. Children can also enjoy a selection of delicious milkshakes.

Book now.


Download the free Smartify app and search “Old Royal Naval College” to explore our grounds with three fantastic self-guided tours.

For those of you visiting with children aged 5 – 12 years, try the exciting Building Detectives Tour, which will lead you on a scavenger hunt around our beautiful outdoor spaces.