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Become a storyteller and win the chance to have King Henry VIII visit you

When Henry VIII left Hampton Court Palaces on Royal Progress he was in search of music, feasting and frivolity in every town he visited throughout the realm. Retell this fabulous journey and win the chance to meet the King!

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace, has launched a nationwide short film competition to retell the story of the King’s travels. One lucky winner will receive a visit from Henry VIII himself, while all prize winners will receive digital tablets and tickets to one of our outdoor family festivals. The Storytellers competition is being launched ahead of Tudors on Tour, a three day family festival where Henry VIII and his courtiers embark on their own Royal Progress and take up residence at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

To enter budding storytellers must tell the story of Henry VIII’s Royal Progress in their own way and last no longer than 2 minutes. You can retell the story through any medium – through words, puppets or animation. Historic Royal Palaces’ Learning & Engagement team have produced four ‘How to’ films featuring different approaches, as well as two new stories about the Royal progress for inspiration. The competition is open to individuals, schools and community groups and is being launched as part of National Storytelling week, the competition closes 31 March 2015 (terms and conditions apply).

From 2-4 May 2015, Tudors on Tour will see Henry VIII and his merry courtiers will take up residence in Tatton Park and bring the Royal Progress to life in the 21st century. Visitors will get a chance to join the court and meet costumed interpreters portraying key characters from Henry’s reign. A bustling marketplace will showcase traditional crafts including wood carving, stone masonry and blacksmithing, with an armourer and leather worker also displaying their skills. A spectacular jousting tournament will also be staged for His Majesty’s pleasure.  Visitors will be able to explore Hampton Court Palace through the cutting edge 360 degree Pop Up Palace. The weekend promises to offer a unique opportunity to experience all the splendour of the Tudor royal court on tour.

For more information on the competition and tips for great storytelling visit

For more information on Tudors on Tour and to buy tickets, visit

Pie Corbett