Palace House events and tickets

Summer of Science


When: 20th July - 1st September 10AM to 5PM

Palace House has announced that they will be hosting a season of science themed family activities in association with Shadwell Stud. The Palace House Summer of Science will run throughout the six-week holidays and will centre around the current exhibition; George Stubbs (1724 – 1806) Anatomist.

The Summer of Science will see two new temporary spaces in the Trainer’s House of Palace House; Stubbs’ Studio-Lab and the Summer of Science Activity Room. Families will have the chance to learn more about the anatomist George Stubbs in the Studio-Lab, put on a lab-coat, measure bones and sketch skulls. Find out how George Stubbs drew animals in such great detail before the invention of the x-ray and have a go at using some of his techniques! 

The Summer of Science Activity Room will feature a carousel of Science Stations where young minds can discover more about how our bodies work as well as how horse’s bodies work! A life sized model of a horse will take centre stage in the Summer of Science Activity Room which will uncover the surprising scale of the anatomy of the horse!

Exciting workshops exploring the science of the equine world will be held once a week throughout the Summer of Science where future scientists will be able to get hands on in a lab environment. The workshops will be held on the 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 17th August, 24th August and 31st August, there will be two drop-in sessions per day at 11am – 12:30pm and  1:30pm – 3pm. The three alternating workshops will be:

Journey through the digestive system
From nose to tail, join us on a journey through the horses' digestive system. Discover the benefit of horses' ever growing teeth, how bacteria in their gut help them keep warm and the secrets of poo!

Friday 26 July 2019
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

Saturday 17 August 2019
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

 Horse vs Human

Explore the differences between you and the horse: who has the longest stride, biggest heart and heaviest brain? Help sort out our surgery mix-up - which organs are human and which belong to the horse?

Friday 2 August 2019
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

Saturday 24 August 2019
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

 The Microscopic World

Be intrigued by the microscopic world of the horse: see specimens and materials relating to the horse in a way you’ve never seen them before!

Friday 9 August 2019
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

Saturday 31 August 2019
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

Families are encouraged to explore the whole five-acre site of Palace House with the two Science Trails; Body Part Bingo and the Stubbs Summer of Science Trail and learn more about the animals that Stubbs loved to draw by going on one of the behind the scenes tours in the Retraining of Racehorses Yard, where you will meet the resident ex-racehorses and learn about how they can be retrained.

All Summer of Science activities are included in general admission, buy tickets here

The Summer of Science will run at Palace House from the 20th July until the 1st September