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Palace explorers: Patterns at the Palace – Bricks

Discover the patterns hidden throughout the Palace!

Palace explorers are weekly hands-on workshops for children ages 2 – 4 and their adults, with each week exploring a new element of Fulham Palace. This term is all about patterns at the Palace.

Patterns can be found everywhere around you — including at Fulham Palace! Together we’ll search for patterns hidden in different areas of the Palace such as the chapel, garden and historic rooms.

Term schedule:

Week 1: 13 & 14 June – Brick patterns

Have you visited the Tudor courtyard? We’ll explore it together and search for patterns created in the brickwork throughout the centuries.

Week 2:  20 & 21 June – Playing hide and seek with patterns.

William Butterfield was the architect of the Palace’s chapel. William was creative and hid patterns throughout his designs. Let’s investigate the chapel together and see what patterns we can find!

Week 3: 27 & 28 June – Patterns in nature

Stripes on bees, shapes on butterfly wings and hedges forming a maze, what patterns have you seen in nature? We’ll venture into the woods and then to the garden and look for interesting patterns.

Week 4: 4 & 5 July – Patterns above 

Let’s look up in Bishop Sherlock’s room! We’ll follow the serpentine curves and spiral lines that create the rococo design of the ceiling.

Week 5: 11 & 12 July – Hidden wallpaper patterns

We’ll work together to unravel the mystery of the Great Hall’s wallpaper by putting together a special jigsaw.

Week 6: 18 & 19 July – Summer party patterns

Did you know Fulham Palace is famous for its summer parties? Both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II have joined and been guests at the fabulous summer parties in Fulham. We’ll organise a summer party filled with patterns and invite a special guest of honour.