Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hampton Court Palace Festival 2015.


On Sunday my brother and I went to see the John Wilson Orchestra at the Hampton Court Place Festival. We've seen the John Wilson Orchestra previously at a BBC Proms and it was fantastic, but sadly missed out on tickets to his show this year at the Proms. Luckily tickets to the Hampton Court Palace Festival arrived through the letterbox, so we were super excited to get the chance to see the JWO again!

Catherine Lux at Hampton Court Palace Festival
Wearing: Barbour Jacket, Primarni Tee, Mango Jeans.
We got to Hampton Court for 6:30pm, and easily found the parking towards the back of the palace. We parked in a field within the grounds along with everyone else, then walked the short distance to the gardens. 

Hampton Court Palace Festival gardens


Everyone was sprawled on the ground, laying on picnic blankets, popping champagne bottles, and just generally being very very British. It was fabulous! 

Hampton Court Palace Festival gardens


We were getting quite hungry and didn't bring a picnic with us as we were feeling quite lazy, plus we had to test out the food vans on offer! I opted for the woodfired pizza, while my brother Chris went for the Venison burger. 

Gamekeeper burgers at Hampton Court Palace Festival


My pizza was delicious, absolutely perfect, but slightly too much truffle oil (my mouth still tasted of it the next day, even after two-teeth-brushes...). The burger also looked insanely good, and it got a big seal of approval from Chris!

Venison burger at Hampton Court Palace Festival

Woodfired pizza at Hampton Court Palace Festival

This was his face when I was photographing the food...one of despair! 


We had some time to kill before going in so we had a walk around the grounds and took some photos. They're so beautiful, I love all the flowers! Hampton Court Palace is one of my favourite historic places to visit, it's so close to where we live and is such a beautiful place. It's crazy to think that the majority of it is over 500 years old! It's just fascinating and completely mind blowing.

Hampton Court Palace gardens


Hampton Court Palace gardens

I wasn't sure what to wear, usually I go smart casual to concerts, but the weather was awful and absolutely freezing, so I went comfy instead. I mean, we were gonna be sitting outside!

Catherine from Lux Life blog at Hampton Court Palace


We noticed people starting to drift inside so we thought we'd join them. I mean, we're British, so we're basically human sheep who love to join a queue. We joined the queue and soon were walking through the palace towards the Tudor Court. This has to be one of the most amazing locations I have ever seen a concert!

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace



Just look at it! 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival


Sitting there listening to music surrounded by a 500 year old palace with so much history that shaped the country you live in today - incredible! 

It was such great fun listening to all of the show tunes from the famous MGM Musicals, and the orchestra were fantastic. It was wonderful to see the seats so full as well, John Wilson is famous for selling out his shows, and it was nice to see a variety of ages there - not just the oldies!

Hampton Court Palace FestivalAnd of course this post would not be complete without a photo the man himself, John Wilson!

John Wilson from the John Wilson Orchestra

Thank you for inviting us along HCP Festival - we had a ball! If you're thinking of going to the Hampton Court Palace Festival, GO! There's still time to get last minute tickets for Alfie Boe (who I've seen before and is just incredible), Peter Andre, and Burt Bacharach. Sadly the Paloma Faith shows are already sold out! If you do miss out this year though, there's always next year! 

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*Our tickets were complimentary, but this does not in any way influence my views.
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17 comments

  1. Hampton Court is the perfect location for events like this isn't it?! I'd love to see one of their outdoor concerts.

    Laura xx
    aviewfrom-thebalcony.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is!! You should go next year!

      C x

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  2. I couldn't make any of the days for this but Peter Andre would have been my choice! ;) What a lovely day for you and your brother.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Hahaa! Ah good ole Peter Andre! ;)

      C x

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    1. Sooo pretty, I love it so much!

      C x

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  4. Love a concert in a beautiful location - and Hampton Court Palace is soo gorgeous! Looks like a lovely evening.

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

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    1. I do adore it, definitely one of my favourite palaces in the UK!

      C x

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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful evening, Catherine - Hampton Court Palace is so beautiful, fantastic setting for a concert!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  6. Ha! My husband gives me that look when I photograph food as well! It looks like it was a fabulous event.

    www.themiddlesister.co.uk

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    1. Hahaha! I think it's a guy thing!

      C x

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  7. I love concerts in fancy locations like Hampton Court Palace; many a year ago we watched Texas perform at Arundel Castle and it was superb!
    xx
    http://www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

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    1. Same, it's so much fun! Eeek I'd LOVE to see a concert at Arundel Castle - I was born quite near Arundel, and my cousin got married there and my confirmation was at the cathedral there :)

      C x

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  8. Looks like such a fantastic evening! And what a beautiful setting too!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

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  9. I loooove Hampton Court!! It's such a great summer venue. Glad you guys had a great evening, plus a good meal (which always amps it up a notch or two - your pizza does look cracking, although too much truffle oil??? is this possible? haha) Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

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