Historic Royal Palaces has told Access that the destination’s focus is now on Hampton Court Palace Festival (5-23 June), as it reveals its suppliers list for 2018.

“Conservation is the main challenge for the festival, as it’s a necessity to protect the palace and be respectful of the grounds. We have to be careful when loading in and building the event around the courtyard, including erecting the seating, staging and event structures. We work very closely with HRP conservation staff to ensure the beautiful features and priceless tapestries are kept safe at all times, and we’re fortunate to be able to offer festival-goers concert and dining experiences inside the sumptuous state apartments,” said Liz Young, head of events, Historic Royal Palaces.

Joel Smith, VP arts & entertainment, IMG added: “Hampton Court Palace is such a landmark of British history, steeped in nostalgia of the lives of kings and queens that everyone knows so well. Watching concerts from the intimate Tudor courtyard, being taken back 500 years into the past, creates a really special experience.”

New to the festival this year is the outdoor acoustic stage, supported by the venue’s partners Viking Cruises. Attendees will watch performances from new talent in the East Front Gardens before the concert, providing a relaxing musical backdrop whilst enjoying a picnic.

Also new for this year is a larger Theatre Bar installed inside the festival’s auditorium, which will be run by Origami Bars.

Supplier list

Stage – Serious Staging

Sound – Creative Technologies

Lighting – ColourSound

Bars – Origami Bars