Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and more, has kicked off a new series of HRP food festivals.

Nearly 30,000 visitors came to Hampton Court Palace over the August bank holiday weekend to take part in the first event of the series. They enjoyed a mix of live cooking demonstrations, artisan producers, street food, music and entertainment.

Next up is the Tower of London food festival, which kicks off today, Friday 7 September, and runs over the weekend until Sunday.

Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals are organised in partnership with River Street Events and will also include a Festive Fayre held in Hampton Court Palace’s historical courtyards on 7 – 9 December 2018. 70,000 visitors are expected to attend across the three 2018 festivals.

Liz Young, Head of Events at Historic Royal Palaces, says: “We are delighted to have launched the new series of HRP Food Festivals following an incredibly successful festival at Hampton Court Palace over the August bank holiday weekend.

It has always been our ambition, alongside River Street Events, to expand these food festivals across our portfolio of venues, so it is fantastic to see this coming into fruition. The second Tower of London Food Festival will take place in the fortress’ iconic Moat in September, and we are currently looking to expand into Northern Ireland with a new food festival at Hillsborough Castle next year.

“In addition to the fabulous exhibitors and demonstrations on offer at each of our food festivals, visitors will play their part in ensuring these historically significant venues continue to be well maintained and open for all to enjoy, with income raised from commercial activities reinvested in conservation, public access and educational activities.”