A farmer's market, the Skittle Alley and family-fun events make this a Bank Holiday to remember at the Old Royal Naval College. Find out about our many events below!

Farmer's Market

Sat 27 August - Mon 29 August, 9.00 - 21.00

The Old Royal Naval College is hosting its first Farmers Market over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With plenty of stalls selling food and craft products, live entertainment, and fantastic views across the Thames, why not come on down?

The market is open from 9am to 9pm throughout the Bank Holiday. Expect a buzzing atmosphere with plenty of live entertainment on offer!

Find out more about the event and our live entertainment acts here.


Victorian Skittle Alley

Sun 1 May, 11.30 - 14.30

Hidden beneath the imposing classical domes of the Old Royal Naval College is a rather peculiar attraction - a well-preserved Victorian Skittle Alley. Originally built to satisfy the notoriously rowdy pensioners who lived here, it's now open for a limited time only. You can even have a go yourself using wooden practice cannonballs!

Free entry; first-come, first-served

August Challenge

Children can take up our activity trail, exploring the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College! Simply ask a member of staff in the Visitor Centre to recieve your trail. 


Painted Hall Talks | Painted Hall

Daily, 11.45, 12.45, 14:45 & 15:45
This unique masterpiece took Sir James Thornhill over 19 years to paint, and will be undergoing extensive restoration works later this year. Learn all about the Painted Hall and its history on one of our free talks!


Hidden London | The Visitor Centre

Daily, 10.00 - 17.00 (ends 20th May)

The exhibition Hidden London is demonstrated in the broadest sense, from literal to suggested, encompassing locations above and below the ground, little known corners of London and a variety of other interpretations.


45 minute Guided walks | The visitor centre

Daily, 11:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:00
Experience a short journey through the magnificent history of the ORNC and learn the fascinating stories of the people who lived and worked here. Walks begin from the visitor centre.


Meet Grace O'Malley | Painted Hall

Sun 28 August, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 & 15.00

Meet the pirate queen, Grace O’Malley and listen to her exploits and life on the ocean wave. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, condemned for piracy, she was finally pardoned here in Greenwich by Queen Elizabeth I.


Elsewhere in Greenwich

Above and Beyond | National Maritime Museum

Sat 27 & Sun 28 August

In its last two days, this exhibition at the National Maritime Museum has been called the ultimate interactive flight exhibition. Experience what space flight is really like and glimpse into its future in this new family-friendly, interactive exhibition.

Tickets available on the RMG website. Free for RMG members.

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