Entertainment & prizes

Enjoy an evening of live music, hands-on workshops and a chance to take home a variety of prize draw goodies

The 2019 Preview Evening line-upEnjoy the garden party of the summer at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival Preview Evening with live music, floral workshops and a chance to win some unforgettable prizes.

Top off your evening by watching the dazzling fireworks finale as we light up the sky with hundreds of starbursts. 

Relax to music 

We've an exciting array of musicians joining us at the show including performances from: 

Floating Stage

Franc Moody – headline at 9.05pm
Franc MoodyRising London based collective Franc Moody are bringing the disco-funk to the Preview Evening before our feel good fireworks finale.

Tom Seals and his Trio -  6:10pm and 8:00pm​

Tom Seals

Tom’s virtuoso solo-ing, excellent improvisation skills as well as distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him as one of the UK’s finest Blues/Boogie-Woogie piano/ vocalists.

The Southern Sons -  5:15pm and 7:05pm​

Southern Sons

A Somerset Mumford and Sons style band, if you love folky style music then you will not want to miss them. Great personality and lots of energy.

Festival Stage

Brass Funkeys - 5:00pm, 6:50pm and 8:40pm

The Brass Funkeys are an eight-piece London-based brass band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they have played at mayor festivals including Glastonbury and Wilderness.

The Jonathan Vinten Trio with special guest Sara Dowling - 5:55pm and 7:45pm​

Singer Sara Dowling and renowned jazz pianist Jonathan Vinten have joined up especially for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Preview Evening. Sara is a jazz singer who is deeply inspired by the repertoire of the classic American songbook.

Jonathan has been a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's, especially with George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers with whom he has toured extensively, both at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year.

Get involved with workshops

Turn your hand to something new and have a go at one of our workshops including:

The Workshop tent

Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb – 6pm

A beginner’s workshop into the art of modern calligraphy – Alice will be returning to the Preview Evening to guide you through practice exercises, moving on to letterforms. By the end of the session, you'll be able to write your name or favourite quote. 

Cake Me Up with Ali Anderson – 7pm

Learn to decorate a cupcake using two piping techniques that create beautiful roses made from buttercream. You will learn about different types of buttercream, how to colour it and the best techniques to get professional looking results.

Floristry with Dennis Van Wonderen – 8pm

Join renowned florist Dennis van Wonderen and learn the art of arranging flowers in this fun floristry workshop, suitable for all levels.

The art of flower crowns with Mary Gilmore – all evening

Make your own flower crown to take away and wear for the rest of the Preview Evening.


Dig In Live

Raymond Blanc – 6pm

Join Raymond at Hampton once again, as he further explores his fascination with tastes and flavours using the very best of Great British produce.


Secret to success with indoor plants with Martin Ogden, Petersham Nurseries – 7pm

Sharing the secrets of success for indoor gardening, Martin will help you choose the right plant for different spaces in your home.

Discover Warner’s farm-grown gin with Warner’s Distillery – 8pm

Discover how a husband and wife team created a global award-winning spirit on their family farm. Warner’s Distillery gins are crafted using water from the farm’s spring, home-grown botanicals, and fresh honey.

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