Easter Days Out for all the family at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Discover the ‘Hidden Details’ of the Old Royal Naval College

  • The Old Royal Naval Collage (ORNC), Greenwich, will host a series of unique Easter activities for all the family
  • These include. ORNC Hidden Details Easter Trail, from Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April 2015
  • Create a Creature Drawing Competition, from Saturday 28 March - Sunday 12 April 2015, open to children of all ages
  • The photography exhibition, Hidden Details at ORNC, which will showcase ORNC Flickr competition winners, opens 1st April to 14 June 2015
  • For further information please contact ornc@kallaway.com or call +44 (0)207221 7883

f you are planning family outings this Easter holiday, consider a visit to the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) for a unique day out.

Set in beautiful grounds, in the heart of Greenwich, Sir Christopher Wren's twindomed riverside masterpiece is one of London's most famous landmarks. The iconic buildings include: the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre; the Painted Hall, renowned for its outstanding painted ceilings and walls; and the Chapel, the last major part of the Royal Hospital for Seamen to be built.

Over the holidays, children and families can explore these magnificent buildings and grounds with an Easter Trail full of games, spotting and activities. The ORNC Hidden Details Easter Trail, available from Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April 2015, will reveal some surprising hidden details in the paintings, objects and buildings of this World Heritage Site.

Create a Creature Drawing Competition, which takes inspiration from the many mythological creatures and characters in the Painted Hall, will offer opportunity for visitors of all ages to enter a drawing competition. All drawing materials and information on how to enter the competition can be found at the Painted Hall competition stand.

Finally, a new exhibition showcasing photographs from the ORNC’s Hidden Details Flikr competition runs from 1st April to 14 June 2015 in Discover Greenwich. Using their photographic skills, entrants were asked to capture their favourite hidden detail from the buildings and grounds. Judged by the ORNC, the winning photographs and a selection of others will form the exhibition.

Listings and Bookings Information:

Hidden Details of the ORNC: Easter Trail

Saturday 28 Mar - Sunday 12 Apr 2015
Welcome Desk, Discover Greenwich
10.00 to 17.00
£2 per trail - includes a map and prize.
Suitable for ages 5+
Trails available at the Welcome Desk in Discover Greenwich

Create a creature drawing competition
Saturday 28 Mar - Sunday 12 Apr 2015
Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College
10.00 to 17.00
All ages welcome
Free event

Hidden Details of the ORNC Exhibition
Wednesday 1 April - Sunday 14 June 2015
Gallery at the ORNC, Discover Greenwich
10.00 to 17.00
Free event


Kallaway PR

For further information please contact Fiona Russell or Tori Dance at ornc@kallaway.com or on +44 (0)207221 7883.

Notes to editors:
About the Old Royal Naval College:
The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich was established as the Royal Hospital for Seamen by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1694.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it is one of the most important ensembles in European baroque architecture. From 1705, the Royal Hospital provided modest, wood-lined cabins as accommodation for retired sailors, housing as many as 2,700 residents at its peak in 1814. The last naval pensioners left in 1869, when the site became home to the Royal Naval College, an officers’ training academy, until 1997. Today this historic landmark is open to the public and is the home of three unique and free to visit attractions; the Painted Hall, the Chapel, and the Discover Greenwich visitor centre.

The Painted Hall is the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. The walls and ceilings were painted by Sir James Thornhill between 1708 and 1722.

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a neo-classical masterpiece by James‘Athenian’ Stuart and William Newton. Featuring a Samuel Green organ and an altarpiece painted by Benjamin West, it is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in existence.

The ORNC is free to all visitors and is open daily from 10.00-17.00.


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