Summer Intensive Courses at Hampton Court Palace

As a Certificate & Diploma student you have the option to join the Intensive Summer courses which cover a module in two weeks. You can choose to do just one module this way alongside your individual dates or to cover four modules in one summer.

For Summer 2022 we are delighted to be able to offer 4 two week intensive sessions starting in June onsite at HCP. These groups will be for both and Certificate and Diploma with 6 places on each available.

If you are already a C&D Student or have recently registered and would like to book, please click here.  If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

We are also teaching Summer Intensive 2022 sessions at RSN Durham and RSN Scotland.

Course Dates

Certificate Jacobean Crewelwork – Monday 27 June – Friday 8 July

Certificate or Diploma  Blackwork/Canvas Stitches – Monday 11 July – Friday 22 July

Certificate or Diploma Silk Shading – Monday 25 July – Friday 5 August

Certificate or Diploma Goldwork – Monday 8 August – Friday 19 August

Course Structure

Each module on the course is a 70 hours+ project; 40 hours of which is tuition and 30 hours is personal study. The intensive courses are hard work as a result, but students find it very rewarding to study among-st like-minded embroiderers in the environment of Hampton Court Palace and with access to the RSN library.

An Onsite Intensive Course follows this structure over 12 days:

Monday: Tuition Sunday: Work on Own – off site
Tuesday: Tuition Monday: Tuition
Wednesday: Tuition Tuesday: Work on Own – on site
Thursday: Tuition Wednesday: Work on Own – on site
Friday: Work on Own – on site Thursday: Tuition
Saturday: Tuition Friday: Tuition/mounting and handing In

On tuition days, classes take place from 10.00 to 16.00 at Hampton Court Palace. On non-tuition days the classroom is open to students between the same times for personal study, but there will be no tutors on site. (Except for Sundays when there is no access)

If you have not attended the RSN at HCP before, a daily security pass will be given as the normal security clearance process is currently on hold.

Equipment and Materials

Please bring with you all the equipment you will need to complete your lesson, currently we are not able to allow you to borrow our equipment, this includes scissors, books, frames and magnifiers. (We can lend lamps but they must be cleaned at the end of the day by the student and tutor.


We are currently not able to provide refreshments and the tearoom is not available. This means coffee time and lunch time will be in your classroom. Please bring a drink for break and lunch time as well as water for the day along with a  packed lunch. It must be in a sealable container (no cans).

Information regarding Security, Accommodation, and Travel:

The current  security clearance process is on hold.

We ask that you arrive at the Palace Reception at 9.30 to be collected by a member of staff at 9.45am.

We do not provide accommodation. When you register onto the course you will receive an accommodation list for the local area that you may find helpful.

For information regarding travel on public transport, please refer to the Transport for London website when planning your route.

Tips from Our Tutors

Our experienced and supportive tutors will encourage you to develop your skills to a very high standard. Here are some tips from our tutors for you to consider. It is important to heed the advice from the tutors as they want to ensure that you learn each of the techniques to the best of your ability.

The design is a vehicle to give you the most technical knowledge. The tutor will have source material for you to look at but feel free to bring some ideas along with you to create your own original design.

Keep on top of the homework by completing it on the day it is set.

If attending all four modules, do not allow one technique to run into another by the end of the session.

Keep it simple but do it well.

Next Steps

If you are already a registered C&D Student you can book via Bookeo here.

If you would like more information about joining the C&D Programme, then you can:

Terms & Conditions

Please note that the Intensive Courses at Hampton Court Palace are non-refundable.