Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May 2018
Jousting goes back to its roots this bank holiday, in a ‘no-holds-barred’ contest of strength, skill and horsemanship.
Visitors will marvel at the power of the four daring knights as they battle it out in this authentic 13th century competition.
It’s every man for himself as, with only chainmail and a lance for protection, they compete for victory.
Throughout the day, budding young competitors can join Griffin Historical to take part in junior jousting and the children’s melee.
Children, of all ages, can join Heathcliff Heroics to test their skills in the have-a-go archery range.
Visitors can also pop in to see the surgeon, who will be on hand to help with any aliments you may have, and to tell stories of the gruesome ways in which he would of treated his patients during medieval times.
Enjoy the ‘sport of kings’ within Beeston Castle’s grounds with historical falconers, and watch as the jester delights with his outrageous japes and tomfoolery.
Timetable of Events:
School for Fools (11am) Meet Tom the Fool, and learn something of the art, history and practice of this most sought after job.
Painting of the Lances (11am) Meet knights and squires and have a go yourself as they ready the lances, in preparation for the tournament. At the tents by the Tournament Arena.
Medieval Falconry (11.30am) Learn about hawking and hunting for the table in the style of early medieval kings! The falconry display will finish at 12pm which allows time to make your way to the Tournament Arena.
Arming the Knight (12pm) Watch as the knights get ready and prepare to do battle! At the tents by the Tournament Arena.
The Tournament (12.30pm) Cheer on your champion in the thrilling tournament! In the Tournament Arena.
Napple on the Numbskull (1.30pm) The optimistic fool attempts to impress, armed with nothing but a napple, a pair of stilts and a basket on his head
Medieval Falconry (2pm) Hawks fit for kings, knights and nobles!
Painting of the Lances (2.30pm) Meet the knights and squires and have a go yourself as they ready the lances, in preparation for the tournament. At the tents by the Tournament Arena
Arming the Knight (3pm) Watch as the knights get ready and prepare to do battle! At the tents by the Tournament Arena
Prance, Pun and Parry, or The Sharp (half) wit of Tom Fool (3pm) The fool prepares for combat. Tis a noble art, a nimble art, yet Tom knows nought of knights. Whatsoever can go wrong? Join our fool, at 3.30pm, as he leads a procession up the hill!
The Tournament (3.45pm) Cheer on your champion in the thrilling tournament. Tournament Arena
Junior Jousting (4.30) Last chance to have a go at the junior jousting, children’s melee and archery. (Up until 5pm)