Knights in shining armour will galloping back to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens for a Grand Medieval Joust. The weekend-long extravaganza will run over August Bank Holiday, starting tomorrow Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August.
If you are missing the Olympics, there is plenty to do in Northumberland for Bank Holiday events. Belsay Hall and Gardens will host a tournament that will go down in history this Bank Holiday!
Armour clad heroes will gather to clash as they participate in an exciting and edge-of-your-seat tournament tournament of battle skills and horsemanship.
You will be encouraged to choose your own champion, with each Knight represented by his livery of blue, red, yellow or green – representing the North, South, East and West.
The will kick off at 11am with ‘Jester – school for fools’. You will be able to learn more about life as loveable Jester, Peterkin the Fool – sure to raise a giggle or two. Other features will be the Mounted Skill at Arms display and full contact jousting, where the Knights will pit all their strength against each other in thrilling competitions that will test their skill on horseback to the limit! In all, this will be a real celebration of all things Medieval!
You will be treated to amazing flying displays performed by Raphael Historic Falconry featuring a variety of birds of prey and medieval music. Children can meet the Time Traveller Crew, who will be providing medieval themed ‘have a go’ sessions, throughout the day.
Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the north, said: “The Grand Medieval Joust at Belsay Hall is undoubtedly one of our most eagerly anticipated events in the 2012 calendar. It was a hugely popular event, last time it came to Belsay, we’re delighted to bring it back and we are sure it will live up to all expectations.
“From the thrilling clash of steel, to live music and comedy from our very own jester – we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to experience for themselves this insight into medieval life and would encourage them not to miss this unique opportunity.
Entrance fees for the Grand Medieval Joust event (Saturday 25 August – Monday 27 August) at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens are: Adult £11.00 (£2.50 supp for members), concessions £9.00 (£2.00 supp for members) and children £7.00 (£1.50 supp for members). The event runs from 11am – 4.30pm.
For more information about Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/