ARMED AND READY FOR SUMMER FUN - Monday, 9 July 2012

Children can explore their favourite fantasies and see history come alive this summer at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Come rain or shine, Britain’s oldest museum has lined up a whole host of activities to keep the kids entertained this summer. From falcons to stunt-riders – and medieval knights to warriors and princesses – there’s something to appeal to everyone, all under one roof.

Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “We want children to appreciate that museums are an important part of the world they live in, offering a unique insight into the past and how it shaped modern life. They are guaranteed to have a day to remember, in an exciting but informative way. Museum admission and some activities are free.”

Boys and girls will be encouraged to fire their imaginations, including the chance to: meet a dare-devil stunt-rider; learn a marching drill; wield a wooden sword; defeat the space invaders; get their hands on history; fly a falcon; encounter an awesome elephant; build a robot; juggle like a jester; pose as a princess; create a crafty crown – and lots more.

The school holiday programme runs from Saturday, July 21, to Sunday, September 2. Charges apply for some events.

h2 Highlights include:

New museum displays – See the actual arms and armour featured in the best-selling video games and films, plus fantasy and sci-fi weapons. Free.

Game On – Explore the museum and discover how modern sports developed from training for battle. New gallery displays link the national collection to sport. Free.

Falconry experience – See falconers and their magnificent birds bring the past to life, in thrilling demonstrations of this ancient sport. Every Wednesday and Sunday, from July 25 to August 29 (1pm and 3pm). Adults £4, £2 for under 16s.

Join the falconers after the flying show and to get up close to the birds by handling, feeding and flying eagles, owls and falcons. Adults £9, under 16s £7 (includes admission to the show). Places are limited and pre-booking recommended.

Stunt-riding Horse Shows – A breathtaking, dare-devil horseback-charge through history, with some of the best stunt-riders in the business from Atkinson Action Horses. Fridays and Saturdays from July 27 to August 24, shows at 12 noon and 3pm. Adults £5, Under 16s £3.

Warrior Games – Fun games and challenges for young people, aged 6 to 12. Learn marching drills, dress up as warriors, have-a-go at sword fighting and lots more. Free.

Action Arcade – Dance yourself dizzy, snowboard like a champ, or drive the race of your life. Pay-to-play arcade games. £1 per play.

There’s also a chance to explore the museum – home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery. Other children’s attractions include the Jester’s Yard play area, crossbow range and various interactive displays.

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s oldest public museum and home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery. For more information, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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