Medieval Easter at the Royal Armouries in Leeds - Friday, 22 March 2013

History comes alive at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this Easter with a series of Medieval events – designed to entertain, educate and inspire.

From the thrills and spills of an authentic, hard-fought Joust – to popular stunt-riding horse shows – Britain’s oldest public museum has lined up an action-packed programme for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and the school holidays.

Events run as follows:

Joust – Witness the excitement as highly-trained performers stage a thrilling joust and compete for the coveted Queen’s Jubilee Trophy. The tension starts to build with heats on Easter Saturday and Sunday (March 30 and 31) culminating in a dramatic finale on Easter Monday (April 1), with a feast of pomp and pageantry.

The spectacle includes a parade of all the knights and their heralds on Easter Monday, just before the final at 2.30pm. Visitors can enter into the spirit of the event, by dressing up in Medieval-style clothes.

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Children can also cheer on their favourite knights by using their artistic skills to create special flags, in a Yorkshire Heraldry workshop that runs all day Easter Saturday. Ticket prices for the jousting heats start at £3 for under 16s, £5 for adults. Grand final tickets are priced £4 for under 16s and £6 for adults.

Stunt Riding Horse Show – Good Friday (March 29)

Join us for a spectacular action-packed display of skill-at-arms and crazy trick-riding by the masters of excitement, Atkinson Action Horses.

Falconry displays – April 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14.

See these amazing birds of prey with two shows a day, at 12 noon and 3pm. Tickets £2 per child, and £4 per adults. Or enjoy the enhanced experience, and get up close and handle the birds – £9 adults, £7 children.

Regia Anglorum Re-enactments – Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7

History comes to life, with British Living History group Regia Anglorum, as they re-enact Norman skirmishes and archer skills in our outdoor arena.

Sherwood Maze – 11am to 4pm, daily, throughout the school holidays

Enter Sherwood Forest to complete your quest, navigate the medieval maze and receive a share of King John’s bounty. £1.50 per child.

Have-a-go Archery – Wednesdays, April 3 and 10

Become an Archer for the day and see how far you can shoot an arrow. Watch the experts in action, before having a go. Age 8 plus, £3 per person.

The Princess Bride – daily throughout school holidays

Take a break from activities, and gather in the Hunting Gallery Cinema for showings of The Princess Bride.

Museum admission is free but charges apply for some special events.

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