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Royal Armouries Museum

Games of Kings

Tudor Power & Glory
26th May - 10:00 am - 31st May - 5:00 pm

In June 1520 King Henry VIII and the French king, Francis I, met in France for one of the most lavish and ambitious diplomatic and sporting events in history– The Field of Cloth of Gold.

To mark the 500th anniversary of this, the ultimate display of Tudor power and glory, we will be bringing history to life with a brand-new exhibition, a season of spectacular, action-packed, events including our magnificent jousting tournament.

These events will feature costumed characters, combats, talks & tours plus lots of have-a-go activities giving you the perfect opportunity to get your hands on history.

The sport of kings

This May half term join the Royal courts of Henry VIII and Francis I as we re-imagine the extravagance and spectacle that took place at The Field of Cloth of Gold. Experience an action-packed week of elaborate royal competition, thrilling riding skills and exciting combats. Watch as the two kings vie for power with spectacular armoured combat demonstrations and royal wrestling bouts.

Horse show

We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Royal Armouries stables where they can meet real jousting horses and riders. Each day we will stage a special horse show where our knights will demonstrate the basics of jousting and the impact this sport of kings had on Henry VIII and the Tudor period.

Meet the monarchs

We have the kings but what royal court would be complete without the queens? Join Katherine of Aragon and Claude of France in a fun interactive storytelling session, suitable for under 5s .

Have-a go

The kings cannot have all the fun this week, join in and have-a-go at real longbow archery, train how to sword fight, and even try jousting.


There will be guided tours of our new exhibition about The Field of Cloth of Gold.

Admission to the museum is free. There will be a small charge for the have-a-go activities. Information is correct at the time of publication. A full daily programme of events will be published nearer the time.



From 18 March 2020 our museums in Leeds and at Fort Nelson will be closed to visitors until further notice.