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Royal Armouries Museum

Medieval Easter

Tudor Power & Glory
4th April - 10:00 am - 19th April - 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 path to power

Our Tudor Power and Glory season begins with the rise of the House of Tudor. This Easter discover through thrilling live combat demonstrations and dramatic performances how this mighty dynasty seized the English throne during the bloody Wars of the Roses.

Our medieval Easter events will give you the chance to get your hands on history and learn some new skills in have-go-archery and sword fighting sessions, and the museum’s own men-at-arms will be demonstrating armoured combat techniques with poll-axes and two-handed swords.

History will come to life over the Easter weekend (11 and 12 April) as we re-enact the battle of Bosworth and the climactic downfall of Richard III and the Plantagenets in the Wars of the Roses.

Have-a-go archery

Saturday 4 – Friday 10 April
Monday 13 – Sunday 19 April
Have-a-go at using a traditional longbow and see if you can hit the target.

Drop-in sessions daily between 10 am – 4 pm / Small charge applies / Suitable for ages 5+

Have-a-go sword school

Saturday 4 – Friday 10 April
Monday 13 – Sunday 19 April
Learn some medieval sword techniques with our skilled sword masters.
Limited numbers per session so please book at reception on arrival.

Sessions will run every 40 minutes between 10 am – 4 pm / Small charge applies / Suitable for ages 5+

Daily events programme

A typical daily events programme may include:

11 am Talk
12 noon Live combat demonstration
1 pm Dramatic performance bringing a key event in history to life
2 pm Live combat demonstration
2.30 pm Talk
3.30 pm Dramatic performance

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.