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Elizabethan Summer

1st August , 10:00 am to 4th September , 5:00 pm

Two men in medieval costume riding horses galloping side by side in an arena

We’re celebrating the golden Elizabethan age with different free events every day

Join us for an action-packed summer at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds with free family-friendly activities

  • Watch a horse show in our outdoor arena and see our expert horse riders demonstrate medieval sports popular during the reign of Elizabeth I
  • Visit our stables and meet the horses and their grooms
  • Meet a real blacksmith and watch a demonstration of blacksmithing skills in our outdoor Craft Court
  • Live-action combat demonstrations with historical characters and weaponry

With outdoor and indoor activities, we make sure rain doesn’t stop the play. Plus our air-conditioned museum is cool on a hot day so whatever the weather, we’ve got it covered.

As well as our live events, visitors can explore our five galleries and see our world-renowned collection of arms and armour. Find out more about our galleries and exhibitions here.

Don’t miss our spectacular Elizabethan Jousting Tournament taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Free summer activities & events

We will be open every day during the school summer holidays (Saturday 25 July – Sunday 4 September) from 10am – 5pm. Timings for the activities will vary so speak to a member of staff when you arrive.

1 – 26 August

  • Every day – Horse shows at 12pm and 3pm, stables open and combat demonstrations throughout the day
  • Every Tuesday – Sensory storytelling for under 5s at 11am
  • Every Saturday & Sunday – Live blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day

Bank holiday weekend: 27 – 29 August

Our famous jousting event gets an Elizabethan theme Elizabethan Jousting Tournament.

30 August – 4 September

Live-action demonstrations

Book now

All tickets include a visit to the museum and our live events.

We are accepting walk-in visitors but recommend pre-booking your tickets to guarantee your visit. We’re usually quieter after 2pm.

If you need assistance with your booking please contact us on

Group bookings – if you would like to make a group booking (10+), please contact

To make a booking for a school or college, please contact our Leeds education team on

Please be aware that due to the continued impact of COVID-19, our staff team may have to self-isolate at short notice. Unfortunately, this may affect our ability to deliver our live events programme. All updates will be communicated on our

 Facebook and Twitter pages as well as on our website.


Royal Armouries
0113 220 1888
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Armouries Drive
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1LT United Kingdom
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0113 220 1916