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Action-packed Summer

Two people in Ancient Greek costume fighting with spear and shield

Put down your controllers and come and experience action and adventure in real life at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this summer.

The summer holidays will be action-packed with combat displays, gun firing demonstrations, dramatic performances and the chance to get your hands on history.

Don’t miss the skills and thrills of our horse shows from 25 to 29 July, and the spectacular August bank holiday jousting tournament (24 to 26 August).

Saturday 20 to Wednesday 24 July

The daily programme will include free shows between 11am and 4pm, including combat and gun firing demonstrations, drama, object handling and highlight talks.

  • A First and Second World War firearms blank firing demonstration (Tuesday)
  • A Western gunfight blank firing demonstration (Sunday, Monday and Wednesday)

Thursday 25 to Monday 29 July 

Horse Shows

The daily programme will include free shows between 11am and 4pm, including combat demonstrations, drama, object handling and highlight talks, plus free horse shows.

  • 11am Horse show - Fast-paced Elizabethan riding skills with sword, lance and javelin, used in training for battle and the hunt.
  • 2pm Horse show - as above.

Tuesday 30 July to Friday 23 August 

The daily programme will include free shows between 11am and 4pm, including combat demonstrations, drama, object handling and highlight talks plus:

  • Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August
    10:00am to 3:30pm Pirate-themed craft activities - make your own pirate flag and temporary tattoos.
     
  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August
    10:00am to 3:30pm Medieval-themed craft activities - design your own heraldry.

Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August 

Jousting Tournament

Don't miss our thrilling summer jousting tournament, a full-on competition to find the knights who will go forward to represent the UK in the international tournament next Easter.
Book your tickets online - see separate Tournament page.

  • Fun outdoor activities and have-a-go games
  • 11am Jousting competition
  • 12:30pm Combat demonstration
  • 2pm Jousting competition
  • Talks, tours and performances

Plus on Saturday 24 July there will be a special Twilight Tournament (4:30pm - 7pm).

  • Join us at the court of King Arthur for an evening of medieval-style entertainment, food, drink and jousting, interrupted by an unwelcome guest, and an unexpected challenge – will the knights of the Round Table rise to it? Book your tickets online - see separate Twilight Tournament page.

Tuesday 27 August to Sunday 1 September 

The daily programme will include free shows between 11am and 4pm, including combat and gun firing demonstrations, drama, object handling and highlight talks.

  • Outdoor demonstration (Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
  • First and Second World War firearms blank firing demonstration (Sundays)
  • Western gunfight blank firing demonstration (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Book your visit

Admission to the Royal Armouries Museum is free but please pre-book to guarantee your visit.

We reserve the right to change the programme without prior notification. Please check the daily what's on programme on arrival at the museum.

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