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Royal Armouries invites you to the court of Elizabeth I this May Bank Holiday

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Elizabeth I (1533–1603)

This May Bank Holiday (25 – 27 May) the Royal Armouries in Leeds is launching its exciting new Monarchs season of events with a weekend dedicated to one of England’s greatest rulers, Elizabeth I.

The special weekend will give visitors an opportunity to meet the ‘Virgin Queen’ herself alongside her loyal courtier Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, whose armour can be found in the museum’s Tournament Gallery.

The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I reigned from 1558 – 1603, now immortalised as the ‘Golden Age’, and a time of great exploration and English naval supremacy.

As well as live performances, combat demonstrations, early years storytelling and crafts and a chance to handle objects from our collection, the May bank holiday weekend will also feature special Elizabethan horse shows.

Fresh from this year’s sell out International Jousting Tournament, the Royal Armouries is delighted to welcome back Atkinson Action Horses, famous for their work on the silver screen, who alongside our skilled riders will be looking to impress the Queen. The shows will recreate traditional Tudor pastimes, including hunting skills with javelin and crossbow, mounted swordplay and running at the rings.

Horse shows will be at 12 noon and 3pm daily and tickets can be booked in advance online. Adults £5, concessions £3.50 and family £15.

Commenting on the upcoming events, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager said: “We are excited to be launching our new season of Monarchs events with one of England’s most famous and celebrated rulers, Elizabeth I. We have a number of remarkable objects from Elizabeth’s reign in our collection, including the armour of the Earl of Leicester, specially made for a tournament he hosted in the Queen’s honour. The Bank Holiday will be packed with events for all ages to enjoy, with early years activities and crafts for little ones, and the historically authentic horse shows, perfect for the whole family!”

Entry to the Royal Armouries is free; however the horse shows are ticketed. Tickets for the Elizabethan Horse Shows can be booked online.

For more information on upcoming events in the Monarchs season, visit our website.


About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.