Live and Dangerously Entertaining the Real Iron Men - Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Forget the glamour and glitz of Hollywood! At the Royal Armouries there are no special effects or CGI – just real iron men in full on live combat, doing battle in front of your eyes.

The Royal Armouries has changed the scheduled Bollywood Knights event and replaced it with another Dangerously Entertaining event – The Real Iron Men – running from Saturday May 29 to Sunday June 6 at the museum in Clarence Dock, Leeds.


Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 June

Experience the battle of The Celts versus The Saxons as four of the UK’s strongest men go head to head. There will be competitions throughout the day, featuring four strongmen including the current UK champion Jimmy Marku and Scotland’s strongest man, Louis MacLean.


Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 May, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June

Witness the drama and passion of real-live jousting in the heart of Leeds.
2pm in the Arena
£2.50 adults and £1.50 concessions


Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June, 2pm in the Arena

• Armoured fights – Live combat, daily in the Amphitheatre, free
• Iron Men Horse Show – Armour through the Ages
£2.50 adults and £1.50 concessions

• Falconry – birds of prey flying demonstrations
Daily, 12 noon in the Arena.
£1.50 adults and £1 concessions

• Hands on History – Object handling sessions
Daily, 11am – 4pm in the Oriental Gallery

• Guided Tours
Daily at 11am

• Have-A-Go Sword – Learn the moves with our swordfighters.
Daily at 3pm in the Dojo
£3 per child (limited places available, children must be 8 years or over and a minimum of 4ft tall)

• Arts and Crafts – Make a knight’s helmet and shield.
Daily, 11am – 3pm in the War Gallery.
£1 per child

• Metal Work – A.S.H the Armourer will be demonstrating the art of armour making. Daily, 10am – 5pm in the Craft Court Workshop.

Museum entry is free.

Media photocall

Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover any of these events. The programme runs from 10am to 4pm daily. For more details, contact Catherine Kelly on 01903 783832.

Media contact

Joss Loader
Tel: 07838 379599

Notes to editors

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