An equestrian extravaganza paying tribute to the heroism of the First World War takes centre stage at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Final Charge promises to thrill audiences as they follow the story of brave soldiers and heroic horses along their journey across the battlefields of Europe as they encounter enemy fire and terrifying obstacles in their quest for victory.

Running on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday (August 23 to 25), The Final Charge forms part of Royal Armouries’ contribution to national commemorations marking the centenary of The Great War and replaces the traditional Bank Holiday Joust.

Royal Armouries’ Visitor Experience Manager Rachael Bevan said, “The Final Charge won critical acclaim when it premiered at The Horse of the Year Show last year and is guaranteed to be a huge hit with our audiences. This is the last chance to see the show this year and as it is set during the First World War we are delighted to play our part in marking this important anniversary.”

Atkinson Action Horses are already big favourites with Royal Armouries’ visitors and have been stunt riding for the past 15 years, as well as performing in blockbuster films such as War Horse and The King’s Speech. As well as film work, they also create their own spectacular shows that have thrilled audiences around the world. These are all based on new and original work, including the script and score.

Performances will take place at 3pm each day. Tickets are available now, either online or by calling 0113 220 1888, priced: Adults: £8, Concessions: £6, Family: £25 (2+2). Tickets also include entry to the 12 noon stunt-riding and practice show.

Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour, including firearms. For more information about the museum’s First World War programme, including the upcoming exhibition Bullets, Blades and Battle Bowlers which opens on September 12, visit

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