Discover the world of knights, myths and magic at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this Easter – along with the history behind the national collection of arms and armour.

Royal Armouries will present a packed programme of events from Saturday, April 5, to Easter Monday (April 21) centred on the life of a medieval knight, from heraldry to the tournament.

See the knights lock lances in a live tournament over the Easter weekend at the museum – modern home to the traditional joust.

The tension is set to build throughout the thrilling three-day tournament with heats on Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday at 12 noon and 3pm, reaching its climax on Easter Monday, with play-offs at noon and the final clash at 3pm. Prices: Under 16s and concessions £3, adults £5.

Plus, don’t miss the pomp and pageantry of the knights and their heralds in the parade before the final at 2.30pm on Easter Monday. Prices: Under 16s and concessions £4, adults £6.

There is more horsing around as the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is brought to life on April 11 and 12, and Good Friday (April 18) in a spectacular action- packed display of skill-at-arms and trick riding by the masters of excitement, Atkinson Action Horses. Times: 12noon and 3pm. Prices: Under 16s £3, adults £5

The fun doesn’t stop there, as feathers fly in the falconry displays as magnificent birds of prey bring history to life in thrilling demonstrations of this ancient sport. Sunday 6, Wednesday 9, Sunday 13 & Wednesday April 16. Times: 1pm and 3pm. Prices under 16s £2, adults £4

Other activities include:

CAMELOT KIDS – Activities for all ages including storytelling, magic shows, and museum trails. Daily 11am – 4pm. Some activities carry a small charge.

MAGIC SHOWS – Children’s shows run on Saturday April 5, Monday 7, Tuesday 8, Thursday, 10, Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17. 2pm and 3pm. Under 16s £3, adults free.

HANDS ON HISTORY – As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to get up close to history with handling sessions, tours, dramatic presentations and lively talks by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Visitor Experience team.

Inspired by Heraldry – Step back in time and discover the fascinating world of coats of arms in the Yorkshire Heraldry Society’s free exhibition – Inspired by Heraldry . This new exhibition showcase a historic art dating to 12th century Britain and France, which distinguished nobles and knights. The Society will display around 30 examples of heraldry across four different themes – The Tudors; Knights of the Golden Fleece of the 15th century; Livery Companies of Arms and Armour and Famous Yorkshire Families – until October 5.

o Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour and is one of the oldest public museums in the world. For times and more details of all events, visit

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