Record numbers cheer on knights at Royal Armouries over the Bank Holiday - Monday, 5 September 2011

Record numbers of visitors flocked to the Royal Armouries at Leeds over the Bank Holiday weekend to cheer on their favourite knight as they clashed in a spectacular jousting tournament.

Nearly 5,000 people visited over the weekend, with 1,975 through the doors on Bank Holiday Monday alone and both sessions of the jousting Tournament completely sold out.

The winner of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trophy was the Royal Armouries own Andy Deane (Visitor Experience Coach), who is in his 18th season of jousting.

Royal Armouries’ Creative Director Peter Armstrong said, “It was great to see every seat taken for our spectacular international joust. I know the knights love to hear the roar of a packed crowd cheering them on and this year’s final was its usual thrilling event with the added bonus of our own knight winning the Queen’s Trophy.”

Visitors experienced all the thrills, spills and sheer excitement of authentic jousting, as knights donned full armour and wielded their lances in the battle to secure the ultimate prize – The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trophy.
Drama built through the heats, reaching a climax on Bank Holiday Monday during the parade and grand final.
Visitors also had the opportunity to explore the rest of the museum – admission is free – and enjoy a tour of the Museum’s five galleries, packed with arms and armour from around the globe, including King Henry VIII’s personal armours.

Until Sunday (Sept 4) you can still enjoy the children’s activities including:

Commando Kidz – Are you up for the challenge of the Adventure Zone. This brand new outdoor attraction promises to be a big hit with the over sevens and adults alike, featuring an inflatable assault course, magnetic climbing wall, sky-high climbing towers and aerial assault course. (£7.50 for an hour-long session). Sessions run daily and begin on the hour.

Jester’s Yard – For younger visitors, there’s a special play area, where children can dress up as knights and princesses, learn to juggle, and even make their own swords, shields and crowns to take home. There’s also a soft play area for babies and toddlers, plus a storybook corner and mini crossbow range. (£2.50 per child – suitable for ages 0-10).

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