From falconry displays to a First World War horse show and superheroes to sword fights – the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds has something different on offer every day this summer.

From Saturday, July 26 to Sunday, August 31, Britain’s oldest public museum is staging a lively programme of events, talks and activities at the national museum of arms and armour, home to one of the finest collections in the world.

Visitor Experience Manager Rachael Bevan said, “There will always be something different to see at the museum this summer, come rain or shine! We have something to appeal to all ages and people from all walks of life, making it an exciting and informative day out for all the family.”

Museum admission is free although charges apply for some events. Highlights include:

Face to face with history – The museum’s visitor experience team will bring the national collection of arms and armour to life by presenting a series of Wild West gunfights, rapier duels, poll-axe combats and dramatic performances. Not only can visitors watch history come alive, they can get up close with daily handling sessions. Free.

Armourer’s Workshop – Have a go at some family-friendly activities that expert armourers use, such as brass rubbing, heraldic design and copper embossing (daily, times may vary). £2.50.

Have-a-go Sword Fighting – Try your hand at this historic combat sport, as our experts guide all budding knights through the art of swordsmanship every Sunday & Monday (except August 24/25). £2.50. Suitable for ages 6 – 11.

Those magnificent birds – The spectacular birds of prey are back with thrilling demonstrations of the ancient sport of Falconry. Visitors can get up close to the birds after the show with the Falconry experience. Every Tuesday & Thursday (from August 5), shows at 1pm & 3pm. Show -£4/£2; Falconry experience – £9/£7.

Sci-Fi & Superheroes – Everyone’s favourite comic book heroes will take over the museum on August, 12, 13 and 14 in a special event, ‘POW!’. There will be plenty of opportunities for superhero selfies with Iron Man, Judge Dredd and Batman all due to make an appearance. There will also be opportunities to have a go at comic book art, as well as special talks, and demonstrations”.

Marking the Great War – As part of the Royal Armouries First World War Centenary programme, Atkinson Action Horses present The Final Charge, an equestrian extravaganza set on the battlefields of the First World War. With a promise to thrill audiences with high energy, death-defying stunts, this is a show not to be missed. August 23, 24 and 25 at 3pm, Adults: – £8, Concessions – £6, Family – £25 (2+2). Tickets also include entry to the 12 noon stunt-riding show.

Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour. Daily programmes vary throughout the holidays and activities are subject to change – please contact the museum for more information or visit

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