Knights and their steeds are once again getting ready to take to Linlithgow Palace and Peel to entertain visitors in a medieval jousting tournament with the return of Spectacular Jousting this July.
Taking place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, Linlithgow Palace will host a two-day medieval jousting tournament. Armour-clad knights mounted on horseback will battle it out in the arena to be crowned champion of the joust.
The weekend-long event will allow visitors to step back in time through the centuries, to experience what a real medieval jousting tournament might have been like. This once favourite form of entertainment enjoyed during the Middle Ages will be brought back to life in a series of battles and displays of technique, horsemanship and skill.
As well as the opportunity to discover more about jousting, visitors will gain a real insight into these battles as they cheer their chosen knight to glory during the main clashes in the arena. There will also be demonstrations of foot combat on the Peel, whilst a jester will be sure to keep the crowds entertained with fun and foolery.
Jousting tournaments from previous years
Historical costumed performers will also be on hand in the medieval themed living history camps providing an insight into life around the joust, whilst in the palace itself visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the dishes that might once have been enjoyed by knights and ladies during the period.
There will also be an opportunity to get an insight into some of the other pursuits and pastimes from the era, such as the royal favourite sport of falconry. This year also sees the return of the ever-popular ‘hobby-horse’ jousting, specially created for younger visitors so that they too can be a knight for the day. Visitors can also get hands on with arts and craft activities in the Palace inspired by the medieval joust.
Commenting on the return of Spectacular Jousting, Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland, said: “This July will see one of our most popular events return, as we bring a once favourite medieval pastime back to life at Linlithgow Palace.
Visitors will also have the chance to see and hear first-hand from our stone masons about the work that they carry out to help care for and maintain historic properties, such as Linlithgow Palace, using traditional skills and techniques.
Spectacular Jousting will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July from 12.30-4.30pm. Tickets to this event can be bought on the day as well as in advance and are priced at £12 for adults, £9.60 for concessions, £7.20 for children (aged 5-15 years old) with under-fives going free. Family tickets are also available.
A 10% discount is available when tickets are purchased online in advance. This popular event is free for Historic Scotland Members.
For more information and to purchase tickets for Spectacular Jousting 2015, please visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/jousting