Legendary Summer Events 2022
Experience legendary drama at one of our blockbuster historical events taking place across the country this summer.
Witness the pomp and pageantry as brave knights and jousters battle it out in real tournaments, displaying feats of strength and skill to rival today’s top athletes. Sample the sights, smells, and sounds of our atmospheric living history areas, and marvel at historical re-enactors, food tents and armour demonstrations that’ll keep the whole family entertained.
Experience the exhilarating spectacle of speed and skill as four legendary knights compete for honour and glory. See lances shatter, feel the thunder of hooves, and hear the roar of the crowd as our fearless fighters and their magnificent steeds courageously charge toward each other at full speed.
Get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate multi-event tournament. Arrows will fly, swords will clatter, but who will emerge victorious from the Grand Melee finale?
Clash of the Romans
Watch the Roman Empire’s finest soldiers compete in an intense show of courage and clout. Two teams will throw spears, take aim on the archery field and clash with swords and shields. Pick a side and cheer them on – but remember, only one will emerge victorious.
Immerse yourself in the living history encampments, where you can meet colourful characters, witness hand crafts in process, and try on knights’ armour for yourself. Budding warriors can join in with drills out on the field, and even get a test of historical combat in the kids’ battle.
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