When: 1st – 3rd August 2014
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
£: Admission costs £13.50 for adults, £10.20 for concessions, £6.60 for children (5-16) and £36 for a family (2 adults & 2 children).
What is it?
Enjoy an exciting historical Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace from 1st to 3rd August 2014. Recreating the glorious jousting matches of Britain’s past, knights will take to their noble steeds in a daring display of bravery, bravado and skill.
Expect a spectacular battle beneath the backdrop of Blenheim Palace as knights charge full tilt on the South Lawn. Featuring the noble ‘Knights of Arkley, known for their fearless and bold characters, the knights will charge full force in a momentous jousting knockout. Each jousting tournament will be staged twice daily over the weekend starting at 12pm and 3pm. Families can pick their colours and cheer on their chosen knights.
As well as the gallant knights and their mighty steeds battling for glory in the jousting tournament, the weekend will be packed with historic action and family friendly entertainment. Watch a falconry display and see the birds of prey in action. Families will have a chance to meet a Harris Hawk, Eagle Owl and American Kestrel. Families can also test their aim and try their hand at archery too.
For smaller children, there will be the magical puppet theatre, The Dragons of Wye-ten. The shows are full of jousting knights, princesses to be rescued, castles to be stormed and fire-breathing, sword fighting yet very friendly dragons. There will also be an interactive show where children get to be the puppeteers, putting on their very own joust with 35 puppets and Yumi the 12ft long dragon.
There will also be food, refreshments and tournament treats on the South Lawn along with a medieval stand with lots of historically themed goodies. The Pleasure Gardens Deli BBQ will also be grilling some nutritious goodies. Blenheim Palace’s Pleasure Gardens are a dedicated family friendly area with permanent features like the Marlborough Maze, Adventure Play Area, Giant Games and Butterfly House.
More info: www.blenheimpalace.com