When: 1st & 2nd July 2017, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland EH49 7AL
£: Tickets can be bought on the day or in advance. Tickets cost £13 for adults, £11 for concessions, £8 for children (aged 5-15 years) and under fives go free. Family tickets are also available. The event is free for Historic Scotland Members. A 10% discount is available for tickets purchased online in advance.
What is it?
Horses, knights and lances are at the ready as Spectacular Jousting returns to Linlithgow Palace on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July.
To help celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, visitors can take part in a festival of horsemanship, pageantry and music; as a host of colourful, historic characters battle it out to be crowned the King’s Champion.
The jousting will give spectators the chance to see an impressive display of arms and armour at close range, as the knights take to their steeds for shield-splintering exhibitions of strength and horsemanship.
Visitors will also be able to meet the knights, try their hand at hobby-horse jousting, and wander through their camps on Linlithgow’s Peel to learn about medieval life from the knights and their aides.
There will also be opportunities to learn about medieval hunting with the court falconer, witness medieval archery and see what jovial tricks the Court Jester is getting up to.
The HES Collections team will also be on site with objects spanning more than 500 years of Scotland’s history. Visitors will have the opportunity to put on a pair of white gloves and handle real artefacts.
This year, during Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Spectacular Jousting will also take centre stage at Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway; as it returns for the first time in a decade, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July. With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is a medieval stronghold and another great spot for a day of jousting and family fun.
More info: www.historicenvironment.scot/jousting