When: 29th & 30th July 2017, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Caerlaverock Castle, Glencaple, Dumfries DG1 4RU
£: 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 old) and under-fives go free. Family tickets are also available. A 10% discount is available when tickets are purchased online in advance. Free for Historic Scotland Members.
What is it?
Horses, knights and lances are at the ready as Spectacular Jousting returns to Caerlaverock Castle for the first time in ten years, as the medieval stronghold plays host to noble knights on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July.
To help celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, visitors can take part in a thrilling festival of horsemanship and pageantry as a horde of colourful, historic characters battle it out to be crowned the King’s Champion.
The jousting gives spectators the chance to see a display of arms and armour at close range, as knights take to their steeds for shield-splintering exhibitions of strength and horsemanship.
Visitors can meet the gallant knights and admire their loyal horses in their stables, try their hand at hobby-horse jousting and wander through medieval camps to learn about life from the knights and their aides. There will also be opportunities to hear about medieval hunting, observe the court falconer and take part in archery.
The HES Collections team will also be on site with objects spanning over 500 years of Scotland’s history. Visitors will have the opportunity to put on a pair of white gloves and handle real artefacts.
Running until 31st December, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a celebration of Scotland’s people, distinct culture and traditions, historic landscapes, attractions, and icons, as well as their hidden gems and amazing stories.