Monday, 28 July 2014

August Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace

Jousting Tournament
Expect a spectacular battle beneath the backdrop of Blenheim Palace as knights charge full tilt in traditional kilt 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 12-noon and 3pm. Families can pick their colours and cheer on their chosen knights all hoping for victory.

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 thrilling falconry display and see the birds of prey in action. As well as falcons, families will also have a chance to meet a Harris Hawk, Eagle Owl and American Kestrel. Enjoy falconry displays and the entire family can 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.

After working up quite the appetite watching the battles and displays families can enjoy 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 and children will also love taking the miniature train to get there. 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.

WHAT:            Jousting on horseback
WHEN:           1st - 3rd August
WHY VISIT:    Knights on horseback, battles, falconry displays, archery and much more!
ADMISSION:  Park & Gardens ticket required: Adult £13.50 / Child £6.60 (Age 5-16) /

Concession £10.20 / Family £36.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
WEBSITE: for more information
0800 849 6500           

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