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 29 and Sunday 30 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 an impressive 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.
Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, said, “Spectacular Jousting is one of our most popular events, so it’s great to see its return to Caerlaverock Castle after a decade.
"With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle provides a great medieval setting for a day of jousting and family fun.
"Visitors can cheer on their champion and get lost in a full medieval experience for a day!”
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.
Spectacular Jousting at will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July from 12.30 - 4.30pm. Tickets can be bought on the day as well as in advance and are priced at £13.00 for adults, £11 for concessions, £8.00 for children (aged 5-15 years old) with under-fives going free. Family tickets are also available. A 10% discount is available when tickets are purchased online in advance. This popular event is free for Historic Scotland Members.
Parking is available in the field at the right of the castle and will be signposted on the day. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our Spectacular Jousting site.
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Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017
2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.
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