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Record-breaking figures for spectacular jousting at Linlithgow Palace

10 July 2013

More than 14,000 visitors enjoyed the spectacular jousting at Linlithgow Palace over the last two weekends on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June and Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July.

                        Picture of jousting event

This is an increase of nearly 1,000 visitors in comparison with figures from 2011.

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the record-breaking visitor numbers at Linlithgow Palace over the jousting weekends.

“We had so much positive feedback from our visitors and were particularly touched by the tweet from a mother who told us her daughter spent her 7th birthday at the event and that it was her best birthday ever!   

“The weather on the second weekend was outstanding and it is always such a good feeling to see so many families out and about cheering on their favourite knight and enjoying themselves in the stunning location of Linlithgow Peel.  

“There is so much  to see from brutal foot combat, instruction on how to be a medieval assassin, presentations about how a noble woman at the time would dress and how a knight would prepare for battle, entertainment from our jester and the opportunity to view beautiful birds of prey.”

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