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Knights in clash in Linlithgow joust

26 June 2009

Knights in armour will be mounting their steeds and reaching for their lances for a spectacular summer joust at Linlithgow Palace.  The medieval clash takes place on the weekend of 11 and 12 July, against one of Scotland’s most beautiful historic backdrops.  As the knights charge into the fray they will be accompanied by a dramatic soundtrack.  

Linlithgow Palace was a favourite residence of the Stewart kings and queens, the lands around it and the loch were their playground.

But you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy this summer’s display of skill and daring.

Nick Finnigan, Historic Scotland events and filming manager, said: “Linlithgow Palace used to be the preserve of the royal family and their special guests.

“But this spectacular show is open for everyone to enjoy, and will offer lots of entertainment for all the family.  We have had a fantastic membership offer available which offers 6 months free, which includes free entry to this event and lots of other solutions for the summer holidays.”

The afternoon will be packed with excitement from the first fanfare, which announces the knights’ arrival in the arena, to the crunch moment when the tournament champion is decided.  In addition to the jousting there will be combat displays, archery, falconry and a living history encampment.  

Visitors can also enjoy the palace itself, where there will be costumed performers taking on the roles of rival medieval lords.  The event takes place from 12.30pm to 4.30pm both days and is part of Historic Scotland’s nationwide programme in support of the 2009 Year of Homecoming.

Notes for editors

  • Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for children.


  • Park and ride will be available.

  • Linlithgow Palace is in Linlithgow, off the M9. Telephone 01506 842896.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk