The thunder of hooves returns to Linlithgow Palace - Spectacular Jousting
23 June 2010
Linlithgow Palace is gearing up for what promises to be one of the most exciting and unmissable highlights of the summer - its Spectacular Jousting Extravaganza.
The sensational Knights of Royal England – the renowned and talented re-enactors who thrilled many thousands on their last tour north in 2009 - return once more to the beautiful historic setting of Linlithgow Palace and Peel to stage a stunning and dramatic display of dare-devilry, horsemanship and weaponry skills.
This year for the first time, the Spectacular Jousting Extravaganza will be staged over two successive weekends – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th, and Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July.
On both weekends, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm each day, there’s a packed programme of superb entertainment in the main arena on the Peel. The knights and their horses - riders and mounts resplendent in their team colours – will parade around the arena to the sound of fanfares before clashing with their opponents in a challenging contest which will test their strength, endurance, accuracy and bravery. Watch the drama and excitement of the jousting matches unfold and see who will be crowned champion at the end of each day. And enjoy a great supporting programme featuring costumed performers and a variety of medieval entertainments within the Palace itself.
Historic Scotland Events Manager Nick Finnigan said: “Our jousting events at Linlithgow Palace are always a massive hit and this year’s Extravaganza promises to be even bigger and better than ever before.
“It’s no surprise that these events are so popular; The Knights of Royal England are incredibly talented and never fail to ‘wow’ the crowds with their exciting displays of skill and daring. Their mounted charges and clashes with lance and sword are genuinely breathtaking and have terrific appeal for visitors of all ages.
“Due to their popularity, we’re staging our Spectacular Jousting Extravaganza this year on two weekends so more people will have an opportunity to enjoy the show. It’s an unforgettable, highly entertaining day out for all the family, as well as superb value too.”
.Tickets for the Spectacular Jousting Extravaganza – costing £10 for adults, £6 for children and £8 for concessions - are available on the day, or can be bought online in advance, at a 10% saving, to beat the queues. Visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/shop
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- Linlithgow Palace is in Linlithgow off the M9. Postcode EF49 7AL. The magnificent ruins of the Palace, where most of the Stewart kings lived, are set in a park, the Peel, beside Linlithgow Loch.
- Linlithgow Palace is just one of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland. Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys. For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.
- Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.
- Historic Scotland’s current ‘Make Your Own History’ membership promotion is offering 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 when membership – enabling unlimited access to 78 paid attractions - is purchased by direct debit. Family membership costs less than £7 a month. For more information on the offer, which runs until mid July, visit: www.3monthsforfree.co.uk
- www.facebook.com - search for Make Your Own History
- www.youtube.com/historicscotlandtv www.flickr.com/groups/makeyourownhistory
- Families attending the Spectacular Jousting Extravaganza at Linlithgow Palace have an opportunity to gain another visit stamp on their Historic Scotland ‘Family Challenge’ passport. Historic Scotland’s ‘Family Challenge’ – challenges families to see how many different attractions they can visit by 16th July - is designed to encourage take up of the three months’ free offer before it closes. To take part in the Family Challenge, families need to download a ‘passport’ from the ‘Make Your Own History’ microsite, www.3monthsforfree.co.uk. They then have to get their passport stamped at each Historic Scotland site they visit by 16th July. After the deadline, they have to send their stamped passport to Historic Scotland to show the number of sites they’ve visited. A winner will then be selected to win a special prize – a VIP family experience at one of Historic Scotland’s top castles.