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Leeds Castle Medieval Festival 2014

27 August 2014
by Jo Roberts

Crowd-pleasing combat and carnage continues in the closing weekend of Leeds Castle’s Medieval Fair.

Visitors will return to the Middle Ages at Leeds Castle's Medieval Festival

Visitors will return to the Middle Ages at Leeds Castle's Medieval Festival

TV historian David Starkey will officially open the Grand Tournament on Saturday, August 30 at 11am. Knights, jousting, archers and cheering hordes demanding combat mean that the castle and its visitors will all be transported back to the Middle Ages, up to and including the festival close date of Sunday, August 31.

Sir David Starkey

Sir David Starkey

The castle is running the festival with the Royal Armouries, home to the national collection of arms and armour. The daily programme includes longbow tournaments, authentic displays of jousting, infantry skirmishes, a medieval village and market, minstrels, talks and activities for children.

Have-a-go archery and crossbow sessions feature, as do falconry displays and re-enactment camps.

Annual tickets are valid for the Medieval Festival but not for the Grand Tournament jousting, which costs £24 for adults and £16 for children. For full details and ticket prices, visit www.leeds-castle.com.

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