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Monarchs: Tudor Riding Skills Horse Shows

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Royal Armouries Museum

Armouries Drive

Leeds

LS10 1LT

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This May Bank Holiday weekend you are invited to join us at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

There will be a packed programme of activities for all the family to enjoy throughout the weekend including combats, talks and handling sessions plus the opportunity to ‘meet the monarch’.

The queen will also grace us with her presence at two special Tudor riding skills horse shows, at 12 noon and 3pm, each day.

During the Elizabethan period, hunting – whether with hawks and hounds, on foot or on horseback, with bow and spear or net and trap – was an important method of putting fresh food on the table. In some forms, hunting developed into a highly ritualised activity with its own rules and language. It was also an opportunity for the cream of society to be seen showing off their finest animals, birds, wardrobe and weapons.

Just as importantly, many of the skills necessary for a hunter of noble birth, especially horsemanship and dexterity with weapons, were equally vital for survival as a warrior on the battlefield. When not involved in battle or tournament (the sporting practice for war), hunting was the nobility’s passion.

Challenges to test the horsemanship and weaponry skills of our Tudor gentlemen will include:

  • Javelin at the boar
  • Sword at the boar
  • A royal quarrel at the hart
  • Sword cuts through a cabbage
  • Sword thrusts at the heart
  • Running at the ring
  • Running at the quintain
  • Running at the glove

(No animals will be harmed in the performance of these skills, though we cannot make that promise for the cabbages).

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting weekend of regal entertainment.

Shows at 12 noon & 3pm
Adults: £5
Concessions (children 3-15 / 60+ / visitors with disabilities / wheelchair users): £3.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children / 1 adult + 3 children) £15
Carer (1 free ticket per visitor with disabilities ticket purchased) Free

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Royal Armouries Museum

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LS10 1LT

United Kingdom

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