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Medieval Jousting Tournament at Royal Gunpowder Mills - 21st & 22nd August 2010

Author: Drew Cunliffe Published: 17th August 2010 13:01

  Knights of Arkley at Royal Gunpowder Mills

The Knights of Arkley will be taking part in a spectacular medieval jousting tournament at Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY on Saturday 21st &Sunday 22nd August 2010.

Medieval style tents, tilt, quintains and displays of weapons will take visitors back in time and transform the attraction into a tiltyard from the Middle Ages.

In addition to knights on horseback, the event will also include demonstrations of the medieval longbow and other forms of Middle Ages martial arts by The Company of 1415.

One of the most extraordinary parts of their show is when a team of archers fire a hail of blunted arrows at a group of advancing men-at-arms.

There will also be the opportunity to try out your own archery skills under the expert supervision of the Royal Golden Eagle Medieval Archers of England and watch a variety of birds of prey in flight as part of Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display.

As part of the display there will also be the chance for members of the public to fly Harris hawks and barn owls.

Medieval Tournament Schedule

11.00   Long Bow demonstrations by the Company of 1415
11.30   Dressing The Knight by The Company of 1415
11.30   Have A Go Archery by the Golden Eagle Medieval Archers
12.15   Jousting Performance by the Knights of Arkley
13.00   Birds of Prey Display by Ye Olde Redtail Falconry
13.45   Long Bow demonstrations by the Company of 1415
14.15   Dressing The Knight by The Company of 1415
14.15   Have A Go Archery by the Golden Eagle Medieval Archers
15.00   Birds of Prey Display by Ye Olde Redtail Falconry
15.45   Jousting Performance by the Knights of Arkley 

For more information on the jousting re-enactment group please see their website: http://www.knightsofarkley.com/

For more information on medieval archers please see their website: http://www.thegoldeneaglearchers.co.uk/

For more information on birds of prey display please see their website: http://www.falconrydisplays.com/

Set in 170 acres of natural parkland and boasting 20 buildings of major historic importance, the Royal Gunpowder Mills mixes fascinating history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all the family.  Established in the 17th century and acquired by the Crown in 1787, the site has played a key role in the history of Great Britain through the centuries.

For a full schedule of activities and times, please see their website: http://www.royalgunpowdermills.co.uk/

Events Schedule 2010

28/29/30 August - Robin Hood

11/12 September - Home Front Event

25/26 September - Multi Period Re-enactment

6/7 November - Meet Guy Fawkes and Friends and Firework Display

11/12 December - Victorian Christmas and Pantomime

New for 2010 the Royal Gunpowder Mills will be open EVERY day of the school summer holidays with a wide variety of children's activities!  Please see our Summer Activities section for more details.

Contact Details

Address: Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY

Tel: 01992 707370

Email: info@royalgunpowdermills.com

Website: http://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/

Opening Times: 11.00am-5.00pm (last entry at 3.30pm)

Land train at Royal Gunpowder Mills  

Additional Details 

Facilities: Gift shop, picnic area, cafe, award winning exhibitions, nature walks and car park.  Land train rides available, please book on entrance as this ride is very popular.  Additional fee of £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children.

Parking: Free car park available and only 20 mins walk from Waltham Cross train station.

Accessibility: Most of the site is wheelchair and pushchair accessible.  Disabled toilets available.  Only assistance dogs are allowed on the site and they must remain on their harness at all times.

Admission: Adults £7.20, Children £4.40, Concessions £6.20, Under 5's Free, Family Ticket £23.20 (2 adults and up to 3 children).

Season Ticket:  If you are thinking of visiting more than twice during the year it is well worth looking at a Season Ticket.  They offer a reduced rate for Waltham Abbey residents: Adults £18.25, Concessions £15.75, Family Ticket £55.25 (2 adults and up to 3 children), Single Parent Family Ticket £38.25 (1 adult and up to 3 children) which gives you unlimited visits including every day in August Children's Activity days in the school summer holidays.

Why not treat yourself to a season ticket this year and look forward to some exciting days out in 2010!


The Royal Gunpowder Mills are looking for more volunteers, particularly for August, when they will be open every day, for more information please see their website: http://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/volunteer_page.htm  or email Liz Went Volunteer Co-ordinator on ewent@royalgunpowdermills.com

Volunteering is enjoyable, worthwhile, challenging and satisfying - why not consider joining their enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers without whom they would be unable to open to the public.


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