Belvoir Knights set to thrill crowds at medieval jousting weekend

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Picture Credit: Charlotte Graham

The Belvoir Knights will be thrilling crowds with a jousting tournament next week at the popular medieval weekend back at the hilltop castle for the first time in a decade.

Held on 1 and 2 June at Belvoir Castle, A Knight’s Quest will transport you back in time to the Middle Ages with jousting shows, japing jesters, birds of prey and an authentic hog roast.

Picture Credit: Charlotte Graham

The weekend is inspired by historic events. The Earl of Rutland in 1612 was known to take part in regular fancy dress events featuring jousting and even hired a designer, one William Shakespeare! Look out for Queen Elizabeth and King James popping back to Belvoir this June to enjoy the jousting as they did back in the day.

Alongside the jousting there is plenty more happening over the weekend such as a chance to meet and greet the famous Belvoir birds of prey; have a go at archery and children’s craft activities.

It’s the first time the Knights of Nottingham have gone back to Belvoir in 10 years to perform their popular jousting show. Visitors can expect a grand tournament between four opponents on horseback along with the Knight Marshall who tries to keep them in order. Sir Federick of Flawforth, often found in the beer tent, adds a touch of comedy with each knight aiming to unhorse their opponent or fight on foot until a champion is declared. Two 40 minute shows take place each day.

Knights Jousting, courtesy of Knights of Nottingham

Emma, Duchess of Rutland, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the Knights back to Belvoir. It was always one of our most popular weekends and we’re sure it will be again. The setting on the banks is stunning and provides a natural amphitheatre for all the action perfect for sitting back on a summer’s day.”

Prices: Tickets £20 per adult | £10 per child | £50 per family (2 adult and 3 children). Please note the Castle will be open across the weekend but on a free flow basis only. No gardens only tickets are available and annual passes entry is excluded on this event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.belvoircastle.com.