Tudor Tales & Jousting


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Activities are included in normal admission prices unless stated.

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Tudor Tales & Jousting: 28 & 29 July

You are invited to step back in time and experience a living history display of what it was really like to live in Tudor England.

Discover what life was like when English swordsmen ruled the battlefield, learn about the history of Tudor knights and cheer as men at arms battle it out in the arena, competing to prove their prowess.

Wander among the tents and immerse yourself in medieval times as re-enactors demonstrate authentic Tudor crafts, basket making, alchemy, helbalism and games as well as play music on traditional instruments such as bagpipes and drums.

Throughout the weekend you will have the opportunity to learn fascinating facts about medieval arms and 15th century equipment, dress up in fabric costumes as worn by the Yeoman class, and discover how to put on a suit of armour.

Watch men-at-arms battling it out in the Castle grounds as re-enactors demonstrate foot combat and the various weapons they would have used.

There will also be the opportunity to see birds of prey flying displays, as well as seeing, up-close, the birds that would have been used by the Tudor’s for hunting. Birds on display will include a falcon, hawk, kestrel as well as several owls.

The popular Summer Jousting Tournament will be in full swing, so don’t miss the procession from the Castle forecourt as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lead visitors through the grounds to the Jousting Arena.

You will be able to witness an extra special six horse jousting tournament with the Royals v’s Rebels contest.

Spectators will have the chance to see anti King Henry mercenaries battle it out in a thrilling joust against ‘the establishment’.

It is a truly thrilling display as the brave knights compete for points riding the quintain, spearing heads, and lancing rings followed by foot combat with weapons of their choice.

Bring a blanket or watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands*, available for a small cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Then choose which knights you support and cheer them to glory.

Round off a memorable day with a spot of shield painting* for the kids or get the whole family involved in ‘Have-a-go-Archery’*

(*additional charge). 


Two Living History Encampments: 11:00 – 17:30

Arms Stall: 11:00 – 17:00 (closed during displays)

Demonstration of Archery: 11:00 – 17:00

Dressing the Knight followed by Men at Arms Combat: 12:30 & 15:30 (approx. 30 mins)

Falconry Static Displays: 11:00 – 17:00 

Falconry Flying Displays: 12:30 & 15:30 (approx. 30 mins)

Lute Player in the Castle: 11:00 – 17:00 (Castle ticket required)

Medieval Trading Tents: 11:00 – 17:00

Jousting Field Opens: 13:00

Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn Arrive at the Castle: 14:00

Jousting Tournament Commences at 14:15

Jousting dates:
July: 14 & 15; 21 & 22; 28 & 29 
August: 11 & 12, 18 & 19; 24 – 27


Tudor Tales

Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle, grounds, catering outlets and activities, and to change or cancel and events. Please note that use of partner offers may be restricted or not valid on event days.


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