Tudor Tales & Jousting


13:00 Jousting Field Opens, 
14:00 Arrival of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn at the Castle
14:15 Jousting Tournament Commences

See below for full list of activities.


Jousting is included in the price of admission tickets - book online to save.
£1.50 per seat in stand (approx. 120 seats) - book on the day at the stand.
£2.50 per seat in the Queen's box (4-6 seats) - book on the day at the stand.
Free of charge viewing areas around arena.


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Tudor Tales & Jousting: July 22 & 23

Step back in time and experience what it was like to live in Tudor England during Hever Castle’s Tudor Tales on 22 and 23 July.

Discover what life was like when English swordsmen ruled the battlefield, learn about the history of the bow and its use in Tudor times, 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, armour making, cookery and games as well as play music on traditional instruments.

Throughout the weekend visitors 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.

Battling it out in the Castle grounds, men-at-arms re-enactors will demonstrate foot combat and the various weapons they would have used.

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.

Spectators will be treated to a 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.


Living History Encampment, 11:00 – 17:30: a camp showing what it was like to live and work during Tudor times; activities demonstrated include crafts, archery skills, cooking, gambling, children at play, weaving. 

Children’s Pole Arm Drill, 11:00: come and watch the captain put the armed foot soldiers through their paces. The King’s Army always needs new recruits, so we will be inviting children from the audience to join in.

Dressing the Knight Display, 12:00 & 16:00: learn about the process of dressing a knight/man at arms and the major aspects of armour development. Child-sized armour is also available (approximately 15 minutes).

Black Knight Battle, 14:00: which knights will be brave enough to fight against the Black Knight? Watch as these skilled swordsmen battle it out to see who the strongest knight is.

Medieval Market Stalls, 11:00 – 17:00: selling interesting medieval items such as mead, ale, clothing and gifts.

Arms Stall, 11:00 – 13:00 & 13:30 – 17:00: handle and discuss medieval arms and armour and try on a range of fabric costumes. Kids can dress up in period costume.

Men at Arms Combat, 12:45 & 15:15: watch as men at arms battle it out in foot combat demonstrations (approximately 15 minutes).

Plessis Armouries, 11:00 – 17:00: watch armour being crafted by hand using traditional techniques.

Travelling Players – Myal and Peg, 11:00 – 17:00: Tudor musicians Myal Pyper and Peg will be playing tunes from the reign of Henry VIII on period instruments and teaching visitor to dance Tudor style.

Live Tudor Lute Music, 11:00 – 13:30 & 14:00 – 16:30: traditional Tudor music in the Long Gallery (Castle ticket required).


Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle and grounds and to change or cancel events.



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