Time-travelling Royalty at Kenilworth Castle for Jubilee bank holidays!

Sunday 3 to Tuesday 5 June 2012

Archery, hand-to-hand combat, and junior jousting – the sports of kings will be coming to Kenilworth Castle as part of English Heritage’s Jubilee celebrations from Sunday 3 to Bank Holiday Tuesday 5 June, as the site marks the Royal milestone in medieval style!

The three-day event will provide a taste of how jubilee celebrations might have taken place in medieval England – although no monarch in this era ever achieved the length of reign of Elizabeth II! A troop of knights and ladies will welcome visitors to the site for hands-on medieval fun, demonstrations and trails around the grounds of England’s largest ruined castle.

Throughout the day, visitors can hear entertaining tales of kings and queens from the past in a series of presentations taking a light-hearted approach to the strengths and weaknesses of various kings and queens, hear of the greatest conquests that they presided over, and even learn the appropriate etiquette that must be followed to avoid a trip to the Tower of London for treason, should you ever meet a medieval monarch!

“Forget waving a Union Jack, this event comes from a time before the flag was created, when being a king required public demonstrations of strength and resolve, because there was always a treacherous Lord or pretender wanting to take the throne for themselves!” comments English Heritage’s events manager, Karen Pike. “Visitors will be able to try out some of the longbows and crossbows for themselves in have-a-go archery sessions, and young knights can mount their hobby horses to try junior jousting, a true sport of kings!”

There will also be a Kings & Queens trail around the site throughout the weekend. Children will be challenged to track down all the elusive monarchs who have been cunningly hidden around the site, with a diploma for everyone completing the trail.

Time Travellers Go... Royal! runs from Sunday 3 June to Bank Holiday 5 June from 11.00am to 5.00pm, with the castle and Elizabethan Garden opening one hour earlier at 10.00am. Admission prices are £8.20 for adults, £7.40 for concessions and £4.90 for children. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children costs £21.30. English Heritage members get in free. An additional £1 will be charged on entry of every child to fund the Time Traveller activities.

A Park & Ride service will run every 10-15 minutes from 10am – 6pm from Kenilworth clock tower bus stop. Please park in the town centre car parks, charges may apply. Disabled parking available at the main castle car park.

For more information, please call Kenilworth Castle on 01926 852078 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenilworth


Notes to editors:

Other Jubilee events taking place throughout the West Midlands include:

Sat 2 - Fri 8 Jun Kings and Queens Family Fun Trail Goodrich Castle
Sat 2 - Fri 8 Jun Knights Family Fun Trail Stokesay Castle
Sat 2 - Thu 7 Jun Kings and Queens Family Fun Trail Witley Court and Gardens
Sun 3 - Tue 5 Jun Medieval Royal Pageant Beeston Castle
Sun 3 Jun - Mon 4 Jun Jubilee Picnic Party Witley Court and Gardens
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Jun The Mighty Roman Army Wroxeter Roman City

Kenilworth Castle’s Medieval season continues on Sunday 17 June with a Knight School for Dads.

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For further media information, please contact:

Jay Commins – PRO English Heritage (West Midlands)

Tel: 0113 251 5698

Mob: 07810 546567

Email: jay@fim.org.uk