KNIGHTS: Myth & Magic – Royal Armouries Leeds April extravaganza

On 1st March I wrote an article about Easter Jousting being announced for the 2014 season.

Today I’m letting you know about the extended program planned for April.

Running from Saturday 5th to Monday 21st April this is a fun packed period.

Remember that throughout the year the Royal Armouries Museum is free to enter and open 10:00 till 17:00 every day (Closed 24, 25 and 26 December).

For me, as a local and someone interested in Military History I see these times as a chance to give something back. When you compare a Joust to a Cinema trip the value is plain – especially for families. I’m rather a big fan of the Horse Shows that are put on, you can find several articles about them, and other trips to the Royal Armouries on this Blog (click the Royal Armouries’ tag at the bottom of this article to find them all easily).

The horses are provided to the Armouries by my very good friends Atkinson Action Horses. I’ve seen the horses up close and they are truly magnificent. Their safety in the displays comes above everything. And having seen them up close during shows, behind stage, I can tell you they love performing.

There is a lot going on in April, I have copied these details from the Royal Armouries website and I’ll write again nearer the time with any further updates I am aware of. You can navigate to the Royal Armouries online store to purchase tickets by clicking the appropriate big green button, you’ll leave this site.

The attractions are:


Activities for all ages including storytelling, magic shows, crafts and museum trails.

Daily 11am – 4pm


Sat 5 April 12pm & 3pm
Mon 7 April 12pm & 3pm
Tue 8 April 12pm & 3pm
Thu 10 April 12pm & 3pm
Mon 14 April 12pm & 3pm
Tues 15 April 12pm & 3pm
Thu 17 April 12pm & 3pm

Under 16s £3 
Adult £2
Book online or telephone 0113 220 1888.


New exhibition of hand-painted coats of arms and heraldry by the Yorkshire Heraldry Society. Part of our Inspired by… project

Daily and free


As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to get up close to history with handling sessions, tours, dramatic presentations and lively talks by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Visitor Experience team.


Magnificent birds of prey bring history to life in thrilling demonstrations of this ancient sport.

Sunday 6 April 1pm & 3pm
Wednesday 9 April 1pm & 3pm
Sunday 13 April 1pm & 3pm
Wednesday 16 April 1pm & 3pm

Concs £2 (Under 16s & OAPs) 
Adults £4
Book online or telephone 0113 220 1888.


After the flying show join the falconers and get up close to the birds.
A fantastic opportunity to handle, feed and fly eagles, owls and falcons.

Falconry Experience is a 45-minute session limited to 20 people per session

Concs £7 (Under 16s & OAPs) – includes entry to flying show 
Adults £9 – includes entry to flying show
Book online or telephone 0113 220 1888.


A spectacular action-packed display of skill-at-arms and crazy trick-riding by the masters of excitement – Atkinson Action Horses. Don’t miss this legendary show featuring King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Friday 11 April 12pm & 3pm
Saturday 12 April 12pm & 3pm
Friday 18 April 12pm & 3pm

Concs £3 (Under 16s & OAPs) 
Adults £5
Book online or telephone 0113 220 1888.


Experience the excitement of our live jousting tournament this Easter Bank Holiday weekend with a thrilling three-day competition for all the family to enjoy.


Saturday 19 April 12pm & 3pm
Sunday 20 April 12pm & 3pm
Monday 21 April 12pm

Concs £3 (U16s & OAPs)
Adults £5

Grand Final

Monday 21 April 3pm

Concs £4 ((U16s & OAPs) 
Adults £6
Book online or telephone 0113 220 1888.


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