Superhero Event at Royal Armouries, Leeds 9th to 11th August 2016

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Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016

Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016

Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.

Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.

It can’t always be predicted what will go on at this event below are a few ideas Continue reading


Easter Tournament 2016 at Royal Armouries

Easter-TournamentFriday 25th to Monday 28th March 2016

Royal Armouries Leeds
Tickets available now
Good Friday to Easter Sunday
Adult £10; Concs £6; Family £25
Easter Monday
Adult £14; Concs £10; Family £39

This is the big one, featuring top Jousters from around the World. Live International Jousting competition over four days. This is a full contact sport, un-choreographed and genuine.

stacy“The original Extreme Sport” – Stacy Van Dolah-Evans

Stacy has been victorious at Royal Armouries a number of times.

I presented him with the Sword of Honour in August 2013.

Horses, Squires and Ground Crew are supplied by Atkinson Action Horses. Stars of Film and TV such as Poldark. Though some Knights do bring their own Squires.

When I say ‘full contact’ what do I mean? Continue reading

Staffordshire Hoard coming to Royal Armouries, Leeds from 27th May 2016

Staffordshire_hoard.jpgThe Staffordshire Hoard

A selection will be on display at:
Royal Armouries, Leeds

27th May to 2nd October 2016

Programme of activities including hands-on archaeology sessions, storytelling, handling sessions, crafts, art and combat demonstrations

I’m a fairly regular visitor to Royal Armouries and I am excited about this collection visiting Leeds.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure haul ever found. It was unearthed at Johnsons Farm near Brownhills, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 5 July 2009.

The hoard consists of around 4000 items which are predominantly decorations stripped from military gear. The hoard weighed over 6Kg of Gold, Silver, Garnet and other stones. It dates from the first half of the 7th Century.

The treasure is owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cared for on their behalf by Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Continue reading

Lucy Worsley’s Reins of Power: The Art of Horse Dancing BBC4 (spoiler light with video clips embeded)

LucyLucy Worsley is a historian and TV presenter and in this program she is looking at horsmanship.

This program came to my attention as two people I know are involved. Ben Atkinson and Andy Deane.

Ben Atkinson is a horse trainer and stunt rider, part of a family business with his father; Atkinson Action Horses. He is horse-master on the BBC program Poldark and stunt double for Aiden Turner, he also taught Aiden to ride.

Andy works at Royal Armouries in Leeds as part of the Education Department. He is a Jouster of over 20 years experience. Continue reading

Judge Dredd at Royal Armouries, Leeds 29th to 31st August 2015


Royal Armouries Leeds
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2015
Heroes Day

They’re doing it again!

Royal Armouries will have a Judge Dredd combat scene live at 12:00 using the Dredd uniform from the amazing Judge Minty fan film leant to them by Writer/Director Steve Sterlacchini.

The header image is of the Armouries Andy Deane in the uniform from a previous year. Continue reading

See how Knights train to Joust – Royal Armouries 19th August 2015


This Summer at Royal Armouries there have been Horse Training Shows each Wednesday at 12:00 and 15:00.

This week, Wednesday 19th August 2015, the team will take go through their paces training for Jousting. With a special guest, Nicky Willis, a top flight British Female Jouster.

Atkinson Action Horses are a world renowned Horse Stunt Team. They provide Horses, Riders and Training to Film and TV companies worldwide, working in UK, Ireland, India, UAE and more.

One of the Riders appearing with the team this week is Michael Collin who is a stunt rider in Game of Thrones. Not appearing due to filming commitments Ben Atkinson was Aiden Turner’s stunt double in Poldark, all the horses in Poldark are provided by Atkinson Action Horses. Continue reading

Horse Training Shows at Royal Armouries Summer 2015

Horse Shows starring Atkinson Action Horses
Royal Armouries, Leeds

HorsiesWednesdays from 29th July to 2nd September

Shows at 12:00 & 15:00 each Wednesday
Children £2.00
Adults £4.00
Family £10.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Tickets available

Atkinson Action Horses will be at Royal Armouries each Wednesday during the six week School Holiday period. The first shows are tomorrow, Wednesday 29th July 2015.

Atkinson Action horses are a world famous stunt display team that have appeared in a nymber of Films and TV shows. Recently Ben Atkinson was stunt double for Aiden Turner in BBC’s Poldark. All the horses in Poldark were from Atkinson Action Horses.

Mark Atkinson, seen in the picture above, and his son Ben lead the team that can call on over a dozen riders. They have a large stock of horses of a variety of breeds. As well as providing horses and riders for Film and TV they also provide horses to Jousts around the country such as at Royal Armouries and Arundel International Tournament. They breed horses for sale to riders and train horses and riders commercially.

What can you expect at these shows? Continue reading