Medieval Jousting - Huzzah!
Medieval Jousting Tournaments - Knights, Horses
Medieval Jousting is very popular in the UK at the moment. Trained 'Knights' joust on horses with wooden jousting sticks in an arena with a dramatic commentary. The settings are using historic castles. Exciting stuff. We've been to see live jousting 3 times this year! Our boys love everything to do with jousting, as as we can't go every day (much as they would like!) we've been looking out for products so they can re-enact jousting tournaments at home.
[Image taken at Warwick Castle.]
Do try this at home - But perhaps not with real horses
Or anything too pointy ;-)
Medieval Jousting at Wrest Park
St George's Day - Wrest Park
Medieval Jousting 1
Our first experience of medieval jousting was as Wrest Park, Bedfordshire at the St George's Day Celebration. We were expecting something pretty tame, but this was pure entertainment. Jousting sticks got broken, knights came off horses, the tournament had to be resolved through a fight with hand weapons.
Before the tournament we were encourage to buy 'favors' - flags and scarves in the color of the knight we were supporting and wave them in support of our knights. There was much cheering - 'Huzzah' is the appropriate term in medieval English. And much booing. Good stuff.
We also got the watch the story of St George and the Dragon which was superbly done. DS1 (aged 3) was able to retell the whole story to visitors a few days later.
Boo or Huzzah!
St George and the Dragon at Wrest Park
St George and the Dragon
If you don't know the story, this is an excellent version.
Medieval Jousting 2
Our next jousting session was in the amazing setting of Warwick Castle (pronounced Warrick). Unfortunately the weather wasn't so good for that one, it absolutely poured down with rain. The kids didn't even seem to notice, they were mesmerized. This tournament was done with great dramatic effect. It was set up as a tournament between two knights, and then the bad knight appeared to disrupt proceedings. Boo. Hiss.
Great entertainment even in the rain. And we got to meet one of the knights afterwards. Great fun.
Medieval Jousting at Warwick Castle
Playmobil Knights' Tournament Set
Medieval Jousting 3
Our third medieval jousting tournament was at Lulworth Castle. We watched both sessions of the day. In the first session the bad knight won (Boo. Hiss) and in the second session good prevailed (Huzzah). This tournament was brilliantly compered by 'Gwendoline' and very dramatic.
In addition to the usual pre-tournament games we were treated to a knight riding two horses, known as 'Roman riding'. What's more, there was a 'Roman riding' race between the knight and one of the squires. Superbly done and very exciting. Excellent entertainment.
Roman Riding Race
A Knight's Tale
This is a superb film with lots of jousting. It's not for children (nudity and mild swearing, nothing too extreme, but definitely not for preschoolers!). We fast forward through everything except the jousting tournaments for DS1 (aged nearly 4) and he loves it.