Magnificent horses, valiant knights and fair princesses

Summer holidays week three: Knights Week  – 4 August – 10 August

From Saturday 4 August until Friday 10 August, you can enjoy spectacular entertainment and adventure when fearless knights of olde and their wonderful horses in full medieval attire ride into the Castle.

Transport yourself back to an age when chivalry was the order of the day and knights fought valiantly to defend their honour.

How were the medieval war horses prepared for battle and jousting? Gaze in awe at amazing displays of dressage and training performed by these huge Spanish horses and their fearless riders every day this week at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

What was it like to actually live as a fighting knight – or a fair damsel?  You can try on authentic reproduction medieval armour, or glide through the Castle courtyard in a beautiful princess dress and crown. Hear the truth and the myths about the armour and weapons of the medieval period – and even learn about the politics of the time which led to an arms race in the Middle Ages! You can listen to tales of bravery and heartbreak and hear true stories of lives and deaths ruled by chivalry and honour.

Young princesses in training can meet a medieval princess and learn about what life for her was really like – the lessons, the clothes, the make-up, the training and her daily routine. Using a bit of traditional magic and story-telling, you can find out whether it is better to be a medieval or a modern princess.

Ever wondered how armour was made? Watch how intricate it is and have a go yourself! One of the UK’s true experts on chainmail armour through the ages, Nick Checksfield, will be on hand at Alnwick Castle all weekend to show you how to create, conserve and repair your armour.

And you can watch magical, live English longbow demonstrations with entertaining master archer Andy Rice.

If you’re over nine years old, then why not have a go yourself with the Alnwick Castle archery team***. Take a strong stance, steel your arm, steady your aim and hit the spot!

Finally, what happens if you’re injured in battle?  What grim, medieval medical techniques would you have to endure? You can meet an esteemed “Barber Surgeon” of the day who will explain – and demonstrate – in gruesome detail, the surgical procedures carried out on wounded knights.  Not for the faint-hearted!

But believe it or not, it’s not all about battles at Alnwick Castle this week. There are scores of other fun activities for all ages and interests.

You can join the Alnwick Castle Wizarding professors for broomstick training, take a tour of the magnificent staterooms (truly wonderful!), do battle with Alnwick Castle’s scary dragon, learn the insider secrets of all the films and TV series that were made here including Harry Potter, dress and play act in medieval costumes, create crafts to take home and see the famous seated WW1 Tommy silhouettes** in the Castle Chapel – as well as many more things to do and see.    All activities are included in your admission ticket.

There’s so much going on here you may not be able to fit it into one day, so remember if you pay to visit once, you can return to Alnwick Castle free for a whole year afterwards! *

The remaining themed weeks of the summer holidays at Alnwick Castle are:

  • Medieval Life – from 11 August
  • Storytelling Week – from 20 August
  • Wizarding Week – from 28 August

The Courtyard Café and Stable Fryery are available for delicious meals and refreshments and there are two well-stocked gift shops.

For more information on themed weeks at Alnwick Castle and other activities, please visit  www.alnwickcastle.comor call 01665 511 100