Get set for a spectacular Bank Holiday joust

Guardian News
Guardian News

This August Bank Holiday, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire can guarantee some memorable summer knights as visitors are invited to witness the pomp and pageantry of a Grand Medieval Joust on 25th and 26th of August.

Wearing the colours of their region, north, south, east and west, the troupe of four courageous knights in full armour, authentically recreated and personally fitted, will do battle daily in the main arena.

Jousting on horseback with only a 5mm wide slit to see through and armed with a lance 3.3m long, the knights will charge towards each other at combined closing speeds of 25mph to fight to prove their superior power and chivalrous skills. Medieval merrymakers will have the chance to meet the knights before choosing their champion and for young knights of the family there will be the opportunity to take part in their very own Knight School with junior hobby horse jousting, battles and even kids-sized armour to try on.