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Mosey on down to the Royal Armouries this Father’s Day for a taste of the Wild West

Monday, 12 June 2017

This Father’s Day weekend the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds will be playing host to a programme of rootin’, tootin’, sharpshootin’ Wild West activities.

Visitors are invited to mosey on down to the museum where they can get a real insight into the life in the American West.

There will be a packed programme of live demonstrations, object handling sessions, museum trails and talks. Demonstrations will include mountain man knife throwing and whip cracking; there will also be drop-in drawing sessions for children inspired by the Wild West.

The museum will be open from 10 am — 5 pm between 17 — 18 June, with activities running throughout the weekend.

Gail Cockerill, Events Officer at the Royal Armouries, said: “After the popularity of similar events in the past, we are really excited to be bringing the spirit of the American West back to the museum in Leeds.

“The event is the perfect treat for Father’s Day, with plenty of have-a-go activities and even a bluegrass band to give the museum the real feel of a Wild West saloon.”

Other Activities will include:

Mountain Man Knife Throwing Demonstration
A knife-throwing expert demonstrates his skill using different types of weapons.

Whip Cracking Demonstration
Discover the origins of whip-cracking in this action packed demonstration.

Quick Draw Sessions
Drop-in drawing sessions inspired by the Wild West.
Free / All materials provided

Film Screenings
Screenings of classic westerns.

Royal Armouries reserves the right to alter the programme without prior notification.

For more information on the Wild West Weekend, visit:


Notes to editors

Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer, Royal Armouries at Telephone: 0113 220 1978, Mobile: 07810 364571

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.

– Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
– The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
– Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December
– Website:
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.