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Join King Arthur’s quest at the Royal Armouries this festive season

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

King Arthur character

From the 29th – 31st December the Royal Armouries in Leeds will be hosting an action-packed themed event spotlighting the myth and legend of one of Britain’s most celebrated kings.

The event will explore the story of King Arthur, the hallowed leader of medieval myths and romances. The Arthurian myths were popularised in the twelfth century by Geoffrey of Monmouth, with stories of Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table, Arthur’s tragic love for Guinevere, and his dealings with the powerful sorcerer Merlin taking on a number of guises through the centuries.

This is the last of the museum’s wider Legends series of events, exploring mighty and mysterious warrior legends from cultures around the world through the remarkable objects in the Royal Armouries collections, storytelling, live performances and activities for all ages.

Visitors can meet a number of remarkable characters from the King Arthur legends, including the King himself, Merlin, Guinevere and the enchantress Morgana. Each character will recount their story alongside music, action-packed combats and have-a-go activities, including an exciting visitor quest around the museum and opportunities to get up close to some of the extraordinary swords in the museum’s handling collections.

Commenting on Legends: King Arthur, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager, said: “We are really excited to be rounding off our Legends series of events with one of the most fabled mythological characters of them all. The myth of King Arthur has been passed down through the generations, whether it’s Arthur as the noble medieval king or as a battle worn Anglo Saxon warrior, his story has influenced film, music and British identity for centuries. This event will be great entertainment for all ages, with activities suitable for all of the family to enjoy, plus it’s the perfect reason to get out and about between Christmas and New Year.”


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Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer. Email:, telephone: 0113 220 1978

About Royal Armouries
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
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About the Royal Armouries

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