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A royally fun summer at the Royal Armouries

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

A group of people in historical costume

This summer the Royal Armouries in Leeds is really living up to its regal heritage with a programme of exciting activities exploring royalty through the ages.
From the 27 July – 1 September the museum will come alive with live combat demonstrations, dramatic performances and a chance to get hands on with some of the remarkable objects in the Royal Armouries handling collection.

The Royal Armouries has an extraordinary collection of objects once belonging to monarchs from around the world, including the arms and armour of King Henry VIII, armours commissioned for courtiers of Queen Elizabeth I, the hunting weapons of the Empress of Russia, and much more.

Throughout the summer visitors can pick up a special royal treasure trail and have fun discovering all sorts of regal connections in the museum’s objects. For our little monarchs there will also be an area for playing dress up and to have a go at craft activities.

A-maze-ing Armouries
From the beginning of August the museums outside square will be transformed with a royal maze where visitors can get lost in history. Visitors can also enjoy the Armouries newly re-furbished restaurant ‘The Master’s’, serving a delicious selection of snacks, hot drinks and meals with fantastic views onto Leeds Dock.

Horse shows
Over the August Bank Holiday (24 – 26 August) the museum will be welcoming King Charles II, A.K.A the ‘Merry Monarch’, as part of its ongoing Monarchs season of events. King Charles was known for his love of horse racing and the museum will be entertaining His Majesty in its outdoor arena with a weekend of special horse shows, showcasing the ‘sport of kings’, Spanish dressage and a flamboyant Life Guard drill.

The museum is open from 10 am – 5 pm and the daily summer holiday programme is free to attend. Tickets for the August Bank Holiday horse shows can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Commenting on the event, Paul Barrett, Head of Marketing and Communications said: “The Royal Armouries has some of the most remarkable objects on display that once belonged to royal dynasties from across the world. We are excited to share our regal connections this summer with a fantastic programme of activities, with lots to do and explore both inside and outside of the museum, including horse shows and our free maze! It will be huge holiday fun for all of the family to enjoy.”

For more information about summer activities at the Royal Armouries.

About the Royal Armouries

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