Knights to rise at Conisbrough Castle

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 2011

All the pageantry and celebration of a medieval tournament will be on show at Conisbrough Castle on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August, as the English Heritage site hosts a Medieval Castle Clash!

For two days, the clock will be turned back to the 15th century, with a host of knights in shining armour – and a clutch of damsels ready to throw themselves into distress – will populate the castle, engaging in the favourite pursuits of the medieval nobility. Alongside music and dance, visitors will be invited to watch as the soldiers show off their skills at archery, and join the medieval squires who dress their knights for battle!

“Although there were plenty of conflicts during the medieval period when the knights would be called upon to use their skills on a real battlefield, it was the tournament that allowed them to really hone their skills, spurred on by the cheering crowds,” explains English Heritage’s regional events manager, Jon Hogan. “This is what visitors to Conisbrough Castle will enjoy: no holds barred conflict where the outcome will be entirely down to the skill of the knight on the day. There’s no choreography, just good, old fashioned skill, stamina and brute strength!”

Each day opens with a living history encampment, where people can meet some of the residents of medieval Conisbrough at 11am, followed y a presentation from the Lady of the castle at 12 noon. A demonstration of the knights’ prowess with a longbow takes place at 1.00pm, and from 2.00pm, children can learn how to arm the knight as they prepare for the main combat taking place at 3.00pm. Following the bouts, visitors can get up close with the knights at 4.00pm, drawing the Medieval Castle Clash to a close.

The event runs each day from 12 noon until 4.30pm, with Consibrough Castle itself open from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Admission prices are 5.50 for adults, 5.00 for concessions, 3.50 for children or 14.50 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children). English Heritage members get in free.

For more information, please call 01709 863329 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/conisbrough

ENDS For further media information, please contact:
Jay Commins PRO – English Heritage (Yorkshire)
Tel: 0113 251 5698
Mob: 07810 546567
Email: jay@fim.org.uk