Hampton Court hosts 500th anniversary Tudor jousting tournament

Hampton Court hosts 500th anniversary Tudor jousting tournament


1 July 2015

Palace hosts a weekend of Tudor festivities, including an England vs. Spain grudge match joust!

The 500th anniversary celebrations continue at Hampton Court Palace this July, with a spectacular weekend of Tudor entertainments at the court of Queen Mary I and King Philip II of Spain. Visitors will be plunged into the midst of a Tudor culture clash, as England takes on Spain on horseback in a fiercely competitive joust, recreating a tournament held at Hampton Court Palace during the reign of Mary and Philip, amidst revelries including music, dancing, and Tudor cookery.

Meanwhile, within the palace walls, intrigue will abound, as rival factions jostle for power and position in specially written scenes by award-winning playwright, Elizabeth Kuti. The queen’s half-sister, Lady Elizabeth, is rumoured to have caught the eye of the King and tensions and rivalries between Spanish and English courtiers are rife.      

The pageantry begins at 11am each day, as the King and Queen welcome visitors to the tournament, greeting the competing knights. Throughout the day, visitors can witness the knights arming themselves for battle, or join in with an ‘England v. Spain’ ‘dance off’ led by a troupe of Tudor musicians and characters from the court. Following a fanfare, the jousts will begin at 12.00 and 15.30 each day, amidst the stunning setting of the palace’s formal gardens. Crowds will gather to cheer on the rival knights as they do battle for the favour of the King and Queen!

Throughout the weekend, the famous Tudor Kitchens will be roasting meat over the impressive open fires. The culmination of each day will be a toast at the palace’s re-created Tudor wine-fountain, so visitors can get a true taste of the Tudor court, by raising a glass to the King and Queen in historic surroundings.

This event is part of an ongoing series of celebrations to mark Hampton Court Palace’s 500th anniversary, and will be followed by a Baroque themed weekend in August, representing the other half of the palace’s fascinating past.

Notes to Editors

For further information and images, please contact Laura Hutchinson in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: laura.hutchinson@hrp.org.uk/ 0203 166 6338.

Ticket Prices

This event is included in the palace ticket price:

Adult: £19.30 / £18.20 online, Child: £9.70 / £9.10 online, Concessions: £16.00 / £14.90 online, Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £48.20 / £44.90 online.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk  

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