Go Medieval at the Tower – a new family festival at the Tower of London

Go Medieval at the Tower – a new family festival at the Tower of London

Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB

Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May 2017

10.00-17.00

A new family festival comes to the Tower of London this May bank holiday.

Go Medieval at the Tower reimagines the world of 1445 as the Tower’s dry moat is transformed into a medieval court welcoming the new Queen, Margaret of Anjou. At the heart of the festivities are the fierce medieval knights who will go head to head in sword fighting combat. Kids can have a go at firing a real cross bow, be dazzled by knight’s shining armour or delight in real canon fire. Relish the opulent styles of Margaret of Anjou’s fashionable court and dress up as a medieval prince or princess.

The moat will be filled with the scents, sights and sounds of open fires camp cookery and stories of lavish royal feasts, plus the chance to make pastry jumbles (made famous in the last series of Great British Bake off!). Families can marvel at the skill of trained craftsmen such as armourers, watch demonstrations of coin makers and have a go at coin striking.

At the centre of the excitement are King Henry VI and his young queen Margaret, only 15 years old when crowned queen of England. Upon her coronation, she was honoured with a lavish pageant from Westminster Abbey to the Tower of London, decorated with fine jewels and received extravagant gifts, including a lion!

Activities take place between 10.00 and 17.00 each day, and visitors can continue their visit inside the Tower walls, famed for the Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders or ‘Beefeaters’ and cherished ravens.

Go Medieval at the Tower is included in the Tower of London general admission. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london

Notes to Editors

For more information and images, please contact the Historic Royal Palaces press office on 020 3166 6166 or email press@hrp.org.uk

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