Sporting Heroes At the Royal Armouries
Saturday 8 August – Sunday 9 August
In celebration of the Rugby World cup join their team as we tackle sport and warfare through combat demonstrations, handling sessions and talks to highlight their collection’s sporting connections. Their sporting programme includes archery, martial arts, boxing, wrestling, fencing and combat demonstrations with the chance to have a go at some of the sports.
Museum admission is free although charges apply for some events. Highlights include:
Golden Arrow Archery Competition – Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 August, 11am – 4pm
This year marks the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, famous for its archers and there will be a great opportunity for visitors to show off their skills. They will have a medieval-style popinjay archery competition to test bow and arrow skills and see how many targets can be hit. The winner will be awarded the Royal Armouries’ Golden Arrow trophy on Monday 10 August. All welcome (age 6+), no experience necessary, instruction will be given and all equipment will be supplied. No pre-booking required. £5 entry fee.
Have-a-go Archery Sessions – Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 August, 11 am – 4 pm
Learn a new sport at our have-a-go archery sessions. These sessions will feature the same popinjay targets as the competition and will run alongside the main event. Drop-in sessions (age 6+). £2.50 entry fee.
Taekwon-do and Fencing Talk and Demonstrations – Sunday 9 August
A free drop-in event provided by Michael Clayton, sensei of the Royal Armouries’ Taekwon-Do and Kobudo clubs. Michael will act as ringmaster and his students will compete with each other. There will also be a chance for children to have a go themselves.
Last chance to see – Waterloo 1815: The Art of Battle exhibition – until 23 August
There will also be the last chance to see the widely acclaimed Waterloo 1815: The Art of Battle exhibition which runs until 23 August 2015.
Highlights of the exhibition include the rarely exhibited monumental Waterloo cartoon by Daniel Maclise, on loan from the Royal Academy of Arts, and the magnificent painting Scotland Forever! by Lady Elizabeth Butler on loan from Leeds City Art Gallery. These stunning works of art have been displayed for the first time alongside unique objects, including Wellington’s telescope, to tell the story of the events of 18 June 1815. Entry to the exhibition is free.
Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour. Daily programmes vary throughout the holidays and activities are subject to change – please contact the museum for more information or visit www.royalarmouries.org