Knights will duel for fair maids’ honour beneath Linlithgow Palace.

Linlithgow Palace and Peel - Jousting weekend
Linlithgow Palace and Peel - Jousting weekend

Knights and their steeds are once again getting ready to take to Linlithgow Palace and Peel to entertain visitors in a medieval jousting tournament.

Taking place on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, Linlithgow Palace will host a two-day medieval jousting tournament. Armour-clad knights mounted on horseback will battle it out in the arena to be crowned champion of the joust.

The weekend-long event will allow visitors to step back in time to experience what a real medieval jousting tournament might have been like.

This once favourite form of entertainment enjoyed during the Middle Ages will be brought back to life in a series of battles and displays of technique, horsemanship and skill.

As well as the opportunity to discover more about jousting, visitors will gain a real insight into these battles as they cheer their chosen knight to glory during the main clashes in the arena.

There will also be demonstrations of foot combat on the Peel, whilst a jester will be sure to keep the crowds entertained with fun and foolery.

Historical costumed performers will also be on hand in the medieval themed living history camps providing an insight into life around the joust, whilst in the palace itself visitors will have the 
opportunity to learn more about the dishes that might once have been enjoyed by knights and ladies during the period.

There will also be an opportunity to get an insight into some of the other pursuits and pastimes from the era, such as the royal favourite sport of falconry.

This year also sees the return of the ever-popular ‘hobby-horse’ jousting, specially created for younger visitors so that they too can be a knight for the day.

Visitors can also get hands on with arts and craft activities in the Palace inspired by the medieval joust.

Lorna Ewan, head of visitor experience, content and learning at Historic Scotland, said: “This July will see one of our most popular events return, as we bring a once favourite medieval pastime back to life at Linlithgow Palace.

“Visitors will be able to cheer for their champion, visit the stable, discover more about jousting and meet historical re-enactors in the living history camp.

“This year’s spectacular jousting promises entertainment for the whole family and is not to be missed.”

Visitors will also have the chance to see and hear first-hand from skilled stone masons about the work that they carry out to help care for and maintain historic properties such as Linlithgow Palace using traditional skills and techniques.

The jousting spectacular is sure to bring droves of spectators to the town on both afternoons when the fun takes place from 12.30-4.30pm.

Tickets to this event can be bought on the day as well as in advance and are priced at £12 for adults, £9.60 for concessions, £7.20 for children (aged 5-15 years old) with under-fives going free. Family tickets are also available.

A 10 per cent discount is available when tickets are purchased online in advance. This popular event is free for Historic Scotland members.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/jousting

Parking is available over the course of the weekend, through a managed car parking system.