Durham Castle and Cathedral welcomes World Heritage UK delegates

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World Heritage UK notched up another success in its vibrant events programme last week with over 60 delegates and speakers filling the Prior’s Hall at the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site, to hear a wide range of speakers and experience some very special opportunities provided by their hosts. These included access to the new ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition which presented rare artefacts telling the story of St Cuthbert in the most intact medieval monastic buildings in the UK; sitting in the magnificent Durham Cathedral C17th Quire during evensong soaking up the atmosphere created by the Hexham Abbey Choir; self-guided tours around the Castle and Cathedral with exceptional volunteer guides on hand; and a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire UNESCO World Heritage Site, accompanied by top experts in the field. Feedback forms are still coming in but we are expecting a positive response overall and would like to thank all involved in Durham for making us all feel so welcome with their generous hospitality.

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This summer networking event – ‘All Together Now – Sustainable World Heritage’ – brought together many expert speakers on a variety of subjects, from cultural property protection and peace to community engagement, young people and volunteering; from world heritage tourism in the north of England to heritage sustainability issues in South Asia and North Africa. The intention is to share the presentations via the World Heritage UK website in due course.

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These are great ways to see the UK’s 32 world heritage sites, learn more about them and meet the dedicated community of world heritage people who work in and around them. If you would like to take part in one of World Heritage UK’s special events, your next opportunity to do so is at the annual conference, this year being held at the Llangollen Pavilion in North Wales, hosted by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 7th and 8th October 2019. Here we will be discussing the soon-to-be-published review of the UK’s World Heritage Sites and will have a national and international cast of speakers from all parts of the UK and Australia, China and the USA to help us do so. Side events and tours include a barge (or walk) over Thomas Telford’s famous aqueduct, a horse-drawn boat trip on the Llangollen canal, a heritage steam railway experience and a civic reception and dinner with a Welsh Male Voice Choir. Tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-most-of-world-heritage-tickets-66862803445

Our events are becoming increasingly popular so book soon to avoid disappointment!

With thanks to Historic England and Purcell for their support for the Durham event.

‘Making the Most of World Heritage’ – 2019 conference announcement

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The Board of Trustees of World Heritage UK is pleased to announce the details of its 5th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, this year to be hosted by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Llangollen Pavilion near Wrexham in North Wales on the 7th and 8th October 2019.

Following the imminent publication of the State of UK World Heritage Sites Review, this conference will adopt some of the report’s main themes and explore the issues and prospective outcomes that it highlights with a range of speakers from home and overseas.

Along with exciting site visit experiences and your chance to ask questions of a panel of experts, do join: Deputy Minister for Culture Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas; from the USA, Global Philadelphia Association Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh; from the World Cultural Heritage Centre of China, Yan Haiming; Author and researcher Bailey Ashton Adie and Head of Tourism and Heritage at DCMS, Giles Smith (all pictured above) along with Michael Macdonough, Chief Archaeologist at the Irish Government and many more. Themes of ‘Financing sites and governance models’, ‘Heritage, soft power and diplomacy’ and the ‘Impacts and Benefits of Tourism’, in particular will be under the spotlight.

You can find the latest draft v8 programme Pontcysyllte  and you can book your place on the conference registration site HERE (early booking recommended to avoid disappointment and to secure accommodation in advance).

World Heritage UK is grateful to the following sponsors and supporters who have helped make this event possible:

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THREE EMINENT SPEAKERS GO ‘FULL FLOW’

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Events to set out reasons to support UNESCO World Heritage Site status for The Flow Country

TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver and geology’s ‘rock star’ Professor Iain Stewart will be joined by UNESCO expert Professor Barry Gilbertson in a series of talks in the Highlands this summer that answer the question Why make The Flow Country a World Heritage Site?

The ‘Full Flow’ events, which will take place in Lairg, Thurso and Inverness on 5, 6, and 7 July respectively, invite audiences to hear about the environmental and cultural importance of The Flow Country in Sutherland and Caithness, addressing Scotland’s climate emergency, the need to protect the spectacular beauty and wildlife of the area’s unique habitat and the part it plays in the lives of people who live here.

Organised by a consortium of leading conservation bodies, including members of The Peatlands Partnership and event sponsor Wildland Limited, the three talks will promote and add context to an ongoing bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for The Flow Country. With presentations from TV personalities, conservation experts and lovers of Scotland’s natural heritage, the hope is that the Full Flow events will appeal to a wide audience, including children and young people interested in what a World Heritage Site would mean for them.

Neil Oliver is a familiar face on TV and his documentaries on Scotland’s coastline have helped to put many remote places on the map. Prof Iain Stewart is UNESCO Chair of Geoscience and Society and Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, is also a regular presenter of science programmes on the BBC, including the BAFTA nominated Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007).

Prof Barry Gilbertson holds Visiting Professorship appointments at University of Northumbria and at the Royal Agricultural University. In 2017, he took up a three year tenure as the Chairman of the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Project Co-ordinator for The Flow Country World Heritage Site Working Group, Joe Perry, will be at the events to bring the conversations back to the current bid consultation process. He said: “Bringing together three such passionate advocates of Scotland’s natural and cultural environment will help to bring the bid process to life for many more people, including the younger generation whose support and enthusiasm for thriving communities and natural habitats we believe is absolutely crucial for the future stability of The Flow Country. The events will be entertaining and informative, setting out why The Flow Country is the best habitat of its type anywhere in the world and so deserving of special status on an international stage.

I encourage everyone to come along to one of the talks. As support for our World Heritage Site Project grows, this is a perfect opportunity to help shape the bid and be a part of something very special.”

Thomas MacDonell, Director of Conservation at Wildland Limited added: “The Flow Country is a fabulous natural feature. It’s already highly designated under various conservation laws and this World Heritage Status bid will give few additional constraints but afford much greater recognition and appreciation for this special place and create additional opportunities for those of us who live, work and play in this world class landscape.

“Wildland Limited is delighted to sponsor this event and we very much hope to engage and enthuse our younger generations to come and take part and begin to further appreciate our unique and precious landscapes.”

Full Flow Event Details:

July 5, 2019 Lairg Community Centre 7 – 9pm Free event (booking required)

http://bit.ly/full-flow-lairg

 

July 6. 2019 Thurso High School 7 – 9pm Free event (booking required)

http://bit.ly/full-flow-wick

 

July 7, 2019 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 7 – 9pm Ticket Price, £9, Concession £5 (booking & ID required)

https://eden-court.co.uk/

All media enquires: Elizabeth Lambley, Indigo, 0131 554 1230, lizzylambley@indigopr.com

The Peatlands Partnership includes Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission (Scotland), The Highland Council, RSPB Scotland, Plantlife International, the Environmental Research Institute (University of the Highlands and Islands), Highland Third Sector Interface, the Flow Country Rivers Trust, Northern Deer Management Group and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It is chaired by Professor Stuart Gibb, Vice-Principal of UHI and Director of the ERI.

The Peatlands Partnership was formed at the end of 2006 following the completion of the EU LIFE funded Peatlands Project and aims to develop and build on that project. The Partnership comprises ‘core’ organisations, together with other interested organisations and individuals, who will carry out and support the objectives set out in the Management Strategy document, ‘The Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland’.

The current activities of the Partnership include delivering the Flows to the Future project, revision of the Peatlands Management Strategy and as a forum for taking forward the possible listing of the Flow Country as a World Heritage Site.

Wildland Limited is a land conservation and tourism business established in 2007. It owns 221,000 acres, spanning three management areas: Wildland Cairngorm, Wildland North Coast (Sutherland) and Wildland Lochaber West Highlands, encompassing some of Highland Scotland’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes. Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness is included in the portfolio.

Wholly owned by Anders Holch Povlsen, Wildland Limited has 200 year vision for restoring and protecting the natural capital of the estates in its care by developing a world class portfolio of quality, design-led tourism experiences that support diverse economic opportunities for rural communities and allow guests to enjoy the best of Scotland’s hospitality, natural heritage and landscape.

With a staff of over 60 in Scotland, Wildland Limited also contributes directly into the communities in which it operates. Alongside the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission, it is a founding partner in Cairngorms Connect, the biggest habitat restoration project in Britain, while in Sutherland it has provided funds to appoint an officer to oversee the World Heritage Site Status bid and a local affordable housing officer.

Durham Cathedral to host World Heritage UK Summer Meeting – book now to avoid disappointment – tickets selling fast!

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World Heritage UK is pleased to announce its next two-day summer workshop and networking event, exploring the social and economic opportunities and challenges of working with people in and around World Heritage Sites. A rare treat, the meeting will take place in the historic Priors Hall of Durham Cathedral (not generally open to the public), at the heart of the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the support of Historic England and heritage consultancy, Purcell, we are able to bring you this opportunity for just £90 (plus booking fee). Register HERE as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as tickets are selling fast!

An optional third day (Thursday 8th August) is also offered, at a small additional cost of just £30 (plus booking fee), with a chance to visit some of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, at Hadrian’s Wall. Leaving Durham by coach in the morning, visiting Heddon on the Wall, the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre and on to Housesteads Roman Fort before returning late afternoon to Durham.

The draft programme for the 6th, 7th and 8th August is listed below and considers a range of subjects including: the socio-economic effects of world heritage status, heritage tourism, community archaeology, young people as heritage champions, along with some interesting international perspectives. Further information and confirmed speakers will be available shortly.

Delegates should come prepared to enjoy the presentations and contribute to developing these themes in panel sessions but it won’t be all work, with many opportunities to visit some highlights of this fascinating World Heritage Site including the Cathedral, Castle and Open Treasure exhibition, networking with world heritage colleagues and heritage service providers and a dinner in the Cathedral’s Medieval Undercroft restaurant included.

Perhaps a good opportunity to make it part of your summer holiday this year!

Day one: Tuesday 6th August
Pre-registration: Self-guided tour of Durham Castle
12.30-13.00 Registration and welcome refreshments (tea/coffee)

13.00-13.30 Session 1 Welcomes
Session Chair: tbc
13.00-13.10 World Heritage UK welcome
13.10-13.20 Sponsors’ welcome
13.20-13.30 Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site welcome

13.30-15.30 Session 2 Working with local people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (Wall CAP)
14.00-14.30 Volunteering as a tool for community engagement Durham Cathedral
14.30-15.00 Lumbini, Nepal, Birthplace of the Buddha
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15.30-16:00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)
Event group photograph

16.00 – 17.00 Visit to Open Treasure Exhibition

17.30-18.30 Early evening supper – Cathedral Undercroft Restaurant and networking drinks reception in World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Day two: Wednesday 7th August
09:00-10.00 Guided tour of Durham WHS 3 groups of 20

10.30-12.30 Session 2 Economic opportunities and challenges
Session Chair:tbc
10.30 – 11.00 England’s Northern World Heritage Collection
11.00 – 11.30 Tourist Tax
11.30 – 12.00 Analysing the socio-economic benefits of WHS status in Durham – a methodology
12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion and questions

12.30-13.30 Lunch and networking/visit the Cathedral

13.30-15.30 Session 3 Working with young people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Young Heritage Ambassadors/Young Curators
14.00-14.30 North Wales Young Custodians Scheme
14.30-15.00 Rediscovering the Antonine Wall
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15:30-16.00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)

16.00 – 16.30 Elevator pitches from World Heritage Sites x 5 x 5 minutes
16:30-17:00 Summary and concluding remarks
16.30 – 16.40 Preparing for the World Heritage UK Conference 2019 at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site
16.40 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

18.00-19.00 Public Lecture – Chris Blandford will speak about the World Heritage Site Review.

Day three: Thursday 8th August (optional) Frontiers of the Roman Empire – site visit to Hadrian’s Wall
9.30 Leave Durham by coach
10.30 Arrive at Heddon on the Wall to meet John Scott and Kerry Shaw
10.30-11.15 Site visit at Heddon on the Wall to share visitor experience and community engagement
11.15-11.45 Travel to The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre
11.45-12.30 Presentation by John Scott on Hadrian’s Wall management
12.30-1.30 Lunch (designated café area for delegates to buy own lunch)
1.30-1.45 Travel to Housesteads Roman Fort
1.45-3.30 Site visit at Housesteads Roman Fort
3.30-4.30 Travel back to Durham

Register HERE to take part in this fantastic opportunity!

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World Heritage network to meet at Durham World Heritage Site

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World Heritage UK is pleased to announce its next two-day summer workshop and networking event, exploring the social and economic opportunities and challenges of working with people in and around World Heritage Sites. A rare treat, the meeting will take place in the historic Priors Hall of Durham Cathedral (not generally open to the public), at the heart of the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the support of Historic England and heritage consultancy, Purcell, we are able to bring you this opportunity for just £90 (plus booking fee). Limited to 50 places – register HERE soon to avoid disappointment.

An optional third day (Thursday 8th August) is also offered, at a small additional cost of just £30 (plus booking fee), with a chance to visit some of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, at Hadrian’s Wall. Leaving Durham by coach in the morning, visiting Heddon on the Wall, the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre and on to Housesteads Roman Fort before returning late afternoon to Durham.

The draft programme for the 6th, 7th and 8th August is listed below and considers a range of subjects including: the socio-economic effects of world heritage status, heritage tourism, community archaeology, young people as heritage champions, along with some interesting international perspectives. Further information and confirmed speakers will be available shortly.

Delegates should come prepared to enjoy the presentations and contribute to developing these themes in panel sessions but it won’t be all work, with many opportunities to visit some highlights of this fascinating World Heritage Site including the Cathedral, Castle and Open Treasure exhibition, networking with world heritage colleagues and heritage service providers and a dinner in the Cathedral’s Medieval Undercroft restaurant included.

Perhaps a good opportunity to make it part of your summer holiday this year!

Day one: Tuesday 6th August
Pre-registration: Self-guided tour of Durham Castle
12.30-13.00 Registration and welcome refreshments (tea/coffee)

13.00-13.30 Session 1 Welcomes
Session Chair: tbc
13.00-13.10 World Heritage UK welcome
13.10-13.20 Sponsors’ welcome
13.20-13.30 Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site welcome

13.30-15.30 Session 2 Working with local people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (Wall CAP)
14.00-14.30 Volunteering as a tool for community engagement Durham Cathedral
14.30-15.00 Lumbini, Nepal, Birthplace of the Buddha
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15.30-16:00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)
Event group photograph

16.00 – 17.00 Visit to Open Treasure Exhibition

17.30-18.30 Early evening supper – Cathedral Undercroft Restaurant and networking drinks reception in World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Day two: Wednesday 7th August
09:00-10.00 Guided tour of Durham WHS 3 groups of 20

10.30-12.30 Session 2 Economic opportunities and challenges
Session Chair:tbc
10.30 – 11.00 England’s Northern World Heritage Collection
11.00 – 11.30 Tourist Tax
11.30 – 12.00 Analysing the socio-economic benefits of WHS status in Durham – a methodology
12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion and questions

12.30-13.30 Lunch and networking/visit the Cathedral

13.30-15.30 Session 3 Working with young people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Young Heritage Ambassadors/Young Curators
14.00-14.30 North Wales Young Custodians Scheme
14.30-15.00 Rediscovering the Antonine Wall
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15:30-16.00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)

16.00 – 16.30 Elevator pitches from World Heritage Sites x 5 x 5 minutes
16:30-17:00 Summary and concluding remarks
16.30 – 16.40 Preparing for the World Heritage UK Conference 2019 at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site
16.40 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

Day three: Thursday 8th August (optional) Frontiers of the Roman Empire – site visit to Hadrian’s Wall
9.30 Leave Durham by coach
10.30 Arrive at Heddon on the Wall to meet John Scott and Kerry Shaw
10.30-11.15 Site visit at Heddon on the Wall to share visitor experience and community engagement
11.15-11.45 Travel to The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre
11.45-12.30 Presentation by John Scott on Hadrian’s Wall management
12.30-1.30 Lunch (designated café area for delegates to buy own lunch)
1.30-1.45 Travel to Housesteads Roman Fort
1.45-3.30 Site visit at Housesteads Roman Fort
3.30-4.30 Travel back to Durham

Register for the 2 or 3 day options HERE

Save-the-date! 6/7 August for World Heritage UK summer meeting at Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site

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World Heritage UK is pleased to announce a two-day summer workshop and networking event exploring the social and economic opportunities and challenges of community engagement in and around World Heritage Sites. A rare treat, the meeting will take place in the historic Priors Hall of Durham Cathedral (not generally open to the public), at the heart of the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The programme is still being developed but is expected to consider a range of subjects including: the socio-economic effects of world heritage status, heritage tourism, community archaeology,  young people as heritage champions, along with some interesting international perspectives.

Delegates should come prepared to enjoy the presentations and contribute to developing these themes in workshop sessions but it won’t be all work, with many opportunities to visit some highlights of this fascinating World Heritage Site including the Cathedral, Castle and Open Treasure exhibition, networking with world heritage colleagues and heritage service providers and a dinner in the Cathedral’s Medieval Undercroft restaurant.

An optional third day (Thursday 8th August) is also being considered, with a chance to visit two other World Heritage Sites: Hadrian’s Wall and the English Lake District.

Save-the-date in your diaries for now – an online booking page will be available soon. Perhaps a good opportunity to make it part of your summer holiday this year!

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‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’ conference review

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The World Heritage UK annual conference for 2018 is now a happy memory with much learned, experiences and knowledge shared, networks renewed and new friendships forged over two days in October. The historic Tower of London, in the shadows of its neighbouring 21st century high rise glass skyscrapers, was the perfect place to discuss the ‘setting’ of the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and our thanks go to Historic Royal Palaces for hosting the event and providing some memorable behind-the-scenes tours.

The conference attracted over a hundred participants, including Michael Ellis, the Under Secretary of State and his team from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), colleagues from Historic England and the heritage agencies of the devolved nations (who also provided country overview presentations), university academics, heritage consultancy professionals, representatives of most of the UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites, delegates from Bermuda, Germany, Malta and a delegation from the China Academy of Urban Planning Design.

The Minister’s words were very supportive of the work of World Heritage UK and he re-stated the Government’s commitment to heritage protection. This backing will be important when the UK World Heritage Site Review, being carried out by World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, is published in 2019, and a summary of progress on this review work formed part of the busy conference programme.

Delegates also heard fascinating insights into case studies where the settings of World Heritage Sites were being challenged, in particular by tall buildings at the Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and in Liverpool, by road development at Stonehenge, nationally significant infrastructure projects and changes in agricultural policy in the English Lake District and a variety of issues in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, including wind turbines, industrial and housing developments.

There were interactive sessions too, with a Question Time style panel and the popular 5- minute ‘elevator pitches’ which provided short but insightful contributions that were received well by an enthused audience.

As usual the conference’s additional activities were epic, including a wide range of short behind-the-scenes tours both at the Tower of London and at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Sites, a speedy clipper trip on the River Thames and a jolly conference dinner at the Old Brewery in Greenwich.

Feedback from delegates has been 100% positive on the overall experience of the conference via the 39% of feedback forms received. Speaker’s presentations and other arisings from the event will be uploaded to the World Heritage UK website in due course.

We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s conference which will be hosted in Llangollen by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site in North Wales. In the meantime, the next event will be a technical workshop on ‘Education in World Heritage Sites’ which will take place at Big Pit, Blaenavon on 19th and 20th February 2019

Do sign up to this blog to receive further updates on World Heritage UK activity www.worldheritageuk.org/blog

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World Heritage UK conference sponsors support Tower of London event

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Thanks to the generous support of these sponsors, World Heritage UK is able to keep the costs of delegate’s attendance affordable at its latest conference ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’, at the Tower of London, 15th and 16th October 2018. This is the 4th annual conference of the charity organisation and it promises to be the most compelling yet, not just for the prestigious venue in the city of London but also for the controversial nature of its subject matter. Development in and around World Heritage Sites is often in the news and here will be discussed such topical places as Stonehenge and its road issues, plans affecting the sites in Liverpool and London with tall buildings and other factors, plus many more examples from around the UK and its Overseas Territories.  The event is already attracting international interest so best secure your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. You can register for the conference here

Understanding and Managing World Heritage Sites – training in Durham

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The team at the Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site would like to invite you to attend a Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) training opportunity on the 3rd July , supported by Historic England. You can find the full programme at this link 180703 HELM WHS Course – Durham Programme

You can also register for the course at: http://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/training-skills/helmtraining/world-heritage-sites/

And see a module for the course at:  https://rise.articulate.com/share/X4PVb7dZxauJf7NrL7s6X2_CHEWbC-NQ

If you would like to communicate with a human you can contact  Stella.jackson@historicengland.org.uk

Blenheim Palace UNESCO World Heritage Site to Host Jousting Tournament

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Blenheim Palace will be alive to the thunder of hooves and the clash of lances on shields as it hosts the Knights of Royal England’s Jousting Tournament from May 5th-7th. Visitors will be transported back in time to a medieval tournament; complete with authentic tilt yard, royal box, falconry, archery and hand to hand combat.

Recreating the glorious jousting matches of Britain’s past, knights in shining armour will take to the field on their noble steeds in a momentous display of bravery and skill beneath the spectacular backdrop of Blenheim Palace. Knights and horses will be costumed with chainmail and steel armour for the period 1200-1250. The knights will be using 14-foot-long lances and riding at full gallop. There will be approximately 15 participants all dressed to assume their part in this authentic and thrilling re-creation of the Tournament.

The weekend will be packed with historic action and family friendly entertainment, from thrilling falconry displays to ‘have-a-go’ archery. For the younger children there will be baby dragons to meet and the chance to join the Dragon Procession. Hatched from a small dragon sanctuary in the Welsh Marshes, these delightful creatures are very friendly and well mannered, although a dragon is never entirely predictable… Families can enjoy food, refreshments and tournament treats on the South Lawn along with a medieval stand with lots of historically themed goodies.

The Blenheim Estate is no stranger to genuine jousting tournaments. In 1389 John, Earl of Pembroke, was killed in a jousting accident while a Christmas guest at the old Woodstock royal palace.

WHAT: Spring Jousting Tournament at the Blenheim Palace UNESCO World Heritage Site

WHEN: May 5th-7th

WHY VISIT: Knights on horseback, battles, falconry displays, dragons, archery and much more!

ADMISSION: Park & Gardens ticket required: Adult £16.00, Child £7.40, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £43.00

WEBSITE: blenheimpalace.com

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/264025969