Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

 

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We have just got home after a fantastic day out at Linlithgow Palace watching some medieval jousting.  Well done to Historic Scotland for a really well organised event which was loved by all our kids (and adults too.) The jousting was highly entertaining with badly behaved knights, amazing fast horses and plenty of booing and cheering.

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Yes that is a severed head he is spiking. It was lovely to see my eldest son who at the age of 6 had wanted to be a knight more than anything in the world, enthralled once again. He got to hold a huge sword in a march around the ground which made his day. We also watched how to use various weapons, had a look at some medieval cooking and went to watch some of the ladies-in-waiting get dressed – outdoors as well – shocking!

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I had never been to Linlithgow Palace before and was impressed at how beautiful and imposing it was. This was one of the carvings on the fountain inside the courtyard.

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And as I discovered yesterday the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland (been spending too long on Pinterest.)

If you fancy a day out at the jousting too, do not worry, the Knights of Royal England are back at Linlithgow tomorrow and on the 6th and 7th of July, and later on in July at Hever Castle and Blenheim Palace.

 

 

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