THE Cheshire plains will ring with the sounds of trumpets, drums and steel hitting steel for three days over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend as the Castle of the Rock returns to the 14th century.
Beeston Castle’s medieval royal pageant will see the historic castle taken over by re-enactors from the renowned Lion Rampant group, who will turn back the clock to the Jubilee of Edward III.
Visitors will share the King’s delight as he enjoys displays of strength from his more fearsome knights and, indeed, joins them to show off his own archery skills as the captain of archers to launch each day’s festivities in a training session at 10am, and later in competition at noon.
The focus switches to hand-to-hand combat from 1pm, as the knights fit in a final training session before the grand tournament at 3pm.
Those interested in life off the battlefield will have a chance to try medieval dances from 11am, accompanied by musicians of the period, and watch a performance of The Legend of St George each day at 2pm. A living history encampment will also be open.
The event runs from 11am-5pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with Beeston Castle itself open from 10am-6pm. Admission prices are £6.50 for adults, £6 for concessions and £4 for children, or free for English Heritage members. Please note parking charges apply.
For more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/beeston or call 01829 260464.