Storming the castle

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Knights of old will be thrilling crowds at Rockingham Castle when they re-create medieval battles.

The Knights of Nottingham and the Oxford Household are to make a triumphant return to the county for a day of thrilling battles and pageants.

The event is on Sunday, June 10, when families can enjoy the spectacle of history in action.

Castle owner James Saunders Watson said: “This will be a wonderful day of family entertainment with jousting, living history, music, storytelling and much more besides, all in a beautiful castle setting.

“It will be one of the most thrilling and colourful days in the castle’s calendar.”

The Oxford Household will provide a fascinating insight into medieval England, with its living history encampment illustrating how life would have been for the followers of an army on the move.

Craftsmen and craftswomen will be at the castle demonstrating how to make swords and coins.

Before the start of the joust, the Oxfords will demonstrate the skills required by foot soldiers of the period and there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to join in the action. The joust sets out to demonstrate the skills of horse and horseman in a competitive setting and with flags fluttering and the sun glinting on steel, the knights will demonstrate their prowess.

Rockingham Castle’s licensed restaurant, Walkers House, will open from midday and the castle will open at 1pm.

Tickets are £10.50, £9.50 for senior citizens, £7 for children and £28 for a family ticket. They can be booked by visiting or by calling 01536 770240.