Can your feisty little knights help defend the famous fortress? Throughout February half term, the Tower of London will be offering families the chance to travel back to a medieval world of heraldry and valour on a quest to become a knight. Learn all about the etiquette and entertainment of the time, plus the martial skills and fitness required to be a knight. A team of medieval pages will provide extensive schooling on how to entertain Lords and Ladies with jokes and dancing, whilst the squires take charge of putting trainees through their paces, learning swordsmanship and chivalric duties.
Finally, the training will culminate in a knighting ceremony, enlisting new recruits to defend the Tower and keep the great landmark safe from the marauding peasants beyond the walls. There are plenty of crafts to keep the kids entertained too, including making and decorating helmets and shields, as well as trying on the medieval fashions of the day. All activities are included in palace admission and families can enjoy the rest of the Tower of London, including the family friendly interactive exhibition Armoury in Action in the White Tower.
Kim Jones is an experienced journalist who has worked at various women’s weekly magazines, and now freelances for them and the national papers writing about travel, health and lifestyle. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and their two sons, aged 17 and 13 and loves persuading them all to come away on holidays with her in the family VW camper van.
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