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30 Apr 2023
1 May 2023
30 Apr 2023
1 May 2023

The Kings Joust

Come and See the Knights of Nottingham perform on the Historic Grounds of Holdenby House!

Sunday 30th April & Monday 1st May, 11-5pm

What could be more appropriate to mark the beginning of Coronation Week than two days of Royal Knights Medieval Jousting. Witness the Knights of Nottingham battle for victory amidst the thunder of hooves and clashing steel.

It is a show filled with sword swinging, gut punching thrills and anything can happen and often does with fantastic audience participation and comedy included.

Cheer for the White Knight or maybe boo the Black Knight as Knights and Horses combine for a hard hitting Medieval Jousting Display on Holdenby’s Tilting Plateau.

You will also be able to enjoy the Historic Sport of Falconry with spectacular flying displays and talks about this ‘Sport of Kings’ by our resident Icarus Falconry.

The House itself, now the home to the Lowther family and once the largest house in England and the Palace of Charles I, will be open both day’s 12-3pm (last entry 2.30pm) so that everyone can enjoy the magnificent historic interiors.

After all that cheering (or booing!), you will need some Medieval Refreshments so visit The Old Stableyard Tearoom and enjoy some Medieval Fayre. Further details to follow.

Choose your Knight and enjoy a fun packed day out for the whole family!

OPENING TIMES: 11-5 pm (both days)

House Open Sunday and Monday 12-3 pm (Last entry to house 2.30 pm)


Tickets pre - booked online offer a saving of 10%.

Online Tickets : Adult £19.50, Child (5-16) £11.00, Conc (Over 65’s) £18.50, Family (2+2) £55

• Historic House Memberships, Gardeners World 2:1 Memberships & Friends of Holdenby Passes do not apply on Event Days.

Disabled Guests and Children aged 4 and under are Free (No ticket required)



Disabled Guests:

We welcome guests with disabilities and work hard to ensure that you can access as much of the site as possible. Disabled parking will be clearly marked, and Blue Badges should be displayed. We hope visitors will understand that the gravelled paths, although not ideal for wheelchairs are part of the character of the house.

Dogs at Holdenby:

Due to the exciting addition of Icarus Falconry, we have sadly had to take the decision to allow assistance dogs only, as unfortunately, the Birds and our new Wildlife are not comfortable when dogs are present.


Visitors’ own food and drink are not permitted on the grounds.