29 April-1 May 2006. The Knights of Royal England and their steeds are to meet at Blenheim Palace over the May Bank Holiday weekend for a three-day jousting tournament recreating the great contest that took place at Earls Court in 1912, organized by the mother of Winston Churchill. The weekend also features falconry displays with falcons, Harris Hawks and Eagle Owls displaying their precision and skill. The jousting will include mounted charging in the traditional tilt and battling on foot with medieval weapons. The tournament will take place each day at 12.30 and 14.30, following the falconry display. Refreshments are available from a Pimms bar, the Terrace Caf, the Pleasure Gardens Caf and the Ice Cream Parlour. A selection of afternoon tea menus will be available from the Terrace Restaurant. Admission to Blenheim Park, gardens and jousting 9, senior citizens 7, under 16s 4.50, under 5s free. The gardens open at 10.00. Last admission 16.45. Note: dogs on leads are not admitted to the gardens.
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Blenheim Palace Jousting Tournament.
Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site, is located at Woodstock, eight miles north of Oxford on the A44 Evesham road. Bus 20 from Oxford British Rail station leaves every 30 minutes for Woodstock. Tel. +44 (0) 8700 602080 email@example.com