fire fills the air as the sword-wielding warriors surge forward
on foot and on horesback, archers let fly with volleys of arrows
and the dead and wounded litter the ground...
frantic than Ikea on a Saturday afternoon, this was the scene on
the first day of Joust at Berkeley Castle, the country's biggest
out our exclusive photo galleries (20 pictures each):
crowds enjoyed an epic re-enactment of the seige of Berkeley Castle,
period ballads from the Medieval Babes and, of course, jousting.
jousting tournament saw the chivalrous Knights of the Blue Pavillion
(hurrah) pitted against the dastardly Knights of the Black Pavillion
(boo, hiss) led by the evil Black Knight.
fully armoured contestants battled to land blows on each other's
breastplates, thus scoring maximum points.
first stage of the tournament saw the Black Pavillion victorious
over the gallant Blues, who vowed retribution later in the day.
visitors opted to hire medieval costumes, with others decided to
get into the historical spirit of the occasion by consuming flagons
of mead, an ancient alocoholic drink brewed with honey.
from Somerset said that he attends every Joust event.
a great opportunity to get dressed up," he continued, "and
the kids love the lepers and having wounds painted on."
| ...the kids love the lepers and having
wounds painted on
Medival Babes provided a calming respite from the bloodshed with
a set of historic ballads recounting tales of love, death and randy
in matching lilac, their act combined period dancing with lyrics
delivered in a variety of languages.
on site, visitors were able to practise archery and learn sword
fighting techniques (useful for dealing with those tricky car parking
been a great day," said Ed from Sussex, who had opted for a
peasant costume. "The seige re-enactment was very convincing.
The Samurai display was very interesting too."
continues over the weekend of Saturday July 31 - Sunday August 1.
did you think?
Williams, from Lincoln, emailed us to say: "What a wonderful
Sunday we had, the festival was brilliant, lots to see and do for
"The younger ones in our party (13yrs and 7yrs) were spellbound.
educational content was first class, and, it was done in such a
way that the knowledge gained will stick.
"We were very glad we travelled and we can't wait for "Joust
"Congratulations to the organisers and a BIG BIG thank you
to all those who participated. To sum it up in one easy phrase..."It
was great FUN"
you got to Joust? Email
us with your comments.
PRESS - Joust festival dates have been confirmed for 2005. They
are the weekends of 23 - 24 July and 30 - 31 July.