Jousting at Berkeley Castle

That was so much fun!  Once again a brilliant time had by all at the Berkeley Castle May Day Jousting, and with his Majesty King Henry VIII presiding over matters, our champions couldn’t afford to make any mistakes.

Everyone remembered the remarkable Sir William, our Golden Knight (Champion of the Tournament last year having beat King Louis of France in the final joust) and he didn’t disappoint, with more tricks than ever before, he was looking sure to win again this year on his beautiful black Friesian stallion Asgard.

Sir Robert, riding his trusted steed (Guinness) put up a good fight in the morning and was only narrowly bested by Sir William.

AND THEN….

To the horror of the wonderful Berkeley crowds, there he was, Sir William, captured by The Dark Knight, and forced to ride with him onto the castle lawns.  It was lucky that Sir Robert had stayed behind to help him!

This was The Dark Knight’s first appearance at Berkeley Castle and he bought with him ominous black thunder clouds in a fitting tribute to his dark mood for the last show, but we were delighted to see the cheering on of Sir William from a wonderful crowd who stayed with us until the end.

Even in the rain, nothing can dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of The Cavalry of Heroes!

Thanks again to the wonderful team at Berkeley Castle for putting on such a lovely family event.

Photographs by the wonderfully talented Lisa Lucas Photography.

 

The Golden Knight Sir William Celebrating his Victory over Sir Baldric by Roman Riding in the Sudeley Medieval Easter Jousting Tournament

Smashing Lances and Visitor Records at Sudeley Castle Easter Joust 2017

What a day!  Easter Sunday saw four of our Knights descend on Sudeley castle to battle it out in our first joust of the season.  The Dark Knight was in full form and the horses ready to show off their new tricks learnt over their winter training.  His Majesty King Henry VIII was also in attendance giving his royal seal of approval on the proceedings and taunting his arch nemesis The Dark Knight.

Sudeley Castle Easter Joust - Andy Keenan - Stroud Camera Club - Dark Knight against Blue Knight

Not only did lances get smashed but so did visitor records with thousands turning up to visit the castle and cheer on the jousting despite the rain in the afternoon!  A wonderful feature then appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo, the next day: Thrills and Spills in the Joust, much to the delight of Golden Knight as his hair took centre stage and so did our beautiful Friesian Stallion Asgard with his equally long flowing mane.

Gloucestershire Echo - The Cavalry of Heroes Jousting at Sudeley Castle

We have some beautifully epic shots from the talented Stroud Camera Club capturing the concentration of our Golden Knight Sir William as well as Sir Balric and King Louis as they prepare themselves for the competition.

With cheering crowds and lots of chance for the Knights to meet their fans and visitors, great fun was had by all. The Knights thoroughly enjoyed camping in the shadow of the castle and experience the ghostly goings on.  We even had a friendly peacock stop by to say hello.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the day including the excellent team at Sudeley Castle, Sian, Kim and the volunteers who made the day such a success and so atmospheric. We couldn’t have wish for a better start to the year.

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From all the Knights at The Cavalry of Heroes, have an epic rest of the day!

Photos by the ever talented Lisa Lucas Photography, and Stroud Camera Club.

 

 

Medieval Weddings – Your own Knights in Shining Armour on Horseback

Your very own Knights in Shining Armour on Horseback for your big day.

We have been very fortunate through the years to provide many a Knight on Horseback for many a wedding.  Perfect for medieval themed weddings as well as more modern weddings and family orientated weddings, our gorgeous brides have enjoyed arriving in style on horseback escorted by Knights as a spectacular arrival and guests have been entertained with stunning, action-packed Jousting Tournaments (the groomsmen and bridesmaids even having to do forfeits if their Champions loose).  From Bolton Castle, to Ripon and down to Hampton Court Castle and the Devon Lakes, we travel nationally and enjoy every moment of making your big day even more magical and making you feel like the most important person in the world.

Options Include:

Arriving on horseback escorted by Knights.  Either parading through the streets while passers by lavish you with attention or simply keeping it secret and amazing your guests when you make your grand entrance.

Knights on Horseback for Meet and Greet.  When guests first arrive they are greeted by Knights in Shining Armour on Horseback who are available for photographs and can perform choreographed displays including sword fights.

Full Medieval Entertainment, including Jousting Tournaments with two, four or six horses, a medieval court, sword fights and meet and greet.  For fully themed medieval weddings and also for those looking for entertainment during venue changeovers (from dining to dancefloor), our displays can last 20 to 45 minutes, with meet and greet continuing beyond that.
The Cavalry of Heroes Medieval Jousting Team Main Arena Entertainment Hampton Court Castle Meet and Greet, Knights on Horseback, Horses, Stunt Show, Trick Riding, Roman Riding, Herefordshire Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Wales

Why The Cavalry of Heroes?

With years of experience being professional horse stunt and trick riders, our Knights are here to make your day as enjoyable as possible.  Our horses are all trained performance horses, and our admin support ensure that venues are suitable and that everything runs smoothly from when you first enquire to the end of your big day.

Working with horses is our profession but also our life.  We are fully insured and we love our horses so do everything we can to make sure that they are looked after and love their work through out the year.  This means that they shine on the day and allow you to shine along with them.Medieval Knights at Wedding from The Cavalry of Heroes

Contact Us to find out more

To find out more about how we can be a part of your big day, please take a look at our medieval weddings page on our website and contact us by using the form at the bottom of the page, or by phone or email.

 Jousting at Hampton Court Castle – August 2016

Calling all Knights and Ladies across the land, come to the aid of your castle and defend it against the upstart invaders.  Cheer on your Champions as all is decided in a true battle of skill on the Jousting Tournament field.

Join us for this exciting six horse jousting adventure at Hampton Court Castle on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August 2016.

Also on the day will be the beautiful ladies of the Tudor Court and a stunning Bird of Prey display.  Not forgetting the wonderful castle itself.

We are offering the chance for you to win a VIP family ticket to the show on either day by simply entering our prize draw.  To enter, either:

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You will then be entered into the prize draw which will take place on Thursday 25th August 2016.

Good luck and see you soon!

The Cavalry of Heroes Medieval Jousting Team Main Arena Entertainment Hampton Court Castle, Dark Knight, Meet and Greet, Knights on Horseback, Horses, Stunt Show, Trick Riding, Roman Riding, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, West Midlands, London, Shropshire, Wales

The Cavalry of Heroes Medieval Jousting Team Main Arena Entertainment Hampton Court Castle, Dark Knight, Meet and Greet, Knights on Horseback, Horses, Stunt Show, Trick Riding, Roman Riding, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, West Midlands, London, Shropshire, Wales

Surprise cutting of the ribbon!

Sir Hugh Calvary and King Richard II were in attendance today opening an outstanding new playground near Beeston Castle.

Charging in on his noble steed Sir Hugh galloped to meet King Richard at the entrance.  With much cheering and encouragement from the crowd, Sir Hugh cut through the ribbon with only one strike of his sword!


Once the playground was open, King Richard II buried a time capsule with the help of local children.  This was in memory of the local legend that King Richard II burried his treasure at Beeston Castle only to be arrested and never to return.  The treasure was never found and is still missing. Hopefully the same won’t happen to the time capsule.  Thanks to The Journey Man (pictured above) for all the fantastic storytelling.


The children then had the opportunity to meet the knights and learn some Knight skills in our energetic knight school, learning to pose heroically, defend their fellow Knights and joust against real Knights before trying on some armour.

All in all a fantastic day.  Our dashing King Richard II was played by Wolfie Hughes and Sir Hugh Calvary by Marc Lovatt riding Guinness.