August 1st and 2nd: Jousting Tournament, 11.30 and 4.30 pm
Not since the Tudor period has the Tower hosted a traditional jousting tournament. Henry VIII and his new Queen, Anne Boleyn, were to be seen in the moat, watching as the knights fought it out with each other (though thankfully not to the death, this time).
Chris Gidlow ( live interpretation Manager at Historic Royal Palaces) says: We made sure that the characters jousting were known people and we talked about who they were and how they were connected to each other, like Sir Nicholas Carew was one of the Tower victims, as it turns out, so we did his story. Henry Grey, Jane Grey’s father, was also one of the participants. That tournament was an absolute labour of love for me, so enjoyable to put together, and I look forward to many more.