Jousting Pulls in the Crowds at Linlithgow Palace
The palace, which hosted its annual ‘Spectacular Jousting’ event earlier this month welcomed 7,082 visitors on the first Saturday of jousting (5th July) beating the previous one day record set in 2007. *
Over the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, over 11,000 people descended on Linlithgow Palace and Peel for Historic Scotland’s annual jousting event, where knights are pitted against each other in a demonstration of bravery and skill.
The event is part of Historic Scotland’s wider events programme which helps bring history to life at historic sites the length and breadth of the country. This year’s event programme is part of Homecoming 2014, with events ranging from jousting to drama productions to exhibitions and guided tours.
Over the jousting weekend, crowds descended on the palace and the peel to enjoy the jousting and the supplementary activities from kids armies and junior hobby horse jousting to falconry displays.
Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism for Historic Scotland said:
“We had a bumper weekend in terms of visitors to our jousting programme with the Saturday setting an all-time record for visitors on one day of jousting.
“There is a huge amount of hard work that goes into bringing the event together, both behind the scenes and on the day, to create a fantastic show which people return to year after year.
“These figures are testamount to that hard work and we look forward to the return of the knights to the peel next year!”