William Marshal Tournament at Chepstow Castle

Days of old when knights were bold and suits were made of armour came to Chepstow when Chepstow Castle played host to knights battling for honour and competition in a medieval tournament. Visitors learnt about medieval weapons and how to fire a bow in hands-on activities.

IMG_0255 copyBons Ralph and Belinda Howells from Taunton find time for romance amid the chaos of battle. 

IMG_0265 copyMartin Sanders was one knight aiming for adventure during the weekend. He said:  “Every knight needs a castle and I love returning to Chepstow Castle with Bowlore the medieval archery & weapons display group, based in Somerset, England. I have been with Bowlore for three years and coming to Chepstow now feels like we are coming home.” 

IMG_0284 copy.jpgMiranda Eddiford (14) her sister Rosalind (11) and Maddie Collins photographed at the camp fire – cooking up a medieval banquet. Maddie said: “Attending this event is a great way to gain experience of life during the times of William Marshal.”

IMG_0298 copy.jpgPhotographed (Left to Right): Sir Thayne De’Ath, Neil Eddiford, Sergeant at Arms and Sir Edric The Mild. Neil said: “It is fantastic for Bowlore to bring this event to Chepstow Castle celebrating the 798 year anniversary of William Marshall’s death in 1219, bringing fun to a historical, educational and entertaining public spectacle.”

IMG_0319 copy.jpgPhotographed is a group of Bowlore archers taking part in a display related to different types of archery: and equipment: and strategies used in warfare: and specifically at the battle of Crecy, France.

The event had a variety of activities on offer including;  longbow, crossbow, weapons shows ~ sharp-sword cutting demonstrations ~ combat displays ~ sword school ~ historical talks ~ battlefield medicine displays ~ hands-on weapon & armour displays~ medieval tented encampment ~ have-a-go archery with life-size 3D animal targets ~ fire-arrows & and our unique flaming-sword duel. 

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