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The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
The Queen's Joust at Leeds Castle
Included with your admission ticket

The Queen’s Joust

Join us for our medieval jousting event this bank holiday for an exhilarating display of combat and action, elegant and unusual equestrian, and medieval living and feasting.

Gasp at the first crash of lances, cheer as your favourite knight gallops past, and watch as England and France not only battle for the coveted cup, but more importantly, for the honour and attention of the queen.

As in English jousting history, no matter if you win the joust, if the queen doesn’t deem you as the worthy winner, she’ll choose someone else. A knight’s armour and demeanour may just win them her hand… it’s not all based on skill and combat.

For the first time at Leeds Castle, we are thrilled to share there will be two opportunities each day to experience the main jousting event! At 1pm and 3:30pm each day you can watch as the action unfolds and you cheer on your favourite Knight.

This event is included with your Leeds Castle admission ticket, if you book online ahead you’ll receive the best price!


Medieval Music and Dance10.30am, 2pm & 4.15pmEncampments
Meet The Knights and Foot Combat11amMain Arena
The Joust1pmMain Arena
Arming the Knight 2.30pmKnights’ Encampment
The Joust3.30pmMain Arena
15th Century trades and activities including: blacksmithing forge, medieval food and drink, coin-minting, tailors workshop, weaving and spinning.All dayEncampments

Meet the jousting teams

Competing over three days at the for the coveted Leeds Castle International Cup, a team of skilled fighters from France will battle against brave competitors from England, each with their own horse and precious armour. Points will be accumulated across all three days, with the cup and prize of the queen being awarded to the highest scoring team. The tournament consists of four challenging events, each demonstrating strength and ability.

The english team



Stacy Van



The french team

de Lamballes

Arnaud de
St esprit


de Verdun

Meril de
la Touque

Quentin de
Grand Lieux

Marshal of the Field

Kyle Van

Kyle is the co-organiser of the Leeds Castle tournament and an expert on horsemanship, chivalry, and jousting tournaments.  

As the Marshal of the Field, she will be the head judge and supreme voice of authority on the field. It will be Kyle’s job to ensure that the competition is fair and balanced.

Kyle is well qualified to fill this role, having judged tournaments in the USA and England since 2009, and currently serves as the Marshal for the tournaments at the Royal Armouries in Leeds and the Leeds Castle joust; and she was the Marshal for the Arundel International tournament in 2016. In addition to her tournament experience, she is an accomplished rider, having ridden and competed as an eventer since she was a young girl. 

Kyle is a tough, but fair judge, uncompromising in the standards she holds competitors to.  She knows that each and every one of the 2023 competitors is a champion, capable of excellent horsemanship and sportsmanship.  These competitors are the best of the best, and Kyle is both excited and honoured to serve as their Marshal.

Photographic Shoot at Leeds Castle, centred around groups

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