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Leeds Castle News16 March 2020

Leeds Castle is on the ‘Hunt for a Henry’

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be Leeds Castle’s Henry VIII? Could you hold court in front of thousands of visitors at The Golden Joust in May? Do you have the bearing and good looks of a Tudor King?

Henry VIII became the King of England at age 17 in 1509 and Kent’s most popular visitor attraction is on the hunt to find their own young Henry in celebration of the 500th anniversary celebrations of ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’ – a spectacular festival that took place in 1520 near Calais as part of a summit between King Henry VIII of England and King François I of France.

Leeds Castle has launched its search for Kent’s best Henry wannabe on Facebook. The successful applicant will be paid a King’s ransom, fitted out in the finest royal robes and be required to preside over The Golden Joust on 23, 24 and 25 May.

With the assistance of a knowledgeable medieval courtier, Henry will be expected to walk amongst his ‘subjects’ for the three days and show a presence at the ‘Henry VIII Royal Banquet’ on Saturday 23 May, appropriately held in the Castle’s Henry VIII Banqueting Hall.

If you think you have what it takes, visit the Leeds Castle Hunt for Henry page on our website to apply!

Hunt for Henry is supported by kmfm. Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 within easy reach of London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the Castle is open from 10.30am.