A ROOTIN’ tootin’ gun show at a city museum proved to be a real blast for families in Leeds yesterday.
Youngsters moseyed on down to the Royal Armouries at Clarence Dock to catch a glimpse of Wild West cowboys taking aim as part of a half term show.
The High Noon Gunfight will be held every day at midday, and sees sharp-shooting gunslingers face each other in an old-fashioned showdown.
A whole host of Wild West-themed events will be held at the museum throughout the half term.
Until February 23, visitors will get the chance to take on the role of sheriff and search the museum for bandits, desperados, rustlers and thieves.
They can also hear tales of the most famous faces from the time, take part in themed activities and watch demonstrations of whip cracking and knife throwing.
Speaking about the gun show, visitor experience manager at the Royal Armouries, Rachael Bevan, said: “Our half-term event gives a fascinating insight into the world of the Wild West and links to the iconic exhibits in our national collection.”
She added: “This offers a great day out, with something for everyone – from Wild West aficionados to families looking for a fun but educational day out.”
Kid Carlson’s Cowboy Camp, aimed at children from six to 12 years old, is free and will run every day during the half term from 11am to 4pm.
Youngsters can also come face-to-face with characters from the old Wild West with a variety of free performances that will be held throughout the holidays.
An expert whip cracker will also be on hand to demonstrate the impressive rodeo skill, whilst European competition winner and trainer to the stars, ‘Little’ John Taylor, will be showcasing the dangerous art of knife throwing in jaw-dropping demonstrations.
Visitors who don their best Wild West outfit whilst visiting the museum are encouraged to tweet their photos using the hashtag #bestdressedinthewest to be in with a chance of being featured in the museum’s online gallery.
Entry to the Royal Armouries in Leeds is free of charge.
The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour.
At the Leeds museum, there are over 8,500 objects on display in five galleries including War; Tournament; Oriental; Self Defence and Hunting.
To find out more about upcoming events, visit the Royal Armouries website at www.royalarmouries.org/leeds.
More half term fun
BRAMLEY Baths will host a Clown School and Street Dance lessons for £3. A general junior swim is £2.30 and under fives swim for free.
Tooth fairy-themed fun will be in store at Kirkstall Abbey on February 20, from 10am to 11am. Kids under the age of five can do crafts and activities.
The Merrion Centre will also host free face painting this week.