Leeds nostalgia: Royal Armouries goes West

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Leeds Royal Armouries houses a vast collection of arms spanning the centuries but also of interest is the Tournament Gallery, which introduces the contests in which knights and kings once competed.

The gallery showcases the spectacular and outlandish arms and armours that were worn and used in the Tournament.

Don’t miss Henry VIII’s incredible Foot Combat Armour (designed to completely cover the entire body), the intricately decorated Lion Armour, or the extraordinary Horned Helmet.

Saturday June 17 & Sunday June 18 will see their ‘Wild West Weekend’, with historical recreations of famous gunfights.

Visitors can join in a packed programme of live demonstrations, object handling sessions, museum trails and talks to gain an insight into the life and times of cowboys in the American West.

There will be demonstraions and talks on The Alamo 1836, A Day in Dodge City (1865-80), Firearms (1850-1900), Jesse James (1847-1882), The Buffalo Hunter (1800s) and busting the myths of the cowboys and the Old West.

Admission to the Royal Armouries is free.

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