Go Back in Time for a Great Time; 1.storming the Battlements at the Tower of Londons Fortress Even 2.smugglers Come to the Historic Dockyard, Chatham

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Go Back in Time for a Great Time; 1.storming the Battlements at the Tower of Londons Fortress Even 2.smugglers Come to the Historic Dockyard, Chatham


History is fun when its brought to life with jousting, Robin Hood, birds of prey, siege weapons or smugglers

Hever Castle See the Royal Knights of England in their annual jousting tournament on Sat 23 Aug. A cheetah hunting with birds of prey is the highlight of the Out of Africa weekend (24-25 Aug at 2.15pm). Also take in the 13th-century castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn; dont miss the maze, adventure playground and take a boat out on the lake, too.

Daily. Jousting Sat 23 Aug. Hever Castle, Nr Edenbridge , Kent TN8 7NG. Tickets: castle and gardens ?11.50, children ?6.30, under-fives free, family ?29.30. Tel: 01732 865 224 or visit hever-castle.co.uk

Leeds Castle This 900-year-old castle provides the atmospheric backdrop for a Family Fun Weekend (Sat 6- Sun 7 Sep). Catch a jousting tournament and meet the knights before they begin their challenge. Falconry displays take place daily at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Theres also the Knights Realm Adventure Playground, a maze, aviaries and the famous black swans.

Daily. Jousting Sat 6-Sun 7 Sep. Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Tickets: ?15, children ?9.50, under-fours free. Tel: 01622 765400 or visit leeds-castle.com

The Royal Mews and Buckingham Palace Discover all kinds of carriages and coaches on an activity trail through the Royal Mews (23-25 Aug). Suitable for children between 5-11. ?7.50, under-17s ?4.80, under-fives free. Combine with a tour of Buckingham Palace youve got until 28 Sep and for the first time, the ballroom will be set up for an actual State Banquet for 160 guests.

Daily. Buckingham Palace, SW1. Tickets: ?28.50, children ?16, under-fives free, family. A Royal Day Out combined ticket for the State Rooms, Royal Mews, and Queens Gallery, ?73. Tel: 020 7766 7300 or visit royalcollection.org.uk

Imperial War Museum, London Dr No, Mr Big, and Goldfinger are some of Bonds Baddies (until 31 Aug, 11am-4pm) that children can dress up as at this event. Also visit the For Your Eyes Only exhibition, celebrating the centenary of novelist Ian Flemings birth with fascinating material about the author and his fictional character, James Bond.

Daily. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1. Free. Tickets: For Your Eyes Only adults ?8, children ?4. Tel: 020 7416 5000 or visit iwm.org.uk

The Tower of London Meet the garrison on the battlements, handle crossbows, fire medieval siege engines in the moat (until 7 Sep) as part of the Fortress event. Also explore the Towers history, the Crown Jewels and meet the Ravenmaster. Take advantage of special early bird deals, too, for families visiting before 10.30am before 30 Aug (exc Suns and Mons).

Daily. The Tower of London, EC3. Tickets: adults ?16.50, children ?9.50, under-fives free, family ?46.

Tel: 0844 482 7777 or visit hrp.org.uk

Royal Gunpowder Mills Enjoy the medieval spectacular of the legend of Robin Hood (23-25 Aug) with the Golden Eagle Archers. Admission included in ticket price. Open weekends, bank holidays and Weds during school holidays. With woodlands, interactive exhibits, narrow gauge railway, landtrain, rockets exhibition and nature walk.

Sat 23-Mon 25 Aug. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY. Tickets: ?6.50, children ?4, under-fives free. Tel: 01992 707 370 or visit royalgunpowdermills.com

Arundel Castle Nearly 1,000 years of history, including heraldry and armour, at this castle the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, which is set in 40 acres of grounds and gardens combine with a comedy, theatre or art event as part of the Arundel Festival which runs until Sun 31 Aug. …

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