The Joust

The Joust is both a means of battle and a form of entertainment enjoyed by the Nobility and commoners alike. Knights are pitted against one another in a series of mounted and armoured combats that are fought as contests. Through a series of battles, only one prevails through to the final round. He who is the last man standing or holds the best record throughout each round is declared the winner.

The Joust A’plaisance Tournament is a series of elimination jousts. An overall winner is determined after the last battle is fought and all other opponents have been eliminated.

The Grand Joust is defined by its extravagance. It is a true spectacle, designed to thrill and delight those who witness the tournament. Many years of ceremony and chivalric conduct serve as the foundation of the Joust. Knights fight for the affections of the Queen and eligible Wenches; a Knight would battle in honor of his lady and could win her courtship if he wins the Joust.

Who will reign victorious and impress the fair Queen? Join us for the tournament of the century!


The most common weaponry in the Renaissance Era is the classic bow and arrow, fashioned from wood and iron. Archery is both a means of battle and a pastime for the citizens of Elizabethan England.

Although the wealthy were more likely to partake in Archery for hunting and sport, the commoners learned to sharpen their archery skills in the battlefield. It is said that laws were passed during the Medieval period that required every man to learn archery!

The residents of Warwick are eager to show off their talents in a series of archery demonstrations. Master archers appear on the joust field to show you just how effective the bow and arrow was as a weapon of war in the Middle Ages. Watch as they fire their trebuchet and siege bow with the ultimate precision.