Medieval Times: Knight Training ProgramSaturday, August 16, 2014
Upon invitation of the Royal Court, my noble knights and their cousin joined in a spectacle of Medieval proportions. We journeyed through the sands of time and entered a world of unparalleled valor and chivalry, the world of Medieval Times. For my two children, this was their third visit to this ancient realm but for my nephew, a die-hard fan of dungeons, dragons, horses and heraldry, this was his very first time. And surely, not one to be soon forgotten. For, you see, on this special day, children were invited to step into the arena alongside valiant knights to watch an exclusive weapons demonstration by the knights and their weapons master, learn how to handle a wooden sword and be knighted by his Majesty King Carlos. Lo and behold the Medieval Times Knight Training program!
Free with each child admission, the Knight Training program takes place on Sundays from July 13 to August 24. Doors open an hour and a half before the show begins with training beginning promptly 15 minutes later. Space is limited and training is available on a first come first served basis for the first 100 kids and closed toe shoes are required. Following the training, children rejoin their families and return to the gift shop area until the show begins.
As special guests of Medieval Times, we were given the royal treatment with VIP seating in the front row, a commemorative program, and a knights cheering banner. If you end up purchasing full-priced admission online, keep in mind that you can receive a free upgrade to the Royalty Package, a $20 value. It was a real treat to watch the tournament from up close but you still get a really good view from the top row as well.
After being seated, our Master of Ceremonies made the initial introductions. We were introduced to his Royal Majesty King Carlos.
Next up were the Knights of the Realm.
Then we met the fairest lady in all the realm, Princess Catalina.
Just before the tournament began, we were treated to awe-inspiring performances by the Royal Falconer and a troupe of magnificent Andalusian horses.
Our Black and White Knight, the defender of the Ancient Shrine at Santiago de Compostela, put up a good fight.
Many a spark flew during combat.
But it was the Red Knight of Castilla that ended up victorious.
A truly heart-pounding tournament of knights, Medieval Times is an unforgettable experience full of pageantry, skill and handsome heroes. And while the Red Knight caught my eye with his gorgeous locks of hair and impressive physique, it was these three junior knights that stole my heart:
A big thank you to Medieval Times Toronto for having us as their guests. It is no wonder that my school makes it a priority to take our grade 4 students to see this incredible show every year. Visit medievaltimes.com to learn more about the Medieval Times Partners in Education program and to take advantage of special offers.