SHARP-SHOOTING WILD WEST FUN - Friday, 24 January 2014
See history come to life at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this February half-term (February 15 to 23) as the museum transports visitors to the sharp-shooting world of the Wild West.
Take on the Sheriff’s role and search the museum for bandits, desperados, rustlers and thieves – and enjoy old-fashioned Wild West shoot outs at high noon, plus demonstrations of whip cracking and knife throwing.
Half-term highlights run as follows. Museum admission and many activities are free – a small charge applies, where indicated.
- High Noon Gunfight – Every day at 12 noon, sharp-shooting gunslingers will face each other in an old-fashioned Wild West shoot out. Daily from 11.45am.
- Knives of Steel – European competition winner and trainer to the stars, Little John Taylor, showcases the dangerous art of knife throwing in jaw-dropping demonstrations. Daily, except February 23.
- Whip Crack Away! – Be thrilled as our expert whip cracker demonstrates this impressive rodeo skill. February 17 to 23, twice daily.
- Tales of the Wild West – Daily talks include Weird Wild West, Black Jack, Native American Weaponry and A Day in Dodge City.
- Kid Carlson’s Cowboy Camp – Younger visitors can test their skills and complete a series of tasks to grab the swag and escape from the Sheriff, on horseback. Suitable for cowboys and girls, aged 6 to 12.
- Gold diggers – Pan for gold and see if you can find the golden nugget. £2.50.
- Face-to-Face With History – Arrive in your best Wild West outfit and meet characters from the Wild West. Then upload your photos to Royal Armouries’ Facebook and Twitter using #bestdressedinthewest, to be included in the Best Dressed in the West album online.
Visitor Experience Manager 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. This offers a great day out, with something for everyone – from Wild West aficionados to families looking for a fun but educational day out.”
Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour – and safeguards some of the finest exhibits in the world. For times and more details of all events, visit www.royalarmouries.org
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Notes to editors
Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery, and has three British sites – at the Tower of London; a purpose-built museum in Leeds; and at Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.
The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.