Scone Palace is getting back to its medieval roots this May when it plays host to the world championships for full- contact medieval combat, a sport rising in popularity around the globe.
Thousands will descend on the historic visitor attraction, known for being the crowning place of medieval kings, when it hosts the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships from May 10th to 13th 2018.
Set to be one of the hottest tickets for 2018, the event will attract 25,000 visitors, 500 competitors and 500 officials from 31 countries worldwide. Many of the competitors will set up a medieval encampment on the grounds of the Palace. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will include full-contact medieval battles, duelling, team fights, archery, falconry and much more.
This marks the first time that the U.K. has hosted the championships, which take place every three years at historic venues around the globe.
While medieval re-enactment fighting has been popular for decades, countries around the world are signing up for full-contact events, in which ancient combat is revived as a regulated sport featuring historically accurate weapons and armour. Organisers and participants say the sport is relatively free of injuries and that rugby players sustain more bumps and scrapes than those taking part in full-contact medieval fights.
Scone Palace’s hosting of the world championships came about after William Murray, Viscount Stormont, son of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield, learned about the growing popularity of the sport. While working in New York, William met several American and Canadian fighters and the Vice-President of the International Medieval Combat Federation. William then offered to host the 2018 World Championships at Scone Palace.
William said of his first brush with full-contact medieval combat:
“It was quite the spectacle, like watching boxing in armour. It was hugely entertaining to watch, and not for the faint-hearted. I was brought up watching the film A Knight’s Tale, so I found myself completely taken by the sport. It’s a real coup for us to be hosting the World Championships.”
Stephen Brannigan, head of House Opening for Scone Palace, said:
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships at Scone Palace, which we believe is the perfect setting for the event. It’s going to be a real-life Game of Thrones and an event for everyone – adults, kids and families. We know they’ll share our excitement for witnessing this fascinating and upcoming sport.”