AT THE ROYAL ARMOURIES
On Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December the Royal Armouries invites visitors of all ages to ‘Action Heroes’ a packed weekend of thrilling talks, tours and activities, including high-kicking martial arts demonstrations and interactive combat performances teaching you the skills and techniques used in your favourite movies. The aim is to bring all the action of the big screen to the museum as part of the Royal Armouries ‘Make: Believe’ season of events.
From handling the weapons from your favourite films, TV shows and video games, discovering more about the secrets of a movie fight scene with our stage-combat experts, to martial arts demonstrations and have-a-go sessions and ‘explosive’ live performances, there is something for everyone, and you don’t need to be a movie buff to get involved.
The event supports the museum’s new display ‘Make: Believe’, a capsule collection showcasing the museum’s extensive collection of arms, armour and ephemera from cult and classic movies, television shows, stage and more. With remarkable items including original ‘Star Wars’ blaster, helmets from ‘Monty Python’, Lancelot’s armour from the movie ‘Excalibur’ and even a vampire killing kit, it’s proving to be a must see for any visitor.
Action Heroes is part of a show stopping series of events on the theme of popular culture, including; Space Heroes (28 & 29 December), Fantasy Heroes (25 & 26 January) and Superheroes (15 – 23 February). Movie nights in the museum’s own cinema with behind the scenes insights from special guest speakers are also proving popular.
The programme aims to build on growing visitor numbers to the Royal Armouries Leeds site this year, with the national museum of arms and armour welcoming 120,000 visitors in the first six months of the year, 16% up on previous year and on course to exceed 240,000 for the first time since 2010-11.
So whether you’re a grizzled PI, a dilettante adventurer or just a regular joe in a heap of trouble who’s just been landed with saving the world, you’re going to need to know how to take a punch, how to tackle henchmen and heavies and how to hang on to a hat while duking it out on a speeding tank. Luckily Action Heroes are in session at the Royal Armouries.
The event is free to attend, find out more on the Royal Armouries website.