International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships

Visitors to Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland, this May will be able to attend the first full-contact Medieval combat championships in the UK, a sport rising in popularity around the globe.

Scone Palace reports that it is expecting that thousands will descend on the historic visitor attraction, when it hosts the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships from 10th to 13th May.

What can visitors expect from the event?

The event will attract an estimated 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, which is known for being the crowning place of Medieval kings.

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 UK 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. 

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."

More for groups at Scone Palace

Groups are welcome at Scone Palace and tours can be arranged as well as dining options. Private garden tours can also be booked.

Group rates apply for groups with 15 or more members.

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