After months of preparation, the International Medieval Combat Federation (IMCF) World Championships are underway at Scone Palace, the official host of the tournament.
Competitors from 32 countries have descended on Perthshire for the sword-wielding Championships, the first time the event has ever taken place in the U.K. The world's media descended too, with press representatives from Canada, France and the U.K. A highlight of the first day was having BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell take part in the opening ceremony.
Over the course of the four-day event, visitors are witnessing fully-armoured teams, including a team representing Scotland, participate in highly competitive medieval battles, duelling, team fights and archery in the historic Palace grounds.
Thousands of visitors are descending on the popular visitor attraction for the IMCF World Championships which has 500 competitors and 500 officials from all over the world, from the UK to as far afield as Australia, South Africa and Mexico.
As the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace’s medieval roots has made the popular visitor attraction the ideal host for the IMCF World Championships, and the historic venue is well versed in hosting large outdoor events including the annual Scottish Game Fair and Rewind music festival.
Stephen Brannigan, Head of House Opening for Scone Palace said:
“We are so thrilled to host such a unique tournament which such a strong hand in the past. It couldn’t be more appropriate for our historic Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, to host an international medieval combat tournament. It will literally be like experiencing another era completely. We are looking forward to sharing the experience with visitors and competitors, both locally and from all over the world.”
During the four-day event, visitors have the opportunity to explore a range of family-friendly activities, as well as viewing the competitive medieval battles in a traditional ‘List’ arena.
Visitors can travel back to medieval times with the regal storytellers and explore ‘behind the scenes’ and meet the competitors in the medieval encampment. Atmospheric live music is being performed every day including the tribal sounds of Glasgow-based Clann An Drumma from 12.00-16.00 from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May in the Palace grounds.
For those looking to see spectacular equine parade, Les Amis D’Onno, is not to be missed. See the beautiful, fierce horses in action on Thursday and Sunday throughout the day. There’s a variety of activities especially for children to enjoy as well, from incredible falconry displays and jugglers to the chance to try out jousting for kids.
There will also be plenty of delicious, local artisan food and drink in the Palace gardens for visitors to refresh themselves with between the battles and entertainment.
Tickets are available on the door.