Festival of the Horse

10th & 11th September 2022

Back by popular demand for its second year running, we are delighted to announce an even bigger, more spectacular Festival of the Horse will be held this summer on the Belvoir Parkland, for a weekend of thrilling equestrian entertainment suitable for all the family.  

The event promises to be more exciting than ever before, with many new additions to our exhilarating line-up of entertainment – now hosted across three arenas! Headline displays include Liberty acts, Dressage and Trick Riding. 

Away from the action packed arenas, visitors will be able to explore an impressive selection of shopping stalls alongside a delicious array of food & drink outlets! 

This is a separate event to Castle Opening located in our Ladies Field site, tickets do not include entry to the castle.

Gates open 10am. Event closes 5pm. 


Adult: £25 | Child (aged 4-16): £12 | Family (2 Adult & 3 Children): £60

Ticket price includes entry into Belvoir’s grounds and formal gardens. 

Granby Arena

Time Entertainment
11.15am Cavaliers
11:45am Cavaliers Pat the Pony
12:15pm Scurry Racing
1pm Ben Atkinson Trick Riding
1:45pm Tentpegging
2:30pm Scurry Racing
3:45pm Cavaliers
4.15pm Ben Atkinson Trick Riding

Knights Arena

Time Entertainment
11.15am Jubilee Quadrille
12.15pm Knights of Nottingham Jousting Tournament
1.45pm Western Barrel Racing
2:30pm Knights of Nottingham Jousting Tournament
3.15pm Meet the Belvoir Hounds
3:45pm Quadrille

The Manners Arena

Time Entertainment
11:30am Les Ecuyers d’Histoire
3pm Les Ecuyers

Accessibility: Disabled parking will be available close to the arenas. The event is held in a grass field, please note that there will not be seating around the arenas however you can bring your own if you wish.  We also offer 50% off carers tickets. 

If you are interested in exhibiting as a stall holder please fill out the pack below and send to [email protected]

What to Expect 

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Western Barrel Racing

Get your cowboy boots at the ready! Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to run a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. It is an incredible display of a horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship and skill of a rider as they maneuver a horse around the barrels. 

Meet the Belvoir Hounds

Release the Hounds! Come and meet the Belvoir Hounds and learn what life on the Estate is like for our dogs!

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The Knights of Nottingham

Knights and Horses combine for hard hitting Medieval Jousting displays and tournaments. The jousting shows are filled with sword swinging, gut punching thrills, anything can happen (and often does) with fantastic audience participation and comedy included

Les Ecuyers de l’Histoire

All the way from France, with a passion for horses and history, Les Ecuyers de l’Histoire bring history to life with their amazing re-enactments on horseback.

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Ben Atkinson

Headlining the Festival of the Horse this year will be the daredevil stunt riding from Ben Atkinson and Atkinson Action horses. The displays will include the beautiful art of Liberty, so-called as the riderless horses perform tricks and moves in response to verbal commands with no lead or reins used so are ‘at liberty’.


Originally known as ‘horse ballet’ Quadrille is a choreographed dressage show to music. The Rearsby Lodge Riding Club Quadrille team, trained by David Boyd a retired cavalry officer, will be putting on a beautiful display that is not to be missed!


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Tent Pegging

(The 16th Lancers Display Team) Watch riders charge at full speed holding a lance while trying to collect pegs from the ground in the quickest time possible.  Tent pegging is a cavalry sport which began as a training exercise for troops in the Middle Ages who fought soldiers mounted on Elephants.

 The Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. Come and learn about the role of the Household Cavalry and meet the horses!

Household Calvary
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Scurry Racing

Scurry Racing is a thrilling faced paced equestrian sport in which 2 ponies pull a carriage and two drivers around a set course as they try and get the best time, who will you be cheering on?



Charles II Cavaliers 

Place your bets! Join the Merry Monarch and his court on horseback as they entertain with cavalry skills, daring sidesaddle jumping and horse racing!

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