Festival of the Horse

Get ready for an incredible action-packed weekend of equestrian entertainment at Belvoir Castle as Festival of the Horse returns- 10th &11 September.


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Ben Atkinson-Headlining Act 

Headlining will be the daredevil trick horse riders, led by Ben Atkinson, from the Yorkshire family farm that trains horses for many of the biggest TV series and blockbuster films being produced today.

The thrilling high energy show – which features everything from fast and furious Cossack riding to the beautiful art of Liberty where the riderless horses perform in response to verbal commands  –  is a stunning celebration of the horse. 


Ben Atkinson with 6 horses

What’s on?

This year sees the event getting bigger and even more spectacular with the addition of a new arena making there three in total and new acts added to the exhilarating line-up of entertainment.

 Alongside a headlining act from Ben Atkinson, the popular jousting tournament presented by the Knights of Nottingham is returning for a second year. Filled with thrills and a few spills along with swinging swords and battle cries, the two-times World Champions and the original British Medieval Jousting Display team are a crowd favourite.

New acts for this year are the Jubilee Quadrille; Scurry Cart Racing – a fast-paced equestrian sport in which a pair of ponies pull a carriage around a course of cones in an attempt to get the fastest time – and Les Ecuyers d’Histoire from France bringing history to life with their costumed display.

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Food and shopping 

Alongside all the action will also be artisan food and drink vendors with something to suit all tastes from Woodfired Pizzas to Mexican and Greek cuisine, including veggie and vegan options. There will be also be a good selection of drinks on offer from the two bars on site.

A wide variety of stalls will provide plenty of shopping and browsing opportunities from craft drinks, cakes and cookies, food hampers and artisan coffee to pet supplies, grooming accessories, equestrian wear, wellbeing products, clothing, homewares and lots of gift ideas just to name a few.


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Tickets are available at £25 per adult, £12 per 4-16 year olds. Gates open at 10am with the programme running each day from 11am until 5pm.

Free parking for ticketholders is provided at the event and dogs are welcome on leads.

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