Swords clash with shield at Portchester Castle

The Knights Tournament held in the grounds of Portchester Castle  Picture: Mark Rutley Photography
The Knights Tournament held in the grounds of Portchester Castle Picture: Mark Rutley Photography
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HUNDREDS gasped in awe as the medieval times were brought back to Portchester Castle.

Swords clashed with shields as a knights’ tournament was held at the castle over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors were treated to fantastic sunshine over the course of the two days as they soaked up the enthralling battles between sword and shield.

Arrows were also unleashed as archers demonstrated their skills with the bow in front of packed out crowds.

In addition to this, visitors were also treated to a walk back in time as a medieval encampment was set up for all to enjoy.

Actors dressed up in historic garb with families invited to take part in activities befitting the medieval ages.

To find out more about the castle and its events, head to english-heritage.org.uk/portchester.