An action-packed summer of medieval jousting at Pendennis Castle kicks off on Tuesday July 30.

This years jousts have been given a new twist inspired by Great British folklore.

Knights representing Sir Lancelot, the Wyvern, the Wild Man and Jason of the Argonauts will battle it out to be crowned history's greatest hero.

Throughout the school holidays armour-clad knights will compete to prove their skills in a series of "Legendary Jousts".

A spokesperson for organiser English Heritage said: "See lances shatter, feel the thunder of hooves and hear the roar of the crowd as reputations are won and lost.

"The four fearless fighters and their magnificent horses will charge at each other at full speed in an unforgettable display of chivalry and sheer courage."

Taking to the saddle as the Wild Man will be Lisa Dixon from Northamptonshire. Organisers say she will prove a formidable opponent every bit as skilful as her male counterparts.

Away from the action, visitors will also be able to discover the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life – complete with merry music, falconry displays, a joking jester and the chance to watch the knights at close hand as they prepare to joust.

Would-be young knights can compete in their very own melees and children of all ages can also take part in archery sessions.

The jousts are one of many events during the school holidays at Pendennis Castle.

Families can Get Hands on With History with activities from July 20 to September 1.

The grand finale of the summer is the Falmouth in the Forties: A Wartime Day Out on August 28 and 29, featuring impressive weapon displays, a replica spitfire and 1940s entertainment galore.

The Legendary Jousts take place at Pendennis Castle from 11am to 5pm on July 30 and 31 and August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Entry to the event and castle are included in the ticket price of £37.40 for a family, £14.40 for adults and £8.60 for children.

A 10 per cent discount applies to tickets purchased online in advance.