Castle calender of events includes new features

Normans and the Arundel Castle Keep. Picture: Victoria Dawe
Normans and the Arundel Castle Keep. Picture: Victoria Dawe

ARUNDEL Castle has launched a bumper calendar of events ahead of its re-opening on Good Friday.

The 2016 calendar is packed with 15 historical events from the practised professionals at the Raven Tor Living History Group, including two new features.

Castle manager Bryan McDonald said: “We are thrilled to unveil our events calendar for the upcoming open season.

“Visitors will be able to see history brought to life with our professional events from Raven Tor Living History Group. I’m certain this year will be another resounding success.”

The castle opens from March 25 and the season will launch with crowd favourite Normans and Crusaders over the Easter weekend, from March 26 to 28.

Set in 1190, it will catapult visitors back to the beginning of the 13th century with spectacular combat displays and demonstrations of majestic falconry. The Yarnsmith of Norwich will also weave tall tales to enthral and inform the audience.

The highlight of the events calendar is undoubtedly the International Jousting and Medieval Tournament. Picture: Victoria Dawe

The highlight of the events calendar is undoubtedly the International Jousting and Medieval Tournament. Picture: Victoria Dawe

New for 2016, the Norman Knights’ Tournament will offer a fun-packed weekend from July 9 to 10. A thrilling combat and archery tournament will take place on the upper grounds, as well as storytelling, have-a-go archery for over-eights and falconry demonstrations.

The highlight of the events calendar is undoubtedly the International Jousting and Medieval Tournament from July 26 to 31. Knights from across the world will battle it out in full plate armour under the shadow of the castle.

History In Action, a multi-period) event from August 27 to 29, promises a rip-roaring ride through the history of Sussex.

Starting during the time of Roman Gladiators, when there was a Roman Villa at Arundel, and travelling through the Norman, Medieval and Victorian periods, the event will show visitors how Sussex developed into the county it is today.

Demonstrations of majestic falconry

Demonstrations of majestic falconry

Visitors should also make time to visit the stunning gardens at Arundel Castle.

The highlight of the garden displays is the annual Tulip Festival in spring. The 2016 display will be the biggest the castle has ever showcased, with more than 30,000 of the brightly-coloured blooms.

The castle will be open Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, plus Bank Holiday Mondays in May and August.

Visit www.arundelcastle.org for further information.

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