Arundel Castle to begin 2015 season with two-day medieval showcase

Medieval Falconry at Arundel Castle. Picture by Victoria Dawe SUS-150303-103845001
Medieval Falconry at Arundel Castle. Picture by Victoria Dawe SUS-150303-103845001

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is set to begin its 2015 open season with a flourish – by hosting Life in a Medieval Castle.

The two day event will give visitors a taste of life in the 12th Century. Encapsulating elements of life in and around the statuesque Castle in the 1100s, this event invites visitors to explore the ancient Keep, Barbican and Dry Moat; as well as Arundel Castle’s beautifully preserved interior.

Life in a Medieval Castle will transport visitors to the time of William D’Albini, Earl of Arundel. The skilled performers of Raven Tor Living History Group will re-enliven characters from the late Norman period, showcasing the fashions and costumes of the time as well as combat techniques and crafts.

During the event, Arundel Castle’s 30-foot tall Keep will play host to combat and archery demonstrations, showcasing the techniques and tactics of the battles of the period. Craft displays will be positioned in the Barbican including an upright loom on show for the first time at Arundel Castle as part of this event. In addition, The Yarnsmith of Norwich will be weaving tales from the past throughout the weekend.

One of the most fascinating elements of the weekend will undoubtedly be the costumes on show. Raven Tor Living History Group go to great lengths to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of their costumes, meaning that visitors to Arundel Castle will be enjoy a glimpse of Norman fashions.

Castle Manager Bryan McDonald commented: “We are looking forward to opening our doors to visitors once again and could not wish for a more enlightening event to kick-start our season!

“The Norman period was a very important time in Arundel Castle’s history and Life in a Medieval Castle is a very fitting way to engage our visitors with that era.”

“Life in a Medieval Castle is a pre-cursor to Arundel Castle’s Easter weekend extravaganza – Normans and Crusaders, which will explore the turbulent power struggle between King John and the nobility.

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Report contributed by Poppie Sharman. Picture by Victoria Dawe.