Jousting at Arundel Castle

ARUNDEL Castle will be welcoming visitors for six days of jousting at the start of the school summer holidays, together with an impressive display of Living History.

One of the oldest castles in the country, Arundel is staging a week of 15th century jousting by Destrier Pro Historical Events with a medieval encampment and living history displays by experts from the well-known Raven Tor group.

Joust Week will be an exciting attraction for both children and adults, with knights fighting both on horseback and on foot. Demonstrations of skills-at–arms and how to arm a knight will take visitors backstage into the world of these steel-clad warriors and display the amount of preparation needed for a knight to take to the field.

With so much going on to work up an appetite, visitors to the Castle will be able to partake of the delights of traditionally cooked hog roast produced and served by the company, Forest Hogs. The small family concern is based within the South Downs National Park, where its traditionally reared Tamworth pigs roam extensively in the local woodlands as did their wild boar ancestors.

Owner Neal Careswell said the happy, stress-free animals were perfect for feeding large numbers of people and the company’s method of roasting them on a traditional spit using its own home-produced chestnut charcoal, made for the tastiest pork and crackling.

A wide variety of other tempting meals and treats are available from the Castle’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop.

Visitors are invited to come and thrill to the shattering of lances and the clash of swords at Arundel Castle’s Joust Week. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic medieval encampment and get your summer holidays off to an historic start.

Joust Week at Arundel Castle and Gardens takes place from Tuesday to Sunday July 26-31.

For more information visit the Castle’s website at