Discover life in medieval Arundel Castle in 2015

Exhibitions and jousting to form part of the Castle’s calendar in 2015

International Jousting Tournament at Arundel Castle 2013 Photo credit Julia Claxton
Credit: Julia Claxton

Arundel Castle in West Sussex has announced its 2015 events calendar ahead of its imminent re-opening on 28 March.

Kicking off events will be Life in a Medieval Castle set within the keep. Visitors will be able to discover the camaraderie, lifestyle and hardships of medieval life through displays of costumes, weapons, armour and crafts organised by Raven Tor Living History Group.

Further events at the Castle in 2015 include the Privateers & Revolutionaries Weekend on 11-12 July where visitors will see two encampments of Smugglers and Red Coats portraying the moments England called for revolution to create a republic.

To commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, the Castle is introducing Mustering for Agincourt, a special event on the weekend of 20-21 June. Raven Tor will bring to life the preparations for the 15th-century war, which eventually led to the defeat of the French forces, a royal wedding and peace between France and England.

And continuing the theme of historical anniversaries, the Exhibition Room at Arundel Castle will play host to a special exhibition commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta signing.

On 21-26 July the Jousting and Medieval Tournament week will be the highlight of the Castle’s open season. Europe’s largest and longest competition of its kind is held under the shadow of the Castle, and features revered knights from around the world who will test their chivalry and skill at mounted combat in full plate armour.

Castle Manager Bryan McDonald commented: “We are thrilled to unveil our events calendar for the upcoming open season and we’re especially looking forward to recognising two key historical anniversaries in 2015.”

Founded in 1067, Arundel Castle is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the Armoury and beautiful Regency library, opulent Victorian bedrooms and 40 acres of grounds and gardens. Art fans can enjoy a rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto.

For more information on events in 2015, visit www.arundelcastle.org

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