Step back in time at Arundel Castle’s Festival of History

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Arundel Castle is inviting visitors to embark on an extraordinary journey through time at its much-anticipated Festival of History. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2023), this three-day immersive event, set against the picturesque backdrop of the castle’s lower lawns, offers a unique exploration of the evolution of costumes, weapons, armour, and battle tactics across the span of 12,000 years.

Prepare to be transported through the ages as four living history groups, and a host of individual historical interpreters, bring the past to life. Witness enthralling demonstrations of historical crafts, including forging, cooking, leatherwork, and period crafts. Delight in the awe-inspiring displays of bows and guns in the arena, as well as the exhilarating spectacles of Saxon, Norman, and Medieval Knights, falconry, Roman Gladiators, a medieval artillery demonstration, and a captivating history parade culminating in the exhilarating Grand Melee.

The Festival of History offers more than just a visual feast; visitors are invited to partake in various hands-on activities, such as axe throwing, archery, crossbows, and crafting, ensuring an engaging and immersive experience for all ages. Adding to the ambience, medieval musicians, including Myal and Peg, will captivate attendees with their enchanting melodies, ensuring an unforgettable atmosphere throughout the festival.

Andrew Lewis, Castle Manager at Arundel Castle, expressed his excitement for the upcoming event, saying:

“The Festival of History at Arundel Castle is an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of human history. We are thrilled to showcase the remarkable craftsmanship, artistry, and spirit of the past, and we look forward to welcoming guests for this extraordinary journey through time. The event coincides with the final three days of the Arundel Festival of the Arts in the town.”

With a plethora of activities to enjoy, visitors can take a break at the Knights’ Table, serving delicious foods with a medieval twist and a range of drinks close to the encampment. Alternatively, they are welcome to enjoy the Castle’s café, restaurant, or tea terrace, or bring their own picnics to enjoy in the Castle grounds.

Tickets to the Festival of History are available at and cost from £25 per adult, £11.00 for a child, or £61.00 for a Family Ticket. Children under five years old can enter for free.

Arundel Castle reserves the right to change events or access to areas at any time. Elements of the planned programme are weather dependent. All catering is subject to menu and opening hours variations, and availability. Age and height restrictions apply to some of the visitor activities. Please check the website for full details.

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