Step into history at Arundel Castle

    Arundel Castle
    Arundel Castle, a restored medieval castle, will host an historical extravaganza over August Bank Holiday Credit: VisitBritain/Pete Seaward

    The fine folks at Arundel Castle in Sussex have solved the perennial August Bank Holiday problem – how to banish boredom. They’re offering visitors the chance to travel through time.

    The castle is set to host History in Action, a three-day event which promises to be a rip-roaring ride through 2,000 years of Sussex history. 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 aims to show visitors how Sussex developed into the county it is today.

    With tented encampments positioned on the Castle’s Lower Lawns, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in days gone by from exploring costume through the ages, to enjoying combat demonstrations, falconry and thrilling artillery displays. The final day will see performers representing each era duke it out in a historical battle for the chance to be crowned ‘the last period standing’.

    A popular event with visitors to Arundel Castle and history buffs alike, the three-day spectacular combines the talents and performance skills of leading historical interpretation troupes including: Raven Tor Living History Group, Company of St Barbara, Wessex Medieval Alliance, Rough Musicke, and for the first time in 2015, Ragged Victorians.

    Castle manager Bryan McDonald said: “Arundel Castle is one of Sussex’s leading landmarks. We are all very proud of the castle’s history, as well as that of our town and county – this History In Action event is an apt opportunity to celebrate that rich past.”

    Arundel Castle is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, Mondays in August and bank holiday Mondays. Tickets are priced from £9.


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