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Arundel Castle under Siege this May Bank Holiday

Arundel Castle under Siege

Ancient castle in West Sussex to host thrilling three day event 24-26 May 2014

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is to play host to a breath taking three day siege set in 1475, with the drama unfolding across the May Bank Holiday weekend (24-26 May). 
This exciting event is one of the highlights of the Castle’s packed events calendar, promising authentic displays of medieval warfare. Nearly 200 participants will battle for control of Arundel Castle, set within a twisting plot which remains a mystery even to the performers involved until the battle concludes!


Visitors will find themselves immersed in Medieval England, where Edward IV was King and tensions were rising between France and England. With Arundel Castle positioned on the River Arun, in the heart of Sussex, control of the Castle allows for stronger invasion force – a must for both sides.   

This event boasts stunning combat demonstrations by the British Plate armour Society and Raven Tor Living History Group, who will be skirmishing as English and French troops. Visitors will also be able to enjoy bone-rattling artillery displays courtesy of The Company of St Barbara, including the awesome Bombard Cannon which will be unleashing 1.5 tonnes of medieval fury. This is the only display of its kind at Arundel Castle, and one not to be missed!   

Although there was no actual siege of Arundel Castle in the 15th Century, all the participating living history groups will make every effort to ensure that all elements of the event stay true to the period.  

Aside from the battlefield, there is plenty to excite and enthral visitors of all ages as a sprawling tented encampment occupies the upper grounds of the Castle. Visitors will be able to try on 15th century replica armour, feel the weight of replica weapons, visit the medical surgeon and bask in the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval siege encampment. In addition The Distant Trumpets Story Teller will also be on hand to entertain with tales from the period.   

Castle Manager Bryan McDonald commented: “To see so many excellent, skilled historical performers collaborate in this event is always a pleasure. The excitement and tension created by the Siege is palpable throughout the Castle, from animated visitors to intrigued staff!  

“We are proud of Arundel Castle’s colourful history and to see what could have been interpreted so professionally is a treat. I look forward to finding out what this event has in store for the Castle – I’m sure my colleagues and I will be equally as captivated by the plot as our visitors!”

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