Norman Knights clash at Arundel Castle

Norman Knight's Tournament_Photo Credit Goldfish Photographic
Arundel Castle in West Sussex will bring the 12th century to life with its thrilling Norman Knight’s Tournament on 15-16 July. 

Set within a tented encampment beneath the iconic Keep – the oldest part of the Castle - visitors to the action-packed event can enjoy adrenaline-charged combat fighting from the competing knights, squires and men-at-arms of the Raven Tor Living History Group. 

This will be the first time the Castle has hosted a 12th century style foot tournament which will offer non-scripted, full contact competition by knights wearing authentic costume which is extremely heavy – the chain mail armour weighs a hefty 45lbs - which will make heaving weapons at each other a real challenge!

Every detail of the event has been carefully considered to offer true authenticity, from the chain mail armour the competitors will be wearing to the swords, maces, spears and axes they will use in combat.

The knights will battle it out in the gruelling competition not just for honour and bragging rights, but also for the attention and patronage of the Earl of Arundel, William de Albini.

Visitors to the family-friendly event will also be able to enjoy breath-taking falconry displays, a variety of craft demonstrations of the period, storytelling from the enthralling Claire Goodall of Talks and Tales, as well as have-a-go archery for the over eights.  

Bryan McDonald, Castle Manager, comments: “With several exciting tournaments per day as well as a host of fascinating crafts, this event offers fun and entertainment for the whole family as well as a rare insight into how people would have worked, lived and fought in centuries gone by.”

July (25-30) also sees the return of the much-loved International Jousting and Medieval Tournament - the longest tournament of its type in the world. Last year’s joust welcomed the first ever female participant and this year two competitors will fly the flag for girl power, competing on behalf of the Kingdoms of England and Norway. 


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*Please note, a lower age limit of 8 years of age applies to have-a-go activities and a height restriction may also apply.