Image credit Eleanor Sopwith

Image credit Eleanor Sopwith

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will be hosting an interactive Multi-Period Event across the Bank Holiday Weekend from 24-26 August. Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle, the three day event will provide Castle visitors with a unique journey through the history of the Castle.

Reflecting 1,800 years of local history the event will include a walk-through tented encampment encompassing the following periods in history:

Roman Gladiators – discover why the Romans came to the Arundel area over a thousand years before the Castle was built. Learn about the Roman settlement in Arundel, the inland port the Romans created on the river Arun and the town’s links to the Roman town and amphitheatre in Chichester.

Normans – Meet fully armoured Knights and Crusaders from the Norman period and learn how and why Arundel Castle was constructed and defended from attack at the end of the 11th Century.

Hundred Years War – Get up close to a noble Knight of the 14th Century and his Lady as you learn about John Fitzalan, the 14th Earl of Arundel and his celebrated role as a military commander during the later phases of the Hundred Years War. Visitors can also discover John Fitzalan’s free-standing cadaver tomb inside the Castle Chapel.

Pirates and Smugglers – With the Castle becoming less of a fortress and more of a home in the 18th Century, learn how the Georgian Castle fared under the influence of pirates and smugglers who invaded the South Coast.

Led by members of the of Raven Tor Living History Group, the Bank Holiday event will provide plenty of interactive opportunities for visitors of all ages including falconry and archery displays, weaponry and armour exhibitions, plus craft demonstrations from each historical period.

Castle Manager, Bryan McDonald comments: “With almost a thousand years of history at Arundel Castle, this multi-period event offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors to take a journey through life at the Castle. Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the past while also meeting colourful characters whose lively and accurate portrayals of each era will showcase many of the exciting narratives of Arundel Castle.”

One of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England, Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. It was founded at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and today is the home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk and his family.

Steeped in 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle offers a full day out with guided and free-flow tours of the finely preserved castle rooms including the Baron’s Hall, 14th Century Catholic Fitzalan Chapel, Library and bedrooms alongside the opportunity to ascend the Norman Motte and Keep and enjoy The Collector Earl’s Garden that was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008.

The Castle is open from 10am until 5pm across the August Bank Holiday weekend with the multi-period event included within the standard ticket price which starts at £8 for both adults and children. Further information on Arundel Castle can be found at http://www.arundelcastle.org.

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