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Combat at the Castle: new event to debut

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is set to commence its busy events calendar with a brand-new adventure for families and history enthusiasts alike, Combat at the Castle, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April.

The weekend of 12th century escapades will follow the Castle’s reopening on Tuesday 2 April, offering the first visitors of the year a thrilling glimpse into its fascinating history.

In 1102, the Earl of Arundel prepared his troops to defend against the first siege of Arundel Castle. With the forces of King Henry I approaching, archery and hand-to-hand combat were essential skills.

Transporting visitors back to this tumultuous time, Combat at the Castle will feature crafts and weaponry, armour, combat and archery demonstrations. Visitors will also have the chance to learn about 12th century clothing and meet the garrison of soldiers.

Castle Manager Stephen Manion commented: “We are launching some fantastic events this year alongside our roster of firm family favourites. 

“With painstaking historical accuracy and a talented team of passionate historical interpreters, Combat at the Castle will really immerse our visitors in Arundel Castle’s rich history. 

“The Duke Henry Courtyard, the Stone Hall and the grounds will all be showcased throughout the day, to give visitors a real sense of the might of this ancient Castle that has stood strong for nearly 1,000 years.

“Reopening our doors and welcoming both familiar and new faces to the Castle each spring is truly a highlight of our year.”

With crafting and demonstrations throughout the day, visitors will be entertained from 10am – 3.30pm, with an hour’s break at 1pm. Refreshments are available in the café and restaurant. The event is included in standard admission prices.

Combat at the Castle is the first of 16 events running at Arundel Castle from 2 April to 3 November. Also coming up is the Annual Tulip Festival, which runs from mid-April to mid-May, and A Call to Arms! Knights and Crusaders, an Easter bank holiday special on 20-22 April.

For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org.

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