Arundel Castle in West Sussex will play host to a thrilling Norman Knight’s Tournament on 9-10 July.
A brand new addition to the Castle’s events calendar, visitors can expect close combat fighting from the competing knights, squires and men-at-arms as well as breath-taking falconry displays and have-a-go archery for over eights.
The Raven Tor Living History Group will bring the 12th Century to life at this event with every detail carefully considered.
Paul Ullson, Coordinator of Raven Tor Living History Group, explains: “In the 12th Century, knights, squires and men-at-arms would have competed in tournaments in the presence of high nobility to showcase their physical prowess and leadership skills.
“At Arundel Castle, visitors are invited to join Norman Lords and Ladies to watch the participants compete for glory with several tournaments per day.”
In addition to the close combat action, visitors will also be able to learn about the Middle Ages with crafts and cookery displays from the period and tales woven by a popular story teller within a tented encampment in the Castle grounds.
Crafts to be showcased will include leatherwork, medieval medicine and naal binding, an early form of knitting.
Bryan McDonald, Castle Manager, comments: “We’re all really looking forward to this new event and for our visitors to witness the 12th Century action! This weekend offers fun and entertainment for all the family as well as a great opportunity to see history come alive and learn what those in the Middle Ages would have worn, cooked and crafted.”
Further information on the Castle, ticket prices and its 2016 events calendar can be found at www.arundelcastle.org