Family Events

Living History Day

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Thursday May 31, 10am-4pm

Set within the upper grounds, Keep and Stone Hall of Arundel Castle, this Family History Day is a chance to meet a variety of historical characters and a have a go at activities, including archery and fencing. There are also falconry displays, face painter and a story teller. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




Living History Festival

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3, 10.30am-5pm

During this weekend, visitors can experience 1,000 years of history from Saxon times to the 20th century, discovering what happened at a medieval tournament, how Saxon craftspeople made beautiful items, what were the sights and smells of a Tudor market and how did you survive in the Victorian era with little money? This year, the festival includes the centenary of the British Percheron Horse Society, with members of the society’s horses taking part in arena re-enactments connected with British history. The society will also display modern uses of the Percheron, including showing, competition driving, riding, plus farm and forestry work. Picture: Russell Cobb Photography.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.




The Floral Fringe Fair

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead

Saturday-Sunday June 2-3, 10.30am-5pm

Entry £7.50/u14 £2/u4 free

This eclectic, quirky, foodie, arty plantaholics wildlife event with a vintage twist takes place in front of the John Nash-designed Knepp Castle, built in 1806, on the 1,416 hectare Knepp Estate. New for 2018 is a steampunk twist. Visitors are invited to dress in vintage style and there’s a chance to buy food from local producers and enjoy a picnic by the lakes.

Phone 07939 272443 or visit floralfringefair.co.uk.




Four Nations Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 10am-4.30pm

The knights, squires, and men-at-arms of Raven Tor Living History Group meet in a Medieval Foot Tournament representing England, France, Poland and Denmark. With competitions using a variety of weapons, the free-style fighting of the combatants will be the nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th century. With a story teller, falconry display, have-a-go-archery and a tented encampment of crafts and displays. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




Norman Knights Tournament

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, 10am-4.30pm

A tournament of foot combat is held on the upper grounds of Arundel Castle, set beneath the 12th century Keep and oldest part of the castle. A tented encampment includes a variety of crafts and demonstrations of the period, and there will be a falconry display, have-a-go-archery for the over-8s  and a story teller.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




Jousting & Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Tuesday-Sunday July 24-29

Competitors fly in from around the world to compete in full plate armour atop specially trained horses, some of which have appeared in Peaky Blinders and Poldark. As well as the excitement of the tilt rail, there will be gruelling hand-to-hand combat challenges and a host of crafts, displays and entertainment, all taking place in medieval style encampments. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




Living History Day

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Tuesday July 31, 10am-4pm

Set within the upper grounds, Keep and Stone Hall of Arundel Castle, this Family History Day is a chance to meet a variety of historical characters and a have a go at activities, including archery and fencing. There are also falconry displays, face painter and a story teller. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




Family History Weekend

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Tuesday August 7, 10am-4pm

Set within the upper grounds, Keep and Stone Hall of Arundel Castle, this Family History Day is a chance to meet a variety of historical characters and have a go at activities, including archery and fencing. There are also falconry displays, face painter and a story teller. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




Living History Day

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19, 10am-3.30pm

Set within the upper grounds, Keep and Stone Hall of Arundel Castle, this Family History Day is a chance to meet a variety of historical characters and have a go at activities, including archery and fencing. There are also falconry displays, a face painter and a story teller. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




12,000 Years of Combat

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday-Monday August 25-27

Five groups of re-enactors host time-travelling combat displays, which will take visitors all the way from the Stone Age through to the Victorian era.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.




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