Easter Extravaganza at Arundel Castle

Thursday 21, March 2013


Easter Extravaganza at Arundel Castle


Arundel Castle will be kicking off its 2013 open season with a Norman and Crusaders themed celebration over the Easter bank holiday weekend.


Set within a historical tented encampment, Raven Tor Living History Group will be creating an authentic representation of 12th Century England through a series of events, displays and activities from the period. With pin point accuracy, from the sounds and smells of a medieval encampment to the materials used for costumes, this is the perfect way to experience how Norman Knights changed the course of history.  
Visitors on the day will be able to:
  • Participate in falconry demonstrations
  • Listen to storytelling with the Yarnsmith of Norwich
  • See archery demonstrations
  • Witness incredible weapons and battle tactic displays
  • Try on armour of the period
  • Smell the sumptuous aroma of 12th century cooking demonstrations
The Norman and Crusaders event also provides visitors with an opportunity to see demonstrations with medieval craftsmen including armourers, fletchers and apothecaries, and a chance to witness the difference between the lifestyles of the rich and poor in the 1100s. If visitors work up an appetite from the many activities available, an authentic hog roast will be available, to extend the medieval experience.
Bryan McDonald, Castle Manager, commented: “The opening Easter Weekend event is always a great way to bring the Castle to life after the winter hiatus. With the Gardens in bloom and the Castle fresh from its spring clean the Normans and Crusaders event is sure to provide an action packed opening to our 2013 season.”
Set against the backdrop of Arundel Castle, a key Norman strategy point steeped in 1000 years of history, the weekend promises to kick start a thrilling season of events at the Castle. 
Visitors to the Castle can enjoy a full day out including free-flow tours and pre booked guided tours of the finely preserved Castle rooms.  These include the Barons’ Hall, Regency library and bedrooms, alongside the opportunity to ascend the Norman Motte and Keep.
Arundel Castle’s 40 acres of gardens will also open for visitors over the Easter Weekend. Head Gardener Martin Duncan and his team have planted over 33,000 bulbs by hand throughout the winter and a number of stunning new features have also been introduced to the gardens for 2013. These include a new fountain feature in the English herbaceous borders, six large Trachycarpu fortunei palms in the sub-tropical Oberon’s Palace, plus new additions to children’s favourite, the Stumpery Garden.
Tickets are priced from £8. Further information on Arundel Castle and its 2013 event calendar can be found at



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