Summer is in full swing this August at Arundel Castle as we look forward to four fantastic events and the 40th annual Arundel Festival.
Living History Day, 7 August, is a summer holidays favourite that offers the chance to meet exciting historical characters such as a knight and a pirate. With a storytelling, face painting, crafts and have-a-go archery, there will be plenty of educational fun on offer.
Then, on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August, the Castle will be home to a stunning outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Kicking off the Arundel Festival, this dark yet romantic comedy will be brought to life by renowned theatre group Illyria, making its debut at the Castle.
Family History Weekend, 18-19 August, offers plenty of crafts and activities such as have-a-go artillery. Falconry, face painting, storytelling, historical characters and have-a-go archery will all be available, providing youngsters with a busy day filled with historical fun.
On the bank holiday weekend, 25-27 August, join us for 12,000 Years of Combat. Showcasing costumes, weapons and fighting techniques from the stone age to the Victorian era, this multi-period event will fascinate children and adults alike.
It’s a wonderful time to visit our beautiful town – Arundel Festival runs 18-27 August, with music from steel drums to opera and performances from acrobatics to the Bard.
We look forward to sharing our history and culture with you and your family this August!
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Arundel Castle & Gardens
Castle / Fort
Arundel Castle & Gardens

Ancient Castle & Family home of The Duke of Norfolk. Founded at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, there is nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex.



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