Take a trip back in time to the 11th century with two days of activities focusing on the founders of Arundel Castle, the Normans, at the end of the month (31 October/1 November 2012).
The Castle’s Keep will echo to the sounds of the life and times of its earliest residents with displays of weapon and combat techniques laid on by the Raven Tor Living History Group. There’s also the chance to try on replica armour from the time.
Raven Tor’s Paul Ullson said “This event has grown over the last few years, and is now sited inside The Keep at the castle, which is the perfect setting to bring this time period alive. Our Normans and Crusader days reflect this fascinating time in England’s history and the history of Arundel Castle.”
Those seeking peace outside of the battle zone will find it in the Collector Earl’s Garden, which is still full of colour. Apples and pears are bountiful and tropical fruits can be seen in the greenhouses.
Head Gardener Martin Duncan created a stumpery from unusual tree stumps and roots sourced from the estate earlier this year and there are plans to develop this newly planted feature in 2013. The stumpery has been designed to maximize the shady part of the garden and the stumps, positioned for their sculptural form, are surrounded by a collection of ferns, Hellebores and Euphorbias.
Details about Castle opening times and entrance fees
Published 21st October 2012
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