They may not hail from the Caribbean, but the posse of pirates descending on ancient Arundel Castle this weekend (14 & 15 July) can buckle their swash with the best of them.
There will be a nest of smugglers at the Castle too, to remind visitors that smuggling and piracy was a way of life along the Sussex coast in the late 18th century.
The 2nd Regiment of Foot are marching to the coast for transportation to the colonies. They have been requested to assist the local customs officers in dealing with the rogues and villains of award-winning Raven Tor Living History Group.
They make history fun by donning authentic pirate costumes to bring the past to life through a display of traditional piratical martial skills such as sword-fighting.
The Castle’s Pirates and Smugglers Weekend is a big draw for children itching to emulate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) for a while by joining the pirates in have-a-go fencing and archery, mingling with the smugglers in their camp and listening enthralled to stories of derring-do on the high seas – or, in this case, the River Arun!
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Published 9th July 2012
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