Castle visitors get a taste of medieval life

Falconry at Arundel Castle Picture: Victoria Dawe
Falconry at Arundel Castle Picture: Victoria Dawe

AN authentic medieval event at Arundel Castle transported visitors back in time at the weekend.

‘Life in a Medieval Castle’ explored what life was like for those living in and around an occupied castle during the medieval period (the 5th to 15th centuries).

Jessica Beales, visited the event. She said: “They try really hard to make it as authentic as it can be. You will never see the participants on a phone or anything like that, they are completely immersed in it.

“Older people took as much interest as younger people. Everyone really got into the combat demonstrations.”

Across the weekend there were weaponry and armour demonstrations, including the chance for visitors to try their hand at archery. There were also displays from birds of prey, which included birds flying through a ‘human bridge’.

Castle manager Bryan McDonald said: “It was a resounding success. It was deeply enjoyable to see so many visitors taking an interest in the local history of the castle. The enjoyment and excitement of visitors throughout the weekend was palpable.”

Musicians Rough Musicke performed tunes from the period using a range of traditional and reproduction instruments, including bagpipes, recorders and tambourines.

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