Dramatic day of combat at Arundel Castle

Three living history groups will be portraying a breathtaking battle at the Castle Siege
Three living history groups will be portraying a breathtaking battle at the Castle Siege

ARUNDEL Castle will be the site of a dramatic siege over the bank holiday weekend.

Visitors will witness combat and artillery displays from Saturday to Monday as the Castle Siege, one of the biggest events on the historic fortress’s calendar, returns.

Living history groups Raven Tor, the Wessex Medieval Alliance and the Company of St Barbara will portray a breathtaking battle where Edward IV is King of England and the French are trying to overtake the heart of Sussex.

There will be costume displays from the Middle Ages, authentic examples of crafts and armour to view.

Castle manager Bryan McDonald said: “I’m so pleased that we will see spectacular battle and tension re-enacted as the Castle Siege returns to Arundel Castle. All the staff are excited to see the plot play out and I’m sure our visitors will be, too. We are so proud that the castle is involved in such a gripping interpretation of history, it is one of our most anticipated events of the year – even the Castle team don’t know the final outcome of the battle.”

The event will focus on presenting the importance of artillery in taking a castle, as well as being a battlefield weapon.