Under siege at Arundel Castle

The impressive Arundel Castle.

Abbe and her nephew Oakley meet combatants at the siege.

I had an enjoyable day out with my husband Richard, son Herbie and nephew Oakley at Arundel Castle’s Medieval Siege weekend in West Sussex over the late May Bank Holiday. Although the weather was predictably rainy, we still had a great day out exploring one of the most complete castles in England. As well as the main castle, we had a wonderful walk through the grounds including the Collector Earl’s Garden, and explored the medieval village, in place especially for the event, where we were able to view craftspeople at work such as the armourer and pose with knights (see above)! We particularly enjoyed the gunnery display in the grounds, with all the explosions that went with it! It really gave us a taste of life as it would have been in 1475, when the French and English were at war. Arundel Castle is well set up for group visits, and its new group leaflet gives information for GTOs looking to plan a visit. You don’t need to book in advance, although it is advised, and special rates on free flow visits are available.