Arundel Castle in West Sussex has announced its 2020 line-up of living history events and flower displays. From April to October, groups can experience 16 events, including the Annual Tulip Festival, International Jousting Tournament and 12,000 Years of Combat. As a bonus, the castle offers reduced ticket prices for group bookings and coach drivers benefit from free coach parking, free admission and a complimentary restaurant voucher.
• From 4-5 April, the 2020 open season will commence with Combat at the Castle, a journey back to the year 1102.
• More than 80,000 tulip bulbs in over 120 varieties await spring’s return throughout the castle’s famous gardens. The Annual Tulip Festival returns in April and is renowned for its record-breaking numbers of blooms. The gardens turn to dreamy shades of purple, white and blue in May as thousands of flowers blossom for the Allium Extravaganza.
• A fierce clash between four nations will take place in the summer heat at the International Jousting Tournament on 21-16 July. England, Sweden, Australia and defending champions France will face each other on horseback for the ultimate test of skill and strength.
• The August bank holiday weekend will see Arundel Castle enter a time warp as 12,000 Years of Combat (29-31 August) brings experts in eras from the Stone Age to the Victorians together for the ultimate who-would-win showdown.
The castle will be open from Wednesday 1 April to Sunday 1 November 2020, Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, May Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in August. Group bookings are available and private guided tours of the castle and gardens can be arranged in advance by calling 01903 882173 ext 230. Find out more at http://www.arundelcastle.org/