Arundel Castle in West Sussex is set to close its 2018 season with Norman Knights in the Keep, which runs from 24-25 October...

Visitors will be transported back to the start of the Cousins War, a turbulent and often forgotten era in the Middle Ages, with thrilling 12th century combat, replica weapons, costumes and craft displays.

An early encounter in this succession crisis, known today as The Anarchy, saw King Stephen surround the stronghold with his army and force Empress Matilda, his first cousin and a competing claimant to the throne of England, to surrender. Visitors will see Norman knights preparing the Keep’s defences for the King’s attack and engaging in combat.

Men-at-arms and archers will demonstrate the intense combat training of Norman soldiers on the American Lawn. Children and parents alike will delight in the opportunity to wield replica 12th century weapons and try on medieval military and civilian garments. Alongside the combat demonstrations, the Stone Hall will host an immersive display of the workmanship and artistry of the Middle Ages including leatherwork and naal binding (an early form of knitting).

Arundel Castle is open from 10am until 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday until 28 October 2018. For more information on the Castle and its events calendar, please visit

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