Witness 12,000 years of history at Arundel Castle

Sussex’s rich history will be revisited this August bank holiday, 24-26 August, as Arundel Castle enters a time warp for 12,000 Years of Combat. 

From the Stone Age to the Victorians and beyond, weapons and combat tactics from history will be put to the test in the ultimate who-would-win showdown! Falconry and medieval gunnery displays will thrill, while completely unchoreographed free fighting will show weapons of the past in action.

Crafts will cover a variety of periods from the Roman era through to the 17th Century. Visitors can expect to see metalwork, blacksmithing, cooking, calligraphy, medicine and sewing. They will also have the chance to try on replica armour and handle accurate historical recreated weaponry including a stone club, a Norman long sword and a Victorian truncheon.

“We have an incredible community of experts and enthusiasts that specialise in different time periods coming together to make this fantastic event possible. We’ve increased this year’s firepower to show how the gun has dominated warfare for the last 500 years,” said Events Coordinator Paul Ullson.

“It’s a rare chance to get a sense of the chronology of history, to see these weapons, crafts and fighting tactics in context together. We throw a parade each day to help everyone visualise the passage of time. It’s just as informative for the adults as it is for the children!”Activities at Arundel Castle

Bringing their passion to this year’s event are the Raven Tor Living History Group, The Ragged Victorians, The Wessex Medieval Alliance, The Compagnie of Seint Barbara and Hawking About.

The nation’s pre-eminent flintknapper and Stone Age expert, Will Lord, is returning to 12,000 Years of Combat for a third consecutive year.

“12,000 Years of Combat is all about inspiring people, encouraging them to share or discover their passion for history. It’s wonderful to gather so many historians and enthusiasts in one place, everyone puts a great deal of energy into delivering a thoroughly enjoyable and historically accurate day out,” said Castle Manager Stephen Manion.

“This event is a firm favourite with everyone at the Castle. It’s fascinating and a lot of fun, especially the Battle of the Time Periods!”

12,000 Years of Combat is included in standard admission prices to Arundel Castle and will run from 10am – 4.30pm on 24-26 August. For more information, or to book tickets, please visit www.arundelcastle.org.