Arundel Castle to host international jousting event
PUBLISHED: 10:58 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:58 15 July 2013
Arundel Castle is to host the most authentic and thrilling jousting competition in the country later this month.
The week-long event, from Tuesday July 23 to Sunday July 28, is the largest of its kind in England and has attracted professional opponents from across Europe to compete in the tournament, creating a thrilling live action spectacle for Castle visitors.
Hosted in the historic Castle grounds, the real-life tournament attracts audiences from far and wide to witness outstanding displays of 15th Century jousting. This high-stakes contest is one of the most extensive of its type, and features highly experienced professional competitors contending for the ultimate honour of winning the Championship of Arundel Castle.
“The upcoming joust promises to be the most exhilarating experience our visitors will witness when it comes to the medieval events at the Castle this year,” commented Castle Manager, Bryan McDonald. “Not only is this one of the most prestigious tournaments on the international stage but the six day affair provides thrilling displays of authentic, highly skilled combat, bringing the splendour and drama of 15th Century Britain to life.”
The tournament will comprise of eight competitors, divided into four teams to represent the four great political powers of medieval Europe – England, France, the Holy Roman Empire and Burgundy. Set in 1470, the tournament is packed with action throughout the week, with three event slots each day. Kicking off the event on Tuesday 23 July, hunting skills will be tested, while Wednesday brings in the two-men jousting. Friday provides a spectacle of four-man and individual jousting. The climax of the week on Sunday afternoon is the final tournament, with the two highest-scoring teams competing to become the ultimate champions.
The event is organised by Stacy Evans Director of Destrier Pro HE and supported by the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor Living History Group. To enhance the experience in the real-life tournament, all jousters wear proper plate armour true to the era, with repairs and adjustments made in real time at the sites encampment during the event.
Dominic Sewell, winner of last year’s individual jousting title, returns in the ultimate position of honour as Knight Marshall, judging and supervising this year’s competitors. Assisting Dominic in this task will be a panel of female judges who have decades of equestrian and historical expertise. The ladies will also be awarding the Prize of Chivalry to the individual competitor they feel best exemplifies the virtues of sportsmanship and horsemanship. The competition will be intense as the team champions of 2012, The Holy Roman Empire, will be looking to defend their title, whilst the English team will be looking to reclaim it in 2013.
Visitors to the Castle during the jousting event will also have the opportunity to try their hand at archery, hear period music from Rough Musicke, be enthralled by Distant Trumpets story tellers and enjoy a host of other crafts and displays within a highly authentic encampment at Arundel Castle.
One of the largest complete castles in England, Arundel Castle is situated in the picturesque West Sussex countryside overlooking the River Arun. Steeped in over 1,000 years of history, the Castle is the perfect location for the six day jousting event. As well as learning about medieval history, guests will also have the opportunity explore the magnificent castle, grounds and gardens.
Prices for Castle admission and the Joust start from £9 for children £19 for adults and £45 for families. For more information on Arundel Castle and its 2013 events calendar, please visit www.arundelcastle.org.