Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction in 2017.

To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events - from dazzling displays of flowers in its gardens to thrilling historical interpretations including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament.

Reduced ticket prices are available for group bookings plus free admission for group organisers, tour guides, teachers and supervisors.

Reopening to visitors on April 1, the Castle’s calendar features two new events as well as the return of several visitor favourites. Kicking off the open season and new for 2017, the Warriors of Arundel Castle (April 8-9 and September 17) will explore 1,000 years of the Castle’s tumultuous history with costume, crafts, weapons and thrilling combat displays.

April also features the Annual Tulip Festival - the highlight of the garden displays – with a record 36,000 of the brightly coloured blooms on show.

The ever-popular Castle Siege returns on May 27-29 for a three-day spectacular featuring skirmishes between English and French soldiers as they try to take control of the Castle.

Also new for 2017, a Four Nations Medieval Tournament (June 17-18) will see England, France, Poland and Denmark facing off in a free-style competition using a variety of weapons.

The climax of the year, the International Jousting and Medieval Tournament, takes place on July 25-30. The world’s longest event of its kind, knights from across the globe will descend on Arundel to battle for glory on horseback during an exhilarating six-day competition.

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