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Posted 28 July 2014 by Andrew Gardner

Arundel Festival, West Sussex

It's heading for festival time in Arundel (16-25 August) so if you haven't booked your Sussex holiday cottage yet then you'd better check out our late availability page double quick (click here to view)! No promises though - so if you don't make it this year, why not book ahead for 2015? Here's a taster...

This year the GB Theatre Company will be staging The Comedy of Errors and 'The Scottish Play' in the beautiful, romantic Collector Earl's Garden at Arundel Castle. There will be intimate recitals of words and music in private houses, Arundel's resident period-instrument Hanover Band, the gallery trail, street entertainment, plenty of free live music and fun events for all the family - and of course the Bathtub Race, in which teams of eager, er, bathtubbers race up and down the Arun. Grab a picnic and a riverside view; you really shouldn't miss this!

Back to this month, however: Arundel Castle hosts International Joust Week, the largest jousting competition in England which attracts serious competitors from all over Europe. Thundering hooves, flying pennants, eye-catching costumes and shining armour - it'll all be there. I also love the idea of a pirates and smugglers day, which is one of the castle's regular events - definitely one for kids of all ages. Sussex has plenty of history where pirates and smugglers are concerned, so it's a great way to get a flavour of local history on a fun day out.

Alternatively, if you'd rather take a quiet stroll round the pretty town of Arundel, its restored medieval castle and beautiful gardens, that's an option too. The nearby Wildfowl & Wetlands centre is also well worth a visit and is a lovely short stroll from the town. We have a lovely selection of pretty holiday cottages in Arundel (click here to view), as well as in the nearby countryside, for you to kick back and relax, enjoy the ambience and take in a festival fringe or two.

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