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Arundel Castle's Big Birthday
Arundel Castle is 950 years old. Not bad, eh? It plans to spend this year celebrating and it wants you to join the party. And it's more than just the castle itself - you can learn about its location and history and discover facts about it changing role in the local area too. I'm always fascinated by how castles have related to their communities over the years, and this one doesn't disappoint.
The oldest part of Arundel Castle that you can still see is the motte, constructed around 1068 - yup, that's pretty soon after the Normans defeated Harold at the battle of Hastings (which ought really to be called the Battle of Battle). From then on it saw huge change and turbulence throughout the Middle Ages and Tudor times right through the Civil War, when it was besieged by both Parliamentarian and Royalist forces. As you can imagine the damage was heavy, and only in the early 18th century was restoration begun towards the castle and stately home you can see today. That said, much of the interior decor and collections survives as a record of the changing times Arundel Castle has witnessed. Most recently the gardens have been revived as a wonderful visitor attraction and if you're in Arundel this month you should still catch a particularly striking display of alliums, though I'm guessing some of you will prefer the suits of armour indoors!
Throughout this summer and autumn there'll be many exciting events, from Living History days and mediaeval tournaments to classic cars, Pirates and Smugglers Days and so much more. The Dame Vera Lynne Children's Charity walk from Arundel to Brighton starts at the castle, too - that's in September, if you'd like to join in.
And while you're there do take a stroll round the pretty town with its delightful shops, galleries and tea rooms, and walk along towards the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre. Our holiday cottages make a perfect base from which to explore Arundel and its surrounding area - it's ideally placed for both coast and countryside.