Six days of knights
Tickets on sale for the world’s longest medieval jousting tournament
Tickets to Arundel Castle’s 10th annual International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions Edition, the world’s longest jousting tournament of its kind, are now available for purchase.
On 24-29 July, the Castle grounds in West Sussex will transform with a tented medieval encampment for an action-packed living history spectacular, with professional jousters representing England, Germany, Norway and Poland.
The highlight of Arundel Castle’s open season, the event promises nothing less than a true clash of the titans with plenty of fierce rivalries along the way. The honourable knights also camp on site throughout the duration of the tournament for a truly immersive medieval experience, exchanging tales from the tilt-rail each evening.
The world’s finest jousters will demonstrate their brawn and bravery as they vie for glory – charging at each other atop specially trained horses, clad in full plate armour and wielding lances. With no team contest this year each individual competitor will be hungry to prove themselves.
The reigning individual champion and one of England’s most skilled jousters, Stacy Van Dolah-Evans, said: “We are really turning up the intensity of training in preparation for this year’s tournament. The level of competition at Arundel Castle is always fierce, with the most experienced and respected jousters in attendance, but with solo glory on the line, this year will be a true test of skill, valour and mental, as well as physical, strength.”
Aside from the tension of the tilt-rail, the historical and sporting spectacular will also keep spectators on the edge of their seats with a series of thrilling hand-to-hand combat challenges and hunting skills contests.
A fantastic family day out, festivities also include have-a-go archery, falconry displays, face painting, arts and crafts and storytelling against the backdrop of the stunning grounds and ancient Castle.
Visitors will also be able to get up close and personal with the majestic, highly trained horses – some of which are regarded as celebrities in their own right, having featured on Poldark and Peaky Blinders.
Castle manager Stephen Manion commented: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our biggest event of the year. With action in abundance, Arundel International Jousting and Medieval Tournament has become a firm favourite with spectators and participants alike. The atmosphere is electric with passion and excitement – an unmissable event for visitors of all ages. I cannot wait to see who will be crowned the Champion of Champions!”
The Castle tented encampments will be open from 10am to 4:30pm.
Tickets for Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament start at £12 for a child, £25 for an adult and £62 for a family. For more information and to book tickets please visit: www.arundelcastle.org