We were so excited to be heading to Arundel Castle at the very start of the hols, so excited that hubby took the day off work to come with us! Every summer the castle holds a series of jousting and medieval events (perfect for the History teacher in me) and it’s a very short drive for us. Normally Arundel is packed out in the summer but with the weather a little inclement, we found that it was just right!
We were welcomed in true style… I jest, we turned up at the very start of the day for the jousting tournament and the jousters were parading at the entrance. Then the musicians serenaded us as Sprog did a bit of a jig!
Our highlights included Sprog being genuinely intrigued and interested by the castle building, climbing half way up to the keep with him and I loved the amazing highchairs, although we didn’t actually use them. Sprog couldn’t say ‘castle’ enough and was happy wondering around (in places, although the weather set him back a bit).
At the jousting tournament we loved the colours of the different jousters, the enthusiasm of all the players involved and the hits they took as they smashed each others lances. The perseverance of the British public was outstanding, it was raining fairly heavily by this point and they were still there cheering on everyone taking part.
Our top tips for visiting with a Toddler
– Take snacks, as with any large attraction the goods there are expensive.
– Ditch the buggy and take a sling, there’s lots of climbing steps and hills.
– Take a blanket to sit on if you are going to watch any events, we suffered wet bottoms as a result of our failure to take one.
– Follow their lead as they discover the castle and wander around, don’t force them to look at anything they don’t want to.
*We were given tickets to Arundel Castle. All opinions are our own*