Arundel Festival

Arundel Festival

Arundel Festival normally takes place towards the end of each August. This is one of the biggest arts and music festivals in West Sussex.

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Expect spectacular music acts, a brilliant Art Gallery Trail  and a small fun fair for the children. Special events like the Dragonboat Race & Rubber Duck Race bring a competitive edge to the festival.

Arundel is an attractive town. You can visit the castle, the museum and the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre whilst you are there.

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The small historic town is a half an hour drive from Steyning and well worth a visit.

Find out about the Steyning Food and Drink Festival

Arundel – Just half an hour away!


I particularly recommend visiting the small town of Arundel –  just a half an hour drive from Steyning. This famous West Sussex market town is most well-known for its 11th century Castle and its Victorian gothic cathedral.

There are nearly 1,000 years of history at the castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun. It was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery. The oldest features are the motte and the gatehouse. The motte is an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and was constructed in 1068.

The castle is open from Good Friday to the end of October on Tuesdays to Sundays, May Bank Holiday Mondays & August Mondays. Admission costs: Adults £9 (gardens) to £18; Seniors £9 to £15.50; Children £9.

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You can visit the cathedral at any time of year and admission is free.

Explore more of the area’s history and heritage at Arundel Museum or look at the town from a different perspective at the Arundel Jailhouse and Ghost Experience!

If you enjoy art you will be happy at one of the superb galleries. Interested in antiques? You’ll find plenty of shops with collectables.

If shopping is your ‘bag’ then you’ll enjoy the wide range of contemporary and traditional independent shops.

Water enthusiasts can hire a rowing boat on Swanbourne Lake or take a boat trips on the River Arun.  If you love nature I particularly recommend a visit to the  Wetland Centre.
Perhaps you will just want to relax in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants or in a traditional English pub!
Read more about places to visit locally my ‘Local Top 10’




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