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Demonstrations by Call to Arms 

Be transported back in time and onto the Medieval battlefield with expert demonstrations. 

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Call to Arms is a group of volunteers with a passion for history and training in Historical European Martial Arts. Dressed in full armour, they show what medieval combat may have looked like, by showing weapons and explaining techniques. Members of Call to Arms will be available to answer questions.


Displays will be held throughout the day, please check at visitor reception to find out the times.

Saturday 7 September

Saturday 12 October



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Check admission prices

The basics


Suitable for all ages.

Meeting point

Meet in the castle courtyard.

What to bring and wear

Wear clothing appropriate to the weather.


Access to the castle is over gravel paths which can be muddy in wet weather. There is a step free route to this part of the castle courtyard and is accessible for wheelchair users. Please see the access pages at


This open-air activity is weather dependent, and occasionally may need to be changed or cancelled at short notice.

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