Female jouster takes the reins at Arundel Castle

A female competitor will take part for the first time in Arundel Castle’s Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week (26-31 July).

Now in its ninth year, the world’s longest international jousting competition features top challengers from across the globe and is the highlight of Arundel Castle’s annual calendar of events.

Marie Baron will represent the Kingdom of France alongside her partner Luc Petillot – and overseeing proceedings will be Kyle Van Dolah-Evans, the first Lady Marshall in Arundel’s history.

Joining jousters from England, France and Poland will be competitors from the Kingdom of Norway who will be making their Arundel debut.

Castle manager Bryan McDonald said: “We are proud to host the world’s longest tournament of its kind once again this year, and delighted to see two women taking such prominent roles.”

• Jousting fans will also be able to see a Norman Knights’ Tournament (July 9-10), in a new addition to the castle’s events calendar.

Visitors can watch close-combat fighting from the competing knights, squires and men-at-arms as well as falconry displays and have-a-go archery for over-eights.

The Raven Tor Living History Group will bring the 12th Century to life, with chainmail armour and weapons, plus crafts and cookery displays.


Picture credit: Victoria Dawe