As the change of season approaches, Arundel Castle in West Sussex shows no signs of winding down for autumn, with stunning gardens and more thrilling events and activities for visitors to enjoy.

Pesky pirates are to descend on Arundel Castle on Sun 21 Sept, fighting it out with the Smugglers of Sussex in the Castle’s ancient Keep and Barbican in the penultimate event of the season.

The event will highlight combat styles from the 1700s alongside costume and crafts from the period. Visitors will also be able to enjoy stunning views across Sussex offered from the 30ft tall Norman Keep.

For those looking for October half term activities to entertain and intrigue, Arundel Castle has the perfect offering with the ever popular ‘It’s the History Man!’ depicting life as a medieval surgeon in the Fitzalan Chapel on Sun 27 Oct. Visitors can learn about medicine and surgery in the 1700s in this interactive day with the History Man; enrobed in authentic medieval costume, and equipped with a surgeon’s tools of the trade.

For visitors seeking thrilling drama, Normans and Crusaders in The Keep on Wed 29 – Thu 30 Oct will not disappoint. Visitors will learn about the 12th Century, as members of Raven Tor Living History Group portray the life and times of Normans preparing to leave on the perilous crusades. Expect exciting skirmishes with weaponry and armour displays, accurately reflecting the period.

Aside from celebrating the Castle’s rich history, there is still plenty for visitors to enjoy at Arundel Castle this autumn.

Founded in 1067, Arundel Castle in West Sussex is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England – a jewel in the crown of UK visitor attractions. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the Castle independently or enjoy pre-booked guided tours, from the Armoury and beautiful Regency library through to opulent Victorian bedrooms, and to discover 40 acres of stunning grounds and gardens including the award winning Collector Earl’s Garden.

Keen art fans can enjoy a rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto, whilst film and television buffs may recognise locations from Doctor Who, The Young Victoria and The Madness of King George.

Arundel Castle offers a packed calendar of events each year, ranging from the battles of Normans and Crusaders, to a Castle Siege by rebels. The highlight of the calendar is an exhilarating week-long Medieval Joust and Tournament showcasing competitors from across the globe. Visitors can take pleasure from the abundance of colour exploding from the 40 acres of grounds and gardens available to explore. A harvest display featuring scarecrows and seasonal vegetables will be showcased in the Organic Kitchen Garden.

Seasonal changes are reflected in the flowers, plants and trees in the Castle grounds, offering junior visitors and adults alike the opportunity to find a conker or two and a crunchy leaf to jump on!

Castle Manager Bryan McDonald commented: “The summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still plenty to see and do at Arundel Castle.

“Our events are always very popular with visitors, and I look forward to seeing both Pirates and Normans in the ancient Castle Keep.

“Personally, I always enjoy the transition into autumn as Arundel Castle looks particularly stunning against a backdrop of brightly coloured grounds with seasonal orange leaves on the trees.”

Arundel Castle is open to visitors until Sun 2 Nov 2014, Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets are priced from £9. Further information on the Castle and its 2014 event calendar can be found at www.arundelcastle.org