� IN FOCUS l SOUTH OF ENGLAND Champions ready for battle at Arundel joust

Arundel Castle will hold a special ‘Champion of Champions’ contest next month as part of its annual Jousting and Medieval Tournament (July 24-29). The field of competitors will comprise the highest scoring individual jousters from previous tournaments at the West Sussex attraction. Stephen Manion, castle manager, said: “This year marks a number of significant milestones at Arundel Castle: it is the 950th anniversary of the castle’s initial construction, a decade since the unveiling of The Collector Earl’s Gardens and, of course, the 10th year of hosting the fantastic Jousting and Medieval Tournament. This year’s event will be the biggest and best to date.” The event will also feature combat displays, craft showcases


w Warriors set up positions for the Battle of Hastings

More than 600 soldiers will take part in the annual re- enactment of the Battle of Hastings at the 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield (October 13-14). Visitors to the English

Jousting at Arundel

and cookery, costume and weaponry demonstrations. Other events and shows at the

castle include a Living History Day (August 7); The Merchant of Venice (August 17-18); Family History

Chatham attraction launches official Call the Midwife tours

Weekend (August 18-19); 12,000 Years of Combat (August 15-27); Norman Knights (September 16); and Norman Knights in the Keep (October 24-25).


St Albans Museum & Gallery

opens on June 8, following a two- year restoration project. The free museum will showcase 2,000+ years of heritage and art.

Heritage site can also visit the newly-opened abbey gatehouse, with an exhibition examining the important stories of the abbey in the years after 1066.

w Hampshire foodies unveil fresh website

Food group Hampshire Fare has launched a website with news, events and competitions featuring the county’s food, farming and craft.

The group is a not-for-

profit organisation and has been working to support and promote Hampshire produce

for 27 years.

Borde Hill Garden celebrates 125 years The Marriage of Figaro

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has unveiled an official Call the Midwife tour, revealing secrets and sets from the popular TV series.

The Kent attraction has been the backdrop for many of the show’s scenes, and it has worked with the show’s creators, Neal Street Productions, on the new tours. Now in its seventh year, Call the Midwife attracts 10 million TV viewers and series eight is being filmed.

18 TravelGBI | June 2018 Guided by a costumed

midwife, the new 90-minute tour features material from the seventh series, as well as props, costumes and sets. The tours will run until October 28, 2018. The Dockyard is celebrating its 400th anniversary during 2018

and has a calendar of special events and exhibitions. They include an exhibition of

artworks, Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea, which runs until June 17.

Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex has a programme of events during 2018 to mark the 125th anniversary of the Stephenson Clarke family residing at the house and gardens. The West Sussex attraction has

unveiled a new ‘Magnolia Grove’ and celebrations continue into the summer with guided tours of the Elizabethan manor house, and two weeks of Rose Celebrations in June (June 18-29).

In July, the house will provide

a dramatic setting for an open- air opera programme with performances of La Boheme and The Marriage of Figaro. The musical theme continues every Sunday in August with ‘Musical Picnics’.

Borde Hill is a Grade II-listed

garden with a nationally important collection of trees and shrubs.

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