Words from the Duke of Norfolk and the Mayor of Arundel

The annual Arundel Festival showcases everything that is excellent about our town, and I am delighted to see the Festival make a joyful return for its 38th year. This year’s weeklong schedule once again promises fantastic entertainment, with a diverse range of events and activities hosted by Arundel’s most talented leading lights certain to entertain visitors of all ages.

Under the stewardship of an entirely new committee this year, the Arundel Festival will offer a blend of exciting new events such as a Wine Trail organised by the Arundel Wine Society, alongside old favourites including the Duck Race and Gallery Trail.

We at Arundel Castle are excited to once again be part of the Festival, this year hosting two nights of al fresco Shakespeare in the Collector Earl’s Garden - a truly magical experience for the audience.

I would like to extend my thanks to the new Arundel Festival Committee and each of its hardworking volunteers for their commitment and tireless endeavours to deliver such an inspiring programme.

Arundel’s residents know first-hand how outstanding and unique our town is; we look forward to welcoming you to share our enjoyment of what is set to be an exceptional week this August.

Edward Norfolk

The Duke of Norfolk

Arundel, with its independent shops, river and Downland setting, is a wonderful town to visit at any time, but during the Arundel Festival residents, their friends, family and visitors alike can see us at our best.

The historic town centre is closed for the two busy weekends allowing families to walk safely and freely as they roam one of the Trails (Gallery, Theatre, Music or Wine!) or just to sit al fresco eating outside the many cafes and restaurants. Once again the Arundel Festival Committee, all of whom are volunteers, has put together a dazzling and broad programme.

I encourage you to read through this fantastic programme of events, exhibitions, plays, concerts and fun activities for all ages to ensure that you do not miss out!

So I welcome you to Arundel for this Festival, hope you enjoy the experience and return again at other times of the year.

James Stewart

Mayor of Arundel


Email the Arundel Festival at info@arundelfestival.co.uk if you are interested in getting involved by volunteering. Whether you can donate a few hours during the festival itself, can support in the lead up to the festival, can donate a little time monthly, weekly or want to help run the Festival, get in contact.


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