Updated on 8 March 2021
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2-4 July 2021
For over 30 years now, the first weekend of July has seen Bayeux magically transported back to the Middle Ages! For three days straight, this picturesque town buzzes with all the sights and sounds of medieval festivities, from live entertainment in costume to market stalls and taverns.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
The Grand Parade on the first evening of the festival sets the tone as over 500 participants turn up to walk the streets of Bayeux. Feast your eyes on a procession of stilt-walkers in costume, performers, dancers and fire-eaters, as these extraordinary artists will get you dancing to their pipes and percussive rhythms.
These medieval street performances and musical entertainment continue throughout the weekend. Visit a medieval masonry yard and workshop, listen to storytelling over a pint of mead in the taverns, or join in with a whole lot of games you probably have never heard of!
Encampments and ‘échoppes’
From 10 of the clock ye Saturday morning, plunge into the atmosphere of the medieval world with free themed workshops and shops (from the old French word échoppe), all divided into medieval encampments! Children in particular will love the Deanery courtyard opposite the cathedral, where they can play games and enjoy medieval performances.
The medieval market around the cathedral walls is the perfect place to marvel at the talent and know-how of over 150 artisans who from all across France and Europe. Here you can enjoy their craftsmanship in action and pick up that special piece of jewellery, that pot, that sculpture, maybe even that doll you never knew you needed until now?
Ye olde Medieval book fayre
Venture beyond the brouhaha and taverns and you’ll find the quieter Place du Général de Gaulle, home to another highlight of this medieval festival, the Medieval Book Fair. Each year, avid readers gather to attend readings, conferences and round table discussions hosted by authors whose work is set in the Middle Ages. Young and old alike will enjoy this one-of-a-kind fair, so don’t miss it!
Bayeux Medieval Festival
Free of charge
2-4 July 2021
The French Government and health authorities have announced the closure of many tourist attractions to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Please check this tourist attraction’s official website or social media channels before undertaking any travel.