With the coming of fine weather, a number of medieval fairs take place in Normandy, the birthplace of William the Conqueror. We have taken a selection of the main dancing, jousting, theatrical and “fantasy” festivals  that are being held throughout the season across the Duchy.  

1.

The Medieval Pageant at the Château d'Harcourt (Calvados)

This beautiful site is set within an arboretum. The programme features jousts, falconry displays and a medieval market.

The Medieval Pageant at the Château d'Harcourt (Calvados)
Harcourt domain © Pierre Jeanson

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Initially scheduled on the 1st to 3rd May 2020, postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic.

2.

The Medieval Fair in Bayeux (Calvados)

Now the third largest medieval festival in France!  With its medieval market stalls clustering around the cathedral, there are street pageants, a medieval mass an a grand parade.

The Medieval Fair in Bayeux (Calvados)
Medieval festival in Bayeux © S. Maurice

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Initially scheduled on the 3rd to the 5th of July 2020, postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic.

3.

The Ornavik Fair (Calvados)

The programme features re-enactors in a Carolingian, Viking and Norman setting. Meet the keen men and long-suffering partners who set out to bring to life Ornavik, an experimental archaeological site near Caen.

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From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 July 2020

4.

A "Fantasy Banquet" in the grounds of the Conqueror's Castle at Caen (Calvados)

Meet up within the curtain walls of the ducal castle, whose history dates back to William the Conqueror. The displays and performances are free, while the stalls include medieval cooking to mark your fun day out.

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Tuesday 21 July 2020

5.

The Medieval Pageant in Crevecoeur Castle (Calvados)

Step back in time, and take a day out in the Middle Ages, when the young and not-so-young can pit their wits against the inhabitants of the seigneurie in period costume, all in an attempt to Solve the Enigma! There is no other historical reenactment quite like it in the whole of France!

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Initially scheduled on the 2nd to the 9th of August 2020, postponed to 2021 due to the global Covid-19 crisis.

6.

The Medieval Fair of Falaise (Calvados)

Bring back to life the Middle Ages within the fiefdom of William the Conqueror. Knights on horseback jousting, medieval encampments, stalls (“échoppes” in old French) are all on the fun-loving menu!

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Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August 2020

7.

The Medieval Fair of Mortemer (Eure)

Tournaments, jousts, re-enacted combat, all this and more awaits the visitor to this twelfth century Abbey deep in the demesne forest of Lyons.

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Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August 2020

8.

The Medieval Pageant of 'Cider and Dragons' (Calvados)

 

Trollball, rôle-play, concerts, etc. Some of the spectacles are performed at night, and the activities centre on Fantasy and Steampunk. Not to be missed – and all beside the seaside!

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Initially scheduled on Saturday September 19th - Sunday September 20th 2020, postponed to 2021 due to the global Covid-19 crisis.

9.

Sea and Fantasy world in Dieppe (Seine-Maritime)

With the Dieppe castle in the background, this newcomer in the festival world mixes medieval and marine fantasy …

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Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020

10.

The medieval fair of Domfront

In this medieval town full of character, street plays, medieval markets, processions, banquets and jousts await!

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Biennial fair. Next edition on 7 and 8 August 2021.

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