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Bayeux Medieval Festival 2014

Each year, Bayeux offers its heritage as the showcase for the Medieval festival! In 2014, as the 70th anniversary of D-Day is celebrated, the chosen theme will be "From one conquest to another".  From the Viking invasion in Normandy, to the Allied landings in 1944 and the conquest of England by William in 1066;  in Bayeux on the 5th and 6th of July, visitors will embark on a journey through time …

 

There will be reconstructions of Viking encampments and the re-enactments of battles.  There will also be workshops on navigation techniques and the construction of long-ships with two replicas displayed Place de Gaulle and in the courtyard of the Deanery!

 

The popular medieval market will take place around the cathedral. Some 150 exhibitors from France and Europe will exhibit their items of arts and crafts with jewellery, dolls, sculptures, and pottery. Stonemasons will set up a workshop.  There will also be many street performers and plenty of taverns for the amusement of visitors!

 

 

Highlights – In 2014, the Medieval Festival will begin on Friday evening with a special evening at the Tapestry Museum (the screening of a film "the Youth of William the Conqueror ", a concert and a show of fire and bubbles). On the Saturday evening, a parade of fire will enliven the streets of the city before the grand parade on Sunday morning. To conclude, a Mass will be celebrated in the medieval fashion in the Cathedral, emptied of its chairs for the occasion.

 

 

Medieval book fair – Each year the medieval book fair is held on the Place de Gaulle. This is the occasion for readers to meet the authors of  books set in the Middle Ages – programme for the 2014 book fair

 

Free access to the Bayeux Tapestry on Friday evening and discount on entry on Saturday and Sunday for visitors wearing a medieval costume.
Outdoor games will be available in the courtyard of the Deanery for children.

 

 

View the video of last year’s edition of the festival, created by Calvados Tourisme :

 

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