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France: Bayeux Medieval Fair to celebrate all things Norman

June 24, 2011|By Susan James | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • An effigy of a knight is one of the many colorful figures at the Medieval Fair in Bayeux, France.
An effigy of a knight is one of the many colorful figures at the Medieval Fair… (Julien Tack )

As part of the pageant of events planned to celebrate the 1100th birthday of the French province of Normandy, the town of Bayeux will turn its 25th annual Medieval Fair, held July 1-3, into a celebration of all things Norman. 

Descended from a band of marauding Vikings who founded the province, the Normans conquered Britain in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. A re-enactment of that battle will take place on the morning of July 3. 

A grand parade of costumed knights will open the event the evening of July 1.  During the festival, costumed reenactment groups will re-create scenes from everyday life in Viking, Saxon and Norman times,with theatrical performances, period music, folk dancing and games.

At the Medieval Market, artists and artisans will demonstrate crafts and display their wares and culinary creations.

Info: Fetes Medievales. Entry to the fair is free.

 

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