The Festival

Barnet Medieval Festival is London’s only medieval festival of its kind and is dedicated to engaging people in the history of the Battle of Barnet and its significance within the Wars of the Roses. Fought on 14th April 1471, the Battle of Barnet saw Edward IV lead his Yorkist army to victory against the Lancastrian forces led by the Earl of Warwick. 

The Festival team is delighted to confirm that this year’s Barnet Medieval Festival will take place on the weekend of 11th and 12th September 2021 at Barnet Elizabethans RFC, Byng Road, Chipping Barnet. We will be commemorating the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet with a special programme of battle re-enactments, gunnery, archery display and talks, together with living history encampments, a medieval market and children’s activities. The Festival will be subject to the current government guidelines on Covid-19 and any changes will be communicated here. 

The Festival will be a ticket-only event: free entry for children and £5 for adults. Tickets will go on sale on 16th August and be available to buy from our our online shop and from our weekly merchandise stall, which will be held outside St John the Baptist church, Chipping Barnet, on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August, 10am-2pm. 

We are still fundraising for the Festival and would be delighted if you were able to join the growing number of Festival supporters by making a donation:

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported the Festival so far – without you, it would not be possible to put the event on. We look forward to gathering together once more in September.

To whet your appetite, watch this short film of the 2019 Festival, created by the talented students of Elstree University Technical School:

Barnet Medieval Festival is organised by the Barnet Medieval Festival Committee, a registered charity formed with the aim of advancing the education of the public in the history of medieval life and warfare, with a focus on the history of the town of Barnet. It took on the role of organising the Festival from the Battle of Barnet Partnership (Barnet Museum, The Barnet Society and The Battlefields Trust), which delivered the Battle of Barnet Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To find out more watch BBC London’s report on the 2019 Festival

or go to our Gallery page to see photos of previous events.