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 putting all its energy into planning this year’s Medieval Festival, which will take place at Barnet Elizabethans RFC on the weekend of 11th and 12th September 2021. We will be commemorating the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet with a special programme of battle re-enactments, gunnery, archery displays, living history encampments, music and dance, a medieval market and children’s activities. The Festival has been rescheduled from its original dates in June to give us the best chance of staging the event this anniversary year.

To raise funds for the Festival, we have launched a range of specially designed merchandise which is available to purchase from our online shop:

We are grateful to all our participants, visitors and volunteers for their continued support and we look forward to gathering together again.

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.