The Festival

Barnet Medieval Festival is London’s only medieval festival of its kind and we are pleased to announce that this year’s event has been rescheduled to 19th and 20th September. Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, it is not possible to hold the event on 30th and 31st May as originally planned.

We are keeping the situation under constant review and will only stage the Festival if it is to safe to do so and within government guidelines. We would like to thank all our participants, supporters and volunteers for their commitment and we look forward to gathering together again in September.

Barnet Medieval Festival will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020 at Barnet Elizabethans Rugby Football Club, Byng Road, Barnet, EN5 4NP. The Festival site will be open to the public from 10.30am to 5pm. There will be a full programme of displays and activities. To whet your appetite, watch this short film of last year’s event, created by the talented students of Elstree University Technical School:

Over 350 re-enactors will be descending on Barnet for the weekend to set up their living history camps and to display the battle re-enactments and firepower displays. The rival commanders at the Battle of Barnet – Edward IV and the Earl of Warwick – will be recruiting supporters to their cause so now is the time to decide whether your loyalties lie with the Yorkist or the Lancastrian cause. There will also be a medieval market with over 25 different traders, children’s activities, medieval music and dance, plus a range of community stalls and a variety of food and drink outlets. 

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.