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. 

Barnet Medieval Festival takes place on the weekend of 11th and 12th September 2021 at Barnet Elizabethans RFC, Byng Road, Barnet EN5 4NP. 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 a ticket-only event: free entry for children and £5 for adults. Tickets will be sold on the gate, but please arrive in good time to avoid disappointment. If you live locally, you can buy tickets in advance from our friends at Hopscotch (88 High Street), Kronos & Rhea (182 High Street) and Barnet Museum (31 Wood Street) in Chipping Barnet, and from The Wilds (27 East Barnet Road) and The Flower Bank (45a Leicester Road) in New Barnet.

2021 Barnet poster online

Please note there is very limited parking on site, so if at all possible please consider using public transport and walk or park in one of the town’s car parks. BMF 2021 map and directions

We are delighted to welcome our line-up of speakers to the Festival: Matt Lewis and Toni Mount on Saturday, Lester Hillman and Julian Humphrys on Sunday. A full list of the timed activities is available here: BMF 2021 programme

Covid-19 is still a menace so please use common sense, take personal care, stay safe and keep others safe by following our guidelines:

Do not come on site if you have any Covid-19 symptoms.

– Sanitise your hands regularly.

– Wear a mask when inside the rugby club bar and in the talks tent.

– Keep your distance when queuing and at other busy points of the site.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Festival so far – without you, it would not be possible to put the event on. We are still fundraising for the Festival and would be delighted if you were able to make a donation:

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.