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. 

It is with great regret that the Festival team has taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Barnet Medieval Festival, which was due to take place on the weekend of 19th and 20th September. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant that it is neither feasible nor safe to stage the Festival as we had hoped when rescheduling the event from the original dates in May.

The Festival team is putting all its energy into planning next year’s Medieval Festival, which will take place at Barnet Elizabethans RFC on the weekend of 5th and 6th June 2021, when we will be commemorating the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet. In addition, we are hoping to hold an additional event in Barnet on Sunday 11th April 2021, close to the actual anniversary of the battle.

We would like to thank all our participants, visitors and volunteers for their support and we look forward to gathering together again in 2021.

To whet your appetite, watch this short film of last year’s event, 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.