2021 sees the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet (14th April 1471), a decisive encounter in the Wars of Roses in which the Yorkist army of Edward IV defeated the Lancastrian forces led by Warwick ‘the Kingmaker’. Barnet Medieval Festival will mark the 550th anniversary with a special two-day programme of events, featuring re-enactments of the Battle of Barnet and the Battle of Tewkesbury, which was also fought in spring 1471.
The Festival team has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for this special occasion and we need your help! The more pledges we receive, the better our chance of unlocking major backers, including the Mayor of London and Barnet Council. So please take a moment to make a pledge – it can be as little as £2 – and help us come together to commemorate the 550th anniversary.
It is planned that the Festival will take place at Barnet Elizabethans RFC on the weekend of 11th and 12th September 2021, subject to government guidelines on social distancing and large gatherings. If it does not prove possible to hold the Festival this year, we will stage the 550th anniversary festival in summer 2022. Any changes will be communicated through this page.
The Festival provides the whole community with a great day out and offers many opportunities for the public to learn about medieval life and the history of the battle itself.