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Old 17.08.2009, 14:01
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Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

Hi all

Our family have been to a few Medieval markets since we have been living in Switzerland. The first one we went to was recommended on EF. It took me ages to find more of these events so I thought I would post the Swiss, German and French calendars I have found.

These markets have been a lot of fun, usually with good food, drink and entertainment. We have bought some cool stuff at these markets and none of these things are readily available where I come from in Australia.

http://www.mittelalter-kalender.ch/kalender/spektakel

http://www.marktkalendarium.de/maerkte2009.htm

http://www.adagionline.com/calendrier.asp

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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

Oooh, so there's *two* on this weekend!

One in Reigoldswil (BL), [ http://www.ruinenfest.ch/ ] and the other

in Germany at Singen [ http://www.spectaculum.de/termine/singen/ ] north of Zurich.

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erm forgive my complete ignorance but what is a Medieval market?
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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

I love these !! Thank you.

Craigh, medeival markets/festivals are organized festivities where you can experience an idea of daily life as it was during the Middle Ages. These festivities are usually organized by history affectionados and they really are quite fun. You can taste recipes using the ingredients available during that era, experience different trades that are now lost and hear troubadours/ and medieval music.
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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

In addition to what sky said, we have seen, blacksmiths at work, beer brewed, cheese-making, leather work, wool spinning and dying

The mock battles with swords, flails, torches and axes, archery and jousting are pretty good. Each event is different, the music is often heavy on bagpipes and drums. Sometimes there are jugglers, acrobats etc.

You may be able to get a drinking horn, suit of armour or part thereof, pottery cups bowls, swords, knives, jewellery, medieval outfits, bow and arrows, have a go at axe throwing or archery. Often people go to a lot of trouble to dress up and wander around, so even the people watching is interesting. Not everyone dresses up, only some, the toddlers and babies always look so adorable and some of the young guys who wear leather armour look really cool.

I just see it as a few hours of entertainment.
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A lot of these guys also attend the various Highland Games in CH, at the one in Fehraltorf 2 weeks ago I was seriously chatted up by a medieval wench. Very nice she was too! There's another 3 day event near Fribourg at the end of the month which isn't listed on any of the above calenders.
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[...]There's another 3 day event near Fribourg at the end of the month which isn't listed on any of the above calenders.
So you're going to follow-up with the details ... right?

*Please!*

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So you're going to follow-up with the details ... right?

*Please!*

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Yup!

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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

Update for 2015 -

It looks as though this weekend there is a medieval fair in Weil Am Rhine on May 9 and 10, 2015

http://www.spectaculum.de/

Can anyone tell me if they have attended one of these recently? It looks pretty fun!
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Update for 2015 -

It looks as though this weekend there is a medieval fair in Weil Am Rhine on May 9 and 10, 2015

http://www.spectaculum.de/

Can anyone tell me if they have attended one of these recently? It looks pretty fun!
Haven't been to the one in Weil, but we are going to the one in Hinwil on 30th May.

http://www.turnei.ch/ritterturniere/...ten/hinwil.php
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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

Don't forget the Grandes Médiévales in Andilly, just over the border from Geneva:

http://www.lepetitpays.com/en/large-medieval (in English)

All sorts of medieval displays, jousting, magic, music, plenty of stalls, food, all in the middle of an enchanted forest - a large proportion of visitors dress up as well as all the participants, many of whom live on site during the week, so it's usually quite bonkers. This year, 23-24-25 and 30-31 May.
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Don't forget the Grandes Médiévales in Andilly, just over the border from Geneva:

http://www.lepetitpays.com/en/large-medieval (in English)

All sorts of medieval displays, jousting, magic, music, plenty of stalls, food, all in the middle of an enchanted forest - a large proportion of visitors dress up as well as all the participants, many of whom live on site during the week, so it's usually quite bonkers. This year, 23-24-25 and 30-31 May.
Ive been to that a couple of years ago. Great fun but take an umbrella just in case
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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

I know a guy who is fighting it out with airport security to be allowed to wear his suit of armour on a plane. He's not really making much headway.
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Re: Medieval Markets/fairs - calendar of events

Today we went to the fair in Wiel Am Rhine and, not being a fan of these things (but my kids are) I was bracing for a day of corny armor and jugglers.

I'm here to tell you, I couldn't have been more wrong. It was truly very enjoyable, with almost everyone attending in costume. We especially loved that we had to change our Euro to "Gold" in order to purchase items at the fair. Great music if you like Celtic | Bagpipes! Plus, everyone we talked to was extremely friendly and fun. Such a great day!

Just some logistics: We took the 55 bus from Bad Bahnhoff and followed the guys in kilts - very easy to find (plus, signs everywhere for miles...) It was 30 Euro for adults and 20 for Kids 6-16. The 55 only runs every 30 minutes so we just ended up walking back to the train station and took our normal tram from there.

I have to say, it was so much fun, we may do it all over again tomorrow.

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