This year, the Medieval Craft Market and Farmers Market offer an abundance of treasures and delights to discover. The restoration is also in the spotlight with a wide choice of lighter dishes, you will find what you are looking for among the many gastronomic stands.
go back to medieval times on August 12 & 13, 2023
If there is one event not to be missed in the summer on the territory, it is this one! Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France, is adorned with its finest assets to immerse you for a weekend in a typically medieval atmosphere. This traditional festival offers shows, concerts, workshops, events, fights….
what is medieval?
On this day of celebration, the town is animated by merchants and acrobats. Come and relive Saint-Antoine in the Middle Ages! A moment out of time, festive, sonorous and colorful. 200 artists and medievalists, 500 people in costumes, all will lead the dance and guide you to dream of a Saint-Antoine builder of the future.
For this 14th edition, many troupes await you with 50 daily performances and 10 stage spaces. On the program: shows, music, camp, fights, ballistae... As well as several catering points.
Entertainment throughout the weekend
Troubadours, hucksters, warriors, dancers, musicians, actors, singers, merchants, craftsmen and builders (calligraphy, stained glass, forge, sculpture in wood or stone, chainmail mesh…) storm Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye . On the program: shows, concerts, two craft and local markets, workshops, the camp and the ballistae, the return of cannon fire and combat, several workshops, a costumed historical parade, the builders' area to discover the trades of yesteryear, an animation carried by the French Association of the Friends of Antonins as well as many other highlights that you will be able to discover at the discretion of the weekend. Offered unlimited once the entrance fee has been paid, continuous entertainment from 13 p.m. to 23 p.m. that will delight young and old. Like last year, the program is the same on Saturday and Sunday.
festive shows and concerts
The rhythm beats on the show stages while the fighters face off or initiate the public, the minstrels sing while the storytellers enthrall their public: everything is ready to offer the public exciting moments at all ages. Educational farm, archery tournament, pyrotechnics, medieval music, theatrical wanderings, parade of costumed dancers...
FINAL SHOW at the stadium AT 21:30 PM
3 Companies combine their arts for an exceptional finale! Les Tanneurs de Drac, musicians of great talent, Les Baladeux, jugglers and exceptional musicians and the Théâtre du Laid Cru with a poetic circus number, will lead the spectators into a moment of celebration and happiness!
Lighting and pyrotechnic creation to accompany this nocturnal finale.
artisan markets and food outlets
Enjoy a savory meal in a medieval tavern where the flavors of yesteryear rival the scents of merchant spices.
Nicolas Touzain, President of Saint Antoine Development, organizers
the medieval camp
On the camp, the troops compete in workshops and demonstrations to introduce the whole family to the trades and the atmosphere of the villages of yesteryear. Everyone will be able to try their hand at archery tournaments, crossbow, the art of war, the handling of the sword, medieval cooking, rope making, embroidery, basketry, the manufacture of chain mail, the use of plants and apothecary, calligraphy, metrology… Just approach them, everyone will suspend their work and share their passion!
Find the fellow builders on the occasion of the Medieval of Saint-Antoine. On the initiative of the museum, this meeting offers a discovery of the trades of the construction of abbeys and cathedrals in the Middle Ages. Discover the techniques of stained glass, ornamentation or stone cutting, meet decorators and master builders to understand the stages of the construction site and learn about lifting loads or the delicate art of frescoes. From medieval times to the present day, know-how spans the centuries to create – who knows? – future vocations!
new: visitor trails
Some novelties also await you with the creation of 4 thematic routes that you can follow or not. It's all about choice: stroll freely around the festival, or let yourself be carried away by our cultural and artistic proposals.
- Performing arts program
- Family course (including the creation of a final dedicated to young audiences at 18 p.m.)
- Heritage trail
- Gastronomy route
Each of these routes will be materialized by a color and a pictogram (identifiable on the timetables and the map of the online site, also on the Medieval on D-Day).
Prepare your visit
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August from 13 p.m. to 23 p.m. throughout the village of Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye
1 day ticket: 15€/adult – 10€/child from 6 to 15 years old – Free – from 6 years old
Resident Antonin 1-day pass to be collected before the event: €10
Pass 1 day group of more than 20 people. on reservation: 10 € / person.
Ticket office online or on site on D-Day.