The Medieaval Fete
Bi-annual, the next one is August 2011. 22000 people passed through the gates on August 2nd 2009. There is so much to see. The day starts at 11:00 with a church service and then various things happen throughout the day. If you arrive the day before make sure you book at a restaraunt as it gets pretty full. For me, the best things were the Wild tree men (great with the children, I expected the children to be terrified) the very weird jester, in the UK he would be arrested under suspicion of being "not quite right" and the quiet time I had in the churh towards the end of the ceremonial bit of the day. A young man wandere d in, black anorak, white rucksack, and stood at the altar and sang various sacred passages and songs He concluded with a rendition of Nessum Dormer. I said "Encore!" and he said that it was not as good as he hoped. This was conducted via hand signals as he spoke neither French nor English although when I waved my hand in an arc forwards and said "Very high, tres haut"he fully understood and nodded his head vigourously. he would have sung more but the Mairie and other town worthies arrived and started blowing out candles, closing doors etc and we felt unwelcome. We both hovered as I wanted to sing something with him but it was obvious the town worthies were not having it and so we all left. however, after the dismal Bal medieaval I got the opportunity to sing with a lovely young Danish guy and really enjoyed myself. The festivites went on, in one way or another until about 3:00 a.m.
Visit the Brasserie de Le Gare de Moncontour. Good beer, brewed in the English way eg bitter with hops from Kent. The Brewer is friendly and justifiably proud of his work although the bar is a little clinical and could do with making it feel warmer.
- Beer Tasting
- Hiking and Walking
- Arts and Culture
here you are the map of the town .. and festivites are indicated
entrance price for the festival is 10€ for everybody/
prices indicated on the map are the one for the meal that happens sunday evening :) it's a special medieval meal.
Photos to come soon, this was even better than last time although not so many people. I was very involved this time, singing, dancing and generally joining in.
this is a theatre group with 3 women.. very good one, lot of funny songs ( but only for french ears, sorry! :) )
you can see a very old cross on the right side sculpted in stone