Narbonne: medieval banquet, arts and crafts of yesteryear... the Middle Ages come to Fontfroide Abbey

Narbonne: medieval banquet, arts and crafts of yesteryear… the Middle Ages come to Fontfroide Abbey

The 6th edition of the “Arts and crafts of yesteryear” event returns on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June at the Abbey of Fontfroide, an exceptional site with a thousand-year-old history.

Fontfroide, its old stones, its gardens… and its cultural events. Throughout the year, the site hosts a flood of events focusing on art, history and nature ( This weekend, it is an invitation to go back in time that is launched to the general public. “Arts and crafts of yesteryear at the Abbey of Fontfroide” will propel visitors to the Middle Ages. For this 6th edition, the event is renewed with a program suitable for the whole family.

Welcome to the Middle Ages this weekend at Fontfroide Abbey.

Discover the know-how of the Middle Ages

This year, the animation of the days “Arts and trades of yesteryear” has been entrusted to the association Les Echansons du Carcassès, for whom the medieval period has no more secrets. On the menu Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a multitude of workshops to discover and learn the craft techniques of forgotten trades: leather workshop (making small leather purses or bracelets), heraldic workshop (explanation of the art of blazon, making a painted coat of arms on a wooden shield), making pancakes over a wood fire, making ropes and explaining the use of the 13-knot rope, demonstration of pottery turning, making “tempera” paint, medicinal herbs workshop, blacksmith or around witchcraft… You can also pose for a photo in medieval costume or have fun with wooden games. Musicians, jugglers and actors will be there.

The falconry shows, a highlight of the event.

The falconry shows, a highlight of the event.

Aerial ballet of birds of prey and medieval feast

As for the falconry shows, they will take place on Saturday and Sunday, at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The public will also be able to get to know the falconers of the “Ailes de l’Urga” and their birds of prey in the cellar of the abbey.

Another highlight of the event is a large medieval banquet served in the refectory on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. (with a mini falconry show at 6.30 p.m.). Les Echansons du Carcassès will put the dishes in the big ones with on the menu hypocras, pigeon returning from the crusade, fruit pie… A barker will announce each dish of the service and the wanderers will invite themselves to the feast. A hundred reservations have already been taken and there are still a few places left (04 68 45 50 74 or

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