Fêtes médiévales entre Périgord et Lot-et-Garonne

Medieval festivals between Périgord and Lot-et-Garonne

Lovers of the Middle Ages and of “time travel”, will adore the medieval festivals organized in the Dropt Valley, between Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, in Monpazier, Soumensac and Duras the last weekend of July. Musicians, jugglers, falconers delight the eyes and ears and conjure up the history of these places overflowing with their rich heritage.

Monpazier opens the show on 27 July.

This exquisite fortified town, remarkably-well preserved with its arcades, its market halls on its main square and its checkerboard laid-out streets, welcomes musicians, stilt-walkers and fire-eaters, as well as craftspeople with yesteryear’s traditional skills (metal forging, leatherwork, chainmail, stained-glass coats of arms). Why not try your hand at archery and delight in tasting medieval period food and beverages.

In Duras, the medieval market throws open its doors on 28 July at 3pm.

Enjoy the opening parade with musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats and stilt-walkers. Have fun playing historic games, learn period dancing and head over to the Duras Castle moat for an equestrian games show. The evening finishes off in the tavern before watching a fire show in the ceremonial courtyard of this caste, listed as a Historical Monument.

A little further eastwards, Soumensac also organizes a medieval market on 28 July.

Once again, musicians, jugglers and other street performers invite to their show around local producers’ market stalls. Remember that you’re here in the Côtes de Duras (red and white wines) and that the vista from the village invites you to take in the surrounding hills and vineyards.

In August, the medieval get-together will be held in Issigeac on 11 of the month, halfway between Duras and Monpazier.

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from July 27 to July 28

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from July 27 to July 28

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