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Canterbury Medieval Pageant 2019

Canterbury’s fourth annual Medieval Pageant and Trail will take place on Saturday 6th July and is bound to be a highlight of this Summer’s event calendar!

Commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury and astonishing public apology in 1174 this colourful parade features historical characters, local schools and community and re-enactment groups, giants, music and medieval mayhem for all ages (even middle-ages!).

This year the focus will be on Henry II’s wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (to this day upheld as a feminist icon). To get you prepared, here are a few interesting facts about her:

  • As a teenager Eleanor was Queen of France, married to Louis VII (Henry II was her second husband)
  • She was one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures in Europe during the Middle Ages
  • Eleanor was one of very few queens to go on a crusade
  • Eleanor was imprisoned for 16 years by Henry II for her role in a revolt against him
  • Eleanor created the Court of Love. A court largely focused on courtly love and symbolic ritual; and was reported to have attracted artists and poets, and to have contributed to a flowering of culture and the arts
  • Eleanor lived to the age of 82

Full details of Canterbury’s 2019 Pageant will be released in April 2019.

What happened at Canterbury’s 2018 Medieval Pageant and Trail?

What a fantastic Medieval Pageant and Trail we had in 2018. Not only did we welcome a record number of audience members, trail visitors and participants, but we had glorious weather, celebrated Canterbury Tales’ 30th Anniversary and welcomed an additional 3 historic venues to our free family trail.

2018 Pageant in numbers:

5,000   people watched the Pageant

4,000   families took part in the Medieval Trail

230      chocolate medallions were given away

266      pre-event workshop participants

218      performers took part in the parade

17        heritage locations provided medieval activities between 11.30am and 5pm

13        local businesses provided Medieval themed activities for shoppers

5          Giants (Henry, Eleanor, Nun, Knight and Lily)

2          medieval warriors on horseback

Canterbury Medieval Pageant won the “Lasting Impressions” award at the Kent Tourism Awards Ceremony 2017

Click here to View 2018 Medieval Pageant and Trail photo album