Verneuil, Fete des Gueux

Beggars' Festival
Fête des Gueux
Verneuil-sur-Avre (Haute-Normandie region)

The Event

Verneuil-sur-Avre is a charming and picturesque town located in Haute-Normandie region in northern France. Founded as a defensive fortified town along the border of Normandy Duchy in 1120 by Henri Beauclerc, son of William the Conqueror, Verneuil managed to keep intact over centuries its outstanding heritage, including the medieval ramparts, canals, churches, abbey, mansions, and towers, as well as the famous traditional half-timbered houses. Verneuil got famous for being the scenery of the Battle of Verneuil, that was fought in August 1424, during the Hundred Years' War between an English army of 9,000 men and a joint Franco-Scottish army of 15,000 men. The English won gaining full control of Normandy and Aquitaine and ending the Scottish participation in the war.

The glorious past of Normandy opens its doors to offer the unforgettable emotions of the Medieval period. The Festival is especially dedicated to the reconstruction of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte signed in the autumn of 911 between Charles III of France and Rollo, the leader of the Vikings, to settle the Normans in Neustria and to protect Charles' kingdom from any new invasion by the "northmen". The spectators get the opportunity to discover the history and take part in its recreation, through torchlight parade, activities with a drakkar, dressing in medieval costumes etc. The program includes battle demonstrations, warriors' camps, artisans’ market, taverns with traditional dishes, slave market and various activities designed for all tastes.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Association/organization name: Le Comité des Fêtes de Verneuil-sur-Avre
Address: 27130 Verneuil-sur-Avre, Eure, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 32323320 (Régis Billon)

Office de Tourisme de Verneuil-sur-Avre
Address: 129, Place de la Madeleine, 27130 Verneuil-sur-Avre, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 32321717
Fax: +33 (0)2 77120017

Verneuil-sur-Avre Town Council
Address: 1, rond point Vicoire Verneuil sur Avre 27130
Tel: +33 (0)2 32321081

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