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"FANTASTIC ANIMALS".

This is the new theme of the 2022 animations of the Saint Mesmin castle.

Animals, real or imaginary, domestic or wild, rub shoulders and literally invade the medieval universe.

In fables and tales, in painting, in illumination, in sculpture, in goldsmithing, on coats of arms and seals, on stained glass, in tapestries, in princely menageries, in the farmyard, in hunting, in fights and jousts, in crafts, in dances and songs, not to mention in cooking, etc... medieval man offers a "fantastic" place to the animal in his everyday life.

So, at the castle of Saint Mesmin, during a summer visit, make way for "fantastic animals" in their living, transformed or imaginary form!

- In the farmyard, the animal is alive, tamed by the farmer or hunted by the veneur, so as not to turn like a lion in a cage....
- In the dwelling, the animal becomes a transformed product, worked by the craftsman or sold by the merchant, like a real ant's work....
- In the chapel, the animal is imaginary, told by the artist or presented by the nobleman, declining, without being talkative like a magpie, the multiple facets of medieval art....

And out of season, without being as proud as a peacock, the castle will host other animations to make this year 2022 totally fantastic!

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Fantastic Playmobil®

Playmobil®
have their place in the castle! In the form of dioramas, the fortress will be filled with these revisited legendary figurines. With legendary animals (dragon, chimera, unicorn...), domestic animals (hen, goose, sheep, donkey, goat, cows...), wild animals (wild boar, wolf, fox, hare, deer...), exotic animals (kangaroo, llama, anteater, koala, bison...), pets (cat, dog, nightingale, turtle dove...), household pets (dog, cat...). ), the animals of menageries (camel, monkey, bear, elephant, leopard...), whether they are furry, feathered, in the flesh or in the bone, it is a whole animal universe in the form of playlets in the Playmobil® style that awaits the visitors.

With the company "Play-Original", we discover or re-discover these figurines whose smile has conquered the world.

From Sunday April 9 to Sunday May 1st, from 2:30pm  till 6:30pm

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic illuminations

Animals are omnipresent in the decoration of illuminated manuscripts, thus showing, as in the medieval bestiary, an abundant decoration where plant motifs, geometric ornaments, human forms and real or fantastic animals are mixed.

With Marthe Rougieux from "L'atelier Pigments et vermeil", come and discover the shimmering golds and colors of the illumination techniques offered with brushes for adults and stencils for children. Dragon, chimera, unicorn, basilisk, phoenix, griffin are offered to the visitors in this marvelous universe of fantastic animals, illuminations to be reproduced in the respect of the techniques of the Middle Ages.

Sunday May, 8th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic bees

In the Middle Ages, the treaties only briefly mention the breeding of bees, but we know that in this medieval period, honey continues to represent the main source of sugar in the diet; cane sugar always remaining a luxury product. Wax was also very much used by the Church and by the nobility.

It is partly thanks to medieval iconography that it is easier to reconstruct the shapes and materials of beehives, the places where the apiary was set up, the capture of swarms and the harvesting of honey.

In the Middle Ages, bees were said to be "flies that make honey" and were a symbol of obedience and work. With Dame Aénor, the world of bees will be revealed: wax and honey, in cooking, illumination, cleaning products, beauty, medicine, etc... An afternoon where children like "little bees" will leave with their beeswax candle... of course!


Sunday May, 15th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Admission charges:
Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic bestiary

In literature, a bestiary, also called book of the natures of the animals, indicates a manuscript of the Middle Ages gathering fables and moralities in which the characters of the account are real or imaginary animals. By extension, one calls bestiary a work devoted to the animals, that it is in sculpture, in painting, on the armorial bearings or still decorating tiles of pavements, etc...

All sorts of animals, from the noble unicorn to the humble hedgehog, inhabit the medieval bestiary and Dame Aénor, in the manner of a medieval scholar, will approach these representations of fabulous animals by explaining their symbolism and their stories. Chatty as a magpie..., she will let the children make a collage so that each one can create his own imaginary animal.

Sunday May, 22th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic jousts

From the 13th century onwards, the tournament gradually gave way to the joust, an individual confrontation between two knights on horseback armed with a lance. It is said that jousting is the most graceful of the arts of war. It is above all a very codified and ritualized martial practice between warrior training and show, which earned it immense popularity in the Middle Ages as it is today.

The handling of weapons, the wearing of armor, and horseback riding are de rigueur and require the knights to undergo appropriate training. It is René d'Anjou in the 15th century, who with his famous book of Tournaments, will give all its letters of nobility to the great equestrian jousts organized during the tournaments.
The Syn company will present 4 shows during the afternoon:
- of dressage entitled "Dance of the knights" with high school work "carousel" from the Italian carusello (ball throwing games in Naples), here presented in the form of dance with horses.
- Equestrian jousts entitled "Judicial Duel" where two knights settle their dispute by fighting and other equestrian prowess.

Without getting on its high horses, the castle of Saint-Mesmin offers fantastic equestrian shows to thrill your family.

Thursday May, 26th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic Escape Game at the castle

An escape game at the castle of Saint Mesmin, It's possible! Time is running out, 60 minutes chrono is the time set to leave the enclosure of the castle of Saint Mesmin halfway between a life-size Cluedo and a video game adapted from the real world. With a guaranteed immersion in the heart of a story...


Saturday May 28
Prices: €15/person (from 14 years old)
  • Team of 4: €60
  • Team of 5: €75
  • Team of 6: €90
2 sessions: 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (please be at the château ½ hour before the session)

By reservation: E-billetterie



Fantastic jousts

From the 13th century onwards, the tournament gradually gave way to the joust, an individual confrontation between two knights on horseback armed with a lance. It is said that jousting is the most graceful of the arts of war. It is above all a very codified and ritualized martial practice between warrior training and show, which earned it immense popularity in the Middle Ages as it is today.

The handling of weapons, the wearing of armor, and horseback riding are de rigueur and require the knights to undergo appropriate training. It is René d'Anjou in the 15th century, who with his famous book of Tournaments, will give all its letters of nobility to the great equestrian jousts organized during the tournaments.
The Syn company will present 4 shows during the afternoon:
- of dressage entitled "Dance of the knights" with high school work "carousel" from the Italian carusello (ball throwing games in Naples), here presented in the form of dance with horses.
- Equestrian jousts entitled "Judicial Duel" where two knights settle their dispute by fighting and other equestrian prowess.

Without getting on its high horses, the castle of Saint-Mesmin offers fantastic equestrian shows to thrill your family.

Sunday May, 29th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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CANCELLED Fantastic domestic birds
Animation canceled due to bird flu


Replacing
Fantastic Beasts: Donkey

The animation around Fantastic domestic birds being canceled due to bird flu, a last minute animation will focus on donkey rides near the castle. Guided tours will take place regularly and wooden games and treasure hunts will also be available.

Between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, hunting meat is not very common, it is the meat of breeding and therefore domestic that provides the necessary food for all. In the Middle Ages, all animals living in and around the house or castle were also called domestic animals. The medieval man had to raise poultry. The poultry yard was then very abundant: peacocks, pheasants, geese, roosters, ganders, ducks, hens, doves, blackbirds, thrushes, partridges, quails, pigeons, etc. .....

Ludwig, a birdwatcher by trade, whose grandfather was a falconer at the court of Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in the 12th century, is stopping off at Saint-Mesmin Castle with his feathered companions on their way back from a long journey to the East. Through his aviary, he will make discover some typical domestic breeds brought back to the court of his lord for breeding and ornament: pigeons, hens, pheasants and young peacocks.

A fantastic moment where contact with the animals will be possible...and maybe you will be proud as a peacock, without flying in your feathers and calling yourself bird names!

Sunday June, 5th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic recipes for cooking

Resulting from hunting, breeding and fishing, meat and fish constitute the heart of the medieval diet. In the kitchens, the brigade ? made up of the master chef, his marmitons and sauciers and other galopins, devoted themselves to the preparation of meals. For the humblest people, they will be satisfied with cold meats and offal but for the nobles, a lot of meats including birds such as peacocks and swans... The recipes are numerous and tasty...

In spite of the days without meat imposed by the Church, there are hundreds of recipes to accommodate the flesh of animals: hunting or farmyard animals. But you have to know how to cook them: boiled, roasted, simmered... It is the reign of spices but also of acidity.

Dame Aénor will be in the kitchen to concoct good dishes with tasting of meats with different sauces.
We hope that these fantastic medieval recipes will make you hungry, otherwise you will eat blackbirds for lack of thrushes!

Sunday, June, 12th, from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic birds of prey

"The origins of falconry go back nearly 4000 years, it has touched every continent and almost every civilization. In France, it reached its peak in the Middle Ages " ... This is how the presentation of birds of prey by “Vol en Scène”, based in Chauvigny (86), began.

Rhythmic, instructive and playful at the same time, the public will enjoy the beauty and variety of the birds which will evolve freely above their heads, while appreciating the pedagogical commentary of the falconer. Before or after the flights of the birds of prey, the public will be able to admire the birds which will be presented in a space adapted to children who will be able to approach them and have their pictures taken.

Sunday, june, 19th,  from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic renaissance music

At the castle of Saint Mesmin, dive, thus, for an afternoon in the times of the ancient musics with the reception of the Company Outre Mesure, based in Tiffauges (85). This company created in 2000 gathers professional artists around Mr. Robin JOLY, its musical director and choreographer.

With " La pléiade en musique & danse ", the Cie Outre-Mesure wishes to honor the artists of the Pléiade, famous poets of the Renaissance who worked to promote the French language. In homage to the 500th anniversary of the birth of Joachim Du Bellay (22-05-1522 in Liré in Anjou), but also in homage to Ronsard and many others, the texts will be set to music by various authors of the 16th century, including the canon-composer Pierre Regnault, known as Sandrin, the singer-composer Girard de Beaulieu, the lutenist Adrian Le Roy, etc...

A beautiful afternoon of texts and music from the Renaissance period that will certainly not leave you dumb as a post but rather as happy as a chaffinch....

Sunday, June, 26th, from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

At 3:30 pm: Concert "La pléiade en musique & danse".
 (Duration of the concert, about 80 minutes)

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic animal curiosities

Get ready to travel the world, including far away, to discover the popular beliefs of the time, to deepen your knowledge of the animal world. From the vision of the animal in the Middle Ages, their classification, in anatomy, in the bestiary, in cooking, in medicine through many anecdotes, many objects will be presented at the castle to astonish, to amaze and especially to awaken the curiosity of all, with a certain taste for heteroclism and the unpublished....

Thus, in the manner of the cabinets of curiosities which only appeared during the Renaissance, the presence of the Lhyns dhë Lhunn company at the castle is based on the presentation of unusual objects from the medieval animal world, the list of which is not exhaustive but is already very telling: stuffed animals, skins and hides, dried insects, shells, skeletons, carapaces, horns, teeth, tusks, bird feathers, hair, wool, prints, crockery, etc. ....

And have you noticed that many everyday objects have animal names! A dovetail, a crowbar, a badger, a toad, a wolf's head, and more news, a mouse....

Sunday, July, 3th, from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Fantastic animals

Every day, in the castle, real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals will rub shoulders.
In fables and tales, in paintings, in illuminations, in sculptures, in goldsmith's art, on coats of arms and seals, in stained glass, in tapestries, in princely menageries, in the barnyard, in hunting, in fights and jousts, in craftsmanship, in dances and songs, without forgetting in cooking, etc... medieval man offers a "fantastic" place to the animal in his everyday life.

So, during a summer visit, make way for "fantastic animals" in their living, transformed or imaginary form!

- So as not to turn like a caged lion....
In the barnyard, the animal is alive, tamed by the farmer or hunted by the veneur, who will approach in the middle of the barnyard in full effervescence the living animal, whether it is domesticated or wild or whether it is a tool, here comes the time to know everything about breeding, hunting and fishing.

- Like a real ant's work....
In the main room, the animal becomes a transformed product, worked by the craftsman or sold by the merchant, who will present various goods made from the animal produced, which by its transformation will provide a multitude of objects. Between food, wool, hair, bone, horn and leather, nothing is lost...

- Without being as talkative as a magpie.....
In the chapel, the animal is imaginary, told by the artist or presented by the nobleman, who will thus decline the multiple facets of the animal of pleasure and imaginary in the medieval art: illumination, painting, sculpture, stained glass. Beautiful stories to listen to about these funny creatures!

From 09/07 to 28/08 : from 10:30am to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm till 7:00pm

Adult full fare : €8
Adult reduced fare : €6,5
Children fare (5 to 14 years) : €4
Family Pass: €22 (2 adults + 2 children)

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A shop, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A play area for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.








Fantastic animal tales

The literature of the Middle Ages is populated with animals. In these stories of war and hunting, horses, falcons, dogs, birds, fabulous beasts, but also bears, roosters, pigs, ravens, foxes, dragons and unicorns. At first present only in bestiaries intended for Christians, these animals appear thereafter in anthropomorphic form in comic and satirical stories on the model of fables and fabliaux as Ysengrin the wolf and Renard the wolf or the donkey Fauvel. The novel of Renart is part of these stories that do not go out of fashion.

In this line of storytellers, Pascal Carbon alias "Jehan Sérien", a highly medieval character, travels the castles to share tales and fables from another time. Through his animal tales, his interventions will be sprinkled with authenticity, humor, tenderness and a touch of madness but always moralizing.  This funny little man, during his stories, does not hesitate with all his gouaille and his buffoonish verve to dialogue with the public.

Certainly true: Even if he jabbers like a magpie, Jehan Sérien has an elephant's memory to hold you in suspense at the castle of Saint Mesmin...

And always the medieval animations inside the castle every day until August 28th included to be close to real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals like "fantastic animals"!

Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th : 10:30 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm

Adult: €8  -
Reduced price Adult: €6.50
Child (from 5 to 14 years old): €4
Family Pass : €22 (2ad.+ 2 children)

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A shop, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A play area for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.








Fantastic animal product

In flesh, bone, hair and feathers, the domestication of the animal in the Middle Ages has the purpose of constituting a reservoir of raw materials: honey, wax, milk, wool, silk, fat, leather, horns, feathers, down, coral, scales and meats. All these raw materials are available in the following crafts: weaver, "corduroy maker", furrier, shearer, candlestick maker, tanner, parchment maker, beekeeper, smoother, fuller, luthier, butcher, dyer, glove maker, etc...

At the "Tards-Venus company", when we talk about raw materials, we think of transformation, so the craftsmen of the company work hard to give life to the animal by-products so necessary to the daily life of the medieval man. Leather for belts, shoes, honey for cooking, beeswax for candles, wool for clothes and sheets, fantastic animals to give life to heraldry and illumination, etc...

The artisans will not be sellers, no need to try to "pay them in monkey money"!

Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24: 10:30am to 1pm and 2pm till 7pm.

And always the medieval animations inside the castle every day until August 28th included to be close to real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals such as "fantastic animals"!

Adult: €8 
Reduced price Adult: €6.50
Child (from 5 to 14 years old): €4
Family Pass : €22 (2ad.+ 2 children)

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Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card


A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A playground for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.




Fantastic animal in music

It is said that the history of music is a real Noah's Ark! Let's go and meet this vast subject in the Middle Ages between "animal in music and animal music".

Dame Mélissande, the trobaith, is installed in the castle in search of animals to increase her collection of musical instruments. From the use of animals in organology, she will talk to you about skins, bones, guts, horns, shells. From the search for the reproduction of the sound of the animal, she will make you vibrate to the sound of the calls, the olifants, the scrapers.

From a host of animal instrumentalists in the margins of medieval manuscripts, she will introduce you to some rabbits, monkeys and donkeys. Of the animal in the songs and dances of the Middle Ages, she will certainly sing you "Quan li Rossignol". About the carnival of animals, she will propose the creation of a dance of charivari with the participation of all... Maybe at the end of your visit to the castle of Saint Mesmin you will sing like a nightingale!

And always the medieval animations inside the castle every day until August 28th included to be close to real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals such as "fantastic animals"!

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31 of July : 10:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Adult: €8
Reduced price Adult: €6.50
Child (from 5 to 14 years old): €4
Family Pass : €22 (2ad.+ 2 children)

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A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A playground for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.








Fantastic illuminated pages

In the Middle Ages, in the workshop of copyists also called scriptorium, different guilds intervened during the creation of an illuminated manuscript: the parchment maker, the calligrapher, the draughtsman, the gilder, the illuminator or colorist, the binder. The medieval manuscript being above all a human achievement, a craft object as much as an artistic one, the place to the imagination remained preponderant with the animal often represented. It is in the medieval bestiary that the most beautiful illuminated animal pages of the Middle Ages were born.

With Marina Le Dorner from the "Scriptoria mina" workshop, the colored and illuminated pages of the medieval bestiary will take shape thanks to the presentation of the techniques of the illuminator colorist as in the 14th century. In the form of workshops open to all and using noble materials, such as natural pigments or tempera binders (eggs, honey, tree sap), the colored animal work will be born from the application of pigments in successive layers but also color by color on the paper.

Let's hope that your visit to the castle of Saint Mesmin in the world of illuminated pages will awaken your curiosity like a bookworm or awaken in you the copyist hidden in the writing of fly's legs...

And always the medieval animations inside the castle every day until August 28th included to be close to real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals such as "fantastic animals"!

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of August : 10:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm


Adult: €8 
Reduced price Adult: €6.50
Child (from 5 to 14 years old): €4
Family Pass : €22 (2ad.+ 2 children)

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Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card


A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A playground for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.






Fantastic cooked animal

With the animal in the kitchen, it is the tasty discovery of the meat diet and its recipes of the Middle Ages according to the seasons and social classes. With the liturgical calendar imposing lean days and fat days, pleasures are varied between fish and meat.

The Confrérie facétieuse revives the castle's kitchen. The fire is in place, waiting for the hunted game, the plucked poultry from the barnyard and the good fish from the nets. Flattered by a sweet smell of spices, the kitchen is in action. We will talk about the conservation of the animal with the techniques of drying, salting and smoking without forgetting the different types of cooking and the importance of the seasonality.
Utensils in hand, the cooks, queux, kitchen staff and sauciers will be at the stove to realize recipes of the Middle Ages in the art of the great master queux of the princely courts.
A reason to come to the castle of Saint Mesmin, in order to whet your appetite but without leaving with a wolf's hunger....

Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th : 10:30 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm

And always the medieval animations inside the castle every day until August 28th included to be close to real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals like "fantastic animals"!

Adult: €8 
Reduced price Adult: €6.50
Child (from 5 to 14 years old): €4
Family Pass : €22 (2ad.+ 2 children)

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A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A playground for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.


Fantastic ornamental animal

The representation of animals in medieval art is rich by the diversity of artistic forms and animals represented, whether real or imaginary. These medieval representations are influenced by Christianity and have a decorative, symbolic and moralizing role in the eyes of medieval man. The animals represent the Creation, the Good and the Evil, God or the Devil, allegories that help man to interpret the world.

In the workshop of Brunissende l'Ymagière, of Lune d'ambre company, the animals are kings! Whether in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, in precious miniatures, and later in paintings on wood, or in the stone of churches or the woodwork of the most opulent castles, animals are everywhere. Animals from everyday life or from afar, used to represent qualities or defects, virtues or sins, to symbolize strength, cunning, pride or ardor, the animal speaks to man.
Don't miss this artistic event because Brunissende is known as the white wolf...

And always the medieval animations inside the castle every day until August 28th included to be close to real, imaginary, domestic or wild animals like "fantastic animals"!

Saturday August 20th and Sunday August 21st: 10:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm

Adult: €8
Reduced price Adult: €6.50
Child (from 5 to 14 years old): €4
Family Pass : €22 (2ad.+ 2 children)


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Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A playground for children, a picnic area for all, a restaurant open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.













Fantastic animal healer

Since antiquity, naturalist physicians such as Aristotle or Pliny the Elder have been studying animal-based medicines that can be used as remedies, support and protection against evil. In the Middle Ages, in the animal pharmacopoeia, Isidore of Seville or Raban Maur and Hildegard of Bingen, as a transition of knowledge, do not cease to copy and recopy the ancient writings. From the ancient paganism of these medicines, the clerics will transform them into Christian protocol by adding ingredients (incense) or salutary gestures (sign of the cross), in view of a salutary moralization.

It is in the manner of a cleric doctor in his apothecary that the company Lhyns dhë Lhunn will approach the treaties of zoology, medical and pharmaceutical of the Middle Ages to illustrate this marvellous medical animal book. Amulets, ointments, potions, urine, droppings, various secretions, poisons against poisons, based on animals, such will be the therapeutic recommendations and recipes of the Middle Ages.
Here are some examples: For snake bites, burnt deer horns are used... Elephant ivory scrapings cure panic, camel brains cure epilepsy, camel droppings curl hair, sow's milk and honeyed von facilitate childbirth etc...

The list of remedies is very very long but the apothecary has a memory of elephant....

Sunday september, 4th : from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A play area for children.



Fantastic animal stories

In fables and tales, in painting, in illumination, in sculpture, in goldsmithing, on coats of arms and seals, on stained glass, in tapestries, in princely menageries, in the farmyard, in hunting, in fishing, in fights and jousts, in crafts, in dances and songs, not to mention in cooking, etc... medieval man offers a "fantastic" place to the animal in his everyday life.

The animal populates the whole medieval universe in the form of stories, tales, trials, folklore, swearwords, songs. Illiteracy being important in the Middle Ages, nature and in particular animals via stories and tales, constituted a means of teaching and moralizing.

The most famous of them is the Roman de Renart. But there are many other stories where animals take the place of men in order to convey a message, to make fun of an established order. Funny historical stories told but sometimes stranger when it comes to animal trials that Dame Aénor will address with a moral rich in teaching Wolves, dogs, foxes, bears, birds, mice, pigs are present and many others!

Sunday, September, 11th, from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult price: 6 €
Adult reduced rate: 4.5 €
Child rate (5 / 14years): 3 €
Family Pass: € 16 (2 and 2 children)

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Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A play area for children.



European Heritage Days

Fantastic Lego®


Originally, in 1932, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter by trade, made wooden toys, blocks and small animals. He called his small company LEGO, a contraction of two Danish words Leg and Godt (which means "play well"), which today has become the multinational that we know. Today, bricks and figurines are made of domestic animals, pets or fantasies.

What could be better than Lego® in the castle to illustrate in a playful way the "Fantastic animals"! So, thanks to Créabrick, the famous little bricks from Denmark will once again invade the castle. Exhibition in the form of dioramas, Duplo® space for the little ones, participative mosaic workshop for all, a family treasure hunt, a tempting discovery of the fantastic animal world in the Lego® way

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, September, from 2:30pm till 6:30pm.

Adult rate until 18 years old: 4.5 €
- 18 years old: FREE

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Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A play area for children.







Fantastic animal hunt

Trap hunting, flight hunting, bow hunting and hunting with hounds, such are the types of hunting known in the Middle Ages. Sporting activity but also of prestige, hunting represents for the medieval man a means of subsistence (to eat and clothe himself and to keep predators away) and also offers a real moral discourse for everyone: He who hunts ensures his salvation.... Hence the success of hunting manuals such as that of Gaston Phébus, at the end of the 14th century.

To illustrate this highly symbolic activity, the castle offers an immersion into the world of hunting in the Middle Ages. In the form of a game&investigation like an escape game, the visitor finds himself in 1375 to participate in a great hunting party that does not take place as planned ... and in the form of workshops, the hunter called veneur explains the origins of hunting, techniques, animals and game sought. At the castle, there is no lack of ingenuity to make hunting rhyme with leisure.

From 23th of October till 6th of november : From 2.30pm till 6.30pm


Adult : €6
Adult reduced rate : €4,5 
Child (5 to 14 years) : €3

Family Pass: €16 (2 ad. + 2 child.)

Buy your tickets on line : E-Tickets
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

A store, in free access, with products of medieval inspiration.
A play area for children.



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