Enjoy a whole programme of family, fun, and instructive events: every weekend, on public holidays, and during the school holidays, all sorts of events and workshops are devoted to the various métiers practised in medieval daily life. Children and adults alike will be taken on a journey back in time and immersed in the castle’s history. A tour of the site with its many events reveals all the secrets and stories of one of the most fascinating historical sites in France.
The craftsmen and their skills
Via demonstrations and workshops, the major craftsmen of the Middle Ages (a blacksmith, basket maker, saddle maker, sculptor, etc.) are shown practising their skills in their historical context: how did they work during periods of war and festivals?
From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Demonstrations of siege weapons
Throughout the day, there are demonstrations of siege weapons used during the medieval period (couillard, the bricole catapult, etc.), as well as an introduction to firing the trebuchet. Run by professionals, the archery range located at the foot of the castle gives budding archers a chance to test their skills and accuracy.
Catapult firing from 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Crossbow range, firing from a tower, and archery available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The fantastic and the marvellous
On the weekends of Ascension (25 to 28 May), 8 May (6 to 8 May), and Pentecost (3 to 5 June), there are extra workshops that introduce visitors to the extraordinary world of Hiëronymus Bosch (1450–1516) and Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593)—this is linked to the digital and immersive exhibition devoted to these major Renaissance painters in the Carrières de Lumières.