Knights' Days at Mariefred
Riddardagarna i Mariefred
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2015)
Mariefred (Södermanland county)
In the year 1362, King Magnus IV of Sweden had a series of conflicts with Bo Jonsson Grip (at that time the richest and the most powerful man in Sweden). King Magnus felt a threat for his throne from the part of the Swedish nobility led by Bo Jonsson Grip. So he challenged his opponent to meet at a tournament, which would put the end to the aristocratic revolt. The challenge was accepted, but on a condition that the encounter should be held at Gripsholm, the favourite castle of Bo Jonsson Grip…
This is the short preface of the events represented during the “Knights’ Days”, held at the original Gripsholm Castle, situated in Mariefred locality, about 60 km west of Stockholm. The highlight of the festival are several knights’ tournaments, combats and training. Besides the exciting fight shows there are a lot of things to experience and activities to participate. The medieval artisan market is open to the public, offering demonstrations of the ancient crafts. In the medieval village the visitors meet archers, troubadours and jesters, and take part in games, tournaments, archery and axe throwing. The special activities are provided for kids: theater, Knight School for children, puppet shows, sword painting, archery, pony rides, face painting and jester shows.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Mariefreds Turistbyrå, Rådhuset
Address: Mariefred locality, Strängnäs Municipality, Södermanland County, Sweden
Tel.: +46 709742745 (Yngve Sundström)
Mariefred and Gripsholm Castle on Google Maps:
Video reportages and promos of the event:
Exploring Mariefred and Gripsholm Castle: