The first weekend in July, the Danehof market
is held. Here a piece of Danish history, unique to Nyborg, is
brought back to life. When the king called the parliament together,
the whole country literally came to Nyborg, which meant jousting
tournaments, entertainments and market stalls. The market gives an
authentic experience of the town's history and creates medieval
excitement in the town.
The second weekend in September, the gates are
opened to the Fight Market. Warriors from all over Denmark as well
as other European lands meet here to train medieval swordfighting
and other battle techniques to gain greater understanding of how
they fought in the Middle Ages. There are also education programs
during the market and other activities besides the Battle, where
two armies let loose against each other under a rain of arrows and
with cannonballs flying - there is a cannon at the castle from the
late Middle Ages. This is the largest battle of its kind in Denmark
and brings the Middle Ages to life in a dramatic manner.
Last but not least, we celebrate Christmas in
the Old Royal Town the second weekend in December. This Christmas
market has, within just a few years, become a festive tradition for
the townsfolk. Christian III often held Christmas in Nyborg, his
home base, which meant increased activity for the people of the
town. They had to shop and prepare for the royal Christmas at the
castle. The whole town got in a holiday mood, which is exactly the
feeling and the activity level Christmas in the Old Royal Town
celebrates and recreates.
Of course, big events like these require close
collaboration with local government, museums and area businesses.
It's also very important to include the people of the town, with
the potential for their developing a sense of local ownership of
such projects. In Nyborg there are already many citizens and
volunteers who support events; in fact, without their help and
involvement, such activities would be impossible.