Every year an historic traditon is recreated by the Municipality of Nyborg and the Museums of Eastern Funen; it had otherwise been forgotten for more than 400 years. During the first weekend of July, all of Nyborg buzzes once again with bustle and commotion, just as it did when the king and his men met here for the Danehof (parliament). There will be jousting, market stalls, taste experiences and entertainment for both children and adults the whole weekend.
The medieval market and jousting tournament in Nyborg has grown into a big event in just a few years. It now takes place in the entire "old town" between Nyborg Castle and Nyborg Church, where the stage is set in the royal town, with the jousting ground as its natural focal point. The charming streets of Nyborg will buzz with activity, along with much boiling, frying and good smells around the castle and the town.
Danehof at Nyborg Castle
The Danish king met with the parliament - the Danehof - at Nyborg Castle in the Middle Ages. It is the only place in the country where you can still go into the same room where the parliament sat and discussed the politics of the realm so long ago. It is the medieval equivalent of Christiansborg, the current seat of the Danish parliament. The first Danish constitution was signed at Nyborg Castle in 1282, and the last royal assassin was sentenced there in 1287. For almost 200 years, Nyborg Castle was the setting for the big decisions that formed the destiny of the Danish people. Now Nyborg is again the scene for the Danehof Market.
Our Lady's Market
Back in the 1200's, there was a market day on the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, or Lady Day, on July 2. This tradition is brought back to life with a big farmers' market on the Old Square (Gammel Torv) in front of the Church of Our Lady (also called Nyborg Church). The big food and vegetable market recreates the feel and atmosphere of activity and expectation in the town, before the arrival of the king and his men. The local merchants and other producers for the Danehof will stand ready to show and sell their products to the market's many visitors. Besides being a feast for the senses and especially for the palate, Our Lady's Market also binds the town together between the church and the castle, as it was before the through street was laid there in 1936.
The Danehof weekend is an important part of developing Nyborg Castle and town into a worthy candidate for UNESCO's World Heritage List. This major event brings the whole town centre to life by setting the stage for the unique history of the town, and everyone is invited to join in.
The Danehof Market is always the first weekend in July.