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COVID-19 Update, 24th March 2020

The Dunmow Flitch Trials have been going for more than 900 years and have continued through and beyond the Black Death, the Plague, Smallpox, Polio, etc. during this long time.

There WILL be a Dunmow Flitch Trials.

However, we are not sure when.

The organising committee have a (virtual) meeting on the 30th April at which we will make the decision, following the relevant UK Government advice & directives.

If we have to postpone, we will - perhaps to early September 2020, or probably by one year, to July 2021.

We will update everyone at that time.

Financial arrangements - carrying forward ticket bookings or refunds, returned sponsorships etc will be organised at that time.

If you need to contact us please send an email to

To find out more about COVID-19 and how to stay safe, click here -

We wish you all good health.

Dunmow Flitch Trials Organising Committee

Tickets for the 2020 Trials are now on sale - click here...


The Dunmow Flitch Trials exist to award a flitch of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day', they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.

A reference to The Dunmow Flitch can even be found in The Wife of Bath's Tale within Chaucer's 14th century Canterbury Tales.

The Flitch Trials are held every 4 years in Great Dunmow, Essex, England. The town is located north-east of London, just off the A120 between the M11 at Stansted Airport and Colchester: view a map

We must ensure that this unique local tradition continues for hundreds more years. So if you haven't seen or heard of the Dunmow Flitch Trials before, take a browse through this website, then come and watch the trials.

For more info, to volunteer or sponsor the Flitch Trials, please get in touch.

The Flitch Trials are about Marriage. Hopefully, happy marriages. High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge launched The Marriage Foundation in 2012. Sir Paul's wise words make us think that especially, in these austere times, less is actually more: 'Marriage is not something that falls out of the sky, ready made, onto beautiful people in white linen suits,' says Sir Paul, 'It involves endless hard work, compromises, forgiveness and love.'

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2020 Flitch Trials
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What's a Flitch of Bacon?
It's also known as a side of bacon, which is basically half a pig, cut lengthways.
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