Saturday 11 July 2020
only 361 days to go


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.

Flitch Ball on 13th April 2020

Would you like to Claim the Bacon in 2020?

The application process to stand Trial, to claim a Dunmow Flitch at the 2020 Flitch Trials, will open in Mid-September 2019 and will close on the 14th February 2020. During that time applications can be submitted online or by post.

Married couples from anywhere in the world, who have been married for a minimum of 1 year and 1 day, by the 11th July 2020, are eligible to apply.

Please check back on our website in the Autumn to find out more details.

Tickets for the next Dunmow Flitch Trials on the 11th July 2020 will go on sale in January 2020, please check back at that time.

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

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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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As a Friend of the Flitch Trials, you will be helping to secure the future of this unique and ancient tradition. Every four years, the cost and complexity of putting on the Flitch Trials increases. With your support we can increase the network of people interested in preserving the custom and developing the event to ensure the Flitch Trials continues to be a mainstay on the town's event calendar.
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