Saturday 13 July 2024
only 45 days to go


The Dunmow Flitch Trials are an ancient custom which dates back over 900 years, is unique in the world as far as we know, and we are rightly very proud to keep this wonderful event running.

Tickets for the next Flitch Trials in July 2024 are now on sale. Please buy online or visit Flitch Travel in Dunmow High Street with cash.

This year there will be 3 Trial Sittings: a single trial in the morning, 2 trials during the afternoon, and 2 in the evening.

The historic trials, which date back to the 1100’s, are held every four years and set out to award a flitch (or side) of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy a Judge and Jury of six maidens and six bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day' they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.

Couples must have been married for at least a year and a day. If they are successful, they are carried shoulder-high in the ancient Flitch Chair to Market Place to swear the Flitch Oath before being awarded their prized Flitch of Bacon.

Dunmow Flitch 2024

› 2024 Roll of Honour

The Dunmow Flitch Trials is an historical event of which this town is rightly proud. However, as anyone who has been involved in organising such events will tell you, it takes an extraordinary amount of time, commitment and money to make it happen.

Special thanks to the 2024 Committee: Richard Burlend, Michael Coleman, Helen Haines, Jody Huizar, Mark Jones, Ross Karklins, Ant Lees, Emma Marcus, Mike Perry, Kay Puddick, Mizan Sabur, Adam Sandford, Lucy Sandford, David Sellens, John Stanley, Bobby Tonkin, Sophie Tonkin (on maternity leave), Karen Thurley, Tania Williams and Leoni White.

The Dunmow Flitch Trials Committee would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their support as sponsors and contributors to the Trials:

  • Great Dunmow Rotary Club
  • UDC Leisure & Cultural
  • Great Dunmow Town Council
  • Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund
  • Beresford Flitch Vouchers
  • Perkins Garage
  • Stansted Airport Community Trust
  • Gates
  • Don's Coaches
  • P & A Wood
  • Flitch Travel
  • Great Garnett’s
  • M & B Printers
  • Rose Garden
  • Saracen's Head
  • Martin Sycamore

Trials Day Raffle

  • 5 Physio – Sports Massage Vouchers
  • Chameleon – Gift Vouchers
  • Courtyard Brewery
  • Dougie Pickford – Local Essex Honey
  • Chameleon Café - Flitch Trials Mugs/Pigs
  • Happy Tails Pet Supplies – Dog treats
  • Maldon Salt – Selection of Maldon products, limited edition apron, pinch tins
  • Tesco (Dunmow) - Pink Champagne
  • The Angel & Harp
  • The Saracens Head
  • The Starr Inn – 2 course lunch for 2, 3 course dinner for 2 and 2 course Sunday lunch for 2
  • Talliston House - Personal Experience Gift Voucher
  • Willetts Newsagents – Raffle Tickets

Flitch Ball

We would like to thank the following for their generous donations to our raffle:

  • Brown & White - £30 voucher
  • Heather B – necklace
  • Casa/Flitch House - £30 voucher
  • The Curiosity Shop – piggy bank ornament
  • Angel Wings – cat cup, coaster and picture frame
  • Chloe - £20 voucher
  • Bells Boutique - nails voucher
  • Nail Design Dunmow - £10 voucher
  • Mrs M Sweets - £10 Voucher
  • Ropers Pharmacy - Bayliss & Harding set
  • The Chameleon Café - £20 voucher
  • Wardrobe - £20 voucher, hat & gloves
  • Spec Savers – gift set for glasses (inc free eye test & discounts)
  • Luckins, The Shopkeeper Store - posh socks
  • Steeles Butchers - voucher
  • EBD Retreat - Indian head massage worth £40
  • Saracen’s - Sunday lunch voucher
  • Empire Salon

Quiz Night & Hog Roast

  • The Shopkeeper Store
  • CJ Mac Hair Design
  • Jaranya Thai Massage
  • Happy Tails (Dunmow) Ltd
  • The Interiors Shop
  • Lukins Wine Store
  • Empire Salons
  • The Curiosity Shop
  • Dorringtons
  • The Chameleon Cafe
  • Tesco (Dunmow)

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The Dunmow Flitch Song
A group from Frome called the Bad Detectives felt inspired to write a song about the Dunmow Flitch for the 2008 Trials which is now available as an MP3:
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