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Brigadoon

Originally called the Scottish Institute of Sport tartan but renamed Brigadoon in 2003.

Mar 13
the 1947 Broadway Premiere of Brigadoon

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest, a royal forest in Nottinghamshire, is home to the famous Major Oak, which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood's principal hideout and shelter where he and his Merry Men slept.

Aug 3
Robin Hood Days

Brocéliande

Brocéliande is the name of a legendary forest associated with Arthurian romance. The colours in this tartan represent its magic and mystery: three shades of green for the flora of the Val sans Retour, where Morgan le Fey trapped unfaithful men; blue for the wizard Merlin and Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; yellow for magic and the glow of the sun through the trees; black for King Arthur.

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

Dinarzh: Fortress of the Bear

According to the legend, King Arthur built a fortress on the coast of Brittany around the year 513 AD. The name Dinard comes from the words Din meaning hill or fort and Arz/Art meaning bear or Arthur. The bear was a Celtic symbol of sovereignity. The colours are taken from the Dinard flag.

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

Normandy Bay Myth

The majority of the legends surrounding King Arthur are based in Great Britain, but some stories extend through the sea of Cornwall (today's English Channel) to Normandy Bay of Mont St. Michel.

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

Marquis Poster for Brigadoon

Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical such as "Almost Like Being in Love" have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village which appears for only one day every hundred years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

Mar 13
the 1947 Broadway Premiere of Brigadoon

Robin Hood and his Merry Men

Nottinghamshire is generally thought to have been the likely home of the outlaw who inspired the legend of Robin Hood, "who stole from the rich to give to the poor." Neighbouring counties Yorkshire and Leicestershire also claim historical links to Robin and his Merry Men. ​

Aug 3
Robin Hood Days

Paimpoint Forest

Brocéliande is the name of a legendary forest in France that first appears in literature in 1160, in the Roman de Rou, a medieval verse chronicle. Brocéliande is a notable place of legend because of its uncertain location, unusual weather, and its ties with Arthurian Romance, most notably a magical fountain and the tomb of the legendary figure Merlin. Brocéliande is most commonly considered to be Paimpont forest in Brittany.

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

King Arthur's Hall, Tintagel

The majority of the legends surrounding King Arthur are based in Great Britain, but some stories extend to the coast of Brittany. ​ According to legend, King Arthur built a fortress on the coast of Brittany around the year 513 AD.

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

The Death of King Arthur by James Archer (1860)

According to the legends, Arthur is later injured during the battle of Camlann and travels to Avalon to die. Tombélaine, a small tidal island in the bay of Mont St. Michel, is described as the gate to Avalon.

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

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