Canterbury Faire Saturday January 19 - Sunday 27 January 2019.

The Faire Steward for 2019 is Magnifica Ginevra Isabella di Serafino Visconti, Baroness of Southron Gaard. Please email us if you have any enquiries.

What to do at Canterbury Faire

Canterbury Faire includes a remarkably broad range of activities, we like to think that there's something for everyone. Timing and further details is available from the Schedules page.

If you wish to offer to help with anything noted here, or have ideas for other possible activities, please contact the Faire Steward.

For Children

Canterbury Faire traditionally includes classes and activities for children. Contact our children's coordinator for more information or if you would like to offer to run something.

Special for CF2019:
Mask Making to transform the children (and any adults so inclined) into little animals! All such animals willl be welcome to join in this year's Mystery Play "Noah and the Unicorns" at the Half-Circle Theatre; minimal rehearsing or lines required, animal noises appreciated.

For Newcomers

Newcomer’s Tour

Never been to Canterbury Faire before? Is this your first event ever? Come along for a tour of the camp, give you the rules and basic manners of SCA camping, point out a few personages of interest, and answer as best s/he can any questions you may have on the SCA and Canterbury Faire itself.

Entertainments

Great Hunt -- Get your Hunt Party Sorted

There will be a Great Hunt at Faire and you are strongly encouraged to form your hunting party in advance. You will need:

  • two combatants in suitable gear ready to take up Challenges of the Field & Fencing Grounds
  • one or two archers with a set of no more than six target arrows and, held separately, six blunted arrows for the Bow Challenge
  • at least one Hound, being a child of 7 - 14 years (hound packs welcomed if actively supervised by an Houndsmaster)
  • as many hunt followers or banner bearers as you like, bearing in mind that some challenges will require artisanal or scholarly skills or both
More details can be found here. Be prepared, be on time, be beastly!

Ball

The CF 2019 Ball list has been confirmed!

Set Zero
The Simple Bransles

Set One
The Mimed Bransles
The Earl of Essex
If All the World Were Paper
Anello
Wherligig

Set Two
The Official Bransle
The Known World Pavane
Petit Vriens
Goddesses
Spagnoletta

Break for Supper
Tassle kicking will occur at the other end of the hall whilst supper is setup

Set Three
The Mixed Bransles
Jenny Plucks Pears
Conto dell'Orco
Hearts Ease
Stingo

Set Four
New Bo Peep
Dargason
Rostoboli Gioso
Prense on Gre
Ginevra

The aim of this ball list is for the difficulty of the dances to increase throughout each set, then have each set start with easier dances. This enables people with less skill or physical ability to continue to have dances they can do throughout the event.

Set Zero will start as a warmup at the listed start time, meaning that those who are running a little behind will not miss too much.

In keeping with the Beastly theme of Faire, all ball participants, whether dancing or no, are encouraged to wear an animal mask of some form, whether of the meadow, menagerie or myth. Uncovered faces may give rise to a feeding frenzy...

Half-Circle Theatre

The right noble and virtuous Dramatikal Compagnie of Lord Lovel’s Men doth array upon the stage The Half-Circle Theatre, wherein shall be presented divers entertainments gathered out of the best approved players and musicians augmented with ne’er before seen interludes.

If you would like to present a song, play, poem, musical item or the like of a period or perioid nature, please contact Mistress katherine kerr of the Hermitage beforehand or at Faire.

Markets

Merchants of good standing are welcome to display their wares at Canterbury Faire. All merchants are welcome and no Faire taxes are charged for any who have goods to sell.

Should you wish to let Faire-goers know of your fine wares, we would be delighted to provide you with space in this venue to post your news and announcements. This may prove particularly advantageous for those travelling from far afield, to both whet the appetite of potential customers and, possibly, to provide a point of contact for any who wish to arrange a pre-order so you can be confident of sales.

Contact us about merchanting at Faire

Arts & Sciences

Classes & workshops

Arts & Sciences activities for Canterbury Faire include classes or workshops throughout the event. If you wish to run a workshop or class, or if there is something that you are eager to learn contact our A&S coordinator.

Arts Display

An arts & sciences display will also be held. This is not a competition, it is an opportunity to display your work, show off projects both completed and underway and enthuse and get feedback about new things you are learning. Documentation is heartily encouraged, but is not required - if possible do make time to stay with your display so that people can ask you about it.

Coppergate

Next to the Mong is the Coopergate artisanal area, open to anyone who wants to make stuff, watch stuff being made or learn or teach such stuff. Coppergate is named for the woodworkers you'll find there, but there is also a shavings-free area for fibre stuff folk and anyone else. Some scheduled classes are held here, and sometimes stuff just happens. Come along and have a look or a go!

(Couple of things to note: please check first if tools are available for use, and youngsters should be closely supervised -- some of those things are wicked sharp!)

Sports

War

Locally, this is our big chance to get some war fighting in and scenarios are on most days over the course of the event. Please contact our war steward for details.

Tournaments

As well as war fighting there will be a number of tournaments where our fighters can demonstrate their chivalry on the field.

Fencing/Rapier

Contact the Rapier Steward for further details about fencing at Faire. The following have been scheduled:

  • Tuesday afternoon: cut and thrust tournament
  • Wednesday morning: wounds tournament
  • Friday afternoon: tavern brawl
  • Wednesday Afternoon: Baroness' tournament

Archery

The target archery field is on the top level behind the main kitchen and is active for much of the event. Please note that the SCA has safety requirements for archery which must be complied with. Contact the Archery steward for more information.

  • Thorfyrd's Arrow
  • Thorfyd’s Arrow

    This is the traditional Canterbury Faire archer’s duel. Two brave fighters act as targets, representing each duelling archer. Two archers compete in each round, and when an archer hits their target the opposing archer is killed. This will be fought as a double elimination tournament.

    Thorfyd’s Arrow will be presented to the winner of this event.

    Canterbury Faire AS LIII will run from Saturday January 19 - Sunday 27 January 2019.

    The Faire Steward for 2019 is Magnifica Ginevra Isabella di Serafino Visconti, Baroness of Southron Gaard. Please email us if you have any enquiries.