Canterbury Faire 2021 is to be held Saturday 23 January - Sunday 31 January 2021

Please email the Faire Stewards for 2021 if you have any enquiries.

Bookings for CF 2021 are now open!

Listed below are some of the previous Canterbury Faire activities. More details to come late 2020 for CF 2021 - so watch this space!

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.


Pilgrims' Progress: Visit the Sights at Canterbury Faire

Monday 8-9.30pm - All Faire-comers are welcome to progress through the CF site, visiting households, campsites and other places along the way. Bring a vessel or some potables to share, admire the furniture (please leave the silver behind), meet the folks around and about. Small bands encouraged, travelling about mandatory. Look for the Welcome Pilgrims sign! NB Start at the Green Man to receive your special pilgrimage credencial.

(And there will be a special Baronial Pilgrims' Hour on Thursday 7-8pm at Draco Viridis, home of the new Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard.)


The CF 2020 Ball list has been announced!

The dance list is below, and for those musicians who wish to join in playing, the scores for the dance music can be found online here:

Set One - Dances for as many couples as will
Prens en Gre
New Bo Peep
Gathering Peascods
Salengers Round

Set Two - Dances for groups of Four
Hearts Ease
Rufty Tufty
Cuckolds All In A Row

Set Three - Dances for groups of Six
Stingo, or the Oyl of Barley
Picking of Sticks

Set Four - Dances for groups of Eight
Some of these are for unspecified groups of partners. They have been declared for 8 so the number of repeats the musicians play is constant.
If All the World Were Paper
Fine Companion

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.


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.


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!)

Guild meetings and activities

Lochac Brewers, Vintners and Imbibers Guild

During Canterbury Faire 2020, the Lochac Brewers, Vintners and Imbibers Guild will be running a Tasting and two Competitions. The initial Competition details are listed below, and more info will be available soon.

Category is "Best Use of a Tin Beer":

  • Using a can beer kit(s) (hopped malt extract)
  • With or without additions (herbs, spices, hops, etc.)
  • Unhopped liquid malt extract is allowed, but no extra sugars or grains

Category is "Pot Still Liquor":

A plain clear spirit distilled. Without any flavorings, but diluted with water as needed to get a better drink is allowed (encouraged). Initial product can be any base distilled spirit (brandies, vodka, rum, whisky, etc). Entries will be sampled and judged at the tasting(s) at Canterbury Faire 2020.

There will be a small prize for the best by popular acclaim.


Combat and related activities at Canterbury Faire are a big attraction. There are multiple sessions for archery, rapier and armoured combat, including 'have a go' sessions during the week.


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. The following sessions have been scheduled for CF 2020:

  • Tuesday afternoon: War fighting
  • Friday morning: War fighting

Heavy Tournaments

As well as war fighting there will be a number of tournaments where our fighters can demonstrate their chivalry on the field. The following Tournaments have been scheduled for CF 2020:

  • Monday afternoon: Heavy Tourney
  • Monday evening: Heavy Unbelted Tourney
  • Thursday afternoon: Fighter Auction Tourney
  • Saturday afternoon: Heavy Tourney


Contact the Rapier Steward for further details about fencing at Faire. The following Fencing/Rapier activities have been scheduled for CF 2020:

  • Monday morning: Welcome Tourney
  • Wednesday afternoon: Random Weapons Tournament
  • Thursday morning: Baroness's Tournament
  • Friday afternoon: Melee Games
  • Saturday morning: Cut and thrust Tournament


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. The following Archery activities have been scheduled for CF 2020:

  • Monday morning: Attrition Shoot / Nine Ring Shoot
  • Tuesday afternoon: Run and Gun Bun Bun Shoot
  • Wednesday morning: Helms of the Wall Shoot
  • Wednesday afternoon: Risk and Rewards Shoot
  • Thursday morning: Odysseus Thread Shoot
  • Thursday afternoon: Birds of the Field Shoot
  • Friday morning: Combat Archery / Distance Shoot
  • Friday evening: Night Shoot
  • Saturday morning: Thorfyrd's Arrow
  • Saturday afternoon: Chocolate Coin Shoot

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 2021 is to be held Saturday 23 January - Sunday 31 January 2021

Please email the Faire Stewards for 2021 if you have any enquiries.