Canterbury Faire 2020 - An Agrarian Affair will be held Saturday 18 January - Sunday 26 January

The Faire Steward for 2020 is Mistress Aveline Goupil. Please email if you have any enquiries.

Canterbury Faire 2020 - An Agrarian Affair

Bookings for CF 2020 are now open!

Listed below are some of the previous Canterbury Faire activities. More details to come for CF 2020 - 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.

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.

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

Ball

The CF 2020 Ball list is still to be confirmed. Please see below the CF 2019 ball list for reference

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!)

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.

Sports

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.

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. CF 2020 War activities are yet to be scheduled.

Tournaments

As well as war fighting there will be a number of tournaments where our fighters can demonstrate their chivalry on the field. The CF 2020 Tournaments are still to be scheduled.

Fencing/Rapier

Contact the Rapier Steward for further details about fencing at Faire. The CF 2020 Fencing/Rapier activities are still be scheduled.

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. The CF 2020 Archery activities are still to be scheduled.

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 2020 - An Agrarian Affair will be held Saturday 18 January - Sunday 26 January

The Faire Steward for 2020 is Mistress Aveline Goupil. Please email if you have any enquiries.