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.

Fire at Canterbury Faire

This is the official fire policy for Canterbury Faire. If you have any questions about anything fire-related at Canterbury Faire, please contact the fire marshal Angele Marie de Savigny (Kerry McSaveney), 022-01-ANGEL (022-01-26435). Angele will liaise with the appropriate fire authorities before the event.

Fire Season

Fire and Emergency New Zealand decides whether recent local weather conditions mean it is okay to allow outdoors fires (with or without permits) or prohibit them entirely.

Waipara Adventure Centre is in Hurunui's rural area, so the Rural Fire Season will determine whether we need to apply for a permit to have campfires and forges, or whether they are prohibited by a Total Fire Ban. Information about the rural Fire Season status around the country is available here -

Open Fire Season

A fire permit for the duration of the event is not currently required, but can be issued to SCANZ if needed. A permit may be required if conditions change and a Restricted Fire Season is declared. Even without the need for a permit, there are some restrictions on campfires that we will follow.

These fires are depend on the Fire Season:

  • campfires
  • braziers
  • charcoal or other solid-fuel barbecues
  • forges using solid fuels
  • the clay oven
  • fireworks

These flames are up to the site owner to allow or prohibit, and are not affected by the Fire Season:

  • Gas or liquid-fuelled barbecues
  • Candles
  • Oil lamps
  • Torches
  • Lanterns

Rules for fires

Check with the Fire Marshal before you set up your fire, as even when we have a permit for fires there are still some restrictions:

  • We need the site owners’ permission to light a fire anywhere on their property. They may choose to allow them only in certain places.
  • Only light your fire when there is little or no wind forecast.
  • Avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear combustible fuel including unused firewood to at least three metres on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
  • Keep it small - 50cm wide and 50cm high - A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed.
  • Extinguish - Have some way to put out any unplanned fires within five metres of your campfire — e.g. fire-extinguisher, bucket of sand or water.
  • Don’t leave a fire unattended while it’s burning. Extinguish it fully before going to bed. The fire doesn't have to have someone staring at it constantly to be attended — for example, the fire near the Mangy Mongol would be attended if someone awake in the Mong was aware that it was still burning.
  • Don’t light your campfire if you have any doubts that it is safe.
  • Dispose of ashes and coals carefully when completely cold.

You can’t light a fire by the riverside in any Fire Season - there are signs prohibiting fires there, so if you see a fire fire on the riverbank, call 111, then let the Fire Marshal know for liaison purposes.


SCA event rules require each occupied tent to have fire-fighting materials (fire extinguisher or bucket of sand or water) close at hand, regardless of whether there are BBQs, or candles, or campfires being used nearby. The fire extinguisher in your tent may be needed to save someone else's. Bunk room heaters should not be used to dry clothing, etc.


Site rules state that smoking (and vaping) is prohibited in all buildings (including inside public spaces like the Mong). Do not smoke near doorways. Use appropriate means of extinguishing cigarettes outside, and make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished before disposing of it in an appropriate receptacle. We have had ashtray fires in the past. During a Prohibited fire season please smoke away from vegetation on non-grassed areas such as the road behind the Mangy Mongol.


Gas barbecues, and gas or liquid-fuelled cookers may be used year round. Charcoal barbecues are the same as campfires. Site rules require that barbecues are used in areas that have access to taps, on the concrete pads provided, or similar non-flammable ground cover./p>

Candles, Lanterns and Tiki Torches

Site rules state that candles must be enclosed in lanterns. Gas lanterns are permitted. Oil lamps consisting of wick in a receptacle of water with a layer of oil are permitted. None of these may be left unattended while lit. Oil-only lamps like tiki torches are prohibited by the site owners.

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.