Midwinter Coronation ASLIV

Midwinter Coronation ASLIV (2019) is now over. Thank you to everyone who attended and made this such a great event!

Coronatio 2019

Date: 12th – 14th July 2019

Venue: Waipara Adventure Center, 137 Darnley Road RD 3, Amberley 7483, New Zealand

The Sign of the Cross and Raven are looking forward to making this a wonderous and memorable Tudor-themed event.

Bookings have now closed. Please contact the Stewards if you have any queries at coronation@sableraven.com

Full event with onsite accommodation, feast and sundry food is NZD $100 for adult members. Variations featuring day rates, no accommodation, no food, child rate etc are available, see the booking form or message the stewards coronation@sableraven.com

Here follows some useful information:

Arrival, sign in and accommodation

Gate will be open 4-5.30 on Friday and again from 9-10 both weekend days.

For those staying in bunkrooms, please bring bedding (sheets and blanket or sleeping bag, pillow). Most beds are single bunk beds, as well as a few doubles.

Please let us know if you have special requirements, we’ll try to accommodate you. If you’re traveling from outside Southron Gaard and would like bedding supplied, please let the stewards know via coronation@sableraven.com

Camping space is available on site on both the top field and in the downstairs Tui area. The top field will also be the site of the tourneys and, at the other end, archery.

The Tui bathrooms and kitchen will be open for our use, but you’ll have to walk up the hill for everything else.

We know it’s not a great time of year to be camping, but we also know a lot of you would rather not share bunkrooms!

Rides and Billets

There’s a spot on the booking form to volunteer either of the above, and similarly to request assistance arranging same. Our populace is made up of wonderful generous people, we’re confident we can match up those with a need and those who can help.


(times subject to change, but we’ll try not to move anything across days)

Friday 12 July
Site opens 4pm.
Catered Revel from 6pm, moving into a Ball later.

Saturday 13 July
Continental breakfast available from 8am.
9.30am Some archery. Details to follow.
- Heavy pick ups
- A&S Championship display.
11am: Final court of the outgoing Crown
12 noon: Lunch
1pm: Coronation court & First court of the new Crown
2.30pm: Chivalry Meeting
3pm: Pelicans Meeting (note this has moved to Saturday)
4pm: Laurels Meeting
6pm: Feast
Evening Court

Sunday 14 July
Continental breakfast available from 8am
9.30am: Meeting of the Masters of Defence
10.30am: Roses Tourney
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Rapier Tourney
Event closes 4pm.
Site closes 5pm.


The Sign of the Cross and Raven and our beloved volunteer cooks are will ensure you are well fed thought out the event, from the Tavern Revel on Friday, to continental breakfasts and buffet lunches on both weekend days, and fabulous Tudor Coronation Feast on Saturday.

Please let us know your dietary requirements, we will endeavour to cater to your needs. Please note, we will be providing ingredients lists and alternative food options for some common allergens. If you’re allergic, to say, cinnamon, there will be cinnamon-free food for you to eat but there will not necessarily be a cinnamon-free variant of EVERY item.


Too far out to say at this stage but a prediction of ‘cool but fine’ is probably fair. We’ll try to get a forecast out closer to the time. Please make sure you bring your winter woollies – we’ll keep the indoor areas as warm as we can, but a cloak and fuzzy socks are never a bad idea.


If you indicated at the time of booking that you would like to volunteer with an aspect of the event, we will be in touch. And thank you!

Arts and sciences

We’ll set up a table/s in the main hall for the Kingdom A&S competition, please have your items set up by 10am Saturday (or to the stewards to place for you if you’re not attending) The plan is to have the judging during the day and the table/s free again for the feast before 6. Watch for updates.

Martial activities

Archery: The far end of the top field is available for target archery and a Something will be happening first thing Saturday morning before court. Details to follow closer to the time.
Heavy: Roses tournament on Sunday (10.30am) and
Rapier: Tourney Sunday and optional pick ups Saturday

Peerage meetings

Will be held in the Lounge of the Steadfast Lodge. Current Schedule is:

Saturday 13 July
Saturday 2.30pm: Meeting of the Chivalry
Saturday 3pm: Meeting of the Pelicans (note this has moved to Saturday)
Saturday 4pm: Meeting of the Laurels

Sunday 14 July
Sunday 9.30am: Meeting of the Masters of Defence


If you have any questions, please get in touch coronation@sableraven.com

Yours in Service and planning,
The Honorable Lady Elisabetta Foscari and Baroness Agnes Graye