Canterbury Faire

2014 dates: Saturday January 18 - Sunday 26 January

Bookings for 2014 are now closed

Planned dates for the future are 17-25 January 2015, 16-24 January 2016 and 14-22 January 2017. Note that these are all _planned_ dates; 2015 is essentially locked in, 2016 is pretty solid, and 2017 reasonably so.

Canterbury Faire is held in Waipara, 45 minutes north of Christchurch, New Zealand (see directions).

Imagine the scene: 250 gentles garbed in soft wools and linens. Banners and pennons fly gently in the breeze that stirs the firs. Nearby is a coffee house, where stories of past renown and future conquest are spun, while spindles twirl a more tangible yarn. To one side, knights and nobles practice the arts martial, while consorts discuss bruise remedies. Flocks of charming children run errands when not playing on the lush green grass. A short walk away there is singing beside the waterhole and splashing in the cool deep waters. A hedgehog snuffles idly by.

Peter Jackson couldn't direct Canterbury Faire more perfectly than Southron Gaard. For a precious week, fairegoers step away from the mundane world to a place where clashes of arms see honour showered on victor and loser alike; where the gentle arts are taught and practiced at a pace that allows for true learning; where the Mangy Mongol coffee house keeps even the grumpiest in morning trim; and where theatre and music is always just about to happen.
...Canterbury Faire as seen by Duchess Yolande Kesteven

Come join us for feasting, fun and frolics at Canterbury Faire, hosted by the Barony of Southron Gaard. No mud, no dust, no venymous fauna!

Comfortable bunkrooms, hot showers, shady tent sites, optional meal plan, real toilets, enjoyable medieval pastimes from dawn 'til dusk, and then some.

Please note: the Faire is a private function rather than a public entertainment, hosted by the Barony of Southron Gaard. Guests and day visitors are most welcome so long as they observe our customs and wear medieval costume while attending. More information for people new to the SCA is available here, and you'll find these notes on common SCA conventions handy.

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2014 Faire Stewards: Lord Maximillian von Monsterburg and Dama Antonia di Benedetto Calvo