Greetings!

GroupPhotoWelcome to the Barony of Ildhafn 

We are a medieval and renaissance re-creation club, interested in the good parts of pre-1600 history (i.e. we're leaving out the bigotry, sexism, racism and intolerance, not to mention the terrible medical care!).

We hold regular events where we dress like medieval or renaissance people, feast, dance, sing and participate in tournaments. Between events, most of us practice various arts & crafts, and pursue specialised areas of interest such as weaving, dancing, fencing, armouring, sewing, heraldry, shoe-making, book-binding, calligraphy, illumination, music, brewing & cooking. There are few historic crafts that one of us would not have touched on at some time.

New members are always welcome, whether you want to become heavily involved, or just have a go once or twice a year.

This website is mainly about the Auckland branch. We have a sister group which covers Hamilton/Waikato (known as the Canton of Cluain). There are also SCA groups elsewhere in New Zealand, and around the world.

Canterbury Faire

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.

If you're wanting to join the Ildhafn campsite, then as well as booking for the event itself, please fill out this form.

Summer break

We're having a break from our regular practices over summer, as we usually do (because many people are away or have other commitments). Regular practices will resume in February, after Canterbury Faire.

St Sebastians

Come and join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary of our annual archery fest held at Braythwayte Manor in Rotorua!

This is a family friendly weekend camp with all sorts of fun things happening; A&S classes, archery games, the annual foot-the-ball contest between Piddlington and Oddlington, easter bunny hunt, music, camp fire, people hitting each other, another of Ed's crazy background games involving all the usual devious shenanigans and challenges (with a beautiful crossbow and set of bolts as the prize!), and then there is St Sebastian's archery contest to decide the Baronial Archery Champion (who will receive a longbow as their prize!) ...and our King  and Queen will be gracing us with Their prescence!

Take me to the booking form!

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