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St Valentine's Day Massacre 2021! Rapier Tourney & Potluck Feast/Dancing

Old St Michael's Church - Corbans Estate Art Centre
426 Great North Rd Henderson
Auckland 0612
Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 03:00 to 22:00

We invite you to witness the Ildhafn St Valentine's Day Massacre!

FANCY DESCRIPTION (Plain follows):

To show devotion there are a great many methods, on this 13th day of February we will come together to celebrate St Valentine with prowess, dancing, food & song.

On this day in the year 1503 the Challenge of Barletta was fought, where Spanish and French knights held contest.  We will seek to recreate the splendor of this tournament on the field of Rapier combat for the enjoyment of all.

We invite all to contest the field for the glory of their intended. 

We also invite any who wish to display their skills in performing arts, be they Song, Dancing, Music or any other form of performance to display their skills.


WHAT:   Rapier Tourney, Potluck Dinner, Games & Dancing.

WHEN:   Saturday 13 February. Tourney 3PM, Dinner Games & Dancing after.

WHERE: Old St Michael's Church in Corbans Estate Art Centre, 426 Great North Rd, Henderson (Detailed directions at end)



Rapier Tourney 3PM
We will tourney in the park immediately beside old St Michael's Church (part of Corbans Estate Art Centre).

All authorised fencers are encouraged to come and show off their prowess and test their skills and courage! Equipment check will open at 3pm with the tourney starting at 3:45pm, so come, one and all, and join the Baroness in being entertained and diverted by the noblest fighters in the land, as they attempt to stab each other in the most amusing and gallant manner.

Evening Hangouts 6PM-10PM

Potluck Dinner 6:30-7:30PM

Games, Dancing, Music and Performances Until 10PM.

Event Requirements:

All revellers are required to bring a plate or dish to enrich our collective table. Try to bring something period (ask the stewards if you would like guidance!) but this is not mandatory. Take your offering to the Hall before coming across to the Park for the tourney.

 You will need to bring your own feasting kit.

If you have any banners or personal devices that you wish to display please bring them along with you to add to the atmosphere of the hall.

The evening wraps up officially at 10pm, but we can push it to a bit later if we're still enjoying the jocularity!

As usual, we'll ask everyone to lend a hand packing down: many hands make light work

We look forward to seeing old and new faces and anyone that might like to join us at this time, so please book below, and we will feast, dance and play games into the night.!

If you're new, we can help you with something to wear, feasting kit, and suggestions on what food to bring, please contact the stewards as soon as possible.

Dates and times

Saturday February 13th.  Tourney at 3PM, Feast from 6pm.  Dancing, Games & Music from then onwards.

Price and bookings

  • Adults: $10 for an adult SCA member, $12 for non-members
  • Student/Community Service Card holders: $3 for SCA Members, $5 for Non-members
  • youth 14 years and under: $5
  • Under 5: Free
  • PLUS a plate for the pot-luck dinner

Please book first, then pay by direct deposit into Ildhafn's bank account. You'll get the account details when you fill in the booking form. Otherwise you can pay cash at the door, but booking in advance is still preferred please, and helps us should contact tracing be needed in future.

>>> Book here!! <<<


  • Old St Michael's Church in Corbans Estate Art Centre, 426 Great North Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0610, New Zealand
    (The entrance is off Mount Lebanon Lane in Henderson. Note this is the OLD St Michaels Church, not the new one on the other side of Great North Road.)
  • Please note no open flames allowed at this site, so no candles, please.
  • Kitchen facilities are very limited, so it's best if you plan to bring something that does not require heating or refrigeration.  Crockpots can be used and are a great option for bringing warm food. If you can bring a serving spoon even better!
  • Public Transport: close to the Henderson Train Station if looking to use public transport.

What to bring:

  • A plate to share
  • Whatever you would like to drink (we will supply water)
  • Feasting kit (plate, bowl, knife, spoon, cup)
  • Period(esque) games
  • Musical instruments
  • Dancing feet!
  • Banners and Paegantry

What NOT to bring:

  • Sadly, the site desn't allow open flames, so please don't bring candles.
  • And as always in this new normal, if you are feeling even slightly unwell, please stay home.  Let us know in advance or on the day, and we will give you a full refund.


Interested in performing? Tell us!

We'd like to let people showcase their skills in music, song and dance during the evening depending on who would like to share their talents with us - this will be an informal evening, not a concert, but rather a low-pressure opportunity to share during the evening. To this end, if you have anything you'd like to offer as entertainment or performance, please let the stewards know! Be it song, music, poetry, juggling... we'd love to hear from you! If you would be willing to join in with playing an instrument for live dance music, we'd also love to know. 

If you're interested, please contact Maximilian (Steward) & Griete (Enthusiator) to volunteer your skills.


  • Steward - Maximilian von Monsterberg (Will)
  • Deputy Steward - Gideon von Massingberd (Declan)
  • Arts & Sciences - Griete van Groningen
  • Rapier coordinator - Ludwig von Regensburg

If you're new:

This is a costumed event - we ask that you wear an attempt at clothes from before 1700 (most people wear medieval or renaissance clothes). If you do not have anything please contact us in advance and we can try to arrange something. If you want to come last minute and don't have anything to wear, we can arrange a tabard for you to wear over your normal clothes.

If you don't have feasting gear (plate, bowl, spoon, knife, cup) please let the Stewards know AHEAD OF TIME and we'll arrange something for you to borrow. There will be water on the tables, but if you want something else to drink, bring it. A jug or a cloth to cover a modern bottle can help keep things looking medieval.

If you have any questions, or would like to borrow costume, or just want to introduce yourself, please contact Maximilian (Steward).