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Bal d'Argent and St Catherine's Faire

Date and Time: 
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 17:30 to Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 13:00

UPDATE: Bookings are closed. If you missed out and still want to come, please email me ( - I'll try to squeeze you in.

Bonfires, dancing, fencing, music, a coffee house, flaming torches, archery - what more could make a wonderful weekend?


This event combines Ildhafn's annual camping weekend - St Catherine's Faire - with Lochac's music-and-dance event, the Bal d'Argent.

It will be a fully-catered, with accommodation, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. BOOK HERE for this fabulous event!

The majority of the "usual" St Catherine's will run outside: fencing, archery, armoured combat, maybe Arts and Sciences classes.

Meanwhile, in the hall, lounge and chapel there will be dance and music classes and rehearsals throughout the day.

On Saturday night there will be a simple, early dinner, followed by a magnificent ball - the Bal d'Argent - in the hall, and a bonfire under the oak trees. We'll all come together mid-evening for a splendid supper. 

Dates and times

Friday November 4th to Sunday November 6th, 2016.

Opening and closing times

The event opens at 5:30pm on Friday (4:30 for those setting up). Please don't arrive early - another group may be still there.

The event finishes immediately after lunch on Sunday, at around 1pm. We'll clean up and clear out straight away - plan to be gone by 2pm.

Historical costume is optional on Friday, necessary on Saturday and Sunday.



Detailed discussion is on a dedicated page.


People - contacts

Stewarding team: Katherina Weyssin (Katherine Davies), Vettoria di Giovanni (Shannon Wanty), William de Cameron (David Robb). Exact duties TBA. 

We're all experienced stewards and passionate dancers!

You can contact us at



        Attendance  Adult (18+) Price Youth (12-17) Price Child (5-11) Price Infant (under 5)
A Whole event


$85  $66 



Saturday + Sunday

$85  $74  $60 
C Saturday only $50  $42  $33 
D Saturday evening only $40  $31  $27 
  Event membership for any adult not already a subscribing member +$2  


Booking options: what you get
  Friday Saturday Sunday
  Dinner Accom. Breakfast







Ball and



Accom. Breakfast




Feel free to have a look at our budget spreadsheet here if you're curious about where the money goes. 

Bookings - BOOK HERE

  • Price rise - September 20th - (adults only, book and pay by September 20th to get early rate)
  • Bookings close - October 20th (a fortnight before the event)

The stewards can be a little flexible about all of these - get in touch if you need to.


  • before October 20th (a fortnight from the event) - full refund, no problem
  • after October 20th - no refund (save emergency cancellations, e.g sudden illness)


New Zealanders pay by direct deposit - asap after booking, please.

Account name: SCANZ INC BARONY OF ILDHAFN Account number: 38-9012-0095212-00

Visitors from overseas may pay in advance by direct deposit, or in cash on the day (NZ dollars).



See separate page.


The Bal d'Argent always includes a number of competitions for dancers and musicians. These will run during the ball itself. There may be further competitions - a tassel kick, best costume in the theme of the ball (white or silver with blue trim) and more. 

This year's Guild competitions:

  • Non-rondel - Maltese branle
  • Group - Rufty Tufty
  • Serif - Amoroso, Voltate in Ca Rosina, Parson's Farewell
  • Music - Gelosia 

Ball list

This will be appearing over the coming months. Please send suggestions!

Music and musicians

Musicians will be much appreciated. The music for the ball will be appearing over the coming months. Please get in touch if you'd like to help.