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Ildhafn Winter Revel and Rapier Tourney - 10 August 2019

Old St Michael's Church - Corbans Estate Art Centre
426 Great North Rd Henderson
Auckland 0612
Date and Time: 
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 14:00 to 22:00

We warmly welcome you to a Winter Revel!

Starting at 2pm, you are invited to join us for an afternoon's rapier tournament, followed by a pot-luck dinner, and an evening of music, dancing, singing, games, and all manner of frivolity!

The fun will start on the grass outside the church with a rapier tournament (weather permitting - otherwise we will hold the tourney inside). All authorised fencers are encouraged to come and show off their prowess and test their skills and courage! Start time for the tourney is 3pm, 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.

Following the spectacle of pointy fun that is rapier fencing, we will have an early dinner of the pot-luck persuasion. 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. You will need to bring your own feasting kit. 

Dates and times

Saturday August 10th, from 2pm.

Price and bookings

  • adult: $10 (SCANZ members), or $12 (not yet SCANZ members)
  • youth 14-5: $5
  • under 5: free
  • PLUS a plate for the pot-luck dinner
  • But I'm only coming for the rapier tourney and will leave before dinner! - No charge, but please book regardless!

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!

>>> 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.)


  • Steward - Griete van Groningen (Yvonne)
  • Deputy Steward - Elyna Delynor (Wendy)


The tourney opens at 3pm, and the pot-luck dinner will be served buffet-style from 6pm-7.30pm. Please bring your feasting kit and if you want to drink something other than water, bring it. If you need to borrow feasting kit or costume, contact the stewards when booking.

Tables will be laid out in an informal manner, and any period or period-esque games people wish to bring will be welcome.

There will also be a variety of 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! And you can let us know what level of audience attention you wish at the same time - we're not requiring that everyone stop and be silent while an offering is taking place - again, this is NOT a concert.

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.

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 Griete and Elyna.