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Canterbury Faire

Date and Time: 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 00:00 to Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 00:00

Canterbury Faire is the largest SCA event in New Zealand, and is a favourite event and annual holiday for many members of the Barony of Ildhafn.

For more information, as it becomes available, see the Southron Gaard website. Read on, to camp with Ildhafn.

To camp with Ildhafn:

  • put "Ildhafn" as your camp-site when you book for the event
  • read the rest of this page
  • fill out the ILDHAFN CAMP-SITE FORM

Also fill out camp form if you're sleeping elsewhere, but eating some meals with us.

The chores-roster is up. Feel free to swap if the times don't suit you.


Tent space

We're between Northside and the Marquee, as usual.

Katherina and David will plan the campsite. Talk to them before you set up your tent.

Common area: sunshade and tables

Cluain's sunshade and Rudiger and Aleynora's tables make a pleasant common area for all in the campsite (and our visitors).

Use them, but tidy up after yourself.

Common gear:

Here's the stuff the barony stores at CF.

Use it freely; clean it and put it back when you've finished.

Loaner feast gear

There are 7+ sets of loaner feast gear stored at CF. First-in gets the gear, with a slight preference for newcomers and anyone else with a particular need. Note that you need to bring your own spoon. I'll contact those who book gear in the week before the event to confirm.

Each set contains:

  • metal bowl
  • metal plate
  • glass tumbler
  • knife and fork (BYO spoon)

Campsite fee - $20 - optional, but encouraged

I'd like to reimburse at least a decent chunk of the extra expense Rudiger and Aleynora are incurring by bringing a trailer (adding a trailer adds about $160 each way to the ferry costs just to start).

Having the use of the sunshade and tables makes my Faire a lot more comfortable, and I'm more than happy to pay for that. If you are too, please put your donation in the Ildhafn bank account, with your name and "CF" in the reference fields. (You can combine it with the payment for CF food if you like).

We'll use those donations to reimburse some or all of the ferry tickets for the trailer. If there's excess, it will be ear-marked for future CF purchases for the group.

Suggested donations:
  • camping with Ildhafn, whole week - $20
  • camping with Ildhafn, few days - $10
  • bunking, but treating Ildhafn as your campsite - $10-20, as seems fit

Campsite chores

There will be a minimal chores-roster: a quick tidy-up of the common areas of the campsite, somewhere in the week, plus some help with food if you're eating.


Most Ildhafners go on the event meal-plan. That covers most meals.There is a campsite meal-plan for some extra meals. You can book for all or some of these meals.

Meal details

  Cost per adult Rough plan Comments

Set Up Weekend:

  Saturday dinner Cash on day Fish-and-chip run, perhaps with extra salad etc. Will happen at about 6:30pm.

  Sunday breakfast

$6 cooked breakfast - bacon, eggs, bread, butter, fruit  
  Sunday lunch $6 DIY sandwiches (ham, salad, tomatoes, pickles, bread, butter, fruit)   
  Sunday dinner $7 Sausage in a bun, onions, cheese, fruit, salad, etc.  
Feast night (Weds, TBC) $9   To be determined  
Breakfasts through week (Monday - Saturday) $4.50/day bacon, eggs, sausages, bread, butter Porridge is also available in the main hall
Final Sunday breakfast $6 cooked breakfast - eggs, bacon, etc Higher amount to include feeding the CF stewards as a thank-you
Misc $2 gas for burners, rubbish bags, general cooking supplies  
Total for all meals $64    

It's harder to cater for special diets with camp gear. We'll do our best, and will let you know in advance if you'll need to fend for yourself.


  • Coffee/tea/hot water - when someone feels like making it. May also be available from the Mong or possibly as part of the normal site meal plan. BYO tea-bags if you are picky.
  • Cordial - until we run out.
  • Fruit - a large bag of apples for snacks.
  • Condiments - tomato sauce and mustard?

Differences from last year:

  • No lunch on the final Sunday.
  • Some numbers have gone up a bit, to cover inflation
  • Ed has added cooked breakfasts every day. (There's also porridge available in the main hall - you get it as part of the event, no extra cost).

Pay for the camp meal-plan directly into the Ildhafn bank-account, as if it were an event. Bring cash for the chippie run on the first Saturday night.

Food for kids:

Kids to about 11 cost 1/2 adult price. Infants who barely eat are free. The steward will discuss the details with any parents who enquire.


  • Katherina Weyssin - Campsite Steward
  • William de Cameron - deputy camp steward
  • Edward Braythewayte - breakfast cook
  • Vettoria - meal on feast night, mid-week food-purchase