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Bloth 2013

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Date and Time: 
Friday, June 21, 2013 - 17:30 to Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 15:00

The Bloth was the Shire of Ildhafn's midwinter feast for 10 years, before the two shires (Ildhafn and Cluain) joined to form the Barony of Ildhafn. Now, it is also our Baronial Anniversary event. Every year, we gather together to enjoy a feast, raise a toast, and celebrate with friends.

Our midwinter feast this year is being held as a weekend camping event, to better celebrate the occasion of 10 years as a Barony. There will be singing, dancing, games, feasting (of course!) and tournaments to mark this occasion.

Bookings have now closed. Please email the steward if you would like to be put on the waiting list in case of cancellations.

The chores list is now available - please contact the stewards if you arrange any swaps.

Where and When

Friday June 21st - Sunday June 23rd, at Hunua Falls (east of Papakura, south of Auckland).

For directions, please click here.    

Starting from 5:30pm on Friday evening, all are welcome at Hunua Falls campsite, with dinner being available from 6:30pm (but continuing throughout the evening for those arriving later).

The event ends after Sunday lunch, so everyone's assistance in packing up will be appreciated as we have to be off-site by 3pm.


Activities and Schedule

We begin the event on Friday evening, with a relaxed and un-costumed evening of catching up with friends, remembering the fun we've had over the years and catching up with people we haven't seen for a while. There'll be a quiz to test your knowledge of both the Barony and the Kingdom.

On Saturday morning, the formal part of the event begins with Their Excellencies welcoming everyone, after which the fencers of the Barony will take to the field, to demonstrate their prowess and courtesy.

Saturday afternoon, after lunch, the archers of the Barony are invited to demonstrate their skill with bow and arrow at the butts.

As the afternoon progresses, a Ball will be held so that all can mingle, and enjoy dances of the 15th and 16th centuries. (Dance list here).

Saturday evening, from 6:30pm sees us relaxing in the great hall, with a sumptuous feast provided by Lady Caterine de Vantier.

Sunday morning will feature the traditional Tournament of Roses for those who practice the art of armoured combat.

Schedule of entertainments and rehearsals here.


Friday June 21st - Catching up


Saturday June 22nd - Celebration! Sunday June 23rd
8am   Breakfast Breakfast

9am - singers rehearse (chapel, short rehearsal before court)

9:30am - Rapier Lists open, Armour inspections 

 9:30am - Armoured Combat Lists open, Armour inspections
10am   Opening Court, followed by Rapier Tournament Armoured Combat Tournament of the Roses
11am    11:30am - Puppet Play  
noon    12:30pm - Lunch 12:00pm - Lunch (incorporating closing court)

 1:30pm - Archery

Also, rehearsal for singers, in the chapel

2pm     Packup begins
3pm   3pm - 5:30pm Ball Site closes 
4pm  4:30pm - Site opens for setup  
5pm  5:30pm - Site opens for populace      
6pm  6:30pm - Dinner  6:30pm - Feast  

Arts and sciences display - show off your old and new creations.

"Ildhafn reunion night" - a chance to meet old friends, exchange tales etc  

8pm: The Ildhafn Quiz, with Baron Benedict as Infallible Arbiter of Answers.

9pm, or later (if the weather is fine): Bonfire under the oaks.




Please note that prices were $10 cheaper for those who paid before May 25th - a small thank you to those who were able to book early, and make the steward's life easier. If this will cause you hardship, or you couldn't possibly have booked earlier, the steward may be willing to waive the extra $10.

Bookings are open until June 14th (a week before the event).

Adult, whole event

$95 / $105

Bookings required

Adult, all day Saturday + Sunday (excl Saturday breakfast)

$75 / $85
Adult, all day Saturday + Feast (not staying for Sunday) $55 / $65

Adult, Saturday afternoon/evening (Ball + Feast)

$45 / $55
Adult, day-tripping only, no meals $20 / $30 Booking preferred
+ event membership if 18 and over + $2 for any adult not already a subscribing member  
Children (under 12)    
Under 5, any attendance Free Booking preferred

5-11, whole event

$70 / $80

Bookings required

5-11, all day Saturday + Sunday (excl Saturday breakfast)

$55 / $ 65

5-11, all day Saturday + Feast (not staying for Sunday)

$35 / $45

5-11, Saturday afteroon/evening (Ball + Feast) $30 / $40
Day-tripping, no meals, 5yrs and over $20 / $30 Booking preferred

We regret the higher than usual prices for children and day visitors, but are simply passing on what the site charges us - we have endeavoured to keep these prices as low as reasonably possible.

For other options (such as providing your own food), please email the steward (David Robb) -

Once you've filled in the booking form, the steward will be in touch to confirm pricing.


Accomodation and booking information

The booking form can be found here. Please fill out one booking form per person attending the event, including children.

Payments can be made to the Ildhafn Kiwibank account - please put your name and "Bloth" in as references, so we know who has paid.

This information is also included in the booking confirmation email you will receive.

Account number: 38-9012-0095212-00

Bunking or Tenting

Northside campsite at Canterbury FaireYou're welcome to tent on site, although the weather may or may not be kind to us in late June. Please indicate your intentions on the booking form, so that we can plan the bunkroom space accordingly.

There are plenty of bunkrooms on site, all with good sized beds and sleeping between 4 and 6 people per room. All rooms have power and heaters.


Why book early?

  1. It's a nice thing to do for the steward, if you can: it's much easier to plan when you know how many people are coming and what they want to do.
  2. If you've booked by the time we finalise the schedule (late May) we'll be able to take your requests into account.
  3. Adult prices increase by $10 on May 26th.

Event Staff

  • Steward - William de Cameron (David Robb)
  • Deputy Steward- Anna de Wilde (Angela Wells)
  • Entertainment & Theatricals - Katherina Weyssin (Katherine Davies)
  • Feast cook - Caterine de Vantier (Shannon Wanty)
  • Other Cooks
    • Friday dinner - Ludwig von Regensburg (Patrick Bowman)
    • Saturday Breakfast - Christine Bess duVant (Chantelle Gerrard)
    • Sunday Breakfast - Norina (Nora Czaykowski) 
    • Saturday Lunch - Katherine of Glastonbury (Nadia Benton)
    • Sunday Lunch - Eleanor Hall (Nicola Halliday)
  • Herald - (volunteer needed)
  • Rapier Marshal - Ludwig von Regensburg (Patrick Bowman)
  • Armoured Combat Marshal - (volunteer needed)