The Shire of Darton invites you to attend May Crown in Darton. Enjoy a weekend of festivities centred around our finest fighters competing for their consorts to be the next Crown of Lochac.
Relax in our tavern on Friday night, watch the pageantry and chivalry of a crown tournament followed by a fabulous feast on the Saturday, and then on Sunday enjoy the spectacle of a rapier tourney.
Come and experience the hospitality that Darton is renowned for.
Accommodation is in bunk rooms. Each room is built from cinder blocks and has its own timed heater. Bunkrooms sleep between 4 and 11 people. There is plenty of room for people to tent if they so wish. Off site accommodation will be available at the Parklands Motel, which is situated just before the turn off to Moores Road, a 5 minute drive away. The Parklands hotel has 8 units, some of which sleep 2, and some of which sleep 4. The cost is $90 a night for 2 people, and $15 for each extra person. Continental and cooked breakfasts are available. The shuttle bus will pick people up at 8:30 each morning from the Parklands Motel to take them to site. Their website is www.parklandsmotel.co.nz
Brookfields is a 30 to 40 minute drive (depending on time of day) from the centre of Wellington.
We will be providing a shuttle service to and from site for the cost $15 per person each way. Time permitting the shuttle will stop at a supermarket and bottle store on the way, to allow you to pick up any necessities. Getting to Wellington
Wellington has an international airport just 15 minutes from the city centre with direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Wellington is also a domestic flight hub, with frequent flights to all main New Zealand centres. There will be a dedicated meet and greet service at the airport. A small team will meet you as you disembark from your flight. After collecting your luggage you will be escorted to a seating area where you will be provided with a drink and a bite to eat until the next shuttle service arrives. You’ll be able to complete site check in procedures at the airport.
Brookfields Scout Camp, Moores Road, Wainuiomata, Wellington Brookfields is located in expansive grounds at the end of Moores Valley in Wainuiomata, a 30 minute drive from central Wellington. The site has its own accommodation facilities, 2 halls, a dining room, 2 commercial kitchens, and a lodge.
In May, Wainuiomata is relatively cool with temperatures in the low teens. Warmer garb would be recommended.
Arts and Sciences
The Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition is open to any gentle in Lochac. The 3 categories that will be judged at May Crown are:
- Favours - stitches, painting, etc. (must be documented)
- Period Arrows - includes quarrels and bolts
- Household item - open - any item used in a home 600-1600AD
Items entered in the categories must be relevant to that category and each item entered must be accompanied by documentation. Each entry is judged and given a score out of a maximum of 50 points. Points awarded will count towards the Annual A&S Championship. Three or more entries are required in each category for that category to count towards the Annual A&S Championship. Where there are fewer than three entries, the entries may still be considered for the Event Champion.
The token for winning a Kingdom A&S Competition category is a silver bell on a red, white & blue ribbon
For more information check out the Kingdom of Lochac Arts and Sciences page
Shire of Darton (Wellington, New Zealand)