Imagine the scene: 250 gentles garbed in soft wools and linens. Banners and pennons fly gently in the breeze that stirs the firs. Nearby is a coffee house, where stories of past renown and future conquest are spun, while spindles twirl a more tangible yarn. To one side, knights and nobles practice the arts martial, while consorts discuss bruise remedies. Flocks of charming children run errands when not playing on the lush green grass. A short walk away there is singing beside the waterhole and splashing in the cool deep waters. A hedgehog snuffles idly by.
Peter Jackson couldn't direct Canterbury Faire more perfectly than Southron Gaard. For a precious week, fairegoers step away from the mundane world to a place where clashes of arms see honour showered on victor and loser alike; where the gentle arts are taught and practiced at a pace that allows for true learning; where the Mangy Mongol coffee house keeps even the grumpiest in morning trim; and where theatre and music is always just about to happen.
Address: Waipara Riverside Park, 437 Darnley Road, Amberley, New Zealand
The Boy's Brigade Waipara Riverside Park is approximately 45-60 minutes north of Christchurch in the Hurunui wine region.
Canterbury Faire includes a remarkably broad range of activities. Please check this page regularly if you want to keep up to date with what sorts of things are on offer, as some details may not be added or finalised until a few weeks before the Faire.
If you wish to offer to help with anything noted here, or have ideas for other possible activities, please contact the Faire Steward: Lady Sybilla and Lady Ginevra.
Barony of Southron Gaard (Amberley, New Zealand)