Come all ye pilgrims and travellers, and join the Shire of West Dragonshire for a pilgrimage at the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty.
Share with us in an evening of Chaucer; a morning pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral, during which we will be tested on our knowledge of such things that would be known by pilgrims of yore; an afternoon demonstration of our fighting skills and an evening of feasting and storytelling.
The activities of Friday and Saturday evenings will be private to ourselves, though the resident brothers may join us for the Chaucer reading. During the day on Saturday, the site is open to the public. The fighting demonstration in the afternoon will be a public display, which has been very warmly received in previous years. Our hosts are keen that we should show that we do more than fighting, so those skilled in the arts and sciences are especially invited to show their activities and works (though not in formal demonstrations).
Our hosts would also like to see merchants with wares to sell, both to our members and to the public.
The Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 12th century and is one of the most beautiful period sites that we have used.
Due to changes in site policy, this is a camping only event – no crash space in the buildings.
Those with period pavilions are welcome to erect them on the green in the centre, and those with mundane tents camp in the adjacent gardens. Facilities are limited. The toilets are outdoors and there may be limited access to a shower.
Breakfast will be provided on Saturday and Sunday and a feast on Saturday evening. Due to low uptake on previous years, no travellers’ fare on Friday or lunch on Saturday is included. There is a chip shop and pub two minutes walk from site and plenty of pubs in Winchester city centre to relax in at the end of the pilgrimage.
Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Road, Winchester, SO23 9SD
The site is around 10 minutes drive from J11 of the M3 and 1.5 miles from Winchester station. Nearest airport is Southampton, from which it is a short walk to Southampton Parkway station and a short train ride from there to Winchester. Lifts from Winchester station can be arranged if requested in advance.
Day Trip £15 (without feast £10)
Under 16 £10
Under 5 free
Family cap £60
Merchants – £20 additional charge
Cheques payable to SCA West Dragonshire.
Mistress Ariel of Lindisfarne