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.
...Canterbury Faire as seen by Duchess Yolande Kesteven
Come join us for feasting, fun and frolics at Canterbury Faire, hosted by the Barony of Southron Gaard. No mud, no dust, no venymous fauna!
Comfortable bunkrooms, hot showers, shady tent sites, optional meal plan, real toilets, enjoyable medieval pastimes from dawn 'til dusk, and then some.
Canterbury Faire is held in Waipara, 45 minutes north of Christchurch, New Zealand
The Boy's Brigade Waipara Riverside Park, 437 Darnley Road, Amberley, New Zealand is approximately 45-60 minutes north of Christchurch in the Hurunui wine region.
This is a large site with excellent indoor and outdoor facilities. The main camp buildings have sleeping accommodation and facilities for 100. There is a large hall, dining room and two carpeted lounges. The grounds are attractive with a recreation area, tent and marquee sites, and caravan points, as well as numerous water taps and BBQ pads. There is a formed swimming hole in the Waipara Riverbed adjacent to the site.
All buildings have electric lighting and electrically heated hot water. Toilets are available in the Great Hall/Quarters block, the Royal Ward, at the Tui Centre, and near the Mangy Mongol.
Canterbury Faire has a large marquee on the main field to provide a shady/dry gathering area in addition to the Great Hall and to house the Market, Court and other activities.
Please note that the quietest area is that behind the Tui Lodge (furthest area from the marquee and main tourney/war fields). Less-quiet campers should choose sites nearer the marquee and Mangy Mongol.
In some years, the CF site is subject to a Prohibited Fire Season. In practice, we have permission in those years to use GAS BBQs for cooking provided we use one of several locations spread throughout the site which have both taps and concrete pads, or similar non-flammable ground cover. Consult the gate staff or Steward for the location of your nearest such.