Rent a Don III

The Shire of Mynydd Gwyn is proud to announce the continuation of Rent a Don.

This time around Barwyn Gwlym will be teaching an intensive training programme with classess in the art of Giganti and Capo Ferro. Meister Gwylym will also teach how to survive a duel in just 30 days and as there is much more to life than simple prowess with a sword there will also be classes on how to be a courtier and how to survive unarmed combat.

But what about those who don't fence? For those less inclined to the art of rapier there will be some thrown weapons handled by Lord Ivan, and Master Terafan will be running an archery tournament and a heavy Pas d’Armes and melee

For those more inclined to the intricate Arts & Sciences there will be classes on blackwork and inkleweaving and Meister Gwylym our multi-talented Don will also teach a class on costuming.

There is also going to be a few merchants at the event and there is space for more if anyone is interested in selling their wares.

And as I am sure most of you have been looking for an excuse to show off or finish your best finery. Well, during the day the castle will be open to the public which gives you the chance to impress and hopefully attract newbies.

There is accomodation available in three crash halls, there is also space for camping available outside in the castle lawns. Please note that there are no showers avaiable on site. There is however an arrangement to use the showers at the local swimming pool,please contact the autocrat for further information. For those of you wishing to get to a B&B or a hotel you can find local information at:

Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, Lincolnshire LN1 3AA, England. Site is open from 17:30 on Friday till 15:30 Sunday. No pets allowed. There is heated crash space in three rooms, camping space outside, and there are plenty of local b&b's and hotels. As the site is open to the public during the days the site is dry while the public are around, and is discreetly wet after hours. Please conceal all mundane items and help to keep the castle presentable by not littering. Please note that no flames are allowed in the dinner hall. The dinner hall is also very bare and mundane so any banners that you can bring would be appreciated. Please also note that we have limited space for feast and crash and priority will be given to fencers attending the classes. So please book early.

Students £30
Basic fee £10
Family Cap £40
Children under 12 go free.

There will also be day fares available for those only wishing to spend the day.

Bookings made from the UK remain provisional until pre payment is received.

For your money you will get to spend a fun weekend in a really cool castle, you will also get a light supper on Friday night as well as breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings and feast on Saturday night. Please note that midday lunch will not be provided. However there is a really nice little cafe in the castle that provides really good food. Please also note to advise of any food allergies by February 1st.

For those paying the student surcharge they will receive a weekends intensive tutelage in the arte of defense. They will also receive the rent a don booklet penned by Master Gwylym.

By Air:
There is an hourly rail service from Stanstead airport, to Peterborough. Change at Peterborough for the train to Lincoln. There is also a link from Leeds-Bradford airport. Humberside and Midlands airports are also nearby.

By Car:
The city of Lincoln is accessible from the M1, make your way to junction 31 and follow the A57 till it joins up with the A1. Follow the A1 for two junctions to Sibthorpe and rejoin the A57 and follow the signs for Lincoln. The A46 is the main raod around lincoln. Leave this road when it joins with the B126. Follow this down to the roundabout and turn right onto Yarborough Crescent. Follow Yarborough Crescent into Yarborough Road. And trun right into Carline Road. Follow Carline Road into Drury Lane. At the end turn left into Castle Hill. Drive up to the Castle. Follow the SCA signs for the castle. (Please note that there is a confusing one way system in operation in the city of Lincoln so follow the signs carefully)

By Train:
Lincoln train station is a ten minute walk from the castle. For the best means to get to Lincoln by train check the timetable section on

By Coach:
Lincoln coach station is also a ten minute walk from the castle, services are limited, so you are advised to check the timetable at

Dom Duarte Gonçalves de Monaes
(Johnathan George)