Queen's Picnic

Come join us for a camping weekend of relaxation and splendor at the Rockwood Ruins. Or day trip and enjoy Tournaments, games, food and friends! What more could you want?

When: Fri July 22nd -Sun, July 24th, 2005
Where: Rockwood Conservation Area, Rockwood, Ontario
Site Opens: 4:00 pm on Friday, July 22nd
Site Closes: 4:00pm Sunday, July 24th

Site Fees: $10.00/day or $20.00/wknd/person. Children under 5 free!
Camping Fee: + $20.00/tent (Historical tents free if reserved. See below)
Picnic Feast:

  • 6 Person Basket - $50.00
  • 2 Person Basket - $20.00
  • 1 Person Meal - $10.00

As many of you requested it, we have arranged for camping on site. These sites are great, isolated and only a 5 minute walk from the ruins and available at a cost of only + $20.00/tent for the wknd (above site fee).

We also have special limited Camping available at the Mill Ruins for Period/Medieval encampments ONLY for NO ADDITIONAL COST! Please note this restriction to period encampments is to preserve (and increase) the aesthetic of the ruins area for the event. These sites are limited and only available on a first come, first serve basis by paid reservation. There is one large shared central fire pit in this area, so we encourage people to plan their camping food accordingly.

Modern Camping (with or without power) is also available through the Park directly at a cost of $24.00/campsite/night (many able to hold up to 6 or more people/ 2 tents). Use of these modern or group campsites in no way restricts access to the ruins or event area, nor to evening activities. To reserve a modern site, please call Rockwood directly area at (519) 856-9543.

Blanket Merchants and those with medieval merchant booths are welcome and encouraged!

The park has a large variety of activities available, including swimming and canoeing, as well as hot showers.

Gate entry to the park is included with your event fee. Please provide this Flyer or Proof of Membership at the gate.

Schedule: We have scheduled a variety of activities including tournaments and games within the ruins, as well as a bardic circle at the communal firepit beside the lake. Enjoy a relaxed weekend of fighting, fencing, picnics and play in what has to be one of the most beautiful settings in Ontario. We highly encourage you to bring your own medieval presences to help enrich the atmosphere of the event. Court will, at her Majesties whim, be held on Saturday afternoon.

PICNIC FEAST BASKETS: Please note that reserved picnic baskets will be available to pick up from noon until 4pm on Saturday at your leisure. Meals are available in 6 person baskets, as well as for 2 or individual servings. Please note that paid reservation is the only way to order these meals, though there are several good restaurants within walking distance of the park as well as a food kiosk at the opposite end of the park. Deadline for Ordering Feast is July 17/2005.

MENU: (BASED ON SIX PEOPLE or portioned accordingly. A vegetarian alternative can be had by request) Each basket shall contain at least:

  • Provence Chicken and Ham Pie with Shortbread Crust
  • Chutney
  • Fresh Bread and Butters
  • Cheese
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit
  • Salad & Dressing
  • Desert (TBD)
  • Lemonade

Water and lemonade will be available during feast at no extra cost

From Hwy 401, exit at Guelph Line (Exit #312) and head North to Hwy# 7. Turn East (right) and take next right into park entrance. Alternatively, the site is 11km East of Guelph off of Hwy# 7. Guelph Line is approximately 30 minutes west of Toronto on the 401 (Near to the Everton site where Melee and Cooks/Bards used to be). The village of Rockwood has several good restaurants within walking distance of the park.

Garraed Galbraith Aka: Tim Jennings