The shire of Mynydd Gwyn does announce the very great festival of Raglan fair. The Castle's Stewards CADW (The Welsh National Heritage Trust) were so pleased with our presence last year, that they have given us permission to use all parts of the castle in all manner of Noble emprises of Arms Bridges, Gateways, Courtyards, Towers, Small Chambers, Large Chambers, Doorways, and Donjons all will be the scenes of our affairs. Ambuscades, Escalades, assaults, defences, pas de armes, prize playings, Behourds, tourneys, Challenges, Hastilitudes and Grand Melees shall all be held, Both in Harness in combat a plaisance, and without as in Defencing, both inspired by the honour of our ladies and consorts and our companions in arms on the field. Come one and all to the greatest fighting venue in the Known World.
Site: Raglan Castle, Raglan, NP15 2BT Monmouthshire Off the A40 7m SW of Monmouth, Gwent, southeast Wales Google map of location (http://shrinkster.com/evb). Useful photos and links (not SCA-affiliated) . The site is discreetly wet.
Accommodation and food: Camping only. No tent pegs are allowed to penetrate the ground any deeper than 75 millimetres (CADW rules). Food arrangements are mostly self-catering. A simple stew will be available on Saturday evening. In this historic site, no modern catering facilities are available. If attendees wish to cook their own food on site, all fires must be raised off the ground, with trays underneath to catch embers; do not disturb or remove the turf. Each member is responsible for their own waste disposal. Animals are not allowed on site. No vehicles are allowed within the monument; however there is an area for loading and unloading.
Raglan Village is a brisk walk from the castle, with shops, pubs, and other food outlets. There are a number of Hotels and B&B's in Raglan Village.
Event Cost: £14/person. The basic site fee covers your entry to the castle and Saturday's meal. Sterling checks are payable in advance to "SCA shire of Mynydd Gwyn" sent to the Reservation Steward.
Directions By Air:
Cardiff International Airport is the closest airport to the site. Pickups can be arranged - contact the event steward in advance. Cardiff has flights from across Europe and the UK as well as recent flights from Vancouver and Toronto in the Americas. For further information (http://www.cwlfly.com/)
Bristol International Airport is also relatively close, with flights from across Europe and a good choice for travelers from the Americas with flights from New York. Bristol Airport has bus and rail links to Newport where pickups can be made if arranged in advance. For further information (http://www.bristolairport.co.uk )
International travellers - please let the event steward know your travel details! so we can try to find you if you get lost.
By Car: From the M4 leave at junction 24 and follow the A449 till it joins the A40. From the M5 join the M50 and follow the road till it becomes the A40. Then take the A40 towards Raglan. At the roundabout do a U turn and come back along the A40. On your left is a small road leading up to Raglan Castle. There will be SCA signs from the A40.
By Train: Take a train to Newport where you can either get a bus to Raglan which is every two hours, or you can arrange a pickup in advance. For the best means to get to Newport by train check the timetable section on National Rail .
By Coach: You can get a coach to Newport and then get a local bus to Raglan, which is every two hours or an advance pickup can be arranged. Check the National Express timetable for schedules.
Event and reservations steward:
Dom Duarte Gonçalves de Montes (Johnathan George)
Contact Marshal (about the fighting scenarios):
Lord Robert of Canterbury (Dan Towse)
Rapier marshal (about fencing scenarios):
Signore Antonio di Rienzo (Tom McKinell)
Shire of Mynydd Gwyn (Gwent, Wales)