Fun things to do
Fun things to do at Festival
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So you have suffered the long drive to festival, past sleepy towns, visiting way too many fast food joints and old pubs. Down long roads that never seem to have any bends. Admiring trees that turn colours you never see in Queensland. You arrive at festival, stiff and sore from too long in a car … and it is a dusty paddock – so when does the fun start! There are tons of things to do at festival but like all the best mischief you do need to go look for it. Firstly when you arrive at the gate you should get your timetable of events, this is a gold mine of information and should be studied. This will let you know when all the arts and science collegia are on, wars, fencing tourneys, dance balls, archery tourneys, guild and other meetings - Best to keep in your pouch or bag for reference.
Now your on site and it is time to explore, first place to turn up to is the village green, this is the hub of festival site, here you will find the tavern, wine bar, coffee shop and medieval merchants which are set up for festival – beware the evil purveyors of books, personally I think I should just hand over my credit card at the door, I am sure they would spend less than I do. Don’t forget to check out the range of pewter pilgrim’s tokens, this is not how they teach medieval at schools. Also at the village green is the great hall, this is the main site for courts as well as dance balls and bardic circles. On Sunday there is even a mass held on site for those who wish to attend. Near the great hall is the officer’s tent (great if you have lost anything as this is where the lost property is taken).
OK now you have your bearings, go have a wander and check out some of the campsites, there are period campsites which are amazing to behold as well as the more party orientated sites. One of the best ways to visit all the campsites, meet a lot of people and help out in the organisation is to volunteer as a constable (go to the officers tent). If you have never done this before, don’t worry, they will team you with someone who knows the rules. Your job will be to check out all the campsites and make sure everything is safe, nice excuse to see what each of the groups gets up to.
- Market day on Saturday morning, Laurels Prize Tourney on Saturday afternoon, Pirate parties and plank walking, all the no sh*t there I was stories from all the battles, tourneys or visits to the tavern / wine bar.