This year Insulae Draconis is taking part in the Ancient Oak Medieval Fayre. This is a larger gathering of re-enactment groups and traders aimed at the public. Our aim is to show what we do to both them and the other re-enactors present. To this end we are holding an event within the event. This will allow those of us not comfortable with direct demonstration to be in the background whilst enjoying a free camping event on both the Saturday and Sunday. A simple lunch will also be provided on both days.
We are asking for people to make reservations so that we know the numbers for which to prepare food. There will also be food and drink commercially available on site.
Armour and Rapier
We will have the space to create our own encampent and within that we will have our own combat ring. This will allow our fighters to fight all day. Within that, it is the current intention to hold a flowing tournament (most probably a Canterbury) each day, for both armoured and rapier combat. The rest of the time our ring will be open for pick-ups, teaching and demonstrations.
We will have archery. Some time will be devoted to allowing the public to have a go, and some to dedicated shoots for those attending. It is also our intent, to stage an open tournament of some kind for all those at Ancient Oak, so that our archers can show their skills against all-comers.
Arts & Sciences
We will have a large tent, most likely Nicholas de Estleche’s green and gold Burgundian, as a dedicated A&S space. We intend to have classes held on both days open to both our members, other groups and any member sof the public who care to sit in.
Accommodation on site is camping only, I strongly suspect with period and mundane encampments.
The site is just to the north-east of Cambridge off the A14. There is a Best Western on the edge of the village and a Premier Inn on the north side of Cambridge off the A14 within a few minute’s drive.
Fires and naked flames are permitted. Fire pits are also allowed as long as the turf is replaced when you leave.
The site is easily accesible by road, being just off the A14. To get to the area from the west use the A14, from the south the M11 and from the north or south the A1(M).
The nearest stations are Waterbeach and Cambridge north, accesible directly from London King’s Cross, or with a change at Cambridge from London Liverpool Street. From the west go either via London or on a more direct line to Ely, and then change. Again from the north head for Ely and then change.
Steward: Nicholas de Estleche
Deputy Steward: Nero Lupo
Head Cook: Alexandre d’Avigné
Armoured Marshal: TBC
Rapier Marshal: Rebecca of Flintheath
Archery Marshal: Eldgrimr Jonsson
Arts & Science: Bella Donna
Publicity: Ranulf li Norreis