Medieval Outdoor Games Revel

A fun outdoor social occasion for the Shire of Thamesreach, the London Branch of the Society for
Creative Anachronism. Saturday 10th July 2021. Noon-6pm. Grovelands Park, Southgate.

To include:
Playing medieval outdoor games, such as quoits, loggetts, bowls and stool ball. Pitch & putt golf (a period game, known from 15th century Scotland) is also available in the park!
Crafts – bring along your works in progress and repairs to work on and your completed items for a show and tell. Classes or group crafting activities may also be planned closer to the date.
Feasting in good company – this may be potluck or bring-your-own depending on the situation in July.
Such other appropriate outdoor merriment as participants shall devise.

Sign up form here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044daaaf2eabf49-medieval

Further details below the picture.

Grovelands Park – image shows a grassy open space surrounded by trees, with distant figures enjoying the outdoors

Dress code – “a reasonable attempt at pre-1600 clothing.” There will be some loaner garb available, but all are welcome regardless of attire!

Price – a voluntary collection will be taken to cover any costs to the shire and to make a donation to the friends of the park. 

Facilities – the encampment in the park will have one medieval tent (which you can use to get changed and store modern clothing/bags etc.) with a large canopy for shade. Please bring your own seating – picnic rugs, camping chairs etc are fine (if they look medieval, even better). The park has reasonable toilet facilities, a cafe/shop with takeaway snacks and a separate coffee and ice cream stall.

How to get there – Grovelands Park is a short walk from Southgate tube station on the Piccadilly line. For drivers, there is plenty of parking along Queen Elizabeth Drive, which is not limited to residents at weekends. Disabled parking spaces are available near the park gate on The Bourne and within the park near the cafe. A map showing exactly where in the park the encampment will be will be posted here later.

Newcomers welcome – if you haven’t been to an SCA event before and would like help with meeting the dress code or any other guidance, please make a note in the comment field of the form. We may be able to lend you eg. a tunic or surcote.

For more information see this first event guide: http://www.thamesreach.org/first-event-guide/ It was written for a previous weekend-long event, but covers the basics. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Well-behaved dogs are allowed.

Please note: This event will comply with any Covid-19 restrictions in force at the time. It will be cancelled by email if restrictions do not allow it to go ahead or if bad weather is forecast, so please check your mail before travelling. If you cannot attend for any reason, please email janemknz@gmail.com to free up your place for someone else. You MUST NOT attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, a positive test or have been told to isolate.

Regardless of restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to comply with conditions set by the park, so please ensure that you sign up all members of your party via this form. 30 places are being released initially – further places may be released later if possible.

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Stool Ball
The Thamesreach Stool Ball Rules. Open to all ages. We broadly follow the instructions set out here: http://slumberland.org/sca/articles/stoolball.html
Two teams will be formed, of equal size.
Play will last for a set amount of time, eg. 1 hour from the first ball bowled until last innings are called, and then as long thereafter as it takes to complete the last innings.
The only balls used during the game will be soft junior cricket safety balls (so head protection is optional). All bowling must be under-arm. Bats will be provided.
All players must wear garb, but modern footwear is fine.
Very young players may (if they wish) be assisted by an adult when batting/running.
Players unable to run, for whatever reason, may nominate a runner, so long as they do the batting themselves.