Autumn Crown – 18-20 October 2019

‘As the year turns and the days darken, it is time to find the heirs to the crown of Drachenwald, to find those who will the carry us through the depths of winter and  through to the brightness and joy of summer.  Come one, come all to witness such feats of martial prowess as will be told of in days to come.’

Latest News

Lady Fiona has put together a very comprehensive guide on some travel options to the site from the airports around London. See below in the travel information.

Registration

All beds and feast spaces are now booked pending confirmation! You may still register and we will add you to the waiting list.

A separate booking form must be completed for each person attending, including children and infants. Bookings can only be confirmed by:

  • full payment (details will be sent on receipt of booking form)
  • or by sending your travel details (for those travelling from abroad)

Prompt payment is appreciated to cover costs incurred before the event. If you feel you may have difficulty paying immediately, please discuss this with the reservation steward, Lady Emoni de le Fere (thamesreach.seneschal@gmail.com).

Bookings will close on Thursday 3 October.

Already Booked

Event fee

Venue

Buckden Towers
High Street, Buckden
St. Neots, Cambridgeshire
PE19 5TA
UK

The site will open at 6pm (UK) on Friday and close at 11am (UK) on Sunday.

Buckden Towers is first mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1068. It became a main residence of the Bishops of Lincoln as they travelled along the Great North Road and was the last residence of Katherine of Aragon prior to her removal to Kimbolton where she died. It was at Buckden Towers she humbled the Duke of Norfolk with the help of the locals. The site is part of a 15 acre estate within which is included a Tudor knotwork garden.

For more details about the site itself, see http://www.fobt.org.uk

Accommodation

Bed in house 44 GBP pp – FULLY BOOKED

All beds in the House are now booked however we are running a waiting list in case of cancellations. Please register for the event and let us know you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Beds within the Victorian House (44 GBP per person) all contain private sinks and most share bathroom.  They all share a sitting room which will most likely be assigned to meetings during the day. Single bookings will be paired off. The site requests that all guests in the House strip and remake their beds prior to departure.

The rooms in the Victorian House are accessible via a shallow grand staircase and our recommended option for those gentles with mobility issues.

Bunk 10 GBP pp

Dormitory bunks are in the Tower and accessed via a spiral staircase.  The bunks require you to bring bedding. If luggage capacity is a problem, please let us know via the booking form so that we can arrange to supply bedding.

Travel

Lady Fiona has put together a very comprehensive document on travel options from the various airports around London to the site – you can download a copy here:

Car:

Buckden is located on the Great North Road (now the A1), giving easy access from north and south. It is also located about 5 miles south of the A14 giving easy access from east and west. There is a large car park. Vehicles can be brought into the courtyard for unloading only but will then need to be returned to the car park.

Train:

The site is about 5 miles from both Huntingdon and St. Neot’s, both of which have stations on the East Coast Line from London to Peterborough. Taxis are readily available for ~£10 per trip and we will run a page to allow people to communicate with each other to share.

The Eurostar arrives in London from which a further train can be caught (see train connections below)

Air:

Heathrow and Gatwick: train into London then East Coast line to Huntingdon or St. Neot’s.

Luton: train to King’s Cross/St. Pancras and then East Coast line as above.

Stansted: train to Peterborough and change to East Coast connection to London.

There is ample taxi service from both Huntingdon and St. Neots’ stations. Closer to the time if people provide their arrival times, we will keep a webpage so that different parties can coordinate and share taxis.

Event team:

Steward: Lady Maud de Elsynge (maud.de.elsynge@gmail.com)

Deputy Steward: Baron Nicholas de Estleche dictus le Tardif

Reservations: Lady Emoni de le Fere

Head Cook: Lady Edith Hedingham

Marshal in Charge: Viscount Robert of Canterbury

Archery MiC:      Lord Guy di Dinan

Rapier MiC:         Lady Rebecca of Flintheath