Thamesreach is just one part of a pyramid of groupings within the global community of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Our next level up is the Principality of Insulae Draconis covering England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland. There are a total of twelve groups like us, each producing their own local and grand events. A few examples are below:
Ffair Rhaglan – now in it’s 14th year, Ffair Rhaglan is the pinnacle of our Principality events, attracting guests form all over the world. Ten days of camping in the grounds of Raglan castle, packed with combat, archery, classes and socialising, makes for a magical time, recreating the middles ages!
Yule Ball – our neighbouring shire Flintheath’s flagship event, is an annual winter gathering at Buckden Towers, the historical residence of the Bishops of Ely. Feasting and dancing, and more recently hosting the annual Kingdom University, drawing together the artisans and master craftsmen to teach their specialism to the populace. Come and learn new skills in a Tudor setting.
Flaming Arrow – The Irish groups come together each year for a weekend of archery, food and craic. Target shoots of various formats (including Popinjay and William Tell) and a woodland course following an old mill leat. Thamesreach has recently been sending its best archers to join in the fun.
Dancemoot – Harplestane hosts an annual dance weekend in a period setting, complete with live medieval music courtesy of Gaita.
Further afield, Insulae Draconis is but one part of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, counting over 50 groups across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Drachenwald is just one of twenty Kingdoms across the globe. From Thailand, South Korea and Japan, to New Zealand, Australia to Canada, the SCA has expanded beyond its US West Coast roots.