On Ilkla Moor — 21-22 November 2009

August 18, 2009 at 7:58 am 1 comment

Our second event is a campfire cooking event at Cockatrice Farm.

House Abbotsford, who have the splendid period encampment at Rowany Festival, are helping us to use very traditional cooking methods, based on real medieval recipes.

We hope to have a display of medieval hats, and to teach you how to make some basic hats.  Lady Alys will help you make a cloak, and we’re hoping for sessions on spinning and pottery too.  And some English country dances.

There will be an archery target set up.

There will be a list field available for informal heavy combat or fencing.  There is a good armouring workshop on site, so it may be a good opportunity to fix nagging armour issues.

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  • 1. K  |  November 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm


    Yes, please come anyway. There are no late fees for this one, but please give us as much notice as possible, either email or text to 0412 867 731.


    We’re at the end of Barkers Lane, which is a gravel road right at the junction of the Hume and Federal Highways. There are now highway signs from both directions. Beware: some GPS systems will tell you to come in via Parkesbourne Road, which requires driving across paddocks. Come in off the Hume please.

    From Sydney, sail right past Goulburn. Barkers Lane is opposite the turning lane off the Hume onto the Federal Highway (Canberra).

    From Canberra, merge onto the Hume then get into the left lane as soon as you can. There’s a big green sign saying you can turn right to go back to Canberra, and a sign to the left for Barkers Lane.

    From Melbourne: 10km short of Goulburn is the Federal Highway turnoff to Canberra. Turn left down Barkers Lane at that point.


    There is limited house crash-space and internal toilets — for those who really need this.

    Camping is in a mown paddock, flat but rough underfoot in places. There is tank water available.

    There are Festival-style composting toilets. There are no showers unless volunteers organise this, but there will be by 12th Night.

    There will be several large tents up. It’s possible to camp there, if you bring bedding. We have trestle tables but limited chairs.


    We are planning to have everything set up by 10am Saturday, and we’ll provide lunch.

    The poultry – ducks, chickens and a peacock – for the event will be killed and cleaned during the morning — so this may be a factor in when you wish to arrive. Those who pluck have first dibs on the feathers.

    Saturday afternoon will be mainly about cooking for the dinner, using period encampment techniques. Lots of chatting while we prepare the food. If you can, bring craft projects that you can work on around the campfire.

    At this stage, cooler weather is predicted on the weekend and we expect to go ahead with a fire. If the heatwave is prolonged, we may have to consider a backup option.

    We will have a list field set up, for informal combat. There will be an archery range set up too.

    On the Sunday, we’re planning another relaxed day, culminating in lunch.
    You are welcome to stay all day, but probably most people will leave after lunch.

    There is a dam suitable for swimming and fishing (mostly redfin, though we did get a 4.5 kg golden perch once).

    We have baby chickens, ducks and guineafowl at present. We have a mare and foal, highland cattle and alpacas\\\\\\\camelopards.


    Event Steward


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