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A call to the 14th century in Waupoos


Jobs for everyone on the encampment site. Here a young girl announces the start of battles.

Jobs for everyone on the encampment site. Here a young girl announces the start of battles.

beautiful-mom-and-sonA late 14th century tournament of the Red Knight was performed by all comers of good will at Rose House Museum and nearby farm property in Waupoos on the weekend.

The Red Knight and the lords and ladies of his livery held the field against all comers of good will for three days in the third annual event. They feasted, danced and sang and led a joyous life for the weekend. They also provided demonstrations at the museum of swordsmanship, archery, basic spear and crafts.



The Cemetery Lane property is favoured by the group for their third visit, as the area was settled by Loyalists and the farms are mostly still in lots granted by the Crown in 1784, giving the countryside a Medieval appearance.


The encampment participants enjoy some modern, but mostly period camping as the event is foremost about re-enacting. The camp included pavilions and military tents in 1380-1420s era.

Tent for royalty

Tent for royalty

Those attending are asked to immerse themselves into the time period, though there is some forgiveness for newcomers.

Chloe at her tent

Chloe at her tent

“They want everybody to be as authentic as possible. I am wearing loaner clothes as a first-timer,” said Chloe Maugeri, 23, who got involved through a cousin.

She says her first foray into wayback times “has been amazing”.

“I haven’t been to anything like this before. I go camping – regular camping – but nothing like this. I’ve always liked history and took classes in university and I knew they did this so I decided to give it a shot.”

Chloes-shoesShe quite liked the outfit she was loaned for the weekend.

“I quite like to dress up. The majority here are typical middle class 14th century. Robin Hood and his lady, of course, are more upper class.”

And though the sun was blazing most of the weekend, Chloe found she was “quite comfortable” in her linen dress.

“I am having fun. I think I will do this again.”

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  1. Johanna says:

    Was there with my granddaughter in the afternoon after visiting Hillier’s circus in the morning.

    All the re-enactment people were welcoming from the archers, the ladies, the knights and even the children. Watching the knights fight and the archers shoot was great. The explanations before hand was helpful.

    The music sang by the four ladies of the medieval choir was enchanting – very beautiful.

    It was a wonderful event and I hope it returns next year.

  2. Marie says:

    I had no idea this was happening…looks like a lot of fun!

  3. theresa durning says:

    Sue Capon!!! Thank you so much for assisting The Friends of Rose House and for covering this event!!! We truly appreciate your time and generosity!

  4. Susan Rose says:

    Although a very hot weekend our Medieval encampment was great and visitors many! Thx to Christian Cameron and his group from far and educational time for us all!

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