Beorg-wic is the AAF's annual camping event. Re-enactors from across the country gather for a long weekend in the Southern Highlands of feasting, crafting, fighting and archery.
Where is it located?
The event is held annually at the Beorg-wic end of Danelaw’s 120-acre property, approximately 40km from Braidwood. It’s about a two hour drive from Canberra and three and a half hours from Sydney. The site offers good camping areas, pit and composting toilets and a long fire pit for socialising. There is no drinking water on site, so bring all you need. There are maps on the AAF website (www.aaf.org.au) and we will be putting up signs. Gate codes will be provided once we have confirmation of your booking and payment.
October long weekend. The site is generally open for arrivals on Friday afternoon and closed Monday afternoon. Any person wishing to remain after the AAF leaves must negotiate to do so with Danelaw.
Danegeld and Pricing
The AAF runs Beorg Wic with the aim of breaking even and all profits from the event are channeled back into making the event better. Danelaw is paid a Danegeld that helps pay for improvements to the site.
Prices for 2012, are:
Adults (18 years +): $80,
Children over 13: $40 and
Children under 12: free.
All children must have either a parent or guardian with them at the event.
People who wish to stay only one night or come just for the day, please refer to the registration form for costings.
Feasts are provided Saturday and Sunday night. Vegetarian (not vegan) options will be available; ALL other meals are the patron's responsibility. Be sure to provide any dietary requirements on the registration form.
If you are interested in joining, there is a simple kid's dinner provided earlier in the evening, made up of kebabs, sausages, cheese, veggie sticks, sparkling apple juice, fruit and cake.
Vinlands Coffee House and Tavern
Vinlands Coffee House was at Beorg-wic the last two years with the full range of wares and also ran the Tavern with all your old favourites and soon to be new ones we hope! We have confirmed that Vinlands Coffee House and Tavern will be returning to the event in 2012.
All workshops (except the open forge) are being conducted in the morning prior to lunch for both days. The following workshops have been planned:
- Viking Wire Weaving
- Basic Forging
- Construction Stitching
- Embroidery Stitching
- Tablet Weaving
- Fire starting
- Brass Work
- Rope Work
- Shoe Making
The registration form has the workshops and timings. Please indicate workshops that you wish to attend. “First-in, best-dressed” is the motto when workshop attendances are being complied. If you miss out you on the timing you wish, we’ll either give you the option of the alternate day or add you to the reserve list.
Please DO NOT attempt to book more than one workshop for anyone time period. This may end up with you not being booked for any.
If you would like to run a workshop or activity in the 2012 event, please contact the Beorg Wic email.
Market starts from lunch time on both days and is held in the Tavern. Feel free to bring your period wares!
We normally run archery sessions on both days with basic target archery for beginners and archery games for the more experienced archers.
The AAF likes to introduce a wider variety of scenarios to re-invigorate combat; any suggestions should be forwarded onto the chief marshal.
All group combat is head blow; most is forearm (we will have some vambraces to lend if you wish).
The Beorg Wic fighting Rules can be found here.
A Bardic competition is generally held on Sunday night in the tavern; jokes, stories, music and interpretive dance all welcome.
Site rules and regulations
The road is used by other property owners so clear passage for large vehicles (including semi-trailers and road graders) is needed at all times. Parking should not be visible from the campsite and preferably on the opposite side of the road from the event. If a club member asks you to move your vehicle, please do so promptly.
Danelaw does not permit the smoking of butted cigarettes on site; any person found doing so will be asked to leave.
Additional camping areas have been cleared for non-period tents. On arrival please rendezvous with the site marshal if you need assistance finding the right spot to camp. Camping will be first in best dressed, please contact us prior to the event if you have concerns about fitting a large tent.
Drinking water, rubbish and fire materials
The site has no running water; please bring your own drinking water with you.
Groups are expected to remove all their rubbish from the site themselves.
The AAF provides fire materials only for the kitchen and central fire pit, if you wish to have a campfire you will need to provide your own fuel.
First aid officers
First aid officers will be wearing white armbands with a red grumpy man. At registration we ask that people with first aid qualifications make themselves known if they are willing to wear the "red grumpy man" arm bands as we aim to have as many people as possible identified as potential help in an emergency. Rather than being an onerous task full of responsibility and demanding ones attention, this is largely for the benefit of children at the site who may need someone to point them in the direction of a band-aid.
On the day
The AAF has a mobile phone (0439 782 752) that works on-site and is used for emergencies. This phone will only be available on the weekend, so please don't try and call it in the meantime. There is a public phone in Nerriga, if you need it.
When you get to front gate it will have a black code padlock on it (along with several normal metal ones). The code for the padlock will be sent to you after you register, please ensure that everyone you know is coming has the code and that they know how to open the lock.
To open, turn the tumblers to the code, then squeeze the metal shank down into the black body of the lock, it will click then spring open. If it does not open check the tumblers are set on the code, give in a shake and pull then try squeezing again.