For the last few days, a dedicated group of volunteers and staff worked long hours to create the amazing atmosphere that transfers a peaceful bushland setting into a medieval world ‒ building a castle, miles of fencing, great banners in the woodland ‒ all the infrastructure that is largely unseen yet is the very backbone of a successful festival. Our hundreds of volunteers come from far and wide to generously and enthusiastically give of their time and energy to make this year a success after the disappointment of last year’s cancellation. The contractors had set up
the generators for the food stalls, the lighting towers for night-time, the skips and hundreds of bins to keep the site tidy and clean. The great trebuchets were under construction, pavilions and tents creating a sea of colour; the jousters on their mighty steeds preparing for the tournament. Our faithful stallholders coming from far and wide to sell their wares…. a purposeful stream of knights and ladies and peasants streaming in to set up Viking, Crusader, High Middle Ages and Ottoman encampments.