Welcome to the Shire of Harpelstane

What's On

Shire Events

The date forDance Moot XVI (2020) will be

Saturday 8th February 2020

For more info ....

To book ....

Shire Gatherings

Check on the shire Facebook page for the latest details.

Shire Practices

Contact Thorkil in advance to find out when it's on and get directions

Archery Practice

Dance Practice

Fighter Practice

for other events

See the

Kingdom of Drachenwald Event Calendar


What's it all about

The Shire of Harpelstane is a historical society that focuses on medieval craft, science and skills. Unlike many re-enactment groups we are not focussed on performing for the public. Our members focus on the aspect of history that interests them. Many of our members research and practice these aspects and in turn teach them to others.

When we have get-togethers we dress in medieval styles to give a backdrop to each member's particular persona. This means that a Viking Jarl can be sitting next to a Tudor Lady in Waiting. This Anachronism may to outside eyes raise eyebrows, however it unites us as we understand the effort and time our individuals have put in to their work.

We hold weekly meetings focussed on music & dance and combat and have monthly gatherings, sometimes in a castle or other historical site and sometimes to work on a group or individual's project.

Individual interests include;-

  • The skill involved in medieval combat
  • The art involved in calligraphy and illumination of manuscripts
  • The craft involved with medieval textile techniques and dress construction.

It doesn't matter if your desire is to master a craft, or just dabble... If they did it "then", more than likely you'll be able to find someone with similar interests doing it now.