Always wanted to know how pottery is made? How to cook medieval dishes on an open fire? Or how to use a spindle to make yarn out of raw fleece from sheep? Or do you want to felt your own woolen bracelet, or braid a mouse from straw? Well, during Keltfest it’s all possible: for the fourth year in a row the Ambachts Ghylde has it’s own little settlement here at Keltfest!
You can always find something to do in our camp. Whether you want to be creative yourself or you just want to look how a craftsman makes his/her own creations. Besides that you can also visit us to try, or buy our handmade items. Like tasting sweet honey from our own bees, or buying shiny jewelry made from straw, or have a look at our beautiful clay pottery and our freaky hats and scarfs made from wool. All handmade by our craftsmen.
Right in the middle of the Celtic barbarism, one small Roman camp firmly holds its ground. They are the Pax Romana Society. This group represents Romans as they lived in the Netherlands during the 1st century AD. Although the Celtic and Roman encounters sometimes didn’t went well, the Romans did leave us information about the Celts. The cultural barrier between Celts and Romans was a large one, but both cultures tended to learn about each other and exchanged knowledge. Keeping the soldiers in shape is the number one priority in the Roman army. Besides that numerous tasks have to be done in the military camp. In the civilian camp you might find craftsmen like the woodworker and the cook. But not all these civilians are Roman. Several Celtic civilians have come to trade with the Romans. Celtic products and raw materials are traded with the Romans in exchange for ceramics or coins.
Meet The Bloodaxes of Cweorth, a viking family with origins in 10th century Denmark. We love to tell you all about our way of living; we eat, play, cook, cast the runestones for you and entertain you and your childeren with our stories, our handcrafts and ..we may even let you look into our cookingpot… Want to play Hnefatafl with us or try some handcrafting yourself? We promise not to raid or robb you, we are friendly and peaceful. Just don’t irritate the big guy or the wolf and you’ll be fine.
We at Marsanta Suibhail (which is Celtic for traveling merchant and is pronounced ‘Marsant’a Shu-ul’) have a Celtic background and get our stuff we sell through barter during our trip through Europe. From wood and bone, we make objects, handicrafts and jewelry tools such as spoons, wooden needles and crochet hooks, which we also sell and use to make jewelry and woolen hats. During our stay we demonstrate these crafts and give explanation on this. But a short workshop is also possible!
Because we are witches and because of emerging witches persecution we can never stay too long in one area. This allows us to come in contact with many people where we would barter with businesses as well as things to learn, so for example we learned needle binding and lucetkoord making from the Vikings. But this traveling around is also dangerous and therefore we are both skilled in using the sword and axe.
Deuoxtonion literally means : “Of Gods and People”.
Deuoxtonion is a group of volunteers with a passion for early history in Flanders, specifically the Iron Age. The image most people picture of Iron Age culture is still largely influenced by the very biased story of Gaius Iulius Caesar and therefore incorrect. Our living history project tries to give a truthful impression of daily life in an extended family in Flanders around the year 60 B.C. Let´s say, just before Roman legions began wreaking havoc in these parts of Northern Europe.
It’s always good to stay at the small encampment of Brannii, the fire is always lit for warmth, tea and/or dinner. The occupants will show you life as it was in the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, the time of the Celts, in the Netherlands and surrounding areas.
You can see how they cook on open fire and how the clothing is made. They can show you how to work leather, wood and metal into wonderful and useful items, and can teach you about herbs, nature, life itself and even death.
The Branii-men will even pick up arms when their encampment is threatened!
So come visit Branii and let them take you back to the time of the Celts.
The Saxons were a people of farmers, hunters and fishermen, but also raiders of the North Sea and her coasts. Generally they lived in sib communities. After the age of Roman domination in England, part of the Saxons migrated to Britain. Others remained on the continent, particularly inhabiting the areas of northern Germany, but also parts of the Netherlands and France.
These Saxons were called Ealdseaxe (old Saxons) and were the last folk in Western Europe to hold on to pagan tradition. During the late 8th century the Franks made effort to suppress paganism and to christianise the Saxons under duress. A bitter fight arose, known as the Saxon wars.
Sweordweras Ealdseaxe are engaged in tracing the scantly preserved information about the lifestyle of the old Saxons. Their presentation of handicrafts, battle sceneries and daily life provides an impression of the past culture and insights into Saxon habits.
This edition these two strong women have joined hands.
LandLink relives the times of the Vikings; a developed culture full of subtle artisany in strong connection with nature. Besides the beauty of the historic crafts, the experience of earthly connectedness is central. For a fur, an animal is felted on the spot, for LandLink stays close to the base and thus lets you renew your contact with the world around you.
The Pagan Lady is a white witch. The ancient image of the wise ‘old’ ‘woman who listens to you and can help you with her practical magic, herbalism and above all her wisdom-through-experience and knowledge of rocks, trees, astrology, herbs and plants. She may have for you a spell, a talisman, a magic wand, a magic powder or balm, a useful tea recipe or a simple advice. Ask her to consult the oracle in case of deep questions or difficult decisions.
The Niflheim Vikings are a number of Viking families showing Vikings daily life together in their camp. In addition to camp life, we practice various handcrafts and we educate our young men to become warriors ‘to go Viking’.
These Vikings do not bite and would like to give any information about Viking life.
We are Clan MacBran. We are a group of re-enactors who have chosen the period of the Jacobites in 1745-1746 as their period to re-enact. Our camp aims to portrait a group of Jacobites and their daily activities, such as:
Preparing food, various crafts; basket weaving, woodcrafts, working iron, net knotting, knitting, washing, creating clothing, band weaving, soap making and churning butter. Weapons and their techniques. Demonstrations of the clothing like the Great kilt (for gents) and the Arisaid (for lasses) and the positioning and building of the tents and encampment.
Hello! We are Mark and Paula and together with our dog Roos, we are the inhabitants of camp Haertfara. The name Haertfara translates to a traveling fireplace or ‘home away from home’. The fireplace is the heart of a home, where food is prepared and where you will find warmth, comfort and social life. We re-enact living in the early middle ages.
We engage ourselves with cooking on an open fire, playing games, having a chat and all that is involved in the life of a traveling home away from home in the early Middle Ages. From our chef you can expect a joke or story and a sympathetic ear, but also a slap on the wrist when you sneak a taste from the cauldron. When you live in the kitchen you’re never hungry, so we don’t bite. In other words: if you have any, please ask. We’d love to answer them!