European Heritage Open Days

The group has been quite busy lately! We’re just through a weekend of test cutting training with guest instructor Keith Farrell (check out his Blog and Fallen Rook publications for lots of excellent reading on and around various HEMA topics), we’re starting to put things in place for next year’s Bladeworks event, and we’re working on another couple of things in the background.

We’re also going to be out and about a bit this September. On Saturday 14th September we’ll be giving two taster classes and some demonstrations in Narrow Water Keep for European Heritage Open Days. We’ll be in the keep from 12pm to 4pm, with a taster class in longsword from 12:15pm to 1:15pm, a taster class in messer from 2:15pm to 3:15pm, and demonstrations of fencing in and around both of them. We’ll also have our instructors and some of our students on hand to chat and answer questions throughout.

Check the official EHOD entry, and keep an eye on the Facebook event page for details.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in introductory Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) workshops for a variety of medieval swords, meet Northern Irish Historical fencers, and find out more about the use of weapons in medieval Europe.

12:15 – 13:15 Workshop: Introduction to European Longsword (1 hour)

13:30 – 14:00 Demonstration: Modern practice of HEMA (30 mins)

14:15 – 15:15 Workshop: Introduction to the Messer (1 hour)

15:30 – 16:00 Demonstration: The context of historical Fencing within Medieval Society

Demonstrations: Find your medieval self by learning how to wield a sword!

There will be two introductory classes at Narrow Water Keep:

1. European longsword from 12:15-13:15 (arrive at 12pm); and

2. The Long Messer from 14:15 – 15:15 (arrive at 2pm)

Registration is not required by participants. Spaces will be limited to 16 per class and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Participants should be aged 15 and older.