Bladeworks returns for 2019! Click on the image about for the Facebook event page.

Bladeworks is a 2.5 day Historical European Martial Arts Event hosted this year by EliteArchery just outside Bangor NI.

There are several ways to get involved:
1. If you are an existing HEMA practitioner come along for the weekend for a series of technical classes, some free-sparring, and fechtschules for longsword, sabre/broadsword, rapier, and messer;
2. If you’re not a HEMA practitioner and want to come along to watch then join us on the Sunday for the fechtschules and see the experienced fencers compete to demonstrate their technical ability!

The event will kick off on the Friday evening with some socialising and suitable games for anyone arriving that day to start the event off in suitable fashion!

Saturday will be closed to the public, but will feature a series of technical workshops in various weapons, including one day-long workshop in longsword. These technical workshops are for existing HEMA practitioners only.

On Sunday there will be a final workshop in the morning, and then a series of fechtschule on the weapon systems covered in the technical classes and an opportunity for the public to watch.

Throughout the weekend at varous times (though none overlapping with the public entry sections) there will be also be some test cutting for those interested HEMA practitioners (there will be a small additional charge for this to help us cover the costs of tatami).

Indoor ‘camping’ accommodation is provided in the venue for the HEMA practitioners staying for the weekend for free; so bring a carry mat/camp bed/airbed, and a tent! Camping will be sheltered so no need to worry about the weather! We’ll have our assortment of boardgames and diversions to keep us all entertained for the evenings, just like last year!

There will be tea and coffee available all day Saturday and Sunday and we will confirm food arrangements – breakfast and lunch will be similar to last year most likely; but there is also a variety of takeaways, shops, and other places within a couple of minutes drive.

The final schedule is in place and is a definite indication of whats happening and when. Any last minute changes will be to enable more people to do more things, not to the actual workshop content etc.