Living history

Curious about what was happening back in the old days? In the various camps you will go back in time and imagine yourself to be a part of the age of Celts, Vikings and Saxons. Learn all about their daily life and let yourself be carried away to vanished ages.

      

Bloodaxes of Cweorth

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.

Vikings are more than just tough warriors or dreaded fighters. Their daily life was hard work. Preparing and cooking food, needlework and doing reparations took up a big part of the day. They laughed, worked, chatted and traded. The Bloodaxes of Cweorth is a 10th century Viking family. Admire the leatherwork of Bodulft, try a game of Hnefatafl with one of the kids or get your hair braided by Freya. Or perhaps you’d like to know what the runes will tell you? Othela loves to show you.

The cauldrons are always simmering in their little camp and sometimes… they take guests in to tell them more about their special crafts.

Oma Wolletje

It’s the year is 1513, the early age of discovery, a time of turmoil and war. This is the era in which Oma Wolletje lives. Alongside her family, Oma Wolletje works hard to eke out a living. It’s a hard life but, as a family they have a good life.

The sheep are tended to by the little ones. The older children help with spinning, weaving and needle binding the wool. While life is harsh, they remain a warm and welcoming family that invites everyone to join them around the fire for some warmth. And if they are lucky they just might be able to join in on a simple but delicious home cooked meal.

 

Marsanta Suibhail

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.

Prehistory Alive

Prehistory Alive Worldwide (PAW), will get you in touch with our ancestors from stone age to iron age!

For the first time ever, PAW will set up their camp at various Living history festivals and takes you back to the hunter-gatherers of the stone age.
How did they make fire, tan hides, cook or make tools? PAW will show you with stories, demo’s and activities how they think it looked like around +- 10.000 years ago.

PAW organises and teaches (school)lessons, living history/entertainment on events and workshops about old crafts Since august 2016. They work together with experts inlands and abroad. You can talk to them about topics such as leather tanning, flint knapping, basket weaving, making nets and much more.

You’re welcome to visit them!

Vroege IJzertijd

Gwylan

Gwylan is een vroege ijzertijd groep van +800 BC uit West-Brabant.

In de prehistorie werd West-Brabant aan drie kanten omsloten door venen, moerassen en een enkele rivieren. Vanaf het Mesolithicum hebben er mensen gewoond maar niet altijd was er contact met andere delen van de Lage Landen mogelijk. Daardoor verlopen verschillende ontwikkelingen in dit gebied anders of vinden later plaats.

Naast het gewone boerenleven laten we ook elementen van de visvangst zien.

Omdat in die periode het ijzer nog maar spaarzaam was, gebruiken we ook vuurstenen werktuigen en een enkel van brons.

We bewerken bot, gewei, hout en steen. De handwerktechnieken die we laten zien zijn het twijnen, spinnen, sprangen, bandweven en naaldbinden. Daarnaast beoefenen we mandenvlechten, pottenbakken en visnetten breien.

Dit zijn ook de activiteiten die we op een evenement laten zien. Enkele simpele technieken kunnen we belangstellende aanleren.

Gwylan betekent zeemeeuw: een strijdbare vogel, een opportunist die zich aan alle omstandigheden kan aanpassen.

 

Vikingen

LandLink

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.

Branii

Branii

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.

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Clan MacBran

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.

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Niflheim Vikings

Drop by the camp of the Niflheim Vikings during Keltfest 2018 and learn all about the daily life of the Vikings.

The Niflheim Vikings entered the adventure 5 years ago. Since that time we have grown from 3 tents to a cozy small village. The Netherlands has already proved too small and that is why we also go to Belgium and Germany on our wanderings.
 
At our camp we show different crafts and we like to have a chat with you; This way you can learn everything about how the group imitates everyday life from the early Middle Ages. In addition, we also have tough fighters that you can regularly see in action with the various weapons and techniques of that time.
 
Everyone is welcome at our fire to taste and experience the hospitality.