Winchester and Portsmouth

I won’t bore you with too many details of my weekend, but I will say that I had a fantastic time doing mediaeval re-enactment in Winchester, despite the cold, on Friday night and Saturday, before heading to Portsmouth to see the Mary Rose, which was very worthwhile. While there I was lucky enough to see the Sea Stallion, a replica Viking longship, and chat with a member of the crew.

I got home last night feeling absolutely knackered, but very happy. I’m still very very tired today. I’ve learnt my lesson; if I’m going to have a very busy weekend in the future I shall take the following Monday off.

3 thoughts on “Winchester and Portsmouth

  1. Hi Nick,

    I’m loving your blog, I subscribe to the feed and really like coming in on a Monday to see what you’ve been up to.

    I myself am considering getting into medieval re-enactments – could you give me any tips on how I could go about this?

    Do I need all the swords and costumes prior to going to a re-enactment? Or Can I rent all the equipment there?

    Are there any online clubs which list upcoming battles?

    I’m a bit like you, when I’ve had a busy weekend, I always wish I’d taken off Monday.

    thanks again!!


  2. Hi Sean,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    There are lots of re-enactment groups out there with all manner of different emphases and styles. The group I’m involved with is the SCA, which is a worldwide organisation and thus very likely to have people near you. They don’t use steel weapons, but fight with a period alternative that’s safer and allows for real combat.

    Most groups would be able to lend you some basic kit until you’re able to obtain your own. My advice would be to contact the SCA or some other group of your choice, go along to a meeting and see how things go from there. If you’re in the UK, I can put you in touch with people who can help.

  3. Catching up and I saw this post’s title. Yesterday, we traveled from Winchester to Portland, too! Small world, huh? *grin*

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