Exiles Cutting Weekend
1st and 2nd July 2023
This is being hosted by The Company of Exiles. This is the Exiles historical sub-group that also does public displays. This event, however is private for Exiles members only.
The main attraction for the weekend will be sharp cutting (and bashing) with a variety of weapons.
The weekend will consist of:
- Training at Master Battle
- Revision for Gradings
- Playing with Armour
- Cutting with sharp daggers, sword and pole arms.
- A lot of socialising
On both days we will start at 10am
There is a train station 10 minutes away.
Friday arrival from 5pm
Sunday departure by 4pm
We start 10am Saturday and Sunday
There is on-site parking
Weapons and Equipment
You may bring your own sharps if you wish. It will be up to the instructors to decide if they are suitable to be used for cutting. If you do not wish others to use any weapons that you bring, then it is up to you to ensure that. Anything placed with the weapons for cutting will be fair game to use.
Non Fiore period weapons may be brought, however our focus will be on using the sharp versions of weapons which we train to use.
Safety briefings will be given at the start of the day and before cutting. Attendance of these are mandatory if you wish to cut.
You should also bring your own normal training weapons - swords and rondels - as well as masks, gloves, etc. Basically whatever you'd normally take to training. If you normally borrow equipment, then please make arrangements in advance with your instructor as they may not be attending or bringing spare class kit.
If you have your own armour then you are welcome to bring that along as well. There isn't any need to have any medieval soft-kit, but you can bring that if you wish.
Bottles for cutting
Bring bottles to cut. That is, plastic milk or pop bottles. Also bring bin bags for cut bottles and be prepared to take rubbish away at the end of the weekend.
On site camping is available free of charge. This is a farm though, not a camp site, so the facilities are limited.
- There will be porta-loos available - bring toilet paper!!!
- A cold water supply
- There may be access to power, but this might not be available
- Ideally bring something to heat water for drinks and washing
- Bring a bowl for washing
- A shower is also available in a caravan that is being provided
We are allowed to bring fire pits, please bring firewood as well and ensure that it is raised sufficiently off of the ground so as to avoid burning the grass.
Food, Water and Cooking
- Trinity Farm has a Tea Room which sells a variety of food choices, including vegan and vegetarian. It is open 10am to 5pm daily.
- Ilkeston is less than 2 miles away and has a Tesco's, KFC, Fish & Chips, etc.
If you wish to cook on site you can. Camping stoves and BBQs can be used. If disposable ones ensure that they are well off of the ground. The little wire legs that some come with are not suitable for that. Bring bricks to raise it up or you may be able to place it on a firepit if it has a grill.
Bring you own drinking water or buy from the farm shop. There is a standing tap to fill bottles for cutting, but we think that is NOT drinking water.
Trinity Farm will provide food pre-ordered, but you may still be able to order on the day. The menu is in the Members Group on Facebook but please notes that there is an error and orders should be sent to email@example.com
- Drinking Water
- Normal Training Kit and Weapons, pre-arrange any borrowed kit
- Plastic Bottles for Cutting
- Toilet Paper
- Bin Bags
- Armour if you have it and want to bring it
- Sharps if you have them and want to bring them
- Off-ground cooking stoves/BBQ if you want to heat food or water
- Pre-order food if wanted