I’ve never done re-enactment before, can I still join?
Don’t worry – the Garrison can teach you about every aspect of reenactment. We have trained members who can teach you to fight, shoot, spin, sew… etc. No prior experience is necessary for anything we do.
How old do I have to be?
We have members as young as 9 as well as many over 50. Please note that under 18s can join us with parental consent, but under 16s must have a guardian present at all times.
How much does it cost?
Full membership is £9 for students and £12 for non-students. Family membership is £30 for 2 adults and up to 2 children. Or you can try event membership – £5 and you can attend 1 event with us.
Combat training sessions are run at a small extra cost.
Everybody is welcome at our pub and cafe meets, you don’t have to be a full member to attend.
How much are training sessions?
Training sessions cost £2.50 per session – this covers teaching and the use of basic equipment, but your first session is free.
All basic equipment is provided for combat and archery training sessions.
What kit do I need?
You will need authentic clothing to take part in all living history events and some training sessions.
The Garrison does have a limited amount of clothing which can be lent for individual shows whilst we help you source your own kit.
There is an option to buy pre-made clothes from the re-enactors’ market, however, to buy them can easily cost in excess of £200. Fabric for your clothing will cost approximately £70 for an average-sized person and members will help you make up your kit. No prior sewing experience is necessary for this.
Boots/shoes generally cost a minimum of £50.
Where do I stay?
We usually stay in a living history encampment at shows. The group has a large amount of camping equipment, including authentic tents where many of our members sleep, and at most camping weekends a cold lunch and a hot supper are provided free of charge.
You will need to provide your own bedding at camping events (whether this is authentic blankets and sheepskins or a modern sleeping bag and roll mat is up to you!)
What do you do at events?
We usually set up an authentic living history camp at shows where we demonstrate life in the fourteenth century. Around this camp we tend to showcase different crafts, archery and combat, and members are welcome around the camp and to take part in any of these displays.
How will I know what events are on?
We update the events section of the website regularly but for the more specific information about what we will be doing at events, join us on Facebook. We also send out an email to all paid members roughly 1 week before shows to inform you of opening times, sleeping arangements, and the like (we call these Warning Orders); it will also contain a unique event code which you will need to take with you to the show.
OK, I’m in! How do I get involved?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating that you’re interested in joining, and we’ll give you some contact details so you can meet us.
Check us out on Facebook – Cardiff Castle Garrison (it’s a closed group, but it’s easy to get accepted, committee members usually add people within 24 hours).