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Time for some Celtic Olympics in Herts

PUBLISHED: 18:34 23 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:17 20 February 2013

Time for some Celtic Olympics in Herts

Time for some Celtic Olympics in Herts

Enjoy the Beltane Festival and Celtic Games at Celtic Harmony Camp at Brickendon, near Hertford

With many of us excited about the prospect of the Olympics approaching this year, there is a unique way to celebrate with the Celtic Games, which has been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

So join the celebrations for the start of the Olympic summer countdown at the Beltane Games Festival on Monday May 7, 10am-4pm, at Celtic Harmony Camp, the Iron Age Settlement, near Hertford.

Craftspeople, musicians, performers and artists will gather to launch the Celtic Games with a Celtic fire festival traditionally marking the start of summer.

Celebrate the start of this Olympic summer with a taster of the Celtic Games. Spend the day with the camps woodsmen, archers, musicians and storytellers with live music and a fire procession. There will be plenty of activities and crafts to do with the children from making May crowns to treasure hunts or have a go at archery in the hunting zone with the archers from the Celtic Harmony Longbow Archery Club.

Clare Holt, education manager explains, This summer we are holding our very own Olympic fortnight called the Celtic Games when you can step into ancient Briton and take part in an Iron Agecelebration, promoting the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies on July 27 and August 12 will have a festival feel with live music and dance displays and will mark the beginning and end of the Celtic Games, which will run exclusively during the Olympics every day from Friday July 27 until Sunday August 12.

Luca Parrella, heritage manager says, We are delighted that the Celtic Games has been awarded the Inspire Mark; this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to take part in traditional games in the arena and learn how to shoot Longbow with the archers in the Hunting zone and loads more experiences with our Iron age experts!

Seb Coe, chair of the organising committee of the Olympic games and Paralympic games said, The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 games starts now as projects like the Celtic Games are enabling people in Hertfordshire and the home counties to make positive life changes.

You can enjoy a truly green day out during the celtic games events and travel by train with free shuttle to Celtic Harmony Camp from Bayford station, which is 40 minutes from Moorgate and 30 minutes from Finsbury Park.

Prices for the Beltane Festival are 9 for online bookings and 11 at the door. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is 30 online and 40 at the door.

For the Celtic games visit

as this experience is exclusively available during the Olympics via online booking and places are limited.


Beltane Games Festival

Bank Holiday Monday 7 May

Beltane is a time of renewed hope, when the Celts celebrated the coming of summer and carried the burning torches across fields to encourage the sun to warm the land.)

Community Torch Celebration

Saturday 7 July

The build up to the celtic games continues when the ancient torch will enter the camp on the same day as the Olympic torch enters Hertford and visitors can experience the thrill of Longbow Archery.

Opening Ceremony of the Celtic Games

27 July

Celebrate the start of the Celtic Games with live music and an Archery display.

The Celtic Games

27 July until 12 august

Visitors can spend the day living as a Celt with the Archers, Warriors, Storytellers, Woodsmen. Shoot Longbow in the Hunting Zone, take part in Games of strength and accuracy in the Arena from Caber Toss to Javelin, test their balance on the Obstacle course, send their fastest runners on the Relay Race, make something special in the Bushcraft Camp, explore the woods on a woodland trail. Then relax and enjoy three great shows: the Warrior Demo, the Owl Display and the Storywalk.

Closing Ceremony, Celtic Games

12 August

Celebrate the start of the Celtic Games with live music and an Archery display.


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