Go green for summer games at Celtic Harmony, Brickendon
PUBLISHED: 18:26 09 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 20 February 2013
High summer, Iron Age style, comes to Hertfordshire this month as Celtic Harmony Camp at Brickendon near Hertford celebrates the peak season with its annual daily programme of Celtic Games, a fun-filled line-up of activities for all the family
High summer, Iron Age style, comes to Hertfordshire this month as Celtic Harmony Camp at Brickendon near Hertford celebrates the peak season with its annual daily programme of Celtic Games, a fun-filled line-up of activities for all the family. The programme runs from Sunday July 25 to Saturday August 28, with big savings for online bookings.
The attraction, a reconstructed historic settlement set in 13 acres of ancient woodland, is a stones throw from London and for a truly green day out can be reached by train with a free shuttle from Bayford station, only 40 minutes from Moorgate or 30 minutes from Finsbury Park.
Visitors spend the day living as the Celts did, among archers, warriors, storytellers and woodsmen and enjoy lunch under the Feasting Shelter with food freshly prepared from local produce. Activities include woodland treasure hunts, face painting, listening to tales from long ago and longbow archery.
Also featured are games of balance and strength in the Arena, from jump the shield to dragon egg-and-spoon, with gold medals for everyone, while visitors can even become archaeologists on the Mock Excavation to dig up the past. The 2010 Celtic Games have been organised to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology and the London Olympics 2012 Open Weekend.
Celtic Harmony follows the Games season with the Primitive Skills Festival on Sunday August 29 and Bank Holiday Monday, August 30, when an impressive gathering of experts will be demonstrating ancient arts and crafts.
Visitors can watch demonstrations and have a go at activities such as flintknapping, while there will also be fire-breathing performances, live music and real ale. Visitors who arrive in Celtic costume qualify for free admission.
The Moorgate to Bayford line stops at Old Street, Essex Road, Highbury & Islington, Drayton Park, Finsbury Park, Harringay, Hornsey, Alexandra Palace, Bowes Park, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Grange Park, Enfield Chase, Gordon Hill, Crews Hill, Cuffley and Bayford.
Individual admission to Celtic Harmony Camp is 7 per person online or 9 at the gate, with concessions for senior citizens. Children aged under two are admitted free. Visitors can save more than 50% by booking online at www.celticharmony.org for the Celtic Games, with each child offered free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.
Celtic Harmony is a not-for-profit social enterprise designed to provide natural and cultural heritage education to increase awareness of mans interdependence with the natural world, thus promoting a more sustainable way of life.
For news of events and activities, details of how to get to Celtic Harmony by car or train and a virtual look at the camp, go to the website or call 01438 718543.
CELTIC HARMONY CAMP
Bourne Wood, Brickendon Lane, Brickendon, Near Hertford, SG13 8NY