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TUTBURY CASTLE

1st & 2nd May 2022

 SÆXIA joined with our sister Anglo-Saxon Reenactment Group, Swords of Penda, along with others like Brumvik  Age of Penda for the first May Bank Holiday at Tutbury Castle, as it had been rumoured a large Dane Army was nearby, threatening our neighbouring Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and its king, Burgred. As competent warriors of West Sæxia, our king Ælfred tasked us to assist Burgred in any way possible to secure Mercia against the Dane threat. Our own defeat a couple of years earlier at Wiltun resulted in an unsteady peace between West Sæxia and the Dane leaders, Ubba and Ivar the Boneless. However, as they murmur in the coastal towns across the country, Danes only keep the peace until the silver runs out...

https://tutburycastle.com/events/vikings-at-tutbury-castle-2/

 

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DURLSTON ANGLO-SAXON DAY

 29th MAY, 19th JUNE, 30th JULY 2022

 The second May Bank Holiday of 2022 saw SÆXIA joined by one of our affiliate early medieval reenactment groups Swords of Penda, to hold an Anglo Saxon day based at  Durlston Castle & Country Park on Sunday 29th May. Featured so far have been activities and interactive Living History setups, from demonstrating timber processing with the Seax and Bearded Axe, to have-a-go archery, and reenactment combat display.

The location at the Country Park has been chosen as it has a commanding view over the Solent and the approach to Poole Harbour, aswell as the sweeping view of Durlston bay and the channel out to the South/East. From here the Purbeck Fyrd (Anglo-Saxon militia) will tell the other side of the Viking story, from the point of view of those who stood against the pirate raiders and successfully defended Wessex! 

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CHALK VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL

20th - 26th JUNE 2022

 Mercenaries from the kingdom of the West Saxons joined the army of King Penda of Mercia, last Pagan king of the Anglo Saxons, at this years Chalke Valley History Festival.  This years festival was opened by the Duchess of Cornwall, and featured such guest speakers as Ian Hislop and Dan Snow. 

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CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM - JULY 16th/17th 2022

SÆXIA sent representatives to join the local FYRD (Saxon Militia) at Chiltern Open Air Museum after reports came of a band of Dane warriors who'd breached the boundaries of the Danelaw... Fun & Education in the hot sun, featuring a Living History encampment, have-a-go archery & axe throwing, and combat displays...

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SWANAGE CARNIVAL 2022

2022 saw the return of the hugely popular Swanage Carnival, which, like so many others across the country, have been forced to postpone due to the pandemic. On Sunday 31st July the Carnival kicked off with the Carnival Procession, before which our Sæxia reps were awarded 2nd prize for best dressed entries! Sæxia was represented by Ældorman Wulfhelm and Thegn Ædwulf, bringing up the rear of the Procession and flying the West Saxon Fyrdsmen Cerdicingæs banner of Æthelwulf Cyng (visible in top picture) 

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WAREHAM SAXON FESTIVAL

AUGUST 14th 2022

 SÆXIA will join other reenactment groups like Hrafnslith this summer holidays to put on Wareham Saxon Festival, a reenactment of the Viking seige of Wareham during the reign of King Alfred in the 9th century. Living History, Combat Displays, have-a-go archery & axe throwing, and much more! Follow "Visit Wareham" to stay up-to-date on this new and exciting event!

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