Rowany Festival is the largest event in the Kingdom of Lochac, in the Society for Creative Anachronism, and is hosted by the Barony of Rowany every year during the Easter public holidays.
Rowany Festival AS 51 (2017) will be held at Camp Wombaroo, 162 Black Spring Rd, High Range (Map), from Thursday 13th April to Tuesday 18th April. Site opens to attendees from 2pm, Sunday 9th April and closes at 2pm, Tuesday 18th April.
NOTE: Equipment bookings and permanent merchant stall bookings have now closed. (If you want to book a market day stall, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.)
If you have any offers of help, or challenges you’ve identified about Festival 2016, or suggestions for Festival 2017, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org; post them on the Facebook group “Rowany Festival Discussion”; or contact the stewards privately. The stewards for 2017 are Master Vandel Lynchea, Sir Andrew Daniels (AD), Mistress Bethan Daniels of Brockwood, and Mistress Helene du Puy.
Want to make your mark on Lochac? Be Steward of Rowany Festival 2018! See here for details, and send in your application soon.
Festival Handbook 2017 – includes all site rules, Emergency Evacuation rules, greetings from the Crown and B&B, directions to site, merchants list (as at 3/4/17) and information about the site, amenities, timetable and activities. (Full timetable details and full activity guide available separately shortly.)
Timetable 2017: Be aware that while all your familiar favourites are happening, they may not be at quite the time you expect, especially martial activities, so have a read
Campsite Map: the version at the gate will be the final version, but here is a preliminary version
What Festival Has to Offer: An overview of the many and varied activities that are planned
Volunteering at Festival: A list of the positions that we need volunteers for
Contacts: Email addresses for the Stewarding team and their many helpers
Note: The site rules changed in 2016, specifically with regards to traffic (car access is limited to marked roads, during specific periods); pits (no pits can be dug, including for fires and waste-water); and fires. Please refresh your memory of these rules before you arrive on site.
Frequently Asked Questions for 2017
- Can I bring my car onsite Thursday afternoon?
YES. Cars will need to be removed before 9am on Friday morning. Any car on site on Thursday is only on site for long enough to drop-off. See the Site Rules.
- If I can’t get to site before 9am Friday, how can I get my gear onsite?
There is a late arrivers/early leavers campsite near the Gate, so that you don’t have to carry your gear as far.
- Can I drive my gear into my campsite?
No, you can only drive and park on the designated roads. Maps will be published closer to the event. See the Site Rules.
- At the end of the event, can we stay onsite Tuesday night and leave Wednesday?
No, all Festival attendees must be off site by 2pm Tuesday 18th April.
- When is the earliest I can set up my campsite?
Set-up day, Sunday 9th April at 2pm is the earliest you can be on site.
- When are portaloos being delivered onsite?
Tuesday , 11th April.
- When will the hire equipment be delivered?
Mostly Monday and Tuesday, possibly some on Wednesday.
- If we are setting up on the Wednesday and staying the night, do we need to book pre-event tickets for that night?
No, the night of Wednesday 12th is included in the full event booking. Bookings are available here.
- Are pre-event bookings only necessary if you are staying overnight before the event opens, or do we need them if we are just coming down during the day to set up tents?
Pre-event bookings needed for overnight visits only.
- Is bedding included in my bunk booking?
No, you need to make your own arrangements for bedding. If you cannot bring your own, Mittagong has a Big W and Aldi, as well as op shops.
- I booked, but now I can’t come; can I get a refund?
Contact email@example.com. NOTE: There are no refunds after 31st March 2016.
- Can I dig trenches around my tent in case of rain?
- Can I dig a firepit and fill it in again later?
No. You can set fires in braziers and off-ground fires if your campsite doesn’t have a firepit.
- Does every campsite have a firepit on it?
No, we’ll let groups know if they have one in their area as best we can (you’ll recognise them by the log seating). You can set fires in braziers and off-ground fires if your campsite doesn’t have a firepit. See the Site Rules.
- Can I use my butane canister “lunchbox” stove?
Yes, as long as it has proper gas approvals. Anything older than 8 months old, or without the proper gas approvals is suspect and may be dangerous; please don’t bring an explosion risk to Festival!
- Is there a plan for people with camper trailers and campervans?
Yes, there is an RV section reserved (although no dump point).
- Does my tent need white fabric tied to the ropes if the ropes themselves are white?
Yes. People with night blindness can better see the tag shape where lines disappear.
- What is mobile phone coverage like at Wombaroo?
Reasonable but not great; you may need to move around to find a spot with coverage.
- Can I use the powerpoints in the hall to charge my phone?
No, the wiring is bad and the kitchen fuses keep blowing. Please make other arrangements.
- Can I bring nuts to Festival?
All buildings at Wombaroo are nut-free, but you may consume nuts and nut-products in your campsite as long as you are thorough and careful in disposing of your waste
- Can I buy alcohol at Festival?
Yes! The Tavern will be selling alcohol from Thursday to Sunday between the hours of 4pm and midnight. During these times, there are to be no weapons on the premises (eating knives are fine), no glass drinking vessels or individual serve bottles brought to the premises, and no under-18s may be within a metre of the bar. Alcohol purchased in the Tavern may not leave the premises. Ice and soft drinks will be available from midday, Thursday to Monday. Tavern mugs will be on sale on Saturday from midday until sold out.
- Can I still buy ice at Festival?
- Can I buy food at Festival?
Yes, there are some food vendors, for example Greesispoone and Golden Gryphone.
- Can I buy extra, souvenir tokens?
If there are any left over, yes, once the event is closed – contact the Stewards.
- If I have too much to take home, can I donate it?
Yes, to ‘Paladin’s Pantry’, who will give sleeping bags, tents, unopened packet food, and unused fruit, vegetables, and eggs to Angels for the Forgotten.
- What night is Boar’s Head?
Monday night, in the Tavern tent.
- Is there a soup kitchen Wednesday night?
YES, and/or you can bring your dinner and eat in company at the Long Hall.
- Is there a soup kitchen Thursday night?
Yes, in combination with a Pot Luck Feast in the Great Hall.
- What clothes should I wear to swim?
Wear what you are comfortable in and what is appropriate for wearing around children and in mixed company. If it also happens to be historical, great.