Welcome to the Wychwood Warriors in 2021. The plague is preventing us from running our normal events, but the Oxford University Historical Re-enactment Society is still ready to welcome new members.
You do not need any experience or historical knowledge: we welcome complete beginners, as well as seasoned re-enactors, and everyone in between. Most members are not historians, so you donít need any expertise - just interest!
UPDATE in June 2021: as COVID restrictions lifted, we've run a fire, a market trip, craft days and our week of living history at the Danelaw Village wtih a summer trip planned soon.
How to find out about events
Check our Termcard
Talk to us on Facebook
What we're doing in 2021
Learn to fight with sword and spear! Battle Practice is now back to small group sessions: get in touch to find out how to book.
Each Thursday evening during term we're running an online session to:
- demonstrate and where possible try out crafts and costume-making.
- talk about a particular aspect of Dark Age life, such as weapons, board games, monastic life, or Anglo-Saxon literacy.
- play a light-hearted roleplaying game based around the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. Please join in!
We have other ad hoc Zoom events such as play rehearsals - get in touch to find out more.
It's fine to drop in to any online event, but you'll need to book a place for any face to face events.
Activities we hope to resume later in 2021
- weekly kitmaking sessions where you can make your own Anglo-Saxon or Viking clothing, and learn crafts such as chain-mail and tablet weaving
- sword and shield training
- bonfire with pizza and songs
- Dark Age feast
- day trips to re-enactors markets and local historic sites
- public displays like our February 2020 day at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
- crafts and cookouts at Rumwoldstow (https://www.rumwoldstow.org/)
- our big event: we spend the Easter weekend (1-6 April 2021) living in costume at the Danelaw village, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, on display to the public during the day and gathering round a fire in the longhall at night.
...and now, back to our regular programming!
Did you think the Dark Ages were over?
Well, not quite... Deep in the Forest of Wychwood, there remains one small band of warriors, forgotten by time, who still defend their hidden lair against the invaders. Officially known as the Oxford University Historical Re-enactment Society, the Wychwood Warriors are dedicated to recreating aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Viking life in early mediæval England.
With Wychwood you can...
— Learn how to fight with replica Dark Age weapons
— Make your own costume and kit using simple techniques based on up-to-date historical evidence
— Indulge in eight course feasts featuring ancient cookery and revelries... washed down with copious amounts of ale and mead
— Take part in shows of up to 2000 people - or be hired to star on the silver screen as a film extra, or to pose for photographs destined for high-profile history books
— Visit schools and museums to teach the public about Dark Age life and warfare
— Take part in a range of social events, including... pub invasions, video evenings, trips to historic sites and celebrations of the Celtic festivals with fire and song
Interested? Have a look around our site to find out more about what we do. More detailed information about the period we reenact and our activities can be found on our wiki, which acts as our shared knowledge base for anything and everything Dark Age or reenactment related. It is also home to our termcard. If you would like to find out more about our activities, or enquire about hiring us, please contact us or come along to a battle practice. Your first practice is free, with no obligation to join. Thereafter, membership costs £10 for a term or £20 for the year.
Equality and diversity
Q) Who can join, and are there any restrictions on who can do what?
A) Anybody can join who has an interest in recreating life in early mediaeval Britain. We welcome members of any gender, background or faith. We are opposed to all forms of discrimination; everything is for everybody. Disability may limit the activities that are safe and enjoyable, but we will work with any member to try to maximise their involvement.