Avalon Gathering is a medieval festival which takes place every August at Willow Retreat, Middle River, Cape Breton. This is our 4th year, and every year we try to expand and improve the event. This year’s dates are Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16, 2015. Each year we have a theme, and this year it is Vikings. Admission is always free, but we do accept donations. This year we are initiating the Volunteer Rota, which means that everyone who attends will be asked to volunteer 2 hours of their time to help keep the festival running smoothly. Volunteer duties will include security, childcare, kitchen, firekeeping, cleanup, etc. There will be plenty to do at Avalon 4: Vikings 2015. In keeping with our Vikings theme, we will have shield drills, axe throwing contests, and even a Viking funeral, complete with blazing arrows! As well, all the usual Avalon activities that the regulars have grown to know and love: swordplay demonstrations, archery, arts and crafts, vendors of all kinds, good food, drumming, a best costume contest, the Bardic competition, crafts contest and more. For the kids, there will be face painting, colouring books, toy swords, bubbles, and fun. Above all, Avalon Gathering is a chance to get out, dress up, be silly, meet like-minded folks, make friends, and have fun. Willow Retreat is an off-grid retreat and wellness centre, well hidden on the Cabot Trail in the tiny village of Middle River, Cape Breton. We are 20 minutes’ drive from Baddeck, and one hour from Sydney.
Avalon Gathering is the perfect venue for small craft vendors of all kinds. If you have a unique handmade product, we want you! We are also looking for artisans who are willing to demonstrate their craft at Avalon Gathering. If you would like to host a workshop or demonstration, please let us know which date and time you are available, so that we can add you to the schedule. The cut-off date for vendor sign-up is AUGUST 1, 2015. As well, please email us your details so that we can add your link to our website. We also welcome renaissance/new age services such as crystal and tarot card readers, and one of a kind crafts such as staffs, dreamcatchers, leatherwork, jewelry, metalwork, etc. If you have a product or service that you think would be a good fit for Avalon Gathering, please email us with details.