|Outside the Chieftens Roundhouse|
The Celtic people celebrated Samhain as a celebration of the end of the harvest and the beginning of Winter - it is often know as the Celtic "New Year". This festival was seen as a time when the boundaries between this world and the next were blurred and many of these ancient traditions have been carried on into the Halloween we know today!
As you walk up the winding path that leads to the camp you really do feel as though you are taking a journey back in time. I love the winter festival as it is so evocative - there's the scent of bonfires in the air and the steady beat of the drums in the background. You can ring the bell at the gate where you are met by a real Celt, and my daughter loves getting a pouch of golden Celtic coins to spend.
|A proud Celtic archer|
The camp is based on a real Celtic village with a chieftains roundhouse where you can bake fairy bread, listen to mysterious storytellers and get your face painted with Celtic symbols. There is also a small farm area with goats and geese and a Celtic herb garden which shows you the many uses - both culinary and medicinal - that ancient people found from the herbs that we take for granted nowadays. If you are feeling brave there is a "haunted" forest for you to explore with spooky surprises in store such as broomstick making and wand making.
It's a really fantastic experience for children and I think that it brings a fascinating era of history to life. It's also nice to spend the day enjoying the fresh air and it does help the kids to understand how other cultures managed to work in harmony with their natural surroundings - a valuable lesson.
The winter festivities are on this half term from Sat 27th - Tues30th October with the Samhain festival on Wednesday 31st October.
You can find out more on their website www.celticharmony.org