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Kingdom University 2016

November 11-13, 2016

Ufton Court, Reading, England


The Event

A great kingdom annually gathers to celebrate and revel in its learning and teaching. Where better for the Kingdom of Drachenwald to do so this year than at Ufton Court, a 16th-century manor house nestled within West Dragonshire's countryside? Students will be able to partake in their fill of classes held over three storeys. There also will be opportunities for fighters, both heavy and rapier, to go outside and have their fill of various fighting scenarios. Archery may also be possible on the grounds.

Please note: this is the site that housed Melee at the Manor in January 2015.

Event Timetable

A provisional schedule for Saturday, and the class schedule can be found here.

The Food

Menu for feast can be found here




The Site

More photos to tempt you can be seen here

The site is an Elizabethan manor house in extensive grounds about halfway between Reading and Newbury.

Some more about the history can be found here

Address: Ufton Court, Green Lane, Ufton Nervet, Reading, Berkshire, England, RG7 4HD

58 single beds, mostly bunks, are available upstairs on the first floor. (There isn't a lift, but the stairs are wide and not steep). All beds come with a pillow, pillowcase and a duvet. Feel free to bring extra pillows or more blankets if you think you might be cold.

No crash space is available, once those beds are reserved/confirmed, the only option is staying offsite.

Note: the building is quite period, so be aware that there are narrow and steep stairs, uneven floors etc. Also, the site requests that all overnight guests to bring a bottom sheet or something to cover the mattress. There are showers and toilets and the building is properly heated.

However, in addition to those modern amenities, you'll also find the following on site: period priest holes, barely hidden 16th century Catholic wall paintings, working fireplaces, acres and acres of grounds, a Viking ship in the gardens, Elizabethan ceilings and a secret chapel, among other things.

If there are sufficient bookings, we may be able to hire the Timber Cabins, contemporary buildings with extra beds, showers and toilets. Located adjacent to the manor house, they are are a very short walk from it. They also are heated and contain bedding described above.

More information about the site at their website

Site opens at 5pm on 11th Nov 2016 and closes at 12 noon on Sunday 13th Nov 2016



Fees and Reservations

Please send reservations by email to the Reservations Steward:

Lady Ameline de Leeuwe (Jo-Anne Stolk)

Fees as paid by 1 October:

Site fee: 40 per person (includes all food)

Bed: 15 extra

Day trip fee: 35 day trip, lunch and feast only

Day trip fee: 25 day trip, lunch only

Children under five or any who do not need their own bed: free

Children from 5-15 needing their own bed: 35 (including food and bed)

Family cap: Price of 2.5 adults

Note: As we must pay for the entire site in mid-October, we are adding a 5 surcharge to payments made after 1 October or reservations from outside of the pound Sterling zone not confirmed by flight/ferry itinerary by that date. If you cannot afford that extra 5 and are unable to pay by 1 October, please speak with the event or reservations stewards listed below.

Please make cheques payable to SCA West Dragonshire and send to the reservations steward, listed below.

Electronic transfer details are available upon request (domestic or international). If paying by electronic means, please send confirmation - e.g. copy of email receipt, paper receipt, screencap of payment etc.

Anyone travelling from outside of Pound Sterling territory may pay at the door, as long as we have received your travel itinerary in advance to confirm your reservation.

When sending your reservation, please include real and SCA names, membership status, home branch and travel arrangements (if known).

Please state any food allergies/intolerances, and any other special requirements (e.g. mobilty), in your reservation.

Please also state if you wish your attendance to not be displayed on the "Who is Coming" page. Unless you state otherwise, your reservation will be listed.

Note that reservations are not confirmed until we have received your payment or confirmed travel itinerary (flight/ferry details). Any reserved and not confirmed/paid by the deadline will be offered to others on the waiting list.

Who is Coming?

Reservations so far...




Event Stewards:

Mistress Ariel of Lindisfarne (Ellen Rawson), Master Raphe Cuthbert (Ian Walden)

3 Campion Way, Lymington, Hants SO41 9LS, United Kingdom 

Tel: +44 (0)1590 670912

+44(0)7759 947964 (Ariel mob)

+44(0)716 147457 (Raphe mob)

email: /

Reservations Steward:

Lady Ameline de Leeuwe (Jo-Anne Stolk)


Feast Steward:

Master Thomas Flamanc and Lady Edith of Hedingham

University Chancellor

Lady Ragnhil de Kaxtone (Asa Hestner-Blomqvist),


Lord Jon of Uffington




Ufton court is about halfway between Reading and Newbury, approximately 9 miles SW of Reading or 50 miles from London or Oxford.

By Car

Make your best route to J12 of the M4 motorway.

Exit the M4 at J12 and take the A4/Bath Road towards Theale/Newbury. After just under 3 miles, take a right down Ufton Lane, then after 1.9 miles, a sharp right into the site entrance.

By Rail 

The nearest railway station to site is Theale (about 5 miles away), an 8-minute ride from Reading. Theale is served by trains from London Paddington, with either direct trains or changing at Reading.

We are planning on offering pick-ups from Theale at a small extra charge. Some pick-ups from Reading station (at a slightly higher extra fee) may be an option depending on availability of drivers. More information will be announced later.

Rail enquiries website.

By Air

The nearest airport is Heathrow, approximately 40 miles away.

If you are driving, Heathrow is right on the M4 motorway, so see directions above.

For train travel, you can get the Heathrow Express/Connect to London Paddington, or the Piccadilly tube line to Hammersmith and then the Circle/Hammersmith lines to Paddington, then see rail above.

There is a rail/air bus service to Reading station, where you can get a short train ride to Theale (see above).





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