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Head Back in Time at Camlann Medieval Village

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credit: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Just north of Seattle, off of Highway 522, is a special village called Camlann. Camlann has not changed since the year 1376. Its villagers are in-character interpreters who have taken on roles of medieval persons living in the 12th century.

Open on the weekends for their Summer Faire, Camlann invites you to step back into time and realize how we’ve gotten to today. Their authentic architecture, food, clothing, and demonstrations allow you to take a few steps in the shoes of our ancestors. See live performances, listen to music on 12th century instruments. Pet live sheep, and watch the women make handicrafts. You are welcome to wear period clothing, or rent some once you arrive. Watch knightly combat, archery, and swordplay. Food stalls have delicious lunch items, ale and wine with outdoor dining areas. And if you like, enjoy a hearty banquet feast at 6:00pm.

The Camlann Summer Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through August 28. Ticket prices are: Adults/$10.00; Seniors 60 years & over/$6.00; Children 12 years & under/$6.00; Children 5 years & under/free. The Feast & Festival $45.00/person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Camlann
10320 Kelly Road NE
Carnation, WA 98014
425.788.8624
http://www.camlann.org

in-character interpreters who have taken on roles of medieval persons living in a small village in the year 1376. Camlann is dedicated to offering the public powerful personal experiences of history, including multiple learning and performing arts opportunities, built upon research of rural communities in 14th century England, to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between those historical events and western society today.

Why is medieval culture important to us in the 21st century ? Not only colorful and fascinating, the accomplishments of the middle ages are the bedrock foundations of western society. Our language, values, customs, religions, governments, legal systems, calendars, astronomy, mathematics, tools, music, literature, art, fashions, architecture, even our personalities, are deeply rooted in European and Middle Eastern traditions in those formative times. At Camlann you can explore how our modern lives have been significantly altered since before the 19th century industrial revolution.
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Camlann offers a unique and entertaining opportunity for schools, organizations, families, and individuals to understand the complexity of our heritage and experience traditions which may continue to enrich our lives today. Camlann’s authentic architecture, food, clothing, and demonstrations allow us to walk a few important steps in the shoes of our ancestors.
. Camlann’s goal is not to promote a return to the past, but is to enrich the quality of our lives today, through a re-discovery of those traditional arts and values which are worth preserving in times of rapid change . . .to understand the wider world we are a part of . . . to encourage involvement in live performance and handmade crafts . . . to understand an era when man and the environment were more directly bound together . . . to make the world of the scholar available & relevant to the general public . . . to challenge historical stereotypes . . . and to give our young generation a stake in their heritage.

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