Saturnalia III Gladiatorial Games and Roman Feast

In the dead of winter, the classical Romans celebrated a feast of light – a warm, cosy tradition called Saturnalia. The region formerly known as Lightwood is once again resurrecting this festival, in the middle of our winter. If you think four digit years are a dumb idea and your idea of “late period” still allows for the occasional toga, take a trip back to the good old old days and celebrate Saturnalia with us.

Games, gifts and good food are traditional, with one game choosing the Lord or Lady of Misrule to sit on the Throne of Saturn and issue mad commands. Could that be you? If so, you will rule over an afternoon of traditional entertainments followed by a feast catered by Lightwood’s legendary cooks. At St James Hall in Ranelagh, we will be cosy and comfortable, sharing the hospitality of this most hospitable former Canton. Be quick to book and keep Saturday 22 June clear in your calendar.

Io Saturnalia!

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Note that the time has changed: the games begin at 4pm (formerly 3pm).  The stewarding team will be inspecting the venue this week and will add further news about activities as we work them out, including directions and a map to the site.


St James Hall
1 Louisa St, Ranelagh (near Huonville, about half an hour south of Kingston)


Games from 4pm
Feast served 6pm
Lights up (“fiat lux!”) at 9pm to allow people to get home


Adult members – $30
Minor members 6-17 years – $15
Minor members 0-5 years – free
Adult non-members – add $10
Minor non-members – add $5


Steward: Tiberius Aelius Paulli filius Sabatina tribu Faustus Vespertilio


Send an email to the bookings officer Dominus Aelius Faustus on
Provide the following for each person attending:

  • Real name
  • SCA name (if you have one)
  • SCA membership number (if you have one)
  • Age if under 18
  • Whether or not you need to borrow a costume

Bookings Close

Wednesday 19 June at 8pm sharp