General booking opens Saturday October 14th at 12pm and closes Friday November 17th at 6pm
Reminder: Volunteers, please don’t forget the discount code
VOLUNTEER5 for 1 shift and £5 discount, VOLUNTEER10 for 2 shifts and £10 discount, VOLUNTEER15 for 3+ shifts and £15 discount.
The finals for Wessex 2023 will take place in Swindon, hosted by Smart HEMA Clubs. Smart HEMA Clubs is a fun and relaxed group with clubs in both Swindon and Newbury. We’ve been around since 2014 and we mainly study the Longsword, Sword & Buckler, Rapier and Sabre with a competitive fighting focus. They’ve had members attending Wessex League for a number of years now returning with great results, and have seen their pool of fighters wanting to compete grown massively because of it.
- Open Longsword
- Open Rapier & Dagger
- Open Sabre
- Open Sword & Buckler
- Women’s+ Longsword
- Women’s+ Rapier & Dagger
- Beginners’ Longsword
- Beginners’ Rapier & Dagger
If you miss out on tickets for a particular tournament there is a waiting list which we will offer tickets to as and when they drop out. We recommend registering for any other tournaments you are interested in, and then filling out this form: https://forms.gle/xfo2J22Dt873HFsA6
Note: The beginners and women’s tournaments run alongside each other with opposite weapons, and you cannot compete in two events running at the same time, so please take care when booking not to choose the two that clash. Please see below for entry criteria.
The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Swindon SN1 7DA
Meals and refreshments:
Although there is no food available for purchase on site, there are several shops, cafes and restaurants within a 10 minute walk from the venue including a Sainsbury’s, Subway and coffee shops. For volunteers only, some snacks and tea and coffee will be available all day, as well as Pizza provided for lunch on both days. .
Rules & Equipment
Please be sure to read the tournament rules and minimum required equipment requirements. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct equipment for the event – if you do not have sufficient or appropriate equipment you will not be allowed to fence in the tournament. If you are missing particular items please contact us and we may be able to arrange something to be borrowed.
Women’s+ Tournament Entries
The women’s category in HEMA tournaments was originally created to provide meaningful challenges for women. The ultimate aim of providing them has been to: allow fencers to test their skills in a situation without routine physical disadvantages; understand their progress relative to their peers year on year; give greater access to tournaments to an under-represented gender in our sport; ensure people realise that their gender does not prevent them from participating in HEMA.
While the primary intent in the past has been to support women, we recognise that many of considerations above apply equally to many non-binary fencers as well. Therefore, this tournament is open to:
a) Women (for the avoidance of doubt: cis or trans)
b) Any non-binary fencers who feel the issues above also apply to them, and that their presence in the tournament wouldn’t detract from the aims in regards to women
We recognise that there are a wide range of non-binary genders, and not all of them will feel comfortable participating in the women’s tournament. It is entirely up to the fencer in question whether they think the Women’s+ is suitable for them. The Open tournaments are all open to any gender.
Beginners’ Tournament Entries
When Wessex was first created, there was a limited competitive scene in the UK, and most of the competitors were relatively new. Every year we have seen a higher standard of fencing from our regulars and more people come from further away to participate in our events. This is fantastic, but has meant that it is harder for new fencers who have never competed to join in with the event and participate. For this reason we have decided to include 2 small beginners tournaments this year.
The beginners’ tournaments are open to any gender. While we are not putting strict rules on “beginners”, as a rule of thumb if you have less than 2 years HEMA experience and have never made it out of the pools, the beginners should be perfect for you. Some fencers may still consider themselves a beginner even after this point – if you are unsure, speak to your instructor or the Wessex team.
If you are a regular competitor, instructor, and/or have multiple years of martial arts & HEMA experience, likely the Opens are a better fit for you.
You may not book both the beginner tournament and ANY open tournaments. The beginners are intended for people new to competition: if you are comfortable in an open for any weapon you should stick to the open tournaments.
You may book the women’s+ tournaments and the beginners’ tournaments, as long as you are not booking two tournaments running at the same time.
- Competitors who would like to help us as volunteers receive a free lunch and a discount on your ticket
- Please state what kind of work you are interested in in the following questionnaire.
- After deciding on the number of shifts please use the following discount code before checkout – VOLUNTEER5 for 1 shift and £5 discount, VOLUNTEER10 for 2 shifts and £10 discount, VOLUNTEER15 for 3+ shifts and £15 discount.
- ONLY volunteering as an official, without participating in any tournaments – FREE of charge. We will pay up to £50 towards your travel costs and will provide lunch on a day of volunteering.
Cost to attend:
• ONLY volunteering as an official, without participating in any tournaments – FREE of charge.
- £25 per open competition entry
- £20 for beginners’/women’s+ tournaments
Disclaimer: By registering you agree to the following statement:
“I understand that whilst every care will be taken to give safe instruction, I accept full responsibility and consider myself fit to participate. I have answered all questions correctly and all medical and health considerations are noted below.”
How we use your data: We will only use your data for managing our events. By registering you agree to share the data from your matches with HEMA Ratings and HEMA Scorecard,. We cannot accept your registration if you do not agree to this as these are necessary to run the event. Your results will also be posted on our website.
If you don’t want to appear in HEMA Ratings, you can contact HEMA Ratings directly and ask for your record to be anonymised. Your data will still be submitted, but it will not appear in any public page.
If you missed out on a tournament please sign up to the waiting list. If anyone drops out we will contact you.
Bookings are closed for this event.