‘t Ambachts Ghylde

Always wanted to know how to cook medieval dishes on an open fire? Or how to use a spindle to make yarn out of raw fleece from sheep? Or perhaps you’d like to felt your own woolen bracelet, or braid a mouse from straw. Visit The Ambachts Ghylde to learn all of this and even more!

Het Artiestengilde

Have you seen all the shops, listened to some great music and are you in need of a break? Or maybe even some space to create some beautiful things yourself? Drop by at ‘Het Artiestengilde’ (The Artists Guild) for a workshop, lecture or a challenging game!

What do you think of a workshop about the art of graffiti, an explanation of tips, tricks and do’s & don’ts about corsetry, reviving your talents with pencils and paper and learning how to make the most beautiful facepaints matching your lovely Castlefest-outfit? At ‘Het Artiestengilde’ you can do it all!

Not in the mood for a workshop or a reading? Join the field of games or participate in the various balfolk workshops. Don’t forget to take a look at the special Steampunk creations by Cock Zandvliet. His Steampunk car from last year amazed everyone!

Are you joining us? You can find Het Artiestengilde nearby the castle.


Birdlive is a small and enthusiastic falconry, that enjoys bringing their spectators closer to nature with their beautiful birds. They work with rescue birds; birds that were injured or traumatized in their past, and have been lovingly and carefully nursed back to health. However, these birds are not pets and cannot be touched or petted. Birdlive does not do entertainment shows, but emphasizes the educational aspect of their craft, preferably for adults and/or children with special needs.

Falconry is an ancient tradition, carried on proudly and with great responsibility by Birdlive. For their falconers, living, flying and working with birds of prey and owls is not a job, but a 24/7 way of life.

De Anderling

De Anderling strolls along with a wonderful cart filled with quirks and quackery.
She’ll catch the butterflies in your stomach and entrance young and old with rainbows.
She has remedies for broken hearts and all sorts of youthful maladies; bottled dreams and glittering glamour.
Don’t be shy! Let yourself be tempted, because the solution to all of your problems comes at a small price.

Games Tent

Our friends of the Spellenspektakel Gamesconvention are the host of the Castlefest Games Tent.

They will make sure to bring all sorts of games you cannot miss. Of course you will be able to try out the newest games, but they will also bring very nice games that fit the Castlefest setting perfectly. Dragons, damsels, knights, dungeons, mythical figures, Middle Ages and lots and lots of Fantasy are just some of the examples of themes they will be promoting. Will we see you there?

Grab a chair and try out the best games. De Rode Pion will make sure you can bring your favorite new game home. Do you like to make a reservation for a certain game? Send de Rode Pion an email ( and they will bring it along for you.




A traveling village that has found a place on Castlefest to attract new blood for their special adventures. In this village you will find several places where there is something to see or do; Fight in the arena, brew drinks at the alchemist lodge, go on adventure for the merchant and a tavern to quench your thirst. People from the village want to share their experiences and knowledge with brave new adventurers!

Come and experience the atmosphere at the LARP Village to experience what makes the LARP hobby so attractive to many people of all ages.

LARP is a Real Life Game, where the participants get dressed in an adventure world in which everything is possible! Throughout the Netherlands these LARP events are organized. Often in the woods, but sometimes also in a castle. The game world is often medieval fantasy or post apocalyptic. Different LARP Groupings with their unique game worlds would like to introduce you to the LARP village.

Freakshow Escape

Freakshow Escape is a mobile escape room entertained by the Bearded Lady and evil circus director Zlatan Zorrero. Your company of max. 4 visitors is asked by the Bearded Lady to help her in her quest: the circus director has confiscated her shaving set – he won’t allow her to get rid of her beard – which she thinks she direly needs for her romantic date with a stable boy in the circus – the handsome Frankie Valdez. While the Bearded Lady holds guard she sends visitors inside the wagon of Zlatan to find her shaving set, but once they’re inside, they discover his terrible secret.. The mobile escape room lets visitors play the lead role in an unforgettable experience. It requires great communication skills, teamwork, a good dose of adrenaline and is not for the faint-hearted. Will you be able to escape before the evil circus director returns?

Costs: 1 festival token per person

Balkfolk Workshop

Of course there will be Balfolk with Emelie and Wen on Castlefest.

While, in the old days, the upper class was dancing boring walses, the plebeians were having a party much more fun!! They danced their own kind of dances which nowadays are known as balfolk.

For centuries balfolk brings people together to enjoy dance and live music. 

Emelie and Wen will explain the basics of different dances step by step in this introduction workshop. Everybody can join, with or without dancing experience, young or old, farmer or princes, troll or fairy. 

We can enjoy the dances we’ve learned straight away while listening to the lovely music of Andoorn.

Heathen Gang

The Heathen Gang will be present again at Castlefest 2017. This year you can find us at a new location.
Please check out the Castlefest map to find us.

This year’s theme is Connection: together we’ve created a beautiful variety of workshops and we will celebrate together with all of you love for Nature and energy of Life.

See you at Castlefest!


Gabs and her Elves will welcome you in the Rainbow Wish and Sound Temple
Accompanied by her beautiful Rainbow Wish bow, Gabs gives everybody the opportunity to discover their own wishes together with an extra magical rainbow clue.
It will definitely addy to your experience, so drop by and try it for yourself!


11.00h: Opening ceremony
11.45h: Wish bells stick workshop – hear the calling of the elves
12.30h: Yod Ritual with Healing Nature sounds – feel the Rainbow energy of the Yod
14.00h: The Elven hour – where you can experience diverse healing methods by Gabs and her Elves
15.00h: Drum circle
17.00h: Dance with the Elements (on Friday)
17.00h: Procession by Heathen Gang members (on Saturday)
17.00h: Rainbow Healing sounds (on Sunday)

I love to welcome you in one of the workshops

The Pagan Lady

This year The Heathen Gang will organize a tent dedicated to the path of the witch for the first time!

The Pagan Lady and her team will provide various workshops :

– What is witchcraft ( first meeting with witchcraft, with guided meditation to the 5 elements in yourself). By Sylvie Charlier, high priestess
– Meet your totem animal and learn how this can support you on your path of awareness. By Peter van Doorn, witchdruid
– Cooking as a tool within witchcraft. By Paul Smullenberg, chef from Rotterdam
– The importance of the moon for witches, dedicated to the waxing harvest moon. By Ingrid Cramer
– Make your personal talisman with herbal magick. By Ingrid Cramer and Anke Koopmans
– Make a Ogham-amulet (out of sacred wood). By Peter van Doorn

Continuous: Character analysis/palmistry by Lydia Waterreus and Celtic oracle by Ingrid Cramer. Of course we’re happy to answer all your questions about the sabbat Lugnassad

Roaming Ravens

For the 10th year on a row the Roaming Ravens are a part of the Heathen Gang with workshops & Drum circles.

The program:


12.00h &13.30h: Connecting with Morrigan, Goddess of sovereignty & abundance.
14.30h: Naming & initiation of your drum prior to the Drum circle


13.00h: Connecting with Morrigan, Goddess of sovereignty & abundance
14.30h: Naming & initiation of your drum prior to the Drum circle
15.00h: Initiate the Drum Circle


14.00h: Lughnasadh harvest ritual in the tradition of the druids
14.45h: Naming & initiation of your drum prior to the Drum circle

We welcome you to join us and celebrate!

Kundalini Healing

Your evolution is coiled within you. You can find Kundalini Healing at the healing tent for more information and to feel the energie.

Levensdans: Path of the Priestess

And of course the Priestess temple will be present again. During the day you are welcome at the Temple to create an offering for the Wicker man (this may be accompanied by one of the priestesses in ritual). You can consult the oracle, enjoy a fine healing, good conversation or simply drop by to relax.

-Celebrate Abundance in a Lughnassa ritual (Friday 14:00)
-Give Love and healing to Mother Earth in the water ceremony (Saturday 14:00)
-Allow Yourself to be embraced in sisterhood during Path of the Priestess and discover your own sacred path. (Sunday 14:00)

-Celebrate Life during the Pagan Passion Night (Saturday 19:30)

You can also find us at the Wicker.

Be welcome!

Smudge Temple

Like every year, there will be a Smudge Temple at the Heathen Gang again. Smudge is an ancient way to clean the aura an refresh your spirit. All Heathen Gang members are  participating and happy to answer any question you might have. 

You can find the Smudge Temple across the Heathen Gang fire circle. Want to feel refreshed and light? Drop by at the Smudge Temple.