In English

Welcome to the English pages of the ”Elävä Keskiaika ry”. The name of the society can be roughly translated as ”The Living Medieval Times”. We are a re-enactment society which concentrates on the cultures of Europe and Arabia during the 11th – 14th century AD. We are located in Finland.

The links on this page will take you to the Finnish pages. If you have anything to ask about the society, please contact Information available in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Middle Ages as a hobby

Our hobby is the Middle Ages. We study and learn about it and we enjoy the atmosphere in our lively happenings. Though our society’s interest is in actual history, not fantasy, the breadth of our period of interest necessitates some imaginary context for period events.

Magic of the Middle Ages is the atmosphere of our happenings. We offer you new experiences and lots of enjoyable moments with the hobby. The experience is hard to describe, that´s why you have to see it for yourself!

Many kinds of events

In our happenings we dress as people of the time and also act accordingly, dance, eat, drink and spend our time in the medieval way. At our medieval events one should wear medieval clothes and use only medieval utensils for dining and such. You can count on our help in this matter. You should also avoid talking about modern things such as computers, mobile phones, work, etc. There should be lots of other things to talk about, right?

We organise handicrafts courses and sessions; these include things like dressmaking, carpentry, fletching, textile dyeing and clayworks. Only our imagination makes boundaries.

An easy way to get to know us is to come to our meetings, where we use modern clothing. The meetings are usually at somebody´s home. There we chat and plan things, do handicrafts and help newcomers. It´s often just talking, enjoying company and drinking coffee/tea. We meet regularily in the Capital area, Turku and Häme.

In our land area we organise building weekends and tent camps.

• Check out our calendar of events.

Our own land area, Lujakallio

Lujakallio is a land area owned by our society (the name translates as ”Firmcliff”). It is in Hattula in Häme. Lujakallio is 3,3 hectars area with large camping area and some buildings. We started building at summer 2001. Members are free to use the camping area, when it is not booked for other use.

• Read more about Lujakallio.

Join us!

All you need is interest. You don´t have to be a student of history or a professor to join in. We will help you get started. Act and make a contact! You are always welcomed to our events and to spare as much time and energy as you feel like. Age and gender are irrelevant.

You can participate in Elävä Keskiaika events without being a member of the society, but by becoming a member you’ll get discount on the event fee. The membership is granted by Elävä Keskiaika ry – The Living Medieval Times – Board of Directors and we assume that we know something about you by that time.

The membership does not constitute any requirements, it just gives you the right for a cheaper events fee and the right to vote in our general meetings. The membership fee is 20 € (2023).

Follow and join us on social media!

  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest.
  • You can also join us on our facebook-group, that is open to everyone, who are interested in Medieval Times. We can also chat there in english.