Abbey Medieval Festival | June / July 2017

You will be forgiven for thinking you have stepped back in time to the Middle Ages as lords and ladies, knights and bishops, merchants and minstrels ascend at the Castle Arena once again this year for the Abbey Medieval Festival. This truly unique experience is suitable for the entire family and now in it’s 28th year, the Festival is one of Australia’s premier living history events. From the 24th June for over 2 weeks there will be banquets, jousting, a Tournament weekend and a Medieval fun week just for kids, all of which will  transports the whole family through time to experience a little bit of medieval history.

The Kids Dig It ! Medieval Family Fun Week

Date: Monday 26th June –  Friday 30th June 2017

Time: 9.30am-3pm daily

Location: Abbey Museum, 1-63 The Abbey Pl, Caboolture QLD 4510.

Cost: Adult: $12.00, Concession: $8.50, Children 5 – 15yrs: $ 7.00, Family 1 (1 adult, up to 4 kids): $19.80, Family 2 (2 adults, up to 4 kids): $25.00, Under 5yrs activity fee: $ 3.00. $10 additional cost for Archery Skirmish

The Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week is the ideal way for kids to get into the medieval spirit early. The Abbey Museum will have a whole range of fun activities on offer for Brisbane Kids to partake in. From 10am – 3pm (gates open at 9:30am), the kids can go on an archaeology dig to search for medieval treasure, create a stained-glass window or a medieval castle, practice their archery or give mask decorating and manuscript writing a try!

For the bigger Brisbane Kids, the Archery Skirmish is a highlight of the week and will be happening on Wednesday 28 June. For an extra $10, this is a great activity for kids 12 years and older.

Abbey Medieval Festival Banquets

Date: Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July 2017

Time: 6pm – 11pm

Location: Abbey Museum, 1-63 The Abbey Pl, Caboolture QLD 4510.

Cost: Adult: $12.00, Concession: $8.50, Children 5 – 15yrs: $ 7.00, Family 1 (1 adult, up to 4 kids): $19.80, Family 2 (2 adults, up to 4 kids): $25.00, Under 5yrs activity fee: $ 3.00. $10 additional cost for Archery Skirmish

The Medieval Banquettes have become so popular that this year, there will be two banquettes as part of the Festival. Taking place on the 24th June and 1st July, attendees will enter a Great Hall and wash their hands in scented rose water, a medieval tradition, before the feast and festivities begin. On the menu some of the authentic Medieval food includes cheese fondue, lamb shanks, venison sausages and treacle tarts, to mention but a few, with vegetarian options available. All food is served on banquet dinnerware and the night includes Medieval entertainment. Dressing up in Medieval costume is encouraged to add to the atmosphere and overall experience of the banquette.

Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Eve

Date: Friday 7th July 2017

Time: from 1.30pm – 5pm

Location: Abbeystowe, The Abbey Museum, 1-63 The Abbey Pl, Caboolture QLD 4510.

Cost: $15 per person

For the first time ever in 2017, the Tournament fun will start a day early with an event on Tournament Eve. Twelve jousters will take part in a tournament that will take approximately an hour and after the event, families will have access to talk to the jousters , hold a lance, feel the amour, ask questions and take photos. The event will feature 8 Australian and 4 international jousters.

Please note that no access will be given to any other part of the festival and tickets must be pre-purchased online; no tickets will be available for purchase on that day.

Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend

Date: Saturday 8th July and Sunday 9th July 2017

Time: 8.45am – 5pm daily

Location: Abbeystowe, The Abbey Museum, 1-63 The Abbey Pl, Caboolture QLD 4510.

Cost: Adult Day: $31.50, Concession Day: $20, Children Day (5 – 15yrs): $ 13.50, Family Day: $84, Adult Weekend: $42, Concession Weekend: $25, Children Weekend (5 – 515yrs): $16, Family Weekend : $84. Additional $4 per person for the Jousting Tournaments.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the Festival is the Medieval Tournament. Over 2 days, families will be treated to a wide range of medieval entertainment. Each day will begin with an opening ceremony with more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies and their retainers presenting themselves to the crowd as the magnificent Master of Ceremonies, Blair Martin, summons the knights to take part in chivalrous combat for honour and courage.

After the ceremony concludes families can wander through the 60+ stalls at an authentic medieval market, enjoy medieval food, take part in a medieval dance workshop and shoot an arrow in the archery competition. The streets will be lined with street performers who will entertain the crowds with  medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry and costume parades throughout the day while harpists, lutenists and other musicians will be strolling about entertaining the crowds.

Turkish Oil Wrestling is a crowd pleaser with men going head to head in the ancient sport of Turkish Oil wrestling, which as the name suggests, sees men wrestle while covered in oil. Taking it up a notch from the wrestling, the historical combat displays are a must see and feature armoured combats feature different fighting styles, tourneys, melees and individual combats, including Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish Janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.

The most popular event during the weekend drawing the biggest crowds would be the Jousting Championships. Due the the popularity, these events are ticketed but well worth the $4 entry fee to experience the atmosphere and thrill of the battle. This year there will be 8 amazing jousters who will vie to be the best jouster of 2017!

For more information and to purchase tickets to the great range of Medieval events click here 

 

Brisbane Kids is very excited to be a sponsor of the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival and hope all Brisbane Kids go along and have a great family day out creating memories together as a family at an absolutely awesome family friendly event.

 

To find out more about Brisbane’s wonderful array of regular cultural festivals, take a look at the upcoming Brisbane Festivals or our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar

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