Abbey Medieval Festival | July 2020

knight in armour, jouster in armour

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 31st year, the Festival is one of Australia’s premier living history events. From the 1 July 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.

Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend

Date: Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July 2020

Time: 8.45am – 5pm daily

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

Cost: TBC

2019 prices were as follows – Adult Day: $42, Concession Day: $30, Children Day (5 – 15yrs): $ 19, Family Day: $95, Adult Weekend: $53, Concession Weekend: $37, Children Weekend (5 – 515yrs): $26, Family Weekend : $109. Kids under 5 are FREE. Please note- these are at the gate prices- if you purchase your tickets online, early bird prices are available and pre-purchased tickets are cheaper. 

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. This year, these events are included in your ticket so make sure you check it out so you can experience the atmosphere and thrill of the battle. This year there will be some amazing jousters who will vie to be the best jouster of 2020!

Kids Medieval Family Fun Week

Date: TBC

Time: 10am-3pm daily (doors open at 9:30am)

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

Cost: TBC- 2019 prices were- 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.

The Kids 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 learn the art of illumination, calligraphy, and needlework, practice their archery skills, or give page training a try where they will learn what it was like for a young boy starting knight training! Brisbane Kids will also be able to paint their own knight shield, wooden doll or headband or crown, fun in the archeaological dig and play games from the Middle Ages.

Abbey Medieval Festival Banquets

Date: TBC


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


The Medieval Banquettes have become so popular that this year, there will be two banquettes as part of the Festival. Taking place on the 29 June and 6 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 lamb shanks, confit of duck, slow cooked beef braised in red wine, fig and walnut cakes with rosewater glaze, to mention but a few, with vegetarian and gluten free 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.

The Abbey Medieval Festival Knighting Ceremony

Date: TBC

Time: TBC

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


in 2019, on the Friday evening before the Tournament begins, Company of the Radiant Heart invited guests to witness the spine-tingling Knighting Ceremony held in the beautiful Abbey Church at 7.00pm. Amid ancient stained glass and candlelight, an authentic 14th Century knighting ceremony was performed, with all its mystery and splendour. This is a photographic feast not to be missed. 2020 details are yet to be confirmed. 

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

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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