Let’s get medieval again

It’s coming up to that time of year again in South East Queensland.

Time to go medieval!

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or any other medieval fantasy you need to make your way to the Abbey Medieval Festival.

This year the Medieval Banquets will be held on 27 June and 4 July with Tournament Days on 11 and 12 July.

The event is hosted in Caboolture, an urban centre on the outskirts of Brisbane, or the Sunshine Coast (depending on where you come from).

The festival goes over a couple of weekends and features everything from jousting, banqueting, and fencing to medieval music, food and dancing.

I can tell you from experience that the Abbey Festival is a delight for the general medieval enthusiast, as well as the hardcore re-enactors who live on-site in tents: dressing, eating and sleeping as if they were in medieval times.

Think Game of Thrones inspired merchandise, delicious mulled wine, archery, jousts and delicious food.

What’s exciting about this year’s line up with the series of suggested itineraries for kids.

The Festival organisers have put together itineraries for: 

They suggest grabbing a spot at the Castle Arena for the Grande Parade, where you will be introduced to each historical reenactment group as they do a tour of the arena in all their splendour.
Then you should plan your day around the Jousts which are held at 10:30am 12:00pm, 1:45pm and 3:15pm. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or bought on the day, but get them early as the jousts are very popular! 

Combat displays are on all day from 11am at The Common (on the way to the Friar’s Folly and Joust Titleyard), with Medieval Life and Dance displays at the Village Green (next to the Stag Inn and markets place).

For the more academic among you, visit the University Pavilion to learn about such things as the making of chain maille, Medieval Surgery and Medicine and Soaps, Scents and Smells in 12th Century England. 

You can find the University Pavilion on the Western side of the field by the High Middle Ages encampments.

There will be Stained Glass Tours throughout the day on Saturday and in the afternoon on Sunday, with lute recitals in the morning at the Abbey Museum. They are free to all visitors of the festival and are held at the Abbey Church, a couple of minutes walk from the main site.

All you need to do now is dust off your suits of armour and count down the days until you can go medieval!
Kylie Fennell
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