Abbey Medieval Festival 2018

Visit the Abbey Medieval Festival in Queensland’s Moreton Bay region!

(Feature photo by B Croese)

The Middle Ages (7th-17th century) saw the flowering of art, architecture, science, and the dawning of the era of exploration.  The world as we know it now was beginning to emerge from a dark time.  Through this unique annual celebration, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology enables visitors to participate in medieval history through a highly engaging and immersive event that is proudly the most authentic in the southern hemisphere.  Re-enactors, musicians and street performers from across Australia join in a dynamic display of life, pageantry and the drama of medieval Europe.  The Festival includes two banquets, a week of children-focused activities at the ‘Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun’ week and a tournament weekend with displays of iron-clad warriors locked in battle and jousting knights on their magnificent horses. There is archery, dancing, music, games, crafts and a large medieval market.  Visitors are encouraged to wear period costume to deepen their own personal medieval experience.

In 2018, the 29th Abbey Medieval Festival brings you an extended program with more engaging personal experiences, more immersive family-fun and more active learning than ever-before. This spectacular event serves as a vital fund-raiser for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, in Caboolture, North Brisbane in fulfilling its vision of ‘enriching people’s lives through the stories created from our collection’.

Make 2018 the year for you to enrich your life with the Arts.  The Abbey Medieval Festival will transport you to a place where history and your imagination can merge into a breath taking experience.  Watch this video to find out  about our dream for the future.

The Abbey Medieval Festival

Come and live history at the Abbey Medieval Festival – Brisbane’s best living history museum! The Abbey Medieval Festival tickets will go on sale in February 2018.  Make sure you are on our mailing list!


What our visitors say…..

“I love interacting with the re-enactors and learning skills such as using a lucet, viking braiding etc, so more workshops can only be a good thing 🙂 Also watching the battles and just immersing myself in times past, dressing in costume of course adds to the fun! , I love Birds of Prey, any opportunity to have my pic taken holding one is fantastic So thank you to all the organisors, volunteers and re-enactors for another great Tournament experience. xoxoxo”

Photo by N Lundie

“I loved it so much I will force my future kids to go there. In addition i loved the jousts immensely that I think it would be a splendid idea that there should be monthly jousts.”

Photo by D de Groot

“The photographic opportunities for character portraits are endless…. Love it!”

Photo by D de Groot

“We love the Festival and have travelled up from Tweed Heads NSW for the past 2 years to attend. Everyone involved whether it be re-enactors, vendors or volunteers are always so friendly and helpful and make the experience a fantastic one.”

Photo by N Lundie

“I love the fact that such an effort is made to ensure a realistic medieval environment, volunteers are friendly & helpful & the absence of fast food is great”

Photo by B Croese